Born to be a Cyclone

The ISU Alumni Association (ISUAA) relaunched its LegaCY Club for children and grandchildren of ISUAA members. Club members receive birthday cards, gifts and access to special events from birth through graduation from Iowa State. Parents or grandparents must be current ISUAA members and maintain their memberships for children to be eligible. There is a one-time $35 enrollment fee for club membership. For more information, contact Sarah Craw (, 294-5092).

Hazard inventory should be completed online

Personnel who work with animals or chemical, biological or physical hazards must complete a hazard inventory. The online system simplifies the form, streamlines the hazard assessment process and improves record retention. If you have questions on program participation or the online hazard inventory form, visit the participation web page, read the Occupational Medicine Guidelines, or contact Environmental Health and Safety, 294-5359.

Admissions discontinues summer trial enrollment program

A summer trial enrollment program for new freshmen who don't meet the Regent Admissions Index minimum requirement has been discontinued. The admissions program, which served about 50 students annually, will be replaced by programming and intervention strategies for first-year students who are at risk. Laura Doering, associate VP for enrollment management and student success, said resources will shift toward closing the achievement gap for targeted populations.

Did you know Reiman Gardens runs plant trials?

Each year, Reiman Gardens runs plant trials to help the horticulture industry and garden visitors determine the best-performing and most beautiful plants for Iowa. The gardens are running trials on 171 plants this year, mostly annuals, including begonias, cannas, New Guinea impatiens, marigolds, zinnias, petunias, vincas, hybrid phlox and many more. Mid- to late summer is the ideal time to view these plants at their peak. A complete list (PDF) of the trial plants is online. Summer hours at the gardens are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily (butterfly wing closes at 4:30 p.m.)

Search for business services leader is canceled

Senior vice president for university services Kate Gregory announced that the search for an assistant vice president for busines services was canceled. Although the search attracted qualified candidates, Gregory said she will reevaluate the position to recruit a diverse and robust pool of candidates. Three finalists were identified in the search that began in May and two interviewed on campus last month. Norm Hill, director of logistics and support services, will continue to serve as interim assistant vice president until the position is filled. 

Ticket packages available for Stephens season

Tickets for the 2017-18 performing arts series at Stephens Auditorium still may be purchased through one of three subscription packages: Broadway, World View or a 'create your own' option. Subscribers save up to 20 percent on the best seats in the house, get replacements for lost tickets and may use a ticket exchange. Single-show tickets will go on sale to the public in August.

Correction for ISU wall calendar

The alumni association's 2017-18 Iowa State wall calendar incorrectly identifies the date for this year's WelcomeFest. The correct date is Thursday, Aug. 24. Faculty and staff can order calendars ($12 or $8 each for 10 or more) by phone (4-2648), email ( or at the Alumni Center. Calendars also are available at the ISU Book Store.

Supervisor comments due July 14 in P&S job data collection

University human resources reminds supervisors of P&S employees that the comments section on their employees' Job Profile Tool (JPT) should be completed and submitted to UHR by Friday, July 14. The next steps in this review of the university's P&S classification and compensation system are:

  • Load the content of the JPTs into a database for review
  • Determine standard jobs that exist across the university
  • Conduct preliminary review of titles and a structure
  • Build a preliminary structure
  • Collect and evaluate market benchmark data

Seven volunteers sought for state fair help

The office of university marketing still has seven volunteer shifts to fill for the university's main exhibit at the Iowa State Fair next month. Evening shifts (2:45-9 p.m.) are open on these dates: Aug. 12, 14, 16-20. Volunteers receive a T-shirt, full-day admission ticket to the fair and parking! To learn more, call 294-3969 or email Disa Erickson in university marketing.

Stange Road section to close July 17-28 in support of two projects

Stange Road will be closed July 17-28 just south of the railroad overpass to allow a new underground electrical ductbank to be installed under the road and adjacent sidewalks. This is to supply additional power for new chilled water equipment at the north chiller plant. Sidewalks along Stange Road also will be impacted. The eastside walk will be closed July 17-20; pedestrians and bicyclists are asked to use the sidewalk on the west side of the road. Once the work on the east sidewalk is complete, the west sidewalk will close for the duration of the road closure. The horse barns and parking lot 35 (north of the ATRB construction site) will be reachable from the south.

This utility work/road closure is being synchronized with the Stange-Pammel intersection traffic signal project. The existing signals will be removed July 17, with the goal of having the new signals installed and operating when Stange Road reopens. While the new signals are being installed, traffic at the intersection will be controlled by four-way stop signs.

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