Student Announcements

July 2024

Big 12 Conference membership swells to 16 this week

The recent realignment of the Big 12 Conference will be completed on Aug. 2. Following the July 1 departure of two schools (universities of Oklahoma and Texas), the University of Colorado returns this week after 13 years and three others become first-time members: Arizona State University and the universities of Arizona and Utah. As a reminder, four other universities joined the conference last summer: Brigham Young University and the universities of Central Florida, Cincinnati and Houston. For the first time, the conference has 16 members.

Ames Bookmobile stops at new campus location

In partnership with the University Library, the Ames Public Library's Bookmobile has a regular Iowa State stop on its weekly route: 11 a.m.-1 p.m. on Thursdays. Because of construction in the vicinity of Parks Library, the Bookmobile's campus stop has moved to Stange Road near Kildee Hall (where several food trucks set up during the day).

You're invited: CYstarters' Demo Day is July 30

The members of CYstarters' ninth cohort will share the progress they made this summer on their businesses during Demo Day on Tuesday, July 30 (3-5 p.m., CORE Facility atrium, 1805 Collaboration Pl., ISU Research Park), with appetizers and networking to follow (5-6:30 p.m.). The cohort includes students from every ISU college. Registration is free but requested. CYstarters is an 11-week summer accelerator for ISU students or recent graduates to focus on their startup or business idea.

Christian Petersen, Farm House museums closing July 29 for a month

The Christian Petersen Art Museum in Morrill Hall and central campus' Farm House Museum will close Saturday, July 29, so museums staff can change out some exhibitions. Both museums will reopen Monday, Aug. 26.

Community garage sale runs July 27-Aug. 3 on Hayward Avenue

The 8th annual Rummage RAMPage, a city-university community garage sale designed to keep reuseable household items out of the local waste stream, will be held Saturday, July 27, through Saturday, Aug. 3, at the Ames Intermodal Facility, 129 Hayward Ave. The event coincides each summer with apartment leases ending on July 31. Nearly 50 area non-profit organizations provide the volunteer labor and share proceeds from the sale. A list of accepted items (and not accepted items) is online. Payment is via Venmo or cash; no credit cards or personal checks. Key dates for 2024 are:

  • Friday, July 26, noon-6 p.m., drop-off only
  • Saturday, July 27, 8 a.m.-6 p.m., sale and drop-off
  • Sunday, July 28, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., sale and drop-off
  • Monday-Friday, July 29-Aug. 2, noon-6 p.m., sale and drop-off
  • Saturday, Aug. 3, 8 a.m.-noon, half-price sale only (no drop-offs)

Sloss House closed for renovations

The 140-year-old Sloss House, on the east rim of central campus, is closed until at least October, pending construction timelines. Planned renovations to the house include a front porch revitalization, installation of an accessible front door, floor refinishing and more. Services provided by the Margaret Sloss Center for Women and Gender Equity remain available:

  • Students are encouraged to email to make an appointment with staff.
  • Personal care items temporarily are housed at The Center for LGBTQIA+ Student Success, fourth floor of the Memorial Union.
  • Parenting and child care supplies are available through the Office of Child Care and Family Services located near University Community Childcare on Stange Road.

Highway 69 closing near Kelley for two months

Faculty, staff and students who commute to campus from the south via U.S. Highway 69 should be aware of an upcoming road closure between Ames and Huxley. From 7 a.m. Thursday, July 11, through Sept. 24 (weather permitting) the road will close just north of 280th Street/Story County road E-57 (near Kelley and adjacent to Iowa State's Animal Resource Station) while the Walnut Creek bridge is replaced with a box culvert. The marked detour route (PDF) takes travelers to the west, using Iowa 210, Story County road R-38 and U.S. Highway 30.

Adding up the impact of annual creek cleanup

During the 15th annual College Creek cleanup on June 22, 26 volunteers provided more than 60 combined hours of service to remove 475 pounds of trash from College Creek and two 30-gallon barrels of the invasive garlic mustard from areas surrounding the creek. Ames businesses supported them with refreshments and door prizes. Since the first cleanup event in 2009, 563 volunteers have contributed more than 1,300 hours of service and removed more than 8,100 pounds of trash from sections of the creek throughout Ames. Their work has provided an estimated value of $32,300 to the university and Ames communities -- and everyone who lives downstream of College Creek.

July 4 is university holiday

University offices will be closed and classes will not meet on Thursday, July 4, in observance of the national Independence Day holiday. Friday, July 5, is the final day of summer session I and not a university holiday.