Launching next week: Inside Impact


Female student welcomes student and mom at registration table

Cyclone Aide Lexie Reiken, College of Human Sciences, welcomes a fall first-year student and parent at orientation registration Monday morning at the Hixson-Lied Student Success Center. Photo by Christopher Gannon.

Inside staff writers and university photographer Chris Gannon spent the first days of new student orientation observing and talking to staff who, summer after summer, work full days and put personal plans on hold for a month to make incoming students' first day and a half on campus welcoming, reassuring and fruitful. Among large public universities, we're told it's an uncommon commitment to provide a personalized orientation experience for nearly 5,700 students -- roughly 280 each day from May 31 to June 30. It's one of the many grand examples of team work here at Iowa State.

We'll share a few of those employees' orientation stories in the first Inside Impact -- a special edition of Inside Iowa State -- Tuesday morning, June 13. Periodically during the year, we'll add editions, organized around a theme and highlighting dedicated employees doing excellent work.