College of Human Sciences to recognize graduating seniors at spring convocation

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The Iowa State University College of Human Sciences will recognize the accomplishments of nearly 650 graduating students in a series of events on May 4 and 5.
Branden Arends, Britta Becker, Ann Gansemer-Topf, Armine Ghalachyan, Kelly Reddy-Best, Hope Yates, The Fashion Show win Student Affairs awards: Branden Arends, a junior in kinesiology and health, was one of two recipients of the Scott Rohlf Presidential Leadership Initiative Award. Britta Becker, a senior in family and consumer sciences education and studies, received the Above and Beyond Award. Ann Gansemer-Topf, an assistant professor in the School of Education, received the Wilbur L. Layton Faculty Recognition Award. Armine Ghalachyan, a graduate student in apparel, events, and hospitality management, won the Unsung Hero Award. Kelly Reddy-Best, an assistant professor in apparel, merchandising, and design and director of the Fashion and Culture Research Lab, accepted the W. Houston Dougharty Ally Award. Hope Yates, a senior in kinesiology and health, received the Student of Distinction Award. And The Fashion Show 2018 won the Outstanding Event of the Year Award.
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John Schuh, Ana Hays McCracken, Sandy Horton receive university's highest awards: Three from human sciences were among those to receive the university's highest awards for alumni and friends at the annual Distinguished Awards Celebration on Friday, April 20. John Schuh, the retired director of the School of Education, received an Honorary Alumni Award by the ISU Alumni Association. Ana Hays McCracken, a 1984 graduate in fashion merchandising, received an Order of the Knoll Campanile Award by the ISU Foundation. And Sandy Horton, a 1962 graduate in child development, received an Order of the Knoll Faculty and Staff Award by the ISU Foundation.
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Jonathan Fox receives Great IDEA Award for ensuring excellence of family financial planning program offered by seven universities: Jonathan Fox, the Ruth Whipp Sherwin Professor in human development and family studies at Iowa State University, has been recognized for providing exceptional leadership for an online master’s degree and certificate program that is jointly offered by seven major universities. Fox received a Great IDEA Award for serving as a "Fearless Leader" and providing outstanding coordination of the online graduate program in family financial planning offered through the Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance. Both the degree and certificate programs prepare students to take the Certified Financial Planner Certificate Examination which leads to CFP® certification, a standard of excellence. Fox, who also leads the financial counseling and planning degree program at Iowa State, was cited for ensuring the Great Plains IDEA program’s excellence and innovation, and establishing outcome requirements in collaboration with the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards. The award was presented April 10 at the alliance's annual meeting in Kansas City, Missouri.
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Rachel Wall, Barb Fuller, Sandra McKinnon, Tera Jordan, Lori Hayungs, Sara Nelson receive ISU Extension and Outreach awards: Six from the College of Human Sciences were recognized at the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach annual awards conference on March 26. Rachel Wall, a human sciences specialist in nutrition and wellness, received the Early Career Service Award. Barb Fuller, a human sciences specialist in nutrition and wellness, received the Epsilon Sigma Phi Mid-Career Service Award. Sandra McKinnon, a human sciences specialist in family finance, received the Distinguished Service Award. Tera Jordan, an assistant professor in human development and family studies, received the Excellence in the Scholarship of Community Engagement award. Lori Hayungs, a human sciences specialist in family life, received the Creativity in Service to All Iowans award alongside her northwest Iowa team members Mackenzie DeJong, Rahn Franklin, and Nichol Kleespies. Finally, the 4-H Youth Development team of Sarah Nelson, a postdoctoral research associate in the School of Education, Katie Petersen, Nicole Hanson, and Brenda Welch received the award for Originality and Innovation in Programming.
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College of Human Sciences students initiated into Phi Upsilon Omicron honor society: The Omicron chapter of Phi Upsilon Omicron initiated 21 students from the College of Human Sciences. This honor society was founded in 1909, and was the first national student organization in family and consumer sciences. Phi Upsilon Omicron promotes academic excellence, develops professional leadership, and encourages professional and personal integrity.
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Five College of Human Sciences students initiated into Kappa Omicron Nu National Honor Society: Katie Nunemaker, Jennifer Duerkes, Kari Prasuhn, Zahidah Ab-Latif, and Kathiana Franco Torres were initiated into Kappa Omicron Nu National Honor Society on April 8, 2018. The Omicron Gamma chapter of Kappa Omicron Nu at Iowa State was founded in 1913, and is dedicated to recognizing and encouraging excellence in scholarship, research, and leadership development. Membership in Kappa Omicron Nu is the highest scholastic honor attainable in the area of family and consumer sciences.
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Lisa Sharp receives Friend Award for innovative advising in online education: Lisa Sharp, an academic adviser for early childhood education students at Iowa State, has been honored for improving advising for distance education students living around the world who are enrolled in a new online bachelor's degree program. Sharp received a 2018 Friend of the Great Plains IDEA Award for improving communication among advisers and students across all seven universities who are working together in the Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance to offer a program that prepares students to work with diverse groups of young children, families, and communities in a global society. The degree program is known by different names at various member universities. Students who enroll through Iowa State work toward the early childcare education and programming degree.
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Iowa State University research links racial discrimination, depression

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Iowa State University researchers have linked neighborhood-level discrimination and clinical depression in African-American women.
Tahira Hira to be honored for career excellence by University Missouri: Tahira Hira, a professor emerita in human development and family studies at Iowa State University, will be honored for career excellence by the college from which she earned a Ph.D. Hira will receive the Citation of Merit Award from the University of Missouri's College of Human Environmental Sciences. The award recognizes exemplary service that addresses human needs and enhances individual and family life. Hira will formally receive the award at a reception on Thursday, April 19, on the Missouri campus in Columbia, Mo.
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Kennesha Woods receives 2018 NSCORE-ISCORE Brenda Jones Change Agent Award: Kennesha Woods, a doctoral student in the School of Education and 2011 alumna in child, adult, and family services, received the 2018 NSCORE-ISCORE Brenda Jones Change Agent Award at this year's Iowa State Conference on Race and Ethnicity. The award recognizes an alum who continues to contribute to the understanding and awareness of topics related to race and ethnicity and has created change in their community.
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Iowa State University Extension and Outreach's online course helps Iowans prepare for home ownership: Iowa State University Extension and Outreach published an article highlighting "A Place of Your Own," an online course that helps Iowans prepare for the home-buying process. According to Susan Taylor, a human sciences specialist in family finance, this course covers topics including managing money, obtaining a mortgage, shopping for a home, and more.
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Iowa State University Extension and Outreach article spotlights "Science of Parenting" blog: An article published by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach discusses the importance and value of communicating respectfully and calmly during parenting. According to Lori Hayungs, a human sciences specialist in family life, the "Science of Parenting" blog by ISU Extension and Outreach shares and discusses research-based information and resources to help parents in their important role of raising children.
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College of Human Sciences publishes February HS Matters Online: The February edition of HS Matters Online was recently published to 34,200 subscribers, as well as to Facebook and Twitter. Read about a kinesiology outreach program that travels to Ames-area elementary schools, The Fashion Show's crowdfunding efforts to raise $25,000, and the opportunities that pre-health professions students are pursuing on campus.
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Gina Lee attributes career path to her father in student profile: After earning her master's degree and Ph.D. in gerontology, Gina Lee wants to work at a research institution.
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Lauren Stratton shares gerontology research in student profile: Lauren Stratton sees herself doing research, programming, and/or policy work for an organization devoted to helping older adults and their caregivers after graduation.
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Vanessa Kime promotes Academic Program for Excellence in student profile: Vanessa Kime wants to use her degree in elementary education to teach all over the world.
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Inside Iowa State features Rosie Perez in article on addressing achievement gaps: Inside Iowa State on Feb. 15 published an article highlighting Rosie Perez, an assistant professor in the School of Education, and her suggestions for how to address racial and socioeconomic achievement gaps at Iowa State. At a symposium held Feb. 5, faculty and staff engaged in a discussion about ways to better support racially minoritized and low-income student success.
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Online training equips child care providers with information about health and safety

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About 23,640 Iowa child care providers and early childhood teachers have received online training about health and safety, child development, cultural diversity, and homelessness through the Essentials Child Care Preservice Series.
Maria Alcivar-Zuniga receives 2018 Martin Luther King Jr. Advancing One Community Award for an individual student: Iowa State University has honored Maria Alcivar-Zuniga with the 2018 Martin Luther King Jr. Advancing One Community Award for an individual student. The award recogises Alciva-Zuniga, a graduate student in human development and family studies, for outstanding work to create an inclusive university community that embraces justice and equality. She is the only student who won the award for an individual this year.
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HDFS alumna Vanessa McNeal reaches fundraising goal for sex trafficking documentary: Filmmaker Vanessa McNeal, a 2015 Iowa State University graduate in child, adult, and family services, on Feb. 7 announced that she has reached her goal of raising $35,000 in 60 days to fund a feature-length documentary aimed at exposing the sex trafficking industry in Iowa. The documentary, called Gridshock, is scheduled to be released this fall. McNeal's attainment of her fundraising goal was featured by Cedar Rapids television station KGAN CBS2/KFXA FOX28. This project follows McNeal's three previous documentaries about sexual violence: "I Am," "We Are Survivors," and "The Voiceless."
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Jennifer Margrett named 2018 Rossmann Manatt Scholar: Jennifer Margrett, an associate professor in human development and family studies and director of the gerontology program, has been named the 2018 Rossmann Manatt Scholar. The award recognizes exceptional creativity and productivity in scholarship, teaching, and service, with great promise for continuing achievements.
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Hardeep K. Obhi keeps her future career options open in student profile: Hardeep Obhi hopes to work as a researcher who studies healthy aging after she graduates. For now, Hardeep spends her free time with family and friends, watching TV and movies, or learning about other cultures.
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ISU Extension and Outreach article discusses free tax filing options for Iowans with Barb Wollan: In an Iowa State University Extension and Outreach article, Barb Wollan, a human sciences specialist in family finance, discusses options available for low- to moderate-income households to file their taxes for free. According to Wollan, the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance option and the IRS "Free-Filing" option are both easy ways to file taxes without paying up to $300 in tax preparation fees.
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We Are Iowa Local 5 News airs segment on Iowa State's Project SEARCH expansion: We Are Iowa Local 5 News published a segment and accompanying article featuring Iowa State University's Project SEARCH, an initiative through the College of Human Sciences that offers internships to youth with disabilities. These internships provide a learning opportunity and also work experience for resumes; Iowa State is one of the few Project SEARCH sites in higher education. Iowa State hopes to expand Project SEARCH and take 10 interns for the fall semester.
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Kere Hughes-Belding featured in Faculty Focus video: Kere Hughes-Belding, an associate professor in human development and family studies, was recently featured in a Faculty Focus video by the College of Human Sciences. The clips highlight human scientists at Iowa State University. Visit the college's YouTube channel to see all Faculty Focus videos.
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College of Human Sciences publishes newly redesigned January HS Matters Online: Check out the College of Human Sciences' newly redesigned newsletter! In the January HS Matters Online: A campuswide expansion of a program that helps young adults with disabilities. New research on how communication by parents can affect their sons' alcohol use. The opening of one of the nation's first queer fashion museum exhibits. And a chance for service learning during winter break.
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Jennifer Margrett featured in Faculty Focus video: Jennifer Margrett, an associate professor in human development and family studies, was recently featured in a Faculty Focus video by the College of Human Sciences. The clips highlight human scientists at Iowa State University. Visit the college's YouTube channel to see all Faculty Focus videos.
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Hurricane relief with love, from Iowa State

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Iowa State University has had a close working relationship with the Aldine Independent School District in Houston for 27 years. So when Hurricane Harvey hit the Houston metropolitan area last fall, the staff and students in Teacher Education Services knew they had to help.

Iowa State University research sheds light on trends in male alcohol use

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A new study from Iowa State University researchers in human development and family studies reveals the impact of parent communication on alcohol use among male adolescents.

Sanders, Woods to be featured in 2018 calendar

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Eulanda Sanders and Barbara Woods will be featured in the 2018 Women Impacting ISU calendar.
Thirty-one students receive College of Human Sciences scholarships for spring 2018 unpaid internships, student teaching experiences: Hannah Chute, Epiphany Emmangelic, Jillisa Halverson, Kelsey Hinders, Tessa Johnson, Mikala Maiers, McKenzie Spears, Jena Teed, Elisabeth Burken, Mary Kirk, Ruth Kliewer, Megan Oswald, Rigoberto Perez Jr., Casey Even, Cady Mead, Kali Muller, Paige Petzenhauser, Kacie Schumann, Joshua Tucker, Emma Bade, Cassidy Bilharz, Laura DeKok, Cara Hach, Mallory Lynch, Kathryn Pinnella, Emily Gasper, Chelsea Flack, Abigail Olson, Hannah Ridder, Jenna Schecher, and Cassidy Welch will receive scholarships from the College of Human Sciences for spring 2018 unpaid internships or student teaching experiences. The scholarships support students during non-salaried career-building experiences.
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College of Human Sciences to recognize graduating seniors at fall convocation

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The Iowa State University College of Human Sciences will recognize the accomplishments of nearly 300 graduating students in a series of events on Dec. 15 and 16.
ISU Extension and Outreach article offers tips to protect against Equifax data breach: Suzanne Bartholomae, a state extension specialist in family finance and an assistant professor in human development and family studies, was featured in an article by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach about the Equifax data breach. The article offers suggestions for those who are unsure about whether or not their personal information has been compromised. According to Bartholomae, the first step to ensuring that a person's financial information is safe is to check Equifax's website.
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Clinton Gudmunson, Wen Chang featured in Faculty Focus videos: Clinton Gudmunson, an associate professor in human development and family studies, and Wen Chang, an assistant professor in apparel, events, and hospitality management, were recently featured in Faculty Focus videos by the College of Human Sciences. The clips highlight human scientists at Iowa State University. Visit the college's YouTube channel to see all Faculty Focus videos.
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Iowa State researchers leading initiatives to improve rural health

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More than a million Iowans are at an increased risk of dying from heart disease, cancer or a stroke simply because they live in a rural area. National Rural Health Day on Nov. 16 aims to reduce the gap in rural and urban health outcomes – something Iowa State University researchers Sarah Francis, Kimberly Greder, and Jennifer Margrett are directly and indirectly doing through their research and ISU Extension and Outreach initiatives.
Mariah Nichols reaffirms her major with an on-campus job in student profile: Mariah Nichols can't wait to use her financial counseling and planning degree to help people manage their finances. In addition to working and studying, Mariah enjoys hanging out with friends, listening to music, and participating in clubs.
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Eulanda Sanders and Barbara Woods selected for 2018 Women Impacting ISU calendar: The Carrie Chapman Catt Center today announced the 12 women who will be recognized in the 2018 Women Impacting ISU calendar for their leadership and making a difference at Iowa State. Two of the honorees are from the College of Human Sciences: Eulanda Sanders, professor and chair of apparel, events, and hospitality management; and Barbara Woods, special projects manager for Human Sciences Extension and Outreach who's also an adjunct associate professor in human development and family studies. The 2018 calendar will be officially unveiled during a reception recognizing the 12 honorees from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 10, in the Sun Room/South Ballroom of the Memorial Union. The program will begin at 4 p.m. The reception is free and open to the public. During and after the reception, copies of the calendar will be distributed for free.
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New overseas programs to help students engage in high-impact learning

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Students in the College of Human Sciences will have four additional opportunities to study abroad next summer.
Christine Lippard, Tong Wang featured in Faculty Focus videos: Christine Lippard, assistant professor in human development and family studies, and Tong Wang, professor in food science and human nutrition, were recently featured in Faculty Focus videos by the College of Human Sciences. The clips highlight human scientists at Iowa State University. Visit the college's YouTube channel to see all Faculty Focus videos.
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Learning two languages does not limit academic potential for Head Start students

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Not all dual-language learners are at risk academically, but as a group, these students are often labeled as such, despite differences in their English skills. A new Iowa State University study found as dual-language learners gained English proficiency, they had significant growth in cognitive and academic development, eventually outperforming students who only spoke English.