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LETTER FROM THE DIRECTORS As autumn turns to winter, the Iowa landscape is blanketed with fallen leaves. And here at Iowa State, we’re reminded of life’s many changes as we stroll across our beautiful campus. While students encounter these changes, our commitment to your student is to provide a safe and secure learning and living environment where community is fostered, whether it’s found in building relationships with on-campus liaison officers or visiting with friends over a meal in our dining centers, restaurants, and cafés. Enjoy this edition of our family newsletter, and, as always, do not hesitate to contact us at 515-294-2900 or via email at and if we can assist your family in any way.

PETE ENGLIN Director Department of Residence

NANCY KELLER Director ISU Dining

MAP-WORKS = SUCCESS Congratulations to German Barcenas, freshman Mechanical Engineering major, who won free room and board for a year by participating in this year’s MAP-Works program. MAP-Works is an online assessment tool designed to help students make a successful transition to Iowa State. The assessment identifies areas where students may need additional resources and connects them with those resources for greater success during their academic career.


PHOTO: Cyclone Nation cheered on Iowa State at this fall’s football games with help from Frederiksen Court resident Josh Straquadine, one of three Cyclone Marching Band drum majors.

NAME: Josh Straquadine YEAR: 5th year senior MAJOR: Electrical Engineering & German

...the apartments also provide a strong community.

ACTIVITIES: Cyclone Marching Band, Kappa Kappa Psi Honorary Service Fraternity (Iota Omega Chapter), former PrISUm Solar Car team member REASON FOR CHOOSING IOWA STATE: “ISU not only had the best engineering program I could find, it also had a great band.” BEST THING ABOUT FREDERIKSEN COURT: “With a private room, I have my independence, but the apartments also provide a strong community. My roommates and I can easily talk about how things are going. And, the simplicity of the contract made it easy.”


PHOTO: Check out Lisa Nolting’s blog­ ( for great information about food and nutrition.

For Lisa Nolting, ISU Dining registered dietitian, coming to work at Iowa State has been like coming home. The northwest Iowa native received her degree in dietetics from ISU in 2008, and though she didn’t expect to return so soon, she had always hoped to land back on campus.

Nolting began her new position in July and is already engaging students on ISU Dining’s meal plans in a variety of ways. She met with various residence hall communities in September, has launched a Twitter feed (@ISUDiningRD) and is posting dining tips, recipes and nutritional information to her blog—

“My long-term goal was always to someday return to Iowa State and work in some capacity,” says Nolting.

“Students are digital,” says Nolting. “They’re using social media to get their information.”

So, though she was serving a great secondary school system in eastern Iowa, when the opportunity presented itself to fill a newly created position with ISU Dining, Nolting was quick to apply.

This interaction is all part of Nolting’s greater commitment to providing students with the resources they need in three main areas: special diet consultation, nutrition education and confidential nutrition counseling.


“I believe in a holistic approach,” says Nolting. “It’s important to be realistic and to view nutrition as part of a lifestyle.” Students who have a medical condition requiring a special diet may request accommodations by completing a Housing and Dining Accommodation Request Form (available online at meal-plans/exemptions). Once the form is submitted to ISU staff, the student receives a consultation, which includes a review of nutritional resources, an analysis of current menus and, if a special diet is required, a determination of when the

PHOTO: Seasons Marketplace, located in the Maple-Willow-Larch Commons, offers a new made-to-order smoothie bar. ISU Dining staff tailor the smoothies to accommodate customers’ specific nutrition or allergen needs.

It’s important to be realistic and to view nutrition as part of a lifestyle. student is likely to eat each day so that the student receives a fresh meal from the special diet kitchen located at Union Drive Marketplace. In addition to these studentspecific resources, Nolting is quick to remind ISU’s campus community that even those who are not on a special diet for reasons related to

a medical condition have a wealth of resources available to them, including posts listed on her blog, signs posted next to dining center food items and nutrition information available through NetNutrition (netnutrition.dining.iastate. edu/NetNutrition).

can pull it up online for the entire semester, then look up items on NetNutrition to have a good idea of their calorie intake,” says Nolting. Should your student need assistance, he or she may contact Nolting directly via email at

“I encourage students to look at the menu beforehand—They

ISU MEAL PLANS MAKE IT EASY With twenty locations across campus, ISU Dining provides the variety and flexibility that students need. There’s no meal prep and there are no groceries to buy! Service is available throughout the day, including early morning and late-night options. While all-you-care-to-eat dining is available at four locations on campus, students may pick up a quick and convenient meal bundle or use the portable

To-Go Program. Online ordering at Clyde’s Sports Club and Hawthorn helps students plan around busy schedules. Changes to meal plans for Spring can be made over break. Log in to AccessPlus to modify a plan. To view everything ISU Dining has to offer, visit www.dining.


PHOTO: Students test their fatal vision goggle skills with DOR Liaison Officer Keith Varner while participating in safety awareness training at Buchanan Hall.

IT’S ALL ABOUT RELATIONSHIPS Residence, ISU Police Departments committed to student safety During college, decisions are made that will impact a person for years to come. To help students gain the education they need to make wise choices, ISU’s Department of Residence (DOR) and the Iowa State University Police Department (ISUPD) commit themselves to building positive relationships with Iowa Staters. “We have a vested interest in student success,” says Lieutenant Elliott Florer. “Students are the university’s most important asset.” DOR Liaison Officer Program As part of its communityoriented policing initiatives, the ISUPD offers DOR Liaison Officers on a volunteer basis to integrate with the Department of Residence’s education programs. Activities include partnering with on-campus Learning Communities for


one-hour sessions related to personal safety, or going on rounds with residence hall staff. “The safety and security of our students is our number one priority,” says Pete Englin, Department of Residence director. “ISUPD coming into our halls and apartment communities to work with our staff has formed a great partnership. In student satisfaction surveys, our students rate safety and security on campus very high.” This commitment to safety and security includes engaging students in a number of activities within the residence hall and apartment communities as well as various events around campus, which helps the ISUPD to build trust among students and its staff. “We get students at a great point in their lives,” says Officer Anthony Greiter.

Whether participating in an informal volleyball match, leading orientation sessions, playing ping-pong or giving tips for staying safe during VEISHEA week, ISU Police officers know that strong relationships lie at the heart of student safety. “Our ISUPD officers know what it’s like to be part of a college community,” says Lieutenant Florer. This knowledge often leads to a lighthearted approach to education, such as using fatal vision goggles to shoot free-throws during a Union Drive Association Basketball Challenge to teach about the danger of alcohol impairment. “It’s important that our officers and ISU’s students get to know each other as people, and more than just by the roles we each play,” says Lieutenant Florer.

Safety Escort Service In addition to the DOR Liaison Officer Program, students can take advantage of the ISU Department of Public Safety’s Escort Service, which offers an

escort to or from universityowned or Greek properties from 6 p.m. – 6 a.m. Students may call 515-2944444 to request an escort.



Housing contracts available on AccessPlus for 2014-15.

December 20

Dining centers close for winter break.

December 21

3 p.m. – Residence halls close for all non-graduating students. By 3 p.m. – Checkout for non-graduating students not staying for spring semester. By 6 p.m. – Checkout 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 24

Send a Cy’s Surprise for a birthday, a pick-me-up or just because!

University Holiday

Choose from a selection of freshly made treats from ISU’s on-campus bakery, complete with a personalized, hand-written note.

University Holiday

December 25 January 9

Residence Halls open at 8 a.m. Place your order today! Visit and select Cy’s Surprises from the left-hand navigation menu.

January 10

Dining centers open.

January 13 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 Designers Ashley Diers, Emily King, and Claire Myers

Spring semester begins.

January 17

Last day to cancel or change Spring 2014 meal plan.

January 20

Martin Luther King Jr. Day – University Holiday

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 - Fall 2013  

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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