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Student Announcements

Oct. 13 hearing precedes regents' Cedar Falls meeting

If you'd like to comment on any items scheduled for discussion at the state Board of Regents Oct. 19-20 meeting in Cedar Falls, you have several options:

  • Attend one of six public hearings held at the regents institutions and board office Oct. 13-14. Iowa State's hearing is Thursday, Oct. 13 (5-6 p.m.), Oak Room, Memorial Union. All public hearings will be video recorded and posted to the regents' hearings website. Transparency officer Shirley Knipfel will preside at the meeting.

  • Provide written comments to regents transparency officer Josh Lehman, jlehman@iastate.edu.

Meeting materials and an agenda for the October meeting will be posted to the regents homepage by Oct. 11.


Police report includes safety tips, crime stats

Crime and fire statistics, tips on staying safe and more information on campus security and safety are available in the 2016 Annual Security and Fire Safety Report (PDF, 3M), developed by the ISU police department. 

Be vigilant about scam calls

The Office of Student Financial Aid phone number, 515-294-2233, is being fraudulently used to contact students and threaten law enforcement action. Should you receive such a call, hang up. Roberta Johnson, director of student financial aid, said no one should send money via wire transfer without first contacting her office to confirm the authenticity of the request. More information is available on the financial aid website.

Disability Awareness Week starts Oct. 3

A series of campus events are planned as part of Disability Awareness Week, Oct. 3-7. Events include a student panel, interactive awareness challenge, ice cream social and design presentations. Contact the student disability resources office for more information, 294-7220.

Memorial service for Rick Hall is Oct. 9

Rick Hall, professor of natural resources and ecology management and an ISU faculty member since 1974, died Sept. 21 of leukemia. A celebration of life service will be held on Sunday, Oct. 9 (10:30 a.m., ISU Alumni Center). Memorials may be directed to The Nature Conservancy or the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Obituary

Activities will celebrate American Archives month

October is American Archives month. The library's special collections and university archives department has a number of activities planned to raise awareness about the importance of preserving history. More information about Liz Garst's Oct. 3 lecture, #AskAnArchivist Day on Oct. 5 and the department's Oct. 28 open house are online.

Celebrate Earth Observation Day on Oct. 11 with the GIS facility

Iowa State's geographic information systems (GIS) facility is celebrating Earth Observation Day with an open house on Oct. 11 (11 a.m.-1 p.m., 206 Durham Center). Mapping enthusiasts and anyone interested in STEM activities are invited to attend (bring a laptop if you have one). No previous experience is required. Activities will include a pizza lunch, mini mapathon and a lecture about remote sensing research. Information about GIS and remote sensing education opportunities at Iowa State, including classes, a GIS minor, GIS certfication and work-study opportunities, also will be available. If you plan to attend, email iowamapgive@gmail.com along with your pizza preference and whether you need a laptop. 

Reiman Gardens seeks pumpkin-carving volunteers

Volunteers are needed to help carve 500 pumpkins for Reiman Gardens' "Spirits in the Gardens" event on Oct. 22-23. Volunteers will gut, draw and carve pumpkins Oct. 17-21 (9 a.m.-9 p.m. daily). Those interested in assisting are asked to contact the gardens' events coordinator, 294-8981.

Rock the Vote bus stops on campus Sept. 29

As part of a voter registration tour through battleground states, the nonpartisan Rock the Vote bus will stop on campus Thursday, Sept. 29 (10 a.m.-4 p.m., west side of Memorial Union). Tablets and printing docks will be available so voters can ensure they're registered and print voter registration cards. Oct. 29 is the voter preregistration deadline in Iowa; you may register on election day at your correct polling site.

Memorial gathering for Carlota Gutierrez is Oct. 3

Carlota Gutierrez, former 28-year employee in the College of Design reading room, died Sept. 24 at home after battling illness for several months. Per her wishes, her body will be cremated and there will not be a public funeral. The College of Design will hold a memorial gathering on Monday, Oct. 3 (5-6:30 p.m., program at 5:30 p.m., Gallery 181, College of Design). Those attending are invited to share their memories of Gutierrez. In lieu of flowers, her family suggests a donation to the Spanish ministry at St. Cecilia Church, Ames, where she was active; or to the Latina scholarship fund established in her name in the college through the ISU Foundation. It will be awarded for the first time on the college's Awards Day ceremony in April.

Workshop instructors sought for TAG conferences in February

The Office of Admissions Early Outreach (OPPTAG) will host two Thursday conferences in Feburary that provide high-achieving middle school students the chance to explore new interest areas during hands-on sessions. Outstanding faculty, graduate students, staff and student organizations are sought to provide an engaging 45-minute workshop for the students (grades 6-8). It's an opportunity for departments to showcase majors, programs and outreach activities. More information, including dates, session times and the proposal submission, are online. Proposals are due Nov. 18. 

13th Street scheduled to reopen on Tuesday

The city of Ames has shared its intent to reopen all four lanes of 13th Street on Tuesday, Sept. 27. A section of the road, between the Furman Aquatic Center entrance and Ridgewood Avenue, closed Sept. 6 for the third phase of a project to install retaining walls, replace sidewalks and reconstruct the road.

Marston art was a campus effort

Pieces of the newly installed sculpture in Marston Hall were crafted and fabricated by students, faculty and staff in ISU laboratories.

Cherry pie sale returns Monday during Human Sciences week

The College of Human Sciences is holding its second annual celebration week Sept. 26-30. A complete schedule is online. A few highlights:
  • Sept. 26, Cherry pie sale (11 a.m.-4 p.m., while supplies last, 23 MacKay), $2 each
  • Sept. 28, Meet-and-greet, with dean Laura Jolly (4-5:30 p.m., 118 MacKay)
  • Sept. 29, Lecture, "Physical Activity: Wonder Drug for Chronic Disease Prevention," I-Min Lee, Helen LeBaron Hilton Endowed Chair, (7 p.m., Benton Auditorium, Scheman Building)

Quick-stop survey is important to CyRide's future

CyRide consultants will be hanging out at busy spots on campus the first weeks of October. If you've got time to complete a very short CyRide survey (even if you're not a regular rider), you'll help to build a more efficient and useful transit system.

Port, Mendez-Shannon named to new diversity and inclusion posts

Vice president for diversity and inclusion Reginald Stewart has filled two new posts in his office, adding a project director in LGBTQA+ affairs and a project director in Hispanic/Latino affairs.

Searches are underway for student affairs posts

Committees are at work and positions are posted for two associate vice president positions in the student affairs division.

A complete fleet

With the return of Indian Delights next week near Hoover Hall, the campus food truck lineup is back to eight vendors.

Gordon Lightfoot concert tickets on sale now

Balladeer and Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee Gordon Lightfoot will have a concert on campus Friday, Oct. 14 (8 p.m., Stephens Auditorium). Tickets, $49 and $64, still are available via Ticketmaster, including the Stephens ticket office.

Child care scholarship applications due Sept. 30

The Childcare Assistance Program (CAP), a program that assists student-parents with child-care expenses for children not yet enrolled in kindergarten, is accepting scholarship applications through Sept. 30. All ISU students with children are encouraged to apply. Application packets are available online. Contact ISU child care and family resource services at ccfamily@iastate.edu or 294-3149 with questions.

Picnic planned for students with children

ISU's Parents As Students Support (PASS) Group invites all Iowa State students with children and their families to a free picnic on Sept. 30 (5-7 p.m., Brookside Park, 1325 6th St., Ames). If you plan to attend, please RSVP by Sept. 28 to ccfamily@iastate.edu. ISU child care and family resource services is hosting the event. 

Voter registration available on campus

Story County Auditor staff and members of the local chapter of the nonpartisan League of Women Voters will assist Iowa State students and employees who are U.S. citizens with voter registration prior to the November general election. A table will be in the Pride Veterans Lounge (main level of the Memorial Union, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.) for two weeks: Sept. 26-30 and Oct. 3-7. On Sept. 27, National Voter Registration Day, additional tables will be staffed (also 10 a.m.-3 p.m.) at Parks Library and outside the dining centers at Union Drive Community Center and Maple Willow Larch commons. Election information.

Now online: Latest Fact Book

The 2016-2017 edition of the Fact Book -- an annual collection of statistics and facts about ISU students, faculty and staff, alumni, classes, departments, finances, facilities and more -- is now available online. The publication, produced by the office of institutional research, is updated continuously throughout the year. 

Strategic plan posters, cards available in president's office

Copies of the four posters and mission/vision card for Iowa State's 2017-22 Strategic Plan, referenced by President Steven Leath during his annual address Sept. 14, are available in the president's office, 1750 Beardshear.

ISU has an ethics hotline

The ISU Compliance and Ethics Hotline allows anyone to anonymously report concerns regarding compliance with laws, regulations and policies at Iowa State. Get more information on the hotline website. Concerns may be submitted online or by leaving a voice message at 515-294-7119.

Three-Minute Thesis competition for grad students is Nov. 15

The Graduate College will host a Three-Minute Thesis (3MT®) competition on Tuesday, Nov. 15 (2-5 p.m., 1213 Hoover). Up to 30 doctoral and master's students will be selected to present their research -- in three minutes with a single slide -- to a panel of non-expert judges. The application deadline is Oct. 6. More information, including the application process, is online. The winner will represent Iowa State at a regional competition in Indiapolis in April, and cash scholarships will be awarded to the top three finishers.

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