Comedian Offerman to perform at Stephens

Comedian and actor Nick Offerman will return to Stephens Auditorium with his tour "All Rise" on Thursday, Sept. 26 (7 p.m.). Tickets go on sale at noon on Friday, March 22 and range from $39.75-$69.75. Tickets can be purchased at the Stephens Auditorium ticket office or online at or Ticketmaster. Offerman, who also performed at Iowa State in 2012, is perhaps best known for his television roles in "Parks and Recreation" and "Fargo." 

Applications open for exhibiting at Destination Iowa State

The new student programs office is inviting the university community to apply to exhibit during the Center of ExCYtment Picnic (Aug. 22) and Late Night at the Memorial Union (Aug. 23) events during Destination Iowa State 2019. The applications are combined this year, so potential exhibitors can apply for both events in one submission. University departments can apply here, and recognized student clubs or organizations can apply here. Email with any questions. Applications are due by July 29.

Brit Floyd tickets go on sale Friday

Brit Floyd, a Pink Floyd tribute show, is coming to Stephens Auditorium Saturday, July 20 (7:30 p.m.). Tickets for the general public, which range from $50 to $65 and $172 for the VIP package, go on sale at noon on Friday, March 22. Tickets can be purchased at the Stephens Auditorium ticket office, by calling 800-745-3000 or on Ticketmaster. Brit Floyd is performing a 40th anniversary celebration of Pink Floyd's "The Wall" as well as other popular songs from the band.

Third online course receives Quality Matters certification

Jennifer Shane, associate professor in civil, construction and environmental Engineering, and a program director at the Center for Transportation Research and Education, is the most recent ISU faculty member to successfully complete a Quality Matters certified course review, for CE 501 (Preconstruction Project Engineering and Management). QM certification is a national quality assurance process in which a faculty member must meet at least 85 percent of eight general standards for online course design. Shane joins Jeanna Nation, human development and family studies (Personal and Family Finance), 2016; and Gayle Brown, Center for Food Security (Case Studies: Emerging and Exotic), 2015; who also have certified courses. The Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching provides staff support for the QM process.

UHR staff member Connie Sabin dies unexpectedly

Connie Sabin, a 19-year employee of Iowa State, including the last 18 in university human resources, died unexpectedly March 11 at Mary Greeley Medical Center. She was 51. Sabin worked in UHR's service center and interacted with many Iowa Staters in that capacity. Her family will have a private memorial at a later date; there won't be a public service. Obituary.

Lawn mower service days are March 29-30

The Agricultural Systems Technology Club will hold its lawn mower service days March 29-30 (Friday 1-6 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m.-3 p.m., west side of Sukup Hall). This routine service includes oil change, spark plug replacement, blade sharpening, air filter cleaning, deck cleaning and power wash (no major repairs). The cost is $30 for a push mower (riding mower $50, weed eater $15). Pickup and delivery is available for an additional fee; call 515-708-8672 or email to schedule a pickup.

Morel mushroom certification workshop offered twice

ISU Extension and Outreach will twice offer a training class for those interested in being certified to sell morel mushrooms legally in Iowa. Certification is good for three years. The class will be offered March 30 and repeated on April 6 (2-5 p.m., 1302 Advanced Teaching and Research Building). Cost is $50; register online by March 26.

Storm spotter training is March 27

Environmental health and safety will host National Weather Service storm spotter training March 27 (1:30-3:30 p.m., MU Cardinal Room). Training highlights include severe weather threats and how to identify them, thunderstorm types, how to report severe weather, spotter safety and severe weather communications. The session is open to anyone and registration is not required, however ISU employees and students are encouraged to register via Learn@ISU. March 25-29 is Severe Weather Awareness Week in Iowa, and the National Weather Service will focus on a different severe weather topic each day. More information is on the National Weather Service and EH&S weather websites.

State women in higher ed conference is April 5

The 2019 Iowa Women in Higher Education conference, focused on developing female leaders for higher education, will be held April 5 at Reiman Gardens. A preconference workshop on negotiation will be held April 4. Information about the conference and workshop, including registration details, is online. Questions may be directed to Jackie Rees Ulmer, Ivy College of Business, 294-6232.

Reminder: 2018 flexible spending claims due April 30

Employees have until April 30 to submit claims to their flexible spending accounts for qualified health and child care expenses incurred in 2018. Up to $500 of unclaimed 2018 health care funds can be carried over and added to an employee's 2019 contributions for current-year claims. However, 2018 dependent child care funds not claimed by April 30 will be forfeited. Dependent child care funds can't be carried over to the next year. More information is online. Direct any questions to university human resources, 294-4800.

Registration is open for youth TAG summer camp

The Office of Admissions Early Outreach (OPPTAG) serves talented and gifted youth through academically challenging experiences and extracurricular activities that provide social enrichment for students in grades 3-11. There are many new courses being offered this year in various fields such as STEM, arts, design, social sciences and engineering. Courses fill on a first come, first serve basis; the application deadline is April 15. Eligibility requirements, a list of courses and application materials are online. Questions may be directed to

Registration is open for summer youth fitness program

Registration is open for the Summer Youth Fitness program offered through the kinesiology department. The program for students in grades K-6 this school year runs June 3 to July 25 (Monday through Thursday, 1:10-4:30 p.m.). Sessions in and around the Forker Building are led by kinesiology and education students and include instruction in team sports, gymnastics, swimming and other physical activities. Participants are placed in groups based on age/grade level. The fee is $450 for one child, with a sliding scale for siblings; registration form is online. For more information, contact program director Jenny Smith, 294-1762.

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