October 2019

Pay attention to deadlines on job postings

Job applicants -- both internal and external -- are advised to pay close attention to deadlines on open position postings. Position openings now list a "submit application before" date (rather than "apply by"). For example, applications due "before Nov. 1" will not be accepted as of 12:01 a.m. on Nov. 1. Openings must be posted for a minimum of seven full days for faculty and professional and scientific staff positions, and 10 full days for merit jobs. ISU employees can set up and save job alerts for positions they may be interested in.

Faculty and staff invited to assist at transfer student event

ISU transfer students are invited to network with one another during a kickoff event Monday, Oct. 21 (11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., MU Campanile Room) as part of National Transfer Student Week (Oct. 21-25). They also will be able to visit with representatives of numerous campus resources, including the academic success center, dean of students office, National Student Exchange, student activities center, student health and wellness, student loan education office, study abroad center and the women in science and engineering program. Enjoy free Rice Krispy treats while supplies last. Faculty and staff who were transfer students are invited to participate; email associate registrar Kelly Friesleben to RSVP or with questions about the event.

Transfer students: You're invited

ISU transfer students are invited to network with one another during a kickoff event Monday, Oct. 21 (11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., MU Campanile Room) as part of National Transfer Student Week (Oct. 21-25). They also will be able to visit with representatives of numerous campus resources, including the academic success center, dean of students office, National Student Exchange, student activities center, student health and wellness, student loan education office, study abroad center and the women in science and engineering program. Enjoy free Rice Krispy treats while supplies last.

Campus sustainability celebration is Oct. 18

ISU's annual National Campus Sustainability Day celebration will be held Friday, Oct. 18 (10 a.m.-2 p.m., south library lawn). Visit with sustainability-minded student clubs and campus and community organizations, get a free bike tune-up provided by outdoor recreation services, earn green-connected giveaways and enjoy free refreshments.

Third pedestrian-safety Donut Day is Oct. 18

ISU's public safety department, several city of Ames departments, Ames City Council and the Campustown Action Association will cohost their third "Donut Day" in two years Friday, Oct. 18, at several Lincoln Way intersections between Ash and Hayward avenues. From 9 to 11 a.m., employees and council members will hand out donuts to promote safety for pedestrians and bicyclists, particularly to encourage pedestrians to push the traffic button and wait for the "walk" light before crossing the street.

Comedian Jay Pharoah to have December show at the MU

Tickets are on sale for a standup comedy show by actor and comedian Jay Pharoah Friday, Dec 6 (8 p.m., MU Great Hall, doors open at 7 p.m.). The six-season "Saturday Night Live" alum is known for his impressions of President Barack Obama, Jay Z, Denzel Washington, Kanye West and others. His film appearances include "Get a Job," "Top Five" and "Ride Along." Tickets are $25 ($12 with ISU student ID) plus fees and available online via, from the MU's Maintenance Shop box office (weekdays 11 a.m.-5 p.m.) or by phone 294-8349.

Drone pilot training to be offered on campus

Unmanned aircraft system classroom-based training will be offered on campus Dec. 6-8 (8 a.m.-5 p.m. daily), provided by Kansas State Polytechnic, Salina. It is the first step to becoming a certified drone pilot. Register online by Nov. 22; payment is due later. The cost is $100 and doesn't include the FAA exam, which runs an additional $150 and can be scheduled at the end of the training. ISU's Predictive Plant Phenomics (P3) program will cover the training cost for 15 participants. If you would like to apply for a grant, fill out the P3 grant section of the registration form. Questions may be directed to P3 program coordinator Nicole Scott.

Homecoming buttons go on sale Oct. 14

2019 Homecoming, "Cy's the Limit," will be celebrated Oct. 20-26. Homecoming buttons, good for a free lunch on central campus each day, cost $5 and will be available in the ISU Book Store starting Monday, Oct. 14. On-campus employees who would like to schedule an office delivery for a bulk order of buttons may contact Mary Kate Misak.

March 2020 ISCORE proposals due Dec. 2

Organizers of the 2020 Thomas L. Hill Iowa State Conference on Race and Ethnicity (ISCORE) invite proposals for presentations on race and ethnicity. The conference will be held Friday, March 6; a half-day preconference for faculty and staff will be held Wednesday, March 4. Proposals (title, 200-word abstract and learning outcomes) should be submitted online by Dec. 2. Questions about the conference or submittal process may be directed to

WorkCyte Digest collects newest tools and tips

Faculty and staff received the first issue of WorkCyte Digest, a nimble biweekly successor to Monthly Matters, in their inboxes Oct. 9.

From October 2018 to October 2019, Monthly Matters provided news relevant to Workday pre- and post-go live activities. WorkCyte Digest will collect important communications on a variety of topics and share them more frequently to get tips and tools into employees' hands as they use Workday.

Open Access Week events begin Oct. 21

Join the University Library for the international Open Access Week Oct. 21-27, a week of open access (OA) events and workshops. Local attendees will network with open access campus leaders, learn about available channels to publish work openly and discover free services that can help guide them on the path to open scholarship. Event details are online.

You're invited: Disability Awareness Week is Oct. 13-18

The Alliance for Disability Awareness and Student Accessibility Services invite all students, faculty and staff to participate in Disability Awareness Week Oct. 13-18. This week features events intended to: educate the Iowa State community about the wide variety of disabilities, bring awareness to the barriers faced by many of these individuals, and advocate for a more accessible campus experience.

Greek students will host family Halloween event Oct. 27

Iowa State's Greek community will host its annual free Sorority and Fraternity Trick or Treat for children in grades pre-K-8 and their families on Sunday, Oct. 27 (4-7 p.m., pavillion, Kildee Hall). Enjoy carnival games, face painting, trick or treating and more. Children and their parents are welcome to to dress in family-friendly costumes; a children's costume contest will be held at 5 p.m., with prizes awarded for the funniest, scariest, cutest and most creative costumes.

Nominations due Dec. 1 for alumni association awards

Nominations are due Dec. 1 for three awards presented annually by the ISU Alumni Association. Questions about any of the awards may be directed to Katie Lickteig. The awards are:

  • Faculty/Staff Inspiration Award (nominators must have been ISU students), recognizes an employee who had a significant impact on a student's professional or personal life while at Iowa State.
  • Iowa STATEment Maker, recognizes alumni 34 years and younger who reflect the spirit of ISU with accomplishments in any of these categories: scholastic, career achievement, personal achievement, entrepreneurial spirit or service.
  • Wallace E. Barron All-University Senior Award, recognizes outstanding senior students (90+ credits) who display high character, achievements in academics and university/community activities, and promise for continuing these exemplary qualities as alumni. Seniors graduating this December are eligible.

Advance tickets on sale now for Oct. 19-20 Spirits in the Gardens

Advance tickets ($1 discount) are available online through Oct. 17 for Reiman Gardens' Spirits in the Gardens Oct. 19-20. Wear your favorite costume, trick-or-treat, dance to "Thriller" and enjoy other activities such as a professional magician and meet-a-scientist. Stay into the evening to view 1,000 hand-carved jack-o'-lanterns lit against the night sky. Advance tickets are $5 for the general public ($3 for members and ISU students). Kids under 2 years are free. The daily schedule is:

  • 3-4 p.m., Gardens closed for preparation
  • 4-7 p.m., Trick-or-treat and other activities
  • 7-10 p.m. (until 9 p.m. Sunday), Jack-o'-lantern walk
  • 10:30 p.m. (9:30 p.m. Sunday), Jack-o'-lantern lights off

Elston approved to fill P&S Council vacancy

Tom Elston, director of office operations for the ISU Alumni Association, was unanimously approved to serve on the Professional and Scientific Council during its Oct. 3 meeting until June 2020. Elston is filling a vacancy created in the president's representation area. He will serve on the council's awards committee.

P&S seminar series focuses on implicit bias

Katy Swalwell, associate professor at the School of Education, will discuss implicit bias and help recognizing it during the Professional and Scientific Council seminar event "Implicit Bias and What You Can Do." It  is set for Oct. 8 (2-3 p.m., MU Room 3512). Seminars are livestreamed during the event.

Volleyball ticket flash sale announced for Oct. 9 match

Cyclone fans can purchase general admission tickets in quanitities of 5 for $5 for Iowa State's Oct. 9 match against No. 1 Baylor at Hilton Coliseum. Be part of a match broadcast live on ESPNU (8 p.m.). This presale offer is online only.

Tickets on sale for Oct. 11 Iowa Songwriters Showcase

The next Iowa Songwriter Showcase in the Goldfinch Room, Stephens Auditorium, is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 11. Iowa songwriters and artists Mississippi Jack and Buz Owen will perform at 7 p.m. Reserved tables cost $40 (4 people) and $25 (2 people). Purchase tickets online.

Library announces fall workshop topics

Learn more about Artstor, LaTeX, Overleaf, EndNote, open access publishing and more during a library instruction workshop led by a librarian with expertise on the subject. The fall series opens Oct. 10. Library workshops are face-to-face; registration is online in Learn@ISU.

Retirement checkup for mid-career employees is Oct. 10

TIAA financial consultant Jay Albrecht will lead an employee seminar, "Halfway There: A Retirement Checkup," on Oct. 10 (noon-1 p.m., MU Gallery Room). It's intended for mid-career employees to help them evaluate current savings, form a plan to reach saving goals and manage other savings demands that compete with retirement, such as college costs or short-term savings. Register online.

Treat your team to homemade ice cream

The Dairy Science Club will sell ice cream today (Oct 2), 11 a.m.-1 p.m., near the north doors of Lush Auditorium in Kildee Hall. Flavors are vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, Snickers and Reeses. The price is $2 for an 8-oz. cup. 

Open forum on The Conversation is Oct. 16

A science editor from The Conversation will talk about the benefits of publishing articles in the online publication during a campus open forum on Wednesday, Oct. 16 (2:30-3:30 p.m., 206 Durham Center). The Conversation is a nonprofit media outlet that uses content written for a general audience by academics and researchers with proven expertise in the subjects they write about. Register online for the open forum.

Design studios are part of citywide art tour

Lower-level studios in the College of Design will be part of an Ames-area studio tour Oct. 12 (10 a.m.-4 p.m.) and Oct. 13 (noon-4 p.m.) hosted by the Ames Community Arts Council. In college studios for ceramics, printmaking, textiles, woods, metals, photography, digital media and painting, students will be available to talk to the public about what they're learning. Visitors on this free tour are invited to ask questions and purchase artwork.

Reiman Gardens seeks lots of volunteers for October tasks

Reiman Gardens has put out a call for volunteers for two large needs this month:

  • Plant thousands of flower bulbs for spring blooming, weekdays Oct. 14-25
  • Stencil and carve 1,000 pumpkins Oct. 14-18 for Spirits in the Gardens to be held Oct. 19-20 (carvers must be at least 13 years old and will work outdoors with hundreds of template options)

For more information about available times or to volunteer, contact the gardens' volunteer coordinator, 294-8225.