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Dave Loranger will this fall become Iowa State’s first graduate from its hybrid program for doctoral students in apparel, merchandising, and design. He traveled twice to Scotland for his research on kiltmaking. Contributed photo by Juliana Guglielmi/Philadelphia University.
Doctoral student takes his Iowa State experience to Scotland

Iowa State University offers an increasing number of opportunities to take part in the ISU student experience — even from afar.

Dave Loranger will this fall become Iowa State’s first graduate from its new hybrid program for doctoral students in apparel, merchandising, and design. The program allowed Loranger to take most of his classes from his home on the East Coast, but come to Ames for summer classes.

Savana Stangeland and other peer mentors and freshmen of the Preparing Tomorrow’s Teachers learning community make reading fun for children at a Bookland event. File photo by Ryan Riley.Literacy outreach event provides future teachers a way to give back

From their very first year on campus, Iowa State University students participate in real-world experiences and service learning projects that allow them to give back to the community.

Bookland, an outreach project by the School of Education, inspires families to read at home with their children.

Victor, Natasha, Becky, and Thomas Gomez are siblings attending Iowa State University through Science Bound. Photo By Christopher Gannon.Science Bound celebrates 25 years of academic excellence

As much as Becky Gomez loved math and science as a kid, she never really connected her favorite subjects with what she might want to do when she grew up. Even when her mom encouraged her to join Science Bound, Becky says she initially thought it was just something fun to do after school.

Andy Casady is one of four young adults with disabilities gaining hands-on work experience this fall through an internship with the College of Human Sciences. Photo by Ryan Riley.Iowa State internships aim to secure employment for youth with disabilities

The Iowa State University College of Human Sciences is this fall providing four youth with disabilities with hands-on work experience to help them make the successful transition from school to adult life.

College of Human Sciences students in fall 2016 include these peer mentors with Connect Four, a learning community for first-year students of color. Photo by Ryan Riley.College of Human Sciences students driven by passion to help others

A passion to help others — whether it’s working with children, people with disabilities, or those in need — continues to drive strong enrollment in the Iowa State University College of Human Sciences.

Jordan Arellanes, a Dorothy A. Wyant Fellow in Family Health, has a passion for preparing Latino families for their children’s success. Photo by Ryan Riley.Fellowship in family health powers Arellanes’ passion for impacting Latino families

Jordan Arellanes is on a mission to improve the lives of Latino families.

The Iowa State University graduate student in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies, who holds the Dorothy A. Wyant Fellowship in Family Health, strives to better prepare families for a future where their children can go to college.

“Research isn’t just made to be published,” Arellanes said. “It’s made to impact people’s lives. I want to share the untold story that needs to be written.”

The Iowa State University College of Human Sciences will come together Sept. 26 to 30 for the second annual Human Sciences Week. Photo by Alisha Zika.
Human Sciences Week to feature new dean, ways to help others

The Iowa State University community will this month have an opportunity to meet the new dean of the College of Human Sciences, learn about living a healthy lifestyle, enjoy cherry pies, and make shoes out of used jeans.

The College of Human Sciences will come together Sept. 26 to 30 for a week of food, fun, speakers, and philanthropic events during the second annual Human Sciences Week.

Markus Flynn, a senior in kinesiology and health, talks with friends in the east student office space of Iowa State University’s Memorial Union. Photo by Lynn Campbell.Kinesiology student aims to improve health among people of color

Markus Flynn believes that between passion and talent, people find their purpose.

His Iowa State University adventure has shown him that his purpose in life is to improve the health outcomes of people of color, through a career in public health or community outreach.

(l-r) Isaiah and Isabella Haveman explore Ada Hayden Heritage Park’s lakeshore during Verb Summer Scorecard. Kinesiology students run the free events through July. Photo by Ryan Riley.Verb Summer Scorecard keeps kids active, builds campus and community partnerships

Verb Summer Scorecard, a free community-based physical activity program led by Iowa State University kinesiology students, is making it easier to keep children active this summer and establish healthy habits for a lifetime of fitness.

The new summer program is part of ExerCYse, a Department of Kinesiology outreach program aimed at increasing visibility about the importance of physical activity and advancing the notion of exercise as a vital sign in the medical community. Iowa State’s program is officially recognized by the American College of Sports Medicine.

Eulanda Sanders, Iowa State’s Donna R. Danielson Professor in Textiles and Clothing, credits the 4-H Youth Program with launching her career in the fashion industry. Photo by Kent Davis.4-H alums credit youth program with launching human sciences careers

As Iowa teens this week participate in the Iowa 4-H Youth Conference at Iowa State University, they’ll pledge their heads to clearer thinking, their hearts to greater loyalty, their hands to larger service, and their health to better living, not only for themselves, but also their communities and beyond.

For a number of 4-H alumni, that commitment to head, heart, hands, and health led them to pursue a career in human sciences.

“4-H really set a foundation for my life,” said Eulanda Sanders, Iowa State’s Donna R. Danielson Professor in Textiles and Clothing and the College of Human Sciences’ equity adviser. “It’s a fabulous organization. Often, when I have 4-H’ers in class, it’s evident. They possess attention for detail, good communication skills, inquisitiveness, and a willingness to take risks.”