Work begins June 5 to improve network infrastructure
On Monday, June 5, information technology services will break ground on central campus for a project to improve the network infrastructure and boost future outdoor wireless coverage. The two-month effort involves installing 3,000 feet of underground conduit for network fiber, and sidewalks in the area will close periodically due to the installation. When completed, the added IT infrastructure will enhance the university's capacity for network connectivity and communication worldwide. Future plans are to add 13 more outdoor wireless locations to central campus, increasing Wi-Fi connectivity.
May 29 is a university holiday
University offices are closed and classes will not meet Monday, May 29, in observance of the national Memorial Day holiday.
Volunteers sought for College Creek cleanup on June 24
Iowa State and Ames community members are invited to participate in National Rivers Month in June by volunteering at the 14th annual College Creek Cleanup on Saturday, June 24 (10 a.m.-2 p.m., check-in begins at 9:30 a.m. in Forker Building parking lot 50A). Small groups of volunteers will walk through designated sections of the creek and pick up trash along the banks. No time commitment is required of volunteers; online pre-registration is requested to ensure adequate supplies (bug repellent, sunscreen, gloves, bags and trash grabbers are provided). Volunteers should dress for the weather and wear closed-toe shoes. Refreshments are provided for all volunteers. The office of sustainability's Live Green! initiative is hosting this event.
Reiman extends 'Rovers' evenings
Following an April pilot program, Reiman Gardens will offer its "Rovers at Reiman" every other Tuesday evening (4:30-7:30 p.m.) this summer, beginning next week. Well mannered, leashed dogs are welcome in the gardens on these dates:
- May 30
- June 13, 27
- July 11, 25 (RAGBRAI extended hours to 9 p.m.)
- Aug. 8, 22
Reminder: Clear files out of Google Photos ahead of June 1 shutoff
As announced this winter, due to file storage limits set by Google, university account users no longer will have access to the Google Photos app beginning June 1. Employees should move photos and videos off the Google Photos platform to another storage solution or delete them because files left in accounts will stay forever -- and continue to count against the individual 3 GB and institutional 100 TB data quotas in Google storage.
Employees with a business reason to continue using Google Photos should submit the Use of Google Photos form.
You're invited: CSAFE reception, poster session on June 5
The university community is invited to the Center for Statistics and Applications in Forensic Evidence's (CSAFE) reception and research poster session on Monday, June 5 (5-6 p.m., Garden Room, Reiman Gardens). Learn more about the team's accomplishments during the past year, meet research team members from its partner institutions and check out the research posters by CSAFE's undergraduate and graduate students.
Inside summer schedule: every other Thursday
Inside Iowa State's weekly publication cycle paused with the May 11 edition and switched to an every-other-Thursday cycle for summer term: May 25, June 8, June 22, July 6, July 20 and Aug. 3. Weekly editions resume Aug. 17. The submission deadline remains noon Wednesday prior to publication Thursdays.
Memorial Day ceremony honors employees, retirees and partners
The ISU Retirees Association will host a Memorial Day ceremony Monday, May 29 (9 a.m. CST, Reiman Ballroom, ISU Alumni Center and via Zoom). The event will honor university retirees, their spouses or partners, and current faculty or staff whose passing it has received notification of since May 1, 2022. The Zoom link will be available on the association's events page on May 29.
Rec services offers sand volleyball league for faculty and staff
A new offering in recreation services is a summer sand volleyball league for faculty and staff. Games will be played Mondays in June and July at 4:30 p.m. or 5:15 p.m. at the Southeast Recreation Complex (east of Jack Trice Stadium). The league is free, and you don't need a rec services membership to play on a team. Compete with officemates or friends from other ISU departments for the chance to earn a coveted INTRAMURAL CHAMPION T-shirt. Sign up your team online by 11:59 p.m. May 29; games begin June 5. Questions about the league can be directed to Kourtney Graham.
Support Uganda education efforts through FundISU campaign
The Center for Sustainable Rural Livelihoods in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences is running a FundISU campaign through June 23 to raise funds for its Uganda Program, which educates mothers and youth for self-reliance and long-term sustainable livelihoods. The demand for education and skills development is greater than the program's current capacity. Questions may be directed to Tammi Martin. Additional funds will support these specific efforts:
- Innovations in community income generation
- Youth entrepreneurship program
- Vocational and life skills training
- School and home gardening projects
United Way food drive sets records
The United Way of Story County reports its 2023 food drive (April 24-May 4) shattered all previous records, with more than 21,000 pounds of food and more than $19,000 in cash donations received to be distributed among Ames-area food pantries. United Way gave a tip of the hat to two leading units on campus: the athletics department for collecting 404 pounds of food and the Ivy College of Business for collecting $3,032 in donations. Additionally, the ISU Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, which raises funds every year through its CyCans program, contributed $4,126 to the drive.
Guidance for summer office 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 15, through Friday, Aug. 11. 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.