Student Announcements

March 2023

Dogs on leashes welcome at Reiman Gardens Tuesdays in April

Every Tuesday (4:30-7:30 p.m.) in April, visitors to Reiman Gardens are welcome to bring their dogs to enjoy the gardens' outdoor areas. During these Rovers at Reiman events, dogs must remain on hard surfaces or turf and aren't allowed in flower beds or other posted areas. Dogs also must be current on vaccinations and remain leashed at all times (non-retractable leashes are required). Dogs and owners will be given a colored ribbon (red, yellow or green) to attach to collars that reflects a dog's comfort level with interacting with other dogs or humans. The fee is $5 per dog; dog owners pay the usual gardens admission (free for members and ISU students) and must sign a liability waiver.

Award recipients: Student employee, supervisor of the year

Last week, the office of student financial aid honored outstanding student workers for their contributions to campus, as demonstrated in five categories: community service, diversity and inclusion, leadership, technology and innovation, and critical thinking. From 47 nominations, a selection committee chose these students (listed with their employing unit):

  • Student Employee of the Year: Jamie Hefley, biomedical sciences
  • Student Employees of Distinction: Hannah Uhrich, human development and family studies; Alexias Townsend, ISU dining; Jack Stevenson, recreation services

In partnership with university human resources, the student financial aid team also selected an inaugural Student Employee Supervisor of the Year this spring. Selection reflects mentoring, professionalism and leadership provided to hourly student employees. Nearly 30 individuals were nominated, and these supervisors were selected:

  • Student Employee Supervisor of the Year: Linda DeSchane, ITS Solution Center, who oversees nearly 40 hourly student employees
  • Student Employee Supervisor of the Year finalist: Raquel Espin Palazon, genetics, development and cell biology

The two winners received a prize for their achievement, and their nominations will be forwarded for additional consideration at the regional level.

Veenker golf course opens March 24

Iowa State's Veenker Memorial Golf Course and driving range on North Stange Road will open for the season on Friday, March 24. ISU students, faculty and staff receive discounts on season passes. Additionally, Mondays and Thursdays are designated "ISU student days" year-round, with daily green fee discounts available. More information is online or call 515-294-6727.

Ivy College of Business online MBA available this fall

The Ivy College of Business announced last week that its part-time professional MBA program will be available fully online this fall. Students in the program can choose to take courses online or in a hybrid format with one class/week in person at the college's Capital Square location in downtown Des Moines. Registration is open. To learn more, contact assistant director of graduate recruitment Kim Putz.

Dairy science club ice cream sale resumes this week

After a winter break, the Dairy science club's Wednesday ice cream sale starts back up March 22, and will be held weekly through the end of the semester. Outside the north doors to Lush Auditorium in Kildee Hall, get a cup of ice cream Wednesdays (noon-2 p.m.) for $2 per cup. Flavors today are chocolate, vanilla, strawberry, Rocky Road, Kit Kat and Thin Mint. The ice cream is mixed by club members at the ISU creamery, and the sale serves as a fundraiser for club activities throughout the year.

Global Gala is March 24

The Global Gala celebrates all cultures and promotes the diversity at the university. Student organizations showcase their cultural heritage through music, dance and fashion. The gala is free and open to the public on Friday, March 24 (7 p.m., MU Great Hall). Doors open at 6 p.m. and light refreshments, including a sampling of foods from different cultures, will be served.

Celebrate State Day March 22 on central campus

SALC, the Student Alumni Leadership Council, will host a State Day celebration for students on central campus Wednesday, March 22 (noon-3 p.m.), that features free lunch, desserts, inflatables, a dunk tank and Cyclone swag. The Iowa Agricultural College and Model Farm was established on March 22, 1858.

City snow ordinance takes effect Saturday afternoon

The city of Ames' snow ordinance will go into effect at 4 p.m. Saturday, March 11, and remain in effect until it has stopped snowing and the streets are plowed curb to curb. The snow ordinance likely will remain in effect until noon on Sunday, March 12, but could vary throughout the community due to plowing challenges. Vehicles on city snow routes (identified by red and white signs) should be moved to off-street parking or to streets not designated as snow routes. To assist with the plowing effort, owners are asked to not park vehicles on any residential street, particularly on circles and cul de sacs; however, only vehicles parked on snow routes risk being towed.

Hourly updates provided until network restored

There are currently internet outage issues on the Iowa State network impacting the ability to access some services from on campus such as Okta (your Sign On dashboard). Information Technology Services is working with vendors and service providers to resolve the issue.

Please follow the university's Status Hub for updates. Updates will be posted to Status Hub hourly until internet connectivity has been restored. 

Last Wednesday for hot chocolate, coffee and donuts in Kildee

Dairy Science Club members will sell hot chocolate ($2), coffee ($2) and donuts ($1) outside the Lush Auditorium north doors in Kildee Hall on Wednesdays (9 a.m.-1 p.m.). The sale will be held weekly until spring break, and the club will resume its weekly ice cream sale after spring break.

Next Workday Student readiness workshop: registration and course management

Faculty and staff are invited to an online workshop highlighting the student records components of Workday Student. A two-part workshop, led by Iowa State project teams, is scheduled for Wednesday, April 5, via Webex. Register on the WorkCyte website to attend one or both parts: 

  • 2:10-3 p.m., Class registration 
  • 3:10-4 p.m., Grading and academic standing 

Language and communication justice series continues March 29

Faculty, staff and students are invited to a virtual panel event, Rewriting, Reclaiming and Reorienting in Digital Spaces, on Wednesday, March 29 (4-5:15 p.m., via Webex). Artists and designers Ashlee Bird, Joseph Erb and Casey Koyczan each will share their work advocating for Indigenous language justice through technology and design, followed by a Q&A with attendees. Register to receive the link. The discussion is part of the 2022-23 Series on Language and Communication Justice, hosted by the Academic Success Center and writing and communication consultations

Is that a spring in your step?

Daylight saving time begins at 2 a.m. Sunday, March 12. Remember to set any manual clocks ahead one hour and plan to lose an hour of sleep. But enjoy daylight into the early evening . . .

Learn to swim this spring

Recreation services is offering swim lessons for adults and the children (ages 5-12 years) of Iowa State faculty, staff and students this spring, March 28-April 30. Adult sessions meet Tuesdays and Thursdays; youth lessons on Mondays and Wednesdays. Lessons are 30 minutes. The price varies based on rec services membership. Course level descriptions and registration details are online.

ISU therapy dog turns 12 on Wednesday

ISU police department therapy dog Zosia will celebrate her 12th birthday on Wednesday, March 8 from 3-4 p.m. All are welcome to join outside of Parks Library and enjoy cookies, balloons and a goodie bag.

Jump start funds available for low-cost course infrastructure

Proposals are due March 31 for projects to develop a sustainable infrastructure to support low-cost and no-cost course materials for students, one of the nine Jump Start initiatives in the university's strategic plan. A second round of funding will address course content. Criteria and guidelines for submission are online.