Celebrate Open Access Week with the library

The campus community is invited to celebrate international Open Access Week, Oct. 23-29, with workshops, a guest lecture, lobby display and faculty-student panel discussion at the university library. Open access refers to the free, immediate, online availability of research articles -- and the rights to use them.

Alaska kayaking trip set for June 2018

ISU's Outdoor Recreation Program will sponsor a sea kayaking trip in Prince William Sound, Alaska, next summer, June 18-25. The cost is $1,964 ($1,499 for recreation services pass holders). Registration will close on March 13, 2018.

Snowblower service days are Oct. 20-21

The Agricultural Systems Technology Club will hold its annual snowblower service days on Friday, Oct. 20 (1-6 p.m.) and Saturday, Oct. 21 (8 a.m.-3 p.m.) on the west side of Sukup Hall. Drop off snowblowers anytime during these hours. The $25 cost includes oil, grease, spark plug and a half tank of gas. Pickup and delivery is available for $15 (Ames only); call 515-708-8672 or email by 2 p.m. Oct. 19 to request this additional service.

Volunteers welcome for compost install

The Engineers for a Sustainable World student club welcomes volunteers to help them with a landscaping project Saturday, Oct. 21, outside Town Engineering (9 a.m.-3 p.m.). They'll spread compost from the Iowa State composting facility and add a layer of mulch. Volunteers should bring gloves, friends and a willingness to get dirty; tools, music and free food will be provided. Questions may be directed to project leader Carissa Moyna; registration is requested.

Reminder: Flu shot clinic runs through Oct. 20

Occupational medicine staff are administering flu shots at no cost to employees (while supplies last) weekdays through Oct. 20 (9 a.m.-4 p.m., 205 Technical and Administrative Services Facility, 2408 Pammel Dr.). No appointment is necessary. Bring your ISU ID card to the shot clinic and wear a short-sleeved or loose-fitting shirt for better access to your arm. Parking is limited in front of TASF, so consider walking, biking or busing to the clinic. Additional information is online. 

Greek (and indoor) trick or treat is Oct. 29

Iowa State's student Greek community will host its annual family-friendly Trick or Treat on Sunday, Oct. 29 (5-7 p.m., MU South Ballroom). Admission is free. Children and parents are encouraged to dress in costume. A costume contest, to begin at 6 p.m., will award prizes for the best children's costumes in these categories: funniest, scariest, cutest and most creative. Participants will enjoy treats, bag toss, limbo, goo making, pumpkin painting and other activities suitable for children K-5th grade.

Concert will raise funds for dance scholarships

Iowa State Dance will present its annual Dance Scholarship Gala Concert on Oct. 21 (7 p.m., 196 Forker). Orchesis I student dancers, local dance artists and the San Francisco-based Deborah Slater Dance Theater are the featured performers in this contemporary, modern dance concert. Proceeds from the event benefit the ISU Dance Scholarship fund for dance majors and minors. Tickets, $5 for the bleachers and $10 for the balcony, are available at the door. 

Wine assessment workshop is Oct. 23-24

The Midwest Grape and Wine Industry Institute will host a two-evening workshop for wine consumers on Oct. 23-24 (6-9 p.m. daily, 1951 Food Sciences). Registration, $50, is required and due Oct. 17 (online or via mail). Participants will learn a variety of skills in wine evaluation to become proficient in tasting wines critically. Participants must be 21 years old.

Young Women in Business conference is Oct. 23

The College of Business will host a conference for high school girls (grades 9-12), their parents, teachers and high school counselors on Monday, Oct. 23 (8 a.m.-2 p.m., Memorial Union). During "Unleash Your Potential!" participants will explore majors and careers in business. They'll hear from professionals in those careers and interact with female business students in those majors. Registration, $15 and includes lunch and all materials, is due Oct. 13.

Funds available for biotech events, speakers

The office of biotechnology is providing funds for biotechnology-related conferences, symposia and workshops, and seminar or individual speakers at events organized by faculty members and held in Ames. Applications are due by Oct. 31 for proposed events that will occur between Jan. 1 and June 30, 2018. More information is available online. Contact Glenda Webber, 294-4749, with questions.

Library 160 readings are on reserve

If you've ever wondered what is taught in the Library 160 class, now you can find out. The chapter readings for the course are available in the library's online course reserves (look up the course in the alpha index).

IRB will transition to electronic review system

Iowa State's Institutional Review Board (IRB), office for responsible research, is anticipating a January transition to an electronic system for submission, review and maintenance of applications. IRB staff currently are developing specific functions of the new system, IRBManager. Researchers can help now by: completing the CITI training modules to renew their human subjects training and closing any projects that are complete.

Jewish Faculty and Staff Association launched this fall

Faculty and staff who identify as members, friends, families or allies of the Jewish community are invited to participate in the new Jewish Faculty and Staff Association (FSA), launched earlier this fall. The group's goals are to:

  • Create a welcoming environment for new and prospective faculty/staff
  • Help strengthen the campus Jewish community
  • Provide a venue to discuss issues relevant to the community and its allies
  • Help connect new faculty/staff to resources in the Ames Jewish community
  • Organize social gatherings and cultural events several times a year

Information about all university FSAs is available online.

Several events highlight Disability Awareness Week, Oct. 16-20

Disability Awareness Week is Oct. 16-20 and the Iowa State community is invited to participate in a series of events meant to educate individuals about some of the issues people with disabilities face. Activities include a panel discussion about disabilities and sexuality, an ice cream social, a disability summit with a keynote address from former Senator Tom Harkin, and an opportunity to use a wheelchair and white cane. Details about these events are available online. 

Alumni association award nominations are due Dec. 1

Nominations are due Dec. 1 for three awards presented annually by the ISU Alumni Association. Questions about any of the awards may be directed to Katie Lickteig. The awards are:

  • Faculty/Staff Inspiration Award (nominators must have been ISU students), recognizes an employee who had a significant impact on a student's professional or personal life while at Iowa State
  • Iowa STATEment Maker, recognizes alumni 34 years and younger who reflect the spirit of ISU with accomplishments in any of these categories: scholastic, career achievement, personal achievement, entrepreneurial spirit or service
  • Wallace E. Barron All-University Senior Award, recognizes outstanding senior students (90+ credits) who display high character, achievements in academics and university/community activities, and promise for continuing these exemplary qualities as alumni

Directory no longer will include student addresses

Beginning Monday, Oct. 16, in-session and home addresses no longer will be included for student listings in the online directory. If students do not choose to suppress any information in the directory, listings will include name, email, major, classification and phone number. Faculty and staff can access mailing address via AccessPlus if needed. Additional security changes for directory access to student email addresses and phone numbers is expected in November.

Thesis/dissertation boot camp for graduate students is Oct. 18

The Graduate College and Center for Communication Excellence will host their next boot camp, to guide graduate students through the final formatting of their theses or dissertations, on Oct. 18 (9-11 a.m., 134 Parks Library, a computer lab). Participants should bring an electronic copy of their thesis/dissertation on a flash drive or personal laptop. Registration is free but required. A LaTeX specialist will attend from 10 to 11 a.m. to assist with special formatting requirements for theses and dissertations produced in LaTeX.

Pumpkin carvers needed at Reiman Gardens Oct. 16-20

Volunters age 14 years and older are needed to help stencil and carve 650 pumpkins at Reiman Gardens Monday-Friday, Oct. 16-20 (9 a.m.-9 p.m. daily). The lit jack-o-lanterns will be used at the annual Spirits in the Gardens event Oct. 21-22. Volunteers will be provided with all the supplies for stenciling (Monday through Wednesday) and carving (Thursday-Friday) pumpkins. To volunteer, call or email Reiman Gardens' events coordinator, 294-8981, with the date, time and number of people you plan to bring.

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