February 2019

Reminder: Employees must activate login requirement

All employees must activate multifactor authentication (MFA) by March 5, which adds a step to web-based logins that require a Net-ID and password. MFA provides a one-time authentication code during the login process to verify the user's identity. Only one MFA method is needed, but more options are recommended. Users can activate and edit MFA choices on their Okta dashboard ( Instructional videos and PDFs with step-by-step procedures for activating MFA are available on WorkCyte's "Ready, Set, Learn" page. Help also is available through the IT solution center (192 Parks Library, 294-4000, and local IT staff.

Emerging leader application deadline extended two weeks

The nomination deadline for the Emerging Leaders Academy's 2019-20 cohort has been extended to March 15. ELA, sponsored by the office of the senior vice president and provost, fosters leadership development of faculty and professional and scientific staff serving in leadership roles -- or those who aspire to be. Information about eligibility criteria and the nomination process is online. Questions may be directed to ELA co-directors Katharine Hensley or Rod Bagley.

Feb. 24 Museums lecture postponed

Weather postponed the Feb. 24 lecture, "Fashion Suburbia: Dressing the Family in Mid-Century America," by Jennifer Farley Gordon, apparel, events and hospitality management. The event, hosted by University Museums, will be rescheduled.

Seminar on classification and compensation study set for March 12

University human resources director of compensation and classification Emma Houghton will provide an update on the classification and compensation review for professional and scientific staff in a seminar hosted by the P&S Council March 12 (2-3 p.m., MU Gallery Room). Houghton will outline the basics of the new P&S classification and compensation structures, the framework of how positions are leveled and titled and the link to pay philosophy, and how the new structure differs from the current. The session will be livestreamed (use guest access to view) and also archived in Learn@ISU approximately one week after the live session.

Registration is open for summer youth fitness program

Registration is open for the Summer Youth Fitness program offered through the kinesiology department. The program for students in grades K-6 this school year runs June 3 to July 25 (Monday through Thursday, 1:10-4:30 p.m.). Sessions in and around the Forker Building are led by kinesiology and education students and include instruction in team sports, gymnastics, swimming and other physical activities. Participants are placed in groups based on age/grade level. The fee is $450 for one child, with a sliding scale for siblings; registration form is online. For more information, contact program director Jenny Smith, 294-1762.

Call for entries for student exhibition

The Memorial Union is issuing a call for artwork created by ISU students for the 2019 Apex Exhibit. Up to three pieces in any media may be submitted through Feb. 27, and around 40 pieces will be chosen by juror Julia Franklin, art professor at Graceland University, Lamoni, and 2018 Iowa Arts Council fellow. The exhibition will run March 29-May 5 in the MU Gallery, with a reception to recognize exhibiting artists scheduled for April 10 (6:30 p.m.).

Master's program in information security ranked No. 1

Iowa State's online master's program in information security systems is the nation's best, according to a new ranking by Online Masters. The group based its ranking on curriculum quality, program flexibility, affordability and graduate outcomes. 

Registration is open for STEM Fest for elementary students

The 3rd annual STEM Fest will be held Saturday, March 30 (1-4 p.m., Howe and Sukup/Elings halls). Geared towards elementary-age kids, this free event gives them a chance to learn about science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) through hands-on activities provided by campus departments, student organizations and companies. Register in advance (to avoid the line) or at the door. Questions about STEM Fest may be directed to Sarah DuBois, Women in Science and Engineering program.

Scholarship targets juniors with financial need

ISU sophomores searching for financial assistance for their junior year are reminded of the Roy J. Carver scholarship, up to 20 awards averaging $5,200 for the junior year (and renewable for the senior year). Applicants must be a U.S. citizen, graduate of an Iowa high school (or 5-year resident of Iowa), enrolled fulltime with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.80 and demonstrated financial need (based on the FAFSA). Applicants also must show evidence of significant social or economic obstacle. The application deadline for fall 2019 is April 1; application info and form are online.

Know a junior-to-be in need of a scholarship?

Faculty and staff are asked to remind eligible Iowa State students of the Roy J. Carver scholarship, up to 20 awards averaging $5,200 for the junior year (and renewable for the senior year). Applicants must be a U.S. citizen, graduate of an Iowa high school (or 5-year resident of Iowa), enrolled fulltime with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.80 and demonstrated financial need (based on the FAFSA). Applicants also must show evidence of significant social or economic obstacle. The application deadline for fall 2019 is April 1; application info and form are online.

Free concert by U.S. Air Force musicians is March 13

The United States Air Force Concert Band and Singing Sergeants from Washington, D.C., will be on a 9-day community relations tour next month, including a performance at Stephens Auditorium Wednesday, March 13 (7 p.m.). The concert is free and open to the public, though tickets are required and can be printed online or picked up at the Stephens ticket office, First National Bank, 405 Fifth St., and at the door.

Ames snow ordinance begins at 10 p.m. Tuesday

The city of Ames' snow ordinance will go into effect at 10 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19, 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 10 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.

Gardens hosts Irish 'after hours'

Reiman Gardens will host an Irish-themed indoor Business After Hours Friday, March 15 (5-8 p.m.). Enjoy a catered St. Patrick's Day meal, live Irish music by the Blue Moon Players and the gardens at dusk. The conservatory and gift shop will remain open during the event. Guests must be at least 21 years old. Preregistration and prepayment, $34 per person (members $25), are required by March 7. Everyone registering March 8 or later will pay $37.

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.

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.

Welcome new CALS dean

Daniel Robison, who is on campus full time starting this week, is the 11th dean in the history of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

Workday training to begin in April

In a report to the Professional and Scientific Council, a consultant outlined the extensive training planned to show ISU employees how to use the Workday enterprise platform, including student workers. 

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. 

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.

Writing and Media Center is hiring students for next fall

The Writing and Media Center, a service of the Dean of Students office, seeks friendly, motivated and bright undergraduate and graduate students to join its team for the 2019-20 academic year. Center leaders are hiring multiple positions and encourage students of all academic backgrounds -- from English to aerospace engineering -- to apply. This is an excellent, paid opportunity to help your peers become stronger, more confident communicators. Position descriptions and application instructions are online. Applications are due at 11:59 p.m. March 8. An information session will be held Thursday, Feb. 7 (5:10-6 p.m., 205 Carver).

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

Business attire pop-up shop is Feb. 7-8

Students in need of professional business attire for career fairs or job interviews are welcome at the College of Human Sciences' pop-up shop Thursday, Feb. 7 (6-8 p.m.) and Friday, Feb. 8 (10 a.m.-2 p.m.) in 1009 LeBaron. Gently used business attire is free to students in all majors.