Volunteers needed for Special Olympics games

Special Olympics Iowa is seeking up to 500 volunteers for its annual summer games, held on campus May 21-23. Volunteer duties include escorts, parking, awards and more. A full list of volunteer positions and descriptions can be found at Half-day shifts are available; registration is online. Contact Michelle Haney (515-986-5520, with questions.

In Motion dance performances are May 1-2

Co'Motion Dance Theater's Women in Motion will perform "The Mystery of Water" May 1-2 to conclude the group's semester-long dance workshop. Performances begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Ames City Auditorium on Sixth Street. Tickets, available at the door, are $15 (seniors and students $10). Co'Motion is in residence in the ISU Dance program.

Nominations sought for 2016 Women Impacting ISU calendar

Nominations are being accepted for the 2016 Women Impacting ISU calendar. 2016 marks the calendar's 10th anniversary, which was developed as a tribute to current students, faculty and staff who have distinguished themselves through their accomplishments at ISU. More than 1,000 calendars are distributed each year. The nomination form is online. 

Wanted: Your ideas on Osborn Drive

Several ideas for reducing congestion and improving safety on Osborn Drive are under discussion. Before settling on a solution, university planners want to hear from faculty, staff and students who frequently use Osborn.  If you have comments or ideas, please submit them via this two-question online survey.

Regents approve 2015-16 P&T list

Meeting Thursday afternoon in Council Bluffs, the state Board of Regents approved 2015-16 faculty promotion and tenure awards at the three regent universities. At Iowa State, 70 faculty received promotion and/or tenure. The awards take effect July 1 for A-base (12-month appointment) faculty and Aug. 16 for B-base (nine-month) faculty.

Summer youth fitness program serves K-6 students

Registration is open for the kinesiology department's summer youth fitness program, which runs June 8-July 30 (1:10-4:30 p.m. Mondays thru Thursdays, Forker Building). The program serves students in kindergarten through grade 6; the emphasis is on children experiencing many types of physical activity, including team sports, games, swimming, gymnastics and creative movement. Teachers are kinesiology education majors. The cost is $350 with discounts for subsequent children. More information, including the registration packet, is online. The summer youth fitness program is celebrating 30 years this summer.

Open access publishing is focus of April 15 librarians forum

The scholarly communication team in the University Library hosted about 80 college and university library staff April 15 for a discussion of publishing models in which research data and results are accessible. The day was a stop on the Scholarly Communication Roadshow coordinated by the Association of College and Research Libraries. Advances in digital scholarship, copyright, reuse and collection development were some of the topics addressed. Part of the scholarly communication team's mission is to initiate discussion with researchers and streamline the publication of scholarship via ISU's Digital Repository.

Winning pieces from fashion show go on exhibit April 30

The first and second place student designs from this month's 2015 Fashion Show will be on exhibit in the Textile and Clothing Museum's Mary Alice Gallery April 30-July 31 (11 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday, 1015 Morrill). The gallery also will be open on commencement Saturday, May 9, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. An opening reception will be held Wednesday, April 29 (5:30-6:30 p.m., in the gallery).

Honors poster presentation/reception is April 29

The University Honors Program's spring poster presentation and reception will be held Wednesday, April 29 (3-5 p.m., MU Great Hall). Spring and summer 2015 Honors graduates, as well as other Honors students, will be present to answer questions and speak with individuals interested in their capstone projects.

Comfort dogs return to Parks Library April 27-May 1

The University Library has arranged for comfort dogs to play with students from 1 to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday, April 27-May 1 (dead week). Students are welcome to stop by 192 Parks Library and visit with some furry friends. Numerous breeds will be present, including golden retrievers, wirehaired pointers, dachshunds and others. Now in its third semester, the University Library seeks your help in naming this event; details and contest rules are on the library's Facebook page.

Alumni association's Inspiration Awards reception is May 29

The ISU Alumni Association will recognize its 2015 Faculty-Staff Inspiration Award recipients on May 29 at the Alumni Center. A reception with heavy appetizers and a cash bar begins at 5:30 p.m., followed by the annual meeting and awards presentation at 6:30 p.m. A dessert reception will conclude the evening's activities. The event is open to the public and costs $10 per person. Register online or by calling 294-6525. The 2015 Faculty-Staff Inspiration Award recipients are:

  • Dianne Bystrom, director, Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics
  • Michael Gaul, director of career services, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
  • Patrick Gouran (posthumous)
  • James Noxonprofessor of veterinary clinical sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Jane Petersonprofessor, Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication
  • Ann Thompson, University Professor, School of Education

Craft supplies swap is May 2-3

The Workspace, in the east basement of the Memorial Union, will host a craft swap on Saturday, May 2 (10 a.m.-4 p.m.) and Sunday, May 3 (1-4 p.m.). Workspace craft leftovers, including beads, fabric, jewelry findings and retro sewing patterns, will be available. Bring items from your own stash – things that you aren’t going to use, but can’t bring yourself to throw away. Swap for new or new-to-you supplies. The Workspace also will have select art supplies available for sale.

Request MU ramp parking permits online starting April 28

Parking permits for the Memorial Union ramp go on sale April 28 with a new online request process. Permit requesters should fill out the form. Processing will take up to five business days, after which permit holders will receive an email notifying them that their pass is ready for pickup at the MU's hotel desk. Subject to final approval by the state Board of Regents on April 23, these passes will be for sale on April 28:

  • Annual (July 1-June 30, 2016), $522
  • Summer (May 9-Aug. 15), $177
  • Fall semester (Aug. 18-Dec. 19), $226

New PeopleAdmin 7 training opportunity

University human resources invites all PeopleAdmin 7 users to register for a new course called Open Session. This training gives users a chance to meet with experts in recruitment (applicant tracking) and classification and compensation (position management), ask questions, and get more hands-on training. Sessions will be available monthly beginning May 27 through December. Register online through AccessPlus (Employee > UHR Training). Contact UHR with questions or if you have trouble registering. 

Several activities celebrate Earth Month

The university, Ames and Story County communities are celebrating Earth Month, and especially Earth Day, April 22, with an array of activities and events. Whether you are interested in attending a lecture, picking up trash or buying some used magazines, there's bound to be something you'll enjoy. For a complete list of events, check out the Live Green! website

Submit requests for summer and fall library reserve

Instructors who wish to place required materials on reserve at Parks Library for summer or fall semesters should submit requests now. The forms are online.

Lloyd center to participate in national eye exam program for service dogs

The Lloyd Veterinary Medical Center will provide free eye exams to eligible service dogs in May during an 8th annual event organized through the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists. Since the program launched, nearly 30,000 service animals have been examined. Owners or agents for the animals must register on a national website by April 30.

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