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April 13, 2007

A Sesquicentennial Veishea Village sampler

Veishea Village map

Put on your walking shoes, sunscreen (we hope) and grab a map. To help guide you through the tent village of the Sesquicentennial-Veishea kickoff, here's a preview of some displays you won't want to miss.

A Wash, grow and learn

Do you get all the nasty germs off your hands when you wash 'em? Find out at ISU Extension's tent. "Germ City's" black light tunnel illuminates a special lotion to show "germs" on your hands. Extension also will have activities for kids of all ages: make a seed necklace, design a plant and find out which grains make your favorite foods. Got garden questions? Some of Iowa's best gardeners will be on hand to give you answers.

electronic pointer

B Trivia for techies

Do you know when Google debuted? Were you the first in your social circle to travel with a svelte, 28-pound Compaq Portable? Then, by all means, make a stop at the IT display. Visitors can grab a clicker and compete for prizes in the IT trivia game show. In the "technology museum," they'll stroll down computing's memory lane, following the evolution of portable computers, from the suitcased "luggables" like the Compaq, to today's slender laptops. Among other technological wonders on display: the hulking ancestor of the pointer - a giant electronic flashlight with a focusing mechanism.

C Calling on behalf of Iowa State

Meet the students who've helped Iowa State break fund-raising records over the past few years. Collectively, the chatty students in the ISU Foundation's PhoneCenter put in about 28,000 hours each year talking to university alumni and friends and pulling in much-needed support for Iowa State. Some students individually have received more than $300,000 in pledges.

D Gameday atmosphere

The athletics department tent will feature autograph sessions with Cyclone coaches and student-athletes. Fans can get "tattooed" or pose with Cy for photos. A display will feature the greatest moments in ISU athletics history.

E Alumni reflections

The Alumni Association celebrates "Traditions of Iowa State" with a timeline of 150 great moments in ISU history. Visitors can take a photo with a vintage (circa 1980s) Cy mascot display and pick up free sesquicentennial pennants and stickers. A new 9-inch resin replica of the campanile will be sold ($100, or $80 for members).

F FP&M gives futuristic insight

FP&M's tent is the one with the putting green. Facilities Planning and Management not only oversees Veenker golf course, hence the green, but designs and brings to fruition new buildings. Check out the visuals of campus, both now and in the future. If you're a real ISU junky and want to know all that makes the place tick, don goggles and tour the power plant. This is off the beaten path, but at the tent, they'll direct you there.

G A name, a face and a handshake

U.S. Poet Laureate Ted Kooser, the cast of SOV's Music Man, ISU student storm chasers, dean Mike Whiteford, chimpanzee expert Jill Pruetz (sans chimps), Skunk River Navy "admiral" Jim Colbert, you get the picture. Every 30 minutes the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences will introduce three more of its newsmakers to visit with Veishea-goers in a tent south of Catt Hall. The schedule of appearances will be posted.

H From seed to fuel

Want to see how biodiesel fuel is made? Stop by the Center for Crops Utilization Research tent to see the process that transforms soybean oil to fuel. It's a miniature version of the process used in industry, but it's all in glassware so lookers-on can see the transformation. Engineering and agriculture students will be on hand to answer questions.

I The big payoff

Shelling out $3 a day for a cup of coffee? Paying off a loan? ISU Finance Club members will show you how a few dollars saved today can pay off big time tomorrow. The club has partnered with several Iowa firms to provide displays, contests and prizes.

J Pocket parks

ISU's Student Society of Landscape Architecture will convert three parking stalls into parks. Each will feature a theme, including a rain garden (Bessey), recycled garden (Gilman) and a bowling green (Alumni Hall).

K Dress up

Playing dress up

Contributed photo

The Iowa State Center tent offers a chance to "See yourself in the Arts!" Play dress up with more than 50 costumes. Be a Southern belle, Renaissance queen, a dashing general, or even a jail bird. Photographs will be taken and emailed to participants.


Download a complete guide to the village and other events online.