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Growing our Cyclone Home

New residence hall set to open spring 2017

Recycling helps students SAVE Donations accepted during move-out

LETTER FROM THE DIRECTORS It’s hard to believe, but another school year is nearly at an end. Students will soon pack up their belongings, check out of their rooms and head back to their families or other adventures. We’re thankful for the opportunity to share their home away from home with them. It’s been an exciting year— back-to-back Big 12 championships for the men’s basketball team, a century of ISU Theatre and more. We’re also celebrating 100 years of Lyon Hall and the construction of a new residence hall (we’re scheduled to break ground May 11). Our students are doing great things—whether serving their fellow Cyclones a made-to-order quesadilla in the dining center, starting a pilot program for pizza box recycling, planning a masquerade ball at the MU Great Hall, or serving in Inter-Residence Hall Association leadership, the community they build at Iowa State is amazing. We’re happy to hear from you. Feel free to give us a call at 515-294-2900 or email us at or at Have a great spring and summer. Go Cyclones!

PETE ENGLIN Director Department of Residence

THOMAS HILL Interim Director ISU Dining

GET YOUR GRILL SIZZLING WITH CHEF SCOTT With warmer temperatures reaching campus at last, it’s time to think about cooking out on the grill. Try this time-tested rub with your favorite meats or vegetables compliments of ISU Dining Executive Chef Scott Bruhn. Happy grilling!

Dry Rub for BBQ 4 tablespoons sweet paprika 2 tablespoons chili powder 2 tablespoons ground cumin 2 tablespoons brown sugar 2 tablespoons kosher salt 1 tablespoon dried oregano 1 tablespoon sugar 1 tablespoon ground black pepper 1 tablespoon ground white pepper Mix all ingredients together in a small bowl. Rub will keep for a month in an airtight container.


RESIDENCE HALL RECYCLING Cyclones live the cardinal, gold and green! Our communities offer a number of opportunities to reduce, reuse and recycle.

RecycleMania Beginning in February, our residence halls competed against one another in RecycleMania, an eight-week period each spring where colleges and universities across the United States and Canada report the amount of recycling and trash collected each week. Schools are ranked in various categories based on who recycles the most on a per capita basis. At the time of this writing, Oak-Elm Hall residents boasted a five-week winning streak against their fellow Cyclones.

Pizza Box Recycling Pilot at Oak-Elm Oak-Elm Hall launched a new pilot program for pizza box recycling during spring semester. Because the pizza boxes contain food residue, they are not able to be recycled with other corrugated cardboard. With the pilot program, students place used pizza boxes in a metal crate located outside the hall. The boxes are taken by Facilities Planning and Management staff, who shred the boxes with a wood chipper to create compost material.

SAVE Items at Move-Out SAVE is a program that collects unwanted items during spring move-out and then donates them to local charitable organizations such as Goodwill. By simply donating items that are no longer wanted or cannot be taken home, our Iowa Staters: • SAVE hauling unwanted stuff home • SAVE the landfills by not tossing good items into the trash • SAVE our planet by reducing, reusing and recycling items Items that can be donated include: • Clean, gently used clothing and shoes (no undies please) • Small household items in good condition • Furniture in good condition • Small appliances and electronics in working order Dropping off items is easy: Non-food donations are accepted in each residence hall community, while food donations are accepted in both the residence halls and apartment communities. Non-perishable, unopened food items are taken to local food pantries and distributed to local families in need. Visit to learn more about the program and to view the full list of drop-off locations.


GROWING OUR CYCLONE HOME In Spring 2017, the Department of Residence will open our newest residence hall, providing a Cyclone home to an additional 784 students. Planning for the new residence hall, which will be located east of Buchanan Hall, was approved by the Board of Regents, State of Iowa, in December. In March, Opus Design Build was selected to design and build the new community. Construction is scheduled to begin May 11. Visit for the latest updates throughout the construction process. The new residence hall will offer an eight-story, grand elevated view from the outside, with four elevators taking students to their floors. A setback in line with Buchanan Hall will provide an open courtyard area between the residence hall and Lincoln Way. A “front-porch” gathering area will give opportunities for informal student interaction on each floor.

“ Our Department of Residence recognizes they’re here to serve students and help them succeed, not just provide a space to live. This building provides the spaces for interaction among students, and that’s what makes the residence halls so special.” — Cole Staudt, Iowa State sophomore and Inter-Residence Hall Association Vice President



A BIRTHDAY FOR BLF Picture the scenario: As an increasing number of students enter Iowa State, demand for housing grows. In response to the growing demand, the university receives authorization from the state legislature to build a new residence hall. Sound familiar? Perhaps, but the year is 1913.

A New Hall Is Built In late March of 1914, the Board of Education, State of Iowa, decided to locate the new residence hall across the street from the Knoll. The building, opened the second semester of the 1914-15 academic year, originally housed 74 women, with an additional 26 women added after top floor accommodations were finished on July 15, 1915. Two years after the hall’s completion, it was given a name: West Hall. Nearly a decade later, in 1928, the State Board of Education approved the name Lyon Hall (after Mount Holyoke College founder, Mary Mason Lyon).

Decades of Change

Over the following decades, Lyon Hall underwent a number of changes, including housing the Navy V-12 training program in the 1940s and graduate men in the late 1950s and ’60s. In 1964, the hall was vacated to allow a complete renovation. In 1968, Lyon was organized into Barker and Harwood houses.

A Lyon Hall Romance

Fast forward to the 21st century. Ben Engelken, whose father, Terry, lived in the Richardson Court community during his four years at Iowa State, is encouraged by his dad to choose “Old RCA” when filling out his residence hall application. Ben rooms in Lyon Barker. Kelsie Geiger transfers to Iowa State in January of her freshman year and rooms with a friend from high school in Lyon Barker. Ben and Kelsie are introduced to one another by Kelsie’s roommate on the way back to the dorm after a group of Barker residents have dinner together one night. “I loved how close everyone in Barker was my freshman and sophomore year,” said Kelsie. “We would eat all our meals together. There was a set table at the dining hall that was the Barker table; it was nice to know you could find someone from the dorm there. I loved being able to leave my door open during the day while I was there and have people stop by to talk to, and if I got bored, I could go see if somebody else had their door open and wanted to hang out. The parlor was always a popular spot to find people to talk to.” Ben begins to help Kelsie with her economics homework in the Lyon parlor, and they start dating in May of 2008.

A New Century of Cyclones

Three years later, in June, Ben takes Kelsie on a walk around campus and stops in front of Lyon Hall. He proposes marriage, and she accepts. They marry on July 14, 2012. On January 14, 2015, they welcome their son, Grayson Lyon, to the family. And a new century of Cyclones begins.





ISU DINING IS HIRING! Plan ahead for fall employment! We have a variety of positions available in our dining centers, c-stores, food court, cafés, catering and bakery for students living both on and off campus.


Finals Week

May 8

Graduate Commencement

See why over 1,700 students choose to work for ISU Dining.

Dining centers close following dinner at 7:00 p.m.

Benefits include:

May 9

Undergrad Commencement

• Flexible hours—between classes, over lunch, and early morning to late night • Convenient location—we’re on campus! • Wages start at $8.65/hr • Free meal with every three-hour shift (most locations) • Gain leadership skills while being part of a team Applications are available at

By Noon – Checkout for non-graduating students not staying for summer term. By 6 p.m. – Checkout for graduating students. Dining dollars expire.

May 16

Move-in begins for summer session I students.

May 18

Summer session I begins. Dining centers open for breakfast at 6:45 a.m.

May 22

Meal plan change/cancel deadline for summer session I students.

May 25

University Holiday

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

June 13

Move-in begins for summer session II students.

June 15

Summer session II begins.

June 19

Meal plan change/cancel deadline for summer session II students.

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 regarding non-discrimination policies may be directed to Robinette Kelley, Director, Office of Equal Opportunity, Title IX/ADA Coordinator, and Affirmative Action Officer, 3350 Beardshear Hall, Ames, Iowa 50011, Tel. 515 294-7612, email

Spring 2015 Cyclone Home newsletter  

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