September 2019

Learn about deaf culture and language

Dina Toulan, lecturer in world languages and cultures, will present "American Sign Language: Deaf Culture and Language," in a series of brown bag lunches beginning Oct. 4 (11 a.m.-noon, MU Gallery). Employees and community members will learn about deaf culture, including instruction in some sign language basics. Additional sessions are scheduled on Oct. 11, 18 and 25, each with unique content.

Alumnus to present leadership lecture

Jim Knuth, a 1984 ISU alumnus and senior vice president for Farm Credit Services of America, will present the 2019 William K. Deal Endowed Leadership Lecture on Wednesday, Oct. 2 (7:30 p.m., Curtiss auditorium). Knuth, who heads the organizations's Iowa retail financial services division, will present "Lessons in Leadership and Life." His talk is free and open to the public.

cyBUY supplier show is Oct. 3

Procurement Services will host its 2019 cyBUY Supplier Show on Thursday, Oct. 3 (10 a.m.-2 p.m., MU Great Hall and Oak Room). Faculty and staff are invited to meet several cyBUY suppliers and register to win some amazing prizes. Questions about the show may be directed to the cyBUY team.

Appointments available for student landscape sessions on Oct. 6

ISU's Landscape Club will host its 4th Student Design Sessions on Sunday, Oct. 6 (noon-3:30 p.m., Horticulture Hall). Students in the club will consult with homeowners to give design advice and plant recommendations, and draw rough elevation sketches over the top of pictures of the home. The hour-long sessions are $65 by appointment only; email to schedule a session. Proceeds will support the club's spring break trip to the National Collegiate Landscape Competition at Michigan State University.

Workday user labs planned for job management support

Human resources and student financial aid staff will hold two user labs this month to give hands-on Workday help to staff in job management support roles. Job management support staff can help process transactions related to temporary employees, such as hiring and separating student workers, including those in work study positions. The user labs are 2-4 p.m. Sept. 18 and 25 in 116 Durham Center.  

Dancing With the Stars tour returns to Stephens

Dancing With the Stars Live will tour this winter, with a stop at Stephens Auditorium scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020 (7:30 p.m.). Tickets, ranging from $59.50 to $79.50 (with other VIP options) will go on sale to the public at noon Monday, Sept. 23, through Ticketmaster.

Two more shows announced for Stephens

Tickets go on sale at noon Friday, Sept. 20, for two just-announced performances at Stephens Auditorium. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster, including the Stephens ticket office (noon-6 p.m. Monday-Friday).

  • Mannheim Steamroller 35th anniversary Christmas tour, Nov. 20 (8 p.m.), $51-$87 plus fees
  • Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood Live: Neighbor Day tour, March 18, 2020 (6:30 p.m.), $29-$79 plus fees

Documentary film series complements U.S. Latino/a program anniversary

As part of its 25-year anniversary observance, the U.S. Latino/a program in the world languages and cultures department is hosting a documentary film festival on Thursday evenings, Sept. 19-Oct. 10 (6 p.m. weekly, 198 Parks Library). After each showing, a faculty member will lead a Q&A session. Admission is free. The scheduled documentaries are:

  • "Abused: The Postville Raid" (2012), Sept. 19
  • "Stolen Education" (2013), Sept. 26
  • "Voices from Mariel" (2011),  Oct. 3
  • "The Last Colony: A Meditation on Puerto Rico's Political Status" (2015), Oct. 10

Game day traffic on I-35

The Iowa DOT offers a few suggestions for football fans driving to Ames for the Cyclone-Hawkeye game Sept. 14 (3 p.m.). Drivers arriving from the south on I-35 will use the new flyover bridge to go west on U.S. Highway 30 into Ames. Drivers arriving from the north are encouraged to exit I-35 at 13th Street (exit 113) to arrive in Ames. Motorists on the flyover bridge are reminded they will be merging onto Highway 30 with traffic heading west from both southbound I-35 and Nevada.

I-35 flyover bridge could open Thursday morning

The Iowa Department of Transportation announced Tuesday that the northbound I-35 to westbound U.S. Highway 30 flyover bridge is scheduled to open to traffic Thursday morning, Sept. 12, weather permitting. Final preparations necessary to open the bridge require dry pavement, but the goal is to open the bridge in time for Thursday morning's commute.

MU's bridal expo is Sept. 22

The Memorial Union's event planning staff will host the facility's first bridal expo in eight years on Sunday, Sept. 22 (11 a.m.-2 p.m.). United at the Union is free and open to the public. Visitors who preregister on EventBrite automatically will be entered to win discounts and prizes. Questions may be directed to wedding and event coordinator Jessica Erickson, 294-0990.

ClubFest postponed to Sept. 13

ClubFest, originally scheduled for Sept. 11 on central campus, has been moved to the Memorial Union Great Hall on Friday, Sept. 13, due to anticipated weather conditions. The event, which showcases many of Iowa State's 900-plus student groups and organizations, runs from 11 a.m to 4 p.m. Displays, demonstrations and giveaways will be available for students interested in getting involved on campus.

You're invited: Campus summit addressing sexual misconduct

Iowa State faculty, staff and community partners are invited to the 2nd Campus Summit Addressing Sexual Misconduct on Friday, Sept. 27 (7:30 a.m.-noon, Scheman Building), hosted by the dean of students office. The summit is an opportunity to review policy, processes and support mechanisms at Iowa State and in the Ames community to build staff's capacity to support those impacted by sexual violence and gender-based discrimination. Attendees will engage in large and small group dialogues. More information, including registration, is online.

Cyclone Aide recruiting runs through Oct. 13

New Student Programs is recruiting students for the 2020 Cyclone Aide cohort. Cyclone Aides assist new students in their transition to Iowa State during orientation and Destination Iowa State while serving as ambassadors for both their college and university and gaining professional development. Faculty and staff are asked to encourage engaged students to serve as Cyclone Aides. They also may nominate students for this paid leadership role by emailing McKenzie Reierson. The application and position description are online. Applications are due Oct. 13.

Bob Dylan will play at Stephens Oct. 23

Tickets for an Oct. 23 concert in Stephens Auditorium by Bob Dylan and his band go on sale at noon Friday, Sept. 13, via Ticketmaster or Tickets are $65 or $89.50. Students with a valid I.D. who purchase tickets at the Stephens ticket office can save $25. The concert begins at 8 p.m.

Study Abroad Fair is Sept. 19

Learn about interning, studying and volunteering abroad in experiences ranging from one week to one year at the Study Abroad Fair Thursday, Sept. 19 (10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., MU Great Hall). Students can enter their names for a chance to win study-abroad scholarships. In addition, the U.S. Postal Service will take appointments for passport applications and renewals; contact Natalie Welter, 515-251-2360, to schedule your appointment.

President's annual address is Sept. 11

President Wendy Wintersteen will discuss university priorities and challenges for the coming year during her annual address, "Writing the Next Chapter of Innovation and Excellence," Wednesday, Sept. 11 (4 p.m., MU Great Hall). All are invited to attend or watch the livestream.

Call for nominations for national student scholarships

The University Honors program, which also coordinates nominations for nationally competitive student awards, seeks nominations for competitive national fellowships and scholarships. Faculty and staff are encouraged to submit names of outstanding advisees or students, and Honors staff will contact each nominator to discuss opportunities that might be a fit. The campus deadlines for awards are:

  • Fulbright Scholarship: Sept. 9
  • Goldwater Scholarship: Oct. 21
  • NSF Graduate Research Fellowships Program: late October (varies by field)
  • Truman Scholarship, Nov. 4
  • Udall Scholarship, Nov. 18

Honors program staff also developed a resources website for those asked to write a letter of recommendation for a competitive award. Questions about awards or the nominating process may be directed to Laura Good.

New faculty research orientation is Sept. 13

New faculty members with a research emphasis are invited to attend the New Faculty Research Orientation on Friday, Sept. 13 (8:30-11 a.m., MU Campanile Room). Meet and network with peers while learning about the office of the vice president for research and its role in supporting faculty research careers. Register online.

You're invited to read The Spark; sign up by Sept. 10

The office of multicultural student affairs once again is offering The Spark, a weekly email series that serves as ongoing professional development for university faculty and staff and focuses on serving students of color. The time commitment is roughly 15-20 minutes per week. Our multicultural students have stories to share; please join us in listening to them. Sign up by Friday, Sept. 10, to receive The Spark this academic year -- and encourage your colleagues to do the same.

Next Cyclone Central tailgate is Sept. 14

Join Cyclone alumni and friends Saturday, Sept. 14 (noon-2:30 p.m., ISU Alumni Center) for Cyclone Central prior to the football game against Iowa. Mingle with friends and family and enjoy a cash bar, modern restrooms and indoor climate control. Admission is free; a catered meal (preregistration required by noon Sept. 11) and food trucks are available.

Fall sale in gardens' gift shop is Sept. 13-15

Reiman Gardens will hold a fall sale in its gift shop Friday-Sunday, Sept. 13-15. Shoppers receive a 30% discount on all merchandise, including home decor, kids' toys, yard ornaments, clothing, jewelry and Cyclone gear -- and they don't pay gardens admission. All sales directly benefit Reiman Gardens.

Tearoom will reopen Sept. 17

The Joan Bice Underwood Tearoom, 23 MacKay, will reopen for the 2019-20 academic year on Tuesday, Sept. 17, and serve lunch Tuesday-Friday (11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m.). Menus and prices are online. Groups of four or fewer diners may book via the OpenTable app on the tearoom website; groups of five or more diners may make a reservation by calling 294-3330.The tearoom is a hands-on classroom/restaurant operation for students in the Hospitality Management 380 course. Cash, check and credit cards are accepted.