May 2012

Design Condensed summer camp for high schoolers

The College of Design and ISU Extension and Outreach 4-H Youth Development will offer Design Condensed, an intensive one-week summer camp, July 8-14, on the Iowa State campus and at the Iowa 4-H Center near Luther. The camp is open to high school students who will be sophomores, juniors or seniors in the fall. The students need not be 4-H members. Download a brochure and registration form (PDF) or register online by 5 p.m. Friday, June 15. Contact Debra Satterfield,, or Malinda Cooper,, with questions.

Volunteers sought for June 23 creek cleanup

In recognition of National Rivers Month, campus volunteers will meet Saturday, June 23 (11 a.m.-2 p.m.) to remove trash from sections of College Creek on campus. No minimum time is required; all help is appreciated. Volunteers should register online and check in June 23 at the table in the Forker parking lot on the east side of campus. Volunteers should wear closed-toe shoes and gloves; other supplies will be provided. There will be free food and water for all participants, as well as door prizes. This 4th annual cleanup is a joint effort of Live Green!, Keep Iowa State Beautiful and ISU facilities planning and management. For more information, contact Merry Rankin, 4-5052.

University Museums seeks your "curious" objects

Do you have extraordinary artifacts in storage? Specimens from a course you taught? University Museums needs your department's objects for an exhibition titled "Cabinet of Curiosities" to open in August at the Christian Petersen Art Museum in Morrill Hall. Objects in good condition will be used from mid-July for at least six months.

Cabinets of curiosities first appeared in the 16th and 17th centuries as encyclopedic collections of wondrous things. These cabinets displayed anything that fell under one of these categories: biological specimens, minerals, fossils, sculpture, paintings, decorative objects, books, musical instruments, historical artifacts or technical devices. Iowa Staters may remember that Morrill Hall once housed a third-floor museum of natural history specimens (taxidermy animals), some of which will return to the building for this exhibition. For more information or to suggest items, contact museums intern Jennifer Munoz, 515-520-1897.

Iowa Staters give back with service days

The final count is in for the ISU Alumni Association's inaugural Cy's Days of Service campaign. More than 1,500 hours were logged by ISU alumni in 24 different states. President Steven Leath and wife Janet helped kick off the month of giving back during Veishea Service Day in Ames.

Visitation for Terri Heinrich is June 1

Terri Heinrich, 53, a 26-year employee at Parks Library, died May 24. A visitation will be held Friday, June 1, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Adams Funeral Home, Ames. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Ames Animal Rescue Shelter or the Ames Chapter Izaak Walton League of America. Heinrich is survived by her husband Daniel Burden, president of the ISU Professional and Scientific Council and a program coordinator in the Extension Value-added Agriculture Program. More information on Heinrich.

Book club convenes on June 5

MU Workspace coordinator Letitia Kenemer will lead a fun, conversational discussion of Jonah Lehrer's book, Imagine: How Creativity Works, this summer. The book club will meet June 5 (7 p.m, MU Workspace) to meet and make a general plan for the subsequent discussions on June 19 and July 10. In his book, Lehrer demonstrates that creativity is not a gift possessed by the lucky few, but rather a variety of thought processes everyone can learn to use effectively. Book club participants may purchase their own copy of the book or pre-order one by June 4 ($26) for pickup at the June 5 gathering. The fee to join the book club is $5. For more information, call 4-0970.

Lehrer is scheduled to give a public lecture on campus Sept. 12 (8 p.m., MU Great Hall).

Leath makes key changes in administration

Administrative reorganization by President Steven Leath has resulted in several key changes and moves in university administration. The changes, described more fully in this Inside story, include:

  • Promoting Vice Presidents Warren Madden and Tom Hill  to senior vice president for business and finance and senior vice president for student affairs, respectively, in recognition of their critical roles in advancing Iowa State
  • Changing Tahira Hira's title to senior policy adviser to the president, a position in which she will develop strategies to increase ISU’s national prominence, manage rising enrollment and recruit top faculty and undertake other special initiatives 
  • Moving Dave Biedenbach from the executive vice president and provost office to the president's office, where he'll serve as assistant vice president for university financial planning and play a central role in the university's budget planning activities
  • Moving policy administrator Sheryl Rippke from the office of the president to the office that is responsible for drafting policies -- university counsel

FY13 budget update is the topic of June 1 noon forum

The Professional and Scientific Council will host a noon forum on Friday, June 1 (MU Gallery) that is open to the university community. Two key members in the annual budget process, associate vice president for budgeting and planning Ellen Rasmussen and director of university budgets Dave Biedenbach, will provide an update on development of the university's FY13 budget. The FY13 budget year begins July 1. Participants are invited to bring questions and their lunch, if they like.

Summer hours at Reiman Gardens begin May 26

Reiman Gardens’ extended summer hours, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily for the outdoor gardens, the conservatory complex and gift shop, begin Saturday, May 26. The gardens are open Memorial Day. Summer hours for the butterfly wing remain 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Exhibits to enjoy include the LEGO sculptures outdoors and a tribute to Rube Goldberg in the conservatory.

Workshop will introduce Ion Torrent sequencing technology

The Plant Sciences Institute's Genomic Technologies Facility now offers Ion Torrent next-generation sequencing service. A workshop to introduce the technology will be held May 22 (10 a.m.-noon, 1352 Gilman). It will be followed by a viewing of Ion Torrent's "Ion Bus" (noon-3 p.m.), parked on the south side of the Carver Co-Laboratory. RSVPs are requested for either the workshop or bus viewing (where a pizza lunch will be served).

Memorial Day ceremony is May 28

Iowa State employees, retirees and spouses who have died during the past year will be remembered at the university's annual Memorial Day ceremony on Monday, May 28. The ceremony will begin at 9 a.m. in the Reiman Ballroom at the ISU Alumni Center, 420 Beach Ave. The ceremony will start with a prelude by Collegiate Brass from Collegiate United Methodist Church and an invocation by the Rev. Larry Mitchell, retired Presbyterian pastor. Then family, friends and colleagues will be invited to share memories of loved ones. Parking is available in Lots A2-3 on the east side of the Alumni Center.

Submit names for Memorial Day ceremony soon

Iowa State employees, retirees and spouses who have died during the past year will be remembered at the university's annual Memorial Day ceremony on Monday, May 28. The ceremony will begin at 9 a.m. in the Reiman Ballroom at the ISU Alumni Center, 420 Beach Ave. The deadline to submit names or information to be included in this year's ceremony is May 18. Submit information online, by phone $4-6515) or email ( All tributes will be posted on the ISU Retirees website by May 25.

Limited deliveries by Chemistry Stores May 21-25

Chemistry Stores will limit its deliveries during the week of May 21 due to anticipated higher traffic on campus for the Odyssey of the Mind competition. Deliveries will be made only on Tuesday and Wednesday, May 22-23. Customers are asked to plan their orders and pickups accordingly. For emergencies that week, contact Melissa Gruhn, 4-0200.

Reminder: ISU has an ethics hotline

Iowa State contracts with a third-party hotline vendor, EthicsPoint, to allow anonymous reporting of activities that may involve criminal, unethical, noncompliant or unsafe behavior impacting ISU. You may submit a report online or by calling (toll-free) 866-384-4277.

MU food court switches to one-price dining May 22-27

The Memorial Union food court (excluding Subway and Panda Express) will temporarily switch to all-you-care-to-eat service starting with dinner on May 22 and continuing through May 27 to serve Odyssey of the Mind participants. During this time, there will be one price for a meal and no a la carte purchases. Prices will be $10 for breakfast, $12 for lunch and $14 for dinner.

All things Kuali

A new website brings together the flurry of Kuali activity under way on campus. Kuali is open-source software that 50-plus universities, including Iowa State, are building for use in all kinds of business and administrative projects.  The Kuali and eData site contains news, tips and timelines about the vast project that will affect every corner of the university.  Visitors also can subscribe to a Kuali news feed  from the site.

Detour on 13th Street begins May 14

Due to a scheduled sanitary sewer repair at the 13th Street-Ridgewood Avenue intersection, the city of Ames will close that intersection beginning Monday, May 14, for an estimated 7 days. East- and westbound traffic on 13th Street (on the north side of campus) will be detoured north well in advance of this intersection. Westbound drivers should travel north on Northwestern Avenue to 24th Street, west on 24th to Stange Road, and south on Stange Road back to 13th Street. Eastbound drivers should use this route in reverse.

Summer school begins next week

The first session of summer school at Iowa State begins May 14 and continues through July 6. Session II begins June 11 and wraps up Aug. 3. There is no summer commencement program; students completing degrees this summer have the option of participating in the May or December ceremonies. Details of the summer academic calendar are online.

Sensible portion sizes is topic of May 23 wellness talk

Faculty and staff and invited to an employee wellness program, "Portion Distortion or Sensible Servings?," on May 23 (9:30 a.m., 192 Parks Library). No reservation is required. 

Bike to Work Week begins Monday

Get your bicycle tuned up for Bike to Work Week, May 14-18 (Bike to Work Day is May 18). Email Sally Barclay, director of the Nutrition Clinic for Employee Wellness, each day you park the car and ride your bike to work next week and she'll enter you in a drawing for a gift certificate to Bike World in Ames.

Iowa State is a hub in statewide STEM efforts

Iowa State will serve as the north central hub for the new Governor's STEM Advisory Council. The goal of the six regional hubs is to promote science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education and economic development across Iowa.

ISU Memorial Day ceremony is May 28

Iowa State's annual Memorial Day Ceremony is planned for May 28 beginning at 9 a.m. in the Reiman Ballroom of the Alumni Center, 420 Beach Ave. The ceremony honors the memory of all ISU employees and retirees and their spouses who have passed away since Memorial Day 2011. Online tributes for those who have passed must be submitted online by May 18. The tributes will be posted on the ISU Retirees website by May 25.

ISU Retirees spring picnic is May 22

Are you planning to retire between now and August 31? If so, the ISU Retirees Association invites you and your spouse/friend to its annual spring picnic on May 22 (5 p.m., White Oak Winery, Cambridge). Activities include wine tasting, a meal prepared by B Fabulous BBQ and musical entertainment by Dusty Chords. Cost is $20 per person. Please register online by May 18. For additional information, contact Jerilyn Logue, 4-3192.

Campus food drive is May 14-24

United Way of Story County will have campus drop locations during its Live United food drive May 14-24. Nonperishable food items will be accepted at these locations: Alumni Center second floor, 138 Curtiss, 108 General Services, 117 Parks Library, Printing and Publications lobby and 1550 Beardshear. Donated items be delivered to Story County food pantries.

Get free admission to Reiman Gardens on May 11

Reiman Gardens is one of five central Iowa gardens participating in the 4th annual  National Public Gardens Day on Friday, May 11, to raise awareness of the role public gardens play in promoting conservation, education and environmental preservation. To receive free admission to Reiman Gardens that day, go to Better Homes and Gardens admission program website to download a voucher that's good for admission at any of the public gardens. Each garden will be handing out a different salad greens seed packet so visitors can start their own edible garden.

Please be kind to seeded areas along Osborn Drive

Campus Services  crews have started restoring turf areas along Osborn Drive. Their work includes replacing soil, tilling, grading and reseeding. As a result, pedestrians may experience some temporarily closed walkways, but are asked to avoid walking on newly planted grass seed.

May 3 open forum postponed

The Professional and Scientific Council's May 3 open forum with associate vice president for budget and planning Ellen Rasmussen has been postponed until later this month. It will be rescheduled when more information on the FY13 operating budget is available.

Ames Main Street Farmers Market returns May 5

Iowa State is among several area sponsors of the Ames Main Street Farmers' Market, which reopens for the season on May 5. Iowa-grown produce, arts and crafts, music by area musicians and children's activities are part of the Saturday morning ritual on the 400 block of Main Street. The market is open Saturdays (8 a.m. to noon) through Oct. 27.

MBA informational lunch is May 10

The College of Busines will host an informational lunch about its MBA program on Thursday, May 10 (noon-1 p.m., 1360 Gerdin). Lunch will be provided. Those attending are asked to register online.