Cybersecurity fair is Oct. 8

As part of a week of outreach events, the Center for Cybersecurity Innovation and Outreach will cohost, with IT services, a cybersecurity fair Friday, Oct. 8 (9-11:30 a.m., first floor atrium, Durham Center). This open house will feature student clubs, demos and other attractions to inform the campus community about the importance of cybersecurity and how easy it is for our personal information to be exploited. Learn first-hand about password sniffing, identifying phishing emails and more. All faculty, staff and students are welcome.

Jack-o'-lantern help sought Oct. 8-15 at Reiman Gardens

Reiman Gardens seeks volunteers Oct. 8-15 to stencil and carve pumpkins for its Oct. 16-17 "Spirits in the Gardens" event. Volunteers will draw designs on pumpkins with stencils Oct. 8-10 and carve stenciled pumpkins Oct. 13-15. The intent is to work outdoors if the weather allows. Tools are provided; volunteers must be 13 years old to carve. Volunteers must pre-register online; walk-ins can't be accepted this fall.

Statewide 19th Amendment observance wraps up Oct. 4

The Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics will host the closing event of the "Hard Won, Not Done" 19th Amendment statewide centennial commemoration Oct. 4 (7 p.m., Benton Auditorium, Scheman Building). Keynote speaker Marjorie Spruill, author and distinguished professor emerita of history from the University of South Carolina, will present "Divided We Stand." The event is free and open to the public.

COVID-19: By the numbers

For the week that ended Sept. 19, the positive rate for COVID-19 tests completed at the Thielen Student Health Center was 4.93% (11 of 223 tests completed), down from 6.67% the week earlier. Testing reflects both symptomatic students and student-athletes following NCAA testing protocols. The Story County positivity rate for the week ending Sept. 22 was 9.78%, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The vaccination rate among eligible Story County residents -- those at least 12 years of age -- rose to 62.3% as of Sept. 20. Iowa State is providing weekly updates on these and other public health benchmarks on its COVID-19: By the numbers website.

Cyday Friday walk is set for Oct. 1

ISU WellBeing's annual Cyday Friday Walk is set for Oct. 1 (noon-12:45 p.m., meet in front of Beardshear Hall). Join ISU WellBeing and special guest Cy for a one-mile walk around campus. The first 75 people will receive a Cyday Friday water bottle.

South end of Haber Road closed through Friday

From 8 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 22, through 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 24, Haber Road will be closed at the railroad underpass for road/sidewalk construction. The north end of the road at 13th Street will remain open for access to Frederiksen Court apartments and transportations services.

Faculty mentor deadline reset to Oct. 1 for freshman Honors research

All faculty and scientists are invited to participate in the first-year Honors mentor program. The deadline to apply has been extended to Friday, Oct. 1. In this spring-semester program, talented first-year students work in some area of research or creative effort. Students can be mentored directly by faculty or by a research team member (e.g., post-doc or graduate student). Freshmen work three hours/week per credit of Hon 290, with a limit of six hours/week or two credits, graded satisfactory/fail. Students may apply for grants of up to $250 ($500 for group projects) in support of their research. Interested faculty and scientists should register their research project(s) on the program website. For more information, contact Svitlana Zbarska, or 515-294-2064.

Sign-up ends Oct. 8 for multicultural experience email series

The Spark is a weekly email series that focuses on the experiences of multicultural students at ISU and serves as ongoing training for all faculty and staff. Each week, participants are presented with a description of the ISU student experience from a different multicultural student, along with content to process the story and build awareness, knowledge and skills. Participation is free and requires roughly 20 minutes per week. Register online by Oct. 8 to participate. Past participants are welcome to sign up again, but will see content shared in previous years. Questions may be directed to Denise Williams-Klotz at

cyBUY supplier show is Sept. 30

Procurement services' 2021 cyBUY supplier show will be held Thursday, Sept. 30, (10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., MU Great Hall). The event will include informational sessions on navigating cyBUY and using other internal services at the university, such as printing, transportation, bookstore, central stores, etc.

Reserved tickets on sale for Spirits in the Gardens

Reiman Gardens is selling tickets (day- and entry time-specific) for its annual "Spirits in the Gardens" Saturday-Sunday, Oct. 16-17 (5-9 p.m.). Special events from 5 to 7 p.m. include Simon Says, magic show and presentations by the ISU SCUM (chemistry), juggling and unicycling, and cosplay student clubs. From 5 to 9 p.m., enjoy more than 1,000 carved jack-o-lanterns and a "candy factory." Tickets are $10 ($8 members and ISU students), $5 for youth (2-12 years) and free for children under two years. A jack-o-lantern only preview (no entertainment or treats) will be held Friday, Oct. 15 (7-9 p.m.). Register and purchase tickets online.

Encourage students to apply to be Cyclone aides

New Student Programs is gearing up for its Cyclone aide recruitment season. Cyclone aides assist students in their transition to Iowa State at orientation and Destination Iowa State, and have the opportunity to serve as ambassadors for their college and the university. They also explore their own professional development in this paid leadership role. Applications are open, and faculty and staff are invited to nominate students using the online nomination form. A student development coordinator in new student programs will send nominated students information about applying for the position. The application deadline for students is Oct. 17.

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