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LETTER FROM THE DIRECTORS One of the most rewarding aspects of serving the campus community at Iowa State is the opportunity to witness student spirit. Whether it’s holding one of 1,600 leadership positions within our residence life community, serving a meal or a latte as a member of our 1,800 student staff in our dining locations, or forming a new campus organization like Steven Way, the Schilletter Village community adviser in our cover story, their dedication to Cyclone Nation is inspiring. It’s a continual reminder of why we do what we do—to provide students with a safe, supportive, learning and social environment where they can thrive. Students who live with us receive their degree in less time than those living off campus.

PETE ENGLIN Director Department of Residence

We’re happy to hear from you. Feel free to give us a call at 515-294-2900 or email us at or at Go Cyclones!

NANCY KELLER Director ISU Dining

CHEF SCOTT’S TURKEY TIPS Student coming home for a visit during Thanksgiving break? Try out these tips from ISU Dining executive chef Scott Bruhn to make your holiday dinner extra special. 1. Try to find a turkey without added salt—it lets you control the seasoning and gives you a more natural flavor. 2. Utilize the turkey’s liver, gizzards, heart and neck. They give great flavor to your stock for gravy and finely chopped cooked liver and gizzards add extra flavor when added to stuffing. 3. Always allow enough time for your turkey to defrost before cooking. Plan to have it completely defrosted two

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days before you plan to serve it. There’s nothing worse than having to cook a partially frozen turkey! 4. To keep your turkey moist, season your turkey with your seasonings the night before— this will cause the seasoning to penetrate the meat. Soften one pound of unsalted butter to room temperature. Finely chop an assortment of fresh herbs (sage, rosemary, Italian parsley and thyme work well). Mix with softened butter. Run your fingers under the skin of the breast to loosen it from the meat being careful not to tear it. Carefully push the softened butter under the skin with your fingers or a spatula. Use about a half pound

for each side of the breast pushing it under the skin until it is evenly distributed over the whole breast. The butter will melt during cooking and keep the meat, which tends to dry out, moist with little effort. 5. To help the skin crisp when cooking, place your seasoned turkey uncovered in the fridge overnight. Let the turkey sit out at room temperature for half an hour before placing in the oven. This will raise the temperature for quicker and more even cooking.

KEEPING HIS PROMISE Schilletter Village community adviser helps homeland by forming new campus service group

Is your student ready to make a difference? ISU’s Student Activities Center supports more than 800 recognized student organizations. Visit to browse the full list. Looking to lead within the Department of Residence? We have several leadership positions available (more than 1,600!)—from CAs, to leadership councils, to social chairs and more. Contact a community adviser about how to get involved.

For Schilletter Village community adviser Steven Way, coming to Iowa State from Guatemala has opened a world of opportunities. But it has also allowed him to help those less fortunate in his native country—children who do not have the ability to receive a proper education. “Being able to come here legally to the United States to study is a great opportunity. It just dawned on me one day that others in my country don’t even receive an elementary education,” said Way. “I tried to look for a way to help them, and I couldn’t find something that clicked.” Ultimately, Way found his answer on Facebook. “I logged in to Facebook and saw a Pencils of Promise advertisement with a little girl dressed in native clothes from my country,” said Way. “I clicked out to the website and the moment I saw everything that was there, I fell in love with the whole idea of Pencils of Promise and the founder’s story.” But as he thought more about the opportunity, Way’s desire to help went further than his homeland—he realized that he could also leave a legacy at Iowa State. “I didn’t want to just give to my country,” said Way. “I wanted to leave something that lasts here at Iowa State that can impact other people.” Way checked into the process for forming a student organization on Iowa State’s campus, and saw that you needed five people to form a group. So he, his girlfriend and some friends got together and started the application process to register Pencils of Promise (PoP) at ISU with the Student Activities Center (SAC). “We’ve been an official group on campus for about a semester and a half,” said Way. “We’re pretty much brand new.” Pencils of Promise at ISU ( held its first general meeting in September and currently has more than 20 members. Though he serves as founder and president of the group, Way is quick to give credit to the passion of his fellow PoP at ISU members. “For many of our group members, it boils down to helping others,” said Way. “They’ve had a similar experience going abroad, seeing how much children need help in countries that are developing, like Guatemala. They’ve seen with their own eyes, they’ve experienced it, and that makes them want to do something about it. They’ve joined the group because they want to make a difference.”

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LIVING WITH US Students who live with us are provided the resources they need to be successful. Our hall directors and apartment community managers are committed to building communities that support and encourage your student academically and socially. And, they are easily able to point students to various campus partners (like the Academic Success Center and Dean of Students Office) to help them with their Cyclone adventure.

CONTINUE IN THE COMMUNITY Beginning December 8, housing contracts for the 2015-16 academic year will be available on AccessPlus. March 1 is the deadline to submit a contract if your student wants to live on campus for 2015-16. Beginning in January, students can log in to AccessPlus and choose their current space or select a new one.

COMMUNITY QUICK FACTS Residence Halls: Our residence halls are led by hall directors who provide leadership and support to hall residents. Each resident is a member of a specific house, which consists of 40 to 60 students who live on the same floor or section of their residence hall. The house system is one of Iowa State’s great traditions and provides residents with a great way to meet new people and get involved in social, educational and cultural events.

More than 91% of students living with the Department of Residence report being satisfied with student safety.

“Working on the Oak-Elm/Linden homecoming banner was amazing because I got to bring a rough sketch to life. What was also very rewarding was seeing all of the other residents come help me paint, even into the wee hours of the night prior to hanging it up. Being so busy and involved has forced me to manage my time and my priorities better, which is, in my opinion, one of the most valuable skills there is to learn while at college.” —Haley, freshman Oak-Elm resident

of freshmen who lived on campus in fall 2013 were still enrolled in fall 2014.


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On-campus students had a lower number of midterm reports than off-campus students.

Students who live on campus receive their degree in less time than their off-campus peers.

Apartments: Our apartments provide apartment community managers that give each apartment a connection to campus. The communities are uniquely designed to offer a variety of living arrangements.

Frederiksen Court (north campus): 4-person apartments with 4 private bedrooms or 2-bedrooms, shared. Fully furnished. Full bath and kitchen. Washer and dryer. All utilities included. Community center with Hawthorn, a market, grill and cafe, on site.

Schilletter and University Village (north campus): One of the lowest 2-bedroom rental rates in Ames. Unfurnished (a few furnished units available in UV for additional cost). Full bath. Kitchen with stove, oven and fridge. Community center, central laundry facility, recreation areas and pet-friendly options.

Legacy Tower (Campustown): 1-5 bedroom two-level apartments. Fully furnished. Full kitchen and bath. All utilities included. Large, two-level community area. Residents have access to The Resort, a fitness center, sauna, hot tub, pool and grilling area owned by Campustown Property Management.

Students who lived in Department of Residence housing for two consecutive years earned higher cumulative GPAs at graduation compared to their peers who did not live in Department of Residence housing for two years.

Maricopa-Walton (West Ames): 1, 2, 3 or 4 bedroom units. Fully furnished. Private, attached bath with each bedroom (3-bedroom units in Walton have two bathrooms). All utilities included. Free membership to Ames Racquet and Fitness Center.

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DINING WITH US Restaurants, cafés, dining centers, convenience stores—they’re all part of your student’s meal plan. With 21 locations across campus, plus multiple vending options, we make it easy for your student to stay fueled up throughout the day. Meals are available at 11 locations and all locations accept Dining Dollars.

FLEXIBLE OPTIONS Whether grabbing an all-youcare-to-eat or to-go meal from a dining center, a meal bundle from a restaurant or a quick snack from an on-campus convenience store, your student will find multiple ways to use his or her meal plan on campus. We have locations open from 6:45 a.m. until 1 a.m. to serve students day or night.

EDUCATIONAL EVENTS We want your student to develop lifelong healthy habits. Our oncampus registered dietitian works on menu planning with our chefs and meets with students throughout the academic year to provide researchbased nutritional information to help students make wise decisions about their eating habits. Check out her blog at

FOOD + FUN A dining experience is about more than the food, it’s also about the atmosphere. That’s why we plan a number of special events throughout the year to add some fun. Cookie decorating, baseball night, Octoberfest, Halloween and ethnic lunches are just some of the events we’ve featured during fall semester, and we have even more planned for spring!


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CY’S SURPRISES Looking for a great way to brighten your students’ day? Order made-from-scratch bakery items from Cy’s Surprises! Each care package comes with a personalized note and is delivered to your student’s hall desk or apartment community center. Cy’s Celebration Cookie: A ten-inch decorated chocolate chip cookie. – $20

DATES TO REMEMBER November 21 Dining Centers close following dinner at 7 p.m.

November 22-29 Cyclone Cupcakes: Six jumbo cupcakes with red and yellow sprinkles. – $15

Thanksgiving Break – No Meals Served

Muffins: Six assorted muffins. – $9

November 30

November 27-28 University Holiday – Offices Closed Dining centers open for evening meal.

November 30 Cookies: Twelve assorted cookies. – $12 Orders must be placed at least one week prior to delivery date. To make your selections, simply visit and select Cy’s Surprises.

Cyclone Home is created for the families of students living on campus at Iowa State by the Department of Residence and ISU Dining. Cyclone Home Student Graphic Designer Anna Ellenberger

Last day to change fall housing assignment.

December 1 Spring 2015 meal plan change period begins.

December 8

Buchanan, Wallace & Wilson Halls, Frederiksen Court, Legacy Tower, Maricopa/ Walton, University & Schilletter Village apartments remain open during winter break for all non-graduating students. All other halls close.

December 25 University Holiday – Offices Closed

December 26 University Holiday – Offices Closed

January 1 University Holiday – Offices Closed

Housing contracts available on AccessPlus for 2015-16.

January 8

December 19

January 9

Fall meal plan expires.

Dining centers open.

December 20

January 12

Noon – Residence halls close for all nongraduating students.

Spring semester begins.

By Noon – Checkout for non-graduating students not staying for spring semester.

Last day to cancel or change Spring 2015 meal plan.

By 6 p.m. – Checkout for graduating students.

University Holiday – Offices Closed

Residence halls open at 8 a.m.

January 16

January 19

March 1 2015-16 housing contracts due.

Iowa State University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, age, ethnicity, religion, national origin, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, sex, marital status, disability, or status as a U.S. veteran. Inquiries can be directed to the Office of Equal Opportunity, 3350 Beardshear Hall, (515) 294-7612.

Cyclone Home Family Newsletter - Fall 2014  

Cyclone Home is created for the families of students living on campus at Iowa State by the Department of Residence and ISU Dining.

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