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The Fashion Show receives its largest endowment

Iowa State alumna Ana Hays McCracken (center) meets with Fashion Show producers (left to right) Emilee Meyer, Hannah Nation, Alex Johnson, and Maggie Anderson, who will be the first recipients of the Ana Hays McCracken Fashion Show Producers Scholarship. Photos by Ryan Riley.

A $100,000 gift from Ana Hays McCracken, a 1984 Iowa State University graduate in fashion merchandising, is the largest endowment received to date by The Fashion Show at Iowa State University.

The Ana Hays McCracken Fashion Show Producers Scholarship will provide monetary awards to each of The Fashion Show producers who lead one of the largest student-run fashion shows in the nation.

Peterson named to new professorship in early childhood development and education

Carla Peterson (third from left) joined Dean Laura Jolly, President Steven Leath, and Scott Armbrust during her Nancy Rygg Armbrust Professorship ceremony. Contributed Photo.

Carla Peterson, an associate dean of the College of Human Sciences and a professor in human development and family studies, will improve services to families across Iowa with the assistance provided through a new endowed professorship to her research.

The Nancy Rygg Armbrust Professorship in Early Childhood Development and Education is funded by a private gift from Nancy (’73 B.S., food science and human nutrition) and Scott (’75  D.V.M., veterinary medicine) Armbrust.

Iowa State well-represented at Omaha Fashion Week

Iowa State senior Sarah Mader will join alumnae Elizabeth “Liz” Scarpino and Hannah Swanson in showing their collections at Omaha Fashion Week. Photo by Ryan Riley.

Three Iowa State University fashion designers are among 17 who will show their collections next week at the Midwest’s premier fashion event that is also the nation’s fifth-largest.

Senior Sarah Mader and alumnae Elizabeth “Liz” Scarpino and Hannah Swanson will show their collections at Omaha Fashion Week, Feb. 21 to 26 at the Omaha Design Center.

Exhibit celebrates Textiles and Clothing Museum’s 10th anniversary

Iowa State’s Textiles and Clothing Museum celebrates its 10th anniversary with a special exhibit featuring objects selected by faculty and staff. Bob Bosselman selected a navy-and-yellow houndstooth, double-breasted Versace suit. Photos by Ryan Riley.

An upcoming exhibit at Iowa State University’s Textiles and Clothing Museum combines history with fun as a way to celebrate the museum’s 10th anniversary.

Field experiences run gamut from Disney parks to Des Moines hotels

Jon Bond, a 2014 graduate in hospitality management, serves as general manager of the Urbandale Hampton Inn and Suites. He credits his college student experiences with launching his dreams. Photo by Ryan Riley.

These days, Iowa Staters are known for chasing a light-toned, leucistic squirrel around campus. But for Jon Bond, a 2014 graduate in hospitality management, the Iowa State experience included following a famous mouse.

Iowa State shines at international gathering of science teacher educators

School of Education professors Michael Clough and Joanne Olson will receive the national Innovation in Teaching Science Teachers award at the Association for Science Teacher Education international conference in Des Moines. The conference is co-chaired by Olson. File photo by Wyeth Lynch.

Iowa State University will showcase its expertise and leadership in science teacher education at a gathering this week of 500 science teacher educators from across the nation and world.

The Association for Science Teacher Education (ASTE) will hold its 2017 international conference, Jan. 12 to 14 at the Des Moines Marriott Downtown. It’s a chance for those who prepare science teachers — from colleges both big and small — to network, present scholarly papers and posters, and attend professional development workshops aimed at informing their work and improving the preparation of science teachers.

Culinary Science Club founder blazes trail

Sarah Brekke, a 2011 Iowa State graduate in culinary food science, founded the ISU Culinary Science Club and led the group as its first president. Photo by Ryan Riley.

Sarah Brekke did more than choose her adventure at Iowa State — she blazed a new trail. While taking part in the Food Science Club, she decided that students in the culinary food science major needed a club, too.

Iowa State provides rich training for career working with children

Callie Chambers, one of three 2016 Heddleson interns with Human Sciences Extension and Outreach, today works as a primary teacher with 2-year-olds at the Vermeer Yellow Iron Academy in Pella. Contributed photo.

A summer internship with Human Sciences Extension and Outreach allowed Callie Chambers to take what she learned at Iowa State University and apply it out in the real world.

Alvarez credits Iowa State experience with building leadership, teaching talents

Yesenia Alvarez (center), a family and consumer sciences teacher at Waukee High School, honed her teaching talents at Iowa State. Photo by Ryan Riley.

Some say that Yesenia Alvarez started her teaching career in the first grade. At a young age, she would gather her older cousins around in the basement and play teacher.

“I’ve always known I’ve wanted to be a teacher,” said Alvarez, an Iowa State University alumna in family and consumer sciences education and studies.

Iowa State top presenter at international textile and apparel conference

Iowa State graduate student April Elisha Stanley will exhibit a green jacket entitled \"Irish Roots\" and a blue ensemble called \"Paisley Impressions” at this year’s International Textile and Apparel Association conference. Contributed photo.

Iowa State University apparel, merchandising, and design students and faculty will this week present the most scholarly activities at the International Textile and Apparel Association (ITAA)’s annual conference for the sixth consecutive year.

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