Volunteers sought for LEGO state competitions in January

ISU Engineering Community Outreach seeks volunteers for two Iowa FIRST LEGO League (FLL) state championship events: Saturday, Jan. 18 (Event 1), and Sunday, Jan. 19 (Event 2), 2020, on campus. FLL helps children (ages 9-14 years) develop skills in problem solving, teamwork, strategizing and creative thinking. In this year's challenge, teams identify an issue cities face and design a sustainabile solution, or improve upon an existing one. To volunteer, go this website, log in (or create an account) and "apply" for one of the two state events. Details on how to sign up and apply are online. Questions may be directed to

Registration opens for P&S professional development conference

Registration is open for the 8th annual Professional and Scientific Council professional development conference, "Cultivate Your Adventure: Thriving Together," on Feb. 13, 2020 (8 a.m.-5 p.m., Scheman Building). Sessions in the areas of leadership, health and wellness, professional resources and human interactions will cultivate professional and personal development. Registration is $100 through Dec. 20; $120 from Dec. 21 to Jan. 31. More information, including the conference schedule and session descriptions, is on the conference website.

Help identify which Workday job aids need an update

WorkCyte job aids serve as quick, easy-to-use resources providing instruction or information about a specific piece of Workday. To date, over 135 job aids have been published to the WorkCyte website. The WorkCyte program is committed to continuous improvement and is asking faculty and staff to help identify any job aids that need to be updated. Please report them via this form.

Forestry Club tree sales continue through Dec. 15

Members of the Forestry Club will sell trees and wreaths the weekends of Dec. 6-8 and Dec. 13-15 in the parking lot at Reiman Gardens. Tree prices range from $30 to $70; wreaths (decorated and undecorated) from $20 to $30. Hours are Friday 3-6 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m.-5 p.m., while supplies last.

Commencement program is on the alumni app

With limited numbers of the commencement program printed, the Iowa State Alumni app is a sure way family members and guests will be able to view the commencement ceremony program Dec. 20-21. Download the app before arriving at Hilton Coliseum to take advantage of other graduation resources, including the ability to personalize your schedule, local dining and lodging locations, a graduation checklist and more. Search "Iowa State Alumni" in the iTunes or Google Play store.

Parks Library is open 24/7 Dec. 8-19

It's that time of the semester, and Parks Library will be open 24/7 Dec. 8-19. Barks@Parks is planned each day (noon-4 p.m.) during dead week; follow the paw prints. Other wellness and stress reducing activities include chair massages 1-4 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Thursday; free fresh fruit during the overnight hours and expanded hours in Bookends Cafe.

Register for Jan. 7-8 Project LEA/RN workshop

Project LEA/RN will host a workshop Jan. 7-8, 2020 (9 a.m.-4 p.m. daily, 1022 Agronomy) aimed at training educators to help their students learn the kind of thinking required to solve complex problems. Faculty, staff and graduate students are welcome. Participants will share insights about the brain based on current research, engage in strategies that promote interaction and deep thinking, and apply them to situations in which they facilitate learning -- classes, orientation sessions, extension meetings or other learning situations. Enrollment is limited to 20. To register or for more information, contact Project LEA/RN director Jan Wiersema, 294-4030. 

Miller Faculty Fellowship proposal deadline extended

The deadline for Miller Faculty Fellowship proposals for the 2020-21 academic year has been extended to Friday, Dec. 20. Program and application details are online. The annual program provides recipients with opportunities to enhance their scholarly work in undergraduate academic programs and develop innovative approaches to strengthening student learning. Recipients have up to 12 months to meet their proposal goals. Questions may be directed to

Honors students' poster reception is Dec. 11

The University Honors Program invites the campus community to the Fall 2019 poster presentation and reception Wednesday, Dec. 11 (3-5 p.m., MU Great Hall). Fall 2019 Honors graduates as well as other Honors students will be present to answer questions and speak with individuals interested in their projects.

Classrooms designated for evening study during dead week

ISU room scheduling has designated 10 general university classrooms for students to use as evening study rooms during dead week (Dec. 9-13, 5:10-11:00 p.m.):  

  • Carver Hall: 0132, 0282, 0294
  • Pearson Hall: 3131, 3143
  • Physics Hall: 0052, 0056
  • Ross Hall: 0127, 0129, 0131

Volunteers sought for Science Bowl competitions

Ames Laboratory's regional Science Bowls are seeking 150 volunteers, both scientific and nonscientific, for the 2020 competitions on campus: High school Science Bowl on Saturday, Jan. 25 (8 a.m.-5 p.m.), and middle school Science Bowl on Saturday, Feb. 22 (8 a.m.-5 p.m.). Student teams from across Iowa will square off in game-show style rounds of questions from a range of science and math disciplines. Volunteers serve as moderators, judges, timekeepers, scorekeepers and runners during the competition; shifts range from 4 to 8 hours. A buffet lunch, T-shirt and other goodies are provided. For more information or to sign up, go to the Science Bowl volunteer information website. Ames Lab has been a site for early rounds of the national high school Science Bowl since its pilot year (1991), and added the middle school event in 2004.

Santa will host two breakfasts in the gardens Dec. 14

Reiman Gardens offers two opportunities for kids (and their parents) to enjoy a breakfast buffet with Santa Saturday, Dec. 14 (8 and 10 a.m.). Children are invited to visit with Santa, send a letter to the North Pole, create a holiday craft and enjoy the train exhibit in the conservatory. Registration and prepayment are due Dec. 8; tickets are $9 for youth and $14 for adults ($7 for member or ISU student youth, $12 for member or ISU student adults). Register for 8 a.m. seating. Register for 10 a.m. seating.

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