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The Resilient Cyclone Spirit Despite the pandemic, Iowa State students are finding ways to connect and engage in healthy and innovative ways

Getting involved

The Student Activities Center hosted a virtual Clubfest featuring more than 230 of the 900+ clubs and organizations on campus for students to explore, connect with and join.

The Student Union Board coordinated a slate of fall semester entertainment, including an outdoor movie on central campus and a performance by mentalist Brian Nimbus
CyBowl and Billiards, located on the lower level of the Memorial Union, offers entertainment activities such as blacklight bowling
Students can get creative in the Memorial Union Workspace, or pick up an Art-2-Go kit

Finding ways to adapt

Not all connections on campus are virtual. Student organizations, colleges and departments are finding new ways to safely celebrate annual traditions, and Events at ISU can help. For example, the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition hosted an ice cream social and students in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences adapted their plans with outdoor activities and events during CALS week.

Getting off the couch

From yoga poses to rock climbing, intramural competitions and more, Cyclones can stay active with opportunities offered by Recreation Services and other groups, clubs and organizations.

Second-year Veterinary Medicine student Trevor Arunsiripate also trains with a local competitive cycling club.

Building teams and finding friends

Learning communities have organized team-building activities, including pumpkin painting with the Writing Gender LC, Homecoming meetups and crafts for HOME LC members, and broom hockey competitions and small-group TikTok skits by Honors Program participants.

What learning looks like

Flexibility is key in and out of the classroom.

Saturdays at Jack Trice Stadium

Want this, wear this: The face covering requirement has paid off with fans and the marching band in attendance at Cyclone football home games.

The new normal

Cyclones Care behaviors -- especially the use of face coverings and physical distancing -- help make "normal" activities and interactions possible.

The ISU Creamery, a public retail store operated by the dairy food science program, opened in August 2020.

All of campus is a stage

While many theaters and performance halls are dark, students, faculty and staff have embraced the innovative spirit finding ways for the show to still go on.

Fall splendor

There's beauty in every season on campus, but fall makes it easy to see why Iowa State is one of the nation's most beautiful campuses. And with 1,900 acres, there's plenty of space for students looking to relax and take it all in.