Public sale will feature Hotel Memorial Union furniture

Lamps for sale in MU Great Hall

Jim Brockpahler, entertainment programs coordinator for the Memorial Union, looks over one of the many lamps available for sale from the former Hotel Memorial Union. Photo by Christopher Gannon.

Hoping to pick up a bit of Iowa State history? The contents of the Hotel Memorial Union's remaining 29 guest rooms will be sold at a public garage sale on Thursday, July 14 (4:30-7 p.m., MU Great Hall). Buyers are asked to make arrangements to move their purchases out of the building by 9 p.m. that evening.

As first announced in April, the Hotel Memorial Union ceased operations on July 1. Beginning next month, the residence department will operate the top three floors of the Memorial Union as student housing, in response to the high demand for on-campus housing.


Pricing sample of some items at the sale

What's for sale?

Imagine a hotel room and, with the exception of the telephone and television, nearly every item that furnishes it will be sold. The sale will include king and queen bed sets that were purchased in 2015 and are in excellent condition. Buy the bedframe, and the mattress and box spring comes with it.

The list also includes night stands, five twin-size roll-away beds, dressers, desks and desk chairs, end tables, sofa tables, framed mirrors, wingback chairs and several sofa beds. It includes table and floor lamps, four-cup coffee makers, irons, ironing boards, hair dryers, ice buckets, small trash cans, foldable luggage stands and clock radios. The list includes bed pillows, bath towels and bedding: comforters, blankets and sheets. Included in the sale are a few random items such as Graco Pack 'n Plays, shower stall bench, several box fans and a residential dishwasher. Pieces range in age from six months to 60 years or more.

Sale terms

ISU Surplus is conducting the sale for the Memorial Union. This is a liquidation sale and all items will be priced to sell; large items will have tags that buyers tear off to make their purchases. Buyers must pay by cash or check; credit cards will not be accepted.

No sale preview is scheduled and shoppers are asked to not queue up outside the Great Hall prior to 3 p.m. the day of the sale. Parking is available in the MU ramp (Lincoln Way entrance is open), and the semicircle drive on the west side of the Memorial Union will be reserved for sale pickups.



Laura Jolly outside MacKay Hall

Photo by Christopher Gannon.

Laura Dunn Jolly began July 5 as the third dean of the College of Human Sciences.

Jolly arrives at Iowa State from the University of Georgia, Athens, where she served since 2007, as dean of the College of Family and Consumer Sciences and associate director of cooperative extension and the experiment station (2007-10), vice president for instruction (2010-15) and professor of textiles, merchandising and interiors.

In early May, shortly after she was announced as the next dean, Jolly introduced herself to the university community in a two-minute video.

Jolly's office is in E262 Lagomarcino. She can be reached by phone at 294-5380 or email,

APLU names Iowa State an ‘Innovation & Economic Prosperity University’

Iowa State's long-standing commitment to economic engagement has earned it national recognition from the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities. APLU has designated Iowa State an Innovation and Economic Prosperity University.

APLU launched the program in 2013 to recognize universities that are leaders in spurring regional economic development, and has since designated 54 institutions as Innovation and Economic Prosperity Universities. Iowa State is the first university in Iowa to receive the designation.

"We're proud to be recognized by APLU. This designation is affirmation of the breadth of our economic engagement programs throughout the state, our record of achievement and our plans for continued service," said President Steven Leath.

The designation required an extensive self-study, which involved an in-depth look at the university's economic development enterprise, how it fits in the university's strategic plans, how it's communicated and what improvements can be made. Following the self-study, an independent team of experts reviewed Iowa State's study and recommended the APLU designation.

One of the reviewers said: "Economic development is in the DNA of ISU," noting that Iowa State created the first statewide extension service in 1906, and economic development is one of the four goals in the university's new five-year strategic plan.

"One of the benefits of the self-study and the rigorous independent review process is that we get a fresh, candid view of not only what we're doing well, but also what we can do better," said Michael Crum, vice president for economic development and business engagement.

"Public research universities such as Iowa State serve as economic engines for their local communities and states by conducting cutting-edge research that yields breakthroughs that improve life well beyond the confines of campus," said APLU president Peter McPherson. "Equally important, these institutions cultivate the talent necessary to help fledgling businesses take flight and ensure existing enterprises have the human capital they need to maintain their dynamism."

Noteworthy accomplishments

Among the achievements cited in Iowa State's self-study are:

  • Creation in 2014 of the Office of Economic Development and Industry Relations, which brought together key units involved in business assistance and economic development. In 2016, the office moved into a new, 42,000 square-foot facility in the ISU Research Park.
  • Expansion of the ISU Research Park from 230 to more than 400 acres and 66 companies occupying 550,000 square feet of building space.
  • Research centers that involve collaboration with industry, including the National Science Foundation Engineering Research Center for Biorenewable Chemicals and the BioCentury Research Farm, the first facility of its kind in the nation that integrates research and demonstration in biomass production and processing.
  • Student opportunities that combine learning with professional development, such as CyBIZ Lab and senior capstone projects for undergraduate engineering students.
  • During a five-year period ending in fiscal year 2015, more than 13,000 companies in all 99 Iowa counties received assistance from the Center for Industrial Research and Service and the Small Business Development Centers.
  • More than one million Iowans each year benefit from ISU Extension and Outreach programs.
  • Each Iowa State college participates in the undergraduate entrepreneurship minor coordinated and supported by the Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship.
  • Iowa State is a co-founder and major partner in the Cultivation Corridor, a public-private partnership that seeks to make Iowa the world's biosciences capital.
  • Iowa State is the only university in Iowa ranked among the top 100 in the world for utility patents by the National Academy of Inventors and the Intellectual Property Owners Association.  

APLU's Commission on Innovation, Competitiveness, and Economic Prosperity manages the designation process.


Online learning drives summer enrollment growth

Another enrollment record has been set this summer, with 11,942 students attending the summer sessions. That's an increase of 306 students over last summer's previous record. The census day for summer enrollment is the 10th day of the second session, though the count reflects all registration through that day and includes classes that concluded prior to it.

Enrollment is up over last year among undergraduates (an increase of 241), graduates (65) and post docs (5). Enrollment by professional (Doctor of Veterinary Medicine) students is down by five students.

The growth is in students learning online. The subset of students enrolled only in online or other distance options increased 431, up to 3,388 students this summer. Students either attending class on campus or enrolled in a combination of on-campus and online courses declined by 125, to 8,554 students.

Across the university, Iowa State offered 41 more online course sections this summer than it did a year ago, with 26 of those in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

The LAS growth was intentional, initiated in the dean's office and supported with input from college faculty, academic advisers, department leaders and the student services team in ELO, the joint online learning effort of the LAS and Engineering colleges. ELO program director Mark Woolley said additional summer course sections generally fit one of three strategies:

  • Online courses developed to be offered for the first time this summer. Examples include American Sign Language I and II; Elementary Spanish I; and several 200-level courses: Intro to American Government, Religion in America and Intro to World Religions.
  • Existing online courses not previously offered in the summer. Examples include Calculus II and Introduction to Statistics.
  • Already high-demand courses for which more capacity or sections were added. Examples include Calculus I; Elementary Spanish II; and several 300-level courses: Business Communication, Technical Communication and History of Iowa.

Woolley said the LAS college targeted courses that "would help set up students for fall semester," as well as some that would help ISU students remain Cyclones for summer school instead of enrolling elsewhere.

The LAS college marketed its successful Discover Summer Online program this spring in the Iowa State Daily, on CyRide busses, in social media and an email campaign to academic advisers and students.

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Visitors keep campus busy during summer

Many events -- from local to global -- will bring thousands of visitors to campus this summer. The following is a look at the groups (expecting 100 or more participants) that Iowa State will welcome over the next couple months.

Group Dates Participants Housing Venues    
Special Olympics Iowa summer games May 19-21 3,000 yes Lied, Forker, Beyer, Hilton
Odyssey of the Mind World Finals May 25-28 12,000 yes Campus-wide  
New student orientation May 23-July 1 6,000 yes Campus-wide  
USA Ultimate Iowa High School Championships June 4 100 no Rec fields  
PEGASAS (Partnership to Enhance General Aviation Safety, Accessibility and Sustainability) annual meeting June 7-9 150 no Town Engineering  
International Social Theory Consortium Conference June 9-10 125 no Morrill  
Agriculture Credit School: Iowa Bankers Association June 13-17 100 no Scheman  
OPPTAG summer youth programs June 13-July 22 400 yes Campus-wide  
USA Track and Field Iowa state meet June 18-19 1,000 no Cyclone Sports Complex  
USA Hockey Bantam Central District Select Camp June 19-24 150 yes Ames/ISU Ice Arena  
Cyclone Volleyball camps June 21-23, 12-14, 25-27 400 yes Forker, Hilton, Lied  
Miniature Hereford Breeders Association Junior Nationals June 22-26 200 no Hansen Ag Center
School Foods Short Course June 23, 19-21 445 no Scheman  
GoServ Global 5th Anniversary Celebration June 25 350 no Sukup Endzone Club  
Iowa 4-H Youth Conference June 28-30 830 yes Campus-wide  
Iowa Reading Association Conference June 28-29 600 no Scheman  
BravO National Dance Competition July 5-10 1,000 no Iowa State Center  
Universal Dance Association Camp July 7-10 150 yes State Gym  
Iowa Masters Golf Tournament July 8-10 100 no Veenker golf course  
Iowa Games July 9-10, 15-17, 22-24 14,500 no Campus-wide  
Project Lead the Way core training July 10-22 285 yes Howe, Sukup, Elings  
National Cheer and National Dance associations July 15-17 200 yes State Gym  
83rd Annual Custodian/Maintenance School July 18-22 100 no Scheman  
National Beep Baseball World Series July 24-30 500 no Rec fields  
Mary Greeley Medical Center Birthday Party Aug. 7 1,000 no Scheman