February 2018

Memorial service for former associate provost Ed Lewis is March 3

A memorial service for Edwin Lewis, who died Feb. 22 in Minneapolis, will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 3, at Lord of Life Lutheran Church, 2126 Gable Lane, Ames, with visitation one hour prior. Lewis was a member of Iowa State's psychology faculty from 1957 to 1998 and served as associate provost from 1989 until his retirement. In retirement, he also served as a part-time ombuds officer during the two-year pilot phase (2006-08) of the employee ombuds program. Memorials are preferred to either the ISU Foundation for "The Ed and Nancy Lewis International Scholarship for Honors" or Our Savior's Lutheran Church, 2315 Chicago Ave. S., Minneapolis. Obituary.

Apply to be a student ambassador

Student ambassadors are being sought by the dean of students office, with the program's inaugural group to begin next fall. Student ambassadors serve as peer communicators, providing outreach and engagement opportunities with DSO services and programs. The paid positions also serve in an advisory role and gain leadership experience working with current and incoming students, families, and campus and community stakeholders. More information, including an application form (due April 1), is available online. Contact Katy Cran (, 294-1020) with questions.

Nominate student ambassadors by March 26

Student ambassadors are being sought by the dean of students office, with the program's inaugural group to begin next fall. Faculty and staff are encouraged to nominate students to serve as peer communicators, providing outreach and engagement opportunities with DSO services and programs. The paid positions also would serve in an advisory role and gain leadership experience working with current and incoming students, families, and campus and community stakeholders. More information, including a nomination form (due March 26) is available online. 

Registration is open for Friday afternoon STEM camp for girls

Spring Science Explorations, an after-school camp sponsored by the Program for Women in Science and Engineering for girls in grades 3-6, will be held Friday afternoons, March 23-April 13 (4-6 p.m., Carver Hall). Camps are led by Iowa State students and teach girls about science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) by engaging them in hands-on activities. Register online or via email by March 19.

LGBTQA+ faculty staff association seeks new co-chairs

The two-year terms of the current co-chairs of the LGBTQA+ Faculty and Staff Association end this spring, and nominations and applications for new co-chairs are being accepted through 5 p.m. Friday, March 23. The term is May 2018-May 2020. More information about the positions, including the application form, is online; questions may be directed to search committee member Tara Fisher.

Faculty and staff looking to connect with the LGBTQA+ Faculty and Staff Association are invited to send their email address to to receive information and updates about group activities. The group also has Facebook and Twitter accounts.

Pretenders concert tickets go on sale March 2

Tickets for a July 19 concert by the Pretenders in Stephens Auditorium go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, March 2, via Ticketmaster, including the Stephens Auditorium ticket office. Prices range from $39.50 to $99.50 plus fees. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m.

Nominations for P&S Council are due March 2

Nominations can be submitted through March 2 for the Professional and Scientific Council’s 2018 election. Interested parties may nominate themselves or a colleague by following the instructions listed on the council’s website. The council serves as a resource and advocate for P&S employees. Members serve three-year terms, attend monthly council meetings and serve on a standing committee. Council service typically takes four to eight hours per month.

Panel discussion will focus on immigration questions

The campus and Ames communities are invited to a panel forum that will address rights for residents navigating DACA concerns, including legal and community support resources at ISU and in the state. The forum will be held Tuesday, March 6 (2-3:30 p.m., MU Sun Room). Panel members include Sonia Reyes-Snyder, Office of Latino Affairs in the Iowa Department of Human Rights; Erica Johnson, immigration program director in Iowa for the American Friends Service Committee; and university administrators. Time will be reserved for audience questions. Questions about the event may be directed to Liz Mendez-Shannon, office of the vice president for diversity and inclusion.

Secure Okta login debuts March 1

The look will change, but the request for a Net-ID and password will stay the same to securely log in to web-based applications and programs.

Big west-side road projects will span two summers

Work that combines underground utilities and road replacement will be coordinated on one timeline that begins spring break week. In phases, sections of Bissell Road, Union Drive and Welch Road will close temporarily.

Consultants have safety recommendations for Lincoln Way

Ideas for traffic operations and physical street modifications will be shared at Feb. 27 presentations to campus and city audiences.

A Greek tragedy, with a twist, opens Friday

ISU Theatre's production of "Iphigenia" uses a blend of contemporary and classical approaches in its adaptation of the ancient text. The show's two-weekend run opens Friday, Feb. 23, in Fisher Theater.

Landscape club members offers design sessions for homeowners

Members of the student Landscape Club will offer design sessions for area homeowners on Sunday, March 4 (noon-6 p.m., Country Landscapes, East Lincoln Highway, Ames). Students will give plant advice and design recommendations. The cost is $25 for a 30-minute session; $40 for an hour, by appointment only. The event is a fundraiser for the club's trip to the National Collegiate Landscape Competition, March 13-18, in Graham, North Carolina. Homeowners must bring exterior house photos to their session; students will produce elevation sketches. Email or call 294-6375 to schedule an appointment. 

2018-19 Preparing Future Faculty applications are due March 1

2018-19 academic year applications for Iowa State's Preparing Future Faculty program are due March 1. PFF supplements department-level graduate programming by offering seminars, mentoring and practical classroom and departmental service experiences for postdoctoral fellows and Ph.D. and master's students to prepare them for faculty careers in a competitive academic job market. More information, including the application, are online.

Applications for grad student Wakonse fellowships are due March 1

The Graduate and Professional Student Senate and CELT are offering room, board, travel and registration fellowships to four graduate students for the 2018 Wakonse Conference on College Teaching, May 24-29. Online applications are due March 1. The annual conference brings together professors, graduate students and undergraduates from all over the country for a long weekend of reaffirming passion for learning and teaching.

ReACT Gallery exhibit focuses on U.S. mass shootings

A pop-up exhibit, "Thoughts and Prayers: Mass Shootings in the U.S.," will run through March 9 in university museums' ReACT Gallery, 0003 Morrill. The exhibit explores the history of gun violence in the United States and how we respond to and heal after these tragedies. Admission is free, however there is a suggested donation of $3 per visitor. The gallery is open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. 

Training for youth program leaders is March 6

The offices of Risk Management, Extension and Outreach, and Conference Planning and Management will offer training on March 6 (10 a.m.-noon, 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 March 4.

Internal search has begun for next CELT director

Nominations and applications are being accepted for the next director of the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching. Candidates should be tenured ISU professors who have a passion for developing faculty teaching skills and helping students learn. Position details are on the university's jobs website; March 9 is the preferred application deadline. Jackie Rees Ulmer, associate dean in the Ivy College of Business, will chair the search committee.

Professor of apparel, events and hospitality management Sara Marcketti has served as the center's interim director since July, when former director Ann Marie VanDerZanden was named to an associate provost post.

Tuesday orchestra matinee canceled due to weather

Due to forecasted weather conditions, the ISU Symphony Orchestra concert scheduled for 10 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 20, at Stephens Auditorium has been canceled. The concert, part of the Iowa State Center's Youth Matinee Series, will not be rescheduled. Ticket buyers may receive a full discount at their point of purchase. Questions may be directed to 294-4608 during business hours.

Feb. 28 screening: Historical interviews with black writers

The English department and the library's special collections/university archives are co-hosting a special event for Black History Month on Wednesday, Feb. 28 (4-5:30 p.m., 212 Ross): a film screening of 10-minute interviews by former staff member Dorcas Speer with "Invisible Man" author Ralph Ellison (1970) and "Things Fall Apart" author Chinua Achebe (not dated). Speer worked for WOI Radio and WOI TV when it was university-owned.

Tickets go on sale this week for May 3 Kansas concert

The 1970s-1980s classic rock band Kansas will be in Stephens Auditorium for a Thursday, May 3, concert (7:30 p.m.) that features its radio and MTV hits. Tickets, $35-$95, go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 23, via Ticketmaster, including the Stephens Auditorium ticket office. Kansas released its 20th album, "The Prelude Implicit," in 2016.

Campus events raise awareness about eating disorders

The Body Image Eating Disorder Awareness student organization is hosting several events during National Eating Disorders Awareness Week (Feb. 26-March 4). The campus community is invited:

  • Feb. 26 (10 a.m.-noon, LeBaron Hall lobby), "Honor Your Hunger -- Hungry?" free snacks
  • Feb. 27 (6-8 p.m., 101 Carver), documentary, "The Student Body," high school student takes a stand against state-mandated BMI tests, producers and actor will answer questions via Skype after the showing
  • Feb. 28 (7 p.m., MU Sun Room), Lecture, "Stop Bullying Your Body," Jessica Setnick, pediatric dietitian, eating disorder recoverer and author
  • March 1 (2-5 p.m., MU Campanile Room), Wellness resource fair, vendors, prizes, free food

Bus trip offered to Muscatine exhibit reception

University Museums' traveling exhibition, "Faces of Iowa State," makes its next stop in Muscatine and you're invited to the March 1 opening reception (5-7 p.m., Muscatine Art Center, 1314 Mulberry Ave.). Reservations are available for seats on a chartered bus to and from Muscatine ($30, email or call 294-3342 by Feb. 26). To attend the reception, RSVP online or by phone, 294-5055. President Wendy Wintersteen and some of the "Faces" portrait sitters will attend the reception. Wintersteen also will be on the bus for its return to Ames.

Parking, student housing proposals are on next week's regents agenda; tuition is not

Also on the agenda when the board meets Feb. 21-22 in Ames: an athletics facilities request, poultry farm modernization plans and clarity among MBA degree options.

Faculty, staff discuss steps to support inclusion

In panel discussions at a symposium this month on closing the achievement gap, faculty and staff talked about ways to improve support for underrepresented students.

New Miller grants promote open educational resources

A new, specialized Miller mini-grant will help faculty integrate open educational resources (OER) into their teaching. OER is "high-quality teaching and research materials, such as textbooks, lab books, videos and course modules, that are free for people everywhere." Grants will range from $500 to $10,000; proposals are due by 11:59 p.m. April 15. A one-hour workshop for potential grant applicants will be held March 5 (12:10 p.m., 2030 Morrill). These grants are administered jointly by the university library, Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching and the office of the senior vice president and provost. Questions may be directed to Abbey Elder, Parks Library.

Applications being accepted for Young Women in Business summer camp

The Ivy College of Business will host a summer leadership camp for high school girls (grades 10-12) July 15-20. An estimated 50 participants will be selected from the application pool, based on academic performance, involvement and interest in a business field. The six-day Young Women in Business Leadership Camp will explore how individual skills and interests translate to opportunities in business. Participants will hear from professionals, faculty and female business students. Applications are due April 1. Accommodations, meals, activities, program materials and transportation during the camp are covered by the college. Contact for more information.

RUSH tickets available for Friday's Ballet Des Moines show

$15 student RUSH tickets for the Friday, Feb. 16 "A Triple Bill" by Ballet Des Moines are available now at the Stephens Auditorium ticket office (noon-6 p.m. Monday-Friday). Purchase (one per ISU student) requires a current ISU ID card. The show starts at 8 p.m. in Stephens Auditorium.

Applications sought for student health ambassador team

Student Health and Wellness is accepting applications for its Cyclone Health Ambassador Team (CHAT), open to students in any major. Responsibilities include conducting outreach to students on campus; volunteering for various health and wellness events, programs and activities; and serving as an advisory group to Student Health and Wellness. Applications are due March 7. Student Health and Wellness is a newly established unit, collaborating with the Thielen Student Health Center, student counseling services, student wellness and recreation services.

Don Forsling funeral is Feb. 10

Former WOI Radio on-air personality Don Forsling died Feb. 6 in Clive. He was 80. A Mass of christian burial will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 10, at St. Thomas Aquinas Church, 2210 Lincoln Way. A gathering time will begin at 10 a.m., also at the church.

Idea-sharing alliance drives innovative Iowa State student success efforts

A first-of-its-kind collaboration with 10 other large public research universities has been the driving force behind numerous Iowa State initiatives designed to help more students graduate.

Campus data spells out student achievement gap

Closing the achievement gap for Iowa State's underrepresented, first-generation or low-income students wouldn't require "astronomical" numbers. Plus, we're learning what kinds of student support actually make a difference.

Varieties competition kicks off this weekend

Semifinal performances of the ISU student musical talent show will be held Friday and Saturday evening in the Memorial Union Great Hall, with winners advancing to the finals Feb. 23-24. Tickets are $10 for semifinals and $14 for finals, with discounts for ISU students, youth and groups of 10+. Purchase tickets online or at the MU Maintenance Shop box office (11 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays).

Iowa House proposes midyear funding cuts

A deappropriations bill for the current fiscal year released by the Iowa House of Representatives Feb. 7 would cut $8.1 million to the state Board of Regents. It doesn't spell out university-specific cuts. Instead, the language in the bill would give the regents 15 days to specify the breakout of the reduction. The bill still needs to work its way through the normal committee and full House debate and voting process.

The Iowa Senate previously proposed cutting $6.9 million to Iowa State, nearly $8.7 million to the University of Iowa and $3.7 million to the University of Northern Iowa.

"Proposals for lower FY2018 reductions are encouraging," said board of regents executive director Mark Braun in a statement. "We will continue to work with the General Assembly and the Governor as the legislative process moves forward."

Pop-up art sale runs Feb. 12-14 at the MU

The Workspace will host a pop-up art sale at the Memorial Union Feb. 12-14 (10 a.m.-2 p.m. daily, outside the main entrance to the ISU Book Store). Pottery, jewelry and other hand-made items created by Workspace students and instructors will be for sale. Most items sell for $8-$30.

Parking instructions for Daniel Tiger performance patrons

Ticket holders for the Daniel Tiger "King for a Day" performance Feb. 13 at Stephens Auditorium are asked to park in lots A1 (donors), A2, A3, A4 and F (accessible needs). Enter these lots from Beach Avenue on the west side of the Iowa State Center. Stephens doors will open at approximately 5 p.m. for the 6 p.m. show. The Cyclone men's basketball team also plays at 6 p.m. that evening in Hilton Coliseum.

Practice random acts of kindness on Feb. 12

The University Library invites members of the campus community to brighten someone's day with a random act of kindness on Monday, Feb. 12 (11 a.m.-1 p.m., lobby of Parks Library). Write a letter to anyone, anywhere in the world. The Library will pay the postage and provide paper, pens and envelopes; participants bring well-wishes and their loved ones' addresses.

Book your events at the Memorial Union

The Memorial Union, which offers an array of complimentary ballrooms and large and small meeting rooms to university departments, has  just released its room rates and capacities for the fiscal year that begins July 1, 2018. Information about room amenities and discounted AV packages for departments also is online.

Registration is open for ISCORE

The 18th annual Iowa State Conference on Race and Ethnicity (ISCORE) will be held Friday, March 2 (8:15 a.m.-5 p.m., Memorial Union), with a keynote by Susana Munoz, Colorado State University, Ft. Collins. All faculty, staff and students are invited to attend and/or volunteer; registration is free. A half-day professional development preconference for university employees, designed to enhance understanding and sensitivity to cultural differences, will be held Wednesday, Feb. 28 (11 a.m.-4 p.m., Memorial Union). Registration is free and also required; lunch is included.

'Dancing With the Stars' performance at Stephens canceled

One of the tour buses transporting cast and crew of "Dancing with the Stars: Live! Light Up The Night" was involved in a multicar accident en route to Ames due to bad weather. All are fine, with some recovering from minor injuries. The Monday, Feb. 5, show at Stephens Auditorium has been cancelled. The cast sends its apologies to all of the fans who had been waiting to see the show tonight. Information regarding rescheduling or refunds will be available soon.

Annual MU Award nominations are due March 23

Each spring, the Memorial Union recognizes individuals -- faculty, staff, students, Ames community members -- who share their time and resources to make the MU a better, welcoming place. Its four awards are: M.J. Riggs Award, Four Seasons Award, Roger Ferris Student Employee Award and the highest recognition, the Harold Pride Service Medallion. Anyone may nominate an individual whose contributions make the MU a favorite spot on campus, whether it's been through a special project or constant, steady loyalty. More information on each award, including nomination instructions and form, is online. Nominations are due March 23; recipients will be honored during an April 18 ceremony. 

Wheels are turning to prevent a midyear funding cut

Responding to an Iowa Senate proposal, campus leaders encourage direct communications with state legislators and draft an impact statement to illustrate potential losses.

What's happening at that corner?

spring project to irrigate, light and reseed the intramural field east of Willow residence hall is underway. A dozen light poles are going in now.