December 2021

COVID-19: By the numbers

For the week that ended Nov. 28, the positive rate for COVID-19 tests completed at the Thielen Student Health Center was 5% (2 of 40 tests completed), down from 6.4% two weeks earlier. Testing reflects both symptomatic students and student-athletes following NCAA testing protocols. The Story County positivity rate for the week ending Dec. 1 was 12.33%, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The vaccination rate among Story County residents at least 12 years of age rose to 65% as of Dec. 1. Iowa State is providing weekly updates on these and other public health benchmarks on its COVID-19: By the numbers website.

Honors program fall poster event is Dec. 8

The University Honors program will hold its fall poster presentation event Wednesday, Dec. 8 (3-5 p.m., Memorial Union Great Hall). Fall 2021 Honors graduates as well as other Honors students will be present to answer questions and speak with individuals interested in their projects. A convocation will follow at 5:30 p.m. in the Sun Room.

Volunteers sought to assist at gardens' holiday light show

Reiman Gardens is recruiting volunteers with holiday cheer to staff this year's Winter Wonderscape holiday light show Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings from Dec. 2 through Jan. 1 (except for Christmas Day). Volunteer slots are 4:30-7 p.m. and 6:30-9:15 p.m. It's a great activity for individuals, families and service groups. Volunteers get a behind-the-scenes look at this holiday event and receive two complimentary tickets to the light show each time they volunteer. Sign up online.

Register for Jan. 11-12 Project LEA/RN workshop

Project LEA/RN will host an in-person workshop Jan. 11-12, 2022 (9 a.m.-4 p.m. daily, 1022 Agronomy, following Cyclones Care guidelines) aimed at training educators to help their students learn the kind of thinking required to solve complex problems. Faculty, staff and graduate students are welcome. Participants will share insights about the brain based on current research, engage in strategies that promote interaction and deep thinking, and apply them to situations in which they facilitate learning -- classes, orientation sessions, extension meetings or other learning situations. This workshop will not directly address the technology involved with remote and online learning. Enrollment is limited to 20. To register or for more information, contact Project LEA/RN director Jan Wiersema, (712) 221-1203.