February 2019

Book talk by Ames author looks at multiple personality disorder

Kay Jackson Berger of Ames, a retired psychiatric social worker, will talk about her 2017 book, "I, We or Whoever: One Woman with 110 Lives (Not Counting the First One)" on Tuesday, Feb. 26 (2:30-4 p.m., Reiman Ballroom, Alumni Center). The book reveals her 23 years of work to resolve one woman's multiple personality disorder. The public is welcome at this ISU Retirees Association-hosted event.

Ames snow ordinance begins at 10 p.m. Saturday

The city of Ames' snow ordinance will go into effect at 10 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, 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.

Goldfinch Room announces second show

Iowa songwriters and artists J. Jeffrey Messerole and Aaron Earl Short will be featured in the second Iowa Songwriters Showcase in Stephens Auditorium's Goldfinch listening room on Saturday, March 2 (shows at 5 and 8 p.m.). Reserved tables are available with seating for four ($40) or two ($25). Tickets may be purchased online from the Iowa State Center. Food options will include cheese platters, hummus tray, popcorn, cookies and candy, along with a selection of wine, craft and domestic beer, and soda.

Comedian Julia Shiplett will perform Feb. 21 in the M-Shop

Comedian Julia Shiplett will perform a free show Thursday, Feb. 21, in the Memorial Union Maintenance Shop. Doors open at 8:30 p.m. for the 9 p.m. performance. Shiplett is featured on public radio's "Moth Radio Hour" and made her television debut on season 2 of HBO's "Crashing."

Funeral Mass for John Pesek is Feb. 15

A Mass of Christian Burial for Distinguished Professor emeritus John Pesek (agronomy) will be held Friday, Feb. 15 (2:30 p.m.) at St. Cecilia Catholic Church, 30th Street at Hoover Avenue, Ames. Visitation will begin at 1:30 p.m., also at the church. Pesek died Feb. 11 in Ames at the age of 97 years. He joined the Iowa State faculty in 1950 as an assistant professor and retired in 1992. He chaired the agronomy department for 26 years (1964-90). The family suggests memorial gifts to Northcrest Community Foundation or St. Cecilia Church. Obituary.

Iowa State enters collegiate recycling competition

Iowa State is participating in the 8-week RecycleMania, a large collegiate recycling competition managed by the National Wildlife Federation. Schools go head-to-head in several categories based on the weight of recyclables, food organics and waste collected, reporting their numbers each week through March 30. Recycling and special events coordinator Ayodeji Oluwalana said he'll use the competition to benchmark ISU's efforts against the best recycling universities in the U.S. and Canada.

March 29 is deadline for 2019-20 undergraduate research assistance

Faculty and staff have a March 29 application deadline to participate in the 2019-20 Undergraduate Research Assistantship program, which provides outstanding juniors and seniors hands-on experience in a formal research environment. The intent is to encourage them to pursue graduate school. Faculty, staff and students should seek out those with similar interests for possible "matches;" preference is given to qualified students and faculty/staff who ask to work with each other. Student candidates must have filled out the FAFSA financial aid form and be eligible for work-study funding. More information, including program guidelines, funding sources and application documents, is online. Questions may be directed to Julie Arnold, 294-0103.

Register by Feb. 28 to showcase your work at ISU Research Day

The third annual Iowa State Research Day on March 28 (10 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Memorial Union) is an opportunity for researchers and scholars across campus to share their discoveries. This year’s theme focuses on the importance of sharing data and scholarship publicly for the benefit of all. Plus, the day is a great opportunity to network and form new collaborations. There still are opportunities to present research in the form of a poster, lightning talk, creative scholarship or research art. All presentations are welcome, but especially those related to expanding access to data and scholarship. To participate, register online by Feb. 28. 

Special 'valentine' prices at Wednesday ice cream sale

Members of the dairy science club will sell their 8-oz cups of ice cream for $1 (half price) Feb. 13 as a valentine incentive. The weekly sale is held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Kildee Hall outside the north doors to Lush auditorium. Bring your sweetheart or your friend and get two for the price of one. Various flavors will be available.

First 'Human Library' conversation is planned for March 7

As part of its continuous efforts to facilitate a safe, respectful environment for members of diverse groups to discuss their experiences with the campus community, the university library will host its first Human Library event Thursday, March 7 (4:30-8:30 p.m., 198 Parks Library). In advance of it, a book orientation workshop tenatively is scheduled for Feb. 21 (5-8 p.m., 198 Parks). The worldwide Human Library program, based in Copenhagen, provides the framework for conversations that challenge stereotypes and prejudices. Real people are "on loan" to "readers" during the events. Human "book" volunteers are sought for this inaugural event. 

New jobs website is now live

The new homepage for Iowa State job openings is now live. Employees who work with the hiring process should promote as the go-to website for university employment opportunities. For now, the new landing page directs applicants to listings still maintained in the PeopleAdmin system, but when the Workday enterprise software platform goes live July 1, new openings will be posted on the internally built jobs website. During the transition, the former homepage,, will redirect to the new website. Check out Inside's Jan. 24 story for more information.  

CyRide announces route or schedule tweaks for May and August

In response to customer feedback to route changes implemented in May and August 2018, CyRide will tweak a half dozen routes again this spring and summer. Changes in May will impact the plum, peach and gold routes; changes in August will impact the brown, cherry, lilac and gold routes. All of the routes travel to or through campus.

'Monologue' tickets are on sale

Tickets for Iowa State's annual benefit production of Eve Ensler's "The Vagina Monologues" are on sale via Midwestix or at the Memorial Union box office in the Maintenance Shop. Performances are Feb. 14 (7 p.m.) and Feb. 15 (6 and 9 p.m.), all in the MU Sun Room. Tickets are $15 (ISU students $10); proceeds support the ACCESS Assault Care Center in Ames.

Register now for ISCORE events

The 19th annual Iowa State Conference on Race and Ethnicity (ISCORE) will be held Friday, March 1 (8:15 a.m.-5 p.m., Memorial Union). This year's keynote speaker is Vernon Wall, director of business development for LeaderShape Inc., and president and founder of One Better World. All faculty, staff and students are invited to attend and/or volunteer; registration is free. A half-day professional development preconference for university employees, designed to enhance understanding and sensitivity to cultural differences, will be held Wednesday, Feb. 27 (11 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Memorial Union). Registration is free and also required; lunch is included.

Gerdin building still has east access

The primary entrance on the Gerdin Business Building's east side closed this week for the two-year, $28 million building addition project. Single doors at the northeast and southeast corners of the building continue to provide east-side access to Gerdin.

Hort Club students are selling Valentine flowers

The horticulture club's annual flower sale will be held Tuesday-Thursday, Feb. 12-14 (10 a.m.-4 p.m., MU west spiral staircase). Club members will sell roses, carnations and alstroemeria stems with complimentary greens. Proceeds support club meetings and trips to competitions. A pre-order option (to guarantee selection and receive a discount) has been extended through Feb. 7. Pre-order prices are (add 50 cents/stem on sale days):

  • Rose (7 colors), $4.50 per stem
  • Carnation (5 colors) or Alstromeria, $2 per stem

Green Dot bystander training for employees is Feb. 7

Faculty and staff are invited to participate in bystander training for Green Dot, a campus initiative to identify and reduce power-based personal violence. Green dots are words, behaviors and attitudes that promote safety for everyone. The 3-hour session provides employees with knowledge, skills and key behaviors to integrate in classrooms and offices. Register via Learn@ISU (search "GDOT") to enroll in the final session for spring semester on Feb. 7 (1 p.m., MU Oak Room).

Museums presents lecture series with Ames library

University Museums (UM) is partnering with the Ames Public Library to present the "Living with Art" lecture series. The monthly presentations begin at 7 p.m. in the library auditorium. Topics and presenters include:

  • Feb. 12, "Visual Literacy and Learning," university library dean Beth McNeil and docent Rae Reilly
  • March 12, "Mid-Century Modern Design," professor emerita and artist Priscilla Sage and UM curator Adrienne Gennett
  • April 11, "Cultural Beads," UM curator Adrienne Gennett and art and visual culture professor Chris Martin
  • May 14, "Best Intentions: Care of Collections," UM collections manager Allison Sheridan and retired state curator Jerome Thompson
  • June 11, "Magical Material: Glass Sculpture of Dale Chihuly," UM collections manager Allison Sheridan and curator Adrienne Gennett
  • July 9, "Museums Around the World: From Ames to Australia," UM collections manager Allison Sheridan and docent Rae Reilly