You're invited: Distinguished Awards celebration is April 19

Help celebrate the university's highest awards by attending the annual Distinguished Awards celebration on Friday, April 19 (2 p.m., MU South Ballroom). The ceremony is open to the public. Details about the awards given to alumni and friends through the ISU Alumni Association and ISU Foundation, as well as livestream information, is online.

Reminder: Provost candidate forums start today

Four finalists for Iowa State's senior vice president and provost leadership post will interview on campus this month. The first, Elizabeth Wentz, dean of the Graduate College and vice provost, Arizona State University, visits campus April 15-16. Campus forums are consistently at 3 p.m. on the candidate's first day on campus. The administrative searches website will share the finalists' names and vitae the day prior to their arrival.

Woodcarvers gather at Reiman Gardens April 20

The Mid Iowa Woodcarvers Show comes to Reiman Gardens on Saturday, April 20 (10 a.m.-4 p.m.). Visitors can view woodcarving contest entries, watch carving demonstrations and join a hands-on lesson in whittling. Attendees pay normal gardens admission.

LeBaron Hall construction is focus of April 25 meeting

Facilities planning and management (FPM) will hold a virtual meeting Thursday, April 25 (9-10 a.m., via Microsoft Teams) to share information about the LeBaron Hall replacement project with those who work in or visit buildings near the construction site on the northwest edge of the central campus lawn. The presentation will focus on construction activities and their impact on campus circulation, including nearby buildings. The meeting will include time for Q&A. Email FPM project manager Liz Clarke by April 24 to receive the meeting link.

Undergraduate research symposium is April 16

The 18th annual Symposium on Undergraduate Research and Creative Expression will be held Tuesday, April 16 (8 a.m.-6 p.m., Student Innovation Center). A day-long celebration of undergraduate research, the symposium provides undergraduates from all academic disciplines an opportunity to share their research with the university community through conference-style oral and poster presentations. Attendees are encouraged to review the symposium schedule and symposium program with abstracts and come to support undergraduate researchers. Faculty or staff interested in moderating an oral session may sign up at this link. Questions may be directed to Svitlana Zbarska, undergraduate research program coordinator campuswide, 515-294-2064.

Design art club's spring sale is April 17-19, earlier than usual

The CODAC (College of Design Art Club) spring sale of work by students in integrated studio/visual arts and club members will be held Wednesday and Thursday, April 17-18 (10 a.m.-4 p.m.), and Friday, April 19 (10 a.m.-2 p.m.), in the foyer inside the main entrance to the College of Design. Find unique gifts for upcoming spring and summer celebrations -- or something for yourself. A majority of proceeds go to the artists, while the rest help fund club activities such as workshops, field trips and guest speakers.

Reiman is open late for spring blooms

Reiman Gardens will remain open until 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays April 18-20 and April 25-27 so more visitors can enjoy thousands of tulips and other spring flowers in full bloom. Regular admission prices apply. The gift shop will be open until 7:30 p.m. those evenings. 

Reminder: Applications due April 15 for fall family weekend

Cyclone Family Weekend 2024 (Sept. 13-15) aims to help families strengthen their connection to Iowa State while spending valuable time with their student. ISU units are invited to participate in several ways:

  • Organize a tour. Showcase your college, department or facility with a guided tour for Cyclone families. Highlight unique features, programs and opportunities at ISU, giving families an insider's perspective of campus life. Tours typically are ticketed; capacity and number of tours are the host's discretion.
  • Host a reception, open house, meet-and-greet or cultural showcase that creates opportunities for meaningful connections and interactions.
  • Facilitate family-friendly activities such as workshops, demonstrations, recreational outings and more.

To participate in Cyclone Family Weekend, complete this form by April 15. The staff in Parent and Family Programs will promote your event in the official schedule, provide attendee estimates as the weekend approaches, handle registration for ticketed tours and share tour locations with registered families. Questions may be directed to Parent and Family Programs.

Translational AI Center is the focus of April innovation lunch

The Office of Economic Development and Industry Relations' April installment of the Innovation Lunch Club will feature Jessica Bell, program manager at Iowa State's Translational AI Center. Learn what the center is and how it can work for you. The lunch is Friday, April 26 (11:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m., training room, ISU Economic Development Core Facility, 1805 Collaboration Pl.). Campus partners are welcome to this free event; RSVP to

Celebrate ISU Extension and Outreach Week April 15-20

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Week is April 15-20. Iowa's 100 county extension offices will host "I Spy Cy" activities and educational events throughout the week to thank Iowans for their support of ISU Extension and Outreach across the state.

Author on homelessness to give keynote at campus symposium

Gregg Colburn, associate professor in the University of Washington's Runstad department of real estate and co-author of the book, "Homelessness is a Housing Problem," will present a keynote lecture on the same topic on Thursday, April 18 (5 p.m., 0101 College of Design). It's part of Iowa State's 2024 Homelessness Symposium, hosted by the department of community and regional planning.

Register for suicide awareness walk on April 27

Student Health and Wellness is organizing an "Out of Darkness" Walk for Suicide Awareness on Saturday, April 27 (10 a.m., registration opens 9:15 a.m., south campanile lawn). The walk follows sidewalks on campus, and if it rains, will move indoors to State Gym. Registration is free; walkers who raise $100 in donations receive a walk shirt (there isn't a requirement to raise funds). Register to walk (individual or group); volunteer to assist at the event. Questions may be directed to Jeffrey Nelson, suicide prevention coordinator in student counseling services, 515-294-0153.

Hach's Thiel atrium to be dedicated April 17

The university community is invited to the dedication of of the Thiel Atrium, Hach Hall, on Wednesday, April 17 (5-6 p.m.). The atrium honors former Distinguished Professor in Liberal Arts and Sciences Pat Thiel, who had appointments in chemistry and materials science and engineering, and also was a scientist at the U.S. Department of Energy's Ames National Laboratory. Thiel died Sept. 7, 2020, from breast cancer.

Ugandan baskets for sale in the Workspace April 8-20

The Workspace in the Memorial Union and the Uganda Alliance Club are hosting a pop-up basket sale April 8-20 (2-9 p.m. weekdays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays, Workspace, east basement, MU). Purchase a handmade basket created by members of the Tusubila ("hope") crafts group, and directly support women artists and their families in Kamuli, Uganda. Baskets are made with dried raffia and banana leaves and sell for $10-$25.

This initiative began through ISU's Uganda Program. Students studying abroad saw that market access was limited for the basket artists and formed the Uganda Alliance Club. Students work with the Tusubila group to bring baskets to the United States, sell them and send the money back to the artists.

Tickets on sale for April 20 fashion show

Tickets ($16-$31) are on sale via Ticketmaster for The Fashion Show 2024 on Saturday, April 20 (7 p.m., Stephens Auditorium). The event features dozens of student designs modeled by students and several guest judges/designers. From press releases to stage lighting, The Fashion Show is produced entirely by students from many majors working on 15 committees.

Two 'Question, Persuade, Refer' trainings offered this month

Two final sessions this semester of "Question, Persuade, Refer" mental health training for faculty and staff will be held April 5 and April 19 (both 11 a.m.-noon, 1312 Gilman). Learn to recognize the warning signs of suicidal individuals, learn tips for persuading others to access support and learn more about local referral resources. Register online (select option 2: register myself to attend a presentation or training).

Confirm teaching assignments, then submit course material requests

Faculty who will teach a summer session or fall semester course are asked to submit all materials needed for class -- textbooks, courseware, eBooks, coursepackets, subscriptions and supplies (design, lab, PPE, technology, etc.) as soon as their teaching assignment is confirmed. Include courses for which there are no textbook requirements or where open educational resources (OER) will be used. These lists should be submitted to your department academic coordinator, who shares them with the textbook team at the ISU Book Store or through the ISU Book Store's adoption platform. No department coordinator? Contact Emma Hartman, 294-0362. The bookstore team provides custom book lists to students after course registration. Published textbook and course material requirements can be found online.

As shared March 21 in Inside Iowa State, effective fall 2024, all required textbooks for undergraduate courses will be part of Immediate Access ONE, a one-program, one-price, day-one access program where students receive all their required books for one flat rate. For more information about the program, contact

Exhibitors sought for new student picnic in August

Destination Iowa State, Aug. 22-24, is three days of high-impact programming for more than 4,000 new-to-Iowa State undergraduates to help them explore campus, make connections with their peers and the university, prepare for classes, experience Iowa State traditions, discover ways to be healthy and safe, and join Cyclone Nation. To help welcome them, departments, student organizations and other units are invited to be exhibitors at the kickoff picnic on Thursday, Aug. 22 (3:30-7:30 p.m., outside Hilton Coliseum). More information, including the application form, is online. Preference is given to applications received prior to May 10. Questions may be directed to Jordan Baumgardner, new student programs, 515-294-5714.

Rovers at Reiman returns on Tuesdays in April

The popular "Rovers at Reiman" returns every Tuesday in April (4:30-7 p.m.). Guests can bring their leashed dogs for a stroll through the gardens. Normal gardens admissions rates apply (adults $12, free for members and ISU students with ID), plus $5 per dog. 

Women's history expert to give campus lecture

Scholar and author Sally Roesch Wagner will present "A Stolen History: The REAL Story of the Suffrage Movement" on Wednesday, April 17 (5:30 p.m., Sun Room, Memorial Union). Awarded one of the first doctorates in the country for work in women's studies and a founder of one the first college-level women's studies programs in the country, Roesch Wagner is a leader in the field of women's history and author of several books on the women's suffrage movement. She is the founder and director of the Matilda Joslyn Gage Foundation, Fayetteville, New York, and teaches in Syracuse University's honors program. In her presentation, she will discuss how many of the issues of today, such as equal pay for equal work and women's reproductive rights, also were those of the women's suffrage movement.

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