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Student Announcements

Volunteer judges still needed for science/technology fairs

Volunteer judges -- individuals with a major, degree or background in science, engineering or technology -- are needed for the State Science and Technology Fair of Iowa, March 31-April 1 in Hilton Coliseum. The two-day event includes a combined senior high fair and FFA Agriscience Fair on Thursday, March 31, and a middle school fair on Friday, April 1. The senior high event needs about 100 judges; the middle school event about 350 judges, who will evaluate research projects and work with students to help them become better researchers. Volunteers are asked to register online.

Today's ice cream flavors are . . .

Members of the Dairy Science Club will sell ice cream Wednesday (11 a.m.-1 p.m.) near the north doors to Lush Auditorium in Kildee Hall. Flavors today are: vanilla, strawberry, chocolate, triple chocolate, Heath caramel, Butterfinger, Oreo, chocolate Oreo, mint Oreo, Reese's (chopped peanut butter cups) and chocolate Reese's. The price is $1 per cup.

Six-part series targets caregivers for adults

ISU Extension and Outreach is sponsoring Powerful Tools for Caregivers, a six-part series to help adult caregivers learn how to reduce stress, improve self-confidence, better communicate their feelings, balance their lives, make tough decisions and locate helpful resources. Sessions (2.5 hours each) will be held Tuesdays, March 22-April 26 (6-8:30 p.m., 0119 MacKay). The $20 fee includes a boxed dinner, served at 5:30 p.m. To register, call the ISU Extension and Outreach office in Story County, (515) 382-6551.

Bessey Hall addition project begins this month

A phased, 18-month project to build a four-story addition to the east side of Bessey Hall will get underway later this month. Here are a few tips for maneuvering around that area of campus during construction.

Barjché celebrates 70th anniversary

This year marks the 70th time members of Iowa State's Orchesis I Dance Company will perform in Barjché, a modern dance concert. This year's theme, "Modern Dance Through the Ages," reflects the modern dance movement from the 1940s to the present. Performances are on Feb. 5 and 6 (7:30 p.m.) and Feb. 7 (2 p.m.) in Fisher Theater. Tickets are $12 ($10 for students) and are available through Ticketmaster.

'Varieties' talent competition opens this weekend

Varieties, Iowa State's annual student talent competition, turns 85 this year. The semifinals (two performances nightly) are scheduled for Friday-Saturday, Feb. 5-6. The finals show will be presented twice two weeks later, on Feb. 19-20. All performances are in the Memorial Union Great Hall.

Art sale is Feb. 8-12 at the MU

The Memorial Union's Workspace is hosting a Pop Up Art Sale Feb. 8-12 (hours and MU locations vary by day). Pottery, jewelry and other hand-made items created by Workspace instructors and students will be for sale. Most items sell for $5-20 (and make grand Valentine gifts).

  • Monday and Wednesday (11 a.m.-2 p.m.), outside University Book Store
  • Tuesday (1-3 p.m.), outside University Book Store
  • Thursday (1-3 pm.), by the first floor north stairwell
  • Friday (10 a.m.-2 p.m.), by the first floor north stairwell

MLK Jr. keynote rescheduled for Feb. 11

Acclaimed author, combat veteran and Rhodes Scholar Wes Moore will present the 2016 Martin Luther King Jr. Legacy Series keynote address on Thursday, Feb. 11 (8 p.m., MU Sun Room). Moore's talk had been scheduled for Jan. 21.

Feb. 19 hearing precedes regents' Ames meeting

If you'd like to comment on any items scheduled for discussion at the state Board of Regents Feb. 24-25 meeting in Ames, you have several options:

  • Attend one of six public hearings held at the regents institutions and board office Feb. 18-19. Iowa State's hearing is Friday, Feb. 19 (noon-1 p.m.), Gold 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 February meeting will be posted to the regents homepage by Feb. 16.

Horticulture Club is selling Valentine roses

Members of the Horticulture Club have two options for purchasing Valentine roses this year: pre-order or walk-up sales on Friday-Saturday, Feb. 12-13 (9 a.m.-4 p.m., MU south atrium). The pre-order form (PDF) is online and should be dropped off, with cash or check payment, to 107 Horticulture by Feb. 8. The pickup location for pre-orders is 45 Horticulture (NOT the MU) Friday-Sunday, Feb. 12-14 (11 a.m.-4 p.m.). Rose colors available this year are red and variety (mixture of colors). Prices range from $5 for a single rose to $55 for a one-dozen arrangement.

ISCORE registration is open

The 16th annual Iowa State Conference on Race and Ethnicity (ISCORE) will be held Friday, March 4 (8 a.m.-5 p.m., Memorial Union). All faculty, staff and students are invited to attend; registration is free but required. HIghlights include:

  • Morning address (9 a.m.) by College of Design dean Luis Rico-Gutierrez
  • Luncheon address by Barbara Love, professor emerti at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst

There also is a half-day professional development pre-conference open to all university employees on Thursday, March 3 (noon-5 p.m., MU Sun Room). Registration is free but required for this event as well.

Students: Present your research

Students have two opportunities this spring to share their research and gain presentation experience: 

  • Research in the Capitol (undergraduates from all three Iowa regent universities): March 29 at the Iowa Capitol, Des Moines.  Twenty ISU research projects will be selected; projects related to the state's economy, education, culture, population, natural resources, climate, cities and agriculture are particularly welcome. All undergraduate students are eligible. 
  • ISU Symposium on Undergraduate Research and Creative Expression: April 5 in the Memorial Union. Undergraduates from all academic disciplines involved in mentored research are eligible.

The application deadline for both events is Feb. 12; individual or small group projects are welcome. The provost's office will hold an informational session  for interested students on Jan. 29 (2-3 p.m., 1151 Jischke Building). 

Strategic plan comments sought, forums set

If you've got ideas that should be part of the next strategic plan, now's a good time to send them in. Comments submitted by Feb. 10 will be considered by the strategic plan subcommittees as they begin wrapping up reports to the steering committee. The strategic plan draft will be ready for public review in mid-March. Two open forums are planned -- March 31 and April 5.

ISU welcomes dining director, first web accessibility coordinator

Mohamed Ali joined Iowa State as director of ISU Dining on Jan. 11, and Zayira Jordan became ISU's first web accessibility coordinator on Jan. 19.

Campus visits scheduled for EO director finalists

Four finalists have been named in the national search for the next director of the office of equal opportunity. The university community is invited to meet them at open forums in the next few weeks.

Reiman Gardens launches 20-year master plan

Big changes are coming to Reiman Gardens over the next 20 years, including grander gardens, unique water features and a stone amphitheater.

Activities planned for Black History Month

Students and staff in the multicultural student affairs office have compiled a list of February events in recognition of Black History Month.

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