8th-10th Grade ISU 4U Promise Scholars Visit Campus
On a Saturday in April, nine ISU 4U Promise Scholars, along with family members and/or m
entors, came to Iowa State University for a day on campus. 8th grade students from Callanan,
Harding, McCombs, and Meredith Middle Schools joined with 9th and 10th grade students from E
ast and Roosevelt High Schools for presentations, workshops, a tour of campus, and a chance t
o eat in a dining center.
Middle school students and their chaperones attended a presentation by the Office of Admissio
ns while high school students heard about Financial Aid. All the students had the opportunity
to participate in a Game of Life simulation where they were offered careers based on their ed
ucational backgrounds and then had to make their way through a month of expenses with th
e salary they would earn. During lunch at the Union Drive Community Center Dining Hall, Loren
a San Elias, one of the students in the first ISU 4U Promise cohort on campus this year,
shared reflections about her first year at Iowa State.
(For more photographs from the 8th-10th grade Family Visi
check out the Facebook link here.)
Community Alliance Spotlight:
Erin Valerio-Garsow, GEAR UP Iowa Facilitator, Iowa College A
I am a GEAR UP Iowa
Facilitator at the Iowa College Student Aid Commission in Des Moines. GEAR UP Iowa is a fede
ral grant charged with significantly increasing the number of students who are prepared to en
ter and succeed in post-secondary education. We work with cohorts in 12 districts across the
state of Iowa and I am assigned to work with Fort Dodge, Sioux City, and Storm Lake. M
y role is to support and work to create plans that help students reach higher through educati
I was very involved in the beginning of the Community Alliance supporting the ISU 4U Promise.
At that time, I worked for Anawim Housing and both King and Moulton were elementary schools i
n one of our neighborhood areas. As an educator, it seemed like the perfect fit for an organi
zation to get involved in an opportunity to help students move toward a future that included
tuition to a world-class university. When I left to go back to the education world, there wa
s already a person from GEAR UP Iowa attending the meetings, so I was assigned elsewhere. Thi
s winter I was given the opportunity to return to the ISU 4U Promise, and I was very excited.
While much of my work focuses on 7th-12th grade, I feel it is incredibly important to support
the efforts for early awareness and opportunity for these students.
The ISU 4U Promise is important because it is a chance for students and families who may not
see college as an option to suddenly know that it is. A promise is a very relatable idea for
a child, by definition it gives an assurance of something to come in the future. I honestly c
an't think of a better promise to make than that of a bright future that includes education a
nd care from adults who want to provide the lift. Being part of this alliance makes us all a
better and stronger community.
Business and Engineering Days in the Schools
The College of Business is partne
red with the second grade classes, and Sarah Adams, Undergraduate Recruitment Coordinator fac
ilitates Cy's Pizzas Pies in the classrooms at King and Moulton. In the activity, the student
s work in small groups to imagine their own pizza place. They must work collaboratively to co
me up with a name for their restaurant, decide what to have on their pizzas, "purchase" their
ingredients, make replicas of their pizzas using Play-Doh, and then try to sell as many
of their pizzas as they can.
The College of Engineering's (CoE's) partnership is with the 5th grade. In the spring each ye
ar, Camille Schroeder (Community Outreach Programs Manager, CoE) and Nicole Fannin
(Program Coordinator for K-12 Community Outreach, CoE) facilitate STEM activities using Lego
Mindstorms. Their work with ISEK (Iowa State Engineering Kids) is meant to inspire youth
to pursue an education in science and engineering.
light: Deon Hargrove
Graduate Assistant, Admissions and Early Outreach, ISU 4U Promise
What is your background?
I majored in Electrical Engineer
ing for my undergraduate education and am studying Computer Engineering for my graduate work.
What is your position at Iowa State University?
I work as a graduate assistant in Admissions and Early Outreach with the ISU 4U Promise.
What attracted you to apply for this position?
I love working with the youth. I strongly believe that it is my and every adult's job to help
youth outperform us.
What are you most excited about in this new role?
Working with students and making sure they are aware of all the opportunities they have. To b
e able to use my past experiences to guide people towards a better path is, by far, the most
rewarding thing there is.
entary Education Students Visit Moulton
Earlier this spring, members of the CI315 Transfer Orientation Class and Future Teachers
Future Leaders Learning Community in Iowa State University's School of Education went into the classrooms at Mou
lton Elementary to meet, in person, pen pals with whom they had been corresponding this semes
ter. During their one on one time together, they read favorite books or wrote a story togethe
r about an adventure with Cy, the mascot. (For more photos from the day in the classroom,
The ISU 4U Promise office is abuzz with planning
for the fourth annual Mosquitoes & Me Summer Camp! This year's camp takes plac
e at Harding Middle School from June 17-21, and June 24-28. Fourth and f
ifth graders who attend King and Moulton elementary schools in Des Moines will explore t
he theme of mosquitoes and public health while gaining experience with authent
ic science practices and building collaborative relationships with peers and adults. You
th receive guidance from Iowa State University education students who have completed a two-se
mester course about mosquito science using ambitious science and diversity pedagogy, as well
as from older camp participants who return as near-peer mentors. The Mos
quitoes & Me (Mosquitos y Yo) curriculum has been adopted by Walking Palms, a community-based organization serving earthquake-impacted communiti
es in rural Ecuador. Representatives from Walking Palms will be guests at this year's summer
camp in addition to public health students who will be traveling to Ecuador to ass
ist with implementation. These visits are funded by the Global Health In
stitute at the University of Wisconsin at Madison (UWM).&nb
sp;The summer camp and the course, Teaching and Learning with Insects, are activities of
The Urban Ecosystem Project (UEP). UEP is a supporting program of the ISU 4U
Promise partnership, under the leadership of Katherine Richardson Bruna, and is funded by the
National Institutes of Health through a Science Education Partnership Award (more>>). Richardson Bruna's coll
aborator on the UEP work is Lyric Bartholomay, Director of the Midwest Center for Excellence in Vector-Borne Disease at UWM. To learn more ab
out the Mosquitos y Yo work in Ecuador watch this video.
(Pictured above from left to right: Junior pre-service teachers Sela Hanson, Olivia
Astarita, Kaelyn Fairbanks, Sydney Rosenboom, and Ashton Vandersnick. These five participated
in the CI441x Teaching and Learning with Insects course implemented by the Urban Ecosystem Pr
Dr. Christa Jackson, Associate Professor in the School of Education, is inviting ISU 4U P
romise students entering 5th, 6th, and 7th grades to participate in the 2019 STEM InCyte Camp
at Iowa State University. The day camp is designed to engage students in hands-on STEM explor
ation activities. The camp takes place June 10-14th on the Iowa State campus from 9:00 am -
4:00 pm. Lunch and snacks are provided for each participant. Cost is $25 for ISU 4U Pro
mise students and scholarships are available. Registration is now open at https://tinyurl.com/incyte2019.
Questions? Contact Dr. Jackson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 515.294.4519.
anie Schneider (pictured at right), Urban Ecosystem Project Graduate Resear
ch Assistant and long-time ISU 4U Promise supporter, received a scholarship in recognition of
her work from the Des Moines Women's Club.
- Founding Director and ISU 4U Promise Professor-in-Charge,
Dr. Katherine Richardson Bruna, was invited to give a presentation to the Iowa Academy of Education
on April 26th, 2019 to contribute to their meeting theme of "Education as a Public Good." He
r presentation, "Partnering in Place: The ISU 4U Promise of College Access and Affordabil
ity" described the unique history and features of the ISU 4U Promise that make it s
tand out among other promise programs on the national college access landscape.
- Dr. Kent Kerby, Assistant Dean in the Colle
ge of Liberal Arts and Sciences, was selected to receive the 2019 Learning Communities Collab
orator Award. This award honors an individual in the Iowa State community who has demonstrate
d the spirit of learning communities through collaboration. In addition to being an act
ive participant in discussions around learning communities within the College of LAS, Kent be
came personally invested in the ISU 4U Promise cohort that was developed into a learning comm
unity experience for the 2018-2019 academic year. Kent met with the ISU 4U Promise students d
uring the fall semester, provided outreach to the cohort and secured funding for tutoring sup
port for the students as they transitioned to university life. In his pursuit of reaching out
to the ISU 4U Promise students, he demonstrated his intention to support learning for student
s both within and outside of the College of LAS.
(If interested in any of the following opportunitie
s, please contact Shari Miller - email@example.com or 515.294.4144)
24th - KING ELEMENTARY FIELD DAY
Location: King Elementary, 1849 Forest Avenue, Des Moines
Time: Shift 1 (3rd-5th graders) - 8:30 am - 10:45 am, Shift 2 (K-2nd grader
s) - 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Description: ISU volunteers (students, staff, or faculty) are invited t
o facilitate one of the stations through which the students will be rotating. You are we
lcome to come to one or both of the shifts.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 29th - BACON FEST PICNIC & BOUNCE HOUSE FUN
Location: Moulton Elementary, 1541 8th Street, Des Moines
Time: 10:30 am - 1:00 pm
Description: ISU volunteers (students, staff, or faculty) are invited to com
e down, have a presence, and hang out with the ISU 4U Promise Moulton students and staff!
THURSDAY, MAY 30th - KING CLAP OUT
Location: King Elementary, 1849 Forest Avenue, Des Moines
Time: Arrive between 10:30-11:00 am.
Description: Come join King staff, families, and community members as they
"clap out" the students as they leave the building on the last day of school. Fist bumps and
high fives are encouraged! (Open to ISU students, staff, and faculty, as well as Communit
y Alliance members and others from the community!)
THURSDAY, MAY 30th - END OF THE YEAR BLOCK PARTY
Location: 8th Street &
College Avenue in Des Moines
Time: 12:00 - 4:30 pm
Description: Sponsored by CFUM (Children and Family Urban Movement), this an
nual event is full of music, games, activities, dancing, and food for youth and families. (Open to ISU volunteers [students, staff, or faculty] as well as ISU organization
s, departments, or clubs interested in offering interactive activities or games for the youth