Training for youth program leaders is May 10

The offices of Risk Management, Extension and Outreach, and Conference Planning and Management will offer training on May 10 (2-4 p.m., 1155 Administrative Services Building) that provides youth program leaders, administrators and student organization officers information regarding youth-related policies, procedures and forms for successfully conducting youth programs at ISU. The training is for anyone responsible for planning and supervising youth programs or providing administrative support for one. Preregistration is required; send an email to by May 8.

Nominations sought for 2018 'Women Impacting ISU' calendar

The Catt Center will accept nominations for its 2018 "Women Impacting ISU" calendar through Sept. 29. Any woman who is currently employed by the university (must still be employed for the 2018 calendar year) or is a current student at Iowa State is eligible to be nominated. Self-nominations will not be considered. Those selected for the 2018 calendar will be notified in November. More information, including the nomination form, is online.

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

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

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)

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. 

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