Comedy College alumni to do show at Stephens

Alumni of ISU's "Comedy College" Honors seminar will perform Tuesday, May 28 (7:30 p.m., Celebrity Cafe, Stephens Auditorium). Doors open at 7 p.m.; show content is suitable for an adult audience. The master of ceremonies is Gavin Jerome, instructor for six semesters of the 2-credit Honors seminar on the art and science of standup comedy. Scheduled performers include Peter Orazem, professor of economics and former Ames city councilman; ISU alum and touring comedian Matt Banwart; comedienne Onnalee Kelley, Des Moines; and Ames' 'Captain Midnight,' Roman Lynch. Opening the show are two recent graduates of the honors seminar, Jack Wannarka and Avery Wickham. Tickets are $10 at the door, $7 in advance, either online or at the Stephens Auditorium ticket office (noon-6 p.m., Monday-Friday).

Finance service delivery leadership in place

A third assistant finance director has been identified to fill out the leadership roles in the improved service delivery (ISD) structure for finance. Dave Baker, an accountant in the controller's office, joins Rachael Gross and Jeff Klein in assistant manager roles that provide nonsupervisory guidance for procurement and expense, finance, and grants finance specialists, respectively. With the departure of associate vice president for finance sand support services Heather Paris, the ISD finance managers will take on additional responsibilities and report directly to Pam Cain, interim senior vice president for operations and finance. Finance managers Kyle Briese will serve as a liaison to the human resources ISD leadership; Karen Cline will monitor the effectiveness and efficiency of ISD management tools and technology; and Jenni Winter will oversee customer service training and support. The associate vice president position will be reevaluated following ISD and Workday go-live (July 1).

Free gardens admission this weekend for veterans, active military

All active-duty military and veterans are admitted free of charge to Reiman Gardens over Memorial Day weekend (Saturday-Monday). The gardens are open daily 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., with the butterfly wing closing at 4:30 p.m.

No CyRide on Memorial Day

CyRide, the city-university bus system, will not operate on Monday, May 27, part of the city of Ames' recognition of the Memorial Day holiday. Buses will resume their normal summer scheduling Tuesday, May 28.

Save the date: 'Seeds' film screening is June 16

A film showcasing the science and beauty of seeds, produced by Seed Science Center director Manjit Misra, will be screened at Reiman Gardens Sunday, June 16 (6 p.m.). The hour-long "Seeds! The Diversity of Wonder" debuted in March at the Environmental Film Festival in Washington, D.C. The film's purpose is to make seed science accessible to a wide audience and inspire a new generation on a topic many take for granted. Admission to the screening is free.

Summer I-Corps applications due May 30

Graduate students, post-docs and faculty eager to turn their innovations into real-world solutions that benefit society are encouraged to apply for Iowa State's National Science Foundation Innovation Corps (I-Corps) summer cohort. Applications are due May 30. Teams that are accepted into the program and participate in all sessions are eligible to receive a mini-grant of up to $3,000 to support customer discovery efforts. More information is available online or by contacting

Meet your service delivery team members June 3

A campuswide meet-and-greet event is planned for Monday, June 3 (2-4 p.m., MU Great Hall). Faculty and staff are invited to stop in and meet the human resources and finance experts working on the service delivery teams assigned to their units. Service delivery information and Workday demonstrations also will be available. Refreshments (ice cream and sorbet) will be served. No RSVP is required for the drop-in event.

Library announces open access agreements with two more publishers

University Library last week announced a new read and publish agreement with the Royal Society of Chemistry, only the third of its kind with RSC in the United States. Under the agreement, ISU corresponding authors can publish articles open access in Royal Society of Chemistry journals at no cost, and the ISU library will provide access for users to read all of the publisher's journals. The agreement will run through 2019 and may be renewed again next year. The library also recently finalized an open access agreement with the publisher Frontiers.

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