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. 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.

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).

March 27 is deadline for 2020-21 undergrad research assistance

Faculty, staff and students have a March 27 application deadline to participate in the 2020-21 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.

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. 

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.

National recycling contest begins Feb. 2

Iowa State is participating for a second year 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 Feb. 2-March 28. Iowa State is entering the per capita classic contest, which calculates the paper, cardboard, bottles and cans recycled on a per person basis. 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.

25 Year Club banquet set for March 2

The 25 Year Club will honor 131 new members at their annual banquet at the Scheman Building on March 2 at 5 p.m. To be eligible for the club, an employee must complete 25 continuous years as an ISU faculty or staff members. New honorees this year needed reached that mark in 2019. Honorees and their supervisors will receive an invitation from and current 25 Year Club president Brian Meyer. Go online to for details on the banquet and information about the prestigious club. 

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