Category: Stories

Following the dream for change

Mason Weh, a recent Iowa State graduate, founded his own organization to promote self and community change. Mentoring for Change is a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide all youth a path to success. 

Making International Connections from home

Reed Duncan, has spent the last few months working with international company MaGIC. Duncan joined MaGIC’s Social Innovation team and worked with Malaysian entrepreneurs to grow their social enterprise and related missions. 

Gaffer’s Guild

At the Student Innovation Center, the ISU Gaffer’s Guild, a student-run organization collaborates and partners with Innovate 1858, a student-operated retail store. The two are collectively innovating at the intersection of entrepreneurship and art. 

Student-Maker Spotlight

Knudtson is the designer, the innovator and the mastermind behind Rylie Kate’s Clay Designs. What makes up this brand is what makes up Rylie—a college student, a sorority sister, a creator and an entrepreneur. 

Innovation 101

Tune in for a monthly series presented and hosted by Dr. James Oliver, Director of the Innovation Center. In partnership with the Innovation Circuit Series—immersive sessions where students gain the opportunity to innovate, collaborate and contribute meaningfully—each session will be offered on the second Tuesday of each month. 

I-FiT: Innovation Fellows in Training

Are you an international high school student who wants to experience college even before applying to attend? Do you yearn to learn beyond classroom and career constructs alone? To create a legacy of innovation?

Student-Maker Spotlight: Ekern Designs

Sisterhood, friendship, community, and artistry define Ekern Designs. Miranda Ekern and Mackenzie Ekern are the co-founders of Ekern Designs, a brand that exemplifies who they are—coffee lovers and D.I.Y. doers. 

Interface, public art display

"The idea is that when people came to this building, they were transformed going through this space, or they felt a sense of disorientation, a shift in how they see themselves, how they see the world,” Widgery said in an interview with University Museums.

SPARKS cafe caters to you

Why cater elsewhere when you can choose a service right in the heart of Iowa State’s campus. Next time you plan a corporate meeting, a social event, a retirement party or a campus tour that needs professional catering, think about SPARKS cafe.