The Iowa State University College of Human Sciences will come together Sept. 26 to 30 for the second annual Human Sciences Week. Photo by Alisha Zika.

Human Sciences Week to feature new dean, ways to help others

The Iowa State University community will this month have an opportunity to meet the new dean of the College of Human Sciences, learn about living a healthy lifestyle, enjoy cherry pies, and make shoes out of used jeans.

The College of Human Sciences will come together Sept. 26 to 30 for a week of food, fun, speakers, and philanthropic events during the second annual Human Sciences Week.

The week showcases and celebrates the college’s innovative, people-oriented programs; rich traditions; and commitment to expanding human potential and improving people’s

AESHM cherry pies


I believe that Human Sciences Week is about celebrating the College of Human Sciences and our students and showcasing all we have accomplished,” said Randi Hahn, a junior in kinesiology and health who is co-chair of Human Sciences Week.

Co-chair Jenna Petersen said the week’s events will give students, faculty, and staff a chance to cherish the lively history of the college and celebrate the promising future of its graduates. As a junior in kinesiology and health, Petersen said she’s passionate about helping people and excited to learn more about human health.

“My peers and I have many unique opportunities ahead of us to impact people, whether that means shaping fashion trends or building America's next leaders in a second-grade classroom,” Petersen said. “I, myself, am most interested in preserving the quality of human health by someday becoming a chiropractor. Human Sciences Week seeks to embrace the diversity of the college by including and uniting the various departments and by giving students, faculty, and community members ways to connect.”

New and returning features

Laura Dunn Jolly

This year’s events offer Iowa State faculty, staff, students, and friends a chance to meet Laura Dunn Jolly, who in July began her term as the new dean and Dean’s Chair of the College of Human Sciences.

Jolly most recently served as a professor of textiles, merchandising, and interiors at the University of Georgia. 

Her welcome will be from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 28 in 118 MacKay Hall, the college’s welcome center.

Also new to Human Sciences Week this year will be a “culinary boot camp,” a class in the MacKay food labs where participants will prepare a nutritious and delicious dinner.

Two College of Human Sciences alumni — ISU Dining executive chef Scott Bruhn and registered dietitian Lisa Nolting — will provide tips on grocery shopping, how to prepare a healthy meal, and how to handle food safely. Register here for the event, which will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 26 in 200 MacKay Hall. The event is free but space is limited to 50 students.

AESHM cherry pies, a fan favorite that dates back to 1922, will once again be sold during Human Sciences Week, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Sept. 26 at the Joan Bice Underwood Tearoom, 23 MacKay Hall.

The cost is $2 per pie and payment options include cash, check, or intramural. No pre-orders will be taken. About 1,632 will be made and customers are asked to bring their own containers if possible. Any leftover pies will be sold at the tearoom during lunchtime, 11:50 a.m. to 12:50 p.m., for the rest of the week.

The week will feature the popular “CHS Food and Fun Fest,” 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27 on the south lawn of MacKay Hall. In addition, the Food Science Club will host a liquid nitrogen ice cream demonstration from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29 in 118 MacKay Hall.

The College of Human Sciences multicultural programs office will have a table at the food and fun fest featuring True Treats Historic Candy that’s historically significant to different ethnic backgrounds.

Candies will include George Washington Carver’s original-recipe peanut brittle; maple drops representing abolitionists’ boycott of cane sugar produced by slaves; and Gibraltar, the first candy commercially produced in America by Mrs. Spencer, whose buggy had a false bottom where she carried escaped slaves.

“I wanted it to be educational, so students learn about cultural history,” said Carmen Flagge, the college’s diversity coordinator and multicultural liaison.

Philanthropic events to help others

Philanthropic events scheduled during Human Sciences Week include a Sole Hope event where shoes will be made from used jeans to help those in need in Uganda. Register here for one of two shifts — 4:30 to 6 p.m., or 5:30 to 7 hs-week2p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27 — in 1009 LeBaron. Pizza will be provided to volunteers.

Those who donate $1 or a non-perishable food item can enjoy a philanthropy lunch featuring Hickory Park barbecue, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30 on the south lawn of MacKay Hall. Financial proceeds will benefit the United Way of Story County, while non-perishable food items will go to The SHOP (Students Helping Our Peers) on-campus food pantry.

“Since this is only the second year of hosting such an event, we had the unique opportunity to make important decisions about what types of events made the cut for this year's offerings,” Petersen said. “We were especially keen on bringing more food to campus during the week, which was well reflected in those early decisions. I am really excited to represent students from the College of Human Sciences, students who originally asked for such a week to take place, knowing the impact of my contribution to this week of festivities.”

All week, the Iowa State community is also encouraged to donate to The SHOP, which earlier this year celebrated five years of helping students in need. Drop off canned food items at 220 MacKay Hall or 2312 Food Sciences Building.

Speakers and learning opportunities

This year’s Human Sciences Week will feature several “life skills lunch and learn” events hosted by different parts of the college, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29. Register here for any or all of the four events.
The events will showcase some of the College of Human Sciences’ programs of study, which encompass health and wellness, education and human development, science and technology, and community and entrepreneurship.

Healthy lifestyle: One such event hosted by the Body Image and Eating Disorder Awareness Club in 1540 Lagomarcino Hall will allow people to learn about living a balanced and healthy lifestyle.

Marketing yourself in your career search: Another, hosted by the College of Human Sciences career services office in 331 Palmer Building, will discuss how to be an ideal candidate in the workforce. Dana Wenstrand, a 1987 graduate in family and consumer sciences who now provides professional training and consulting, will facilitate the session.

Event planning: A third lunch and learn, hosted by the Department of Apparel, Events, and Hospitality Management in 1680 Lagomarcino Hall, will be a hands-on session focusing on event planning. “I love being able to put my creative side to good use in my career,” said Anderson, a senior in event management. “It really makes school and work fun.”

Financial literacy: A fourth event, hosted by the Department of Human Development and Family Studies in 001 MacKay Hall, will allow students to get the basics of financial planning both as a student and after graduation.

Sarah Brown Wessling

Sarah Brown Wessling, an Iowa State alumna and the 2010 National Teacher of the Year, will meet with students and speak to the Preparing Tomorrow’s Teachers Learning Community on Tuesday, Sept. 27. The event in Lagomarcino Hall is open to all Iowa State students.

Students can learn about studying abroad and meet peers from all over the world at events held Wednesday, Sept. 28. Human Sciences Week will also include a Professional and Scientific Fair, a research poster symposium, a scholarship recognition reception and program, and a peer mentor recognition.

For a full schedule of events during Human Sciences Week, visit