Celebrate 25 years of CTLT

The Center for Technology in Learning and Teaching will celebrate its 25th year with events from Dec. 5-8. Events include a superhero activity, laser cutter projects and a keynote lecture by Punya Mishra on Dec. 6. Mishra is the associated dean of scholarship  and innovation and professor in the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College at Arizona State University.

Register for Project LEA/RN workshop in January

Project LEA/RN will host an in-person workshop Jan. 10-11, 2023 (9 a.m.-4 p.m. daily, 3022 Agronomy) that trains educators to help their students learn the kind of thinking required to solve complex problems. Faculty, staff and graduate students are welcome. Participants will share insights about the brain based on current research, engage in strategies that promote interaction and deep thinking, and apply them to situations in which they facilitate learning -- classes, orientation sessions, extension meetings or other learning situations. This workshop will not directly address the technology involved with remote and online learning. Enrollment is limited to 20. To register or for more information, contact Project LEA/RN director Jan Wiersema, agronomy, (712) 221-1203.

Holiday purchases should be shipped home

The postal and parcel services (PPS) staff reminds the campus community that university policy (and state law) prohibits employees from using university equipment and services -- including mail services -- for personal use during any season. Personal online shopping increases this time of year, but those purchases should be mailed to employees' homes, not to campus addresses, where PPS staff make the final delivery.

Classrooms designated for open study during prep week evenings

Room scheduling will offer these 10 general university classrooms for students to use as study rooms during prep week, Dec. 5-9 (5:30-11 p.m. daily):

  • Black Engineering 1028
  • Carver 0184, 0190
  • Pearson 3143, 3157
  • Physics 0052
  • Ross 0027, 0029
  • Town Engineering 0250, 0290

Jennette McCurdy appearance cancelled

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED. Tickets are on sale for actress, director and New York Times bestselling author Jennette McCurdy's appearance on campus Friday, Dec. 2 (8 p.m., MU Great Hall, doors open at 7:30 p.m.). Her August memoir, "I'm Glad My Mom Died," stayed at No. 1 on the Times' nonfiction bestseller list for eight weeks.

Poinsettia sale runs Nov. 30-Dec. 3

The horticulture club is selling poinsettias as a fundraiser to cover club activities, traveling expenses and student enrichment. Club members grew the plants in the horticulture greenhouses. Pot sizes are 4.5, 6 and 10 inches; prices vary from $10 to $40. Plants may be purchased (and pre-orders picked up) this week at these campus locations: 

  • Nov. 30 (9 a.m.-3 p.m.), ground floor rotunda, Curtiss Hall
  • Dec. 1 (9 a.m.-3 p.m.), ground floor counters, Beardshear Hall
  • Dec. 2 (9 a.m.-3 p.m.), atrium, Horticulture Hall
  • Dec. 3 (10 a.m.-2 p.m.), main corridor, Reiman Gardens

Questions may be directed to Hannah Kramer, student chair of the sale.

Application deadline is Dec. 2 for spring Startup Factory cohort

The ISU Startup Factory incubator program is accepting applications through Dec. 2 for its spring semester cohort. Over 18 weeks, researchers, inventors and founders looking to validate their scalable idea receive training, resources, guidance and access to a network of mentors, alumni and advisors. Participants develop their business acumen, build their communication skills and learn more about their customers. Questions may be sent to Startup Factory director Peter Hong.

Forestry club tree and wreath sale starts Nov. 26

Forestry club members will sell Christmas trees and wreaths on three consecutive weekends, Nov. 26-27, Dec 2-4 and Dec. 9-11 in the Reiman Gardens parking lot. Select from Korean ($70-$80), Balsam ($80-$100) and Canaan ($70-$80) fir and white pine ($60) trees. Wreaths come in two sizes, 25-inch ($25) and 30-inch ($30). Sale hours are Fridays 3-6 p.m., Saturdays 9 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sundays 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Payment is by cash or check. Questions may be directed to

No Inside on Thanksgiving Day

Inside Iowa State will not publish next week, Nov. 24, due to the national Thanksgiving holiday. Remaining editions this semester are Dec. 1, Dec. 8 and Dec. 15. The first edition of 2023 will be Jan. 5.

Postal and parcel service update for holiday breaks

Postal and parcel services will be closed Nov. 23-25, Dec. 23-27 and Jan. 2 to observe university holidays, and there will be no delivery, collections or dispatch on these dates. Postal and parcel services will be open Dec. 28-30 (8 a.m.-5 p.m. daily) with normal delivery, collections and dispatch for all buildings that are open. For buildings that are closed during the Christmas to New Year break (Dec. 23-Jan. 2), postal and parcel services will hold all mail for delivery after the break. Questions may be sent to Inquiries sent to the department email address ( on days the office is closed will receive a response when the office reopens.

Package delivery service update for holiday breaks

To align with private carriers (UPS/FedEx) and to minimize service disruptions, ISU's central receiving will remain operational during the upcoming holiday breaks, with exceptions for the dates listed below. Modified services means that all next-day, time-sensitive and perishable packages will be received and delivered to campus that same day, to open buildings. All standard and non-time-sensitive packages and freight shipments will be securely received and held at central receiving and delivered to campus the following non-holiday business day(s).


  • Wednesday, Nov 23: open with modified services
  • Thursday, Nov 24: closed
  • Friday, Nov 25: open with modified services


  • Friday, Dec 23: open with modified services
  • Monday, Dec 26: closed
  • Tuesday, Dec 27: open with modified services

New Year's Day

  • Monday, Jan. 2: closed
  • Tuesday, Jan 3: open with modified services

Questions about package delivery during the holiday breaks may be directed to manager Corey Bickelhaupt, 515-294-1804. Package recipients also may view their central receiving package status online.

Presentation proposals for ISCORE '23 due Dec. 2

The Iowa State Conference on Race and Ethnicity (ISCORE) planning committee encourages faculty, staff and students to submit presentation proposals for the 2023 ISCORE conference. The faculty-staff preconference is March 1 and the full-day, all-ISU conference is March 3. Proposals for a 50-minute presentation about a topic in race and ethnicity should be submitted online by Dec. 2. Notification of presentation status will occur on Dec. 16.

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