Test your financial IQ for a chance to win a mini tablet computer

Iowa State and TIAA-CREF are giving employees a chance to test their financial know-how. Each day between April 1 and April 30, ISU facuty and staff may participate in interactive quizzes about various financial topics (loans, retirement, savings, taxes, etc.) called the "What's Your Financial IQ Challenge." Each day, five new questions will be added to the challenge. Every time you play, you are automatically entered for a chance to win one of three tablet computers. All responses are confidential. Click here to get started

Register now for April 6 TIAA-CREF investment seminar

All are invited to hear Dan Morris, TIAA-CREF global investment strategist, present "2015 and Beyond: Investing After the Global Financial Crisis" on April 6 (5:30 p.m., Benton Auditorium, Scheman Building). Morris will address:

  • Can the U.S. economy continue to expand or will it be dragged down by stagnation in Europe or a slowdown in China?
  • Markets have become more volatile. Why, and will it persist?
  • How should investors protect their portfolios but also find the returns they need as interest rates rise, yet remain low compared to historical norms?

Registration is required to attend. Register by calling 800-732-8353. Light refreshments will be served. 

Register for Project LEA/RN workshop in May

ISU's Project LEA/RN will sponsor a workshop, "Introduction to Learning-centered Clases and Meetings,' on May 12-13 (9 a.m.-4 p.m. daily, 2622 Lagomarcino). Discover new things about human learning, share insights about the brain based on current research, engage in strategies that promote interaction and deep thinking, and learn how to apply all this to situations where you facilitate learning. Enrollment is free but limited to 20 educators; RSVP to Project LEA/RN associate director Jan Wiersma

An invitation to get involved with Destination Iowa State

University departments and organizations are invited to apply to participate in two events during this August's Destination Iowa State for first-year and transfer students: the Center of ExCYtment evening picnic (5-7 p.m. Aug. 20) and Late Night at the Memorial Union (8-11 p.m. Aug. 21). You'll have the opportunity to promote your department/organization by hosting interactive activities for new students. DIS staff can help develop ideas for fun activities geared for students. Questions and early interest may be directed to Jenna Heilman, 294-5714. Agreements are due July 31.

Cooking demo on quick, healthy eating is April 7

Join ISU Dining executive chef Scott Bruhn for a cooking demo, "Quick and Healthy Eating for Spring," on Tuesday, April 7 (noon-1 p.m., MU Gold Room). Watch the preparation, taste a sample of the prepared dishes and receive a copy of the recipes. Seating is limited and reservations are required; email Sally Barclay, Nutrition Clinic for Employee Wellness. A $3 fee to cover ingredient costs will be collected at the door.

Register for March 31 storm spotter training

Environmental Health and Safety will host Severe Storm Spotter Training by the National Weather Service, Des Moines, on Tuesday, March 31 (1:30-3:30 p.m., EH&S Services Building). Participants will learn about severe weather climatology, different severe weather threats and how to identify them, severe thunderstorm types, how to report severe weather, spotter safety and severe weather communications. Registration is required.

Green awards to BikeShare, Eco-Healthy Child Care

The ISU BikeShare project and Extension and Outreach's Eco-Healthy Child Care series are recent winners of the 2015 Live Green Excellence Awards. The winners were announced late last month during the Symposium on Sustainability. The BikeShare program is a collaborative work-in-progress involving the College of Design, Government of the Student Body and students, faculty and staff from several departments. Planners hope to implement the program within the next few years. The Eco-Healthy Child Care series is an online educational program to help childcare professionals create healthier environments for kids.

Discounted admission to Science Center of Iowa during dinosaur run

Iowa State is a lead local sponsor of the "Ultimate Dinosaurs" exhibit at the Science Center of Iowa, Des Moines, that concludes on April 12. All faculty, staff and students who show their university ID will receive a $2 discount on each ticket purchased through April 12. The discount applies to general admission, not IMAX-only tickets or special events at the center.  

Purchase 'Les Misérables' tickets soon

ISU Theatre's spring musical, Les Misérables, opens on April 10 and runs through April 19, and features Friday-Saturday evening performances and Sunday matinees, all in Fisher Theater. The performances are expected to sell out, so patrons are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance. Tickets, $24 for adults (including seniors) and $16 for students, may be purchased through Ticketmaster, including the Iowa State Center box office in Stephens Auditorium.

Ames road projects will impact access to campus

The city of Ames will reconstruct sections of three roads adjacent to the west or south edges of campus this spring and summer, with two of the projects scheduled for completion before fall semester begins. Here's a summary of the three:

  • Crews will reconstruct Hayward Avenue (Lincoln Way south to Hunt Street) in two phases. Pavement removal for phase 1 (Chamberlain Street through the Hunt Street intersections), originally scheduled to begin on March 30, was moved up to Wednesday, March 25. Phase 2 will begin when phase 1 is complete, in an estimated four to six weeks. Work will include new storm sewer, sanitary sewer repairs, new water main and water service transfers, replacement of an existing box culvert and new concrete paving. The project has a targeted completion date of Aug. 15.
  • Crews will reconstruct West Street (Sheldon to Hillcrest avenues) in three phases from west to east, with phase 1 (Hillcrest to west of Woodland Street intersection) anticipated to begin in April. Work will include storm and sanitary sewer repairs, sidewalk improvements and new concrete pavement. The work will close the Hyland Avenue-West Street intersection for approximately 10 days this summer; closure dates will be announced as the work progresses. The goal is to complete all three phases prior to the beginning of fall semester.
  • A companion, fourth phase to the West Street project is reconstruction of Woodland Street from West to Forest Glen streets. This work will begin when the West Street work is completed. It has a targeted completion date of Sept. 25.

Student organization event funding applications due April 3

Recognized student organizations can apply to receive funds for events throughout the academic year through the Division of Student Affairs' Student Organization Sponsorship program. Events must fall under the following tracks:

  • service
  • fundraising
  • entertainment
  • academic showcase
  • student organization recruitment
  • athletics/recreation (tournaments, activities)

The early submission deadline for fall 2015 events is April 3. Visit the online application page for more information. Direct questions to Kathleen Harrison,, 294-0322.

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