United by Cardinal and Gold

Whether fostering community, solving big problems, or spreading school spirit, today’s Cyclones are making a name for themselves and Iowa State.

Author: Mike Krapfl

Photos: Dan McClanahan

Genuine Community

Community is about belonging. 

Often, it begins with a single connection. A similar interest or identity draws two people together. Then, little by little, they expand their boundaries and welcome others. Iowa State University affords its students a myriad of opportunities large and small to make connections and build communities.

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    Iowa Stater Book Club

    Join the Iowa Stater Book Club on Feb. 2, 2023, for a virtual discussion led by author, alum and former Cyclone basketball standout Paul Shirley. Registration is free.

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    Share Your Cyclone Story

    Help tell the stories of outstanding Cyclones everywhere. Cyclone Stories highlight Iowa Staters making their communities, the State of Iowa, and the world a better place.

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    Class Notes


    Catch up with your classmates and share your news. All Iowa State University alumni are invited to submit a class note. No login is required.

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