February 2020

ISU horticulturists co-host public TV show

Aaron Steil, assistant director of Reiman Gardens and lecturer in the horticulture department, and Cindy Haynes, associate professor of horticulture and consumer horticulture extension specialist, co-host a horticulture special on Iowa PBS, Gardening with Steil. It premieres on air and online Sunday, March 1, at 2:30 p.m., and will be rebroadcast Saturday, March 7, at 1 p.m., also on Iowa PBS's main channel. It also will air March 3-8 on Iowa PBS' World and Create channels. Steil and Haynes created three episodes that run consecutively in each broadcast.

Central Standard Time to play the Goldfinch Room

Central Standard Time, the acoustic duo of Matt Hibbard and Charlie Rod from Iowa City, will have two performances in the Goldfinch Room at Stephens Auditorium Saturday, March 28 (5 and 8 p.m.). Their 15-year collaboration created five albums. Reserved tables for four are $40; reserved tables for two are $25 and may be purchased online.

Landscape club members offer design sessions for homeowners

Iowa State's student Landscape Club will host its fifth Student Design Sessions on Sunday, March 8 (noon-3:30 p.m., Horticulture Hall). During one-hour appointments, club members will consult with homeowners to give landscape design advice and plant recommendations, and draw rough elevation sketches over the top of photos of a home. The cost is $70. For more information or to schedule an appointment, email Proceeds will support the club's spring break trip to the National Collegiate Landscape Competition at Michigan State University.

GLEE Day for elementary-age girls is March 7

The ISU chapter of the Society of Women Engineers is hosting a GLEE (Girls Learning and Experiencing Engineering) Day Saturday, March 7 (10 a.m.-3 p.m., 202 Carver) for girls in kindergarten through 4th grade. The girls and ISU women engineers will participate in hands-on activities that introduce different areas of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math). Registration is free; an optional box lunch from Hy-Vee is $5. Register online.

CyRide proposes changes to blue, peach routes

CyRide is seeking public input on service changes to two routes that serve campus (#3 Blue and #14 Peach) proposed to go into effect Saturday, May 9, with the start of summer service. The changes are intended to maintain consistent and reliable schedules as follows:

  • #3 Blue: Modify route to follow current detour (imposed for Gerdin Building construction) and not circle back to the Friley area as originally designed in CyRide 2.0. Due to increased pedestrian traffic during the school year, the route is not able to meet the schedule.
  • #14 Peach: Reduce service frequency from 30 minutes to 40 minutes. Due to increased traffic on Stange Road and Osborn Drive, the route is not able to meet the 30-minute schedule.

Changes will be outlined during a public meeting Tuesday, Feb. 25 (CyRide second floor conference room, 601 N. University Blvd.). Those unable to attend may provide comments to or transit planner Shari Atwood, 292-1100, through Tuesday, March 3.

Call for student artwork

The Memorial Union has issued a call for Iowa State student artwork for consideration in the 2020 Apex Exhibit, April 3-May 3 in the Gallery Room. Through March 1 students may submit online up to three pieces in any media. Juror Jeremy Chen, Grinnell University assistant professor of art, will select approximately 40 pieces for the exhibition. Exhibiting artists will be recognized during an April 9 reception (6:30 p.m.). Questions may be emailed to

Irish 'after hours' at Reiman is March 13

Preregistration is due by noon March 6 for a March 13 'after hours' Irish-themed event at Reiman Gardens (5-8 p.m.). Enjoy a catered roast beef dinner, cash wine and beer bar, and live Irish music by the Blue Moon Players. Participants must be 21 years or older. The cost is $34 ($25 for members and ISU students) through March 6, and $40 after.

Funeral for Jeff Berger is March 16

The funeral for emeritus professor of animal science P. Jeffrey Berger, 76, will be held Monday, March 16 (11 a.m., Collegiate United Methodist Church, 2622 Lincoln Way, visitation from 9 a.m. to the time of the service). Berger died Feb. 11 in Ames. He was a member of the ISU faculty for 38 years (1972-2010). Berger's family prefers memorials to the Iowa chapter of the ALS Association, 3636 Westown Pkwy, Ste. 204, West Des Moines, or Collegiate United Methodist Church. Obituary.

Ron White comedy tickets go on sale Feb. 21

Tickets for an April 24 show in Stephens Auditorium with comedian Ron White go on sale at noon Friday, Feb. 21, via Ticketmaster. Tickets are $45-$74, with VIP packages from $134 to $223.

Ivy Women in Business Awards ceremony is March 25

Faculty and staff are invited to the Ivy Women in Business Awards reception Wednesday, March 25 (5:30 p.m., Reiman Ballroom, ISU Alumni Center). The event is free and open to the public. RSVPs are requested. The 2020 award winners are Anna Florzak ('10, marketing), Berta Aldrich ('90, finance) and Renee Schaaf ('80, industrial administration).

Info session is Feb. 14 for undergrad research events

Undergraduate students' application deadline is Feb 20 to present at either the March 24 Research in the Capitol event in Des Moines or ISU's annual Symposium on Undergraduate Research and Creative Expression. An information session on the process will be held Friday, Feb. 14 (1-2 p.m., 1151 Jischke Building). Questions may be directed to Svitlana Zbarska, 294-2064.

Miller grant applications for OER proposals are due April 15

Each spring, the university library, Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching and office of the senior vice president and provost support the Miller Open Education Mini-Grant program to encourage instructor innovation in adopting open educational resources (OER). Assistance ranges from $500 to $5,000. Proposals for projects with planned completion in the 2020-21 academic year are due by 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, April 15. A Q&A workshop for potential applicants will be held Monday, April 6 (2:10-3 p.m., 2030 Morrill).

Reminder: Flower sale is Thursday-Friday

The Horticulture Club is selling roses, carnations and alstroemeria, with complimentary bouquet greens, for its Valentine's Day fundraiser Feb. 13-14 (10 a.m.-4 p.m. daily, MU west spiral stairwell). Prices are $5/stem for roses and $2.50/stem for carnations or alstroemeria. Cash and checks are acceptable payment. Proceeds from the flower sale will support meetings and travel for industry tours and competitions.

Nominate a student for Destination Iowa State leader post

New Student Programs is recruiting team leaders for Destination Iowa State Aug. 20-22. Team leaders play an important role in welcoming students to Iowa State and getting them prepared for academic success. Faculty and staff are invited to nominate a student for this paid leadership position by filling out the online nomination form or contacting Nicole Nicholson, who will contact the student. 

Be a Destination Iowa State team leader

Be a mentor to new Cyclones, develop leadership skills and earn up to $375 by serving as a team leader during Destination Iowa State Aug. 20-22. Attend an information session to learn more on Feb. 13 (6:30 p.m. and 7:15 p.m., MU Gold Room). Each team leader is responsible for leading and mentoring a group of 12-15 students throughout Destination Iowa State. More information, including the application, is online.  Applications are due Sunday, Feb. 16, and questions may be directed to Nicole Nicholson, 515-294-6660.

Access the ISU internal job board through Workday

Current faculty, staff (professional and scientific, merit, contract) and postdocs can view and apply for available positions on Workday’s internal job board, and set up alerts for newly posted positions that might interest them. Faculty and staff can build a career profile in Workday that includes work experience, education, licensing and certifications. That information will automatically transfer to the job application for a different position at Iowa State. The system also will track application status and history. Type “Find Jobs” in the Workday search bar, or select the “Career”app icon on your Workday homepage. Outside candidates, students (graduate, undergraduate) and seasonal and temporary employees will continue to apply through the external jobs site.

Pop-up art sale runs Feb. 10-14

Workspace artists have organized a pop-up art sale Monday-Friday, Feb. 10-14 (10 a.m.-2 p.m. daily, outside the ISU Book Store main entrance, Memorial Union). Choose an eco-friendly succulent in a pot created in The Workspace. Hand-created Valentine cards and gift wrapping also are available.

Siberian orchestra forced to cancel March 2 concert

The March 2 concert in Stephens Auditorium by the Siberian State Symphony Orchestra has been canceled. The orchestra was unable to secure visas and had to cancel its U.S. tour. For guests who purchased their tickets through Ticketmaster, automatic refunds will be credited. Ticket buyers who purchased through the Iowa State Center ticket office or the Stephens subscription package will receive an email about exchange and refund options.

College-by-College Pitch Off kicks off Feb. 6

The College-by-College Pitch Off is back. The event offers students in all seven colleges the chance to deliver a 90-second pitch about an idea or business they are working on to a panel of judges for cash prizes. In addition to a cash prize, the top two in both categories (new idea or existing business) from each college pitch off will advance to the campuswide Innovation Pitch Competition Feb. 27. College-level competitions begin with Veterinary Medicine on Feb. 6.

Okaidja Afroso to perform at Stephens

Arts Midwest has adjusted its lineup with a pair of performances from Okaidja Afroso and his ensemble, musicians and dancers connected to the musical traditions of the African Diasopra on Friday, Feb. 21 at Stephens Auditorium. Tickets for the shows (10 a.m. and 7 p.m.) can be purchased online. A free welcome reception for the Okaidja Afroso Trio is Sunday, Feb. 16 at 7 p.m. at Morning Bell Coffee. A previously scheduled performance by Choor -- musicians from the Inner Mongolia region of China -- was canceled because of recommended travel restrictions.

Ice cream sale features popular flavors

The Dairy Science Club will sell ice cream today (11 a.m.-1 p.m., near the north doors of Lush Auditorium in Kildee Hall). Flavors of the week are chocolate, Oreo, Snickers, Heath caramel and caramel apple. The price is $2 for an 8-oz. cup. 

ISU Theatre honored at festival

ISU Theatre received numerous awards for students and faculty at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, highlighted by senior Bethmari Marquez-Barreto's first-place honor.