Iowa State receives veteran-friendly designation

Iowa State, along with the universities of Iowa and Northern Iowa, have been designated Home Base Iowa Certified Higher Academic Military Partners (CHAMPs) by Gov. Terry Branstad. The designation recognizes the university's efforts to educate and assist veterans, including many veteran support services and programs. It will help all three schools promote their campuses to veterans looking to continue their educations.

Iowa State a certified partner in program to help, welcome veterans

Iowa State University has become a certified partner in Home Base Iowa, an initiative intended to help veterans to find jobs and a sense of community in Iowa. Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Reynolds announced Nov. 24 that the three state universities (Iowa State, Iowa and University of Northern Iowa) are among eight Iowa institutions that have been certified for their ability to educate and assist veterans on campus. To be eligible, schools had to provide a variety of resources and services to support veterans and help them make the transition to college and finance their educations.

Forestry Club tree sales begin Nov. 30

The Forestry Club's annual tree sales fundraiser will take place on weekends, Nov. 30 through Dec. 14, in the Reiman Gardens parking lot. Four tree varieties are being offered: Fraser fir ($50), balsam fir ($45-$50) and white and Scotch pine ($30). Balsam fir wreaths ($20-$30) also are available, natural and decorated. Sale times are 3-6 p.m. Fridays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays and noon-6 p.m. Sundays.

Phonebook recycling pickup is Dec. 18

Facilities planning and management will coordinate a campus-wide phonebook recycling effort in December. Look for the collection boxes in your building (boxes should not be so large that one person couldn't lift it when it's full). Boxes of phonebooks will be picked up from building loading docks or similar outdoor locations on Thursday, Dec. 18. The request for pickup is online and must be submitted by Dec. 17; one request per building. Questions may be directed to recycling coordinator Sue Mallas, 294-0692.

Register for June sea kayaking trip in Alaska

ISU's  outdoor recreation program is offering a sea kayaking trip to Alaska June 18-25, 2015. The price is $1,829 for holders of an ISU recreation services pass and $2,061 for others. Registration deadline is March 13. For more information, contact the outdoor recreation program office, 294-8200, or Jerry Rupert.

Nov. 25 webinar offers holiday financial help

University Human Resources is offering employees access to a free webinar, "Tips to Stay Financially Healthy Through the Holidays," on Tuesday, Nov. 25 (2-3 p.m.). The webinar shares methods to help keep finances on track and under control during the holiday season. Participants can register online. Contact Dawn Shedarowich with questions, 4-4820.

Osborn Club lecture is Dec. 8

Klaus Ruedenberg, Distinguished Professor Emeritus and U.S. Department of Energy Ames Laboratory associate, will present part two of "Three Millennia of Atoms and Molecules" at the Osborn Club lecture on Dec. 8 (7 p.m., Hach Hall atrium, follows club member dinner). The lecture portion of the program is open to the public.

STEM Fellowship Program seeks applicants

The Center for Biorenewables Chemicals and the School of Education are seeking applications from qualified engineering graduate students for 10 $25,000 stipends. Each fellow works collaboratively with an elementary school teacher and spends one day each week performing the duties of a resident scientist/engineer in a classroom. This program is a partnership with the Des Moines Public School District and is funded by NSF. Applications are due Dec. 7. More information is available online. Interested candidates also are encouraged to attend an informational open house on Dec. 2 (3-5 p.m., 1124 Biorenewables Research Laboratory).

Apply for these ISU 2015-16 undergraduate scholarships by Dec. 5

More than a dozen undergraduate scholarships for the 2015-16 academic year are available from the Division of Student Affairs. Each has an application deadline of Friday, Dec. 5. Guidelines and application forms are online. Questions may directed to or call 294-4420. The scholarships are:

Buy tickets for 50th annual Madrigal Dinners on Dec. 1

The music and theatre department's 50th annual Madrigal Dinners will be held Jan. 16-17, 2015, in the Memorial Union Great Hall. Tickets go on sale Dec. 1 and may be ordered online through Midwestix, by phone (294-8349), mail (PDF) or at the Memorial Union ticket office in the M-Shop (11 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday). Tickets are $47 ($43 for ISU students and seniors), with other discounts for groups, ISU alumni association members and past Madrigal performers.

Five Cyclone statues to be auctioned Dec. 4

Five of the 30 Cy statues that are brightening community corners and byways will be auctioned Thursday, Dec. 4. The auction, part of the Ames Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours event at the ISU Alumni Center, begins at 6:45 p.m. and is open to the public.  Starting bids for each of the statues are $1,000.

Youth program training is Dec. 3

The offices of risk management, university counsel, extension and outreach and conference planning/management will hold a training session on Dec. 3 (1-3 p.m., 1155 Administrative Services Building) that targets departmental/unit employees who plan and supervise youth programs and administrative assistants who complete administrative tasks for youth programs. The training will provide the most current information on pre-collegiate and youth-related policies, procedures and forms that need to be completed to conduct youth programs at Iowa State. Those planning to attend are asked to send an email by Dec. 2 to the office of risk management

Memorial service for Robert Dyas is Dec. 6

The memorial service for former Distinguished Professor Emeritus of landscape architecture Robert Dyas will be held Saturday, Dec. 6 (11 a.m., Grandon Funeral and Cremation Care, Ames). Burial will be in the ISU cemetery. Dyas, 95,  died Nov. 10 at Northcrest Health Care Center in Ames. He was an ISU faculty member from 1960 to 1989. Memorial contributions may be made to the Robert W. Dyas Internship at the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation, or either the Robert W. Dyas Scholarship in the College of Design or the Anderson-Dyas Prairie, ISU Research Farms, through the ISU Foundation.

Vote now for Academic Minute Listener’s Choice Award

Max Guyll, an associate professor of psychology, is a nominee for the 2014 Academic Minute Listener’s Choice Award. Guyll was featured in a November 2013 segment for his research on the psychology of false confessions. Click here ( to vote and listen to Guyll’s essay. The Academic Minute is broadcast on WAMC Northeast Public Radio and features researchers from colleges and universities around the world. A podcast is also available at Voting for the Listener’s Choice Award is open until Dec. 12. 

Catt Center announces 2015 Women Impacting ISU honorees

The 2015 Women Impacting ISU calendar features 12 women -- three students, five faculty and four staff members --  chosen by a selection committee based on their achievements in service, teaching, research, administration and various other campus activities. The 2015 calendar will be unveiled during a reception recognizing the 12 honorees on Jan. 14, 2015 (3:30-5 p.m., MU Sun Room). The reception is free and open to the public.

P&S award nominations due Dec. 1

Nominations are being accepted for awards recognizing professional and scientific staff who performed above and beyond the call of duty; did something extraordinarily well; or made a difference in the institution. The nominated work must have happened within the last year. Nomination forms for the individual P&S CYtation Awards, P&S Team Award and newly created Woodin award are available online and are due by Dec. 1.

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