Public forums scheduled for TRIO director candidates

Three finalists in the search for the next director of TRIO student support services will interview on campus next week. Public forums are scheduled from 11 a.m. to noon in 311 Enrollment Services Center during each candidate's visit. The federal TRIO grant program serves low-income, first-generation students and students with disibilities, with a focus on increasing academic success and graduation rates. The director will oversee the delivery of services -- such as counseling, advising, programming and community building -- for about 250 TRIO students. Candidate information and evaluation forms are available on the search website. The finalists and public forum dates are:

  • Daniel Shaull, Arkansas State, West Memphis, June 26
  • Som Mongtin, Iowa State and DMACC, June 27
  • Rob Lipsey, Iowa State, June 28

Order your ISU calendars in time for the academic year

Produced by the ISU Alumni Association, the 2018-19 ISU wall calendar features the award-winning photography of Jim Heemstra and is populated with dozens of university-wide events. Calendars are $15 each, or $10 for quantities of 10 or more for your department or unit. Order calendars online with a p-card or intramural form. Delivery is via campus mail, or calendars may be picked up at the Alumni Center after July 1 (7:30 a.m.-4 p.m.)

2018-19 Jr. Cyclone Club memberships are on sale

Memberships for the Jr. Cyclone Club, for Cyclone fans 12th grade and younger, are on sale. The $59 membership includes free admission to athletics events, T-shirt and special events. Memberships can be purchased online or in person at the Jr. Cyclone Club office, located in the Jacobson Athletic Building marketing suite. (Note: Due to a new website provider, passwords from last year didn't transfer and past members will need to create a new password.)

Section of 13th Street to close June 25 for summer

A section of 13th Street, from the railroad tracks (near Ridgewood Avenue) to Curtiss Avenue will close on Monday, June 25, for City of Ames utility (water main, storm and sanitary sewer updates or replacement), sidewalk and pavement improvements. The Ridgewood Avenue intersection will remain open. The first phase of the project is expected to last 6-8 weeks. Phase 2 will address improvements from Curtiss to Harding avenues. Drivers are encouraged to allow extra travel time for delays or select another route. The suggested detour for vehicle traffic uses Ridgewood, 16th Street and Marston Avenue. Pedestrians will not be allowed inside the construction area.

Thirty volunteers still needed for state fair exhibit

The office of university marketing is still seeking faculty and staff to fill about 30 volunteer shifts at the university's state fair exhibit, Aug. 9-19 in Des Moines. There are two volunteer shifts daily, 8:45 a.m.-3 p.m. and 2:45 p.m.-9 p.m., to either roll Cyclone football posters or apply temporary Iowa State tattoos. All volunteers receive free fair admission, a parking pass and a volunteer T-shirt. University employees who enjoy meeting the public and are interested in volunteering should sign up online by midnight, June 24. If volunteering during the work week, staff should get their supervisor's approval. Questions may be directed to Grace Rosson in the university marketing office, 294-3969.

City parking changes take effect July 1

Changes in the city parking system, including a rate increase for metered parking, take effect July 1. The city manages about 300 parking meters in campustown. New rates are $1/hour for two-hour meters, 75 cents/hour for four-hour meters and 50 cents/hour for 10-hour meters. Ames also will add the Parkmobile smartphone app to its payment options. The app allows drivers to pay meter fees on their phone, shows them where available meters are, and sends a notification in advance of the expiration time. Ames meter rates haven't changed in more than 20 years.

Campus flooding update from facilities staff

Thursday's rain will make it onto Iowa State's "top 15 historic floods" list. Approximately 5.5 inches of rain fell on Ames during the early morning hours -- including 4 inches between 6:30 and 10 a.m. This last 4 inches led to flash flooding across campus and the Ames community. Water showed up inside ISU buildings in odd places as a result of roof drains and storm drains backing up with overflowing rain water. Minor flooding impacted Iowa State University in the following locations:

  • The Squaw Creek crest at Stange Road began about 2 a.m., about 6 feet below the road.
  • Water backed up on the Veenker Memorial Golf Course driving range and the pasture below North Child Care Center.
  • The disc golf course flooded.
  • West parking lot at Furman Aquatics Center had minor flooding.
  • The coal storage area along Haber Road flooded.
  • Brookside Park flooded.
  • All areas east of University Boulevard flooded, including Stuart Smith Park.
  • Southeast recreation fields are about three-fourths flooded.
  • A quarter of the recreation field east of Lied Recreation Center flooded.
  • Lot 100 (south of Lied Recreation Center) had minor flooding.
  • Water backed up in Iowa State Center parking lot ditches and at the lowest storm drains of Lot C2, south of Hilton. 

More cat litter pails sought for campus glass recycling

Since 2013, ISU laboratories have been outfitted with repurposed Tidy Cats cat litter buckets (the 35-pound yellow variety with red lid) to keep broken and discarded lab glass out of the city's trash. With 1,800-plus laboratories and the number growing as new campus buildings open, the demand for the recycling containers remains high, and cat owners who use this product are asked to donate their empty buckets to help with the project. Glass collected from ISU labs is ground by the city and reused in landscaping projects, glasphalt parking lots and sand art. Some glass is recycled through Ripple Glass, Kansas City. Empty Tidy Cat pails may be dropped off at:

  • 108 General Services Building (director of sustainability Merry Rankin's office)
  • Front desk of the Environmental Health and Services Building

Search for School of Ed director will continue

College of Human Sciences dean Laura Jolly announced that the search for the next School of Education director will be extended after four finalists interviewed on campus this spring. Current director Marlene Strathe, who planned to retire this summer, will continue in her post until a replacement is found. Jolly said the search committee and consulting firm will revise the search timeline, with a second round of interviews planned during fall semester.

Athletics department is hiring ushers, ticket takers

The athletics department will hire 20-30 new event staff team members (ushers and ticket takers) for the 2018-19 season for events at Hilton Coliseum and premium areas at Jack Trice Stadium. Applicants must be at least 18 years old and no longer in high school, due to NCAA rules. Interviews will be held in late June.

Reminder: Restrict student access to past Canvas courses

Students remain in Canvas courses unless the instructor sets the end date and limits user participation. For details on how to restrict student access, view Canvas' How do I change the start and end dates for a course? website.

Recreation Services fees simplified, can be paid online

Membership fees and locker rental renewals for Recreation Services can now be paid online with a credit card. Options for joining Recreation Services also have been simplified to either a $40 monthly pass or $403 annually, which can be spread over monthly payments of $33.60 and paid with payroll deductions. Locker rentals are $10 per month or $89 per year. All employees and their spouses and dependents are eligible to become members, which provides access to State Gym, Beyer Hall, Lied Recreation Athletic Center and other services. To sign up for a new locker rental or a payroll deduction, visit the front desk at State Gym from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.

Hort farm produce now on sale

The community produce program at the ISU Horticulture Research Station is open for business, with strawberries and romaine lettuce on sale. Available items are posted online on Mondays by 4 p.m.; orders must be placed by noon on Thursday (log in with your Net-ID and password). Produce for sale is added throughout the week, so check back if nothing is currently listed as available. Payment by check or cash is accepted at pickup on Fridays between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. in Curtiss Hall's east courtyard and Harl Commons. Email Truman Brady or Nick Howell with questions.

Metal concert, dance performance planned at Stephens

Tickets for two newly announced performances at Stephens Auditorium will be available to the general public Friday. Swedish metal band Ghost will bring "A Pale Tour Named Death" to Stephens Nov. 4 for an 8 p.m. show. Tickets range from $27.50 to $74.50 and will go on sale at noon June 15. "Live! The Tour," a solo tour by dancer Derek Hough, will come to Stephens May 16 for a 7:30 p.m. performance. Sales for the general public begin at 10 a.m. June 15. Tickets are $49.50 and up. Tickets to both performances will be sold on and at the Iowa State Center ticket office.

LEGO youth day camps are June 21, 22

Registration is open for two Explore FIRST® LEGO® League Jr. day camps (9 a.m.-3 p.m.) on campus this month. A June 21 camp is for all students ages 8-10 years; a June 22 camp is reserved for girls in that age group. Cost is $40. Using LEGO, campers will discover how we use, move and clean water. Participants learn about engineering, creativity and teamwork through fun, hands-on activities. Register online.

P&S Council installs new members for 2018-19

Following the year's final meeting of the Professional and Scientific Council on May 24, new members were installed. In addition to 18 members elected earlier this spring, the council selected John Hascall of IT services to fill a vacancy representing president's office employees. The 2018-19 council's first meeting is July 12 at 2:10 p.m. in the Memorial Union Gallery Room. The president is Stacy Renfro of the Center for Statistics and Applications in Forensic Science. The president-elect is Amy Ward of the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching.

Spring 2019 proposals sought for Freshman Research Initiative

The Freshmen Research Initiative (FRI) is accepting proposals for introductory research course support for the spring 2019 semester. FRI introduces first-year undergraduates to authentic research in the classroom, in collaborative projects with 15 to 30 students. The goal is to increase enthusiasm for science and develop critical thinking and research skills. See the call for proposals here and some additional background here. Submissions are due June 30.

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