April 2023

Vet Med association establishes Patterson award

The American Veterinary Medical Association has established a new annual diversity, equity and inclusion honor, the Frederick Douglass Patterson Lifetime Achievement Award, named after the trailblazing veterinarian and academic administrator. The award will recognize excellence through innovative and transformative leadership in promoting DEI. Patterson (1901-88) received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Iowa State in 1923.

Applications due June 15 for fall's Cardinal Women* program

Applications will be accepted online through June 15 for this fall's Cardinal Women*, a growth opportunity for women who are ISU faculty and staff that focuses on leadership development, goal orientation and purpose in their personal and professional spheres. The curriculum involves a monthly two-hour gathering (August-December) for large and small group discussion and short written or video resources viewed in advance. Topics include: Identifying and silencing the inner critic, discovering and utilizing your inner mentor, communication style strategies, approaches to negotiation, and how to support and affirm those in our community. Questions can be directed to co-facilitators Tera Lawson or Denise Williams-Klotz.

* This includes women who are cisgender, trans, of trans experience, etc. The program welcomes individuals who identify as gender non-binary or gender queer.

Entrepreneurial visionary John Pappajohn has died

John Pappajohn, whose 1996 gift established entrepreneurial centers at all three Iowa regent universities, Drake University and North Iowa Area Community College, died April 22 in Naples, Florida. Iowa State's Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship opened on a vision of providing students of all majors a variety of entrepreneurial opportunities. Today, it offers programming for students, faculty, community entrepreneurs, business professionals and alumni with the objective of creating a culture of entrepreneurship and innovation to build and improve Iowa businesses.

Judi Eyles, director of Iowa State's Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship, said in a statement, "We are deeply saddened to learn of John's passing. John Pappajohn was a true visionary and his support of entrepreneurship at Iowa State will have a lasting impact. He was a kind and generous man, and he loved spending time with students and entrepreneurs.

"John was an inspiring and positive role model who taught our young entrepreneurs to be successful through his hard work, generosity and mantra that -- 'If I can do it, you can do it.' We are fortunate that he had the vision to change the landscape for entrepreneurs in Iowa and was always willing to support them, and the Iowa State Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship, not only financially, but with his advice and wisdom."

Open house at Central Stores is May 4

The staff of Central Stores invites all faculty and staff to an open house in its remodeled sales area on Thursday, May 4 (10 a.m.-2 p.m., 192 General Services Building, burger/brat lunch served 11 a.m.-1 p.m. while supplies last). Enjoy door prizes and tours; limited parking will be available in lot 47 on the east side of the building.

One receipt form for giveaways replaces three

Faculty and staff who provide cash, gift cards or items to individuals using university funds should use a new form to record receipt of the giveaway. Effective April 25, three forms were merged into a single form to reduce confusion about the process of collecting a signature acknowledging receipt of a payment or item. Found with other forms templates on the ISU controller's website, it's called the Research Participant Receipt and Property Receipt Form.

A common use of this form is when a research team compensates individuals with cash or gift cards as an incentive for participating in the research. Those who accept it are required to complete the receipt form when, or prior to, receiving their item(s). A signed receipt is required for income tax reporting. Requests for an employee to receive an award as a one-time payment should be submitted to to be processed through the payroll office. Questions may be directed to the accounting/compliance office.

April 29-30 is stash-your-trash weekend, but there's more

The annual Stash the Trash community beautification started April 17 and runs through May 6. Clean-up supplies (bags and gloves) are available for pick-up from the Ames Community Center at city hall or the Resource Recovery Plant, 420 E. 2nd St. Individuals, families and groups can choose a place to beautify and a time to pick up trash at their convenience. A roll-off container will be available April 29-30 in stadium parking lot S3, near Reiman Gardens, to stash collected trash. More information, including options for disposing of your "stashed trash," is on the event page.

Classrooms reserved for evening study during prep week

The room scheduling team has reserved 10 general university classrooms as study rooms for students during prep week, May 1-5 (5:30-11 p.m. nightly): 

  • Carver 0160, 0196
  • Gilman 1114, 1805
  • Lagomarcino 1530
  • Physics 0043, 0056
  • Ross 0129, 0131
  • Town Engineering 0250

You're invited: Special events in the bookstore

The ISU Book Store in the Memorial Union announces two free special events in the next week:

  • Story Time with book characters Gerald the elephant and Piggie, Saturday, April 29 (10:30-11:15 a.m.), stories, kids activities, coloring pages, photo opportunities with Gerald and Piggie, discounts on kids' and general books
  • Star Wars exclusive merchandise launch, Thursday, May 4 (9 a.m.-6 p.m.), light sabers, photo oppotunities, prizes, Star Wars music and more (products not available until 9 a.m. Thursday)

May 4 meeting for interested summer rummage sale volunteers

The annual city-university Rummage Rampage, focused on diverting usable household items from a landfill, will be held July 28-Aug. 5 at the Ames Intermodal Facility on Hayward Avenue. ISU student organizations and community non-profits interested in volunteering at least 10 hours at this year's event to receive a percentage of event proceeds should attend an informational meeting on Thursday, May 4 (6 p.m., Ames Water Treatment Plant, 1800 East 13th St.). More information is on the city's Rummage Rampage website.

Start Something LAS I+E Academy showcase is May 2

Students completing their first year of the LAS Innovation + Entrepreneurship Academy will be displaying and demonstrating their projects during an open house showcase event on Tuesday, May 2 (4:10-5 p.m., 4250 Student Innovation Center). The university community is invited to stop by.

University Honors spring poster presentation is May 3

The University Honors program invites the campus community to its spring poster presentation, featuring Honors capstone projects, on Wednesday, May 3 (3-5 p.m., MU Great Hall). Spring Honors graduates and other Honors students will answer questions and speak with individuals interested in their projects. The Honors program's spring convocation will follow at 5:45 p.m. in the MU Sun Room, preceded by a reception (5-5:45 p.m.).

Cyclones reveal throwback football uniforms for fall legacy game

During the spring football game April 22, the Cyclone football program revealed the throwback uniforms team members will wear for the Jack Trice Legacy Game on Oct. 7. The jersey honors those worn by Jack Trice during the 1923 season.

Funeral Mass for MU director Steve Winfrey is April 28

Steve Winfrey, director of the Memorial Union since August 2017, died April 19 in Ames of pancreatic cancer. A visitation will be held Thursday, April 27 (6-8 p.m., Durham Great Hall, MU), with a vigil service at 8 p.m. A funeral Mass will be held Friday, April 28 (3 p.m., St. Cecilia Catholic Church, 2900 Hoover Ave.), preceded by an hour of visitation (2-3 p.m.). Winfrey's family invites friends and colleagues to join them to celebrate Steve's life Friday (4-7 p.m.) at CyBowl & Billiards in the MU. Obituary.

'Forever True Day' tally is in

On the heels of its second annual Forever True Day, staff at the ISU Foundation announced the 24-hour campaign April 4-5 raised $518,246 from 2,142 gifts in support of programs, people and facilities across the university.

Regents approve promotions for 75 faculty

Meeting April 20 in Ames, the state Board of Regents approved promotion and tenure requests for 75 Iowa State faculty, effective for the 2023-24 academic year. The group includes 43 cases of promotion with tenure, three tenure-only cases and 29 promotions for tenured faculty.

Annual Symposium on Undergraduate Research and Creative Expression is April 20

The university community is invited to the 17th annual, day-long Symposium on Undergraduate Research and Creative Expression Thursday, April 20 (8:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m., poster session 3-5 p.m., Student Innovation Center). Nearly 190 undergraduates from all academic disciplines will share 142 individual and group research projects through oral and poster presentations. A symposium program provides an overview. More than 50 faculty members will participate as moderators to provide feedback to presenters. Questions may be directed to Svitlana Zbarska, undergraduate research program coordinator.

United Way food drive runs April 24-May 4

United Way of Story County's 2023 Live United food drive runs April 24-May 4 and includes more than two dozen campus donation locations.

Here's a list of needed pantry items, including the 12 most in-demand products: peanut butter, cereal, canned chunky soups, mac and cheese, dry pasta, pasta sauce, canned fruit and vegetables, canned chicken and tuna, beans (chili, black, brown), rice, hand soap and paper towels. Cash donations can be made by check, cash or Venmo and will go straight to the food pantries.

Donations will be shared with The Shop, Sloss House and Bone Appetite (Veterinary Medicine) food pantries on campus and more than a dozen local pantries.

Distinguished Awards celebration is April 28

Help celebrate the university's highest awards at the annual Distinguished Awards Celebration on Friday, April 28 (2 p.m., Reiman Ballroom, ISU Alumni Center and livestreamed, reception follows). The ceremony is open to the public. Information about the recipients of awards given to alumni and friends through the ISU Alumni Association and ISU Foundation, as well as livestream information, is online.

Reminder: Strategic plan funding proposals due April 28

To be considered for funding for the fiscal year that begins July 1, strategic plan project proposals must be submitted through the strategic plan website by 5 p.m. April 28. An FAQ on the website provides helpful information about the submittal process, and senior advisor to the president Sophia Magill provided additional information during a series of March campus forums. Requestors should be prepared to complete the submission in one sitting; the system doesn't save partial entries. Magill said a decision about funded proposals will be shared by the end of June.

Send summer, fall course material requests to the bookstore

To help students be ready for the first day of class, the ISU Book Store is accepting course material requests for both summer and fall terms for:

Bookstore staff can assist with adoption and research of available options. Course material requests should be sent to each department's designated coordinator for course materials, or email Emma Hartman at the bookstore.

Malaysian Cultural Night is April 23

The Ames Student Association for Malaysians will host Malaysian Cultural Night on Sunday, April 23 (5-9 p.m., Benton Auditorium, Scheman Building). Activities include live performances by Malaysian artists, a stage play highlighting Malaysia's vibrant traditions and customs, an exhibition displaying the country's history and heritage, and authentic Malaysian cuisine served after the performances. Tickets ($13.80 for members of the university community) are available at campus booths and online through ISU Marketplace (physical tickets may be picked up starting at 4:30 p.m. Sunday at the front desk, Scheman ground floor lobby; bring an ID or email confirmation).

Host an event at October's Cyclone Family Weekend

The dean of students' Ambassadors and Parent and Family programs will welcome families to campus on Oct. 13-15 for Cyclone Family Weekend. Staff are planning many events across campus in collaboration with the academic colleges, student organizations and other campus partners. If you are interested in hosting an event for families during Cyclone Family Weekend, please contact Sabrina Shields-Cook, dean of students office.

SHOP seeks employee volunteers for prep, exam weeks

During prep and final exam weeks and break periods, the SHOP campus food pantry in Beyer Hall relies on faculty and staff volunteers to keep the doors open. Please consider signing up for a shift here. More times will open as the weeks progress during the summer. The food pantry also is in need of empty egg cartons and plastic shopping bags. Questions can be sent to

Many postal rates will increase July 9

Planning some large mailings this summer? Bob Tott, manager of ISU postal and parcel services, said the U.S. Postal Service has filed notice with the Postal Regulatory Commission of mail price changes to take effect July 9. Intended to offset inflation, the new rates include a three-cent increase in the price of a First Class Forever stamp (to 66 cents).

The USPS also is seeking price adjustments for some special services such as certified mail, P.O. box rental, money order fees and insurance on mailed items. No change is proposed to the additional ounce price (24 cents) for letters and flats.


U.S. Postal Service price changes


Planned price (July 1)

Current price

Letter (1 oz)

66 cents

63 cents

Metered letter (1 oz)

63 cents

60 cents

Domestic postcard

51 cents

48 cents

International postcard



International letter (1 oz)



Animal Learning Day is April 15

The Block and Bridle club's Animal Learning Day is Saturday, April 15 (9 a.m.-1 p.m., Hansen Agricultural Student Learning Center). It's a free educational event with the goal of bringing together students, faculty and community to teach about modern day agriculture and practices through educational booths that may feature live animals. A free lunch will be provided.

ISU Extension and Outreach Week is April 17-22

Iowa State Extension and Outreach Week is April 17-22. On April 19, extension and outreach advancement staff and Cy will be handing out "#Strong Iowa" stickers and other items to all who stop beginning at 1:30 p.m. All 100 extension county offices also will host events throughout the week.

High performance computing workshop is April 24

Iowa State students and researchers interested in learning about high performance computing are invited to an in-person satellite workshop, Shared Memory Programming Using Open MP, on Monday, April 24 (10 a.m.-4 p.m., 206 Durham). C and Fortran programmers will get a hands-on introduction to OpenMP programming. Attendees will leave with a working knowledge of how to write scalable codes using OpenMP. More information, including registration, is on Iowa State's High Performance Computing website.

The event is hosted by the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center, a joint research center of Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh, and sponsored by the National Science Foundation's ACCESS (Advanced Cyberinfrastructure Coordination Ecosystem: Services and Support). 

Summer instructors: Register your course exams with the test center

The ISU test center location at 2552 Gilman will be open May 15-Aug. 4 to host summer course exams. Instructors interested in using the testing services for on-campus or remote proctored exams are encouraged to register their course(s) and add assessment dates as soon as possible. Email or call 515-294-7398 with any registration questions.

Nominations open for Women in Business awards

Nominations are open thorugh May 1 for the Ivy Women in Business awards. The three awards -- Outstanding Young Alumna Award, Women in Business Inspiration Award and Women in Business Champion Award -- celebrate women in business and provide an opportunity to inspire the next generation of women business leaders in college. Submit nominations on the Ivy College of Business website.

Miller Open Education call for proposals closes April 24

Open for its sixth round of funding, the Miller Open Education Mini-Grant Program encourages instructor innovation in adopting and creating Open Educational Resources (OER). The call for proposals closes at 11:59 p.m. on April 24. Visit the ISU OER website for more information.

Town hall on digital equity for Iowa is April 25

Interested in digital equity? Attend a Digital Equity Town Hall on Tuesday, April 25 (6 p.m., 0114 Student Innovation Center) to help the state of Iowa understand barriers to the digital aspects of Iowa life.

Digital equity focuses on four main areas: internet access, internet affordability, digital devices and device skills. At the event, attendees can expect a short presentation followed by an audience discussion. The town hall is hosted by the state of Iowa's Office of the CIO and sponsored by the university's Information Technology Services. It's part of a two-month-long series.

EH&S staff relocating May 1 during building renovation

Beginning May 1, many staff in environmental health and safety will work from alternative locations while the Environmental Health & Safety Services Building undergoes an interior renovation. Completion is estimated for October. The building will remain open, and administrative staff will be available to assist. If you need to meet with specific staff, please call their direct extension or (515) 294-5359 to verify their location. Learn more.

New careers hub simplifies internal job searches

A new ISU internal careers hub, launched in Workday on April 12, provides a single, simplified tool for current Iowa State employees seeking internal job opportunities. In Workday, internal applicants now can access job postings, personalized job alerts and a centralized report to manage applications more readily. The four main functions of the internal careers hub -- careers overview, browse jobs, job alerts and job applications -- are easier to locate, navigate and use. The simplified interface and use of cards make it easier for employees to apply, monitor and track internal jobs. 

Find the internal careers hub in Workday under the global navigation menu. Learn more in a how-to article in the IT service portal. And learn more about configuring your Workday applications.

Funding support for national faculty development program this fall

The provost's office will partially cover tuition for the fall edition (Aug. 27-Nov. 18) of the Faculty Success Program, an online mentoring program sponsored by the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity open to tenured, tenure-track or term faculty. The program teaches faculty the skills to increase their research and writing productivity while maintaining a healthy work-life balance. ISU funds would cover $2,500 toward early registration costs of $4,350 for up to four faculty, and participants would need to cover the rest through other sources (department, college, grants, etc.). Faculty sponsored by the provost's office are expected to complete all components of the program. To apply for funding support, fill out a short application by May 4. Questions may be directed to Katharine Hensley.

Spring football game is April 22

The Cyclone football program will conclude its spring season with an intrasquad game on Saturday, April 22 (11 a.m., Jack Trice Stadium). Admission is free. The format of the game will be determined by the coaching staff based on player availability. The team's last spring game was in 2017.

Support Cyclone small businesses at April 21 fair

Iowa State student- and alumni-owned businesses will showcase their products at a small business fair on Friday, April 21 (3-5:30 p.m., parking lot south of Triangle Fraternity at 2136 Lincoln Way) hosted by the Student Alumni Leadership Council. This event is open to the ISU and Ames communities. Enjoy free refreshments while they last. If you own a small business and want to participate, register online ($10 fee for student businesses, $20 for alumni businesses). Questions may be directed to Kaley Severn, ISU Alumni Association, 515-294-2632.

SAVMA Scamper 5K is April 15

The 39th annual SAVMA Scamper 5K walk/run, hosted by the ISU chapter of the Student American Veterinary Medicine Association for human runners and their dogs, is Saturday, April 15, beginning at 10 a.m. at the College of Veterinary Medicine. The cost is $30 and includes a short-sleeve, moisture-wicking shirt while supplies last; register online. All proceeds will be donated to local animal shelters. The event concludes with a grilled burger lunch.

Out of the Darkness Walk is April 29

The annual Out of the Darkness Iowa State University Walk, hosted by student counseling services, will be Saturday, April 29 (10 a.m., south campanile lawn). The walk supports the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s education and support programs and its goal to reduce the annual U.S. rate of suicide 20% by the year 2025. The walk will include a kick off with personal sharing. Create a walking team, register to walk and donate at

Exhibitor application window opens for Destination Iowa State picnic

New Student Programs is gearing up for Destination Iowa State in August, three days of high-impact programming for new undergraduate students. Departments and units can help welcome students as exhibitors at the Center of ExCYtement picnic on Thursday, Aug. 17 (5-7:30 p.m., outside Hilton Coliseum). More information, including the application, is online. Preference will be given to departments and organizations that submit by May 13. Advisors of student organizations also are encouraged to ask their student teams to participate as exhibitors. Questions may be directed to Jordan Baumgardner, 515-294-5714.

Stange Road reconstruction begins April 10; expect delays

The city of Ames has contracted with Con-Struct for a two-year reconstruction of:

  • Stange Road between Blankenburg Drive and 24th Street, in 2023.
  • 24th Street, in 2024.

The Stange Road portion of the project has three phases; the first reconstructs the two northbound lanes. Weather allowing, the first phase begins Monday, April 10, with laying temporary pavement on the west side of Stange. This will close the west southbound lane for an estimated two weeks, including access to Greensboro Drive from Stange Road. When this temporary pavement is completed, traffic will be head-to-head on the two southbound lanes of Stange Road, and removal and replacement of the northbound lanes will begin. Work on the northbound lanes will last an estimated three months.

Beginning April 10, drivers are encouraged to use alternate routes to campus when possible and allow extra travel time since delays will occur. The work zone will have low speeds and narrow lanes. 

Reserve seats for April 20 wearables design show

Tickets can be reserved online for an end-of semester "wearables design" show Thursday, April 20 (7 p.m., atrium, College of Design). Student teams from 16 sections of the college's first-year design studio will share their final projects -- more than 70 in all -- during the show. Designs are inspired by music or sound; they also integrate outdoor elements in response to the assigned theme of "nature in excess." For those unable to secure tickets, the show will be livestreamed on the college's YouTube channel.

Celebrate student employees April 10-14

National Student Employment Week is April 10-14. Faculty and staff in units that employ student employees are asked to remind them about on-campus events to celebrate their contributions. Events for student employees include: 

  • Nine career readiness workshops on topics such as interview prep, job search strategies and job offer analysis.
  • Free headshots and free food options Monday-Thursday. 
  • Daily virtual trivia (pop culture, ISU history, Harry Potter and ISU sports) with prizes for winners. Registration required.
  • A roaming Cash Cab April 10-11 offering gift cards, T-shirts and more.

Register for symposium on campus youth programming

Registration is open through April 19 for the office of risk management's 2023 Youth Programs Symposium Friday, April 21 (8:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m.). This free, virtual conference is designed to provide information, support and inspiration for youth program leaders and other interested faculty, staff and stakeholders who work with youth programming at Iowa State.