Odyssey of the Mind teams are in Ames from about 40 states and 12 other countries, including Poland, Germany, Switzerland, Mexico, South Korea and Hong Kong.
Summer's annual acclimation of waves of new students returns next week when orientation kicks off May 29, the first of 19 two-day sessions for fall's incoming freshmen.
Mark Simpson became Iowa State's registrar Monday, by way of the University of Utah.
A pool and fountain, elevated circular walkway, paved walkways and an ambitious layout of shrubs, grasses and perennial flowers were removed during the winter from the plaza's design. The result is a simpler, more park-like setting.