Registration is open for anaerobic digestion on the farm conference

Iowa State University, the University of Iowa and Region 7 of the Environmental Protection Agency are co-hosting a multistate conference on anaerobic digestion in agriculture Nov. 6-8 in the Scheman Building. Registration is $200 through Oct. 6; $300 after. Individuals and organizations interested in sharing ideas, building partnerships and developing well-rounded environmental and economic solutions within the Region 7 states of Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska are encouraged to participate.

Ames Lab institute has new name, focus

In support of a new framework for critical materials at the federal level, Ames National Laboratory's Critical Materials Institute will be known as the Critical Materials Innovation Hub. It will establish a project portfolio around four research areas: enhancing and diversifying supply, developing substitutes, building a circular economy, and crosscutting research.

Reiman Gardens relies on volunteers in October

The Reiman Gardens staff seeks volunteers for several seasonal needs:

Stadium concert tickets on sale Sept. 22

Tickets go on sale to the public at 10 a.m. Sept. 22 for the May 25 concert in Jack Trice Stadium by country music icon George Strait and eight-time Grammy Award winner Chris Stapleton. Joining them for their nine-stadium tour is the Grammy Award-winning band Little Big Town. Purchase tickets via Ticketmaster. Tickets will not be sold at the Stephens Auditorium ticket office.

Dance Marathon hosts pancake breakfast on Oct. 1

Dance Marathon at Iowa State will host its second annual "Stacks for Stead" pancake breakfast on Sunday, Oct. 1 (9 a.m.-noon, south campanile lawn on central campus). The public is invited. Tickets ($12; children and ISU faculty, staff and students $10) may be purchased at the door or on the student organization marketplace; proceeds benefit the University of Iowa Stead Family Children's Hospital. Enjoy unlimited pancakes and live music, and hear the stories of families served at the children's hospital. Now in its 27th year, Dance Marathon at Iowa State has raised more than $5 million for the University of Iowa children's hospital, including $164,398 during the 2022-23 academic year.

New tools assist employees with medical insurance terminology

Two education tools have been developed to help employees navigate upcoming changes to the ISU benefit plans. Notably, new plan elements of the HMO medical insurance plan may be unfamiliar for many Iowa State employees. The Medical Insurance Glossary and Understanding Your Medical Coverage Costs video were created to help define plan elements such as a deductible, coinsurance, and out-of-pocket maximum, as well as how these elements interact and apply to care received. These tools, which can be found on the UHR Benefits website, are intended as a first step in supporting employees and their families in understanding plan changes. Additional resources will be released Oct. 2.

Spirits in the Gardens tickets are on sale

Purchase tickets for Reiman Gardens' annual "Spirits in the Gardens" Halloween event Saturday-Sunday, Oct. 21-22 (5-9 p.m. nightly), or for a jack-o'-lanterns only preview on Fridays, Oct. 13 or 20 (6-9 p.m.). Tickets are $15 (members and ISU students $13) and $7 for youth and free for youth under two years. Tickets are stamped with a date and time entry. Enjoy a thousand carved and stenciled jack-o'-lanterns, holograms, glowing orbs and candy stations.

Children in grades K-3 invited to learn about 4-H Kids Club

A kickoff for the 4-H Campus Clover Kids Club will be held on Sunday, Oct. 1 (3-4 p.m., Extension 4-H Youth Building, 1259 Stange Rd.). Children in kindergarten through third grade and their families are welcome to learn more about joining the campus-based 4-H Clover Kids Club. Questions? Contact Cayla Taylor, 4-H senior program manager.

Proposals are due Nov. 3 for spring P&S conference

The committee organizing the 2024 professional development conference for P&S employees is accepting presentation proposals through Nov. 3. The 12th annual conference will be held Wednesday, Feb. 28, at the Gateway Conference Center, and the theme is "Innovate: Turning Ideas to Impact." The conference has four tracks: human interactions, leadership, health and wellness, and professional resources. Individuals who are interested in presenting or want to recommend a presenter should complete the online form.

Monday Monologues lineup announced

The lunch-time performance series hosted by the University Library returns this fall with performances by student organizations and ISU Music and Theatre. The performances start at 12:15 p.m. Find additional details on the library website.

  • Sept. 18 - Jubilee Gospel Choir, Parks Library front steps
  • Sept. 25 - Climate Change Theatre Action, Parks Library front steps
  • Oct. 2 - Stormettes Dance Lince, Parks Library front steps
  • Oct. 16 - ISU Opera Studio, Grant Wood Mural Lobby
  • Oct. 23 - ISU Music and Theare presents Selections from Head Over Heels, Grant Wood Mural Lobby

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