'State Day' virtual program is archived

The ISU Alumni Association celebrated Iowa State's 165th Founders Day on March 22 with a virtual "State Day" program (archived online, 42 minutes in length). Alumni and friends who joined from around the globe learned about the innovative work happening at the ISU Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship, stepped inside the historic Joan Bice Underwood Tearoom and saw how students are making an impact on campus and in the community.

Stuart Smith path closes March 27 for several weeks

The shared use path through Stuart Smith Park east of University Boulevard and adjacent to the Iowa State Center, will close Monday, March 27, likely through the end of April. The closure facilitates sewer work across University Boulevard as part of infrastructure upgrades for the CYTown development at the center. The impacted section of the path starts just south of the pedestrian bridge and continues to South Fourth Street. In addition, the pedestrian path along the west side of University Boulevard will be closed all summer for this project. The preferred detour is posted.

Dogs on leashes welcome at Reiman Gardens Tuesdays in April

Every Tuesday (4:30-7:30 p.m.) in April, visitors to Reiman Gardens are welcome to bring their dogs to enjoy the gardens' outdoor areas. During these Rovers at Reiman events, dogs must remain on hard surfaces or turf and aren't allowed in flower beds or other posted areas. Dogs also must be current on vaccinations and remain leashed at all times (non-retractable leashes are required). Dogs and owners will be given a colored ribbon (red, yellow or green) to attach to collars that reflects a dog's comfort level with interacting with other dogs or humans. The fee is $5 per dog; dog owners pay the usual gardens admission (free for members and ISU students) and must sign a liability waiver.

Award recipients: Student employee, supervisor of the year

Last week, the office of student financial aid honored outstanding student workers for their contributions to campus, as demonstrated in five categories: community service, diversity and inclusion, leadership, technology and innovation, and critical thinking. From 47 nominations, a selection committee chose these students (listed with their employing unit):

  • Student Employee of the Year: Jamie Hefley, biomedical sciences
  • Student Employees of Distinction: Hannah Uhrich, human development and family studies; Alexias Townsend, ISU dining; Jack Stevenson, recreation services

In partnership with university human resources, the student financial aid team also selected an inaugural Student Employee Supervisor of the Year this spring. Selection reflects mentoring, professionalism and leadership provided to hourly student employees. Nearly 30 individuals were nominated, and these supervisors were selected:

  • Student Employee Supervisor of the Year: Linda DeSchane, ITS Solution Center, who oversees nearly 40 hourly student employees
  • Student Employee Supervisor of the Year finalist: Raquel Espin Palazon, genetics, development and cell biology

The two winners received a prize for their achievement, and their nominations will be forwarded for additional consideration at the regional level.

Veenker golf course opens March 24

Iowa State's Veenker Memorial Golf Course and driving range on North Stange Road will open for the season on Friday, March 24. ISU students, faculty and staff receive discounts on season passes. Additionally, Mondays and Thursdays are designated "ISU student days" year-round, with daily green fee discounts available. More information is online or call 515-294-6727.

Ivy College of Business online MBA available this fall

The Ivy College of Business announced last week that its part-time professional MBA program will be available fully online this fall. Students in the program can choose to take courses online or in a hybrid format with one class/week in person at the college's Capital Square location in downtown Des Moines. Registration is open. To learn more, contact assistant director of graduate recruitment Kim Putz.

Provost office has professional development funds for term faculty

The office of the senior vice president and provost provides funds -- up to $1,000 -- to support the professional development of term faculty; applications from faculty with limited professional development support particularly are encouraged. Faculty who want to participate in a virtual or in-person professional development activity, such as training, workshops or conferences, are encouraged to review the guidelines, including submission directions and application form. Applications are due May 1 for conferences/workshops/training taking place between July 1 and Dec. 31. Awards will be competitively allocated, and recipients will be notified within three weeks of the deadline. Abstracts for conference presentations need not have been accepted by the time of a request for funds.

Dairy science club ice cream sale resumes this week

After a winter break, the Dairy science club's Wednesday ice cream sale starts back up March 22, and will be held weekly through the end of the semester. Outside the north doors to Lush Auditorium in Kildee Hall, get a cup of ice cream Wednesdays (noon-2 p.m.) for $2 per cup. Flavors today are chocolate, vanilla, strawberry, Rocky Road, Kit Kat and Thin Mint. The ice cream is mixed by club members at the ISU creamery, and the sale serves as a fundraiser for club activities throughout the year.

Be weather ready this spring

March 27-31 is Severe Weather Awareness Week, and the department of environmental health and safety (EH&S) reminds the campus community that severe weather can happen at any time. Read the severe weather safety tips from EH&S to learn more and plan for hazardous weather conditions.

Math workshop for middle school girls is April 1

Female and non-binary middle school students and their teachers, both men and women, are the intended audience for Sonia Kovalevsky Math Day, Saturday, April 1 (10 a.m.-2 p.m., 2155 Marston). SK Day is designed to increase middle school girls' interest in mathematics, assist them in the transition between middle school and high school mathematics, and encourage them to pursue careers in STEM disciplines. Hosted by the math department, the workshop is free and lunch is provided. Registration is requested by March 10.

Unable to complete her education in her native Russia, Kovalevsky (1850-91) had to emigrate to Germany to attend a university that accepted female students. She was the first woman in Europe to obtain a doctoral degree in mathematics.

WorkFlex application window is March 6-31

The employee application window for WorkFlex arrangements beginning on May 15 opens Monday, March 6, and closes Friday, March 31. The supervisor decision window is April 3-28. View information about the process and WorkFlex application windows on the WorkLife website. Learn about WorkFlex program options on the website and find directions to submit a request on the ISU Service Portal.

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