Yesterday was ISU Day at the Capitol, ISU’s opportunity each year to visit with legislators, legislative staff, and visitors to the Capitol, to demonstrate what Iowa State has to offer students, communities, and Iowans. Units from campus set up table displays in the rotunda and it is most definitely cardinal and gold all around! Cy was all over the place, sitting in important seats around the Capitol building. At our University Library table I had the opportunity to visit with many people, including legislators and staff, high school students on a tour of the Capitol building, an Iowa librarian now working for one of the legislators, and most enjoyable, a pair of ISU alums who lived in Pammel Court in the early 1970s. Of course I did not miss the opportunity to mention our Special Collections & University Archives exhibit, “For Married Students”: Building a Community in Pammel Court, 1946-1978, and encouraged them to come to campus soon.
After ISU Day at the Capitol wrapped up I attended an ISU reception for area alums and legislators in downtown Des Moines. At the reception President Leath spoke about ISU’s growth in enrollment, research funding, and impact on our state. He thanked our legislators for their support and talked about the importance of higher education and the land grant tradition. He then introduced Dr. Cathann Kress, Vice President for Extension and Outreach, who spoke about ISU’s Land Grant Legacy project. With this project Iowa is the first state in the nation to identify the land that would fund a college…the Iowa Agricultural College which eventually become Iowa State University of Science and Technology. What an exciting project for our state! Extension staff did research for this project in Special Collections & University Archives and at the State Historical Society. During the reception I had the great fortune to speak with a woman who farms with her family on one of the original Iowa land grant farms. She was so taken with the Land Grant Legacy project that she is now involved in gathering stories from other land grant farms. Her family’s story, and that of other land grant farm families, is being collected on ISU’s Extension and Outreach website. I encourage you to visit the Land Grant Legacy.
So many reminders of the great work we do here at ISU and the important land grant tradition. What an enjoyable day!
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