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Learning to Serve One Cyclone’s Dominican Adventure

Continuing the Tradition

Apartments with a campus connection

LETTER FROM THE DIRECTORS It’s hard to believe that we’re moving into the final lap of the fall semester here at Iowa State. Soon, students will be taking their final exams and either graduating at semester or heading home for their winter break. If your family is gathering over break, take a look at the baked pears recipe on page 6. Our Chef de Cuisine for Residential Dining, Jeremy Bowker, has often made the dish for his own family this time of year. Your student might be looking ahead to 2016-17 and exploring housing options. On pages 4-5, see how our apartment communities keep students connected to campus and encourage academic success.

PETE ENGLIN Director Department of Residence

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

NUTRITION KNOW-HOW Have a student who’s Calorie Counts working to establish everything can fit into healthful habits or needs While a balanced diet, sometimes to be alerted about it’s good to know the calorie allergens? ISU Dining information of certain foods. ISU Dining includes calorie makes it easy! NetNutrition With NetNutrition, calorie, nutrient and allergen information is just a click or a tap away! Menus can be viewed by location and date, and filters are available to tag known allergens or preferences like vegetarian items. Students can access the system by visiting and selecting Nutrition, then NetNutrition from the left-hand menu.


information on our packaged made-fresh items and bakery items at the point of purchase, as well as on

THOMAS HILL Senior Vice President Student Affairs Interim Director ISU Dining

our printed and electronic menus, and our website. In addition to our online resources, we offer a variety of nutrition events with our registered dietitian for your student to learn more about maintaining a healthful lifestyle. “Calorie information is valuable; however, it’s important not to focus solely on calories in terms of a balanced diet,” says Lisa Nolting, ISU Dining registered dietitian. “Something that’s higher in calories may be very nutrient dense in terms of vitamins and minerals, so it’s important to look at the food components of a menu item as well.”

LEARNING TO SERVE At Iowa State, students are encouraged to choose their unique adventure. For University Village resident Rachel Morris, that adventure has led her to the Dominican Republic. The senior chemical engineering major and former community adviser from Ohio was encouraged by her older brother, who has led service trips to the Caribbean island nation for nearly five years, to join him during her winter break last year. After just one trip, she was hooked—and is leading a group of Iowa State students to the Dominican Republic in late December after she graduates. “I really enjoy working with kids,” said Morris. “The trip was a way to be able to do that—not just on a local level, but on an international level and experience a whole new culture and how people live their lives. It was really an eye-opening experience.”

said Morris. “Really, it’s giving people the freedom to choose what their future is going to look like.” While Morris has invested her talents into the lives of Dominicans, the relationship that has formed is reciprocal—the people she has served have served her as well. “In the Dominican culture, everybody is so interested

in who you are and what’s your story. They’ll sit and talk to you for hours—it just doesn’t faze them at all,” said Morris. “When working with the Dominican students, I really had to show them initially how much I cared and how much I was willing to put forth to serve them,” said Morris. “It’s very similar to a CA role or peer mentor role—you have to be willing to sacrifice your time and try to serve others the best way that you can.”

Rachel Morris teaches a student while serving in the Dominican Republic.

Morris and her team of Iowa Staters will serve with Outreach360, a nonprofit that adopts specific disadvantaged neighborhoods in the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua, connecting them with volunteers who offer programs focused on various sports, the arts, environmentalism, and English education and immersion. “With these impoverished areas, what we’ve noticed is that people get in the mindset that I can only be this, I’m limited, I can’t be whatever I want to be—I can only do what my parents did, or I can only do the jobs that are locally around me,”


CONTINUING THE TRADITION Students who want to live in Department of Residence housing for the 2016-17 academic year can submit a contract in AccessPlus beginning in December. Early next semester, students can explore options and choose where they want to live next year. Or, they can keep their same space. Refer to housing. for details regarding the room selection process. Apartment Living: Increased Independence, Strong Support Our apartments provide apartment community managers who give each apartment a connection to campus. The communities are uniquely designed to offer a variety of living arrangements.

Frederiksen Court (north campus): This active and vibrant apartment community offers four-person apartments with four private bedrooms or two shared bedrooms. Frederiksen Court’s on-site community center includes Hawthorn, a market, cafÊ and convenience store, plus a common area with a double fireplace. Activities like the Beat Iowa Bash, ice cream socials and bingo nights help build community and a sense of belonging.

Schilletter and University Village (north campus): This apartment community offers one of the lowest two-bedroom rental rates in Ames. The SUV community center houses the SUV office, a computer lab, a multipurpose room and a community kitchen. University Village provides a mixed gender roommate option, while Schilletter Village is typically available to students with a spouse, domestic partner or dependent children.



Legacy Tower (Campustown): Legacy Tower is located just a few blocks from campus and offers two-level apartments with one to five bedrooms. Residents have access to The Resort, which offers a fitness center, sauna, hot tub, pool and grilling area. The Resort is managed by Campustown Property Management, owner of Legacy Tower. The Department of Residence leases Legacy Tower and staffs it with apartment community managers. Iowa State University West Apartments (West Ames): Iowa State University West includes a variety of living options in West Ames. A community center provides easy access to office staff as well as a gathering space for residents. Residents enjoy pizza parties, four square tournaments and other community-building activities. The Department of Residence leases apartments in this community and staffs them with apartment community managers.

Residence Hall Expansion: Our residence halls offer supportive communities where your student’s classmates are just down the hall. Our newest residence, slated for spring 2017 completion, will add more than 780 beds and sits east of Buchanan Hall. Learn more at

“I started my adventure in the Towers and loved it because of the amazing community atmosphere! Now I am in Iowa State West Apartments and I love the ease and versatility of living in campus apartments. Living in campus housing all four years has turned Iowa State into my home, not just my school.”

SAVANNA Iowa State University West resident

Visit to learn more. WINTER 2015


COOKING WITH CHEF JEREMY Each time of the year brings its own unique flavors and dishes to the table. As the months grow colder, it’s the perfect time to try this dish that is made with baked pears—a seasonal favorite.

Riesling Braised Pears with Toasted Walnuts and Blue Cheese (serves 8) Ingredients: • • • • • • • • •

¼ cup Riesling wine 4 pears, halved, cored but not peeled 1 T olive oil ¼ tsp kosher salt 1 ⁄8 tsp fresh ground black pepper ¼ cup blue cheese (Maytag or Oregon Blue) ¼ cup toasted walnut pieces ¼ tsp fresh thyme, chopped salt and black pepper to taste

Method: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. .


Chef Jeremy prepares a dish at Simple Plate, which offers chef-created, simply balanced plates.

Preheat oven to 375°F. Arrange pears into a baking dish with cored side up. Pour Riesling over the pears. Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and black pepper. Bake pears for approximately 15-20 minutes. While pears are baking, mix together the blue cheese, walnuts, fresh thyme, salt and pepper. Remove pears and place a dollop of blue cheese mixture on top of pears and place back into oven until blue cheese is softened but not liquefied. Serve pears hot.

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

Cy’s Surprises Looking for a great way to brighten your student’s day? Order fresh 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


Cyclone Cupcakes: Six jumbo cupcakes with red and yellow sprinkles. – $15

December 18

Muffins: Six assorted muffins. – $9

Cookies: Twelve assorted cookies. – $12 Make your selections by visiting dining. and selecting Cy’s Surprises.

ISU DINING IS HIRING Is your student looking for a convenient job right on campus? ISU Dining is hiring! Wages start at $8.65/hr and most locations offer a free meal with every three-hour shift. Visit to learn more.

Housing contracts available on AccessPlus for 2016-17. Fall meal plan expires. (dining dollars and block plans carry over to spring semester). Dining centers close after dinner.

December 19

Noon – Residence halls close for all nongraduating students. By Noon – Checkout for non-graduating students not staying for spring semester. By 6 p.m. – Checkout for graduating students. Buchanan, Wallace and Wilson Halls remain open during winter break for all non-graduating students. All other residence halls close. Apartments remain open.

December 24-25 University Holiday – Offices Closed

January 1

University Holiday – Offices Closed

January 7

Residence halls open at 8 a.m. for students returning from break.

January 8

Dining centers reopen with breakfast.

January 11

Spring semester begins.

January 18

University Holiday – Offices Closed

January 22

Last day to cancel or change Spring 2016 meal plan.

March 1

2016-17 housing contracts and cancellations 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 regarding non-discrimination policies may be directed to Office of Equal Opportunity, 3350 Beardshear Hall, Ames, Iowa 50011, Tel. 515 294-7612, email

Winter 2015 Cyclone Home Family Newsletter  

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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