June 2024

Tuition reimbursement program moves to Workday

Iowa State's tuition reimbursement program for merit and P&S staff has moved from AccessPlus to Workday. Starting with the fall 2024 semester, employees will submit their applications through the request process in Workday. Step-by-step instructions are available in a how-to article; here's a summary:

  • Type "Create Request" in the Workday search bar.
  • Select the "Create Request" task.
  • In the request box, type "Tuition Reimbursement" and "OK."
  • Fill out the application and submit.

The fall semester application window opened June 17 and closes at 11:59 p.m. Friday, Aug. 23. Course reimbursements are processed within three weeks of final grades posting. University human resources will do all future communications about the program through Workday notifications. Questions about the program may be emailed to tuition reimbursement.

Volunteers sought for July at the SHOP food pantry

With many student volunteers away from Ames for the summer, the SHOP food pantry, 1306 Beyer Hall, seeks faculty and staff volunteers so it can remain open during the summer for students in need. Most of the July volunteer times have vacancies. On the SignUp Genius site, volunteers may select their shifts (Monday, Wednesday and Friday).

Innovation Lunch Club's next gathering is June 28

The June installment of the Innovation Lunch Club will feature Megan Graettinger, assistant director of the Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship; Peter Hong, director of the ISU Startup Factory; and Alex Andrade, program director at CyBIZ Lab, who will share ways their programs can assist faculty and staff. The lunch, hosted by the Office of Economic Development and Industry Relations, is Friday, June 28 (11:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m., executive board room, ISU Economic Development Core Facility, 1805 Collaboration Pl.). RSVP for this free event to

No open house at the dairy farm this summer

The 2024 open house at the ISU Dairy Farm south of Ames, typically held in June, was canceled due to storm damage at the farm. The event will return in 2025.

Horticulture farm is selling produce

The Horticulture Research Station community produce sale has strawberries, kale and butterhead lettuce. It also has honey and whole, frozen chickens. Orders can be placed from noon on Tuesdays through noon on Thursdays. Curbside pickup is Fridays (11 a.m.-1 p.m.) in the Meat Lab parking lot (northwest corner of lot 39) off N. University Boulevard. Payment is by cash, check or credit card at pickup.

Memorial service for retired faculty member Lisa Larson to be livestreamed

A June 8 memorial service for Lisa Larson, University Professor emeritus in psychology, will be livestreamed on the Unitarian Universalist Church of Boulder's YouTube channel. It begins at noon (CST). Larson died May 31 in Boulder, Colorado, following a bicycle accident. She was an ISU faculty member fro 1998 to 2021. Obituary.

Faculty-staff training offered on mental health, substance use first aid

Student Health and Wellness is sponsoring a one-day, mental health and substance use first aid training for faculty and staff twice this summer (8 a.m.-4 p.m., 1101 Hach). The dates are Tuesday, June 18, or Wednesday, July 17. ISU Wellbeing will provide a light breakfast and lunch at each training. Register for either date. Participants will learn:

  • Common signs and symptoms of mental health challenges.
  • Common signs and symptoms of substance use challenges.
  • How to interact with a person in crisis.
  • How to connect a person with help.
  • Additional content on trauma, substance use and self-care.

Sign up to help out at College Creek cleaning

In recognition of June as National Rivers month, you're invited to volunteer at the 15th annual College Creek cleanup on Saturday, June 22 (10 a.m.-2 p.m., check-in begins at 9:30 a.m. in the Forker Building parking lot). Small groups will walk designated sections of the creek and pick up trash along the banks. No time commitment is required, and all help is appreciated. Volunteers should dress for the weather and wear closed-toe shoes. Supplies (bug repellent, sunscreen, gloves, bags and trash grabbers) will be provided (or bring your own if you prefer). Refreshments also will be provided. Pre-registration is requested to ensure adequate quantities of supplies. This event is hosted by the Live Green! initiative in the office of sustainability.