Valentine fudge orders due Jan. 31

The Food Science Club is selling fudge by preorder in time for Valentine's Day. Club members make and package the fudge. Flavors this year are milk chocolate, peanut butter, cookies 'n cream and Cyclone (chocolate with peanuts, marshmallows and M&Ms). Online preorders are due by Jan. 31 -- or until the 250 pounds is spoken for. The price is $6 for a .5-pound container, or $10 for two. Payment is by cash or check at pickup. Orders may be picked up Tuesday-Wednesday, Feb. 12-13 (10 a.m.-3 p.m. daily, 206 MacKay).

History faculty headline lecture series at Ames Public Library

ISU history faculty are being featured in the "Your Historian" series at the Ames Public Library. Five monthly presentations are scheduled this semester, each followed by audience Q&A and refreshments. Presentations begin at 7 p.m. Topics and presenters include:

  • Jan. 23, "Eurasia's Metropolis: A History of Moscow from its Origins to Present," James Andrews
  • Feb. 13, "1437: The Year Women Became Witches," Michael Bailey
  • March 14, "I Ain't A'Marching Anymore: Draft Dodging in the U.S. from World War II to the Vietnam War," Amy Rutenberg
  • April 22, "From Reformers to Revolutionaries: Religion, Class and Ethnicity in Guatemala During the Cold War," Bonar Hernandez
  • May 6, "The Farm Crisis in Three Documents," Pamela Riney-Kehrberg

Ames snow ordinance begins at 6 p.m. Friday

The city of Ames' snow ordinance will go into effect at 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18, and remain in effect until it has stopped snowing and the streets are plowed curb to curb. Vehicles on snow routes (identified by red and white signs) should be moved to off-street parking or to streets not designated as snow routes. Vehicles on snow routes after 6 p.m. will be ticketed and towed. To assist with the plowing effort, owners are asked to not park vehicles on any residential street; however, only vehicles on snow routes are required to be moved.

W-2 forms now available in AccessPlus

W-2 forms, an official document valid for tax filing purposes, are available in AccessPlus. Employees are encouraged to print their W-2 from the website to save mailing costs. To access the electronic version, log in to AccessPlus, select the Employee tab, then select "W2" in the left column. Turn off web browser pop-up blockers that may prevent the W-2 from opening. Employees who have not chosen the electronic copy of their W-2 by Jan. 24 will receive a paper copy via U.S. mail postmarked on Jan. 31. If you printed last year's electronic W-2 and received an ISU paycheck in December 2018, your electronic delivery preference automatically carries over.

Nominations sought for Ivy Women in Business awards

The Ivy College of Business seeks nominations for its second annual Ivy Women in Business awards. Three awardees will be recognized for their talent, inspiration and career achievements. Information about each award and nomination forms are online. Nominations must be received online by 5 p.m. Jan. 31.

Applications are due Feb. 1 for faculty conference on service-learning

Iowa's three regent universities are partnering to offer an Engaged Faculty Institute on Service-Learning May 22-23. The institute is for faculty who want to incorporate service-learning into a class but aren't sure where to begin, as well as faculty who have tried service-learning but seek assistance optimizing the experience. Service-learning incorporates community work into the curriculum, giving students real-world learning experiences that enhance academic learning while providing a tangible benefit for the community. More information, including the application, are on the CELT website. Applications are due by noon Feb. 1.

Free access to upgraded Overleaf account now available

Iowa State is now an institutional member of Overleaf, an online, collaborative, real-time compiler of LaTeX, the document typesetting and preparation system often used in academic writing. This provides anyone with an Iowa State email address access to increased storage (20 gigabytes), upgraded features, teacher accounts, training materials and improved support. Overleaf is administered jointly by the Graduate College and the library, with additional support from the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching and the colleges of Engineering, Liberal Arts and Sciences, and Veterinary Medicine. Library staff are asking experienced users to fill out a short survey and consider becoming part of a user group to share knowledge, answer questions and develop best practices. Visit Overleaf  for more information, or contact librarian Eric Schares at 294-2117 ( or Judy Strand of the Graduate College at 294-5285 (

Honors program seeks seminar proposals

The university Honors program is seeking proposals for fall 2019 seminars. Honors seminars are small, one- or two-credit courses which give honors students an opportunity to examine topics of current or special interest in an active learning environment. The honors program seeks proposals from experienced instructors at any level, on topics from architecture to zookeeping. Seminars generally are limited to 17 students and offered on a satisfactory/fail basis. Honors seminar instructors receive $500 for professional development. The deadline for submitting proposals is Feb. 8.

'International Nest' opens in Parks Library

The University Library has opened the International Nest in 34 Parks Library, a space dedicated to international students and those who wish to get to know international students. This is a space for studying and socializing. A variety of programs are planned.

Proposals sought for ReACT gallery

University Museums, in partnership with the offices of the vice president for research and the senior vice president for finance and university services, invites proposals from faculty and staff for the 2019 ReACT exhibition series. ReACT exhibitions are intended to be a safe and respectful environment in which to express and explore reactions and perspectives of national current issues relevant to the ISU community. The deadline for submitting a proposal is Feb. 15. More information on ReACT, the proposal process and selection criteria is online. Dana Schumacher, University Museums project coordinator, is available to consult with individuals who wish to develop a proposal, recommend an exhibition theme or interested colleague, or have questions about the series.

Meet and greet with student veterans is Jan. 30

All faculty and staff, regardless of military status, are welcome to come and meet student veterans and military-affiliated students during a reception Wednesday, Jan. 30 (4-6 p.m., MU Col. Pride Lounge). This is a come-and-go event; stop by, say hello and grab a bite to eat. RSVPs are requested.

Online course designed for managers of non-exempt employees

University human resources offers an online, self-paced course for managers of non-exempt employees (eligible for overtime pay). "Wage and Hour Training for Managers" is available on Learn@ISU in the UHR section of the catalog and is a resource for understanding time tracking, reimbursements, work schedules, earning overtime and other premium pays. 

Study Abroad Fair is Jan. 24

Students can learn about interning, studying and volunteering abroad in experiences ranging from one week to one year during the spring Study Abroad Fair Thursday, Jan. 24 (10:30-1:30 p.m., MU Great Hall). This is a one-stop opportunity to learn about many adventures abroad. In addition, for those in need of a passport or passport renewal, the U.S. Postal Service will have staff on hand to accept passport applications.

Volunteers sought for LEGO state championships next week

Engineering Community Outreach is looking for volunteers for the FIRST® LEGO® League Iowa State Championships Jan. 19-20 (7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. daily) in multiple campus buildings. FLL is designed to get students ages 9-14 excited about science, technology and engineering. More information, including the volunteer registration site, is online or email to volunteer.

Library adds adjustable-height tables

During the semester break, the library installed 10 adjustable-height tables in the southwest part of third floor. They allow users to adjust the study surface to a height that's comfortable for them.

University childcare has openings in two programs

University Community Childcare, located north of campus at 2623 Bruner Dr., has openings in two of its programs. A sliding fee scale is available for qualified families. For more information or to enroll a child in a program, call 294-9838 or email

  • Cheerful Cheetahs preschool program is for 2-1/2- to 5 year olds. Families can choose, two, three or five mornings per week. Sessions meet Monday-Friday 8:30-11:30 a.m., and 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., September through May.
  • Rock Stars, an afterschool program for kindergarteners through fifth graders. Children can ride the school bus from most schools to the center.

Comfort Zone reopens Jan. 14

The Comfort Zone, a get-well center for mildly ill children, infants through 5th grade, reopens on Monday, Jan. 14. Located at University Community Childcare on the north side of campus, Comfort Zone care is provided by a registered nurse and professional childcare staff. Preregistration is required; more information is online or by emailing

Alumni award nominations due Feb. 15

The ISU Alumni Association is seeking nominations for six awards that will be presented Oct. 25, during Homecoming weekend. Award descriptions and nomination forms can be found online. Nominations are due Feb. 15; questions may be directed to Katie Lickteig. The awards for ISU alumni are:

  • Alumni Medal, recognizes long, loyal service to the university through alumni-related activities
  • Alumni Merit Award, recognizes humanitarian efforts that transcend professional accomplishments and bring honor to the university
  • Outstanding Young Alumni Award, recognizes alumni age 40 years and younger who excel in their profession and provide service to their community
  • James A. Hopson Volunteer Award, recognizes alumni association members age 40 years and younger who show volunteer leadership in the association or alumni-related activities
  • Impact Award, recognizes individuals, organizations or units whose programs/accomplishments brought recognition to the university and increased the involvement of ISU constituents in the life of the university in the last year
  • Alumni Service Award, recognizes alumni and friends whose service supports the daily work of the alumni association

CELT centralizes staff, services in Morrill Hall

All Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching staff, programs and services now are located centrally in 3024 Morrill Hall. The changes are in response to an external review recommendination to "foster a deeper intergration of the tools and technologies within the instructional development offerings of the Center and create opportunities for pedagogical integration of these tools within the classroom design." Contact information remains the same (294-5357, 

Family movies return to Reiman Gardens

Reiman Gardens once again is offering its Saturday in January movie series for childen, with showings at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. each week. Admission is free for all those 17 years old and younger. Garden members and Iowa State students also enjoy free admission; general public adults pay gardens admission. Popcorn, candy and soda are available for purchase. This month's featured movies are:

  • Jan. 5: Christopher Robin
  • Jan. 12: Winnie the Pooh
  • Jan. 19: Pinocchio
  • Jan. 26: Paddington

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