Register for Project LEA/RN workshop

Are your students doing the kind of thinking required by professionals? Are your clients processing the information needed to solve complex problems? During an ISU Project LEA/RN (Learning Enhancement Action/Resource Network) workshop Tuesday-Wednesday, Jan. 5-6, you will:

  • Uncover insights about the brain based on current research
  • Engage in strategies that promote interaction and deep thinking
  • Apply your new understandings in situations where you facilitate learning

Strategies experienced and concepts explored at this workshop will be applicable to classes, orientation sessions, extension meetings and other learning situations for which you are responsible. Enrollment is limited to 20 educators; RSVP to Project LEA/RN associate director Jan Wiersema.

Ombuds office will be closed during semester break

ISU's Ombuds Office, 37 Physics, will close for the entire semester break, from Friday, Dec. 18, through Friday, Jan. 8. It will reopen for business on Monday, Jan. 11. Visitors are welcome to contact the office at 294-0268 to schedule appointments for either before or after the break.

Reiman Gardens open late Thursdays in December

Reiman Gardens, including the gift shop, conservatory and outdoor lights and decorations, will stay open until 8 p.m. on Thursdays in December (Dec. 3, 10 and 17). The butterfly wing will close at its normal 4:30 p.m. time. Admission from 4:30 to 8 p.m. is by donation.

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). 

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