Federal TRIO funding renewed for student support services

Student Support Services has received federal TRIO funding through 2020. The five-year grant from the U.S. Department of Education totals $1.65 million. Student Support Services annually serves about 250 students who need extra help to succeed at the university level. That assistance includes individual academic advising and personal counseling, financial aid counseling, tutoring, mentoring, instruction in reading, writing and mathematics, career or graduate education evaluation, and a program that helps first-year students develop non-cognitive skills and transition to college. Federal rules require that students served are either a first-generation college student, low income-eligible student or student with a disability.

Iowa State participates in two other federal TRIO programs, Educational Talent Search and Upward Bound, which have different funding cycles.

Four volunteers sought for state fair exhibit

University marketing has four volunteer spots still available at its Iowa State Fair exhibit. Volunteers are needed on Aug. 15, 16 and 21 (8:45 a.m.-3 p.m. or 2:45-9 p.m.) to either apply temporary tattoos or roll and distribute athletic posters. Volunteers receive at no cost a specially designed T-shirt, full-day admission to the fair and vehicle parking. View available volunteer slots and sign up online. Questions may be directed to Catherine Hayes in the office of university marketing, 294-3969.

Some mail lost in semi fire; postal service alerting affected units

Some Iowa State mail surely was on a Des Moines-bound U.S. Postal Service semi that burst into flames on I-35 late Tuesday afternoon.  Contents of the semi were a complete loss. Robert Tott, manager of ISU postal and parcel service, said he is calling representatives of approximately 25 campus units whose mail was picked up in the afternoon to alert them of the loss.

Almost all mail that arrives at postal and parcel service is metered, with postage costs billed back to the departments. Tott used that information to determine whose mail was on the afternoon delivery. He notes there's no way to track already stamped mail, but postal and parcel services doesn't receive much of that. Tott said mail that was picked up Tuesday morning should be safely on its way. 

Salary slips are available in AccessPlus

Iowa State employees may retrieve their FY16 salary slips in AccessPlus (under the Employee tab, select "e-Salary Slip" in the left column). Salary slips will not be provided in paper form. The new fiscal year began July 1. Questions regarding new salaries should be directed to an employee's supervisor.

Fall semester reserve at Parks Library

Instructors who wish to place required materials for fall semester on reserve at Parks Library should submit requests now. Forms (online or printable) are available online.

Tickets for Stephens series events go on sale July 20

Tickets for single events in the 2015-16 Performing Arts Series at Stephens Auditorium go on sale Monday, July 20. The 15-performance series kicks off Sept. 30 with comedians drawn from the Last Comic Standing television competition and concludes April 19-20 with two performances by the multi-media musical trio, Blue Man Group. The Iowa State Center ticket office in Stephens is open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Tickets also may be purchased via Ticketmaster, online (surcharges apply) or by phone, 1-800-745-3000. 

July 31 hearing precedes regents' telephonic meeting

If you'd like to comment on any items scheduled for discussion at the state Board of Regents Aug. 5 telephonic meeting, you have several options:

  • Attend one of six public hearings held at the regents institutions and board office July 30-31. Iowa State's hearing is Friday, July 31 (4-5 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 August meeting will be posted to the regents homepage by July 28.

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