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Q: I've heard the "VEISHEA" acronym has something to do with names of Iowa State's original colleges. What are those names?

A: Iowa State had five undergraduate colleges when the first Veishea was organized in 1922. Here's how that acronym works out:

V - Veterinary Medicine

E - Engineering

IS- Industrial Science (precursor to Liberal Arts and Sciences)

HE- Home Economics (now Family and Consumer Sciences)

A - Agriculture

(The colleges of Business, Design and Education were organized later.)

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