College of Human Sciences students gain workplace readiness skills at etiquette dinner

Natasha Gomez, a junior in kinesiology and health, and more than 50 of her peers practiced their poise during a recent etiquette dinner at Iowa State. Photo by Ryan Riley.

Human Sciences students are making strides in their career preparation that would make etiquette expert Emily Post proud.

More than 50 students participated Thursday in an etiquette dinner, a collaboration between the college’s career services office and the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition. Student guests represented every College of Human Sciences department and school.

“Multiple alumni have come back saying they had interviews over dinner,” said Caitlyn Greenspan, a senior in athletic training. “I had no experience with professional dinners, so I wanted to gain some valuable skills in that regard.”

Students were treated to a free 30-minute lesson and formal meal in the Joan Bice Underwood Tearoom during its spring dinner hours. The event allowed them to attend a “dress-up” affair in a supportive environment and practice their newly gained knowledge among their peers.

Tammy Stegman, the director of the College of Human Sciences’ career services office, said that the dinner is just one way that the college develops global citizens and a strong workforce by helping students present themselves in a professional manner.

“We work with students at all levels — it’s our job and our mission,” Stegman said. “It’s all under the realm of developing yourself professionally. That doesn’t just mean résumés or interview preparation, or negotiating a job offer. It means also presenting yourself professionally and not embarrassing yourself.”

Ardyce “Ardie” Roehr, a 1957 graduate in home economics education who led the lesson, stressed the importance of a professional presentation. She’s a former executive director of the Iowa Association of Family and Consumer Sciences.

“Ardie understands the stage where college students are,” said Erica Beirman, a senior lecturer in food science and human nutrition who coordinates the culinary food science program. “She understands their natural lack of experience with formal business settings — so she relates everything back to an interview or a professional networking gathering.”

Roehr said that a person’s poise at a meal is indicative of other character qualities.

“Body language can often speak louder than actual words,” Roehr said. “How you conduct yourself while eating can also share how you might work as a team player or how you might serve others.”

Sophomore nutritional science major Toluwani Awokoya said that one’s qualifications for a job only go so far, and that first impressions count.

“It is really important for students to take advantage of programs such as this to prepare themselves for future careers,” he said. “Even though you might have really good qualifications, etiquette can play a big role in job selection. You don’t want it to take away from your scholarly achievements. First impressions go a long way.”

Matt Ocheltree, a senior in hospitality management, has seen the importance of strong etiquette skills firsthand during his work experiences at the Iowa State president’s residence.

“I work at The Knoll, so I have knowledge about serving in a fine dining environment and using proper etiquette,” he said. “It’s all about professionalism. I’m soon to be an ISU alumnus and I want to present myself as a business professional when the opportunity arises.”

Attending a low-pressure, yet formal event with friends can open the door into the career services office for some students. Amanda Schickel, the College of Human Sciences recruiting and career coordinator, said that some students are more comfortable with people they know.

“At the dinner, students could come with their friends,” she said. “During appointments with us, they come meet with us one-on-one — which is great for them, but it can be a little more intimidating. Participating in an event like this with a group of people makes some students more comfortable.”

Natasha Gomez, a junior in kinesiology and health, said she is thankful for all of the opportunities the career services office provides.

“Career services programs are a great way to get involved with your college,” she said. “They also teach such valuable skills that you might not get to learn in any college classes.”

Tammy Stegman, career services director, College of Human Sciences, Iowa State University, 515-294-3708, tstegman@iastate.edu

Erica Beirman, senior lecturer, Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition, Iowa State University, 515-294-4361, ebeirman@iastate.edu

Amanda Schickel, career services recruiting and career coordinator, College of Human Sciences, Iowa State University, 515-294-0626, schickel@iastate.edu

Ardyce “Ardie” Roehr, graduate in home economics education, Iowa State University, daroehr@msn.com

Caitlyn Greenspan, senior in athletic training, Iowa State University, caitlyng@iastate.edu

Toluwani Awokoya, sophomore in nutritional science, Iowa State University, tawokoya@iastate.edu

Matt Ocheltree, senior in hospitality management, Iowa State University, mao@iastate.edu

Natasha Gomez, junior in kinesiology and health, Iowa State University, negomez@iastate.edu

Kent Davis, communications specialist, College of Human Sciences, Iowa State University, 515-294-1326, davisk@iastate.edu

Human sciences students spend their spring break serving others

Iowa State students who worked last week with Harvest Farm in Wellington, Colorado were among 16 from the College of Human Sciences who spent their spring break doing service projects through Alternative Breaks. Contributed photos.

Sixteen College of Human Sciences students, including one from the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition, were among 59 from Iowa State University who spent their spring break doing service projects aimed at helping those in need.

Through the university’s Alternative Breaks program, students engaged in service learning in six states by working with children and animals, preparing meals, helping to renovate homes, and rebuilding trails and habitats.

This year’s trips took teams of students to Colorado, South Dakota, Pennsylvania, Kansas, Georgia, and Louisiana.

All six graduate site leaders of the trips — Alexa Bueltel, Ricky Calderon, Amanda Oller, Morgan Sanders, Lindsey Sheets, and Alex Young — are graduate assistants in the School of Education.

“I have always had a passion for service learning and want to be able to share my passion with other ISU students and see the impact this experience has on them,” Bueltel said.

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Five human sciences students — Bueltel and Dawn Thompson in education, Hannah Zulk and Zach Kaufman in kinesiology and health, and Megan Slattery in nutritional science — were among those who traveled to Wellington, Colorado.

There, they worked with Harvest Farm, a 209-acre farm and nationally recognized rehabilitation program that provides jobs and housing for those recovering from drug and alcohol addiction. The farm accommodates up to 72 men who participate in a long-term program with the goal of breaking the cycles of addiction and homelessness.

“This facility takes in men who are struggling with addiction and they go through a step-by-step program to lead them back on the right track,” Bueltel said.

The Iowa State team worked on the falt-spring-break-trip-colorado1-croppedarm, prepared meals, and worked on restoration projects and upkeep. They also interacted with the men living there, listened to their stories, and heard about their future goals.

“I’m coming back more educated on addiction and the impact it has on individual lives,” said Zulk, a sophomore in kinesiology. “I hope to incorporate these experiences into my future work as a doctor and know that the world is so much bigger than me and my problems.”

Rebuilding homes and trails, working with youth and animals
Young and Anna Ferris, a junior in elementary education, worked with animals at the Kansas Humane Society in Wichita, Kansas. They walked dogs, socialized with cats, cleaned kennels, helped to repair facilities, and assisted with group classes.

“I helped the team to make decisions, work together, and build leadership skills,” said Young, the graduate site leader. “The trip also provided reflection opportunities on the importance of service.”

Sanders led a team to Cloudland Canyon State Park in Rising Fawn, Georgia, where students rebuilt trails and did park maintenance.

“I love the outdoors and wanted to do something to give back to state parks,” Sanders said. “The work we did on this trip was trail rehabilitation, which aids hikers like me continue to do what we love.”

Four human sciences students — Calderon, along with Kylee Joiner in kinesiology and health, Mary Tong in hospitality management, and Amber Ford in elementary education — were among those who traveled to Eagle Butte, South Dakota.

There, they worked with the Cheyenne River Youth Project, an organization that provides care, support, and education to youth on a Native American reservation. The Iowa State students helped with after-school care and cenalt-spring-break-trip-southdakota8-croppedter upkeep, and presented information on the college admissions process.

Adriane Frauenholtz and Trisha Langenfeld, both undergraduates in child, adult, and family services, were in the group working with Rebuilding Together in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

The organization helps to rebuild and renovate homes of those in need. Students stayed in a church in Wilkinsburg and spent the week boarding up a house, plastering another, and drylocking a basement.

“I’ve learned so much from the Alternative Breaks I have been on,” said Frauenholtz, a junior who previously went on the Colorado trip and served as a site leader this year for the Pennsylvania trip. “I believe I will be able to take my experiences to help benefit others in the future.”

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The Alternative Breaks program at Iowa State began in 2008. For the past decade, teams of students have spent their spring and winter breaks traveling to other states to perform short-term projects for community agencies, and to learn about various social issues.

Human sciences students on this year’s Alternative Breaks — whose career goals include becoming teachers, physical therapists, coaches, doctors, substance abuse counselors, and hospice workers — all said the experience will help prepare them for their future careers working with people.

“I think anytime I have the chance to work with other people, compromise, be challenged, and live outside of my comfort zone, it grows my character and will help me instill the importance of service to my future students,” said Thompson, a senior who hopes to become an elementary school teacher.

“I believe it’s critical for doctors to not only be knowledgeable about the human body and the various systems of the body, but to also have the skills and communication to create an atmosphere that their patients feel comfortable in; basically, good bedside manners,” said Slattery, a sophomore in nutritional science who plans to attend medical school to become a family physician.

The practical, global, and leadership experiences provided by Alternative Breaks and other service learning projects contribute to the social good and improve the quality of life of others. They also help Iowa State students become more well-rounded citizens who are exceptionally prepared to lead in a global society and make a difference around the world.

“After graduation, I plan on going into the Peace Corps,” said Langenfeld, a sophomore in child, adult, and family services who was on the Pennsylvania trip. “It has been my dream for a few years now and I know that serving in Alternative Breaks will help prepare me for serving in another country. Alternative Breaks is just a smaller scale of exactly what I want to do with my life.”


Amanda Oller, service programs graduate assistant, Student Activities Center, Iowa State University, aoller@iastate.edu

Alexa Bueltel, graduate student in higher education-student affairs, School of Education, Iowa State University, 515-294-3265, abueltel@iastate.edu

Alex Young, graduate student in the School of Education, Iowa State University, 515-294-4821, hialex@iastate.edu

Ricky Calederon, graduate student in the School of Education, 515-294-3265, calderor@iastate.edu

Megan Slattery, sophomore in nutritional science, Iowa State University, megans96@iastate.edu

Hannah Zulk, sophomore in kinesiology and health, Iowa State University, hzulk@iastate.edu

Dawn Thompson, senior in elementary education, Iowa State University, dawnt@iastate.edu

Zachariah Kaufman, sophomore in the pre-physical therapy option of kinesiology and health, Iowa State University, zkaufman@iastate.edu

Trisha Langenfeld, sophomore in child, adult, and family services; Iowa State University, trishal@iastate.edu

Morgan Sanders, graduate student in higher education student affairs, School of Education, Iowa State University, 515-294-6624, sandersm@iastate.edu

Adriane Frauenholtz, junior in child, adult, and family services; Iowa State University, adrianef@iastate.edu

Lynn Campbell, communications specialist, College of Human Sciences, Iowa State University, 515-294-3689, lynnc@iastate.edu

Human Sciences students form campus clubs to increase Alzheimer’s disease awareness

Joe Webb and Hannah Chute, founders of Iowa State Alzheimer’s-related clubs, educate others about Alzheimer’s disease research and caregiver support. Photo by Ryan Riley.

Every 66 seconds, someone in the United States develops Alzheimer’s disease. However, students within the College of Human Sciences are working to bring healing and hope to persons affected by Alzheimer’s, and to raise awareness for battling the disease.

ISU College of Agriculture and Life Sciences presents faculty and staff awards 

The Team Award went to the Bioplastics for the Green Industry Team, which includes Darren Jarboe, program manager with the Center for Crops Utilization Research.

AMES, Iowa ­– Iowa State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences presented awards to faculty and staff March 9. The award winners included several Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition faculty and staff:cals-award-ford_clark_wintersteen_web

Clark Ford received the Distance Education Teaching Award. Ford, an associate professor in food science and human nutrition, has taught a world food issues class since 1997. The class requires students to critically examine problems surrounding food issues throughout the world.

The Team Award went to the Bioplastics for the Green Industry Team. This interdisciplinary team has made significant contributions through research, extension and graduate education to improve the sustainability of specialty crop production. Producers in the United States use more than 4 billion single-use petroleum-based horticultural plant containers each year. The team developed a sustainable technology that replaces petroleum-based plastics with ones made from biorenewable materials. Their work will help sustain high-value specialty crop producers, reduce environmental impacts and create entrepreneurial opportunities. The team members include: William Graves, associate dean of the graduate college; Chris Currey, an assistant professor of horticulture; David Grewell, professor of agricultural and biosystems engineering; Darren Jarboe, program manager with the Center for Crops Utilization Research; Kurt Rosentrater, associate professor of agricultural and biosystems engineering; and James Schrader, associate scientist in horticulture.cals-award-schalinske_wintersteen_web

The 2017 Rossmann Manatt Faculty Development Award went to Kevin Schalinske, a professor in food science and human nutrition. Since 1999, Schalinske has mentored undergraduate and graduate students by providing research experiences. Students exposed to these opportunities often pursue graduate school. Schalinske plans to use the award funding to provide undergraduate students the opportunity to conduct an independent project focused on the health benefits of egg consumption.


Barb McBreen, Agriculture and Life Sciences Communications Service, 515-294-0707, barbmc@iastate.edu

Body Image & Eating Disorder Awareness Week being celebrated at Iowa State

February 27-March 4 is Body Image & Eating Disorder Awareness (BIEDA) Week at Iowa State University. Several events and activities have been planned to bring awareness to the issue.

The week’s activities begin with an “Honor Your Hunger” event on Feb. 27, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the LeBaron Lobby. Then at 5 p.m., the first part of Culinary Boot Camp takes place. Students who signed up for boot camp will be given tips on grocery shopping and meal planning. Part two of boot camp will take place the following Monday.

On Tuesday, the documentary, “Embrace,” will be shown in 2155 Marston. The film looks at the reasons poor body image has become a global epidemic and things women can do to have a brighter future. Free popcorn and treats will be provided.

Wednesday’s activity is a lecture by speaker James “Buck” Ryan, executive director of Remuda Ranch at The Meadows in Arizona. Titled, “Eating Disorders Simplified,” Ryan will talk about what eating disorders are and aren’t. The lecture will take place at 7 p.m. in the Great Hall of the Memorial Union.

Then on Thursday, make plans to attend the Rock Your Body! Party in the Memorial Union’s Cardinal Room from noon to 3 p.m. Free food, games and prizes will be offered. Several vendors will be in attendance, and individuals will share their recovery stories.

Friday and Saturday are Eating Disorder Coalition of Iowa (EDCI) Awareness Days in Des Moines. BIEDA officer training and education for students, teachers, coaches, parents and families will take place Friday. Saturday’s Awareness Day will include keynote speakers and breakout sessions.

The BIEDA Club at Iowa State is responsible for organizing BIEDA Week activities. To find out more about the club, find them on Facebook and Twitter.


Whitney Sager, communications coordinator, Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition, 515-294-9166, wjsager@iastate.edu

Online presentations to focus on GMOs

Those interested in learning more about genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are encouraged to register for the upcoming Current Issues in Nutrition online presentation.

Iowa State University improves algae technology to treat wastewater for communities and businesses

Martin Gross, left, and Zhiyou Wen developed this algae reactor at the BioCentury Research Farm.

AMES, Iowa — Iowa State University technology that improves the efficiency of wastewater reclamation using algae has gotten the attention of small Iowa communities and the largest wastewater treatment system in the world.

“This reactor greatly improves the efficiency of carbon dioxide and sunlight absorption. We found that the biomass productivity is about 10 times higher than a conventional system,” said Zhiyou Wen, professor of food science and human nutrition, who developed the system with Martin Gross, a postdoctoral fellow in the Center for Crops Utilization Research.

The system uses vertical conveyor belts, about six feet tall and three feet wide, which revolve in a continual loop, cycling through the wastewater and air as multiple layers of algae grow on them.

The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago has tested the Revolving Algal Biofilm treatment system. It has finished a yearlong study treating waste streams from one of its water reclamation plants and extended the research project another year because of promising results.

Algae absorbs phosphorus and nitrogen from the wastewater along with carbon dioxide from the air. Wastewater is typically treated with a bacterial process, which produces sludge that creates odor and disposal issues.


Martin Gross, left, and Zhiyou Wen take a sample of algae in the portable algae water-treatment unit.

The algae produced from this new process can be harvested, pelletized and used as a sustainable fertilizer. Wen and Gross have started a company, called Gross-Wen Technologies, which obtained a USDA Small Business Innovation Research grant to develop the algae-based fertilizer. Gross serves as CEO of the company.

Wen and Gross also produced a mobile version of the system that can travel to communities and businesses around the state.

“Instead of inviting a local community’s water treatment personnel to come to our ISU facility to perform water treatment tests, we built this trailer to take to the community to treat wastewater on site,” Wen said.

The trailer was recently taken to Dallas Center for a project at its water treatment facility.

Wen said more restrictive regulations for the removal of nutrients, such as nitrogen and phosphorus from wastewater, are coming for communities in the state, likely requiring costly treatment facility upgrades that could be avoided with implementation of the algae system. There are about 500 small communities in Iowa that could be impacted by the new regulations.

He said these communities are looking at upgrades to their existing treatment systems costing up to $5 million, which is a huge burden on these small towns.

“So that’s the niche for us. We have this algae cultivation system that can help these communities meet their new nutrient limits at a fraction of the cost of other systems,” Wen said.

The trailer also was recently used to test the system at CJ Bio America, a feed supplement company in Fort Dodge. It generated data to determine the cost of implementing the algae system at the plant.


Zhiyou Wen, Food Science and Human Nutrition, 515-294-0426, wenz@iastate.edu
Martin Gross, Center for Crops Utilization Research, 515-294-0160, magross@iastate.edu
Ed Adcock, Agriculture and Life Sciences Communications Service, (515) 294-2314, edadcock@iastate.edu

Nominations being sought for 2017 FSHN Alumni Impact Award

From left, Mary Wagner, Andrew McPherson and Linda Snetselaar were the recipients of the 2016 FSHN Alumni Impact Awards. Up to three FSHN alumni are chosen to receive the award each year, based on the impacts they have made in their profession and/or community.

The Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition (FSHN) is accepting nominations for the seventh annual FSHN Alumni Impact Award.

“Each year we recognize FSHN alums who are making a difference,” said Ruth MacDonald, professor and chair.

Students call work with Dance Marathon ‘life-changing’

Madie Conley and Haley Morris, both seniors in elementary education, are directors of recruitment and dancer relations for this year’s Iowa State Dance Marathon. Contributed photo.

College of Human Sciences students are taking their passion for helping people to make a difference in the lives of children with life-threatening illnesses.

Houses in new residence hall named after FSHN representatives

Roderuck House, located on the third floor on the west side of Geoffroy Hall, is named for Charlotte Roderuck. She was a faculty member at Iowa State for nearly 40 years. Photo by Whitney Sager

In keeping with the tradition of naming residence hall houses after individuals who have made an impact on Iowa State University (ISU), two of the 14 houses in the new Geoffroy residence hall have been named for women with ties to food science and human nutrition.

One of the houses, Day House, located on the east side of the building on the fifth floor, is named after Mildred “Millie” Day. Known as the creator of Rice Krispie Treats, Day is a 1928 graduate of ISU with a degree in home economics.

Before Day graduated from college, she already had a job lined up with Kellogg’s. She was in charge of testing recipes and later was tasked with leading cooking schools in approximately 38 states for Kellogg’s customers, according to information on the ISU Department of Residence website.day-geoffrey-hall_8284-small

Several sources claim it was in 1939 that the Rice Krispies Treat was created by Day and co-worker Malitta Jensen. Initially, the treats were called “marshmallow squares” and were first introduced to the public six months later by Camp Fire girls in the Kansas City area who sold the treats for a fundraiser.

During the 2001 Veishea celebration, Day’s memory was honored by an effort to make the world’s largest Rice Krispies Treat. Though the oversized treat fell short of the world record, its final weight came in at 2,480 pounds and was made with 818 pounds of Rice Krispies, 1,466 pounds of marshmallows and 217 pounds of butter, according to the ISU Department of Residence website.

The other house in Geoffroy Hall is named for Charlotte Roderuck and is located on the third floor on the building’s west side. Roderuck served as an ISU employee for nearly 40 years, starting out as a Food and Nutrition faculty member in 1948. During her time at ISU, she went on to hold a number of positions, including assistant dean of the graduate college, assistant director of the Iowa Agriculture and Home Economics Experiment Station and associate dean of home economic administration.

In 1977, she was named the Director of the World Food Institute at ISU. She held this position until Oct. 31, 1988, when she retired. A highlight of Roderuck’s time as the World Food Institute director was when the organization played host to the 1976 World Food Conference, according to the ISU Department of Residence website.

An endowed position within the FSHN Department is named after Roderuck – the Charlotte E. Roderuck Faculty Fellowship. The position was made possible thanks to a donation Roderuck made to the university after she retired.

“It is a great honor for the Food Science and Human Nutrition Department to have one of the houses in Geoffroy Hall named after Roderuck,” said Ruth MacDonald, professor and chair of the FSHN Department. “It’s also nice to have Day recognized as an individual who impacted the food sciences industry.”

Lisa Ludovico, assistant director of the Residence Halls Department, said any time a new residence hall is constructed, the houses within that facility are named after individuals who have made an impact on the ISU community. The University Archives, as well as other sources, are used to come up with a list of names. The 14 individuals for which the Geoffroy Hall houses are named were narrowed down from a sizable list of candidates.

“We came up with a list of about 50 names that didn’t already have something named after them,” Ludovico said.

From there, a group of student leaders and Department of Residence staff members narrowed down the list to the 14 that were chosen. Ludovico said they tried to choose a combination of males and females, as well as people who represented various backgrounds, time periods and colleges within ISU.

“Attention was paid to diversity this time around,” Ludovico said.

The other individuals for which the houses are named are:

  • Dorothy Bean
  • Clifford Berry
  • Lauro Cavazos
  • Vine Deloria Jr.
  • Larry Ebberts
  • James Geddes
  • Elizabeth Hoyt
  • Ted Kooser
  • Barbara Mack
  • Samuel Massie
  • Dan Robinson
  • Lois Tiffany

Students have already begun moving into the new residence hall, which is located on the south side of Lincoln Way next to Buchanan Hall. It will officially open during the spring 2017 semester.



Lisa Ludovico, assistant director, Department of Residence Halls, Iowa State University, 515-294-2900, ludovico@iastate.edu

Whitney Sager, communications coordinator, Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition, Iowa State University, 515-294-9166, wjsager@iastate.edu

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