David Nail concert is Oct. 2

Grammy-nominated country singer David Nail comes to campus Oct. 2 for an 8 p.m. concert at the Hansen Agriculture Student Learning Center. Tickets are $25 ($15 for ISU students with ID), and available online via (additional fees apply) or at the M-Shop box office (weekdays 11 a.m.-5 p.m.). ISU student Maria Doud and Brooke Eden, Loxahatchee, FL, also will perform. Doors open at 7 p.m. This event is hosted by the Student Union Board and College of Agriculture and Life Sciences student council, as part of CALS Week events.

Fine dining dinners announced for fall

Students in the fall Fine Dining Management class will offer themed dinners on four Wednesdays this fall in the Tearoom, 23A MacKay. The price is $30 per person ($35 with wine), payable by cash, check or CyCash after dinner. Dinners begin at 6:30 p.m.; doors open at 6:15 p.m. Following are the dates, cuisine themes and student contacts for reservations (indicate any dietary restrictions at the time you make your reservation):

Proposals for Catt research prize due Nov. 26

Research proposals for the 2014 Carrie Chapman Catt Prize for Research on Women and Politics are due Nov. 26. This annual competition is designed to encourage and reward scholars conducting significant research on any topic related to women and politics. Scholars at any level, including graduate students and junior faculty members, may apply. A $1,500 cash award is given to each project selected. Honorable mention prizes of $750 per project also may be awarded. Application information is on the Catt Center's website; questions may be directed to the center, 4-3181.

Youth "Swim & Gym" has fall openings

Swim & Gym, an after-school program offered by the kinesiology department for children ages 5-12 years, began Sept. 16 and still has fall openings. The program is held Tuesdays and Thursdays (4-5:30 p.m., Forker gyms and pool) through Nov. 20. Activities include team sports, gymnastics, fitness activities, dance, cooperative games, tag games, water safety instruction and lessons in the swimming strokes and diving. Teachers are undergraduate students pursuing physical education degrees. The cost is $85, with discounts for multiple participants from the same family. Registration information is online. Questions may be directed to Jennifer Smith, 4-1762.

MU birthday chili supper is Sept. 22

Memorial Union staff are hosting a birthday party on Monday, Sept. 22, celebrating the MU's 86th birthday (5:30-8 p.m., MU Great Hall). The university community is welcome to enjoy free chili, cake and drinks.

Childcare assistance available for ISU student parents

The Childcare Assistance Program (CAP) is a scholarship program that assists student parents with their child care expenses while they are attending Iowa State University. Applications are due Sept. 30. The application packet is online. For more information, contact Julie Graden, 4-8827.


The Price is Right stops at Stephens on Nov. 18

Tickets for a Nov. 18 interactive show, The Price is Right Live, go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 19, via Ticketmaster. Tickets are $27, $37 and $46, plus fees. The show begins at 7:30 p.m. in Stephens Auditorium. Would-be contestants don't need to purchase a ticket; they must register online by Nov. 17 for the chance to play.


RSVPs requested by Sept. 19 for Homecoming luncheon and tailgate

Iowa State University will recognize 46 outstanding alumni and friends at the 83rd annual Homecoming Honors and Awards Ceremony on Friday, Oct. 10 (1:30 p.m., Benton Auditorium, Scheman, dessert reception follows). The ceremony and reception are open to the public; reservations are required to attend a pre-ceremony luncheon at noon, also in Scheman. You may make reservations for the Oct. 11 football pre-game tailgate (11:30 a.m.-2 p.m.) on the same site. Reservations for both events are requested by Friday, Sept. 19. 

Learn how to put out fires on Sept. 19

Environmental Health and Safety is holding a fire safety event on Sept. 19 (9 a.m.-noon, between Kildee and Lagomarcino halls) to observe Campus Fire Safety Month. Faculty, staff and students are invited to put out a simulated fire and learn fire safety tips. In return, you could receive a coupon to a local restaurant, get a free T-shirt and meet Ames firefighters. Learn more about campus fire safety online. 

Hosts sought for short-term home stays

Hosts are needed to provide short-term homestays this fall for members of a group of teachers from Japan. The teachers are taking graduate-level coursework on campus this semester in a professional development program offered by the Intensive English and Orientation Program. The visiting Japanese teachers are living with homestay hosts in Ames, but additional hosts are needed to provide temporary homestays (varying in length from a weekend to one week) when long-term hosts travel. A per-night stipend is provided. More information is available from Alex Johnston.

'A Christmas Carol' tickets are now on sale

Tickets are available for ISU Theatre's production of A Christmas Carol, Dec. 5, 6, 12, 13 (7:30 p.m.), Dec. 7 (1 p.m.) and Dec. 14 (2 p.m.), at Fisher Theater. Tickets, $23.90 each, are available at the Iowa State Center ticket office or through Ticketmaster

Third Day to perform at Stephens on Nov. 7

Tickets for a Nov. 7 concert at Stephens Auditorium by Christian rock band Third Day go on sale at 10 a.m. Monday, Sept. 15, through Ticketmaster. Tickets (including fees) are $27.45 and $35.30. The concert begins at 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 7.

Ombuds Office has additional office hours

The Ombuds Office, located at 37 Physics Hall, is now open Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m to 5 p.m. Ombuds Elaine Newell is a confidential, neutral resource who can answer your questions, provide information, suggest options and help you informally resolve conflicts or difficult issues. To learn more, stop by the office or call Newell at 4-0268. 

September is National Biosafety Stewardship Month

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has designated September as National Biosafety Stewardship Month, in response to recent incidents in federal labs. The goal is to promote biosafety awareness and prevent future lapses in biosecurity. All NIH grantee institutions, including ISU, are encouraged to participate in this month of awareness and stewardship efforts by updating their biological materials inventories and ensuring that individuals who work with biological agents and toxins have received appropriate and adequate biosafety and biosecurity training. Contact Betsy Matos, Environmental Health and Safety, with questions. 

Reminder: Iowa State has business ethics/conduct code

Federal grant regulations require Iowa State to have a business ethics and conduct policy. Several years ago, the university adopted the state Board of Regents Code of Business and Fiduciary Conduct from the board's policy manual. President Steven Leath asks Iowa State employees to re-read the policy and use its principles to guide their actions and decisions as they carry out their university work. He noted that qualities such as integrity, fairness and respect are especially important for leaders who make policy for the university.

Volunteers sought who'd like nutrition counseling

ISU dietetic students are seeking healthy volunteers to participate in nutrition counseling. Volunteers will meet with senior-level dietetic students three times during the semester, beginning in October. The students will evaluate your eating habits, and help you set goals to improve your eating patterns. Volunteers cannot have any specific health concerns, such as diabetes. If you are interested in volunteering, contact Sally Barclay.

Honors program seeks spring seminar proposals

The University Honors program seeks proposals for Spring 2015 Honors seminars. These 1- or 2-credit courses explore topics of current or special interest. Seminars are pass/fail, enrollment is usually limited to 17 students.  A grant of $500 per seminar supports the professional development of the instructor(s). More information, including a downloadable proposal form and proposal guidelines, is online. Proposals are due Friday, Sept. 19.

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