January 2018

Training for youth program leaders is Feb. 7

The offices of Risk Management, Extension and Outreach, and Conference Planning and Management will offer training on Feb. 7 (10 a.m.-noon, 1020 4-H Extension 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 Feb. 4.

W-2 forms available in AccessPlus

W-2 forms, an official, two-sided document valid for tax filing purposes, are available in AccessPlus. The payroll office encourages employees to print their W-2 from the website to save the university mailing costs. To access the electronic version, log into AccessPlus, select the Employee tab, then select "Payroll Info" in the left column. Turn off web browser pop-up blockers that may prevent the W-2 from opening. Employees who have not chosen the electronic copy of their W-2 by Jan. 24 will receive a paper copy via U.S. mail postmarked on Jan. 31. If you printed your 2016 W-2 from the electronic version and received an ISU paycheck in December 2017, your electronic preference from last year automatically carries over.

Meeting modern privacy needs is an ongoing focus in campus facilities

Nearly all campus buildings were built before spaces such as lactation rooms and gender-inclusive restrooms were considered, but the university's aim is to add them when possible.

Delicatessen opens in Memorial Union

Lance and Ellie's, ISU Dining's new deli venue, opened Wednesday in the MU food court. House-made and Iowa-sourced ingredients are used in the menu of sandwiches, wraps, salads, sides and desserts.

Farewell receptions for admissions' Kurt, Ralston

A farewell reception for Liz Kurt, director of New Student Programs in the office of admissions for 19 years, will be held Monday, Jan. 22 (10 a.m.-noon, MU Campanile Room). Kurt has accepted a position with conference planning and management at Iowa State.

A farewell reception for Kate Ralston, assistant director of admissions (research) will be held Friday, Jan. 26 (2-4 p.m., 311 Enrollment Services Center). Ralston has accepted a position with ACT.

Regisration is open for library's spring workshops

University Library has posted its spring semester workshops. Most begin at 3 p.m. and last for 90 minutes. Registration opens 60 days prior to an event and is required.

Call for entries in student art exhibition

The Memorial Union has issued a call for entries for "Art Inspired," a juried exhibition of student art that will be shown Feb. 2-March 19. Students may enter up to three pieces in any media. The drop-off date for artwork is Tuesday, Jan. 30 (9 a.m.-1 p.m., MU Pioneer Room). Jurors Chris Vance and Charlotte Redmond, members of the Paintpushers visual artists group in the Des Moines area, will select around 40 pieces for the exhibit, as well as award winners: one Best of Show ($100), three Merit Awards ($75 each) and two Honorable Mentions ($25 each). Entry information is online.

Celebrate the thaw with ice cream

The Dairy Science Club's weekly ice cream sale is today (11 a.m.-1 p.m., near the north doors of Lush Auditorium in Kildee Hall). Choose from 10 flavors: vanilla, strawberry, chocolate, triple chocolate, Butterfinger, Reese's, Oreo, Snickers, Twix and Heath caramel. The price is $1 for an 8-oz. cup. 

Personal branding seminar for students is Feb. 3

The Event Management Club is holding its annual Collegiately Creative Personal Branding Seminar on Feb. 3 (10 a.m.-2 p.m., 0308 Elings Hall). Planned by students, the conference will feature a variety of guest speakers and break-out sessions. This year's theme is personal branding and making your mark on the professional world. Cost is $20 and includes a swag bag, T-shirt and boxed lunch. Register online

Honors program seeks fall seminar proposals

The University Honors Program is seeking proposals for fall 2018 Honors seminars, 1- or 2-credit courses on topics of current or special interest. Seminars, open to all Honors students, are pass/fail with enrollment usually limited to 17. A grant of $500 per seminar supports the professional development of the instructor(s). Further information, including a proposal form and guidelines, is available online. Proposals are due Feb. 2.

Reminder: Student employee-of-the-year nominations due Feb. 2

Nominations are due Feb. 2 for the university's 2018 Student Employee of the Year award. A faculty/staff committee will select the recipient based on a student's reliability, quality of work, initiative, professionalism and unique contributions to the employer. Nominees must be undergraduates employed part-time on campus for a minimum of six months between June 1, 2017, and May 31, 2018 (anticipated). The nomination form and instructions are online in Qualtrics and must be completed in one sitting. All nominees will be honored at a ceremony on Feb. 27 (4-5 p.m., MU Sun Room). Questions may be directed to Julie Arnold, 294-0103, or Erin Schwartz, 294-0102, in the office of student financial aid.

Beware of latest email phishing scam

A phishing scam targeting campus email addresses is hitting inboxes as a message from the IT service desk. The subject line starts with "Ticket:" and includes a code, and the message asks for user login information (ISU never will ask for login credentials via email). If you get such mail, forward it to as soon as possible and DON'T click any links or message content. Solution Center staff are available to answer your questions (294-4000 or IT staff also recommend this phishing email tutorial.

Center offers dance ticket package

The Iowa State Center is offering a dance package for three shows this semester: the Moscow Festival Ballet on Jan. 25, Ballet Des Moines on Feb. 16 and the Houston-based Fly Dance Company on March 24, all at Stephens Auditorium. Tickets are $90 at any price level ($50 for students and youth) and available at the Stephens Auditorium ticket office or with this online form

Student leaders sought for Destination Iowa State

New Student Programs is accepting applications for 2018 Destination Iowa State team leaders through Feb. 11. More information and an application form are available online. Team leaders play an important role in welcoming new students to Iowa State and preparing them for academic success. Faculty and staff are encouraged to personally contact students who would excel at being team leaders. Questions may be directed to Nicole Nicholson, or email or phone the office, 294-0801. 

Poster sale at MU runs Jan. 22-26

The Student Activities Center is hosting a poster sale Jan. 22-26 (9 a.m.-6 p.m. daily, MU Cardinal Room). There are hundreds of posters to choose from, including art prints, movies, music and pop culture. Prices are generally $8-12. Proceeds from the sale support art programs at the Memorial Union.

Heads up: Chillers to be delivered by truck to north campus location

Two chillers will be delivered Jan. 15-17 to the north chilled water plant on Kooser Drive. A large crane will arrive onsite early Monday, Jan. 15, through parking lot 35. Two trucks each on Jan. 15 and Jan. 16 will bring in the main components of a chiller, and the electrical gear for the chillers will arrive on Jan. 17. Expect intermittent delays on Winlock Road while the trucks arrive and are unloaded. Morrill Road will remain open and provide access to this north area of campus. The new chillers will be operational this spring and increase the campus' cooling capacity by 30 percent to support new and future buildings.

Celebrate the life, service of Martin Luther King Jr. this month

A community birthday celebration, a campus conversation on freedom of expression and a lecture on the history of race in this country's criminal justice system are part of events to honor the civil rights activist on the 89th anniversary of his birth.

Cyclone Cinema resumes this weekend

The Student Union Board's free feature film series begins its spring run this weekend with eight showings of "Kingsman: The Golden Circle" (7 and 10 p.m. Thursday-Sunday, 101 Carver). Sunday showings include captions; concessions are sold nightly.

Team responds to bias incidents

About 50 bias incidents were reported to the campus climate response team during fall semester. Vandalism, such as unwanted messages posted on residence hall whiteboards, is a common offense.

Midyear cuts in governor's budget would be made permanent

Gov. Kim Reynolds' budget would take back $5.1 million in state support from the regents schools in the current budget year and make it permanent on July 1.  

Grawe named interim director of Study Abroad Center

Scott Grawe, associate dean for strategy and engagement in the Ivy College of Business, also will lead the Study Abroad Center through June.

University observes national King holiday

Iowa State classes will not meet and offices are closed Monday, Jan. 15, to observe the national Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.

Website helps navigate animal research guidelines

A new website coordinated by Annette O’Connor, professor of veterinary diagnostic and production animal medicine, is a collection of reporting guidelines for research that involves animals. The site, "Meridian," aims to assist researchers in navigating the many guidelines and also improve the quality of reporting.

Tearoom reopens Jan. 25 for lunch, dinner

The Joan Bice Underwood Tearoom, 0023 MacKay, reopens Jan. 25 for spring semester. Lunch will be served Tuesday through Friday (11:50 a.m.-12:50 p.m.) and dinner will be available on Tuesdays and Thursdays (5:30-6:30 p.m.). Meals cost $7. Reservations are required; call 294-3330. 

Regents approve professional development assignments, four ISU project proposals

In a 9-0 vote without discussion, the state Board of Regents approved a consent agenda Jan. 9 that included 43 ISU faculty professional development proposals for the 2018-19 year and  four project proposals at Iowa State. The projects earlier cleared committee review at the board. They are: a home for the new Nanovacccine Institute on the fifth floor of the Advanced Teaching and Research Building, reconfiguration plans for the interior of the Hub, parking and lighting improvement plans adjacent to Hilton Coliseum and a new budget and expanded improvement plan for the recreation fields east of Willow residence hall.

Visitation, ceremony for professor emeritus Richard Willham are this weekend

A visitation and celebration of life for Richard Willham, professor emeritus of animal science, will be held Jan. 12 and 13, respectively. Willham, who was named a C.F. Curtiss Distinguished Professor in Agriculture in 1997, died Dec. 31 at the age of 85. Friday's visitation will be at Grandon Funeral and Cremation Care (4-6 p.m.) and Saturday's celebration will be held at the Green Hills Retirement Community (1:30-3:30 p.m.), both located in Ames. Obituary.

Alumni award nominations due Feb. 15

The ISU Alumni Association is seeking nominations for six awards that will be presented Oct. 26, during Homecoming weekend. Award descriptions and nomination forms can be found online. Nominations are due Feb. 15; questions may be directed to Katie Lickteig. The awards for ISU alumni are:

  • Alumni Medal, recognizes long, loyal service to the university through alumni-related activities
  • Alumni Merit Award, recognizes humanitarian efforts that transcend professional accomplishments and bring honor to the university
  • Outstanding Young Alumni Award, recognizes alumni age 40 years and younger who excel in their profession and provide service to their community
  • James A. Hopson Volunteer Award, recognizes alumni association members age 40 years and younger who show volunteer leadership in the association or alumni-related activities
  • Impact Award, recognize individuals or organizations whose programs/accomplishments brought recognition to the university and increased the involvement of ISU constituents in the life of the university in the year prior to being nominated
  • Alumni Service Award, recognizes alumni and friends whose self-initiated service supports the daily work of the alumni association in connecting alumni, students and friends to the university

Summer program seeks course proposals for high-ability students

The Office of Admissions Early Outreach (OPPTAG) seeks faculty, staff, graduate students and local teachers interested in teaching summer camp courses for talented and gifted students entering grades 3-11 next fall. The program seeks to add engaging new classes, particularly in the STEM fields, for students who do best in hands-on environments. This is a great opportunity to showcase your department, interests and areas of expertise. Course proposals are due Jan. 19, with a decision shared by mid-February. Instructors are monetarily compensated for their time in the classroom. More information about wages and program dates is online. Questions may be directed to program coordinator Tricia Stouder.

Study Abroad Fair is Jan. 18

The spring Study Abroad Fair will be held Thursday, Jan. 18 (10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.) in the Memorial Union Great Hall. Learn about interning, studying and volunteering abroad in experiences ranging from one week to one year. Students can enter a drawing for a chance to win study-abroad scholarships.

University childcare has openings in two programs

University Community Childcare, located north of campus at 2623 Bruner Dr., has openings in two of its programs. A sliding fee scale is available for qualified families. For more information or to enroll a child in a program, call 294-9838 or email

  • Cheerful Cheetahs preschool program for 3- to 5-year-olds. Sessions meet Monday-Friday 8:30-11:30 a.m., and 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., September through May.
  • The Comfort Zone, a get-well center for mildly-ill infants through fifth graders. Preregistration is required. Care is given by a registered nurse and professional staff. More information is online or email

Training for youth program leaders is Jan. 16

The offices of Risk Management, Extension and Outreach, and Conference Planning and Management will offer training on Jan. 16 (9-11 a.m., Administrative Services Building, conference room 1155) 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 Jan. 14.

Five questions for a liaison librarian

Liaison librarians such as Erin Thomas provide specialized research advice for faculty and students, but that's just a portion of their varied responsibilities.

New website will link users to inclusion info

All Iowa State inclusion information and resources will be accessible through a new website under construction. Its formal launch is slated for early next fall.

Rajala reappointed to Engineering dean post

Sarah Rajala, who has served as dean of the College of Engineering since April 2013, was reappointed last month to a five-year term.

Zipcar is the new car-sharing provider to campus

Iowa State has offered car sharing since 2011, but this month brings a new program to campus, Zipcar, a subsidiary of Avis. Employees and students may become members and lease a vehicle by the hour or day for personal use.

Regent approval expected on four university projects

The state Board of Regents will be asked to approve four ISU facility requests when it meets Jan. 9-10.

Call 294-5100 to report a facilities emergency

Members of the campus community are asked to call 294-5100 to report an emergency with a building or utility. This extension is answered 24/7. Non-emergency problems may be submitted online.

Include department name on campus mail

A helpful habit to adopt in 2018 is to include a department name on campus mail addresses. Particularly in buildings with multiple delivery boxes, a department name expedites delivery. If the sender doesn't include it, a campus postal staff member has to look it up -- and that adds time to the process.