2017-18 Featured Students

Bilawal Khoso (May 2018)

We have all experienced moments and emotions of feeling left out, out of place and more of a stranger than being welcomed. Whether moving to a new city, diving into a new challenge or taking on a new responsibility, we can all relate to those moments, likely on multiple occasions.

Now imagine experiencing these moments and not speaking the language as your first language, not having easy access to your favorite comfort foods and not being able to visit your family for months, if not years. This is a daily reality for many ISU students, like Muhammad Bilawal Khoso (BK). More


The Fashion Show (April 2018)

Iowa State University offers many hands-on sustainable experiences through clubs and organizations -- one of which is the Iowa State Apparel, Events, and Hospitality Management’s (AESHM) Fashion Show. From its humble beginning as a simple runway show in a MacKay Hall classroom, it has grown to be one of the largest student-run fashion shows in the nation, now being held in C.Y. Stephens Auditorium in Ames, Iowa.

The 36th annual Fashion Show accommodates more than 75 Apparel, Merchandising, and Design (AMD) students to display their garments on the runway, promoting durable and creative fashion, opposed to wasteful, fast fashion. The show is also produced, designed and marketed entirely by the 150 students chosen to be a part of the planning committee. Even 100 percent of the models are Iowa State students. More


Live Yoga Live Green (March 2018)

Our daily chores, activities and tasks fill our mind to the brim.The psychology paper due next week, the big project at work and the growing to do list as the week goes on removes us from being mindful of and engaged in the present. As one ISU student knows well, through purposeful mindfulness we enable ourselves to dismiss all the mind clutter and thrive in our present moments.

Growing up in Jaipur, India, Ankur Sharma (graduate student in computer engineering) practiced mantra meditation and strived to live a life focused on yoga principles, taught and guided by his family’s values. By seeing the improvement in his own mindfulness he was inspired to share this knowledge and practice as an ISU student. His inspiration led to the founding of a uniquely-focused student organization — Live Yoga Live Green (LYLG). More


Adam Blake Wright (February 2018)

Although people often ask why I am living and working in New Zealand, it remains a difficult question for me to answer. After all, I can’t remember a time when traveling here wasn’t at the top of my bucket list.

As I a child, I was fascinated by my grandfather’s National Geographic magazines, and I likely stumbled upon an article or glossy photograph that sparked my fascination with New Zealand at a young age.

Flash forward to Fall 2016: my second-to-last semester at Iowa State. While working as a graduate assistant for Live Green! and completing dual masters degrees in Creative Writing and Sustainable Agriculture, I became increasingly interested in moving abroad to see how other cultures use storytelling to engage with sustainability issues. More


Lindsay Mack (December 2017)

Iowa State University boasts a wide array of student leaders working toward a sustainable future. Though we normally visualize these leaders in classes, laboratories or clubs, a unique group of students is sustaining the future by working as Peer Wellness Educators in Student Wellness, a division of Health Services. This group of student leaders plan, implement and evaluate strategies and programming to address health, well-being and safety on campus in order to ensure wellness and a socially-just future. 

Lindsey Mack, an ISU junior studying environmental science and environmental studies is one of these leaders. Since her arrival at Iowa State, she has had a growing interest in holistic health and wellness. Mack wanted to find a way to enhance student success on campus through higher learning, sense of belonging and holistic wellness.

“I wanted to enable other students to find balance in all dimensions of well-being to achieve their goals in college and beyond,” Mack stated. More


Food Recovery Network (November 2017)

Iowa State University offers a diversity of opportunities for students to get involved. With more than 850 student organizations available, Iowa State has much to offer in the realm of clubs and organizations. From engineering to advertising to ukulele, Iowa State ensures students can be engaged in organizations that are catered to their hobbies, majors and passions.

With Thanksgiving (Nov.23), National Philanthropy Day (Nov. 15) and Giving Tuesday (Nov. 28) right around the corner, November is a time to reflect on all we have for which to give thanks, as well as for those not having opportunities that are available to us.

In addition to being thankful, November is the opportunity to give back. One specific club that goes above and beyond to give back to Iowa State and the Ames community is the newly-formed Food Recovery Network. More


Elizabeth Garzón (October 2017)

Elizabeth Garzón, a junior at Iowa State University, is taking her unique "hands-on experience" of working in Uganda to change her lifestyle in Ames. It all began when she encountered an opportunity to travel with the Iowa State University Uganda Program (ISUUP) on its annual summer service trip. She was one of eight service learners from Iowa State selected to spend six weeks in Kamuli, Uganda to teach life skills in farming and sciences through the lens of sustainability through ISUUP.

Garzón heard about this opportunity through multiple professors and eventually decided to go for the opportunity, which is housed under the Iowa State Global Resources Systems program. She said her love for travel and her dual majors of global resources systems and environmental science was a perfect fit. This Cyclone not only wanted to aid the citizens of Kamuli, but wanted to expand her knowledge of sustainability. More

Image of Bilawal Khoso in front of large image.



The Fashion Show Logo



Image of student practicing Yoga in studio.



Adam Blake Wright in front of a mountain range in Australia.



Peer Wellness Educators.






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Image of Garzon and child in a grassy field.