Intro to Digital Accessibility webinar Dec. 9

ISU's web accessibility coordinator (WAC) Zayira Jordan will present on the basics of digital accessibility and answer questions about making your digital content accessible during a live video session Friday, Dec. 9 (12-1 p.m.). Please, fill out the registration form and you will receive a confirmation with information on how to connect. There is no cost for the webinar.

Enterprise software system choice is Workday

Streamlined business processes, instant access to data and mobile friendly software are some of the much anticipated features of Iowa State's collaboration with Workday, an international enterprise software firm.  Officials selected the firm to help the university transform its aging human resources, finance and student records operations into a seamless, cloud-based system.

ME's Design Expo is Dec. 6

More than 100 students will display and present designs they developed this semester during the mechanical engineering department's annual Design Expo on Tuesday, Dec. 6 (noon-4 p.m., Howe Hall atrium). In Mechanical Engineering Design (ME 270), sophomores were tasked with developing devices to simplify daily tasks and respond to other societal needs in developing economies. Seniors in Mechanical Systems Design (ME 415) and Multidisciplinary Engineering Design (ENGR 466) partnered with companies, university departments and clubs, nonprofits or government entities to develop new, or improve upon existing, designs.

Library announces end-of-semester activities

Parks Library is bringing back two popular dead week and finals week events. Barks@Parks returns during dead week, Dec. 5-9 (1-4 p.m., 199 Parks). Students can interact with dogs to relieve stress as they prepare for final exams. And with student success in mind, Parks Library will be open 24 hours a day Dec. 4-16. The library tested the 24/7 open hours during spring semester and it was met with enthusiasm from both students and faculty. More information is available online.

Training scheduled for CPR, first aid, AED

Training sessions are being offered monthly to individuals who need to be certified or recertified in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), first aid, and automated external defibrillator (AED) use. Classes, led by the American Heart Association, are held 8:30 am.-2 p.m. in the Environmental Health and Safety Services Building. Register via Learn@ISU; payment ($55) is due one week prior to the course. Call 294-5359 with questions.

Project LEA/RN workshop is set for Jan. 3-4

Project LEA/RN will host a workshop on Jan. 3-4, 2017 (9 a.m.-4 p.m. daily) aimed at training educators to help their students learn the kind of thinking required by professionals to solve complex problems. Participants will share insights about the brain based on current research, engage in strategies that promote interaction and deep thinking, and apply them to situations in which they facilitate learning -- classes, orientation sessions, extension meetings or other learning situations. To register or for more information, contact Project LEA/RN associate director Jan Wiersema, 294-4030.

Volunteers sought for LEGO state championship

The College of Engineering's Community Outreach is looking for volunteers for the FIRST® LEGO® League (FLL) Iowa State Championship Jan. 14-15 (7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, campus locations). There are a variety of roles that need to be filled; to volunteer, you must register through the FLL system. FLL is designed to get students ages 9-14 excited about science, technology and engineering. In this year's challenge, Animal Allies, students explore how animals and humans affect each other's lives. Questions may be emailed to

Two "butterfly blizzards" scheduled in December

Reiman Gardens will host butterfly blizzards on two Saturdays -- Dec. 3 and Dec. 17 (8-9:30 a.m., butterfly wing). Participants will release butterflies into the tropical indoor garden; cost is $5 for one butterfly, $8 for two, $12 for three and $3 for each additional butterfly. Activities include a youth craft station and a chance to learn about Monarch butterflies; hot chocolate will be served. Participants must preregister by either Dec. 1 or Dec. 15; the butterfly fee doesn't include gardens admission.

Preregister for breakfast with Santa

Reiman Gardens will host two Breakfast with Santa events on Saturday, Dec. 10 (8 and 10 a.m.), for children ages one to 12 years and their parents. Cost is $9 for children and $14 for adults ($2 discount for members). Breakfast features eggs, bacon, donuts and fresh fruit. Children may visit with Santa, create an ornament, write a letter to Santa and visit the train exhibit in the conservatory. Preregistration and payment is required by Dec. 4.

FLSA changes on hold

Implementation of changes to the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) is on hold following an injunction ordered in a U.S. district court. The decision will suspend planned changes at Iowa State, including overtime tracking and salary adjustments. Information, including an updated Q&A, is available on the university human resources website. Faculty and staff also received an email update from President Steven Leath.

MU art mart is Dec. 1-3

The Workspace is hosting Art Mart, the biannual art sale at the Memorial Union, Dec. 1-3 in the Campanile Room. The sale will feature blown glass by the ISU Gaffers' Guild, art by Workspace instructors (pottery, jewelry, glass beads, scarves and animal paintings), framed campus photos and pottery created by Workspace students. Most items sell for $3-$25. Hours are 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday, and 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday.

Hort club's poinsettia sale runs Nov. 30-Dec. 3

The student Horticulture Club will sell poinsettias (grown on campus by club members) Nov. 30-Dec. 3 in these locations:

  • Wednesday, Nov. 30 (11 a.m.-4 p.m.): ground floor rotunda, Curtiss Hall
  • Thursday, Dec. 1 (11 a.m.-5 p.m.): ground floor north counters, Beardshear Hall
  • Friday, Dec. 2 (11 a.m.-5 p.m.): near ISU Book Store entrance, Memorial Union
  • Saturday, Dec. 3 (9 a.m.-1 p.m.): Reiman Gardens

The plants are available in six colors and two pot sizes (pink and burgandy plants and the larger pot size must be preordered by Nov. 20). Sale proceeds support club activities, contest expenses and student experiences.

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