Student Announcements

Library shares prep and finals week offerings

While it won't switch to round-the-clock open hours to close out the semester, Parks Library is offering several wellness options for students during prep week and coffee and packaged snacks for students around 10:30 p.m. most evenings April 26-May 7. And the seating capacity alert on the library's homepage is expected to get some attention in the weeks ahead.

Club ice cream sale is today

The Dairy Science Club's Wednesday ice cream sale will feature vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, Oreo and Resse's flavors today (noon-2 p.m., near the Lush Auditorium north doors in Kildee Hall). The price is $2 per cup. The club also fills orders for events and functions; send an email to for more information.

Reiman Gardens extends hours for tulip viewing

Reiman Gardens will remain open through 8 p.m. six evenings this spring to give visitors additional time to enjoy the tulips and other spring blossoms. Evening hours will be in effect Thursday-Saturday April 22-24 and April 29-May 1. The gift shop will be open until 7:30 p.m. on these evenings, but the butterfly wing will close as usual at 4:30 p.m. Normal admission prices apply (free for members and ISU students with IDs.)

Your help is needed in Pammel Woods April 20

As part of Earth Day events, the Live Green! program and campus services are organizing volunteers to pull the invasive garlic mustard weed in Pammel Woods Tuesday, April 20 (11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., meet near the ISU Cemetery). A group of ROTC students will help again this year. Participants should wear long pants and closed-toe shoes and bring work gloves if they have them. Campus services will provide garbage bags. Volunteers don't have to commit to the full two hours; any amount of assistance is appreciated.

MU's bridal expo is April 25

"United at the Union," the Memorial Union's annual expo for couples planning a wedding, will be held Sunday, April 25 (1-3 p.m., MU Great Hall). Many central Iowa wedding vendors will take part. Face coverings are required for all vendors and attendees, six-foot social distancing is encouraged and hand sanitizer will be available at entrances.

Scamper with your dog on April 24

Iowa State's student chapter of the American Veterinary Medical Association will hold its annual SAVMA Scamper 5K walk/run Saturday, April 24 (10 a.m., College of Veterinary Medicine). Runners are encouraged to race with their dogs. Registration for faculty, staff and the public is $25 ($20 for ISU students). Proceeds support local animal shelters and rescues community awareness campaigns about the OneHealth mission.

Virtual events this month boost students' financial literacy

The office of student financial success has put together these free virtual events and workshops for all ISU students. Participants will be entered to win a $100 ISU Book Store giftcard. Click on the link to register.

  • Curious About Credit? How to Perfect Your Score, April 20 (1-2 p.m.), Covers components of a credit score, credit management strategies, the negative things that can impact your score, how to get your free credit report (and how to read it and correct any errors in it).
  • Tackle Your Debt: Winning Strategies on any Budget, April 21 (2:30-3:30 p.m.) Covers repayment process for student loan debt, keeping on top of your debt, how to pay off your loans ASAP and save thousands in interest, ISU's exit counseling requirement.
  • Big Senior Send Off: Financial Advice for Grads, April 22 (4-5 p.m.), financial management workshop for graduating students, topics include the importance of saving early for retirement, starting an emergency fund and preparing for life after graduation.
  • Financial Literacy Trivia with Kahoot (limited to 50 participants each day), April 21 (12:30-1:30 p.m.) and April 22 (11 a.m.-noon)

Live concert will benefit KHOI community radio

A May 9 live concert at Stephens Auditorium featuring Midwest artists Chad Elliott and Bo Ramsey will raise funds for Ames' KHOI Community Radio as part of its spring membership drive. Tickets are $25 for reserved seats, $50 for VIP seats in the first 11 rows. Livestreaming for home viewing also is available for $15/single and $25/group. Tickets and livestream links can be purchased online. Safety protocols will be in place with physical distancing in the seated areas, enhanced disinfecting procedures and face coverings required. The concert begins at 5 p.m.

Ugandan basket sale is April 12-24 in the MU

In collaboration with the Uganda Alliance Club, the Workspace is hosting a pop-up basket sale April 12-24 in its space in the Memorial Union east basement. Sale hours are 2-9 p.m. Monday-Friday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. Baskets sell for $10-$25. By purchasing a handmade basket created by a member of the Tusubila ("hope") Crafts Group, you are supporting women in Kamuli, Uganda. Baskets are made with dried raffia and banana leaves, and the money from sales goes directly toward supporting the artist's family. This initiative began through the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences' Uganda program, and students work with the Tusubila group to bring baskets over, sell them in the United States and send the money to the artists.

Daily trivia, career workshops planned for student employment week

National Student Employment Week is April 12-16. Nearly one-third of Iowa State students work on campus. In addition to the work they accomplish for the university, their employment is a powerful tool for students, helping them manage their time, connect to campus and develop career readiness skills. Virtual and free activities for all student employees include daily trivia events with prizes (1 p.m. Monday-Thursday, registration required) and career readiness workshops led by college career services staff:

  • Resumes and job search tips, April 13 (two sessions: 1:10 and 3:10 p.m.), Engineering
  • Professional communication and interview preparation, April 14 (noon), Design
  • Utilizing your part-time job in your job/internship, April 14 (4 p.m.), Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • Salary negotiation, April 15 (3:30 p.m.), Human Sciences
  • Trends in hiring/job searching in a pandemic, April 16 (10 a.m.), Business

Watch for detours at I-35/U.S. Highway 30 interchange

The state Department of Transportation announced ramp closures at the the Interstate 35/U.S. Highway 30 interchange in order to complete repairs on the north- and south-bound I-35 bridges. The closures begin at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 6, and are scheduled to continue to Wednesday, Nov. 24, weather permitting. Several detours will involve rerouting traffic to Dayton Avenue (west of the interchange):

  • Southbound I-35 drivers wanting to travel east on U.S. 30 will exit onto westbound U.S. 30, travel west to the Dayton Avenue exit and turn back onto eastbound U.S. 30.
  • Eastbound U.S. 30 drivers wanting to travel north on I-35 will exit at Dayton Avenue and travel north to 13th Street, east on 13th Street to I-35 and north on I-35.  
  • Westbound U.S. 30 drivers wanting to travel south on I-35 will need to proceed to Dayton Avenue and get back onto eastbound U.S. 30 to use the southbound I-35 ramp.

Training session set for April 24 for LEGO innovation contest

Iowa State students, employees and alumni are invited to a virtual training session April 24 (11 a.m.-noon) to answer questions and provide inspiration for an upcoming LEGO design contest. In a competition to be held at the Iowa State Fair in August, teams working in in two-hour time slots will build LEGO models they designed to represent Innovate at Iowa State. See the contest webpage for more information and to access the link to the training session, which will be recorded for later viewing.

Beware of 'tax refund payment' phishing scam

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has identified a phishing scam targeting individuals with ".edu" email addresses. The phishing email contains the IRS logo and a subject line such as "Tax Refund Payment." Iowa State employees or students who receive a suspicious email like this should not enter any personal information into the phishing form, and are asked to follow this process to report the suspicious email to Iowa State's IT security team. More information.

Student club's Animal Learning Day is April 17

The Block and Bridle Club will hold its annual Animal Learning Day on Saturday, April 17 (9 a.m.-1 p.m., Hansen Agriculture Student Learning Center, 2508 Mortensen Rd.). The event is free and provides an opportunity for the public to learn about animals in agriculture and interact with them. Face coverings and social distancing will be required.

ISU Creamery is adding Saturday hours

Beginning April 10, the ISU Creamery, 2953 Food Sciences Building, will be open on Saturdays (2-6 p.m.). Weekday hours this semester remain noon-4:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. More information about ice cream flavors and sizes is on the ISU Creamery website.

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