Top Hat representative on campus next week

A representative from Top Hat, ISU’s new interactive teaching and learning platform, will visit campus the week of Aug. 1. Erin Neal will be available for two walk-in sessions for instructors who want an overview of Top Hat’s features:

  • Wednesday, Aug. 3 (2-3 p.m., 116 Durham)
  • Thursday, Aug. 4 (12:30-1:30 p.m., 116 Durham)

Neal also will host individual sessions for instructors who want more in-depth training; sign up for a time here. Online support is always available at

Access Reiman Gardens via Beach Avenue

Construction work on the green space south of Jack Trice Stadium has closed Reiman Gardens access at the intersection of University Boulevard and South 16th Street. The closure of Mortenson Road at University Boulevard further complicates the logistics. Instead, visitors are reminded to use the gardens driveway on Beach Avenue (near Greenbriar Circle). Barring delays, the University Boulevard entrance should reopen on Aug. 15. Updates are available on the Reiman Gardens website.

Rent art at Aug. 2-3 open house

The Memorial Union will host its annual art lending open house Aug. 2-3 (10 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday and 10 a.m.-noon Wednesday) in the browsing library on the first floor. The collection includes nearly 175 framed posters, prints and paintings, including new pieces for 2016. Art may be rented for a half or full year and be used in an office or home. Patrons may take selections from the art-for-rent collection with them that day. Rentals typically range from $10 to $25 per year. Proceeds from rentals support MU art programs. 

Volunteers needed for state fair exhibit

University Marketing has six volunteer shifts remaining at its Iowa State Fair exhibit, Aug. 11-21. Volunteers receive a T-shirt, full day fair admission and fair parking. Call or email Maggie Feldmann in university marketing, 294-3969, to learn more about available shifts.

Gifts to ISU Foundation will honor George Jackson

George Jackson, former vice president for minority student affairs and assistant dean of the Graduate College who retired from Iowa State in 2009, died July 3 in Coral Springs, Florida. He was 75. A memorial service for Jackson was held July 12. His family has established a memorial fund at the ISU Foundation to honor him.

Vet Med to launch webinars for pet owners in August

College of Veterinary Medicine faculty will share helpful information for pet owners in a free webinar series (two per academic semester, one in the summer) that launches next month. Dr. Chad Johannes, assistant professor in veterinary clinical sciences and board-certified oncologist, will host the first, "Recognizing Cancer Symptoms in Dogs and Cats," on Tuesday, Aug. 9 (6-6:45 p.m.). Registration is free but required to receive webinar access directions.

ISU must respond to federal health insurance notices

Several ISU departments have received a notice from the federal Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) titled "Health Insurance Marketplace." University human resources and finance division leaders anticipate that the university will receive a notice for each individual who claimed an association with ISU (including students and unpaid individuals), then received a subsidy for at least one month in 2016 to help offset the cost of health insurance sought through the health insurance marketplace. If your department receives such a notice, you should date stamp it and forward it immediately to:

Division of Finance
Office of Fringe Benefit Accounting and Compliance
1350 Beardshear

The timing is important because ISU has 90 days to research each notice and respond to HHS. Failure to respond could result in IRS penalties or insurance payments to the health insurance marketplace. Questions may be directed to Tim Ashley, 294-9131, or

Reserve fall course materials at library now

Instructors who wish to place required materials on reserve at Parks Library for fall semester should submit requests now. Forms are available on the library's course reserve information page.

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