Local Food Festival planned for Sept. 18

ISU Extension and Outreach, the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, Live Green and ISU Dining are sponsoring the first annual Local Food Festival: An Adventure in Eating on Sept. 18 (10 a.m.-2 p.m., central campus). The event will feature educational displays, samples, recipes using local foods developed by ISU Dining chefs, and locally grown and produced products for sale by vendors and ISU clubs. 

Childcare assistance for student parents

The Childcare Assistance Program (CAP) is a scholarship that assists student parents with their childcare expenses while they're attending Iowa State. Applications for the 2015-16 academic year are due Sept. 30; more information and the the application packet are online, or contact ISU Child Care and Family Resource Services via email or phone, 294-3149. All student parents are encouraged to apply.

"Last Comic Standing" tickets are on sale

Tickets for a Sept. 30 performance (7:30 p.m., Stephens Auditorium) of NBC's comedy competition, Last Comic Standing, are on sale now. Season 9 of the television show launched in late July, with finalists to be chosen Sept. 9 for a nationwide tour. Tickets are $25-59 (ISU students $25 and $48) plus fees, and available via Ticketmaster.

Series to explore applying business analytics to university systems

The College of Business and Information Technology will host a series of seminars to explore the potential for integrating business analytics into the university’s business practices. The initial seminar (Sept. 16, 3:10 p.m., 3164 Gerdin Business Building) will feature a panel of business faculty discussing the college’s new master of business analytics program, what business analytics is all about, and how it may apply to university business systems. Space is limited to 32 attendees. Seminar participants can sign up here. Space is limited to 32 attendees.

Honors program seeks spring seminar proposals

The University Honors program is seeking proposals for spring 2016 Honors seminars. These one- or two-credit courses explore various topics of current or special interest. Seminars are pass/fail, with enrollment usually limited to 17. A grant of $500 per semimar supports the professional development of the instructor(s). More information, including a proposal form and guideines, is available online. Proposals are due Sept. 18. 

Funding applications for fall student events due Sept. 11

Recognized student organizations can apply to receive funds for events during the academic year through the student affairs division's Student Organization Sponsorship program. Events must fall under one of these tracks: service, fundraising, entertainment, academic showcase, student organization recruitment or athletics/recreation (tournaments, activities). More information, including the application form, is online. Questions may be directed to Kathleen Harrison, office of the vice president for student affairs, 294-0322. Application deadlines are:

  • Fall 2015 events: Sept. 11
  • Spring 2016 events: Oct. 12, Jan. 15, 2016

Bigger, better ClubFest is Sept. 9

More than 360 student clubs and organizations will be on central campus for ClubFest on Wednesday, Sept. 9 (11 a.m.-4 p.m.), rain or shine. The event will showcase opportunities for student involvement with displays, demonstrations, giveaways and information from participating groups. A volunteer fair for nonprofit agencies also will be held during ClubFest. A list of participants, including a map of exhibit locations, will be available online.

Sept. 10 "Inside" to be delayed a day

The Sept. 10 edition of Inside Iowa State will be posted on Friday, Sept. 11, so that staff can include coverage of President Steven Leath's annual address Thursday evening (7 p.m., MU Great Hall).

Grants Hub funding workshop is Sept. 10

Research faculty and staff are invited to attend a free Grants Hub workshop, "Finding Funding Opportunities," on Sept. 10 (9-10:30 a.m., MU Gallery). Participants will learn how to use the COS Pivot searchable database to broaden their funding portfolios and increase interdisciplinary opportunities. Please bring a laptop. Register online by Sept. 8. 

Energy center's grant application moves online

Beginning Sept. 1, applicants for the Iowa Energy Center's opportunity grants, matching grants and planning grants will apply online. The new process will make it easier for applicants to submit and track their applications. For now, applicants to the center's special project grant program will continue to apply via email.

Iowa State and the A-bomb

Iowa State’s role in producing the atomic bomb destined for Hiroshima was so secret that then-college president Charles Friley was never told any details. On Sept. 9, Ames Laboratory documentarian Steve Karsjen and former Memorial Union marketing director Kathy Svec will reprise their popular Ames Historical Society program on the Manhattan Project and the Iowa State scientists who developed a process to refine uranium. Svec’s father Harry was on the research team, led by Frank Spedding and another key player Harley Wilhelm. The program, open to the public, begins at 7 p.m. in the Ames Public Library.

Sick kids? Consider The Comfort Zone

The Comfort Zone is a "get-well" center for mildly ill children, infants through fifth grade, who are cared for by a registered nurse and professional child care staff. Preregistration is required to bring your child(ren) to The Comfort Zone. Information is available online or by emailing The Comfort Zone, located at 100 University Village on the north side of campus, opens for the academic year on Sept 1.

Black Faculty and Staff Association reception is Sept. 2

The Black Faculty and Staff Association will host its annual welcome reception on Sept. 2 (4-6 p.m., MU Multicultural Center). All are welcome to attend. Refreshments will be served. For more information, email or call 294-9555.

Iowa State Center announces Norah Jones concert

Nine-time Grammy winner Norah Jones will have an Oct. 30 (8 p.m.) concert at Stephens Auditorium. Tickets ($32.50-$68 plus fees) go on sale at 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 10, via Ticketmaster, including the ticket office at Stephens.

Rhoads is guest speaker at first Cyclone luncheon

The Ames and Story County Cyclone Club will host the first Cyclone Club Luncheon of the year on Thursday, Sept. 3 (doors open at 11:30 p.m., Reiman Ballroom, ISU Alumni Center). The emcee is Voice of the Cyclones John Walters and the guest speaker is head football coach Paul Rhoads. Hy-Vee will cater a $10 lunch; no preregistration is required. All Cyclone fans are welcome.

Sept. 4 hearing precedes regents' Cedar Falls meeting

If you'd like to comment on any items scheduled for discussion at the state Board of Regents Sept. 9 meeting in Cedar Falls, you have several options:

  • Attend one of six public hearings held at the regents institutions and board office Sept. 3-4. Iowa State's hearing is Friday, Sept. 4 (noon-1 p.m.), Oak Room,
    Memorial Union. All public hearings will be video recorded and posted to the regents' hearings website. Transparency officer Shirley Knipfel will preside at the meeting.
  • Provide written comments to regents transparency officer Josh Lehman,

Meeting materials and an agenda for the September meeting will be posted to the regents homepage by Sept. 1.

Leath's annual address is Sept. 10

President Steven Leath will share his priorities for the 2015-16 academic year during his annual address on Thursday evening, Sept. 10 (7 p.m., Memorial Union Great Hall). A Q&A session will follow the remarks. Refreshments will be available beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Register now to be undergraduate research mentor

Faculty and other researchers interested in mentoring one or more first-year Honors students spring semester 2016 are asked to register to participate by Sept. 18. Students earn credit for research experience, and may be mentored directly by faculty or by a member of a research team (i.e., post-doc, graduate student), as long as a faculty member is the supervisor of record. More information, including a timetable, examples of mentor projects and registration form, is online. Contact Susan Yager, 294-0172, with questions.

New name: Office of Student Conduct

The Office of Judicial Affairs, a unit in the Dean of Students Office, has been renamed the Office of Student Conduct.  Most universities have made similar name changes to distinguish between student conduct in a collegiate environment and U.S. judicial system proceedings. "The updated departmental name provides clarity and better reflects the holistic and developmental approach germane to student affairs practice," dean of students Pamela Anthony said.

Three new members selected for Biotech Council

Jeffrey Essner, associate professor of genetics, development and cell biology; Aileen Keating, assistant professor of animal science; and Gustavo MacIntosh, associate professor of biochemistry, biophysics and molecular biology, have been selected to serve three-year terms on Iowa State's Biotechnology Council. The council makes recommendations to the Office of Biotechnology on program activities that support biotechnology research, education and outreach.

Nominations sought for 2016 Women Impacting ISU calendar

Nominations are being accepted for the 2016 Women Impacting ISU calendar. 2016 marks the calendar's 10th anniversary, which was developed as a tribute to current students, faculty and staff who have distinguished themselves through their accomplishments at ISU. More than 1,000 calendars are distributed each year. The nomination form is online. 

Kevin Hart concert tickets go on sale Aug. 24

Comedian Kevin Hart brings his "What Now?" tour to campus on Sunday, Oct. 4 (8 p.m., Hilton Coliseum). Tickets go on sale at 9 a.m. Monday, Aug. 24, via Ticketmaster or at the ISU Athletics ticket office, Jacobsen Building. Tickets are $65 ($25 for Iowa State students), plus fees, and are general admission by level: floor, 100-level, 200-level. Student sales are limited to 1 ticket per ISU student ID; a total of 4,000 student tickets will be available.

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