BOGO youth tickets available for Rudolph musical

Youth tickets for the Dec. 3 performance of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, The Musical at Stephens Auditorium are discounted through 11:59 p.m. Friday, Nov. 27, for online purchases only. Enter the code RED to receive two youth tickets for the price of one ($28) in levels A through D. Some sections may be sold out.

Public forum on strategic plan Dec. 1

Faculty, staff and students are invited to share their thoughts with those developing ISU's next strategic plan at a Dec. 1 public forum (4:30-6 p.m., Memorial Union Oak Room). Plan developers will be looking for ways to ensure a successful student experience, enhance ISU's research profile, support economic development, promote a welcoming and safe environment and improve the campus infrastructure.

Save the date: Open house at The Knoll is Dec. 4

Iowa State First Lady Janet Leath invites the campus community to an open house at The Knoll on Friday, Dec. 4 (3-6 p.m.). Take advantage of this unique opportunity to visit the president's home, enjoy the Leaths' holiday decorations and sample a cup of famous Knoll hot chocolate. 

Volunteers sought for high school, middle school science bowls

Ames Laboratory/Iowa State Science Bowl is seeking 150 volunteers -- both scientific and nonscientific -- for the 2016 competitions (high school on Saturday, Jan. 23, and middle school on Saturday, Feb. 20, campus locations). Volunteers serve as moderators, judges, timekeepers and scorekeepers, and receive a free T-shirt and lunch. Shifts range from four to eight hours. For more information or to sign up, contact Deb Samuelson, Ames Lab, 294-9557.

'Rudolph' musical plays at Stephens on Dec. 3

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical, a stage adaptation of CBS' beloved 1964 stop-motion television special, comes to Stephens Auditorium on Thursday, Dec. 3 (6:30 p.m.). Tickets, available through Ticketmaster, are $25-$59 ($28 for ISU students and youth). Family-friendly craft activities will be available prior to the show (5:30 p.m., Celebrity Cafe area) at no cost to participants.

CALS student clubs launch holiday fundraisers

Several student organizations in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences are conducting holiday fundraisers. Funds are used for club activities, including travel expenses and entry fees for competitions.

  • Block and Bridle Club, summer sausage and cheese sales ($8-$23), order forms due Nov. 19 and Dec. 10
  • Forestry Club, tree and wreath sales ($20-$50) at Reiman Gardens Nov. 28-29, Dec. 4-6 and 11-13
  • Horticulture Club, poinsettia sales ($10-$30), order forms due Nov. 27, sales at campus locations Dec. 2-5
  • National Agri-Marketing Association, gourmet popcorn sales ($4-$11), order forms due Dec. 1

Expect steam blow at power plant after Dec. 1

The process has begun to bring into service Iowa State's three new natural gas boilers on the southeast side of the power plant. This includes a "steam blow" to remove debris that builds up inside the new piping during construction and could damage the turbine blades. Currently, staff is tuning the three boilers, using temporary piping, to get them ready; this will continue to Dec. 2 or 3 (with no activity the week of Nov. 23). Subsequently, when the steam blow begins, there will be two large plumes of steam visible from Beach Road. There also will be a low rumbling noise in the vicinity of the power plant. Once it begins, the steam blow will continue round the clock for an estimated three to four days.

Tickets to Wild Kratts show on sale Nov. 20

The popular PBS KIDS television show, Wild Kratts, is coming live to the Stephens Auditorium stage on May 3 for a 6:30 p.m. performance. Tickets go on sale Nov. 20 at 10 a.m., and may be purchased at the Iowa State Center ticket office, online through Ticketmaster or by phone at 800-745-3000. Prices are $29.75, $39.75 and $49.75. A limited number of VIP tickets are available for $99.75 (includes premium seating, meet and greet, photos and Q&A opportunity). 

Madrigal Dinner tickets go on sale Dec. 1

Tickets for Iowa State's 51st annual Madrigal Dinner (Jan. 15-16, 2016) go on sale Tuesday, Dec. 1. Tickets are $47 ($43 for ISU students and groups of 10 or more) and available by phone (294-8349), in person at the Memorial Union ticket office (11 a.m.-5 p.m.), online at MidwestTIX (a convenience charge applies) or by mail

Youth program leader training is Dec. 3

The offices of risk management and conference planning and management, and ISU Extension and Outreach are hosting training for youth program leaders, administrators and student organization officers on Dec. 3 (2-4 p.m., 1020 Extension 4-H Building). The training will cover the policies, procedures and forms necessary to conduct youth programs at Iowa State. Preregistration is required. To register, email by Dec. 2. 

Poinsettia pre-sale orders due Nov. 25

The Horticulture Club is selling poinsettia plants this fall in six color varieties and two sizes. Pre-orders are due Wednesday, Nov. 25, and walk-up sales will be held on campus Dec. 2-5. Prices are $10 (6.5" pots) and $30 (10" pots; three varieties only). Some colors and sizes are available only by pre-ordering; consult the club's brochure for details. Payment options are cash and check.

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