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.

March 30 is deadline for 2018-19 undergraduate research assistance

Faculty and staff have a March 30 application deadline to participate in the 2018-19 Undergraduate Research Assistantship program, which provides outstanding juniors and seniors hands-on experience in a formal research environment. The intent is to encourage them to pursue graduate school. Faculty, staff and students should seek out those with similar interests for possible "matches;" preference is given to qualified students and faculty/staff who ask to work with each other. Student candidates must have filled out the FAFSA financial aid form and be eligible for work-study funding. More information, including program guidelines, funding sources and application documents, is online. Questions may be directed to Julie Arnold, 294-0103.

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.

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.

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.

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