A break from the books

student runners cross central campus

Photo by Christopher Gannon.

Members of the Iowa State Running Club crossed central campus late Tuesday afternoon. The group trains together daily to prepare for competitions ... and step away from their studies for an hour or two.

Eight to interview for Iowa State presidency

Eight people will interview to be Iowa State's next president.

The search committee met Tuesday afternoon to select which of the 64 applicants -- 59 men and five women -- would make the cut for initial interviews.

By the numbers

Janice Fitzgerald of AGB Search provided the search committee with some specifics: 

  • In emailing higher education groups, strong candidates from prior searches, former colleagues and others, AGB's initial blast when the job description was posted in early July went to more than 6,200 people.
  • Thirty-two of the 171 people nominated for the position ending up applying, making up half of the candidate pool. Search consultants reached out to each of the 171 nominees, though 37 of them didn't respond to emails. Sixty-one of the 232 individual nominations suggested by 148 nominators were repeats.
  • Thirty-four people not nominated expressed interest to AGB. Seventeen of them applied.
  • AGB spoke by phone with 82 applicants or possible applicants, many of them more than once.

The deliberations were private to protect the identifies of candidates. After meeting for a little more than three hours, the committee convened publicly and disclosed how many semifinalists it picked. The committee didn't identify the gender, race or ethnicity of the semifinalists.

AGB Search, the firm hired by the state Board of Regents to guide the search, didn't provide any demographic breakdown of the 64 applicants, other than suspected gender. Candidates weren't required to provide information about their gender, race or ethnicity in the application.

All 64 applicants were reviewed by committee members, without any vetting by AGB.  

Semifinalist interviews, about 75 minutes with each candidate, will be held at an off-campus site Sept. 26-27. Further details will be released about a week before the interviews.

Assessing applicants

Before its private deliberations, the committee received training on how to avoid implicit bias during its selection process.

It's impossible to prevent your brain from taking shortcuts, but clear criteria and an awareness of common pitfalls can help prevent unintentional hiring discrimination, said Sriram Sundararajan, associate dean for academic affairs and equity advisor for the College of Engineering.

For instance, suggesting a candidate would be a "bad fit" could be a concern, Sundararajan said. It might mask cultural discomfort with a candidate. He urged committee members to press for examples and specifics.

"If that happens, don't be a silent bystander," he said.

Prematurely ranking candidates before reviewing them all also can lead to biased decision-making, Sundararajan said.

As part of the bias training, Reg Stewart, vice president for diversity and inclusion, told the committee Iowa State's next president needs to see equity as fundamental to leadership.

"It's not niche. It's not something you can put to the side and have some people working on it," he said.

A track record of sensitivity on polarizing issues related to race and ethnicity is crucial, he said.

"If you haven't demonstrated capacity for that, you're a liability," Stewart said. "We do not want someone who has to learn this on the job."

Diversity and inclusion was one of the themes committee members raised during a brief discussion at the end of the meeting about what questions to pose to candidates. Other themes topics included funding and private giving, growth issues, athletics, shared governance, economic development and student success. AGB will develop the actual questions to be asked of all candidates.

What's next

Prior to the interviews later this month, AGB consultants will call the semifinalists' references and share what they learn with the committee.

After interviews throughout the day Sept. 26 and the morning of Sept. 27, the committee will decide the afternoon of Sept. 27 which of the eight to forward as finalists. Between three and five candidates will be invited to visit campus for interviews and meetings, including a public forum. AGB will conduct a thorough background check of finalists, including references not listed on their application and court records, and confirm their credentials.

On-campus visits will be Oct. 5-6 and Oct. 9-10. Finalists will be identified publicly 24 hours before they arrive on campus. The search committee will solicit feedback on each finalist via an online form that will likely be avilable on the university's presidential search website

Finalists sometimes withdraw at the last minute, avoiding public identification. In the 2011 search, for instance, four finalists were selected, but two dropped out. Jim McCormick of AGB said some potential candidates who spoke with the consultants declined to apply because finalists will be public.

The 21-member search committee, co-chaired by College of Design Dean Luis Rico-Gutierrez and Dan Houston, chairman, president and CEO of Principal Financial Group, plans to provide a report to the regents at the board's Oct. 23 meeting. The committee will not rank the finalists.

After interviewing candidates at the Oct. 23 meeting, regents are expected to select Iowa State's 16th president.

Former President Steven Leath left this spring to be president of Auburn University. Interim President Benjamin Allen has been leading the university since May and will continue in that role until the new president assumes office in early 2018.

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ISU gets high marks in latest faculty survey

In a national survey of faculty satisfaction, Iowa State showed no broad areas of concern in comparison to its peer institutions. Dawn Bratsch-Prince, associate provost for faculty, shared a summary of survey results at the Sept. 12 Faculty Senate meeting.

"We're really outperforming our peers in the area of faculty satisfaction, which I find to be a great success," Bratsch-Prince said.

The COACHE (Collaborative on Academic Careers in Higher Education) survey is administered by Harvard University's Graduate School of Education. Forty-nine percent of ISU faculty participated in 2016-17, outperforming the average response rate.

Compared to a small cohort of five peer institutions and a larger group of 112, ISU showed 10 areas of strength:

  • Appreciation and recognition
  • Collaboration
  • Departmental quality
  • Health and retirement benefits
  • Interdisciplinary work
  • Leadership: divisional (college level)
  • Leadership: senior (university level)
  • Mentoring
  • Nature of work: service
  • Personal and family policies

Participating faculty said the best aspects of working at ISU were:

  • Quality of colleagues
  • Support of colleagues
  • Academic freedom
  • Commute

The challenges of working at ISU were:

  • Sense of "fit"
  • Lack of research support
  • Cost of living
  • Lack of teaching support

Bratsch-Prince said detailed data, such as differences by subgroups (gender, race, rank, college, etc.), will be examined and shared with faculty groups and administrators. She said specific areas will be targeted for improvement efforts.

"We'll collaborate with the senate, provost's office and other administrative offices on targeted action," Bratsch-Prince said.

Diversity and inclusion update

Reg Stewart, vice president for diversity and inclusion, provided an update on seven initiatives he and his staff developed:

  • A "mindfulness room" in 297 Parks Library to serve as a quiet reflection area, free of electronic devices, for all campus members
  • Inclusive language in human resources materials to communicate ISU's commitment to the principles of community
  • A campus climate web portal to report bias incidents and find updates and resources
  • A campus climate survey that will be conducted Oct. 3-31
  • A community advisory board that works with the Ames city manager
  • The Big 12 Conference chief diversity officer consortium, to be hosted at Iowa State Sept. 26-27
  • A leadership imperative -- a set of recommendations to help the next ISU president

Canvas update

Sara Marcketti, interim director of the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT), reported that 302 instructors are using the new Canvas learning management system this fall. Those instructors are teaching 947 sections with a total of 17,070 students.

Canvas replaces Blackboard and will be the only LMS available for spring courses. Marcketti reminded faculty that Canvas orientation resources and training opportunities are available. Mike Lohrbach, director in information technology (IT), said 24/7 live support is available online and by phone.

"All of that information does get funneled back to Iowa State so that CELT and IT knows what some of the potential problems are and address them," Marcketti said.

Other business

Senators will vote next month on two proposals:

  • Discontinuation of the master of science program in landscape architecture, which currently has no admitted students. The research-based degree was intended for professionals. A master in landscape architecture degree still is being offered by the department.
  • Language changes for the undergraduate U.S. diversity and international perspective requirements. Academic affairs council chair Tim Bigelow said the current version allows "too much flexibility" and needed changes to "make it more clear what is needed to satisfy the requirements." 

An update on the P&S class/comp review project


Updates on the class/comp review project are available online. Employees may submit questions about the project through the website or by emailing uhrcc@iastate.edu.

The classification and compensation review of professional and scientific (P&S) positions continues to move forward. Here's a look at recent progress.

Job Profile Tool review

The classification and compensation team and its consulting partner, Aon Consulting, are in the process of sorting through Job Profile Tool data, gathered earlier this summer, to determine the scope of Iowa State's P&S jobs.

"This will be a long process of identifying our jobs, but taking our time through this process will produce the best possible outcome for the review," said Emma Mallarino-Houghton, director of classification and compensation.

Extended project team

University human resources (UHR) established a 13-member extended project team earlier this month. Team members will support the class/comp review by providing institutional knowledge and working across colleges and departments. Specifically, the extended project team will:

  • Assist in delivering project outcomes
  • Provide credible, realistic best-practices input on job evaluation and development
  • Review job leveling and titling parameters during development
  • Provide input during the job leveling process
  • Provide input on the alignment of ISU jobs to the external market
  • Field questions as they arise and direct employees to the project website or to uhrcc@iastate.edu
  • Advocate for the project on campus
  • Maintain confidentiality

A list of team members is available on the class/comp review project website.

Open forums

P&S employees are invited to two open forums about the class/comp review project. The first, hosted by UHR, is Sept. 19 (11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., 206 Durham Center). This informational session will discuss the project's goal and timeline, provide a status update and tell employees what to expect moving forward. Space will be limited, so the meeting will be available online through Zoom.

The second session is Oct. 10 (2-3 p.m., Memorial Union Pioneer Room), hosted by the Professional and Scientific Council as part of its monthly seminar series. Details about that meeting are on the Professional and Scientific Council website

First residence building achieves LEED certification

geoffroy hall lounge with floor-to-ceiling windows

The 'front porch' adjacent to the elevators on every floor of Geoffroy Hall features floor-to-ceiling windows and -- the higher up you go -- a spectacular view of campus. Photo by Christopher Gannon.

The department of residence has earned its first LEED® certification, a gold award in new construction for the eight-floor, 784-bed Geoffroy Hall, which opened in January on Lincoln Way.

LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is a voluntary program of the U.S. Green Building Council that measures environmentally sensitive building design, construction, operations and maintenance. LEED measures achievements in five categories and awards a credit total. Credits also are possible for extra high marks in any category or for green priorities specific to a region. Since 2008, Iowa State has sought LEED certification on its construction and major renovation projects. Gold is second only to LEED's Platinum certification.

Decisions made throughout the design-build process reflect Iowa State's commitment to stewardship and sustainability, said assistant vice president for student affairs and director of residence Pete Englin. At the same time, the university built a residence hall that students love.

"We are grateful to the students who helped us design this building. They told us what they wanted and what's important to them. Geoffroy Hall reflects their input," Englin said. "The way students have reacted to it tells us we hit the mark."

Visitors to Geoffroy Hall perhaps are struck first by its daylit spaces and comfortable, bright activity rooms and study areas. In LEED language, 97 percent of "regularly occupied" spaces have views to the outside.

The objective, Englin said, was to create warm, welcoming spaces for students, spaces that help build community.

"There's a 'Wow!' associated with all the daylight and the spectacular views," he said. "Especially at the 'front porch' foyers off the elevator and the informal spaces at the ends of the hallways, there's a sense of bringing the outside in."

Scoring green credits

Geoffroy Hall also earned credits for many of the strategies Iowa State projects consistently have used over the last decade-plus. Those include:

  • Heating, cooling and electrical designs will reduce energy consumption 31 percent below state code requirements
  • Low-flow shower heads, sink faucets, toilets and urinals reduce potable water use by 45 percent of state code
  • White roof reflects sunlight and reduces the heat-island effect
  • Paints, flooring, composite wood, adhesives and sealants emit no or low levels of toxins
  • 47 percent of building materials, by value, were manufactured or extracted from the earth within 500 miles of the building
  • 24 percent of building materials, by value, contain recycled materials
  • Landscaping selected for the site doesn't require a permanent irrigation system
  • 77 percent of construction waste during the project was recycled, not landfilled
  • Residents have access to four CyRide routes, with more than 250 stops daily at the front sidewalk
  • Custodial plan, products and equipment comply with LEED's green cleaning policy

Other green aspects of the Geoffroy Hall project are:

  • The building's L shape occupies less than half of the designated lot, resulting in more outdoor space
  • A larger air handling system pulls in 30 percent more outdoor air than the standard, for greater indoor air quality
  • The project didn't add parking spaces
  • Ceiling lights in all shared spaces and individual rooms are equipped with occupancy sensors as well as dimming controls
  • Use of pre-cast exterior panels (made elsewhere) minimized construction waste at the site
  • Landscaping, a land swale and underground water retention areas reduce the volume of stormwater runoff and filter it before it enters city system

Tremendous value

Kerry Dixon, a project manager in facilities planning and management who oversaw the certification process, said changes in the construction industry in the last decade make it less difficult -- and less costly -- to build environmentally sensitive facilities. For example, materials containing recycled products are easier to find, as are materials made closer to home.

Englin concurred. In addition to its warmth, brightness and energy efficiency, he called Geoffroy Hall "a tremendous value."

"To offer this quality and reach the LEED Gold standard, and to do it for $60,000 per bed, is exceptional," Englin noted.

Dixon said an energy consumption analysis of Geoffroy Hall in a few years will be especially critical because of the "plug load" in a student residence. Construction engineering students track the operating efficiency of LEED-certified buildings for FPM, she said, to see how the operation compares to its design. Most are at or below their anticipated energy consumption.

"Students come to college with so many devices (phones, speakers, printers, televisions, game consoles, refrigerators), so we have less control over the efficient operation of the building," she said. "How will we ensure that building is performing as we wanted?"

Tally: LEED-certified projects

Platinum: College of Design King Pavilion (2010), State Gym (2012)

Gold: Biorenewables Research Laboratory (2011), Hach Hall (2011), Small Animal Hospital at the Lloyd Veterinary Medicine Center (2013), Troxel Hall (2014), Hansen Agriculture Student Learning Center (2015), Curtiss Student Services Mall (2015), Curtiss Harl Commons (2015), Sukup and Elings halls (2017), Geoffroy Hall (2017)

Silver: Morrill Hall (2008), Bergstrom Football Complex (2014), Lagomarcino/School of Education (2016)

In certification process: Frederiksen Court apartments (6), Morrill Hall operations and maintenance, Marston Hall renovation, Bessey Hall addition

In construction: Advanced Teaching and Research Building, Student Innovation Center


Tuition questions will simmer until regents' October meeting

Up to their next regular meeting Oct. 19, the nine members of the state Board of Regents will review the regent universities' five-year tuition proposals and supporting documents. No decisions have been made on tuition increases, said regent Larry McKibben at the board's Sept. 7 meeting in Iowa City. McKibben led a four-regent group this summer studying how to provide tuition predictability to students and their families and sufficient operating resources to the three regent universities.

The board will receive 2018-19 tuition proposals next month and approve tuition rates in early December. McKibben said one message task force members heard frequently was that Iowa's public universities aren't three locations of the same product. He said the board would "take that into careful consideration" when it sets next year's rates.

Tuition Task Force final report

Board president Michael Richards said the regents are committed to setting tuition rates once a year, not twice as has occurred the last two years. During the busiest period this summer, board members received about 50 emails daily on the funding question, he said. Most writers requested low tuition increases, but other consistent messages included a desire for four- or five-year price tag predictability once students start college and support for different tuition rates at the three universities.

In his report to the board, McKibben highlighted several higher education funding facts:

  • The state of Iowa ranks in the lower third, nationally, in public tuition and fees assessed to resident students
  • The state's six-year graduation rate (68.9 percent) ranks first in the nation
  • State appropriations are trending down; this year's state support for the three schools, in actual dollars, is essentially what it was in FY 1998
  • The state ranks last in the nation in state-awarded, need-based financial aid for public university students ($3 million in FY16)

McKibben said the solution to underfunded higher education in Iowa has three components:

  • Revised priorities and a bigger funding commitment from the Legislature and the governor. Current funding levels neither adequately supplement the tuition assessed resident students nor allow the universities to provide cost-of-living salary increases to employees, he noted.
  • Greater and ongoing savings through efficiencies on the three campuses. McKibben pledged to reconvene this month the regents' TIER (Transparent Inclusive Efficiency Review, 2014-16), an initiative to save money or achieve greater efficiency at the universities. He noted that up-front investments are sometimes required for long-term savings.
  • Stable, predictable tuition and fees that don't restrict access to education. Increases above cost-of-living adjustments "should be the last resort," he said.

"Our public universities desperately need to have increased annual state financial support. This board, as well as all Iowans, must work harder in conveying this message to our legislators and governor," McKibben said. "We're headed downhill, and it has to stop."

In the face of recent state revenue shortfalls and potentially more in the near future, Richards acknowledged a tough assignment ahead.

"We'll try to make the case in individual discussions with legislators and the governor," he said. "We need to thoughtfully put our plan out there."

Bond sales

In other business, the board approved two bond sales for Iowa State:

  • $6.25 million in athletic facilities revenue refunding bonds, to advance refund $8.2 million in athletic facility revenue bonds sold in 2007 to pay for renovations to the west side of Jack Trice Stadium. Lower interest rates will save the athletics department an estimated $801,000.
  • $37.9 million in ISU Facilities Corp. revenue bonds to partially pay construction and equipment costs for the two biosciences projects, Advanced Teaching and Research Building, and Bessey Hall addition. The ISU Facilities Corp. was organized in 2015 as a not-for-profit organization of the ISU Foundation to assist in maintaining, developing and increasing university facilities and services; this is its first bond issuance. The corporation is part owner until the bonds are paid.

Next year's facility priority

Iowa State’s sole new capital request for the fiscal year that begins July 1, 2018, is $20 million to begin a multiyear effort to replace the 40-year-old Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory. The same request was not funded by the 2017 Legislature.

The board has to submit all FY19 funding requests to the state by Oct. 1.

As proposed, Iowa State would seek an additional $80 million in state appropriations for the project over the next four years (FY20-23). The estimated $124 million price tag also relies on $20 million in gifts and $4 million in university funds.

As approved by previous Legislatures, Iowa State also is scheduled to receive this state building support in FY19:

  • A final $4 million for the biosciences projects (initially part of FY18 funding)
  • $10 million for the Student Innovation Center (third of what's now six years of state support)

The board also will ask the state for $20 million to be shared by all the institutions in FY19 for deferred maintenance, energy conservation and safety projects.

Projects: recreation fields, poultry farm

The board's property and facilities committee reviewed and will recommend approval in October to the full board ISU requests to begin plans for:

  • Improvements, including new flexible layouts to accommodate multiple sports, lighting, irrigation and support facilities, to 37 acres of recreation fields east of Jack Trice Stadium. The estimated cost, $8 million to $12 million, would be funded by recreation services funds.
  • One or more new buildings (an estimated 50,000 square feet) for poultry teaching and research, including classrooms and teaching labs, at the current Poultry Science Farm on South State Avenue. The estimated cost, $5 million, would be paid with private gifts.

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Flu shot clinic is Oct. 9-20

Keep the flu at bay

  • Wash hands regularly with soap and water, use hand sanitizer
  • Sneeze or cough into a sleeve or tissue
  • Stay home when sick
  • Regularly sanitize work surfaces and high-traffic areas (phones, counters, computers, etc.
  • Strengthen immune system (eat fruits and vegetables, exercise and rest)

The Centers for Disease Control and Protection say the best way to protect yourself, coworkers and family members from the flu is to get a flu shot.

Iowa State's occupational medicine staff will administer flu shots at no cost to employees (while supplies last) weekdays, Oct. 9-20 (9 a.m.-4 p.m., 205 Technical and Administrative Services Facility, 2408 Pammel Dr.). No appointment is necessary. Bring your ISU ID card to the shot clinic and wear a short-sleeved or loose-fitting shirt for better access to your arm. Parking is limited in front of TASF, so consider walking, biking or busing to the clinic.

The flu virus is most active in the U.S. from October through May, peaking December through February. Flu shots are recommended for everyone 6 months and older. Pregnant women should check with their physicians prior to vaccination.

ISU will administer a quadrivalent vaccine, which protects against the A and B flu virus strains. The four components of the 2017-18 vaccine contain a(n):

  • A (H1N1) virus
  • A (H3N2) virus
  • B (B/Victoria lineage) virus
  • B (B/Yamagata lineage) virus

Flu shots are provided at no cost to the following employee groups:

  • Faculty
  • Professional and scientific
  • Merit
  • Postdocs
  • ISU Foundation
  • Iowa State Daily (benefits eligible only)
  • Retirees on university health plans who are not yet 65

Undergraduate and graduate students and visiting scholars are not eligible to receive flu shots at this clinic. Flu shots for these individuals are available through Thielen Student Health Center.

For additional information about the flu shot clinic, visit the ISU WellBeing website. Contact the university human resources service center, 294-4800, with additional questions. 

P&S Council discusses priority planning

Next P&S seminar: Sept. 12 (2 p.m., MU Pioneer Room), "Personal Leadership: Life Skills for Everyday Self Care," Stephanie Downs, ISU WellBeing coordinator

Next P&S Council meeting: Oct. 5 (2:10-4 p.m., Memorial Union Gallery)

A discussion about priority planning, first addressed in July, was the focus of the Professional and Scientific Council's Sept. 7 agenda.

Prior to the meeting, the executive committee compiled a lengthy list of action items brought to council members by constituents earlier this summer. The committee grouped the items into the council's six priority areas:

  • Human resources
  • Supervisory training
  • Workplace environment/nonfinancial benefits (formerly called perks)
  • Inclusion
  • Salary
  • Family leave

Council president Jessica Bell said the executive committee will comb through the list and assign action items to committees. She made no promises about how much the council could tackle this year, though.

"I will tell you that we will not accomplish everything on this list," Bell said. "This is a large list with a lot to do, so don't expect for us to get all this done. But we are going to try to get as much done as possible and make an impact."

Several council members said the priority list may need to be cut back to make it more manageable, perhaps identifying and addressing a top issue.

"Which is our highest priority? I’m not comfortable answering that mostly because these issues came from our constituents, the people we represent. These are all high priorities for them," Bell said.

Tera Lawson, past president and chair of the professional development committee, said she opposed reducing the number of priorities.

"I have a concern about narrowing it down even further because it's literally chopping off something someone wants the council to address, that was a concern of theirs, and we're saying, 'Nope, sorry, not this year,'" Lawson said.

Following discussion, Bell said the committees should be responsible for determining which priorities move forward this year.

"We're trying really hard to not make this an executive committee decision," she said. "You are the representatives of all P&S employees."

Councilors will continue to address priority planning next month.

Other business:

  • Due to employee resignations, three councilors in the division of academic affairs were nominated and seated on the council:
    • Jason Follett, College of Engineering
    • Barry McCroskey, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS)
    • Casey Smith, CALS
  • Jacob Cummings was nominated and approved to continue as secretary/treasurer following his resignation from the post, which he rescinded
  • Teresa Albertson, vice president of university community relations, reported that a P&S Council representative will continue to speak at monthly new employee orientation sessions. Last month, Albertson said P&S Council may no longer be able to speak at the sessions due to an effort to streamline the meetings. 

Festival focuses on dance music

This weekend, Sept. 15-16, the music department is hosting a festival of dance music performed on the carillon, harpsichord, organ and piano (C-HOP). The C-HOP Festival includes workshops, lectures, performances and guest artists. Friday's opening concert will feature a performance of the winning entry in the 2017 carillon composition competition. The concert is one of several events open to the public. Admission is free for students.

C-HOP Festival performances

Friday, Sept. 15

  • 7:15-8:30 p.m., Concert, ISU keyboard faculty and students (central campus and live webcast in Tye Hall, Music), $15

Saturday, Sept. 16

  • 1-1:50 p.m., Lecture and recital, "Terpsichore: Danses pour l'orgue et clavecin," Miriam Zach, organ and harpsichord (Tye Hall, Music Hall$15
  • 3-3:50 p.m., Lecture and recital, "Structure and Symmetry in Bach's Goldberg Variations," Caroline Hong, piano (Tye Hall, Music), $15
  • 4-4:45 p.m., Recital, guest carillonneur Luc Rombouts, University of Leuven, Belgium (central campus), free
  • 5-6 p.m., Campanile tours (central campus), free

Campus fundraising events benefit United Way

United Way's 2017 fundraising campaign kicked off Sept. 8 with "Day of Caring" community service projects. Iowa State, led by campaign chair Pete Englin (assistant vice president, student affairs), leadership chair Laura Jolly (dean, College of Human Sciences) and a host of volunteer coordinators across campus, is striving to raise $415,000 this year.

United Way of Story County supports education, income and health initiatives that impact more than 30,000 community members. Last year, ISU raised more than $438,000.

Colleges, departments and units are planning events to meet their fundraising goals, including the following list of activities open to all members of campus. More event will be added as details are finalized. Employees who choose to contribute to the United Way receive four complimentary women's basketball tickets and a lapel pin.

2017 United Way fundraising events

  • Raffle ticket sales ($5), for a week's pass to three Morrill Road parking spots, through Sept. 22 (4 p.m., 1550 Beardshear), senior vice president and provost's office
  • Silent auction, Sept. 12-19 (12:30 p.m., General Services main corridor), facilities planning and management
  • Online auction, Sept. 15-Oct. 6, student affairs division
  • Food drive (nonperishable items), Sept. 18-Oct. 20 (134 College of Design), College of Design
  • Pizza lunch and putting challenge, Sept. 19 (11 a.m.-12:15 p.m., General Services vending room), facilities planning and management
  • Book sale, bake sale and derby race, Sept. 20 (1:30-3:30 p.m., 301 Spedding), Ames Laboratory
  • Pizza and pop sale, Sept. 22 (11 a.m.-1 p.m., College of Design atrium), College of Design
  • Picnic, games and auction, Sept. 22 (11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Extension 4-H Building patio), ISU Extension and Outreach
  • Bake sale, Sept. 27 (8:15 a.m. until sold out, 1550 Beardshear), senior vice president and provost's office
  • Chills for the Bills, vote for individual who will get drenched with ice water, Sept. 28-Oct. 10 (noon, 1200 and 2200 Gerdin), College of Business
  • Book sale, Sept. 28 (10 a.m.-2 p.m., Curtiss rotunda and Molecular Biology atrium), College of Agriculure and Life Sciences
  • Book sale, Sept. 29 (8 a.m.-2 p.m., Curtiss rotunda), College of Agriculure and Life Sciences
  • Online auction, Sept. 29-Oct. 6, College of Human Sciences
  • Online auction, Sept. 29-Oct. 6 (3 p.m.), College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • Online auction, Oct. 2-13, College of Engineering
  • Online auction, Oct. 2-5 (4 p.m.), College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
  • Food truck fundraiser, use coupon at participating campus locations, Oct. 2-20, student affairs division
  • Bake sale, Oct. 5 (10 a.m.-2 p.m., College of Design atrium), College of Design
  • Bake sale, Oct. 6 (10 a.m.-2 p.m., College of Design atrium), College of Design
  • Chili feed and bake sale, Oct. 6 (11 a.m.-2 p.m., 136 Union Drive Community Center), residence department
  • Chili cookoff ($5), Oct. 13 (11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m., 302 Catt), College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • Pizza and pop sale, Oct. 20 (11 a.m.-1 p.m., College of Design atrium), College of Design