STORIES in Agriculture and Life Sciences


Tom Polito


The student experience in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences connects what happens inside and outside the classroom. The two are mutually supportive and synergistic. Students' out-of-classroom activities are as instilled in the college's culture as the land-grant philosophy. Even Iowa State's motto, "Science with Practice," reflects how our students take what they've learned in class and make the coursework more relevant to them. Some parts of our student experience, like student clubs, student council and Alpha Zeta, have been fixtures for a century or more. My wife's grandfather, a 1912 animal husbandry grad, has fascinated me with the story of his Alpha Zeta induction. Traveling abroad goes back more than 50 years. Today, students study on every continent.