Alert eligible fall juniors to Carver scholarship

Twenty Roy J. Carver Scholarships are available to Iowa State students or transfer students who will start their junior year fall semester, and who demonstrate great potential and promise, work hard to make ends meet, or are faced with debilitating circumstances in their lives. Awards average $6,000 and will be considered for renewal for the senior year. Eligibility information is online; the application deadline is April 1; the application includes an essay and two references. Questions may be directed to ISU's scholarship office, 515-294-5625. 

John Kasich will present Manatt-Phelps lecture March 27

On March 27, John Kasich -- two-term former Ohio governor (2011-19), two-time presidential candidate (2000, 2016), four-time New York Times best-selling book author and contributor for MSNBC and NBC News -- will visit Iowa State to present the 2024 Manatt-Phelps Lecture in Political Science. Kasich's presentation, "Socially Responsible Innovation," will begin at 7 p.m. in the Memorial Union Great Hall.  All are welcome to attend.

Organic farming pioneer to present Shivvers Lecture on March 18

Researcher, educator and author John Reganold will present the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture's 2024 Shivvers Lecture on Monday, March 18 (7:30 p.m., 2226 Bessey). He is the Regents Professor of Soil Science and Agroecology at the Washington State University, where he developed its long-time organic and sustainable agriculture major and its Organic Farming Certificate program.

Registration open for campus digital scholarship symposium

University Library's digital scholarship and initiatives department and the Center for Excellence in the Arts and Humanities are cohosting the inaugural Digital Scholarship Symposium on Wednesday, April 10 (10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.). Faculty, staff and students interested in learning more about digital scholarship are encouraged to attend. It will be held in The Catalyst, the dedicated digital research and learning space in Parks Library, and feature experts who share creative examples of developing digital literacy skills in the classroom and using digital methods to open research to a wider audience. Registration closes Monday, April 10.

Staff, faculty volunteers sought at food pantry during spring break

With many students away from Ames March 11-15 for spring, the SHOP food pantry, 1306 Beyer Hall, seeks faculty and staff volunteers next week to remain open during the break for students in need. Volunteers may select their shifts on this SignUp Genius site (Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday).

YWCA honors Women of Achievement awardees on March 28

The YWCA Ames at ISU will honor the 12 recipients of its 2024 Women of Achievement Award during a ceremony Thursday, March 28 (6-8 p.m., Reiman Gardens). Tickets are $35 (two for $60) and can purchased from the YWCA office, C1102A Knapp-Storms, 808 Hayward Ave., or at the door.

Apply for 2024-25 undergrad research assistants by March 29

The office of student financial aid is accepting applications for the 2024-25 undergraduate research assistantship (URA) program. The program encourages outstanding juniors and seniors to pursue graduate study by offering hands-on experience in a formal research environment to help them make career decisions and learn more about graduate education and fellowships. Work study funding subsidizes the student's payroll. Submitting an application does not guarantee an assistantship. Questions may be directed to Julie Arnold, 515-294-0103. Faculty/staff applicants must:

  • Complete the online URA application (soft deadline of March 29 for spring interviews)
  • Interview student(s) and make offers of employment
  • Complete Letter of Intent
  • Once approved, hire student into Workday for the appropriate term in the work-study job profile

Nominate a student for Start Something LAS Academy fall cohort

Faculty and staff are encouraged to help connect College of Liberal Arts and Sciences students (any major) with the two-year, credit-based Start Something LAS Academy. Submit the names of students you believe would enjoy and benefit from the academy, starting this fall, via this nomination form. Students don't need to have a concrete, world-changing idea when they enter the academy; they just need to be curious, creative problem solvers. Information sessions for students will be held April 1 (4 p.m.) and April 9 (12:30 p.m.), both in 1118 Student Innovation Center.

'Golden Girls' stage show stops at Stephens May 1

Tickets go on sale Friday, March 1, for a May 1 performance at Stephens Auditorium of the 2024 tour show, Golden Girls: The Laughs Continue, based on the four female characters in the television sitcom that ran from 1985 to 1992. Tickets, $44 to $79, are available through Ticketmaster. You must be 18 years old to attend this performance.

Registration open for gardening symposium

Extension and Outreach's inaugural Dig Into Gardening Symposium is Saturday, March 16, on the Des Moines Area Community College campus in Ankeny. The symposium, designed for an audience from home gardeners to seasoned professionals, will provide participants research-based gardening and horticulture techniques and best practices. The symposium will feature two keynote addresses, six breakout sessions and an exhibitor event. Registration is $85, open to the public and includes a light breakfast and lunch.

Registration open for arts and humanities AI symposium

An Iowa State symposium on artificial intelligence (AI) and the arts and humanities March 21-22 at the Memorial Union is hosted by the English, world languages and cultures, and histroy departments. This event begins in partnership with the Spring Faculty Conference on Thursday, March 21 (2:45-4 p.m., South Ballroom) with a roundtable discussion on "Humanities Pedagogy After AI." On Friday, March 22, (9 a.m.-5 p.m., Campanile Room) multiple roundtables will bring together experts from Iowa State and other universities for discussions, followed by an open forum. The symposium is supported with FY 2024 funding awarded under the 2022-2031 strategic planRegistration is free, open through March 6 and includes Friday lunch.

Registration is open for summer afternoon youth fitness program on campus

Registration is open for the ISU Summer Youth Fitness program, an outreach program of the kinesiology department. Children in grades K-6 (including those completing sixth grade this spring and those entering kindergarten this fall) participate in a range of activities such as team sports, gymnastics, dance, physical fitness and wellness activities. Beginning this summer, the program will not include swimming lessons because the Forker Pool is closing in May. Instructors are physical education and elementary education majors and graduate students in the kinesiology department. The session runs June 3-Aug. 2 (1-4:30 p.m. weekdays, Forker Building and surrounding outdoor areas), with no programming on June 17-19 and July 4-5. The cost is $75/week. A deposit of $150 (per child) is required at registration; further information will be provided to families that complete the registration. Questions may be directed to program director Jenny Smith-Wittrock, 515-294-1762.

Business Analytics Symposium is April 2

The annual Business Analytics Symposium, hosted by the Ivy College of Business, will take place on April 2 (9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., downtown Des Moines). Learn from industry leaders, connect with the analytics community and earn up to 6.2 credits of continuing professional education. This year's event will focus on business analytics in the era of AI, with three keynotes and three breakout sessions. Registration is open through March 25.

Registration opens for spring faculty conference

Registration is open for the Spring Faculty Conference on Thursday, March 21 (9:30 a.m-4:15 p.m., Memorial Union). The free event's theme is artificial intelligence in teaching and research. The day features three keynote speakers and several breakout sessions led by faculty. When registering, faculty are asked to select their sessions.

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