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Iowa State is ‘destination for designers’ and more

Student works on ISU design project

Iowa State University is a destination for all designers — as well as those interested in veterinary medicine, animal science and a lot more. Extension is helping Iowa’s young people find their way to ISU with county-based student recruitment projects. Middle school and high school students by the busloads visited the ISU campus and research sites during the 2007-2008 academic year. They went back home excited about potential future areas of study and opportunities they never before had considered.

For example, ISU … A Destination for All Designers brought 30 4-H’ers from 11 counties and one youth from out of state to campus to explore design opportunities in the colleges of Design and Human Sciences. The students toured the Universal Design lab, visited design studios, created designer shirts, talked with ISU students and attended the annual ISU textile show.

“Our team wanted participants to have hands on experiences in small group settings so strong ISU student and participant connections could happen,” said Ann Torbert, ISU Extension 4-H youth development specialist.
 “ISU students shared what their world is like as college students and taught the workshops. The ISU students sold ISU very well.”

High school students participating in the 2008 Swine-Equine Showdown this spring agreed. As one participant said, “I know more what to expect when I go to college. It was a great experience to learn about the project and about college life.”

This effort brought 76 4-H’ers from 12 counties to ISU’s College of Veterinary Medicine, Meat Lab and animal science facilities, said Denise Schwab, ISU Extension livestock field specialist. The 4-H’ers learned about ISU research in swine and horse production as well as current issues facing producers.

In April about 100 youth toured Iowa State’s Southeast Research and Demonstration Farm near Crawfordsville. According to ISU Extension farm management field specialist Jim Jensen, in 75 percent of the evaluations students indicated that the event helped them consider Iowa State for their future education.

For more information, contact Torbert (, Schwab ( or Jensen (

This article appeared in June 2008 -- From Jack Payne Newsletter