Operations/finance candidate visits conclude next week

Three finalists for the senior vice president for operations and finance post have visited campus in the last week, and a fourth will interview July 22-23 (name and curriculum vitae will be shared on the administrative searches website the preceding business day). The candidates meet with various campus and community leaders. The visits don't include a campus forum, but all operations and finance employees have the opportunity to meet each finalist during division forums.

Ames Bookmobile stops at new campus location

In partnership with the University Library, the Ames Public Library's Bookmobile has a regular Iowa State stop on its weekly route: 11 a.m.-1 p.m. on Thursdays. Because of construction in the vicinity of Parks Library, the Bookmobile's campus stop has moved to Stange Road near Kildee Hall (where several food trucks set up during the day).

You're invited: CYstarters' Demo Day is July 30

The members of CYstarters' ninth cohort will share the progress they made this summer on their businesses during Demo Day on Tuesday, July 30 (3-5 p.m., CORE Facility atrium, 1805 Collaboration Pl., ISU Research Park), with appetizers and networking to follow (5-6:30 p.m.). The cohort includes students from every ISU college. Registration is free but requested. CYstarters is an 11-week summer accelerator for ISU students or recent graduates to focus on their startup or business idea.

Christian Petersen, Farm House museums closing July 29 for a month

The Christian Petersen Art Museum in Morrill Hall and central campus' Farm House Museum will close Saturday, July 29, so museums staff can change out some exhibitions. Both museums will reopen Monday, Aug. 26.

Community garage sale runs July 27-Aug. 3 on Hayward Avenue

The 8th annual Rummage RAMPage, a city-university community garage sale designed to keep reuseable household items out of the local waste stream, will be held Saturday, July 27, through Saturday, Aug. 3, at the Ames Intermodal Facility, 129 Hayward Ave. The event coincides each summer with apartment leases ending on July 31. Nearly 50 area non-profit organizations provide the volunteer labor and share proceeds from the sale. A list of accepted items (and not accepted items) is online. Payment is via Venmo or cash; no credit cards or personal checks. Key dates for 2024 are:

  • Friday, July 26, noon-6 p.m., drop-off only
  • Saturday, July 27, 8 a.m.-6 p.m., sale and drop-off
  • Sunday, July 28, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., sale and drop-off
  • Monday-Friday, July 29-Aug. 2, noon-6 p.m., sale and drop-off
  • Saturday, Aug. 3, 8 a.m.-noon, half-price sale only (no drop-offs)

P&S Council leaders to discuss goals for 2024-25

The Professional and Scientific (P&S) Council's July 11 meeting was the first hybrid meeting in its history. Some councilors met in-person at the Student Innovation Center's Launch Pad and others joined virtually through Microsoft Teams. President Jason Follett said the executive committee will hold a retreat in August to discuss goals for the year and review council bylaws. The next council meeting is Thursday, Sept. 5 (4250 Student Innovation Center).

Sign up now for fall Master Gardener training in your home county

Iowans who want to complete Master Gardener training this fall can apply through Aug. 12. The training will be offered in 44 counties by gardening experts with ISU Extension and Outreach. Counties seek participants of all backgrounds and experience levels who desire to grow their horticultural knowledge and serve their communities. The process includes online learning modules, attendance at at least four in-person training sessions organized by the county office, a final exam and a 40-hour internship in the training county.

Feature film about Uganda initiatives illustrate center's purpose

As part of a yearlong celebration of its 20th anniversary, the Center for Sustainable Rural Livelihoods in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences created a 69-minute feature film about its program in Uganda's Kamuli district, including the origins of the program, strategies, challenges faced and the impact on the families and communities in that region.

Football single-game, mini-pack tickets on sale July 11

Three-game mini-packs, single-game tickets and parking passes for the 2024 Iowa State football season go on sale at 10 a.m. Thursday, July 11. A mini-pack lets fans purchase tickets to any three home games for $180. Season tickets (all seven home games) remain available, starting at $299. Tickets can be purchased online (recommended to avoid long wait times) or by phone: toll free at 1-888-478-2925, locally at 515-294-1816. Pre-sold, single-game parking ($25/car) is online only and closes at noon the Friday before each game or when passes sell out.

Funding help available for national faculty success program

In a continuing program for fall 2024, the provost's office will partially sponsor faculty participation (all faculty tracks) in NCFDD's Faculty Success Program by contributing $2,500 towards the early registration of $4,495. Participants are expected to cover the remaining program fees through options such as department or college matching funds, professional development funds, grant funds or other sources. Faculty sponsored by the provost's office are expected to participate in and complete all components of the program. The fall Faculty Success Program runs Sept. 30-Dec. 8, and registration closes Aug. 28. To apply for ISU funding support, complete the application by July 29. Questions may be directed to Katharine Hensley, 515-294-8823.

Sloss House closed for renovations

The 140-year-old Sloss House, on the east rim of central campus, is closed until at least October, pending construction timelines. Planned renovations to the house include a front porch revitalization, installation of an accessible front door, floor refinishing and more. Services provided by the Margaret Sloss Center for Women and Gender Equity remain available:

  • Students are encouraged to email to make an appointment with staff.
  • Personal care items temporarily are housed at The Center for LGBTQIA+ Student Success, fourth floor of the Memorial Union.
  • Parenting and child care supplies are available through the Office of Child Care and Family Services located near University Community Childcare on Stange Road.

Highway 69 closing near Kelley for two months

Faculty, staff and students who commute to campus from the south via U.S. Highway 69 should be aware of an upcoming road closure between Ames and Huxley. From 7 a.m. Thursday, July 11, through Sept. 24 (weather permitting) the road will close just north of 280th Street/Story County road E-57 (near Kelley and adjacent to Iowa State's Animal Resource Station) while the Walnut Creek bridge is replaced with a box culvert. The marked detour route (PDF) takes travelers to the west, using Iowa 210, Story County road R-38 and U.S. Highway 30.

Tuition reimbursement program moves to Workday

Iowa State's tuition reimbursement program for merit and P&S staff has moved from AccessPlus to Workday. Starting with fall 2024 coursework, employees will submit their applications through the request process in Workday. Eligibility requirements, program details and step-by-step instructions are available in a how-to article; here's a summary:

  • Type "Create Request" in the Workday search bar.
  • Select the "Create Request" task.
  • Under "all" in the "Request  Type" box, choose "Tuition Reimbursement Application" and click "OK."
  • Fill out the application and submit.

The fall semester application window opened June 17 and closes at 11:59 p.m. Friday, Aug. 23. Course reimbursements are processed within three weeks of final grades posting. University human resources will do all future communications about the program through Workday notifications. Questions about the program may be emailed to tuition reimbursement.

Nominations due Aug. 1 for two alumni association awards

The ISU Alumni Association is accepting nominations through Aug. 1 for two of its highest honors:

  • Distinguished Alumni Award, the highest honor given to alumni by the university through the alumni association. It honors ISU alumni who are nationally or internationally recognized for preeminent contributions to their profession or life's work. Nomination form.
  • Honorary Alumni Award, the highest honor given by the university through the alumni association to individuals who are not Iowa State graduates and have made significant contributions to Iowa State's welfare, reputation, prestige and pursuit of excellence. Nomination form.

Questions may be directed to Katie Lickteig.

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