New name: Military-Affiliated Student Center

The Veterans Center will be called the Military-Affiliated Student Center, effective July 1. The new name highlights the department's focus on serving all military-affiliated students on campus, and is more inclusive for the reservists, National Guard, active duty, ROTC and family members of service members the center serves. The center also has a new home, 5600 Memorial Union.

Extension retirement workshop free for ISU employees

An ISU Extension and Outreach workshop on making retirement funds last a lifetime, free to ISU employees, will be held June 16 and 23 (6:30-8:30 p.m., 4-H Extension Building).

"Writing Your Retirement Paycheck" provides information and resources for people retiring within the next 10 years. Barb Wollan, Human Sciences extension specialist and workshop leader, will cover topics that include inflation, health care costs, Social Security, required minimum distributions, income tax and more. The usual fee for the workshop is $25 per person or couple, but ISU employees who register with their university email address can use the coupon code "ISUSTAFF" to cover the cost, thanks to funding from the FINRA Foundation for financial wellness at work.

This is the last time the FINRA funding will be available for ISU employees. The April session was sold out, and the workshop is being offered again so it is available to those who were turned away. Register online by June 14. Contact Wollan by email or by phone at 515-832-9597 with any questions.

Kid's Safety fair comes to campus on Saturday

The trauma department at Mary Greeley Medical Center is sponsoring a free Kid's Safety Day Saturday, May 21 (9 a.m.-2 p.m., parking lot 29 behind Molecular Biology Building). Learn about fire safety, gun safety, bike helmet safety, sun safety, Stranger Danger and infant car seat safety. Enjoy free snacks, see medical helicoptors, register to win a 20-inch bicycle and meet Ames fire and police officers and MGMC mobile intensive care providers.

Paid mentors needed for 4-H Career Pathways Academy

Iowa 4-H Youth Development Program seeks qualified candidates for up to 10 part-time 4-H K-12 Youth Outreach AmeriCorps members who will serve as mentors for youth participating in the Career Pathways Academy. Work location is negotiable. The Career Pathways Academy is a 4-H 12-month immersive program for Iowa youth in grades 8-11 that provides pathways to college and career preparedness. Send applications (cover letter and resume) to Cayla Taylor.

COVID 19: By the numbers

For the week that ended May 8, the positive rate for COVID-19 tests completed at the Thielen Student Health Center was 12.5% (9 of 72 tests completed), down from 13.64% a week earlier. Testing reflects both symptomatic students and student-athletes following NCAA testing protocols. The vaccination rate among Story County residents at least 5 years old rose to 66.3% as of May 11. Iowa State is providing weekly updates on these and other public health benchmarks on its COVID-19: By the numbers website.

Student affairs units are moving to new MU offices

A 15-month renovation project on floors four through six at the Memorial Union is wrapping up, and six student affairs offices have set dates they anticipate being ready for walk-in traffic:


Office suite

Opening date

Center for LGBTQIA+ Student Success


May 16

Veterans Student Center


May 19

International Students and Scholars


May 24



June 8

ISU Lectures Program


June 13

Student Legal Services


June 23


Guidance for summer work hours

Summer hours offer flexibility for university units during a time of lower activity on campus. University units may implement flexible office hours/working hours of 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m., with a shortened lunch break, from Monday, May 16, through Friday, Aug. 12. Units that want to participate in summer hours should develop their schedules with approval from the appropriate dean, vice president, senior vice president or president. Units must continue to provide services to their clients, including students and prospective students. They also need to provide regular operations services.

Memorial Day ceremony honors deceased university retirees

The ISU Retirees Association will host an online Memorial Day ceremony Monday, May 30 (9 a.m. CST, via Zoom). The event honors all ISU retirees and spouses or partners who have died since the previous Memorial Day ceremony. The names of deceased individuals will be read, and then family and friends will have an opportunity to say a few words. A tribute form can be completed online through June 3; the preferred deadline for inclusion in the ceremony is May 25.

Mental health 'first aid' training offered July 27

ISU WorkLife is hosting a daylong training for faculty and staff, "Mental Health First Aid," on Wednesday, July 27 (8 a.m.-5 p.m., conference room, 4H Building). Participants will learn to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illness and substance use disorders. They'll also learn skills neeed to reach out and provide initial support to someone who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem and connect them to appropriate care. Register online.

Next Inside: May 26

Inside Iowa State will move to a biweekly publication cycle during summer session. The submission deadline for announcements, retirements, receptions and awards remains noon Wednesday before publication dates. Publication Thursdays planned this summer are:

  • May 26
  • June 9, 23
  • July 7, 21
  • Aug. 4

CSAFE demonstrations, reception set for May 23

Employees and students from the Center for Statistics and Applications in Forensic Evidence (CSAFE) will share accomplishments from the past year that support the forensic science and legal communities during a technology demonstration and reception Monday, May 23 (5-6 p.m., Garden Room, Reiman Gardens). It is open to the public. Researchers will give demonstrations of CSAFE-developed technology, and undergraduate and graduate students will present posters on their research projects.

Cyclone 'Tailgate Tour' covers the state this month

The athletics department's annual "Tailgate Tour" hits the road this month, with a western Iowa loop May 16-18 (Carroll, Council Bluffs, Sioux City, Okoboji, Sheffield and Clear Lake) and eastern Iowa loop May 23-25 (Iowa Falls, Cedar Rapids, Ottumwa, Bettendorf, Dubuque and Waterloo). The schedule features daily noon and early evening stops. In addition to a short program, fans can meet head coaches and Cy and stock up on Cyclone merchandise. The tour stops are free; food and beverages will be available for purchase.

May 16-22 is bike to work week

May 16-22 is National Bike to Work Week. Ames residents are encouraged to bike to work, school or around their neighborhood. Mayor John Haila and city council members will host a free continental breakfast for bike commuters Monday, May 16 (7-9 a.m., in front of City Hall, 515 Clark Ave., city hall foyer if the weather threatens). The week will end with the annual Mayor and City Council bike ride beginning at 9 a.m. on Saturday, May 21 (9 a.m., city hall west parking lot).

Community radio fundraising concert is May 26

Tickets are on sale now for a May 26 concert at Stephens Auditorium by Quad Cities-based Avey Grouws Band, with opener and Iowa native Matt Woods. It starts at 7 p.m. The concert is the second-annual spring fundraising concert for Ames' KHOI community radio. Advance tickets are $20 (general admission) and $50 (VIP reserved: orchestra pit and first 11 rows), and available through the radio station online or at the studio (cash only, 622 Douglas Ave., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays). Tickets go up $5 the day of the show.

Celebration of Life for Dennis Peterson is May 29

The family of Dennis Peterson, who retired from Iowa State in 2004 as director of international students and scholars, welcomes friends and former colleagues to share stories and memories of his life on Sunday, May 29 (2 p.m., Garden Room, Reiman Gardens). Refreshments will be served. Peterson died March 4 following a lengthy illness. His career at Iowa State spanned 34 years. The family suggests memorials to the Alzheimer's Association, UNICEF, Doctors Without Borders or Youth and Shelter Services. Other ways to honor his life: support a scholarship at Iowa State that enables a young person's dream of studying abroad, join the Friends of Ada Hayden Heritage Park or become a member of Reiman Gardens. Obituary.

Alumni association's 2023 travel preview is May 26

The ISU Alumni Association will preview the trips it's hosting for traveling Cyclones in 2023 on Thursday, May 26 (4-6:30 p.m., Alumni Center). Travel operators will attend to answer questions about the trips they're offering, and U.S. Postal Service representatives will be on site accepting passport applications or renewals. Enjoy food and beverages. The event is free but registration is requested by 11:59 p.m. May 17. Questions may be directed to Lainey Crawford, 515-294-5775.

SHOP seeks finals week, summer volunteers among faculty, staff

Student leaders of SHOP, the campus food pantry that serves students in 1306 Beyer, are seeking faculty and staff help to keep SHOP open during prep week, finals week and the summer (through Friday, Aug. 19). Scheduled service hours are noon-8 p.m. Tuesdays, 2-7 p.m. Wednesdays and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Fridays. Additional shifts are available for assistance with food deliveries and stocking. University employees are invited to volunteer in one-hour increments on the signup site. Volunteers will receive an email with details about volunteer duties prior to their first shift.

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