Here's a look at some of the changes that took place across campus this summer while students were away.
Food, beverage guidelines set for university classrooms
After decades of a "no food or beverages" rule, departments and student organizations that use general university classrooms now may bring in both.
Resources for those affected by a summer of tragedies
Some students, faculty and staff may be feeling the effects of a summer marked by acts of violence, natural disasters and other traumatic events. Resources are available for those struggling with coursework, emotional or physical issues or simply navigating campus.
Leath reintroduces Principles of Community
A decade ago, student leaders spurred the development of six principles that exemplified their aspirations for the ISU community. In a letter to faculty, staff and students earlier this week, President Leath called for recommitment to the principles.
ISU information security tightens network access to thwart would-be intruders
Increasing attacks on ISU networks have prompted IT officials to tighten security. Starting Sept. 1, those accessing office computers or servers from off-campus will need to include ISU's VPN in the sign-on process.
Welcome to fall semester
An estimated 190 staff, administrators and faculty welcomed students to Iowa State at stations around campus duing the first two days of class.
Financial literacy guide available for students
Students seeking financial guidance may access the "FInancial Literacy Guide for ISU Students" online. The guide, developed by the offices of student financial aid and student loan education and the University Library, helps students make wise financial decisions in college and beyond.
'Women Impacting ISU' calendar nominations due Sept. 30
Nominations for the Catt Center's 2017 Women Impacting ISU calendar are due Sept. 30. Any woman who currently is a student or an employee at Iowa State may be nominated; 12 will be selected by a committee and announced at a public reception in January. Employee nominees must still work at Iowa State in calendar year 2017; students graduating in May 2017 are eligible. More information, including the nomination form, are online. Questions may be directed to the Catt Center, 294-3181.
Sept. 2 hearing precedes regents' Iowa City meeting
If you'd like to comment on any items scheduled for discussion at the state Board of Regents Sept. 7-8 meeting in Iowa City, you have several options:
Attend one of six public hearings held at the regents institutions and board office Sept. 1-2. Iowa State's hearing is Friday, Sept. 2 (noon-1 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, email@example.com.
Meeting materials and an agenda for the September meeting will be posted to the regents homepage by Aug. 30.
Homecoming parade entry submissions open Aug. 24
All recognized student organizations are invited to submit an entry for Iowa State's reinstated Homecoming parade, to be held on Sunday, Oct. 23 (2 p.m. downtown Ames). Aug. 24 is the first day entries may be submitted. Entries can be traditional floats, decorated vehicles or walking entries. Registration for student groups is free (but groups who register and don't participate will be charged $100). More information is online; questions may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Home grown apples distributed at welcome tents
Apples harvested at the horticulture farm north of Ames for ISU Dining will be served on campus next week.
Safe travel on campus: There's an app for that
Anyone concerned about walking on campus at night can summon a free ride via a new Uber-like service -- SafeRide ISU.
Overheard during new student move-in
New students moved in this week, with the help of their families, friends and a few hundred members of the move-in crew.
Fall 2016 facts
On the eve of a new academic year, university relations staff compiled an overview of who's coming, as well as some of the campus improvements since last fall to enhance the student experience.
Lane switch on 13th Street project occurs Friday
East- and westbound traffic on 13th Street, from the Furman Aquatic Center to Ridgewood Avenue, will switch to the north lanes on Friday, Aug. 19. Traffic remains reduced to one lane in each direction. Pedestrians and bicyclists should use the newly installed sidewalk on the north side of 13th Street. The next tasks on this months-long project: Reconstruct the shared-use path on the south side of 13th Street and the outside eastbound vehicle lane, an estimated 6-week phase, depending on the weather. Ridgewood and Cresecent streets remained closed at 13th Street.
Single-game football tickets go on sale Aug. 18
Cyclone football tickets for single games and a three-game mini pack (Oklahoma, Texas Tech and West Virgina) will go on sale at 9 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 18. Single-game tickets are $30-$65.
Be part of a prepared campus
Nobody wants to think about emergency situations, but a little planning now can be a life saver. Environmental Health and Safety encourages all faculty, staff and students to prepare themselves with the knowledge to handle unexpected situations. EH&S has prepared these tools:
- Emergency Response Guide/Website. Provides an opportunity to consider and discuss steps to take in the event of a fire, severe weather, urgent situation (such as medical emergency or bomb threat) or a violent incident (such as an active shooter on campus).
- Eight-minute video. Iowa State students and police officers help demonstrate how the campus community should handle emergencies.