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2015: Year in photos at Iowa State University

2015 comes to a close and it has been a fantastic first 12 months at Iowa State University.  Working as the university photographer, I’ve learned that I’m a short walk away from an expert on any topic, have the potential to travel anywhere on the globe and am always surrounded by passionate hard working folks with great stories.  Not to mention my office is one of the most beautiful campuses on Earth.  Lots of work yet to be done and exciting challenges are ahead.  But for now, here are a few of my favorites from my first year on the job… and a Happy 2016 to all!

 (Christopher Gannon) (Christopher Gannon)Students crowd the Curtiss Hall lobby while waiting to enter a lecture hall January 12, 2005, the first day of spring semester. (Photo by Christopher Gannon) (Christopher Gannon/Iowa State University) (Christopher Gannon)

Well-bundled students make their way to and from Curtiss Hall Monday, January 12, 2005, the first day of spring semester. Students make their way across central campus Monday, January 12, 2005, the first day of spring semester. (Photo by Christopher Gannon) (Christopher Gannon/Iowa State University)Alicia Carriquiry, Iowa State University professor of statistics, shown inside Gold Star Hall of the Memorial Union, is working with Veterans Affairs mental health services. She is chairing a committee for the Institute of Medicine and is looking for ways to improve veterans' access to get the help that they need. (Photo by Christopher Gannon) (Christopher Gannon)Sophomore Mallory Cates of Ida Grove finds a warm and scenic study nook in the Gerdin Business Building on Thursdy, February 5, 2015. (photo by Christopher Gannon) (Christopher Gannon/Iowa State University)Students pass Grant Wood's "When Tillage Begins" inside Parks Library on Monday, February 16, 2015. The three-panel mural portrays the beginning of tillage in Iowa by the pioneers in the 1840s. (Photo by Christopher Gannon) (Christopher Gannon)Anupam Sharma, left, and Hui Hu are using Iowa State’s Aerodynamic/Atmospheric Boundary Layer Wind Tunnel to study dual-rotor wind turbines that would increase the energy harvest of wind farms. Turbine models are shown at foreground. (photo by Christopher Gannon) (Christopher Gannon)Jonny Schmidt, a freshman clarinetist in the Iowa State marching band, carts some of the 350 freshly-dry cleaned marching band uniforms into a Music Hall storage room on Monday, March 30, 2015. The uniforms will be assigned to student musicians once the marching band is finalized in August. (photo by Christopher Gannon) (Christopher Gannon)Nick Van Berkum, a communications specialist in sociology at Iowa State, sits with his hand-cut Beatles stencil and a record player stereo in his Ames home. Nick's art ranges from his stenciled work to event posters for bands to spray painted art and beyond. He often listens to his record collection while creating his artwork. (photo by Christopher Gannon) (Christopher Gannon)(Photo by Christopher Gannon) (Christopher Gannon)Iowa State junior Austin Renes of Carmel, Iowa walks a slackline between a pair of trees on central campus on Wednesday, April 1, 2015. (Photo by Christopher Gannon) (Christopher Gannon)Carlos Alonzo, center, a SUCCESS Case Manager with Des Moines Public Schools, walks a corridor with third graders Yussuf Yussuf, 9, left, and Zachary Thompson, 8, at Willard Elementary School on April 2. "I try to give them my time instead of things," Alonzo says of his relationship building approach. (Photo by Christopher Gannon) (Christopher Gannon)(Photo by Christopher Gannon) (Christopher Gannon)Visitors pause to view the exhibition COHERENCE: An Immersive Laser Installation by Dan Corson in the Christian Petersen Art Museum, 1017 Morrill Hall. The exhibition will run through May 29.(Photo by Christopher Gannon) COHERENCE, the main room installation, utilizes the special inherent quality of spatial coherence to create the illusion of infinite spaces and provides the magic that will illuminate one filament and not the one next to it. Exploiting this special and unique nature of lasers elevates this environment to more than just a science experiment by creating the appearance of internal illumination where there is none, motion where there is none and with the addition of a mirrored floor, produces a subtle perceptive disorientation while defining and marking space in infinite and mesmerizing ways. “I see these pieces as exploring the very act of seeing- as it relates to how light enters our eyes and produces the experiences we perceive and feel. The kinetic manipulation of laser beams through the vibrationally calibrated scanners and pea-sized mirrors, creates a perception of movement and allows for the project to change and evolve marking both time and space." -- artist Dan Corson (Christopher Gannon)(photo by Christopher Gannon) (Christopher Gannon)(photo by Christopher Gannon) (Christopher Gannon)Brenna Lyden, a graduating apparel major, has built a following with her fashion blog and styling business. She has landed a highly competitive job as a buyer for Nordstrom in Seattle. (Photo by Christopher Gannon) (Christopher Gannon)(Photo by Christopher Gannon) (Christopher Gannon)(Photo by Christopher Gannon/Iowa State University) (Christopher Gannon)(Photo by Christopher Gannon/Iowa State University) (Christopher Gannon)Students stroll past Lauren Thatcher, a nutrition science sophomore from West Bend, Monday outside Beardshear Hall. (Photo by Christopher Gannon/Iowa State University) (Christopher Gannon)(Photo by Christopher Gannon/Iowa State University) (Christopher Gannon)Farmer Dean Lemke on his farm near Dows. (Photo by Christopher Gannon/Iowa State University) (Christopher Gannon)Fountain of the Four Seasons (Photo by Christopher Gannon/Iowa State University) (Christopher Gannon)Head coach Paul Rhoads leads the cyclones onto the field before Iowa State's game against Iowa on Sept 12, 2015. (Photo by Christopher Gannon/Iowa State University) (Christopher Gannon)Jack trice Stadium is packed to 61,500 for Iowa State's game against Iowa on Sept 12, 2015. (Photo by Christopher Gannon/Iowa State University) (Christopher Gannon)Carillonneur Tin-Shi Tam plays the Stanton Memorial Carillon Monday, September 14, 2015 between the clock faces of the Campanile. (Photo by Christopher Gannon/Iowa State University) (Christopher Gannon)(Photo by Christopher Gannon/Iowa State University) (Christopher Gannon)The first vivid signs of autumn are emerging on central campus this week. (Photo by Christopher Gannon/Iowa State University) (Christopher Gannon) (Christopher Gannon)(Photo by Christopher Gannon/Iowa State University) (Christopher Gannon)(Photo by Christopher Gannon/Iowa State University) (Christopher Gannon)Against fall colors and blue sky, contractor Dan Risdal sands the aluminum surface of artwork entitled "Carom" by artist Bruce White near Black Engineering on Tuesday, October 13, 2015. The work, originally installed in 1986, is being stripped, sanded and repainted as part of a restoration project. (Photo by Christopher Gannon/Iowa State University) (Christopher Gannon)(Photo by Christopher Gannon/Iowa State University) (Christopher Gannon)Change agent Zlatan Krizan, associate Professor of psychology. (Photo by Christopher Gannon/Iowa State University) (Christopher Gannon)(Photo by Christopher Gannon/Iowa State University) (Christopher Gannon)Kevin Doyle of Iowa State University campus services places a lighted star atop a 48-foot tall Norway spruce while decorating the tree high above central campus on November 9, 2015. Perfect weather made for ideal conditions to start the three day job of lighting ISU's traditional holiday tree. (Photo by Christopher Gannon/Iowa State University) (Christopher Gannon)Iowa State horticulture club members Lexie Boyens, left, and Merisa Lengeling tend to over 400 poinsettia plants inside the Horticulture Hall greenhouse on Tuesday. More than 600 of the traditional holiday plants are on sale across campus this week. (Photo by Christopher Gannon/Iowa State University) (Christopher Gannon)(Photo by Christopher Gannon/Iowa State University) (Christopher Gannon)Iowa State University fourth year student Rafael Miranda of Carmel. Ind., stops to photograph the holiday decor at Reiman Gardens during a break from finals on Monday, December 14, 2015. "It's nice to just visit and look at the pretty decorations," Miranda said of the finals week de-stresser. (Photo by Christopher Gannon/Iowa State University) (Christopher Gannon)(Photo by Christopher Gannon/Iowa State University) (Christopher Gannon)Sami Good, an event management graduate from Fort Dodge, celebrates her diploma during Iowa State University Fall commencement ceremonies Saturday, December 19, 2015, at Hilton Coliseum. (Christopher Gannon/Iowa State University) (Christopher Gannon)

 

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