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Once a Cyclone A stud student’s dent’s story comes full circle

Living On

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Chef Torin

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Letter from the Directors One of the great joys of working on a college campus is meeting young people who are so eager to learn new things, meet new people, and take part in new experiences. This fall, we’ve had the opportunity to watch over 10,000 residents and even more dining customers embrace a new challenge in their lives. Some students are brand new to campus, excited to participate

in a vibrant studentfocused culture. Others, like Maureen Foley, the successful senior in our cover story, were familiar with Iowa State, but are in the midst of creating their own memorable experience. Our role in student success is to provide a safe, supportive learning and social environment. Whether it’s giving students a place to sit down, relax and enjoy some time with

friends over a nice meal or inspiring an entire floor to come together and donate to a cause they believe in, we provide opportunities for students to learn and grow together. As always, we’re happy to hear from students and families. Feel free to contact us at 515-294-2900 or and Go Cyclones!

Pete Englin

Nancy Levandowski

Director Department of Residence

Director ISU Dining

Student Success Starts with Safety Students mull over dozens of factors when it comes to the decision to live on campus. Proximity to campus, independence, cost, and roommates are among the important variables students consider while deciding where to live each school year. But one issue that parents are probably more attuned to is safety. And above all other responsibilities, student safety is the Department of Residence’s number one priority. The Department of Residence partners with the Department of


Public Safety and the Dean of Students Office on campus to ensure the housing environment is a safe, supportive community for students. Residents have regularly ranked campus housing facilities among the highest for their sense of safety. Residence halls feature exterior doors that automatically lock during the evenings and weekends and require card key access to enter. In 2010, 264 surveillance cameras were added to all ground exits and entrances, some common areas, and in residence hall elevators

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in order to enhance personal accountability. And currently, the Department of Residence is upgrading sprinkler systems throughout each residence hall on campus. “We’re responsible for taking care of 10,000+ students, making sure they’re getting what they need to thrive,” said Residence Director Pete Englin. “It all starts with keeping students safe and secure. We’re doing whatever it takes to create the safest learning and social environment possible.”

Deciding Where to Live Next Year The leaves are barely gone from the trees, but this is already the time for you and your student to start talking about housing options for the 2013-14 school year. Housing contracts are available December 5. By talking through the options early, your student will have the best chance to obtain one of these housing options: Residence Halls Students can make more memories in their favorite residence hall or they can room with one of their friends in a new residence hall! On-Campus Apartments Frederiksen Court and SUV Apartments offer independent living with a campus connection, plus

academically flexible contracts! Suite Style Rooms Buchanan Hall offer all of the amenities of the residence halls with a spacious twist! How to sign up for housing for 2013-14 Beginning December 3, housing contracts will be available on AccessPlus. By submitting a contract, your student will secure a place to live on campus for the 2013-14 school year. Starting in early February, your student can choose where he or she would like to live next year. If your student submits a contract and has a change of plans, he or she has until March 1 to cancel the contract without penalty.

Why Students Choose to Live on Campus Smarts – Students who live on campus earn a higher GPA than their offcampus counterparts. Friends – On-campus residents have significantly higher social integration than their offcampus peers. Involvement – Students who live on campus are more likely to attend a student function, including sporting events, plays, and art exhibits than their offcampus peers. Support – Students who live on campus are more likely to report getting the support they need to succeed academically and thrive socially. Leadership – On-campus students hold over 1,100 campus leadership positions. The Experience – Students who live on campus have a higher evaluation of the university and are more likely to graduate from Iowa State.

Students of the Frederiksen Court Council hand out balloons at the VEISHEA festival.

School Spirit – Campus is the center of the cardinal and gold universe. It’s all Cy all the time!


Once a Cyclone,

Always a Cyclon A student’s story coming full circle

Polly Foley sits in the back of the class on a chilly January day. Fresh off a degree from Gonzaga University, Polly’s now a teaching assistant in the chemistry department after securing a spot in the graduate program at Iowa State. As the class ends, Polly stands up. Her classmates didn’t even notice until now. Polly’s seven months pregnant. Two months later, as he arrives back to 161D University Village following a grueling calculus mid-term, Brooks is ready for a good night’s sleep. Instead, he comes home to find Polly in labor.


when we visited and it was beautiful. It made my decision really easy.” “We were very proud she and Alex (Maureen’s little brother) chose ISU,” says Brooks. “Like us, they fell in love with the campus and Ames. I like to think they were drawn back there by memories of their early childhood in the ISU community.” On a cold winter day in 1993, the wind whips across the farm land located directly across from the Foley apartment in Schilletter Village. Three year old Maureen wants to go outside, but the biting breeze and subfreezing temperatures give Brooks pause. He’d prefer Maureen and Alex play inside today. It’s just too cold. Brooks grabs a pile of laundry and heads

Like nearly all first time fathers, the 23 year old Virginia native knows that his life will never be the same. Eighteen years pass. Brooks and Polly Foley have moved on from Ames. The Cary, Illinois, residents have three My mom and I came for a visit beautiful and I fell in love with the campus children. to the basement. A little The oldest, Maureen, red head follows him, is going to college next grabbing her tricycle at year. She wants to visit the base of the stairs and a university that’s been stuck in her memory since peddling around the room as sounds of the winter she was a child. storm reverberate through “My mom and I came the building. for a visit and I fell in love “We didn’t have much,” with the campus,” says says Brooks. “But we Maureen. “It was July

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made due and we had a great time.” “I remember things like going to Hickory Park,” says Maureen. “They had a place where they made the sundaes and my dad would take me over and hold me up and I would watch them make my ice cream and they would give me extra cookies. And I remember going to the fire engine park (Brookside Park). That’s what we called it. It has a fire engine in it and I remember playing on the fire engine all the time.” It’s been ten years since Brooks and Polly have been on the Iowa State campus. The memories come flooding back as they pull past Hilton Coliseum and into the Oak-Elm parking lot. “I think it was really cool for my parents when they were moving me in,” says Maureen. “My dad was like, ‘Oh I walked to class this way and I used to do this on campus.’” “A lot had changed, but there were still a number of things that hadn’t,” says Brooks. “We took the kids on a tour of the places that we lived and the places that we went and the things we did when they were little. We quickly remembered all the things we loved about living in Ames.” After two years living in the residence halls on campus, Maureen and her roommate make the move to the same SUV apartment community she played in as a toddler.

“We asked her if she was going to request 161D,” jokes Brooks. “I think it was really cool for my parents when they were moving me in,” says Maureen. “They just kept saying, ‘you lived in here and you stayed in this room in your crib.’ Back then, they didn’t have air conditioning, so my mom likes to say how spoiled we are because we have air conditioning.” Some things have changed in the SUV community, the library, and throughout campus, but enough stay the same for the Foleys to share memories as a family. “Moving her in to both UV and Schilletter brought

Maureen. “My dad likes to talk about getting his hair cut in the MU. There’s no barber shop there anymore, but he remembers doing that. He remembers a lot of the kid stuff, like going to the horse barn. They have the same stories they like to share all the time.” As always, Parks Library is quiet. A young man walks to the checkout desk and sets down his books. The student working the desk scans the first book. As she picks up the second, she pauses. Suddenly, a little girl toddles her way toward the desk. It all makes sense now. There aren’t a lot of college

I feel like my life has come full circle back memories of when we moved in,” says Brooks. “It was fun. We remembered what it was like and we were able to share our experience and could provide some advice on things to get to make the apartments seem more like home.” “They obviously had a different experience than I do since they had children,” says

students who check out Curious George along with an engineering book. Two decades later, the little Curious George enthusiast has grown up and is putting the final touches on her own memorable ISU experience. The baby that interrupted late night cram sessions is now cramming herself, so she can earn her degree and attend law school next year. “I feel like my life has come full circle,” says Maureen. “I say that all the time. I never thought when I first came here that I would end up living in the same place as my parents, but it just so happened to work out that way. I’m really glad it did.”


The Choices are Endless A mere decade ago campus food service consisted of cafeteria lines, lunch ladies, and entrees by the scoopful. It’s amazing how much can change in a decade. Today, ISU Dining’s 19 locations consist

of everything from a barbecue station and a wood fire pizza grill to Godfather’s pizza and grass-fed beef burgers. Gone are the lunch ladies, replaced by trained chefs. Forget scooped up one-color

Breakfast Can grab a dining center breakfast or grab something from the Hub or MU – I’ll go with a breakfast sandwich at The Hub and a coffee from Caribou.

Dinner The dining center is the place to go for dinner. My roommate and I just swipe our card and get all-we-care-to-eat service at Seasons. I think I’ll try the pulled pork sandwich tonight and a little frozen yogurt to top it off!


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entrees. Students have daily access to items like baby back ribs, sweet and sour pork, Thai lettuce wraps, and Boston cream pie. And, don’t forget about Caribou and Starbucks on campus.


A lot of students grab a quick meal at the MU and a lot eat in the dining centers, but I’m in a hurry, so I grab a buffalo chicken wrap and a water from the Courtyard Café.

Afternoon Snack The wrap was amazing, but I’m in the mood for something sweet. I’ll stop into West Side Market and grab a brownie.

Meet one of our ISU Dining chefs

Chef Torin A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York, Chef Torin Munro has worked as a sous chef for ISU Dining since 2008. What inspires/motivates you when you’re in the kitchen? Our customers. Flat out every day. We serve on average about 2800 to 3000 meals a day. We have customers who are living away from their families, and in many cases for the first time. If there is anything I can do to bring a new flavor, or make a comfort food that makes them less homesick I will. I really enjoy when we get feedback from our customers and they open the dialogue to what they are looking for at Seasons. What do you enjoy most about working on campus? I really enjoy working with the students. Since I didn’t attend a “normal college” I get to see the major differences between universities and a trade school. Who’s your favorite chef? I really enjoy Anthony Bourdain because he has a great attitude and really looks over what changes the food culture in different areas. Julia Child is also amazing. She brought forward a style of cooking the United States hasn’t really been open to and helped make it main

stream. Without her we wouldn’t have so many people interested in how their food is made or where it comes from. What’s your favorite dish on campus? My favorite dish on campus would be anything Ed our pastry chef makes. He does wonderful work. But as far as savory food goes, I could eat our Bahn Mi sandwich or our Meatloaf every day. Both of them are comfort foods for me. What’s one way a family can spice up their Thanksgiving meal? Organize yourself, and set up a timeline so everything comes out when you want it to. If you prep a few days out, it makes all the difference. I usually brine my turkey with a mix of fall spices and cider vinegars. Then I make an herb butter for the inside and the outside of the skin. After that I fill the bird with carrot, onion, apple, herb stems, sage breakfast sausage, and bacon. Make sure to save the drippings from roasting the bird when you do that! It makes the best gravy that people will be talking about the next year.

Dates to Remember December 3 Housing contracts are available for 2013-14; can be completed online using Access Plus. December 15 Dining centers close for winter break December 15 3 pm – Residence halls close for all non-graduating students 3 pm – Check out for nongraduating students not staying for spring semester 6 pm – Check out for graduating students Buchanan, Linden, Wallace, and Wilson Halls, Frederiksen Court and SUV Apartments remain open during winter break for all non-graduating students December 16 – January 13 Semester Break January 9 Last day to refund or reduce Dining Dollar$ January 10 Residence halls open at 8 am January 11 Dining centers open January 14 Spring semester begins January 18 Last day to cancel or change Spring 2013 meal plan January 21 Martin Luther King Jr. Day – University Holiday March 1 Last day to cancel 2013-14 housing contract


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