|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.
|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.
|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.”
|Cyclone Aides welcome incoming students and their families|
More than 40 Iowa State University students — including seven from the College of Human Sciences — are this month serving as Cyclone Aides and coordinators during orientation, welcoming incoming students and their families to campus and setting them up for success.
“It’s so rewarding to interact with families and welcome them into Iowa State,” said Erick Estrada-Flores, a senior in elementary education. “I love working with them and making their day even more enjoyable.”
|Iowa State students shine in internships across the nation|
More than 300 Iowa State University students — in areas ranging from culinary food science to athletic training, apparel, event management, and extension and outreach — are gaining valuable work experience this summer through internships in Iowa and across the globe.
|Future elementary instructor still learning lessons from former third-grade teacher|
When Lindsey Spratt arranges her classroom for her first teaching job at Ballard East Elementary School in Cambridge, Iowa, this fall, she’ll fulfill a life-long dream.
“I always wanted to be a teacher,” Spratt said. “I looked up to my teachers.”
Spratt graduated this spring from Iowa State University with a degree in elementary education. She was among 191 teacher education graduates who took part in the university’s third cording ceremony, celebrating completion of the educator preparation academic program and induction into the teaching profession.
|Iowa State students increase middle schoolers' excitement about reading|
Iowa State University students are helping middle schoolers get excited about reading through a challenge called Battle of the Books.
|Iowa State engages Iowans with new Human Sciences research|
Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is launching two new research projects in northern Iowa. One will build literacy and STEM skills in children, while the other will use singing training to improve quality of life for Iowans with Parkinson’s disease.
The two proposals have been selected for funding through the Engaged Scholarship Funding Program, a partnership of ISU Extension and Outreach and the College of Human Sciences. This new program funds research projects that focus on engagement, translate research into practice, and involve and benefit Iowans, their families and communities.
|Student plans dance party for people with Parkinson’s disease|
For Alison Brinkman, a recent Iowa State University graduate in kinesiology and health, helping people with Parkinson’s disease is personal.
“My grandma passed away from Parkinson’s when I was 10,” she said.
So when the music and movement outreach program developed by Elizabeth Stegemöller and Ann Smiley-Oyen — which uses music to improve movement and quality of life in people with Parkinson’s disease — came to a close this year, Brinkman was determined to make it a family affair.
|Iowa State places second in national food product competition|
A healthy dessert invented by eight Iowa State University students took second place in a national food product competition.
“Beyond the Bar” is a frozen yogurt sandwich containing vanilla matcha green tea-flavored frozen Greek yogurt with a chocolate swirl, in between two oat blend honey granola wafers. It combines sweet-tooth satisfaction, natural energy enhancers, and nutrients.