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Monday, December 13 2010


Iowa State University custodian and single mom will earn bachelor's degree Saturday

Chris Matteo graduates Saturday from Iowa State with a degree in liberal studies. She also works full-time as an ISU custodian. And part-time as a waitress. And she's rehabbing a 100-year old house in Boone. Did we mention she's a single mother of two teen-age boys?
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Iowa State professors assess FCC's current network neutrality dilemma

Two Iowa State University professors who study Internet regulation -- Jeff Blevins (at left) from the Greenlee School of Journalism and Communications and Tony Townsend from management information systems -- see the Federal Communications Commission's Dec. 21 decision on network neutrality being critically important to both Internet users and providers alike.

ISU students win interior design magazine's student competition with hotel concept

A design project by two Iowa State University students took top honors in the student/conceptual category of Contract magazine's 32nd Annual Interiors Awards. The competition recognizes outstanding projects in 15 categories related to interior design. The students completed the design for a sophisticated but romantic South Beach hotel project last spring.They will be honored at an awards breakfast Jan. 28 in New York City, and their work will be featured in Contract's January 2011 Design Awards issue.
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Celebrate the holidays at Reiman Gardens

A 16-foot tree at ISU's Reiman Gardens doubles as a rocket ship, surrounded by a solar system created from donated bowling balls. Volunteers spent months gluing small pieces of glass onto the balls to represent each planet in a colorful, mosaic design. Reiman Gardens' design team has decorated elaborate trees and paired them with gazing balls throughout -- a closing tribute to the 2010 theme "A Celebration of Garden Ornamentation."

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Management professors study the impact of career growth on organizational commitment

Two University Professors of management at Iowa State -- James McElroy (at right) and Paula Morrow -- collaborated on a recent study of 961 employees from the People's Republic of China that found that it's not enough for companies to provide a setting in which employees can meet their career goals and develop their abilities. Organizations must also back up their human resource practices with a reward system that visibly recognizes the worth and contributions of their employees if they are to build a sense of worker commitment.
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Board of Regents approves new Master of Industrial Design degree at ISU

The Board of Regents, State of Iowa, today approved a new Master of Industrial Design degree program to be offered by the College of Design. This two-year, studio-based graduate program will consist of three different tracks. The research track will focus on the creation and application of new knowledge through research and culminate in a thesis. The business track will specialize in commercial issues of management and product development and culminate in a final project.
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Iowa State student spreads holiday joy through nonprofit protégé program

In her spare time this fall, Iowa State University sophomore Rachel Owen shadowed the director of Beloit Residential Services in Ames to learn how nonprofits are managed. Now she's giving back by collecting toy-filled stockings for the children who reside there. For the past four months, Owen and 11 other Iowa State students have participated in the Nonprofit Protégé Program coordinated by the Student Activities Center. Through Monday, Dec. 13, Christmas stockings filled with small toys, games, stickers, crafts, books, puzzles and stationery valued at about $15, can be dropped off at the East Student Office Space in the lower level of the Memorial Union.

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ISU landscape architecture students help Lake Delhi area residents explore alternative futures

For the past three months, a landscape architecture class has worked with the people affected by the Lake Delhi dam failure to sort out options for the future of the lake and surrounding area. Co-instructors Julia Badenhope and J. Timothy Keller integrated field work, practical research and academic study within the project-based design studio, which included 30 upper-level undergraduate and graduate students. They collected public input, conducted community and economic analyses of the area and created senarios for future development. The students are sharing their report with Gov. Chet Culver's Lake Delhi Recover and Rebuild Task Force, and will present their analysis of the impacts of the dam break and scenarios for the region's recovery Friday afternoon in the Memorial Union.
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