New book celebrates 50th anniversary of Iowa community colleges

Janice Friedel, an associate professor in the ISU School of Education, and former doctoral students Cristobal Salinas Jr. and Zoë Mercedes Thornton co-edited a book celebrating the 50th anniversary of Iowa community colleges. Photos by Ryan Riley.

A new book released this week by an Iowa State University professor and doctoral students celebrates the 50th anniversary of Iowa community colleges.

Iowa’s Community Colleges: A Collective History of Fifty Years of Accomplishment” provides a history of the statewide development of the community college system, through a focus on the individual college stories and dynamics.

On-campus graduate program in gerontology begins with four students

(From left to right) Lauren Stratton, Hardeep Obhi, Angelica Jasper, and Yan Su pursue advanced degrees in gerontology during the program’s first semester on campus. Photo by Ryan Riley.

Four Iowa State University students are pursuing advanced degrees in gerontology, the study of adult development and healthy aging, during the first year of an on-campus graduate program.

Addressing wellness through early childhood literacy

Constance Beecher (right), an assistant professor and state extension and outreach specialist in the School of Education, shows Adrien and Nate Logsdon and their son, Leo, the vest and device that will be used to record words heard by babies. Photos by Ryan Riley.

Being healthy and well starts at birth.

That’s why Iowa State University is helping families improve the quantity and quality of language in their homes.

Under a new outreach project called “Small Talk Story County,” Iowa State is partnering with the Ames Public Library and Raising Readers in Story County to improve early childhood literacy — thus improving overall outcomes and success rates for those children.

Highly sought-after scholar joins Iowa State’s community college leadership program

Sarah Rodriguez is a new assistant professor in the School of Education who brings to Iowa State an expertise in underrepresented student populations at community colleges. Photo by Blake Lanser.

Sarah Rodriguez began her journey in higher education within the community college setting. As she joins the faculty of Iowa State University’s Community College Leadership Program this fall, she said it seems like she’s coming full circle.

Human Sciences seeks new efforts in extension and outreach

Michelle Maynes, a family life extension educator in the Polk County Extension and Outreach office, works with Latino middle school youth in the Juntos college readiness program. Contributed photo.

Suzanne Bartholomae is well-versed in the benefits of extension and outreach.

Bartholomae, a state extension and outreach specialist and adjunct associate professor in human development and family studies, spearheaded delivery of a health insurance literacy curriculum to address confusion about the Affordable Care Act.

Teacher takes students outside to learn about science

Mike Todd, an Ames High School science teacher and Iowa State alumnus, regularly takes his students outdoors. Here, he takes his biology class to the river. Photos by Ryan Riley.

Students in Mike Todd’s biology class at Ames High School walked thigh-deep into the river wearing boots and waders. They collected water samples and learned about habitats.

Not everyone was comfortable — some said they were hot and itchy, and everyone got wet and muddy. But for the past 11 years, Todd has regularly taken his students outdoors as part of their learning.

Iowa State students to pitch event ideas to raise breast cancer awareness

Susan G. Komen Iowa raises breast cancer awareness through its annual Race for the Cure. Contributed Photo.

Iowa State University has a unique opportunity this semester to help Susan G. Komen Iowa expand its event portfolio beyond the well-known Race for the Cure held each October.

New assistant professor promotes sustainability in event management

Joan Su is a new assistant professor in apparel, events, and hospitality management whose research focuses on sustainability in the hospitality industry. Photo by Blake Lanser.

Joan Su sees sustainability as her mission.

Digital textbook analytics can predict student outcomes, Iowa State study finds

Reynol Junco reviews course material with students in his graduate course at Iowa State. Junco says digital textbook data can help him and other instructors predict student outcomes. Photo by Christopher Gannon.

College professors and instructors can learn a lot from the chapters of a digital textbook that they assign students to read.

Reynol Junco, an associate professor in Iowa State University’s School of Education, says digital books provide real-time analytics to help faculty assess how students are doing in the class.

New assistant professor studies impact of child care quality

Ji Young Choi, new assistant professor in human development and family studies, researches the impact that teacher-child interactions have on children’s early learning and development. Photo by Blake Lanser.

Ji Young Choi cares about how teachers’ interactions with students affect early learning and development.

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