Jr. Cyclone Club memberships are open

Memberships for the 2017-18 Jr. Cyclone Club are now available for $59. The club is open to kids in 12th grade and under. Members receive an official club T-shirt, lanyard, personalized membership card, invitations to exclusive events and admission to more than 70 sporting events at Jack Trice Stadium and Hilton Coliseum. Visit for more information or email with questions.

CELT website offers resources for accessible course development

The Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) has developed a website, Accessify Your Course, that provides resources for faculty and instructional designers to plan, develop and implement courses in ways that reduce barriers to learning and facilitiate meaningful participation by all students. Some of the site's resources include "10 Tips to Creating Accessible Course Content," "Effective Practices for Making Course Sites Accessible," "Universal Design for Living" (UDL), individual action plans and more. 

Faculty promotion, tenure approved for 2017-18

Meeting April 2 in Council Bluffs, the state Board of Regents approved faculty promotion and tenure cases at the three regent universities, including 52 cases at Iowa State. The new titles and promotions take effect in July for A-base (12-month) faculty and in August for B-base faculty.

Undergraduate minor in pharmacology and toxicology starts this fall

The interdisciplinary pharmacology and toxicology undergraduate minor will be offered for the first time in fall 2017 through the biomedical sciences department. The minor has three required courses; additional credits may be fulfilled by any of 30 electives. Questions may be directed to

Reiman Gardens open late during peak tulip time

The staff at Reiman Gardens planted nearly 50,000 tulip bulbs in seasonal beds and a variety of colors, titled "Springtime Swirl." To take full advantage of the flower canvas, the gardens will stay open until 7 p.m. on April 29-30 and May 4-7. The butterfly wing will continue to close at 4:30 p.m. on those days. Regular admission rates apply.

Summer hours at the gardens begin Monday, May 1, and run through Saturday, Sept. 30. The outdoor gardens, indoor conservatory and gift shop will be open 9 a.m.-6 p.m. daily. The butterfly wing will be open 9 a.m. to 4:30 daily.

Four finalists selected for VP for human resources post

The search committee tasked with finding Iowa State's next vice president for human resources has identified four finalists who will visit campus in the next few weeks. During their visits, the finalists will meet with representatives from all senior administrative offices, Faculty Senate, P&S Council, Student Government and Merit staff. They also will meet with leaders and staff in the office of university human resources.

The search committee is co-chaired by Michael Norton, ISU general counsel; and Beate Schmittmann, dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. The four finalists and their interview dates are:

  • April 24: Jay Stephen, associate vice president for human resources, Boise State University
  • April 26: Laurie Textor, chief human resources officer, University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh
  • May 1: Kelli Shuman, vice president of human resources and Title IX coordinator, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, Rapid City
  • May 3 or TBD: Stephen Ferber, assistant vice chancellor of human resources, University of Pittsburgh

Honors spring poster presentation is April 26

The University Honors Program invites the university community to its spring Honors poster presentation and reception on Wednesday, April 26 (3-5 p.m., MU Great Hall). Spring and summer 2017 Honors graduates, as well as other Honors students, will be present to answer questions and speak with individuals interested in their projects.

Memorial service for former VP Layton is April 29

Wilbur "Bill" Layton, who was a 30-year member of the psychology faculty (1960-90) and also served as vice president for student affairs (1967-76), died April 14 in Minneapolis at the age of 95. A celebration of life/open house will be held on Saturday, April 29 (2:30-4 p.m.) in the chapel at Walker Place (his residence), 3701 Bryant Ave. S., Minneapolis. The Layton family has identified several memorial recipients. Online obituary.

Library expands hours, brings back dogs for semester's end

Parks Library is gearing up for the last two weeks of the semester with expanded hours and, arguably, its most popular event. Barks@Parks returns during dead week, April 24-28 (1-4 p.m., upper rotunda), giving students the opportunity to interact with certified therapy dogs to relieve stress. The library also will be open 24 hours daily, April 23-May. Healthy snacks will be available overnight and Bookends Café will extend its operating hours. More information is available on the library website and social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter).

United Way food drive is April 24-May 4

Iowa State will participate in United Way of Story County's 9th annual food drive April 24-May 4. Non-perishable items and monetary donations will go to food pantries in Story County to help ensure children have food during the summer months. Currently, 25 percent of Story County children are eligible to receive free/reduced lunch. A wish list of needed items and a list of campus dropoff sites (including contact people if your donation is monetary) are online. Questions may be directed to the food drive campus co-chairs Tara Fisher or Haley Cook

April 20 is First Amendment Day

Enjoy free lunch and pick up a T-shirt at "Feast on the First" Thursday, April 20 (11 a.m.-1 p.m., central campus). This celebration of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is hosted by the Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication.

Veterinary Medicine, Extension searches to launch this fall

Senior vice president and provost Jonathan Wickert confirmed this week that two leadership searches will launch in the fall. The searches for the next Veterinary Medicine college dean and extension and outreach vice president will follow the presidential search so that Iowa State's next president can be involved in those searches. Wickert noted that candidates for those posts also will want to know who the next president is. In the meantime, Wickert said, his office will appoint broadly representative search committees and select search firm(s) so work can begin in the fall.

Finalists, forums announced for MU director post

Four candidates will participate in public open forums during campus their interviews to become director of the Memorial Union. The position oversees all programs, activities, services and facilities within the MU. Résumés and candidate evaluation forms are available online. Finalists and forums are:

  • April 19: Kim Jacobs, Bowling Green State University, Ohio (11 a.m.-noon, MU Soults Family Visitor Center)
  • April 21: Steve Winfrey, North Dakota State University, Fargo (11 a.m.-noon, MU Cardinal Room)
  • April 24: Benjamin Perlman, Emory University, Atlanta (11 a.m.-noon, MU Gallery)
  • April 26: Lisa Kratz, University of Wisconsin, Platteville (11 a.m.-noon, 136 Union Drive Community Center)

Summer tutoring available for K-12 readers

The School of Education's Duffelmeyer Reading Improvement Clinic is accepting registrations for the 2017 summer tutoring program for students in grades kindergarten through 12. Sessions in reading, writing and spelling are conducted by advanced students, with guidance of literacy education faculty. The program runs June 12-29 (Monday through Thursday, 9-10:15 a.m., Lagomarcino Hall). Cost is $125 per child, or $100 per child if enrolling two or more children. Application forms (PDF) are available online; questions may be emailed to

Iowa's Latino immigrants are subject of annual lecture

Kimberly Greder, associate professor of human development and family studies, will present the Rossmann Manatt Lecture on Wednesday, April 26 (11 a.m.-noon, 175 Scheman). "Securing Health and Education: Hopes and Realities of Iowa Latino Immigrant Families" is open to the public. Greder is the 2016-17 recipient of the Rossmann Manatt faculty development award, available to tenured faculty in the colleges of Human Sciences and Agriculture and Life Sciences who show exceptional creativity and productivity in scholarship, teaching and service.

Submit requests for library's summer, fall course reserve

Instructors who wish to place required materials on reserve for summer or fall courses should submit requests now. The forms are on the library's website.

You're invited: Faculty-Staff Inspiration Award event

The university community is invited to help honor the alumni association's 2017 Faculty-Staff Inspiration Award recipients on Friday, May 19 (6:30 p.m., ISU Alumni Center). The program will be preceded by a reception at 5:30 p.m. featuring heavy appetizers and cash bar, and followed by a dessert reception at 7:30 p.m. Cost to attend is $10; online registration is requested by May 12. This year's recipients are: Don Beitz, Brad Dell, Gail Nonnecke, Stephen Pett and (posthumously) George Jackson. 

Work begins at west construction site

The construction fence is in place and preparatory work for the Student Innovation Center is underway. Work on a temporary loading dock on the north side of Sweeny Hall has begun and the contractor is exposing underground utilities between the Nuclear Engineering Laboratory and Hoover Hall for removal or protection. The contractor also has started demolition inside Nuclear Engineering; building demolition will begin after graduation weekend.

Outdoor rec equipment sale is April 27

ISU's Outdoor Recreation Program will hold a public sale of its used equipment on Thursday, April 27 (6-7:30 p.m., west gymnasium, State Gym, enter the west addition). Items for sale include bicycles, canoes, water gear, rock climbing gear and camping gear. Accepted forms of payment are cash, check, VISA and MasterCard.

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