November 21, 2003
Gifts that win hearts and support your ISU colleagues
by Diana Pounds
Gifts for the creative, the hungry, the musical, the Clone-enamored --
they're all right here on the Iowa State campus. In Inside's second
guide, here are a few ideas for
holiday gifts that you can run down over the lunch hour . . . and still have
time for lunch.
Fine dining all over campus priceless
Stuff the stocking of the campus denizen with an ISU Dining gift card. Gift
cards (available in $10 and $20 versions) provide dining enjoyment at
campus food courts, dining halls, cafes and convenience stores. Buy cards
at: MU Food Court, MU Caf, Clyde's (in the UDCC), Hawthorn Market and Caf
(Frederiksen Court Comm. Center), Design Center Caf, Gentle Doctor Caf, or
Hazel's Kitchen (Reiman Gardens).
Zodiac and ghostly T-shirts
Whether they're from the Coke date or the Burgie's smoothies generation,
they'll likely enjoy a Memorial Union T-shirt ($9) marking the Union's 75th
year. The muted red shirt features "don't step on the zodiac" and the blue,
the alleged ghost of Gold Star Hall. Drop by the Memorial Union main desk to
purchase, or call 4-2549.
A creative nudge
Nudge the family gamer from the PlayStation to the clay station, with a gift
certificate to The Workspace. In the well-equipped Memorial Union studios,
artists can create ceramics, screen prints, wood items and more. Gift
certificates buy space in the studios or art classes. Contact 4-0971 or
visit The Workspace.
Set it on the counter, by the radio
WOI Radio fans: Support your favorite station and pick up a unique cookie
jar for the family cookie chef. The hand-thrown, hand-painted stoneware jar
bears the WOI logo and is a "thank-you" gift for a pledge of $1 a day to
WOI. A $75 pledge yields a hand-thrown WOI coffee or soup mug. Contact
Marisue Hartung, 4-8603.
Shop the open house
The Dec. 3 winter open house at University Book Store will yield a number of
gift possibilities, such as Cyclone gear, poinsettias (from the ISU Hort
Club) and books signed by Iowa State authors. The open house is from 7:45
a.m. to 7:30 p.m. A schedule of open house activities is at http://www.ubs.iastate.edu/winter/openhouse.html.
Chloe, the bean bear
Chloe, a shaggy green bean bear with a 4-H emblem on its chest, was designed
exclusively for Iowa. Each limited-edition bear is handmade and numbered.
Cost is $10 picked up or $12 shipped. Drop by the Extension 4-H Youth
Building or call 4-1537.
No bread machine required
The first-place bread recipe that earned an Iowa 4-H'er a trip to
Washington, D.C., in 1912 is but one of the blue ribbon recipes in the 4-H
cookbook Iowa: A Taste of Home. Cost is $10 picked up or $12 shipped.
Drop by the Extension 4-H Youth Building or call 4-1537.
Frosty never looked so good
It's a collectible fit for a Cyclone mantel -- a "snow globe" snowman decked
out in Cyclone gear. Put him next to Fight Song Santa. Available at the
University Book Store, $39.95 each.
For those who like to grow
Lush photos and garden tips make Extension's 2004 Garden Calendar a
traditional holiday favorite among gardeners. Two other colorful
publications (Tree Fruits and Small Fruits) will help backyard
growers keep the fruits of their labors bug- and disease-free. The calendar
is $8 (also available in Spanish) and each fruit publication is $5, plus shipping and handling. To
order, call 4-5247, drop by the Extension Distribution Center (Printing and
Publications Building) or order online at http://pubs.extension.iastate.edu.
Doesn't matter if she's a little bit country, a little bit rock 'n roll, a
little bit Broadway musical or a little bit something else. A gift
certificate from the Iowa State Center covers the entertainment bases and
provides a refreshing break from those Law and Order reruns. In increments
of $5, certificates are available at the ticket office in Stephens
Auditorium, Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Unique, hand-blown glass Megaplanets by artist Josh Simpson spark the
imagination. They are available at the Brunnier Art Museum store in prices
ranging from $40 to $400.
A hunk of meat, a hammered dulcimer and thou
Give an evening of 17th century song, food and fun with a ticket ($30) to
the music department's Madrigal Dinner Jan. 16 and 17. Tickets are available
after Dec. 1 at the Memorial Union main desk or by calling the Union ticket
Lunch at the Tearoom
Those who lunch on campus surely would welcome a gift certificate to the
student-run Joan Bice Underwood Tearoom, where the menu items are
interesting and the presentation elegant. Gift certificates can be purchased
in 1055 MacKay Hall.
For the bare-handed
The official Iowa State ring is a classy gift for ISU alumni and
upperclassmen. Engraved with images of campus, the solid gold ring comes in
several styles. Prices start at $300. Visit the Alumni Association or
University Book Store to place an order. See http://www.isualum.org/services/ring.
Splendor of the Iowa skies
Planetary nebula, starburst galaxies and the hometown galaxy (The Milky Way)
are some of the glorious sights captured by ISU's telescope and featured in
the physics and astronomy department's 2004 calendar. The calendar ($10)
will be available in the University Book Store soon.
Handmade at Iowa State
Hand-blown glass pieces, lithographs, intaglios, pottery, jewelry and other
crafts made by Iowa State students, faculty and staff will be on sale at the
Art Mart from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 3, in the Memorial Union
northwest study lounge. The sale features original works from the ISU
Glass-blowing Club (Gaffers' Guild), University Print Society and The
Never too young for the cardinal and gold
Buy a youngster (eighth grade or younger) a $30 membership in the Lil' Clone
Club. Membership provides free admission to more than 80 Cyclone sporting
events, along with such amenities as an official T-shirt, exclusive parties
and birthday e-mails from Cy. More info: http://cyclones.ocsn.com/trads/lil-clone-club.html.
College -- for seniors
Fifty-somethings who like to learn will enjoy a gift certificate to College
for Seniors. Four- to eight-week classes ($35 to $50 each) on politics,
history, art, computing and much more are offered fall and spring semester
to those 50 and older. Many classes are taught by current or retired ISU
faculty. Drop by 88 Scheman or contact firstname.lastname@example.org, 4-3830.
Music, indoors and out
The four ISU faculty in the Ames Piano Quartet make some of the finest
chamber music in the world. Quartet CDs ($15 each) are available from
amazon.com, borders.com or the group's pianist William David, 4-2027,
email@example.com. Another campus CD option is music professor and organ
virtuoso Lynn Ziegler on the Brombaugh organ; several CDs ($15) are
available in the music department, 4-3831. Also available on CD are the
spirited sounds of the Cyclone Marching Band ($18.95 at local campus
Candles, Iowa-style, and butterflies
'Tis the season for candles, and the Reiman Gardens Gift Shop has the good
Iowa variety -- clean-burning soy candles ($1.50-$21) and bees wax candles
($3.95-$8.50), both made in-state. Also available: framed displays of
butterflies that once flitted around the gardens' butterfly wing ($25 and
up) and a limited edition Scarlet Mormon butterfly print ($70) by a Nebraska
artist and ISU alumna.
Ames, Iowa 50011, (515) 294-4111
Published by: University Relations,
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