Today only: $30 tickets for 'Anastasia' musical at Stephens

On Friday, Sept. 30 only, the Iowa State Center is offering $30 tickets to the Oct. 4 performance of the Broadway musical Anastasia. This offer is valid online through Ticketmaster (click "unlock" and use the passcode THIRTY). Curtain time Tuesday is 8 p.m.

cyBUY Supplier Show is Oct. 13

Procurement services will host its annual cyBUY Supplier Show Thursday, Oct. 13 (10 a.m.-2 p.m., MU Great Hall). Meet the staff members from ISU's internal stores (central stores, chemistry stores, ISU Book Store, printing services and transportation services), and 23 cyBUY market suppliers. Bring your ISUCard; you'll need it to check in and get entered in the drawing for door prizes (gift cards, mugs, vendor swag bags, a tablet and iPad).

Bridging STEM and games at Game2Work event Oct. 27

Game2Work, an ISU interdisciplinary gaming research program, will host the first statewide gathering for people whose work includes using serious games and gameful elements for STEM education and workforce development on Thursday, Oct. 27 (10 a.m.-4 p.m., ISU Alumni Center). Researchers, entrepreneurs, industry partners, gamers and game designers are welcome. The day will feature keynotes, facilitated breakout sessions, lightning talks, connection opportunities and games. Registration is free but required. Questions may be directed to Brittany Eide, Game2Work.

Developing the next Norman Borlaug

A panel of faculty, staff and students from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences will share three time-tested models of youth development focused on preparing the next generation of hunger fighters, global problem solvers and international development specialists on Tuesday, Oct. 18 (5:15-6:15 p.m., Iowa Events Center, Des Moines). Their presentation is part of the World Food Prize's International Borlaug Dialogue. CALS dean Dan Robison will host a networking reception following the panel presentation. There is no cost to attend, but registration is preferred.

Lunch hour workshops offered on personal finance

Rising prices in the last year may be an extra push to examine your financial well-being and work toward financial goals. A series of free personal finance workshops for ISU employees held by ISU Extension and Outreach (EO) could help. Online registration is required at least 24 hours before each session. The courses are held Thursdays (noon-1 p.m.), and participants can earn points in the Adventure2 well-being program. The schedule:

The workshops are part of Financial Wellness at Work, a new effort led by EO in partnership with university human resources. For questions or to schedule workshops for your unit, contact EO financial educator Barb Wollan, or 515-832-9597. ISU employees also can request a face-to-face or virtual one-on-one consultation with Carolyn Steckelberg, an EO accredited financial counselor. Email Steckelberg to schedule a consultation.

Register your research by Oct. 29 to add first-year Honors students to your team

Oct. 29 is the deadline to register for the spring semester First-Year Honors Mentor program. All faculty (including teaching and research base) and scientists are invited to participate. Talented first-year students, who can be mentored by faculty or a research team member (postdoc or graduate student), work in some area of research or creative effort. The students work three hours/week per credit of Hon 290, up to six hours/week, graded satisfactory/fail. Students may apply for grants of up to $250 ($500 for group projects) to support their research. Interested faculty and scientists are asked to register their research project(s) on the program website. Questions may be directed to Svitlana Zbarska, undergraduate research program coordinator, 515-294-2064.

Lunch info session on internal funded research programs is Oct. 6

Researchers considering submitting proposals to Iowa State's Presidential Interdisciplinary Research Initiative, the Presidential Interdisciplinary Research Seed Grant Program, the Presidential Cost-Sharing Program for Research Tools, Bridging the Divide, Bailey or Margaret B. Barry programs are encouraged to attend an information session Oct. 6 (noon-1 p.m., virtual and in-person options) hosted by the office of the vice president for research. Associate vice presidents for research Jim Reecy, Surya Mallapragada and Jerry Zamzow will answer questions about the programs. Register online.

Faculty, staff invited to Hispanic heritage celebration Oct. 4

Colegas ("coh-LAY-gahs"), meaning colleagues, Iowa State's Hispanic and Latino/a/x faculty staff association, is celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month on Tuesday, Oct. 4 (4-6 p.m., Linden Shelter at Brookside Park). Food and refreshments will be provided, and all employees are welcome -- you do not need to be a member of Colegas. RSVP online. Learn more about faculty-staff associations on the office of diversity, equity and inclusion website.

Resource alert for international students impacted by disasters

The dean of students office sent direct outreach emails Sept. 26 to students who are residents of Puerto Rico, Taiwan and Pakistan related to the recent natural disasters in those areas. Anticipating they may be experiencing challenges either here in Ames or back at home, the note provides students with a list of on-campus support resources available to them. If you know of a student who is in need of assistance related to these natural disasters, please direct them to the dean of students office. Students can call 515-294-1020 or email

Football game times announced

The athletics department has shared start times for the Cyclone football team's next two games:

  • Oct. 1, at Kansas, 2:30 p.m., ESPN2 broadcast
  • Oct. 8, Kansas State (home), 6:30 p.m., ESPNU broadcast

Wintersteen establishes Institutional Council on Diversity

A new university committee will help lead the charge in Iowa State's mission to cultivate a diverse, equitable and inclusive environment where students and employees can learn, work and grow. Established by President Wendy Wintersteen, the Institutional Council on Diversity brings together leadership from academic colleges and student affairs to advise the overall institutional strategy for diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI). It's chaired by Sharon Perry Fantini, vice president for DEI, and will begin meeting this semester.

"This group will play a critical role in crafting our diversity, equity and inclusion action plan in response to the results of the upcoming campus climate survey," said Perry Fantini. "I'm excited to collaborate with colleagues across campus to share ideas and guide the university’s efforts to advance diversity, equity and inclusion at Iowa State."

Postal station at the MU closes

The U.S. Postal Service closed its counter in the Memorial Union, effective Sept. 20. Staffing difficulties were part of its decision. MU leaders are considering other uses for the space in a future renovation. The post office closest to campus is the Cyclone Station at 119 Stanton Ave., which is staffed on weekdays noon-4 p.m. Ames' main post office is downtown at 525 Kellogg Ave. The counter service is open weekdays 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m.-noon; self-service options are 24/7.

'Spirits in the Gardens' time-stamped tickets on sale

Reiman Gardens is selling tickets (day- and entry time-specific) for its annual "Spirits in the Gardens" Saturday-Sunday, Oct. 22-23 (5-9 p.m.). Tickets must be purchased in advance. 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, holograms and candy stations. Tickets are $15 ($13 members and ISU students), $7 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. 21 (7-9 p.m.). Register and purchase tickets online.

Virtual conversation with young adult author is Oct. 5

ISU Writing and Media Services, part of the Academic Success Center, will host a virtual conversation with young adult author and filmmaker Camryn Garrett on Oct. 5 (5:30-7 p.m., via Webex). The conversation will include Garrett's advocacy work as a novelist and filmmaker, her path to publication and what it means to listen to and amplify the stories of young, Black women. Her novels are "Full Disclosure" and "Off the Record;" her third novel, "Friday I'm in Love," will be released in January. Read more about her work. More information, including registration to receive the event link, is online.

Baby Shark live show tickets on sale Sept. 23

Tickets ($29-$59) for a Nov. 12 matinee performance at Stephens Auditorium of "Baby Shark Live!: The Christmas Show" go on sale at noon Friday, Sept. 23, via Ticketmaster. The performance begins at 2 p.m. The tour is based on the Pinkfong Company's hit song and dance video about a family of sharks, which later morphed into a preschool television series on the Nickelodeon channel.

'Girls Discovering Engineering' day is Oct. 1

Iowa State's chapter of the Society of Women Engineers is hosting a "Girls Discovering Engineering" Day on Saturday, Oct. 1 (10 a.m.-3 p.m., 2200 Marston) for girls in grades 5-8. (Watch for details about GLEE Day this fall for girls in grades 1-4.) It's a day of fun STEM activities and demonstrations, and it's free for those who pack their own lunch; purchase a box lunch for $5. Register online. Questions can be sent to

Session proposals sought for February P&S conference

The subcommittee planning the Professional and Scientific Council's annual professional development conference on Feb. 22, 2023, seeks proposals for breakout sessions. Presentations should tie into one of four tracks and engage P&S employees in personal or professional development:

  • Human interactions (networking, communication, conflict resolution, diversity and inclusion)
  • Leadership (leading from different levels, working with people and groups)
  • Health and wellness (stress management, financial planning, personal health and safety, mental health)
  • Professional resources (technical tips and tricks, tools, project management, benefits)

Presenters who want to share their expertise should complete the online form by 5 p.m. Nov. 4. All submitters will be notified of their status by Nov. 18. Those who would like assistance from the conference subcommittee to tailor a proposal to P&S employees should email Each selected presenter receives complementary registration for the conference. Additional information is online; questions can be directed to

Volunteers sought for Three Minute Thesis prelims

The Graduate College seeks individuals who enjoy graduate student research to fill volunteer roles as judge, timekeeper or doorkeeper at the Three Minute Thesis (3MT) preliminary competition on Oct. 27 (in two heats, 2:30-3:30 p.m. and 4-5 p.m., volunteer for one or both). Volunteers are asked to complete a short volunteer application by Sept. 30.

Iowa Space Grant Consortium will hire half-time faculty director

Faculty candidates are sought to serve as director of the Iowa Space Grant Consortium. The director also serves as principal investigator for Iowa NASA's EPSCoR (Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research). The 50% administrative appointment is for three years and renewable. The preferred application deadline is Sept. 30; more information is available in job requisition # R9375 on ISU's jobs website. Questions may be directed to Surya Mallapragada, 515-294-7407.

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