June 2019

Forums set for MU student activities director candidates

Open forums are planned for three finalists in the search for an associate director for student activities at the Memorial Union. The position will support the co-curricular experience, leadership development, career enhancement skills and personal development of students. The successful candidate also will develop stronger relationships with academic areas and build a sense of community on campus and in Ames. More information, including candidate resumes and evaluation sheets, are available on the student affairs search website. The forums will be held from 11 a.m. to noon in the MU Cardinal Room. Dates and finalists are:

  • July 8, Randall Bogard, Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green
  • July 10, Kristine Hefline, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff
  • July 11, Allen Womble, University of Illinois, Chicago

Volunteers pull 800 pounds of trash from College Creek

Sixty volunteers (including 20 interns from the George Washington Carver summer research program in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences) removed nearly 800 pounds of trash from College Creek during the annual clean-up event June 15. That trash included three bicycles, a shovel, trash can lid, more than 20 tennis balls, metal landscape edging, a knurled nest of chicken wire and more than 20 garbage bags of trash odds and ends. Event photos are online.

Magician Criss Angel coming to Stephens Sept. 8

Tickets for a Sunday, Sept. 8, performance in Stephens Auditorium by magician Criss Angel go on sale at noon Friday, June 28. Tickets cost $52 to $92 through Ticketmaster, including the Stephens ticket office (noon-6 p.m. Tuesday-Friday). Criss Angel is creator and executive producer of the TV series Criss Angel Mindfreak on the A&E network, as well as the Las Vegas stage show of the same name.

South MacKay entrance to close temporarily on July 1

The south entry to MacKay Hall ("the grand stairs") will be closed from July 1 through Aug. 8 while crews replace the windows on the central section and the doors at the top of the stairs. Favorable weather could shorten this timeline. A temporary mulch path off the sidewalk to the MacKay entry will lead pedestrians instead to a nearby entry on the east side of LeBaron Hall.

Lost key fee jumps to $30 on July 1

On July 1, the fee for lost building keys (excluding the residence system) will go up $5, to $30. The fee applies to all metal keys from ISU building security services, facilities planning and management. Employees and students who leave the university or take another job at Iowa State should return their keys directly to building security services, 108 General Services Building. Keys are not considered "returned" until that office receives them, and leaving keys with a department colleague doesn't ensure that the holder's name is removed from them.

Reiman Gardens is open late July 3

Reiman Gardens will be open all day Wednesday, July 3, from 9 a.m. through the conclusion of the city's fireworks display, which will launch across the street from the gardens. The rain date is Friday, July 5. Visitors may bring folding chairs and coolers with food and drinks, but fireworks and sparklers are not allowed. Standard admission rates apply.

More Workday user lab sessions added to prepare for go-live

Additional 30-minute sessions in the Workday user lab have been added to help employees get hands-on navigation experience with the finance and human resources system that goes live July 1. Registration is open on Learn@ISU and must be completed by 4 p.m. the day prior to the session so participants can be authorized to access the Workday system. The additional sessions are:

  • June 25, 1-1:30 p.m.
  • June 25, 1:30-2 p.m.
  • June 25, 2-2:30 p.m.
  • June 25, 2:30-3 p.m.
  • June 25, 3-3:30 p.m.
  • June 25, 3:30-4 p.m.
  • June 26, 1-1:30 p.m.
  • June 26, 1:30-2 p.m.
  • June 26, 2-2:30 p.m.
  • June 26, 2:30-3 p.m.
  • June 26, 3-3:30 p.m.
  • June 26, 3:30-4 p.m.

Foundation's Cardinal Sheet becomes web-based

The Cardinal Sheet, the ISU Foundation's proposal routing form to secure departmental, college and university approvals to request gift funding from a foundation, corporation or other non-government source, will switch from a PDF form to a web-based process on July 1. College pre-award teams can assist with completing the form; the foundation also has instructions and an FAQ online. Questions may be directed to the foundation relations team.

Save the date: Rummage RAMPage is July 26-Aug. 3

The 4th annual Rummage RAMPage, a cooperative effort of the city and ISU sustainability programs, will be held July 26-Aug. 3 at the Ames Intermodal Facility, 129 Hayward Ave. This community garage sale, an alternative to throwing useable household items in the trash at moving time, benefits the organizations that send volunteers to staff it. This year's schedule is:

  • Friday, July 26: Item drop-off
  • Saturday, July 27-Friday, Aug. 2: Item drop-off and sale
  • Saturday, Aug. 3: Sale (items half-price)

Car-share vehicle moved to University Village for summer pilot

One of the university's car-share cars (a Ford Escape) has been moved for the summer from parking lot 119, south of Administrative Services Building, to parking lot 201K, in front of the University Village laundromat on Blankenburg Drive. This location enables a summer pilot to gauge need and usage by students in University and Schilletter villages. Iowa State's contract with Zipcar offers a car rental option -- by the hour or day -- for drivers 18 years and older. Vehicles are reserved online and accessed through a membership key card. First-year membership is $15 and $25 in subsequent years. ISU's second Zipcar vehicle, a Ford Focus, is located in lot 1 south of State Gym.

Deadlines ahead for finance, HR and grants work

Cutover work to finalize data in the current financial, human resources and payroll systems is well underway, with many deadlines leading up to and following the July 1 go-live date for Workday. A dedicated cutover webpage on the WorkCyte website includes details and links to documents with last-day deadlines for:

Funding available for NASA-related research

The Iowa Space Grant Consortium has announced new funding opportunities for 2019-20 in two programs: Faculty Research Innovation Program and Early Career Investigator Research Program. Proposals for both are due Oct. 18. Faculty from Drake, Iowa State, Iowa or Northern Iowa (consortium's core institutions) who are U.S. citizens are eligible; details are online.

Aug. 1 deadline set for alumni association awards

Nominations are due Aug. 1 for these two ISU Alumni Association awards. Forms are online; questions may be directed to Katie Lickteig.

  • Distinguished Alumni Award: The highest award the association presents to honor alumni who are nationally or internationally recognized for preeminent contributions to their profession or life's work.
  • Honorary Alumni Award: The highest honor the university presents through the alumni association to honor individuals who are not ISU graduates and have made significant contributions to the university's welfare, reputation, prestige and pursuit of excellence.

Vince Gill concert tickets go on sale June 14

Tickets for an Oct. 18 concert in Stephens Auditorium by Country Music Hall of Famer Vince Gill go on sale to the public at noon Friday, June 14. Tickets, $65-$95 plus fees, are available on Ticketmaster and at the Stephens ticket office. Concert time is 7:30 p.m.

Employee readiness survey responses due June 13

The university's WorkCyte program is asking all employees to complete a readiness assessment survey by 6 p.m. Thursday, June 13. The 10-minute online survey will provide input on the level of knowledge and understanding of Workday and improved service delivery (ISD) implementation, and help target support and communication efforts. Questions can be emailed to

Speakers sought for August workshop on sustainable urban systems

Organizers of an Aug. 12-13 Ames workshop on developing sustainable urban systems extended the deadline for position statements from potential speakers to June 8. Ulrike Passe and Kimberly Zarecor, architecture; and Janette Thompson, natural resource ecology and management; received a $50,000 National Science Foundation grant for the workshop, "Redesigning the Urban-Rural Interface along the Mississippi Watershed." It will focus on mid-sized metropolitan areas within the 1.2 million-square-mile Mississippi watershed, with a focus on relationships and connectivity among urban and rural landscapes and communities. Submissions may be made on the workshop website.

Campus community invited to vote on tartan plaid for ISU

Students, staff, faculty and alumni are invited to vote on a tartan plaid design for the university. The voting site is open through 5 p.m. Friday, June 14; individuals get one vote. This spring, students in the department of apparel, merchandising and design (AESHM) were challenged to design a tartan pattern that aesthetically represents the university's colors, traditions and history. AESHM faculty and marketing and licensing staff reviewed the designs and selected two finalists. The final design will be woven into fabric used for products such as scarves, blankets, neckties and backpacks. Questions may be directed to AESHM faculty member Amy Shane-Nichols.

Second Comedy College alumni show scheduled at Stephens

On the heels of a May 28 first show, a second batch of alumni from ISU's 'Comedy College' will perform during a comedy and magic show Tuesday, June 18 (7:30 pm., doors open at 7 p.m., Celebrity Cafe, Stephens Auditorium). The master of ceremonies is Gavin Jerome, instructor for six semesters of the 2-credit Honors seminar on the art and science of standup comedy. Headliner is touring comedian/magician Tom Burgoon; also appearing are comedy college veterans Tyler Carlson and Michelle Parkison and Comedy Contest winner Matt Jacobson. The opener is recent comedy college graduate and Ames native Jamie Steyer. Tickets are $15 at the door; $10 online until 6 p.m. June 18.

Rose Fest at Reiman Gardens cancelled

Reiman Gardens' annual Rose Fest, scheduled for Saturday, June 8, had to be cancelled due to a lack of rose blooms.