Iowa State University

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Template:University information Iowa State University (ISU) is a public land-grant university and space-grant university located in Ames, Iowa. The full official name is Iowa State University of Science and Technology. It was previously Iowa State College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts, a school created through the Morrill Land-Grant Colleges Act.

The Iowa General Assembly in 1858, prior to the passage of the Morrill Act of 1862, enacted legislation to establish a agriculture college and model farm. This college was named the State Agricultural College & Model Farm. The location of Story County was chosen on June 21, 1859 after the state selection board received proposals from Johnson, Kossuth, Marshall, Polk, and Story counties.



Nearing its sesquicentennial in 2008, ISU now has a number of landmarks on campus. Please visit the ISU notables page for many of the beautiful landmarks.


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ISU is best known for its degree programs in engineering and agriculture. The Family and Consumer Sciences and Education colleges are in the process of merging, and a new name has not yet been decided. ISU is also home of the world's first digital computer, the Atanasoff Berry Computer.

It consists of the following colleges:

In addition to these eight colleges, the Graduate College ( oversees graduate study in all fields.


The sports teams are nicknamed the Cyclones, a name which dates back to 1895. That year, there were many occurances of cyclones, or tornados. Also that year was when the Iowa State football team went to Northwestern University and defeated its team 36-0. The Chicago Tribune proclaimed "Iowa cyclone devastates Evanstontown."

The school colors are cardinal and gold. The mascot is Cy the Cardinal, who was introduced in 1954. This is likely a reference to the original nickname, the Cardinals. The Iowa State Cyclones play in the NCAA's Division I-A as part of the Big Twelve Conference.

VEISHEA celebration

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Two CyRide buses

Iowa State is also noted for VEISHEA, an education and entertainment festival held on campus every spring. The name is an acronym of the original colleges of the institution when VEISHEA was established in 1922: Veterinary Medicine, Engineering, Industrial Science, Home Economics, and Agriculture. Its organizers claim it to be among the largest student-organized cultural festivals in the world.

In recent years the festival has been marred by problems. Unruly students created a disturbance ("rioted") on Welch Avenue in 1988 and 1992, prompting school officials to take away the traditional Thursday afternoon and Friday holidays before the celebration. Problems continued. In 1997, an underage non-student was fatally stabbed by another non-student outside a fraternity party. In response, alcohol was banned during VEISHEA.

In 2004, a riot took place during VEISHEA when police confronted people during an off-campus party. Because of the riot, officials announced that there would be no VEISHEA festival during 2005 and a task force would consider the future of the celebration. In March 2005, President Geoffroy announced that the festival will return in 2006, with events being moved from riot-prone Welch Avenue to central campus.

Iowa State presidents

  1. Adonijah S. Welch (18681883)
  2. Seaman A. Knapp (18831884)
  3. Leigh S.J. Hunt (18851886)
  4. William I. Chamberlain (18861890)
  5. William M. Beardshear (18911902)
  6. Albert B. Storms (19031910)
  7. Raymond A. Pearson (19121926)
  8. Raymond M. Hughes (19271936)
  9. Charles E. Friley (19361953)
  10. James H. Hilton (19531965)
  11. W. Robert Parks (19651986)
  12. Gordon P. Eaton (19861990)
  13. Martin C. Jischke (June 1, 1991August 14, 2000)
  14. Gregory L. Geoffroy (July 1, 2001 – present)

Notable people

George Washington Carver
George Washington Carver

See ISU notables for a complete list.

Alumni or faculty members


Iowa State chronology

Events occurring in the same year did not necessarily happen in the order presented here.

Year Event
1858 Iowa General Assembly enacted legislation for creation of the State Agricultural College & Model Farm
1859 Story County was the chosen county for the State Agricultural College & Model Farm
1860 Construction starts on Farm House
1862 Morrill Act of 1862 was passed; college to be named Iowa State Agricultural College
1884 Construction of English Office Building finished
1891 Construction of Morrill Hall finished
1891 First run of Dinkey on July 4
1892 Addition made to the English Office Building
1892 Construction of The Hub
1895 Football team nicknamed Cyclones for their performance against Northwestern University
1895 Severe water shortage; classes cancelled; spurred construction of the Marston Water Tower
1897 Construction for the Campanile was started on Central Campus
1897 Construction of the Marston Water Tower
1898 Renamed the Iowa State College of Agriculture and Mechanical Arts
1903 Construction of Marston Hall finished
1904 Construction first started on what would be the Alumni Hall
1897 End of operation of Dinkey; start of operation of an electric streetcar
1908 Construction of Central Building finished
1908 President's, Vice-president's, & Treasurer's offices moved from Office Building to Beardshear Hall
1920 Edgar W. Stanton dies and 26 bells are added to the carillon in the Campanile (36 bells total)
1922 VEISHEA was established
1929 Construction of the Memorial Union finished
1938 Central Building renamed to Beardshear Hall
1939 The Atanasoff Berry Computer is first demonstrated
1940 English department moves into Office Building and is renamed to English Office Building
1941 The Fountain of Four Seasons is sculpted by Christian Petersen
1954 13 more bells were added to the carillon in the Campnaile (49 bells total)
1959 Renamed the Iowa State University of Science and Technology
1967 Bessey Hall opens for use
1967 1 more bell was added to the carillon in the Campanile (50 bells total)
1969 Construction of Stephens Auditorium finished
1973 English and speech departments relocate from English Office Building to Ross Hall & Pearson Hall, respectively
1978 Alumni Hall placed on the National Register of Historic Places
1978 The Marston Water Tower is disconnected from use
1982 The Marston Water Tower is added to the National Register of Historic Places
1983 Marston Hall placed on the National Register of Historic Places
1984 Library named the W. Robert and Ellen Sorge Parks Library
1996 Morrill Hall determined unsafe for occupancy
1997 Restoration of the Marston Water Tower
1999 Central Campus is listed as a "medallion site" by the American Society of Landscape Architects
2003 Control of the Memorial Union was transferred to ISU
2004 VEISHEA riot; resulted in VEISHEA for 2005 being cancelled
2004 English Office Building demolished
2005 Two of the Towers residence halls, Knapp and Storms, to be demolished
2008 Sesquicentennial of Iowa State

See also

External links

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