Announcements

April 2019

Forums planned for international students and scholars director finalists

Three finalists will interview April 22-26 in the search for the next director of the international students and scholars office. Open forums are scheduled during the campus interviews. Information, including resumes and candidate evaluation forms, is available on the student affairs search website. Open forum dates (11 a.m.-noon) and finalists are:

  • April 22, Michelle Larsen-Krieg, University of Colorado, Denver (MU Gold Room)
  • April 24, Brendan O'Brien, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York (MU Gold Room)
  • April 26, Ali Soltanshahi, Cleveland State University, Ohio (3512 MU)

Live United food drive kicks off April 29

The 11th annual Live United food drive will take place April 29-May 9 on campus. Donations will benefit Story County food pantries, ensuring children and families have food during the summer. Nonperishable items and monetary donations can be dropped off at 18 sites on campus. The food drive's website includes campus dropoff locations, a list of preferred donation items and information on making monetary donations in person or online. Questions may be directed to food drive co-chairs Haley Cook, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, or Tara Fisher, Ivy College of Business.

NIH associate director to speak on campus May 1

Carrie Wolinetz, acting chief of staff and associate director for the office of science policy at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), will give a talk May 1 (4-5 p.m., 206 Durham) titled, "We can do better, We must do better: Update on NIH efforts to combat sexual harassment." The event is free and open to the public. Wolinetz advises the NIH director on significant science policy matters, including human subject protections, biosecurity, emerging biotechnologies, data sharing and regenerative medicine.

Nominations for exemplary faculty mentors due April 26

To acknowledge the critical role that faculty mentoring plays at Iowa State, the provost's office created the annual Exemplary Faculty Mentor Award to recognize senior colleagues who have gone above and beyond the usual expectations of a mentor. Faculty who want to nominate their mentor should email the nomination form to exemplary@iastate.edu by April 26; award recipients will be honored during a reception May 2 (3:30-4:30 p.m., MU Cardinal Room).

Submit summer, fall library reserve requests

Instructors who wish to place required materials on reserve at Parks Library for summer or fall semesters should submit requests now. Forms are online.

Try CyRide for free April 25

Participating in the national "Get on Board" day, CyRide will offer free rides on all routes Thursday, April 25. Faculty and staff are invited to try Ames' public transportation that day. Student fees already cover ISU students' fare-free use of the CyRide system. Each spring, the American Public Transit Association organizes the day to generate awareness and increase local support for public transportation.

Blowout price continues at Wednesday ice cream sale

Members of the dairy science club will sell their 8-oz cups of ice cream for $1 (half price) April 17 as they approach the end of their selling season. The weekly sale is held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Kildee Hall outside the north doors to Lush auditorium. Today's flavors are vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, Reeses, Heath caramel, Oreo and Thin Mint.

Reiman Gardens to extend hours for tulip display

Reiman Gardens will extend its weekend hours during peak week to allow visitors to enjoy more than 55,000 tulips and thousands of other spring blooms. The gardens will be open until 8 p.m. April 27 and May 2-4. Gold, red and black tulips highlight the display that was inspired by the 2019 theme "Toys & Games." The gift shop also will stay open until 8 p.m. on those days, but the butterfly wing will close at 4:30 p.m. The extended hours offer an opportunity to see the spring bulb display inside the tropical plant conservatory.

Summer program for elementary students has openings

University Community Childcare on the north side of campus has openings in its summer schoolage (K-5th grade) Rock Stars program. Children in the program have fun playing with friends, taking trips to the Furman Aquatic Center, visiting Ames parks, bowling, exploring nature, and investigating science, art, drama and playwriting in group learning centers. For more information, call 294-9838, email univcc@iastate.edu or read online.

Retirement seminars scheduled

TIAA consultants from the Ames office will hold two retirement seminars in the Memorial Union the week of April 22. Call 800-732-8353 for more information. They are:

  • The Starting Line: Beginning to Save for Retirement, April 23 (noon-1 pm., Cardinal Room)
  • Money at Work: Foundations of Investing, April 24 (noon-1 p.m., Pioneer Room)

You're invited: Distinguished Awards Celebration is April 26

Help celebrate the university’s highest awards by attending the annual Distinguished Awards Celebration on April 26 (2 p.m., Benton Auditorium, Scheman Building). The ceremony is open to the public and a reception will follow. Details about the awards, which are given to alumni and friends through the ISU Alumni Association and ISU Foundation, are online. If you can't attend in person, the ceremony also will be livestreamed.

ISD hiring is complete, for now

Staffing for the service delivery teams is complete for now, according to an April 10 email update about improved service delivery (ISD). The remainder of the human resources and financial specialists will be added as needed after the July 1 implementation date. More information, including a timeline and "fact check" resource to address common questions, is available on the ISD website. Questions may be sent to ISD_transition@iastate.edu.

Search to continue into summer

The search for the next director of the office of institutional research will continue into the summer. The decision to continue the search was made after considering potential changes that would elevate the role. Additional updates will be shared in the coming weeks.

Alumni association to honor faculty, staff May 17

The university community is invited to help honor the ISU Alumni Association's 2019 Faculty-Staff Inspiration Award recipients Friday, May 17 (6:30 p.m., Alumni Center). Preceding the program, heavy appetizers and a cash bar will be available from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Register online by noon May 10.

New name for merged ag extension programs

Farm, Food and Enterprise Development is the new program name for the former Local Foods and Value Added Agriculture programs in ISU Extension and Outreach. Program manager Craig Chase and staff are housed at the ISU Research Park, 2625 N. Loop Dr., Suite 2430. The contact email is contactffed@iastate.edu.

Stanford political scientist to speak about partisanship

Political scientist Shanto Iyengar, a Stanford University professor, will speak about the intensification of partisan effect in a seminar in 368A Heady Hall from 3:40 to 5 p.m. April 26. Iyengar’s teaching and research address the role of the news media and mass communication in contemporary politics. The seminar is presented by the economics and political science departments.

Graduate student research conference is April 10

The Graduate and Professional Student Senate will hold its annual student research conference Wednesday, April 10 (9 a.m.-7 p.m., Memorial Union). The event will include research posters and presentations, a three-minute thesis competition and a keynote address on human mating strategies by David Buss, a professor of psychology at the University of Texas, Austin. Registration is free, email gpssconfchair@iastate.edu with questions.

Candidate forums planned for student counseling director finalists

Three finalists will interview April 9-12 in the search for the next director of student counseling services. Open forums are scheduled as part of the campus interviews. Student counseling services include assessment, crisis intervention, short-term individual therapy, referral services, outreach programming and student support groups. More information, including resumes and candidate evaluation forms, is available on the student affairs search website. Open forum dates and finalists are:

  • April 9, Jerrod Koon, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Virginia (11 a.m.-noon, Soults Family Visitor Center, MU)
  • April 11, Kathryn Kominars, Florida International University, Miami (11 a.m.-noon, Soults Family Visitor Center, MU)
  • April 12, Chris Hanes, University of Cincinnati (11 a.m.-noon, 3228 MU)

'PJ Masks' tickets go on sale April 5

Tickets for a May 30 musical production, "PJ Masks Live: Save the Day!" in Stephens Auditorium go on sale to the public at noon Friday, April 5. The tour is based on the animated superhero characters in Entertainment One's series for preschoolers, which airs daily on the Disney Junior channel. The Stephens show begins at 6 p.m. Tickets, $29-$59, will be sold via Ticketmaster, including the Stephens Auditorium ticket office (noon-6 p.m. Monday-Friday).

April is Earth Month

The office of sustainability has compiled a broad list of opportunities to help members of the campus community celebrate Earth Month in April.

Forever True Week planned for April 8-12

The ISU Foundation will celebrate its historic $1.5 billion fundraising campaign, Forever True, For Iowa State, on campus April 8-12 with Forever True Week. Booths with snacks, games and giveaways will be stationed throughout campus during the week, and outside Parks Library every day, from 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Check out the schedule online.

ISU Dining will host April 10 customer appreciation event

ISU Dining will host a customer appreciation event on central campus Wednesday, April 10 (10:30 a.m.-1 p.m.) Culinary staff will compete in a Top Chef challenge, where teams create a special dish visitors can sample, then vote for a favorite. Visitors can enter a drawing for prizes that include a dinner for 10 prepared by ISU chefs, Fitbit watch, wireless speaker, bluetooth headphones and Nintendo Switch Kit with Super Mario.

Student wellness expands mental health efforts

Student Health and Wellness expanded its efforts in mental health promotion and suicide prevention this year, hiring program coordinator Carrie Giese and assembling a 25-member mental health task force of staff, therapists, police officers and students. This fall, employees and students will be invited to choose from among a mix of training formats -- online modules, shorter sessions and daylong workshops -- all with a focus on mental health promotion and suicide prevention.

Student employee breakfast is April 17

All students employed on or off campus are invited to a breakfast on the go Wednesday, April 17 (7:30-10:30 a.m., ground floor of Beardshear Hall) in celebration of National Student Employment Week. Register for door prizes while you're there. Congratulations to Iowa State's 2019 Student Employee of the Year Thomas Polzin and to Students of Distinction Crystal Brandenburgh, Benjamin Escobar and Nicholas Oppedal.

Resiliency expert is on campus this week

Luke Seaward, executive director of the Paramount Wellness Institute, Boulder, Colorado, adjunct faculty member at the universities of Colorado (Boulder) and Norther Colorado (Greeley), and expert in stress management, will give two campus presentations this week. The first, "Mindfulness in the Workplace" is for university employees and students only and begins at 3:30 p.m. April 3 in the Carver auditorium. This presentation examines the concept of mindfulness and navigating distractions, explores the science behind neuroplasticity and concludes with several mindfulness exercises to help attendees harness their concentration skills for better work performance and optimal health. On April 2, he will present a public lecture, "Getting a Good Night's Sleep: Rest, Resiliency and the Art of Digital Detox" (7 p.m., MU Sun Room).

Procurement services wants to hear from you

Procurement Services is conducting a customer satisfaction survey through April 10. The intent is to measure current service levels and identify areas for improvement. Invitations to participate in the survey were emailed March 25 to all university employees; those who have worked with procurement services in the last year especially are asked to complete the online 10-minute survey.

Reminder: April 5 survey deadline for provost's office review

Faculty and P&S staff members have until 9 p.m. April 5 to complete an Office of the Senior Vice President and Provost review survey developed by a committee appointed by the president of Faculty Senate. The survey should take less than 10 minutes to complete and the information collected is anonymous.

ISU Extension and Outreach Week is April 8-13

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Week is April 8-13. Iowa's 100 county extension offices will host activities throughout the week that celebrate extension's presence across the state. Each year, more than 1 million people directly benefit from Extension and Outreach educational programs for economic growth, healthy families, thriving communities and sustainable environments; millions more connect online.