Iowa State students shine in internships across the nation

Mason Finn, (back row, standing, third from the left), a junior in athletic training, observes a rookie minicamp as part of his internship with the Dallas Cowboys. Contributed photo.

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

Jean O’Brien (left) presented Lindsey Spratt with a light-blue cord at this year’s teacher education cording ceremony. O’Brien was Spratt’s third-grade teacher. Contributed photo.

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.

Low-income, rural mothers express need for family time outdoors

Kimberly Greder, an Iowa State associate professor in human development and family studies, wants families outdoors. Photo by Ryan Riley.

Low-income mothers from rural communities say participating in outdoor activities as a family is a primary need for their physical and emotional well-being.

But a new paper co-authored by Iowa State University‘s Kimberly Greder and published in the Journal of Leisure Research demonstrates many of these families aren’t getting time together.

Iowa State students increase middle schoolers’ excitement about reading

Shannon Iskowitz, a senior in elementary education, helps Jerri Heid, the youth services manager at the Ames Public Library, tally scores at the sixth-grade Battle of the Books. Contributed Photo.

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

Research by assistant kinesiology professor Elizabeth Stegemoller shows that singing can improve speech and swallowing in people with Parkinson\'s disease. Singing groups like this one in Ames will be recorded to facilitate virtual singing groups in Calhoun County. Contributed photo.

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.

Iowa State expands international opportunities in hospitality and event management

SoJung Lee (third from left) was key in organizing a recent Korean-American hospitality conference, also attended by Iowa State students (left to right) Heelye Park, Eunkyoung Park, and Vanessa Phoebe Cooper. Contributed Photo.

SoJung Lee is expanding international opportunities for students in hospitality and event management.

Lee, an assistant professor in apparel, events, and hospitality management at Iowa State University, was the chief administrative officer of this year’s conference of the Korea America Hospitality and Tourism Educators & Industry Professionals Association (KAHTEA), held April 21 and 22 in Las Vegas.

Student plans dance party for people with Parkinson’s disease

Alison Brinkman (left) leads her dance partner during “Dancing with the Students,” an event she designed to celebrate Iowa State University kinesiology students’ work alongside those living with Parkinson’s disease. Photo by Kent Davis.

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 named top three finalist in national food product competition

Iowa State University students created a nutritious frozen yogurt sandwich that has been named a finalist in the 2016 National Dairy Council New Product Competition. Photo by Ryan Riley.

A healthy dessert invented by eight Iowa State University students is one of three finalists 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.

Passion for helping others evolves over place and time

Alyssa Randall, a 2002 Iowa State University alumna who received degrees in both food science and technology and chemical engineering, is a senior research and development engineer for General Mills in Minneapolis. Photo by Andi Fink.

Alyssa Randall has a passion for helping people.

As a senior research and development engineer for General Mills in Minneapolis, she reformulated seven flavors of Yoplait Greek yogurt and made them more to consumers’ liking. She also implemented more than $2.5 million in cost savings and production efficiencies.

Across the Atlantic Ocean, she found a way to make a difference while living for a few years in Istanbul, Turkey. She worked for Artisans Lane, a social purpose company that employs low-income women to create handicrafts sold in the United States and Europe.

Presentations triple at Bald Eagle and Panda Virtual Conference

Yuan Shan explores Des Moines as part of the trip provided for the winners of the 2014 Bald Eagle and Panda Virtual Conference. Contributed Photo.

Nearly three times as many students will present research at this year’s Bald Eagle and Panda U.S.-China Culture Exchange Virtual Conference, organized and coordinated by Iowa State University.

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