Take a tour inside the ISU Alumni Center
Boyd Executive Lobby
- The ceiling, hardwood floors, and four openings -- north (Executive Lounge entry), south (fireplace opening), east (Family of the Year Lounge entry), and west (entry) -- represent the inside chamber and the lower openings of the Campanile
- The staircase represents the second and third floor staircase of Beardshear Hall
- All of the fireplace brackets supporting the mantels on the fireplaces were salvaged from the English Office Building, which was built in 1884 and razed in 2004
- Family of the Year Society Lounge faces the Iowa State Center parking lot and was donated by members of the Family of the Year Society
- The north hallway is the Talbot Hall of Alumni Association Leadership and History and honors members of The Circle, which includes former board chairs/presidents and executive directors/presidents of the ISUAA, and members of the Leadership Guild which includes all former members of the ISUAA Board of Directors, as well as showcases the achievements of the ISUAA's 135-plus-year history.
Mente Alumni Library and Memorabilia Area
This space showcases yearbooks, historical documents, and displays explaining the history of ISU and the Alumni Association.
Uelner Executive Conference Room (photo below)
Provides seating for eight, with an incredible view of the West Alumni Lawn and future Alumni Gardens
Uelner Executive Board Room (photo below)
Provides executive-level seating; ideal space for board meetings
Administrative Office Suite
Staff offices for the ISUAA president, V.P., finance, and Alumni Center are located here.
Reiman Ballroom (photo below)
- The Reiman Ballroom can accommodate a dinner for 180 people or theatre-style seating for 240.
- The ceilings are 28 feet tall. The windows at the top represent the south windows in the Memorial Union Great Hall.
- The hallway outside of the ballroom is the Jennings Hall of Alumni Inspiration and will display photos and listings of Alumni Association-administered awards
- The Jennings Hallway leads outside to the Newlin Terrace, which overlooks the East Plaza and Iowa State Center facilities
- The Farrington Reception Area and Bywater Business Center are located near the main east entrance on this level
Cy's Lounge (photo below)
The doors separating Cy's Lounge and the Burnet Alumni Living Room are the original doors of the Memorial Union. They bear the names of the students who died in World War II. After the doors were removed in 1984 because they proved to be too heavy, the names were transferred to the Gold Star Hall.
Burnet Alumni Living Room (photo below)
A portrait of lead donors Roy and Bobbi Reiman hangs on the north wall, and the additional donors will be listed on the southeast wall of this space. The north hallway is the Marshall Hall of Iowa State Patents and Inventions. The building's primary receptionist is located to the north of the Burnet Alumni Living Room in the Farrington Executive Reception Area.
Newlin Terrace (photo below)
A perfect space for an outdoor social or meal and a popular spot on football gamedays, the Newlin Terrace has a panoramic view of the Iowa State Center complex.
Membership & Marketing and Communications Suite
Staff offices for membership, marketing, merchandise, design, electronic and printed communications, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at ISU, and the ISU Retirees Association are located here.
Photo of typical staff office:
East Plaza - Facing the Building
The ISU Alumni Center has a dozen elements which mirror or represent Central and/or other parts of the campus.
- The outside East Grand Staircase and the double wooden doors will remind people of the stairs and doors to Beardshear, Curtiss, and Catt Hall.
- Elements of the Memorial Union can be seen in the five arched windows off the East Terrace, mimicking the windows of the Campanile Room; the arched opening to the second floor off the East Grand Staircase has the height and feel of the entry to the Gold Star Hall; the soon-to-be-installed manhole covers will emulate the Zodiac.
- The brick on the building was matched to the color of the brick on State Gym, while the arched windows in the facility are seen on many buildings on the ISU campus.
- The four limestone sides of the middle of the building represent the four limestone buildings of Central Campus--Beardshear, Curtis, MacKay, and the Memorial Union.
- The roof perched above these structures represents the Campanile towering above the campus and its people, but pulling together the soul of Iowa State and the ISU experience.
- The center of the building in limestone, followed by the outside in brick, symbolizes the flow of building materials on the campus.
- Finally, the facility sits on a hill reminding us all of the opening words to the Iowa State's Alma Mater--"Green hills for thy throne..."
- The popular bronze Cy sculpture, which was unveiled at Homecoming 2008, is located in front of the flagpoles.
Clearly, these are just a few of the architectural features of the campus blended with a number of modern elements. Iowa State is not resting on its laurels or accomplishments; it remains on the cutting edge of teaching, outreach, and service. It keeps "Science with Practice" extremely relevant, while also respecting and keeping relevant its land-grant mission and responsibilities.
This space showcases a beautiful piece of fluted glass salvaged during the renovations to one of the old Physics Building laboratories.
Horton Multi-Purpose Conference Room (photo below)
This room provides seating for 20, with 10 seats along the side of the room, and can be set in multiple configurations.
Student Alumni Leadership Council (SALC) Office
Houses the committees of Homecoming Central, Ambassadors, Senior Class Council, and Cyclone Alley Central
Outreach & Events, Travel, and Student Programs Suite
Staff offices for student leadership programs, Student Alumni Association, alumni clubs, alumni travel, ISUAA athletics-related events, reunions, awards, young alumni programs, and other alumni outreach programs are located here.
Watch a video tour inside the ISU Alumni Center with ISUAA President & CEO Jeff Johnson: