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March 2016
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Kate Bruce — a senior in apparel, merchandising, and design who's one of two producers of The Fashion Show — won Thursday night's showcase at Omaha Fashion Week. She and alumna Tirzah Beam were among 20 designers who showcased their collections during the nation's fifth-largest fashion event. Read more and see news release.

The number of school districts attending Iowa State University's Teacher Education Career Fair nearly tripled this year. Representatives of 43 school districts from 10 states attended the second annual fair aimed at connecting future teachers with potential employers. That's up from 15 districts that attended last year. Read more.

Vic Miller, the assistant director and clinical coordinator of Iowa State's athletic training program, plays a key role as athletic trainer for the men's basketball team. The team defeated Arkansas-Little Rock to advance to the sweet 16 of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) tournament. Here he is pictured with senior Georges Niang.

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First professors named to Barbara E. Forker Professorship in Kinesiology

Iowa State University kinesiology professors Marian Kohut and Greg Welk are the first recipients of the Barbara E. Forker Professorship in Kinesiology.

The professorship recognizes department faculty who have distinguished themselves as outstanding scholars in the field of kinesiology through their research, outreach, teaching, and mentoring. Support from the professorship will enhance the scholarly and professional activities of the recipients.

"They are both recognized by their peers nationally and internationally as leaders in their areas of specialization and the field of kinesiology," said Philip Martin, professor and chair of kinesiology. Read more.


"We Are Survivors" film gives voice to sexual assault survivors

Vanessa McNeal gives a voice to survivors of sexual assault with a new film that will be released just before Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

McNeal, a 2015 Iowa State alumna in child, adult, and family services, will show the film, "We Are Survivors," at 8 p.m. March 31 in the Great Hall of the Memorial Union as part of Iowa State's lectures program.

The film will be followed by a discussion panel focusing on ways to support and empower survivors. Read more. The video will also be available at beginning the evening of April 5.


Larger scholarships expected at this year's Fashion Show

Scholarship amounts previously reserved for the largest, most competitive categories of The Fashion Show at Iowa State will likely be offered in all categories this year, thanks to the generosity of hundreds of donors.

The move is expected to bring the show's total scholarship amount from $10,300 to more than $13,000.

"I think we will set a scholarship record again,"said Sarah Bennett, a lecturer in apparel, events, and hospitality management who's the adviser to The Fashion Show.

The Fashion Show, one of the largest student-run fashion shows in the nation, is in its 34th year. It's scheduled for 7 p.m. April 9 in C.Y. Stephens Auditorium. Read more


Iowa State showcases technology on the runway

Student fashion designers will showcase an increasing use of new technologies while embracing traditional design techniques with their clothing lines at The Fashion Show 2016.

Iowa State's apparel, merchandising, and design program is one of the few apparel programs in the nation where undergraduate students have access to technologies including a digital textile printer, 3-D body scanner, laser cutter, and product development technology and testing lab.

Garments ranging from evening gowns to ready-to-wear clothing and children's wear all incorporate various technologies. In many cases, students are integrating more than one type of technology into the design of a garment. Read more.


Iowa State prepares students for excellence in financial counseling

Iowa State's financial counseling and planning program received its second national mark of excellence for preparing students to be distinguished financial counselors.

The program was recently renewed by the Association for Financial Counseling and Planning Education as an AFCPE Approved University Program. The approval lasts for five years.

With this designation, students who complete Iowa State's financial counseling and planning program are eligible to attain Accredited Financial Counselor (AFC) certification — which represents the highest standards of excellence in the field of financial counseling and education. Read more.


Iowa State to host regional center for food safety

Iowa State will become a regional center for food safety in an effort to help businesses comply with new federal regulations.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration awarded Iowa State a three-year, $950,000 grant to establish the North Central Regional Center for Food Safety Training, which will provide guidance to food processors and growers in 12 Midwestern states.

Angela Shaw, an assistant professor in food science and human nutrition, will lead the effort to get the regional center off the ground. Shaw said food safety has grown as a topic of concern for the American public, and the food safety regulations needed to be modernized. Read more.


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Alum Kristie Kuhse named merit finalist for AAFCS National Teacher of the Year



Culinary food science students Sam Wiesenfeld, Toluwani Awokoya, Brian Klopf, and Casey Halder triumphed over 13 other teams from five culinary schools to win first place at the annual Student Taste of Elegance competition hosted by Iowa Pork Producers Association. See photos.


Child, adult, and family services senior Chrishelda Green and kinesiology and health senior Markus Flynn discuss the challenges they face as black students in a Des Moines Register video. College of Human Sciences students, faculty, and staff are participating in discussions, including Teaching Circles, designed to promote an inclusive environment.


Human Sciences Extension and Outreach brings science and proven strategies from Iowa State University to the citizens of Iowa. Extension specialists are partners across the lifespan, helping individuals and families build strong relationships, raise healthy kids, increase financial well-being, and improve nutrition and wellness. Watch video.


Carmen Flagge, the diversity coordinator and multicultural liaison officer for the College of Human Sciences, is a one-stop resource for students looking to become involved with multicultural programs and events on campus. Watch video.


Julie Mayhew, a family nutrition program assistant at Iowa State, talks about how nutrition education has made an impact in the lives of new Iowans. Her story shows one way that Human Sciences Extension and Outreach is building a strong Iowa. Watch video.


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