#CALSproud COVID-19 Response

Innovation, Collaboration, Excellence

We are #CALSproud of all our faculty, staff and students who are finding innovative ways to excel and overcome challenges during this time of uncertainty and change. Below are some examples of the extraordinary efforts happening throughout the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Feel free to share other efforts happening in your department via email to stories@iastate.edu or use #CALSproud in your social media posts. Let us all lift up and celebrate our awesome college!

May 5, 2020 - #CALSproud COVID-19 Response

Rice donation

Group of men pictured during rice donation

On Saturday, May 2, the Iowa State University - Uganda Program delivered 1,400 Kg of rice to the Kamuli District Anti-COVID-19 task force.

April 17, 2020 - #CALSproud COVID-19 Response

Toilet paper toss welcomes incoming students

Learning community peer mentors in the Department of Agricultural Education and Studies, led by advising coordinator Ben Chamberlain and academic adviser Nate Dobbels, created this fun video to welcoming incoming students and introduce peer mentors and advisers.

Students raise funds for Iowa Food Bank

Sigma Alpha BINGO card
Sigma Alpha BINGO card

Sigma Alpha, professional sorority for women in agriculture, held a virtual fundraiser to support the Iowa Food Bank to support the organization’s additional needs caused by the impacts of COVID-19. Using the electronic payment program Venmo, the group raised nearly $700 by challenging their family and friends to an online game of Bingo filling card spots with each donation collected. Sigma Alpha continues to meet virtually advancing their philanthropy and professional development projects using WebEx and social media platforms. 

Video: "We're in this epic adventure together!"

Mary Wiedenhoeft recording lecture
Mary Wiedenhoeft recording a class lecture at home.

Mary Wiedenhoeft, Morrill Professor in Iowa State University Department of Agronomy, has found success in establishing a routine while working from home. In this video, she advises others working or studying from home to eat healthy foods, exercise and maintain structure.

April 13, 2020 - #CALSproud COVID-19 Response

CALS faculty find innovative ways to move hands-on courses online

Brad Skaar recording video with help of son
Brad Skaar capturing video with the help of his son.

Brad Skaar, Bob Hartzler, and Skyler Rinker are three CALS faculty who are rising to the challenges of these unprecedented times as they find innovative ways to move their heavily hands-on courses online. From traveling to and capturing video at various farms to encouraging students to get outside and hunt for weeds, check out this story to read about their efforts.