May 2019

Athletics equipment sale is June 1

The athletics department will host its annual equipment sale Saturday, June 1 (8 a.m.-noon, Sukup End Zone Club, Jack Trice Stadium). Shoppers may begin lining up at 6 a.m. outside Gate 3. Payment by credit/debit card is preferred; one checkout line will accept cash but no checks will be accepted. No bags, purses, food or drink are allowed into the sale. Items are priced from $5 to $400 and include football helmets (cardinal, cardinal chrome, black, white); football jerseys from the 2017 and 2018 seasons; basketball, soccer and softball jerseys; and other clothing and footwear items.

Sign up now for June 15 spruce-up of College Creek

The annual College Creek Clean-up event will be held Saturday, June 15 (10 a.m.-2 p.m.). Volunteers will pick up trash in and around sections of College Creek that run through campus, campustown and the ISU cross country course. Check-in for all will be in the Forker Building parking lot. Supplies and snacks are provided. Volunteers are asked to sign up online.

4-H theater camp for high schoolers still has openings

Registration still is open for a June 9-14 theater workshop, Performing Arts Passport, hosted by ISU Extension and Outreach 4-H for eighth through 12th-graders. Participants don't have to be 4-Hers. Instructors include ISU alumni and students from the performing arts, music and design programs. Cost is $475 and includes food, campus housing, all activities and supplies. Full and partial scholarships are available through the 4-H Foundation; apply for a scholarship online.  Questions may be directed to Clark Colby, arts, communication and design program specialist with Extension and lecturer in the art and visual culture department. 

Order your ISU calendars in time for the academic year

Produced by the ISU Alumni Association, the 2019-20 ISU wall calendar features the award-winning photography of Jim Heemstra and is populated with dozens of university-wide events. Calendars are $15 each, or $10 for quantities of 10 or more for your department or unit. Pre-order calendars online with a P-card or intramural form. Delivery is via campus mail, or calendars may be picked up at the Alumni Center after July 1 (7:30 a.m.-4 p.m.)

Comedy College alumni to do show at Stephens

Alumni of ISU's "Comedy College" Honors seminar will perform Tuesday, May 28 (7:30 p.m., Celebrity Cafe, Stephens Auditorium). Doors open at 7 p.m.; show content is suitable for an adult audience. The master of ceremonies is Gavin Jerome, instructor for six semesters of the 2-credit Honors seminar on the art and science of standup comedy. Scheduled performers include Peter Orazem, professor of economics and former Ames city councilman; ISU alum and touring comedian Matt Banwart; comedienne Onnalee Kelley, Des Moines; and Ames' 'Captain Midnight,' Roman Lynch. Opening the show are two recent graduates of the honors seminar, Jack Wannarka and Avery Wickham. Tickets are $10 at the door, $7 in advance, either online or at the Stephens Auditorium ticket office (noon-6 p.m., Monday-Friday).

Finance service delivery leadership in place

A third assistant finance director has been identified to fill out the leadership roles in the improved service delivery (ISD) structure for finance. Dave Baker, an accountant in the controller's office, joins Rachael Gross and Jeff Klein in assistant manager roles that provide nonsupervisory guidance for procurement and expense, finance, and grants finance specialists, respectively. With the departure of associate vice president for finance sand support services Heather Paris, the ISD finance managers will take on additional responsibilities and report directly to Pam Cain, interim senior vice president for operations and finance. Finance managers Kyle Briese will serve as a liaison to the human resources ISD leadership; Karen Cline will monitor the effectiveness and efficiency of ISD management tools and technology; and Jenni Winter will oversee customer service training and support. The associate vice president position will be reevaluated following ISD and Workday go-live (July 1).

Free gardens admission this weekend for veterans, active military

All active-duty military and veterans are admitted free of charge to Reiman Gardens over Memorial Day weekend (Saturday-Monday). The gardens are open daily 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., with the butterfly wing closing at 4:30 p.m.

No CyRide on Memorial Day

CyRide, the city-university bus system, will not operate on Monday, May 27, part of the city of Ames' recognition of the Memorial Day holiday. Buses will resume their normal summer scheduling Tuesday, May 28.

Save the date: 'Seeds' film screening is June 16

A film showcasing the science and beauty of seeds, produced by Seed Science Center director Manjit Misra, will be screened at Reiman Gardens Sunday, June 16 (6 p.m.). The hour-long "Seeds! The Diversity of Wonder" debuted in March at the Environmental Film Festival in Washington, D.C. The film's purpose is to make seed science accessible to a wide audience and inspire a new generation on a topic many take for granted. Admission to the screening is free.

Summer I-Corps applications due May 30

Graduate students, post-docs and faculty eager to turn their innovations into real-world solutions that benefit society are encouraged to apply for Iowa State's National Science Foundation Innovation Corps (I-Corps) summer cohort. Applications are due May 30. Teams that are accepted into the program and participate in all sessions are eligible to receive a mini-grant of up to $3,000 to support customer discovery efforts. More information is available online or by contacting

Meet your service delivery team members June 3

A campuswide meet-and-greet event is planned for Monday, June 3 (2-4 p.m., MU Great Hall). Faculty and staff are invited to stop in and meet the human resources and finance experts working on the service delivery teams assigned to their units. Service delivery information and Workday demonstrations also will be available. Refreshments (ice cream and sorbet) will be served. No RSVP is required for the drop-in event.

Library announces open access agreements with two more publishers

University Library last week announced a new read and publish agreement with the Royal Society of Chemistry, only the third of its kind with RSC in the United States. Under the agreement, ISU corresponding authors can publish articles open access in Royal Society of Chemistry journals at no cost, and the ISU library will provide access for users to read all of the publisher's journals. The agreement will run through 2019 and may be renewed again next year. The library also recently finalized an open access agreement with the publisher Frontiers.

Meet Key Travel staff on May 21

Staff from Key Travel, one of the university's approved travel agencies, will be on campus Tuesday, May 21 (noon-4 p.m., MU Oak Room) to meet faculty and staff and answer questions. Key Travel is a full-service travel management company (flight, hotel, car rental, faculty-led study abroad, etc.) with nearly 40 years' experience. Stop by with a colleague who's not a registered Key Travel user and both of you will be entered in a drawing for a $100 gift card. Questions may be directed to

Reminder about summer hours guidelines

From the Policy Library: With approval from the appropriate dean, vice president or president, university offices may implement flexible summer hours of 7:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m., with a shortened lunch break, beginning the Monday following spring semester commencement, and concluding no later than one full week prior to the start of fall semester classes.

Rummage RAMPage organizational meeting is May 15

ISU's office of sustainability and the city of Ames will cohost an informational meeting about the 4th annual Rummage RAMPage (July 26-Aug. 3) for local nonprofit organizations that want to assist with running the sale -- and earn a share of sale proceeds. The meeting will be held Wednesday, May 15 (6 p.m., conference room 135, Ames City Hall). Last year's event raised $18,607 for local nonprofits and diverted an estimated 51 tons of furntiture and household items from landfills.

Departure leads to shift in finance service delivery leadership

Responsibilities in the improved service delivery (ISD) structure for finance will be shuffled with the May 31 departure of associate vice president for finance and support services Heather Paris, announced in a May 8 ISD campus email. A search for a replacement is not planned prior to the July 1 Workday go-live date. The finance managers supervising service teams -- Kyle Briese, Karen Cline and Jenni Winter -- each will assume a portion of the AVP duties and report directly to interim senior vice president for operations and finance Pam Cain. Assistant finance managers Rachael Gross and Jeff Klein will serve as leads for the finance and grants finance areas, respectively. A third assistant finance manager will be added to provide procurement and expense leadership.

Library's tech lending, after-hours return to temporarily close

Construction beginning May 10 on a remodeling project on the south side of Park Library's first floor will have some immediate impacts on library patrons. Tech lending will be closed May 11-19, and all devices must be returned by 5 p.m. May 10 to avoid late fees. Starting May 13, the circulation desk will temporarily move to the north side of the main lobby and the after-hours book drop will be closed. New circulation desks and after-hours book drops will be installed as part of the remodeling. For more information, see the library's website for the project.

Reiman Gardens offers free admission May 17

As part of National Public Gardens Week (May 13-17), Reiman Gardens will offer free admission all day Friday, May 17. That day includes an installment of the gardens' Meet-A-Scientist (10 a.m.-2 p.m.), an informal, hands-on, drop-in program led by professionals who are Reiman Gardens science communication fellows. The gardens has a goal of raising $5,000 for youth programming during the week.

Athletics equipment sale is June 1

The athletics department will hold an equipment sale Saturday, June 1 (8 a.m.-noon or while supplies last, Sukup End Zone Club in Jack Trice Stadium). Items for sale include Nike game jerseys, football helmets and other team apparel (limit of one helmet and one jersey purchase per person). Payment is by debit/credit card or cash; no checks. Shoppers may line up no earlier than 6 a.m. outside the stadium's gate 3; parking is available in lots S3 and S5.

Bike to work week is May 13-17

National Bike to Work Week is May 13-17. Ames residents are encouraged to bike to work or school. Mayor John Haila and Ames City Council members will host a free continental breakfast for bike riders Monday, May 13 (7-9 a.m., in front of City Hall, 515 Clark Ave.). The event will move to the City Hall foyer if weather is a concern. 

Reiman Gardens announces access program for low-income families

Reiman Gardens has joined Museums for All, a program of the Institute of Museum and Library Services that encourages people of all backgrounds to visit museums and build lifelong museum-going habits. Those receiving food assistance (SNAP) benefits receive free admission to Reiman Gardens for up to four people when they present a SNAP electronic benefits transfer card. Similar free or reduced admission is available at more than 250 art or history museums, science centers, zoos and botanical gardens in 40 states across the country.

Commencement volunteers needed

Volunteers are needed to assist with the spring undergraduate commencement ceremonies on Saturday May 11, in Hilton Coliseum. Volunteers will help with the lineup and procession of graduates prior to the events. Shifts are 7:30-9:45 a.m. for the first ceremony and 1-3:15 p.m. for the second. If interested, please complete the online volunteer survey. Volunteers also should attend one of two informational sessions on Wednesday, May 8, in 311 Enrollment Services Center (1:10-2 p.m. or 3:10-4 p.m.).

Alumni association's 2020 travel preview is May 23

The ISU Alumni Association will announce its 2020 Traveling Cyclones schedule of trips Thursday, May 23 (4-6:30 p.m., Reiman Ballroom, Alumni Center). The event is free and open to the public; register by noon May 16. Food and beverages from around the world will be served.

When I started teaching at Iowa State, I wish I had known ...

The Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) is asking instructors to take a moment to reflect on teaching at Iowa State. The information gathered through this one-question survey will inform CELT's programming and resources. Submit your response via CELT's "When I started teaching at Iowa State, I wish I had known" Qualtrics survey.

Operations and finance AVP finalists on campus this month

Four finalists for an assistant vice president position in the operations and finance division will interview on campus May 6-14. The AVP for specialty business services and cultural arts was created as part of the division reorganization announced in March. The position oversees the Iowa State Center, logistics and support services, printing services, transportation services, Veenker golf course, museums, public radio, ISU Book Store and Reiman Gardens. Public forums will be held from 8:15 to 9 a.m. in the Memorial Union for each candidate; names will be released one business day prior to forum dates. More information, including evaulation forms, is available on the search website. Forum dates and locations are:

  • Candidate 1, May 6, Cardinal Room
  • Candidate 2, May 7, Oak Room
  • Candidate 3, May 13, Oak Room
  • Candidate 4, May 14, Oak Room