Announcements

Input sought on the future of Bissell Road

Facilities planning and management is seeking input on the future use of Bissell Road during two Jan. 25 open house sessions: 12:30-2 p.m. in the College of Design atrium, and 2:30-4 p.m. in the Sukup Hall atrium. Utility work for upcoming construction projects will require the demolition and reconstruction of Bissell, from Osborn Drive to Union Drive. Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to share feedback about possible roadway configurations, including pedestrian safety, traffic and overall campus character considerations.

Dance Marathon is this weekend

Dance Marathon 2017, an ISU student fundraising event to benefit the University of Iowa Children's Hospital, will be held in the Memorial Union Great Hall on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 20-21 as two individual events. The first event is from 7 p.m. Friday to 7 a.m. Saturday, and the second event is from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday. Last year, students raised nearly $363,000.

Regents return to two-day meetings

The state Board of Regents approved a 2017 meeting schedule on Jan. 17 that returns to the practice of clustering committee and full board proceedings into a two-day event. However, recommendations coming out of committee on the first day of a meeting will be voted on by the full board the next month, rather than the next day. The intent, said board president Bruce Rastetter, is multi-pronged:

  • Give both board members and the public time to read and become more informed prior to the vote
  • Be "less cumbersome" on university and board office staffs who prepare for, and travel to, meetings across the state
  • Provide greater transparency to board proceedings

The board had tried a schedule in which committee meetings preceded the full board meeting by several weeks. The board will meet seven times during 2017, two of which are scheduled as telephonic meetings.

Deadline to order Valentine fudge is Jan. 28

The ISU Food Science Club will make and sell half-pound boxes of fudge for Valentine's Day. Flavors are chocolate, peanut butter, cookies 'n cream and Cyclone. The price is $6, or two boxes for $10. Pre-orders are due Jan. 28; pick up your orders in 206 MacKay on either Feb. 10 (10 a.m.-3 p.m.) or Feb. 13 (11 a.m.-1:30 p.m.). Payment (cash or check) will be collected at pickup.

Celebrate melting ice with ice cream

The Dairy Science Club's first Wednesday ice cream sale of the semester will be held today (11 a.m.-1 p.m.) in Kildee Hall near the north doors to Lush Auditorium. The cost is $1 for an 8-oz. cup. Choose from nine featured flavors: vanilla, chocolate, triple chocolate, strawberry, Reese's (chopped peanut butter cups), Oreo, Butterfinger, mint chip and Heath caramel.

Honors program seeks seminar proposals for fall

The University Honors program seeks proposals for Honors seminars to be offered in Fall 2017. These 1- or 2-credit courses explore topics of current or special interest. Seminars are pass/fail, with enrollment usually limited to 17. A grant of $500 per seminar supports the professional development of the instructor(s). More information, including proposal guidelines and a downloadable proposal form, is online. Proposals are due Friday, Feb. 3.

Submit feedback for senate review of president's office

The Faculty Senate's task force charged with reviewing the president's office is accepting comments and suggestions from the university community. Feedback from faculty, staff, students and public can be submitted confidentially through an online form through Jan. 30. University Professor and senate past-president Suzanne Hendrich is chair of the task force. Other members include faculty representatives Tim Derrick, Micheal Owen, Lori Brunner Stone, Denise Vrchota, and Ames community representatives Steve Goodhue and Dan Culhane. The senate conducts reviews of the university's top administrative offices on a regular, rotating basis. 

Lactation spaces open in Heady, Lagomarcino halls

As part of a coordinated effort to expand the inventory of lactation spaces across campus, two new locations have opened this semester: 365 Heady Hall and W0061 Lagomarcino Hall. For more information, contact Child Care & Family Resources, 294-8827.

MU poster sale runs Jan. 23-27

The Student Activities Center is hosting the Memorial Union's annual poster sale Monday-Friday, Jan. 23-27 (9 a.m.-6 p.m. daily, Cardinal Room). Selections include art prints, movies, music and pop culture. Most posters are priced $8-$12, and proceeds support art programs at the Memorial Union.

DNCE concert is April 5 at Hilton

Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 20, via Ticketmaster for an April 5 concert at Hilton by the funk pop band, DNCE. Tickets are $30 ($35 on the floor) for the public and $20 ($25 on the floor) for ISU students with I.D. Students may purchase one ticket at the student price. Seats are general admission within a zone; doors open at 7 p.m. for the 8 p.m. concert.

Ceramics alum returns as artist-in-residence

Alumnus and ceramics designer Jonathan Castro, who now lives and works in New York City, will visit Iowa State as an artist-in-residence Jan. 30-Feb. 4 at the College of Design and the Memorial Union. His return will include public as well as classroom lectures, a studio residency and open studio time. He'll also lead an evening wheel pottery class in the MU's Workspace that's open to the public.

Walk safe this winter

With freezing rain and sleet expected this weekend (Jan 15-16), environmental health and safety staff are reminding everyone to take care when walking across campus this winter. Contact EH&S (294-5359) or facilities planning and management (294-5100) to report problem sidewalks or entrances (needing treatment or snow removal). Review the winter preparedness website for more information.

Jan. 24 panel discussion looks at legal rights of immigrants in Iowa

The office of the vice president for diversity and inclusion will host a panel discussion, Know Your Rights (PDF), on Jan. 24 (6-8 p.m., MU Great Hall). The forum will focus on the legal rights of all immigrants living in Iowa, including undocumented residents and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) students. How to address hate incidents and available resources on and off campus also will be shared. Panelists will represent Iowa State, Iowa Department of Human Rights, Justice for Our Neighbors, American Friends Service Committee, One Iowa and ACLU of Iowa. All are welcome to attend this free event. For more information, contact  Consuelo Liz Mendez-Shannon, project director for Hispanic/Latinx affairs. 

Finalists for assistant VP, chief of police

Four finalists for Iowa State's assistant vice president and chief of police post will visit campus over the next couple of weeks. Candidates' names, interview times and locations will be shared just prior to their arrival on campus. Interviews are scheduled for Jan. 17, 20, 23 and 25. During their visits, candidates will:

  • Provide brief presentations and answer questions during open forums scheduled from 2:50 to 3:50 p.m. on each interview day 
  • Meet with identified student, faculty and staff groups and community leaders

The search committee was appointed by Kate Gregory, senior vice president for university services; and is chaired by Maureen De Armond, associate university counsel. The committee is assisted by the Spelman Johnson recruiting firm. Gregory encourages the campus community to meet the "highly qualified candidates" and provide feedback, which "will be critical to the success of the search and selection."

Students sought for pilot financial literacy program

Iowa State University is seeking 500 freshman or new (as of fall 2016) transfer students to participate in a pilot financial literacy program in spring 2017. Peer mentors and financial literacy experts will guide participants through the material. Students in the pilot also will be entered into drawings for cash prizes after completion of each module and training evaluation. The enrollment period is open until Jan. 22. Details are available on the Cyclone CashCourse site.  

The pilot is the forerunner to a joint Iowa State, University of Iowa and University of Northern Iowa-developed course to help students make smart financial decisions now and after college. The Iowa Board of Regents requested the course, and Tahira Hira, Professor Emeritus of human development and family studies at Iowa State will  lead the initiative.

Reminder: Professional development resources available through NCFDD

As an institutional member of the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity (NCFDD) network, all ISU faculty, academic staff, postdocs, and professional and graduate students may access for free the network's virtual mentoring and professional development resources. Some examples of available resources include monthly core curriculum and guest expert webinars, private discussion forum for peer-mentoring and problem-solving, and access to the career center and member library. Request an institutional sub-account to access the online resources.

Student government purchases online access to NY Times

The ISU Student Government has purchased a school-wide subscription through December to The New York Times online newspaper, including international editions and mobile apps. President Cole Staudt said student senators believe this will "enrich the academic experience of our students." And, in an era where anyone with internet access can produce "news," Staudt said "access to real journalism is important." All employees and students with an @iastate.edu email address can create a free account:

  • Visit nytimes.com/passes. Create an account using your university email address.
  • Check your email inbox for a confirmation message. Click on the link in your confirmation message to validate your email address and claim a pass. If the confirmation email hasn’t arrived, check your spam folder.
  • You have successfully claimed a pass when you see the Start Your Access screen.   
  • Download New York Times mobile apps on a separate site.

Faculty also may use The New York Times in Education website. To obtain access, follow the "register" button in the upper right hand corner of the page.  

Four microscopy facilities are merging

The university's Confocal and Multiphoton Facility, Image Analysis Facility, Microscopy and NanoImaging Facility and Roy J. Carver Laboratory for Ultrahigh Resolution Biological Microscopy are merging to form the Roy J. Carver High Resolution Microscopy Facility. Existing services will continue uninterrupted. Margie Carter, Tracey Stewart and Curtis Mosher will manage the new facility, which will be administered by the Office of Biotechnology. More information is online. 

Consider a CELT program this spring

CELT is offering nearly 70 hours of professional development programming this semester, including three presentations in the "award-winning faculty" series, a panel on the scholarship of teaching and learning, four learning communities for faculty/staff, a workshop series in online course design, four faculty development workshops in the inclusive classroom series and three discussions on teaching inclusively. All CELT programming is designed to support and enhance teaching effectiveness and student learning. Download CELT's Spring 2017 Event Schedule (PDF) or, for most the up-to-date schedule, go to CELT's events and registration website. Register for CELT programs via Learn@ISU.

UCC offers child care program opportunities, place for sick kids

University Community Childcare, 2623 Bruner Dr., has openings in the following child care programs. A sliding fee scale is available for qualified families. For more information or to enroll your child(ren) in the following programs, call 294-9838 or email univcc@iastate.edu:

  • Rock Stars is an afterschool program for children in kindergarten through fifth grade. Kids may ride the school bus from most schools to the center. 
  • Cheerful Cheetahs is a preschool program for kids ages 2.5 to 5 years old. Sessions are from 8:30-11:30 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. 
  • The Comfort Zone is a get-well center for mildly ill children, infants through 5th grade. Care is given by a registered nurse and professional child care staff. Preregistration is required. More information is available online or by emailing czone@iastate.edu

Change of date for Celtic Fire performance

Due to a schedule change in tour dates, the Celtic Fire performance slated for March 9 at Stephens Auditorium has been changed to March 20 (7:30 p.m.). Tickets for the show are $25 to $55 and available at the Iowa State Center ticket office or through Ticketmaster

Nominations for six alumni awards are due Feb. 15

The ISU alumni association seeks nominations for six awards that will be presented during Homecoming weekend (Oct. 27-29). Nominations are due Feb. 15. The six are the Alumni Medal, Alumni Merit Award, Alumni Service Award, Outstanding Young Alumni Award, James A. Hopson Volunteer Award and the Impact Award. More information about each award, including previous recipients and the nomination form, are online. Questions may be directed to Katie Lickteig.

Group fitness event is Jan. 12

ISU students and rec pass holders are invited to the group fitness "Insanity Live Launch Party," Jan. 12 (6-7:30 p.m.) in State Gym. The free event includes a 50-minute, music-pumping workout with instructors. Campus fitness and wellness groups will be available with information on ways to live healthy at Iowa State. Participants will be eligible for prize giveaways. Check-in begins at 6 p.m., the workout is at 6:30 p.m. Find out more on the Facebook event page.

Training for youth program leaders is Jan. 18

The offices of Risk Management, Extension and Outreach, and Conference Planning and Management will offer training that provides youth program leaders, administrators and student organization officers information regarding youth-related policies, procedures and forms for successfully conducting youth programs at ISU. The two-hour training session, offered monthly during spring semester, is for anyone responsible for planning and supervising youth programs or providing administrative support for one. It will be offered 10 a.m.-noon on Jan. 18 (1155 Administrative Services Builidng), Feb. 7  and March 8; and 2-4 p.m. on April 6 and May 10. Preregistration is required; send an email to orm@iastate.edu at least 2 days before the session you wish to attend.

OPPTAG seeks teachers, course proposals for summer programs

The Office of Precollegiate Programs for Talented and Gifted (OPPTAG) seeks faculty, staff, graduate students and local teachers to teach summer camp courses for talented and gifted students in grades 3-11. Indiviudals should be passionate about their fields of study and have the skills to work with elementary, middle and high school students. Proposals for classes, especially in the STEM fields, also are being accepted. Course proposals should be submitted by Jan. 27. An application for proposals and more information is available online. 

Study Abroad Fair is Jan. 19

The spring edition of the Study Abroad Fair will be held Thursday, Jan. 19 (10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., MU Great Hall). Learn about interning, studying and volunteering abroad in experiences ranging from one week to one year. Students can enter their names for a chance to win study-abroad scholarships.

Volunteer for an Ames Lab Science Bowl

Ames Laboratory's regional Science Bowl seeks 150 volunteers, both scientific and nonscientific, for its 2017 competitions on campus: a high school event on Saturday, Jan. 28, and middle school event on Saturday, Feb. 25 (8 a.m.-5 p.m. each day). In shifts ranging from four to eight hours, volunteers serve as moderators, judges, timekeepers and scorekeepers in the fast-paced, game-show style competition. Volunteers receive a free lunch and T-shirt. Sign up via the online volunteer form; questions may be directed to Deb Samuelson, 294-9557.

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