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New Residence Hall Update Get a peek at ISU’s new hall

Dining’s New Director Mohamed Ali

Keeping Campus Green

We show you ways we’re bettering campus life

LETTER FROM THE DIRECTORS Spring is here at Iowa State! For many students, it’s a time to get out and enjoy the warmer weather and look ahead to their summer plans. It’s been a pleasure to witness the ways in which students have built community in their Cyclone Homes this year. Whether establishing a support system among their house mates (page 4), taking part in Food Committee (page 5), or cheering on the Cyclones at Hilton and Jack Trice, our Iowa Staters continue to impress.

MOHAMED ALI Director ISU Dining

As always, we’re happy to hear from you. Contact us at 515-294-2900 or email us at or anytime. Go Cyclones! PETE ENGLIN Director Department of Residence

New Residence Hall Update

(l-r) Roger Graden, assoc. director of facilities, and Pete Englin, director, tour the new hall in late December.

Progress continues on Iowa State’s newest residence hall! The yet-to-be-named hall, which sits east of Buchanan, will bring over 780 beds to our campus residential community. Completion is slated for the spring 2017 semester.

The new residence hall has a grand elevated view from the outside, with a similar set back as Buchanan so it sits on the site in a way that maintains green space in front of the buildings.

Visit the live construction webcam link at


ISU Dining Welcomes New Director When students traveled to Ames in January to welcome the spring semester, they weren’t the only ones making the trip to campus. Mohamed Ali, ISU Dining’s new director, was also settling in to his Iowa State home. Ali, who began his Cyclone adventure on January 11, previously served as auxiliaries operations director at Ohio University, overseeing 17 retail dining locations and four regional dining facilities, as well as other operations across the Athens campus. He brings nearly 25 years of experience in the food industry to his role.

Photo: Christopher Gannon, University Photographer

Since becoming a Cyclone, Ali has been engaging students through various meetings, listening to their feedback and planning ways for ISU Dining to better serve an expanding campus community.

SECURE A JOB FOR FALL NOW! ISU Dining is hiring! 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. See why over 1,700 students choose to work for ISU Dining.

Benefits include: • 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 Apply online at


MAKING YOUR “HOUSE” A HOME Franklin, Fairchild, Converse, Cranor…names familiar to many who live in campus housing. Pulled from Iowa State history, they serve as the foundation for a community structure that has served Cyclones since the years immediately following World War II. “The house system acts as a supportive, involved community for residents to find somewhere to belong,” says Rachel Greifenkamp, Inter-Residence Hall Association president. “I have made some of my best friends in my house and clearly love it as I couldn’t imagine living anywhere else.” In 1946, a growing number of students were coming to campus, many on the G.I. Bill. Friley Hall alone boasted 900 men—and undergraduate housing advisers recognized, that to provide residents with the guidance and support they needed, the adviser program needed expansion. Bruce Widstrom, adviser chief at that time, had experienced the house system at his previous school, and thought that it could be adjusted to fit a large hall like Friley. In fall 1948, a trial run of the house system was introduced, with a permanent set-up agreed upon in February 1949.

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“The house system is literally a very formalized version of self-governance,” says Rachel Wagner, associate director of Residence Life. “It’s an incredible first step in the university’s responsibility to educate students for citizenship.”

“At its core, Iowa State is a community in which every student finds a place where he or she belongs through a system of smaller communities—classes, clubs and organizations, majors, and housing,” says Greifenkamp. “As a new-to-campus freshman, the first community you are introduced to is your house. They become your neighbors and friends that go through your first year of college with you; they are your support system for homesickness, loneliness, class problems, and personal problems. They take the place of your family, often eating meals, doing homework, and spending a ton of time together.”



House Cabinet meetings give students a voice.

CYCLONE CHEFS While ISU Dining’s chefs certainly keep themselves busy in the kitchen, they can often be found interacting with students at various events around campus. Whether it’s a cooking demonstration in an apartment community or a monthly meeting of our student food committee, these events give students an opportunity to meet the faces behind the food—and have fun in the process.

Ed Astarita, Pastry Chef, provides cake decorating tips at the campus bakery during a food committee tour of the facility.

Nolan Green, Chef de Cuisine for Retail, speaks with students at a cooking demo event held at Hawthorn in Frederiksen Court.

Scott Bruhn, Executive Chef, shares samples of fried chicken to gather student input about breading recipes.

Chef Jeremy’s Korean Chicken Wings (serves 6-8)

Sampled at February’s Food Committee Meeting

Ingredients: • • • •

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5 lb chicken wings, thawed 1 tsp kosher salt ¼ tsp ground black pepper 1 cup Gochujang (red pepper paste) – can be found in supermarket, Asian grocery stores or online ½ cup soy sauce ¼ cup rice vinegar ¾ cup brown sugar ¼ cup garlic, chopped 2 T ginger, freshly chopped 1 T sesame oil


1. Add all ingredients except chicken to blender or food processer and blend until smooth. 2. Season chicken with salt and black pepper. 3. Place chicken onto sheet pan and bake in oven at 350º F for approx. 20-25 minutes. or until internal temperature of 165º F. 4. Heat sauce until warm and toss with fresh cooked chicken in a bowl. 5. Serve immediately and enjoy!



LIVING THE CARDINAL, GOLD and green Iowa State boasts one of the most beautiful campuses around. In the Department of Residence, we’re working to make our alma mater’s “green-hilled throne” a little greener. Repurposed Cypress Before Replacement:

When patio fences in University Village were replaced with new ones last spring, the cypress wood didn’t just get tossed out— instead, it found a new purpose within a unique partnership that provides more than 400 benches inside Iowa State’s buildings. With wood supplied by the Department of Residence, a design supplied by Facilities Planning & Management, and a prototype created by Iowa Prison Industries, campus corridors are now a place where more students have a spot to relax while they wait for class. After Replacement:

donate unwanted goods at move-out Through this Department of Residence program, items that are unwanted during spring move-out are donated to local charitable organizations such as Goodwill and food pantries.

Items that can be donated include: • • • • •

Clean, gently used clothing and shoes Small household items in good condition Furniture in good condition Small appliances in good condition Non-perishable, unopened food items

Visit to learn more about the program and to view the full list of drop-off locations.



WHAT’s the tastiest way to stay in touch? Cy’s Surprises!


Looking for a great way to brighten your student’s day? Order fresh bakery items from Cy’s Surprises! All items include disposable forks, plates and napkins, with a personalized Cy’s Surprise card. Make your selections by visiting and selecting Cy’s Surprises.

May 2-6 Finals Week May 6 Dining centers close following dinner. May 7 Undergrad commencement By Noon – Checkout for non-graduating students not staying for summer term.

Cyclone Home is created for the families of students living in campus housing at Iowa State by the Department of Residence and ISU Dining. Cyclone Home Student Graphic Designer Connor Graf

By 6 p.m. – Checkout for graduating students. Dining dollars expire.

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 Office of Equal Opportunity, 3350 Beardshear Hall, 515 Morrill Road, Ames, Iowa 50011, Tel. 515 294-7612, email

Spring 2016 newsletter  

Get a peek at ISU's new residence hall, meet ISU Dining's new director, Mohamed Ali, learn ways the Department of Residence is keeping campu...

Spring 2016 newsletter  

Get a peek at ISU's new residence hall, meet ISU Dining's new director, Mohamed Ali, learn ways the Department of Residence is keeping campu...