July 2022

TIAA webinars in August

ISU faculty and staff are invited to register for these TIAA webinars in August. Register online for each event.

  • Lifetime Income: Market-proof Your Retirement, Aug. 10 (11 a.m.)
  • Gaining Insight: Navigating Debt Consolidation and Understanding the Mortgage Process, Aug. 16 (11 a.m.)
  • The Power of Saving, Aug. 17 (11 a.m.)
  • Hindsight 2020: A Look Back at Lessons Learned in 2020, Aug. 18 (2 p.m.)

Cyclone volleyball seeks youth game helpers for fall season

The athletics department seeks children in fourth through eighth grade to be game helpers for home matches at Hilton Coliseum during the 2022 season. Their game tasks include retrieving volleyballs during warmups and the match, assisting with mopping the floor during timeouts and getting the game ball to servers. For more information or to volunteer, contact Marty Miller.

City-university 'Rummage Rampage' is July 29-Aug. 6

The annual Rummage Rampage, held at the Ames Intermodal Facility, 129 Hayward Ave., is an opportunity for local residents to donate no-longer needed items with a still-useful life for this community sale. It coincides each summer with apartment leases ending on July 31. An estimated 40 area non-profit organizations that provide volunteer labor share proceeds from the sale. Key 2022 dates are:

  • Friday, July 29, noon-6 p.m., drop-off only
  • Saturday, July 30-Friday, Aug. 5 (various hours), sales and drop-off
  • Saturday, Aug. 6, 8 a.m.-noon, half-price sale only (no drop-offs)

Second day of 13th Street paving in east Ames changed to July 26

For Iowa State employees whose commute includes East 13th Street, the road section from Duff to Meadowlane avenues will be closed to eastbound traffic Friday, July 22 (6 a.m.-1 p.m.), and (new date) Tuesday, July 26 (6 a.m.-6 p.m.), for paving of the new lanes. Westbound traffic will be able to use 13th Street those days, but the workzone will have low speed rules, and delays should be expected. Eastbound (and westbound) drivers are asked to use East Lincoln Way as an alternative route on these two days to minimize the traffic impact. All sidewalks along this stretch of 13th Street remain closed.

Tuition decision anticipated at July 27 regents meeting

Tuition rates for the 2022-23 academic year and university operating budgets for the fiscal year that began July 1 are on the agenda when the state Board of Regents meets Wednesday, July 27 (9 a.m.-noon). The meeting will be Ames-based from the executive board room, ISU Alumni Center, and a livestream will be available on the board's website. Iowa State also will seek a final green light on two proposed undergraduate programs:
  • B.S. in climate science, department of geological and atmospheric sciences, that would take effect this fall.
  • B.A. in computer science, department of computer science, scheduled for implementation in January 2023.

MU's Art for Rent open house is Aug. 2-4

The Memorial Union's annual Art for Rent open house will be held Tuesday-Thursday, Aug. 2-4, in the MU Art Gallery, ground level. Rent framed posters, prints and paintings for your office or home for six months or a full year (and you don't have to be affiliated with ISU to participate). There are about 275 pieces to choose from; most rent for $10-$25/year. Payment may be in cash, credit card or department charge. Open house hours are 4-6 p.m. Tuesday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday, and 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday.

Lab safety orientation offered on four dates in August

Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) is offering a half-day lab safety orientation in August for undergraduate and graduate students and postdocs. The session will be offered four times: Aug. 11, 15, 17 and 18 (8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., EH&S Services Building); register via Learn@ISU. The orientation will include an introduction to EH&S resources, hazard assessment, core concepts of lab safety, emergency response guide (video), fire safety and hands-on fire extinguisher training. Questions about the session or registration may be directed to Nikki Brandon.

Presenters sought for fall STEM majors/careers conference for girls

The Program for Women in Science and Engineering seeks session proposals for its Go Further STEM conferences for young women this fall (9 a.m.-3 p.m., Oct. 27 for 8th graders, Nov. 1 for 9th-10th graders). The online proposal form is due Sept. 5. Presentations are for 45 or 90 minutes and should include diversity in both the curriculum and among the presenters (when a team presents). A guidelines and best practices sheet provides other helpful information for preparing proposals. If you'd like to discuss a session idea or have questions, contact Mackenzie Schwartz,

New name: Ames National Laboratory

Ames Laboratory on the north side of the Iowa State campus has changed its official name to Ames National Laboratory. The change aligns the lab with naming conventions for the U.S. Department of Energy's 16 other national laboratories and identifies it more accurately as a federal research facility to stakeholders and the public.

Summer opportunities to help address student food insecurity

SHOP, the student-sponsored food pantry in 1306 Beyer serving students, seeks food and monetary donations this summer. Donations can be dropped off during open hours: noon-8 p.m.Tuesday, 2-7 p.m. Wednesday and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday. Items needed include nonperishable food items, garden produce and personal hygiene supplies.

Faculty and staff are invited to volunteer this summer to keep SHOP open to ISU students experiencing food insecurity.

Heads up: City-university rummage sale is July 29-Aug. 6

The annual Rummage Rampage, held at the Ames Intermodal Facility, 129 Hayward Ave., is an opportunity for local residents to donate no-longer needed items with a still-useful life for this community sale. It coincides each summer with rental leases ending on July 31. Key 2022 dates are:

  • Friday, July 29, noon-6 p.m., drop-off only
  • Saturday, July 30-Friday, Aug. 5 (various hours), sales and drop-off
  • Saturday, Aug. 6, 8 a.m.-noon, half-price sale only (no drop-offs)

Area non-profit organizations that pledged volunteer hours share proceeds from the sale. The volunteer oriention meeting is July 13 (6-7:30 p.m., Ames Water Plant, 1800 E. 13th St.).

FAQ addresses annual salary adjustments

A Frequently Asked Questions for supervisors and employees tackles many questions related to salary adjustments for faculty, P&S staff, contract employees and post docs for the fiscal year that began July 1. Find it among HR Knowledge Base articles in IT's service portal.

Volunteers take nearly a half ton of trash out of College Creek

Thirty-five volunteers provided nearly 100 hours Saturday, June 18, to clean up sections of College Creek running through campus, campustown and the university's arboretum during the 13th annual creek cleanup event, coordinated by the office of sustainability. They removed more than 900 pounds of trash from the creek and creek bank,  including a bicycle, fencing, metal pipe, fast food wrappers, bottles, cans, containers and a concrete picnic table. Volunteers also removed garlic mustard from around the creek and campus wooded areas.

David Williamson will have Goldfinch Room concert on July 12

The Goldfinch Room series at Stephens Auditorium announces its July concert: David Williamson on Tuesday, July 12 (7 p.m.). Williamson is a native Iowan known best as a sculptor and poet, but he also is a 2018 Iowa Rock'n'Roll Hall of Fame inductee and a founding member of The Bushmen from Jefferson (a band that played an outdoor summer gig at Friley Hall in 1966!). Two ticket options are available: A table for up to four ($40) or a limited number of general admission tickets ($15). Concessions will be available.

The Workspace is open afternoons/evenings in July

July hours at the Workspace in the Memorial Union are 2-9 p.m. Monday-Friday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. Drop-in crafts (pinwheel paintings oyster shell trinket dish) and Paint Your Own Pottery (themed by the week) can be done in the studio, or take an art kit to go. Ice dying -- a variation of tie-dying -- is 2-8 p.m. on Fridays only, and two paint-by-number evenings for adults are scheduled July 14 and 28 (5-8 p.m.). Fees range from $8 to $20.

Alumni association seeks nominations for its top awards

The ISU Alumni Association is accepting nominations through Aug. 1 for its two highest awards. Questions may be directed to Katie Lickteig. The awards are:

  • Distinguished Alumni Award, honors ISU alumni who are nationally or internationally recognized for preeminent contributions to their profession or life's work. Guidelines and nomination form.
  • Honorary Alumni Award, honors individuals who are not graduates of ISU and have made significant contributions to the university's welfare, reputation, prestige and pursuit of excellence. Guidelines and nomination form.

Reimbursement rates for personal vehicle use go up on July 1

In response to rising gas prices and overall economic conditions, the Internal Revenue Service is increasing the business standard mileage reimbursement rate for use of a personal automobile from $0.585 to $0.625 per mile, effective for mileage incurred on July 1 or after. As explained in the travel policy mileage FAQ, Iowa State changes its maximum mileage rate when the IRS implements a change. The default reimbursement rate also will change, from $0.2925 to $0.3125 per mile, on July 1. The controller's office will update the rates in Workday.