Food truck options grow this fall

woman serves lunch basket to male customer

Melissa Loof serves lunch on Tuesday to freshman Ian Seal of Nashville, Tennessee, at Eat It!, the newest campus lunch vendor, doing business between Coover and Sweeney halls Tuesday through Friday. Photo by Christopher Gannon.

Don't want to risk losing your spot in the parking lot if you leave campus for lunch? In addition to ISU Dining's cafés, dining centers and restaurants, the number of private food vendors providing service this fall has jumped to eight.

The newest addition is Radcliffe-based Eat It!, located near Coover Hall along Bissel Road and serving Tuesday through Friday. The menu features grilled fare such as brats, hot dogs and bacon cheeseburgers. Another specialty is turkey tacos.

Some other changes for fall include:

  • Burgies coffee and tea truck has moved, from the west to the east side of campus. Burgies is a morning-only option (8 a.m.-noon). Find the truck east of Bessey Hall.
  • Carlos' Quesadillas, a mainstay between Lagomarcino and Kildee halls for two years, has added a second location on the west side, southwest of Hoover Hall.

Iowa State launched the food truck concept in May 2013 with one vendor and added three more by that fall. Private companies work with ISU Purchasing to receive contracts to do business on campus. Most of the vendors operate during an extended lunch period, approximately 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and as weather allows. Cash and credit cards are accepted.

Here's the fall lineup, by location:

East of Bessey Hall

  • B Fabulous BBQ, pulled pork sandwich or taco, brisket nachos, smoked turkey sandwich, homemade sides and desserts
  • Burgies (mornings), breakfast burrito, brewed coffee, espresso drinks and chai tea

Between Kildee and Lagomarcino halls

  • Finley’s Curbside Beastro, wraps, pork tenderloin and grilled chicken sandwiches, burgers, walking taco
  • Carlos' Quesadillas (formerly El Mexicano), chicken, steak or vegetable quesadilla and taco

Carver Plaza (between Carver and Beardshear halls)

  • The Cheese Steak Factory, made-to-order grilled steak, chicken or portobello mushroom sandwich
  • Macubana, Cuban sandwiches, cheesy empanadas

Southwest of Coover Hall

  • Eat It!, turkey taco; grilled items such as bacon cheeseburger, bratwurst and hot dog; tater tots and French fries

Southwest of Hoover Hall

  • Indian Delights, entrees featuring basmati rice with spiced chicken or vegetables, samosa (deep fried vegetable patty)
  • Carlos' Quesadillas (No. 2)

White announces retirement

College of Human Sciences Dean Pam White has announced she will retire in July 2016.

White, a University Professor in food science and human nutrition, has served Iowa State for more than 40 years. She was interim dean of the College of Family and Consumer Sciences from 2003 to 2005, and served as interim dean of the newly formed College of Human Sciences on two occasions before becoming its permanent dean in 2009.

"Pam White is a tremendous scientist, educator and leader," said President Steven Leath. "She has guided the college through record growth, enhanced the reputation of our academic programs, and set a very high bar for her successor. Pam will be greatly missed by her colleagues, who have always appreciated her warmth and compassion."

National search

A national search for White's successor will begin immediately. The search committee will be co-chaired by Cathann Kress, vice president of Extension and Outreach and a faculty member in the School of Education, and Wendy Wintersteen, dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, which co-administers the department of food science and human nutrition.

Senior vice president and provost Jonathan Wickert is soliciting nominations for the search committee, which will reflect the college's diversity of both people and programs. Suggestions should be sent to Wickert,, and Julie Johnston,, by Friday, Sept. 11.


White's accomplishments as dean include growing enrollment by 52 percent in the last 10 years, establishing the School of Education, increasing sponsored funding and distance education, and fully integrating Human Sciences Extension and Outreach into the college.

"It has been both a privilege and an honor to serve our students, faculty and staff in Human Sciences," White said. "I look forward to continuing to serve the college in the year ahead, and to make sure our next dean is able to hit the ground running."

President to discuss demand for an ISU education, new initiatives

President Steven Leath will discuss the unprecedented demand for an Iowa State education -- why record numbers of students are choosing Iowa State and the impact on the university community -- in his annual address Thursday evening, Sept. 10. He also will reveal new initiatives to move Iowa State forward in all aspects of its mission.

Refreshments, Q&A

The president's remarks begin at 7 p.m. in the Memorial Union Great Hall, but the doors will open at 6:30 p.m. for refreshments. Leath will answer questions from the audience after his remarks.

Livestream starts at 7 p.m Sept. 10

Watch at

Livestreaming, tweeting

Those unable to attend the event in person can:

Inside coverage Friday

Coverage of the president's address will be carried in Inside Iowa State, which will be published Friday morning, Sept. 11, rather than the usual Thursday. 


Four finalists named in VP for diversity and inclusion search

Four finalists for Iowa State's vice president for diversity and inclusion position will visit campus this month.

The finalists are:

  • Diane Ariza, associate vice president for academic affairs and chief diversity officer, Quinnipiac University, Hamden, Connecticut
  • William Lewis, alumni fellow and former vice president for diversity and inclusion, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg
  • Reginald Stewart, chief diversity officer, University of Nevada, Reno
  • Jesús Treviño, associate vice president for diversity and senior diversity officer, University of South Dakota, Vermillion

Public forums

Each finalist will interview on campus over two days and, on the second day, participate in a one-hour public forum at the Memorial Union. At each forum, the candidate will make a presentation on his or her qualifications for the post, then answer questions from the audience. The public forum schedule is:

  • Stewart: Tuesday, Sept. 8, 9:45-10:45 a.m., Gallery
  • Lewis: Friday, Sept. 11, 1:15-2:15 p.m., Pioneer Room
  • Ariza: Tuesday, Sept. 22, 10:15-11:15 a.m., Campanile Room
  • Treviño: Friday, Sept. 25, 9:45-10:45 a.m., South Ballroom

"There were more than 115 applications for the VP position and the search committee was impressed with the quality of the applicant pool," said dean of students and search committee chair Pamela Anthony. "We look forward to welcoming the finalists to campus."

About the finalists

Diane Ariza has served as associate vice president for academic affairs and chief diversity officer and adjunct faculty member in the sociology department at Quinnipiac University since 2010. Prior positions include assistant professor in ethnic studies and assistant dean of intercultural affairs at Albion College, Michigan; director of multicultural affairs and adjunct faculty member in the anthropology and sociology department, University of Nebraska, Omaha; director of admissions and enrollment management and adjunct faculty member in the anthropology and sociology department, Oakland University, Rochester, Michigan; several admissions and orientation positions at Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo; and Hispanic outreach-service coordinator for the Hispanic America Council.

Ariza earned a bachelor's degree in history and Spanish (1981) from Stetson University, Florida; and a master of arts in anthropology (1985) and doctorate in sociology (2000), both from Western Michigan.

William Lewis has served over the past year as alumni fellow at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, where he assists the vice president of alumni relations on special projects involving alumni mentoring and outreach. Prior to that, he served four years as vice president for diversity and inclusion at Virginia Tech. His previous posts include director of the office of institutional diversity at Bridgewater State College, Massachusetts; and director of diversity initiatives at the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University, Bloomington. He also served in a number of positions in Indianapolis, including race relations coordinator for the YWCA, area school coordinator for public schools and United Way, and a home-based counselor for the Children's Bureau.

Lewis earned a bachelor's degree in criminal justice (1996) and a master of social work (2001), both from Purdue University, Indianapolis; and a doctorate in higher education administration (2008) from Indiana.

Reginald Stewart has served as chief diversity officer and adjunct professor of educational leadership at the University of Nevada, Reno, since 2011. Prior positions at Nevada include director of the Center for Student Cultural Diversity and counselor for the TRiO Scholars Program. Stewart served as diversity consultant to the city of Reno and the Reno police department. He also was a coordinator-counselor for the Upward Bound program at Huston-Tillotson College, Austin, Texas, and testing coordinator in the Disability Resource Center at San Francisco State University, California.

Stewart earned a bachelor's degree in sociology (1993) from San Francisco State University, and master of education in educational leadership (2003) and doctorate in higher education administration (2010) from Nevada.

Jesús Treviño has served as associate vice president for diversity and senior diversity officer at the University of South Dakota since 2012. He previously held several positions at the University of Denver, Colorado, including director of the Center for Multicultural Excellence, associate provost for multicultural excellence and senior diversity officer, and clinical associate professor in the Morgridge College of Education. At Arizona State University, Tempe, he served as assistant dean of student life for cultural diversity, director of the Intergroup Relations Center and clinical associate professor. He was coordinator of Hispanic Student Services at Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas, and counselor of the Sienna Heights Upward Bound Program in Adrian, Michigan. He also has served as a radio writer and broadcaster and business analyst.

Treviño earned a bachelor's degree in social work (1979) and master's degree in language and international trade (1981), both from Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti; and a master's (1989) and doctorate (1992), both in education from the University of California, Los Angeles.

More information on search site

Candidates' curriculum vitae are available on the vice president for diversity and inclusion search website. An online form is available to provide feedback about the finalists.

Chief diversity officer

The vice president for diversity and inclusion will serve as the university’s chief diversity officer and advise senior leadership about strategic diversity planning efforts that advance Iowa State's mission. The vice president will report to President Steven Leath.

The new position stems from a 2013 study of ISU diversity programs and initiatives. Leath commissioned the study from The Jackson Consulting Firm, Madison, Wisconsin, and accepted a key recommendation to create a chief diversity officer at Iowa State.

Vote scheduled next week on spring tuition increase

The state Board of Regents will make a decision on a proposed 3 percent spring tuition increase for resident undergraduates when it meets Sept. 9 in Cedar Falls. The increase would raise spring tuition $100 for most Iowa State resident undergraduates; up to $133 for programs with previously approved differential tuitions. If approved, it would raise an estimated $1.65 million in additional revenue for Iowa State.

The board will meet in the student union at the University of Northern Iowa. Audio of the meeting's open sessions will be streamed live on the board's website. The full agenda also is online.

FY17 state appropriation requests

The board faces an Oct. 1 deadline to submit funding requests to the state (governor and Legislature) for the year that begins July 1, 2016.

For the second consecutive year, the board will request differential changes to the three universities' general university operations appropriations. The board will propose a 4.5 percent ($8.2 million) increase for Iowa State to meet student enrollment growth and an 8.1 percent ($7.6 million) increase for the University of Northern Iowa "for financial stability." The University of Iowa's general university appropriation would remain flat.

As proposed, the board will request a 2.7 percent increase for directed appropriations to all schools, whether covered by education, agricultural or economic development funds. Examples at Iowa State include the veterinary diagnostic lab, ag experiment station and cooperative extension.

The upper end of the inflation range in the Higher Education Price Index for FY17 is 2.7 percent.

Global corporation

Iowa State will ask the board to allow the university, in cooperation with the ISU Foundation, to establish the ISU Global Corp. The nonprofit entity would lease, develop or own facilities and real estate in foreign countries in support of the university's international programs. The proposed structure would work like this: ISU Global would create limited liability entities for specific countries that would operate safely and in compliance with local laws. Immediate needs are in Kamuli, Uganda (Center for Sustainable Rural Livelihoods in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences); and Rome, Italy (College of Design). Additional locations in other countries are anticipated.

The corporation's first proposed project is in the Kamuli district, and includes a long-term land lease (about 25 acres) and construction project to consolidate ISU's operations currently at a half dozen locations. The facility would include staff offices, a student dormitory, guest rooms for visiting faculty and staff, housing for resident managers and their families, recreation areas and a security wall and gate. The estimated cost is $2.5-3 million, funded by private donors via the ISU Foundation.

In August, the board approved another nonprofit for Iowa State, a facilities corporation. That entity's focus, also in cooperation with the ISU Foundation, is on large building projects on campus.

Other items

In other Iowa State-related business, the board will:

  • Be asked to approve a $30 million sale of dormitory revenue bonds to partially pay for the Buchanan Hall building 2. The first bond sale for this project (and the Friley dining center renovation project), also in the amount of $30 million, was approved in April. Repayment on the second sale is scheduled to continue through FY 2035 from net income of the residence department.
  • Initiate the formal process to amend Iowa Administrative Code 681 (chapter 1) to grant resident status to student veterans and align with the federal 2014 Choice Act.

Secretary of the Navy visits campus to name submarine

President Leath visits with U.S. Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus

President Steven Leath, left, visits with U.S. Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus, right, and Gov. Terry Branstad. Photo by Christopher Gannon.

U.S. Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus stopped by the Memorial Union Campanile Room Wednesday afternoon for the ceremonial naming of the Navy's newest submarine -- the USS Iowa. President Steven Leath and Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad participated in the ceremony.

The yet-to-be-built sub, with the official name of "SSN 797 USS Iowa" is among several new Virginia-class attack submarines that have been ordered by the Navy. The subs weigh 7,800 tons, are 77 feet long and hold reactor plants that will not require refueling during the planned life of the ships.




Save the dates: 2015 fall lectures preview

Legal experts discuss Supreme Court rulings on free speech, same-sex marriage and lethal injections. A con artist-turned-FBI-informant offers tips to prevent identity theft. An Emmy Award-winning journalist reveals what it takes to win the Iowa presidential caucuses.

The 2015 fall lecture series offers a plethora of topics that are sure to inform, educate and enlighten. A few programs are highlighted below. To learn more about these and other upcoming lectures, check out the complete lectures schedule online. All programs are free and open to the public.

Documentary and discussion, "Sex Trafficking in the USA," Sept. 8 (7 p.m., Memorial Union, Great Hall)

The U.S. Department of Justice estimates that 300,000 children are at risk for sexual slavery in this country. "Sex Trafficking in the USA" is the first episode of Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn's documentary, A Path Appears. In the documentary, the reporters reveal the complex circumstances behind these shocking numbers. They also highlight efforts to reshape law enforcement's response to prostitution and sex trafficking. A discussion will follow the 84-minute film.

Panel discussion, "The U.S. Supreme Court on Free Speech, Same-sex Marriage and Lethal Injections," Sept. 9 (8 p.m., MU Sun Room)

Panelists include Mark Kende, director of the Drake Constitutional Law Center; Rita Bettis, legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Iowa; and Dirk Deam, ISU senior lecturer in political science. Clark Wolf, director of Iowa State's Bioethics Program, will moderate.

"Catch Me If You Can," Frank Abagnale, Sept. 21 (8 p.m., MU Great Hall)

Abagnale, a former con artist whose crimes inspired the memoir and movie Catch Me If You Can, is one of the world's most respected authorities on forgery, embezzlement and secure documents. Following his five-year prison term, Abagnale became a fraud expert for the FBI and now is one of the world's foremost authorities on fraud prevention.

"What Does it Take to Win the Iowa Presidential Caucuses?" Juju Chang, Sept. 29 (8 p.m., MU Great Hall)

An Emmy Award-winning journalist, Chang is co-anchor of ABC's Nightline and also reports for the Good Morning America and 20/20 news programs. She covers global and national events, such as the Haiti earthquake (2010) and the Newtown, Connecticut, mass shooting (2012). Born in Seoul, South Korea, and raised in California, Chang graduated with honors from Stanford University and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

"Wage Inequality: Why it Matters and What to Do About It," Heidi Shierholz, Oct. 5 (8 p.m., MU Great Hall)

Shierholz is the chief economist of the U.S. Department of Labor. Previously, she worked for the Economic Policy Institute, where she co-authored two editions of The State of Working America. Shierholz has researched and widely spoken about the economy, especially how it impacts middle- and low-income families. She earned an undergraduate degree from Grinnell College, a master's in statistics from Iowa State, and master's and doctoral degrees in economics from the University of Michigan.

"Stopping Child Slavery in Ghana," James Kofi Annan, Oct. 8 (8 p.m., MU Great Hall)

Annan is a former child slave and leads Challenging Heights, a West African children's rights organization that has rescued more than 1,400 children from slavery and supported thousands more through education and empowerment programs. At 6 years old, Annan was enslaved in Ghana's Lake Volta fishing industry, where he dove deep into muddy waters to untangle nets, all while facing sickness, starvation and torture. He escaped slavery as a teen and worked his way through school, earning a university degree. In 2007, Annan left a lucrative banking career to dedicate himself to the mission of Challenging Heights.

New campus coffee-table book unveiled Sept. 10

Golden tree drops its leaves on central campus

Ancient trees and golden leaves -- it's one of central campus' best looks. Photo by Jim Heemstra.

A new book showcasing Iowa State’s stories and campus beauty will be unveiled at a Sept. 10 book-signing and sales event. Published by the ISU Alumni Association, "SEASONS of Iowa State University" is a 128-page, hardbound book that captures the four seasons on campus through images by photographer Jim Heemstra. "SEASONS" also features descriptions of Iowa State’s history, art, architecture, landscaping and student-friendly, scholarly environment. The book was edited by Carole Gieseke, editor of VISIONS alumni magazine.

Book signing

The public is invited to a book-signing reception in the ISU Alumni Center on Sept. 10 (4-7 p.m. with a brief program at 5:30 p.m.).  Books will be available for $25 for ISU Alumni Association members during the event, or $30 for non-members. After Sept. 10, books will be sold at the regular price of $39, $33 for members and $30 for ISU departments ordering 10 books or more. Order online at or call 294-2648.