Oct. 29

Nominations sought for gender equity award

Faculty and staff are asked to nominate candidates for the fourth annual Margaret Sloss Gender Equity Award. Eligible candidates are Iowa State faculty and staff, undergraduate and graduate students and Ames community members. Nominations are due by Dec. 16. Nomination forms and more information about the award are available online.

Oct. 29

Exchange service may be slow Nov. 3

One of the final steps in the implementation of ITS' Exchange 2007 service is to move Outlook Web Access (OWA), Outlook Anywhere, Secure IMAP and Exchange ActiveSync from the Exchange 2003 environment to the Exchange 2007 environment. ITS plans to move these services at noon on Tuesday, Nov. 3. During this configuration change, clients may see a short delay when connecting to these services, as well as a different interface to the Outlook Web Access page. Entourage users with a profile pointing to "" may notice a slight outage. Entourage should handle this redirection properly once the change is completed. If there are questions or concerns, contact the ITS Solution Center at 4-4000.

Oct. 29

POSTPONED: Live Green campus waste sort

The campus waste sorting exercise planned for Oct. 29 has been moved to Oct. 30 (8 a.m.-5 p.m.) due to rain. The location of the Live Green event also moved, and will now take place on the north side of the General Services Building. Parking is available along Osborn Drive (east of Wallace Road), and in Lot 41.

Oct. 28

Watch a demo of Google Wave

ISU's Community of Educational Technology Support (ComETS) will offer an overview of the latest Google product, Google Wave, on Nov. 6 (noon-1 p.m., 206 Durham). No registration is required and attendees are free to bring their lunch. More information is online, or contact Jim Twetten.

Oct. 28

Microscopy and nanoimaging facility open house Nov. 2

Faculty, staff and students are invited to tour and learn more about the Microscopy and NanoImaging Facility at an open house Nov. 2 (1-3 p.m., Bessey Hall basement). The facility provides instrumentation, technical assistance, consultation and training to individuals and groups of life sciences and biotechnology researchers who want to use photomacrography, light microscopy, scanning and transmission electron microscopy, cryopreservation, cytochemistry, autoradiography, tomography, X-ray microanalysis and image analysis.

Oct. 28

Plan for retirement

TIAA-CREF is hosting two different retirement seminars next week.

  • "Your Retirement Income Options," Nov. 4 (5:30-6:30 p.m., 3512 Memorial Union). This seminar is for those planning to retire within the next year.
  • "Your Retirement: A Personal Journey, a New Beginning," Nov. 5 (noon-1 p.m., Gold Room, Memorial Union). This class will help you develop a retirement strategy.

To reserve your seat at these seminars, call Carrie Hardisty, 515-268-8601, or go online.

Oct. 27

Public H1N1 vaccination clinic scheduled

Story County Public Health will hold a public H1N1 vaccination clinic on Thursday, Oct. 29, from 3:30 to 7 p.m. at Gilbert Middle School. Both the shot and the nasal spray will be available. Until additional vaccine shipments are received, these doses will be given only to priority groups, including:

  • pregnant women; persons who live with or provide care for infants under age 6 months;
  • healthcare and emergency medical personnel;
  • children age 6 months to 4 years; and
  • children and adolescents age 5 to 18 who have medical conditions that put them at higher risk for flu-related complications.

Oct. 26

Hilton chair to lead workshop on interdisciplinary research

All university faculty are encouraged to bring research ideas, questions and potential projects to a collaborative research workshop with 2009-10 Hilton Chair Jeanne Hogarth of the Federal Reserve Board on Nov. 9 (3-5 p.m., 0331 Palmer). For more info, contact Steve Garasky, 4-9826.

Oct. 26

Have you voted?

Time is running out to submit your vote for University Museums' "I Love Campus Art" photography contest. Go online by Oct. 31 at 11:59 p.m. to view the photos and place your vote.

Oct. 23

Eat lunch, help others

ISU Dance Marathon is holding a fund-raiser at Panda Express in the Memorial Union Oct. 27 (11 a.m.-2 p.m.). Dance Marathon will receive 20 percent of the profits from each sale to support Children's Miracle Network.

Oct. 23

Flu vaccination clinics canceled

All flu vaccinations offered by Story County Public Health, for both seasonal flu and H1N1 flu, have been canceled. This includes the clinics that had been scheduled on campus. While the H1N1 vaccine remains in short supply, the priority groups to receive a dose have been further restricted.

Oct. 23

Asphalt work scheduled on Highway 30 exit ramp Oct. 24

Weather permitting, the Iowa DOT has scheduled an asphalt overlay project on the eastbound exit ramp from Highway 30 to University Boulevard on Saturday, Oct. 24. The ramp will be closed for the work, but should re-open by the end of the day.

Oct. 23

P&S staff budget survey deadline Oct. 23

P&S staff who did not receive an Oct. 22 survey (via e-mail) can participate by requesting access from Kevin Kane, The survey, sent by the P&S Council via SurveyMonkey, requests feedback on budget reduction ideas. The deadline for responding is 5 p.m. today, Oct. 23. The intent is to offer president Gregory Geoffroy and ISU's vice presidents reliable, data-driven information directly from P&S staff.

Oct. 22

Chocolate fund-raiser at The Knoll

President Gregory Geoffroy and Kathy Geoffroy will host "Just Desserts: A Taste of Chocolate and More," Nov. 11 at The Knoll (7-8:30 p.m.). Local restaurants and chocolatiers will provide a wide range of items, including sugar-free options. All proceeds go toward YWCA Ames-ISU scholarships and programming to empower women and girls, and to eliminate racism. Tickets are $35 ($50 for two), and must be purchased at 210 Lab of Mechanics by Nov. 6. Call 4-1663, or e-mail for more information.

Oct. 21

Hotel Memorial Union adds business center, weekend breakfast room

A remodeling at the Hotel Memorial Union has created a weekend breakfast room on the fifth floor. A complimentary continental breakfast is served from 7 to 10 a.m. Saturdays and Sundays. And once breakfast is done, the space can be used as an informal gathering area until 10 p.m. Weekday breakfast may be purchased in the MU food court.

Located within the breakfast room is a business center for hotel guests. It includes a computer with internet access, and access to the printer at the hotel's main desk. The business center is open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.

Oct. 21

Time to apply for 2010-11 student scholarships

Applications are open for two student scholarships next year:

Oct. 20

Save the date: Sustainability symposium Feb. 23-24

The second annual ISU Sustainability Symposium will feature an evening reception Feb. 23 and a day packed with presentations, panel discussions and a research poster session on Feb. 24. The symposium will be open to those inside and outside the Iowa State community. The president's office will cover the $60 registration fee for ISU faculty, staff and students who attend the symposium. Registration materials will be posted soon on the Live Green! web site.

Oct. 20

Healthy cooking demo

Executive Chef Everett Phillips will prepare tasty, healthful dishes during "Healthy Eats at the MU" Oct. 28 (noon, South Ballroom, MU). Seating is first come, first served. Cost is $1. Attendees can sample Phillips' dishes, and receive the recipes and a "Healthy Cooking Subsitutions" flier.

Oct. 20

TIAA-CREF sheds light on Roth option

"A New Way to Save for Retirement: Introducing the Roth Option" is the topic of a TIAA-CREF employee seminar Oct. 28 (noon-1 p.m., Gold Room, MU). To reserve your seat, contact Carrie Hardisty, 515-268-8601, or register online.

Oct. 19

Get your Extension 2010 garden calendar

ISU Extension's Growing Green 2010 garden calendar is now available. The calendar is $6 and can be be ordered online.

Oct. 19

Web site honors recipients of academic advising awards

The University Academic Advising Committee has announced recipients of 2009-10 advising awards, including college, early achievement in advising (Denise Hix, LAS) and university "impact" awards (Edward Kannel, Engineering; Kathleet Timmons, LAS). In addition to a web site, a display will honor them on the MU ground floor Oct. 19-30.

Oct. 19

Soil tilth facility has new name

The former National Soil Tilth Laboratory in the northeast corner of campus has a new name: National Laboratory for Agriculture and the Environment. The new name broadens the mission and better indicates the scope of research done in the lab. It is part of the group of research sites within the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Ag Research Service.

Oct. 16

Nominations sought for senior student award

The alumni association is accepting nominations for the 2010 Wallace E. Barron All-University Senior Award through 5 p.m. Dec. 1. The award recognizes outstanding seniors (90+ credits at the end of fall semester) who display high character, academic and community achievements and the promise for continuing these qualities as alumni. Questions may be directed to Julie Larson.

Oct. 16

For the latest budget information

The "Budget Updates" web site contains the latest information on efforts to cut $24.5 million from this year's university budget.

Oct. 16

Survey assesses practicality of social networks for weather warnings

An ISU meteorology student is conducting an online survey exploring how practical it is to use social network sites, such as Facebook and MySpace, to communicate weather-related information, especially severe weather warnings. You can help by taking this quick survey.

Oct. 16

Snowblower service days Oct. 23-24

The Ag Systems Technology Club will service snowblowers this year on Oct. 23 (1-6 p.m.) and Oct. 24 (8 a.m.-3p.m.) in the parking lot north of Industrial Education II (Stange and Pammel). The $25 fee includes oil and sparkplug change, air filter cleaning and gas. To schedule a $15 pickup and delivery (Ames only), send e-mail to

Oct. 16

Lab school and Ames partner in free preschool program

The ISU Child Development Laboratory School and the Ames Community School District are partners in Iowa's free preschool program. Families in and outside the Ames school district are eligible. If you have a child that turned 4 years old on or before Sept. 15, 2009, and you're interested in learning more about the program, contact Malisa Rader, 4-3040.

Oct. 15

Benefits information for non-supervisory merit staff

  • New information on 2010 health and dental insurance premiums for non-supervisory merit employees is now available in an Oct. 8 Inside Iowa State article. Changes are indicated in bold.
  • Non-supervisory merit employees may register now to view one of four webcasts sponsored by the state Department of Administrative Services (DAS) about their health care plan choices. Go online to view dates and times and to register.
  • ISU Human Resource Services also is planning webcasts on Nov. 6 regarding both the non-supervisory merit and ISU Plan benefit options. More details will be on the ISU Benefits web site soon.

Oct. 14

Upcoming investment classes

TIAA-CREF is offering three separate investment seminars next week to help employees plan for their financial futures.

  • "Staying on Track in a Volatile Market," Oct. 20 (noon-1 p.m., Gold Room, MU). Learn how to identify options for managing your account in the midst of a changing market.
  • "Investing for Life's Goals," Oct. 21 (noon-1 p.m., Gold Room, MU). This seminar will help provide investment strategies for life's various stages.
  • "A Woman's Money, A Woman's Future," Oct. 22 (4:30-5:30 p.m., 3505 MU). Women will learn how to manage the unique financial challenges they face.

To reserve your seat, contact Carrie Hardisty, 268-8601, or register online.

Oct. 14

Open houses for biotech facilities set

Faculty, staff and students are invited to tour and learn more about biotechnology research facilities at Iowa State throughout fall and spring. Open houses are scheduled for facilities in:

  • Genomic technologies
  • Microscopy and NanoImaging
  • Protein
  • Proteomics
  • DNA
  • Flow cytometry
  • Metabolomics research
  • Fermentation
  • Grain quality
  • Plant responses to environmental stresses
  • Confocal microscopy

Oct. 14

Campus will observe Disability Awareness Week Oct. 19-23

Sit in on a "design for all people" architecture class, tour the assistive technology lab in the Durham Center, and learn about various disability accommodations during a brown bag lunch. These are some of the activities planned for Iowa State's annual Disability Awareness Week, Oct. 19-23.

Oct. 13

Part 2 of English enrichment begins Oct. 20

The second session of the Intensive English and Orientation Program's English enrichment series begins Oct. 20 and runs Tuesdays and Thursdays (5:30-7 p.m.) through Dec. 8. Designed for international visiting scholars, faculty, staff and graduate students, "Talking About Culture and Current Events" will focus on informal conversational skills, idiomatic expressions, discussion of periodical articles and cross-cultural comparisons. Cost is $225. For more information or to register, contact Joan Chamberlin.

Oct. 12

H1N1 vaccination clinics scheduled

Story County Public Health has announced public H1N1 vaccination clinics available beginning Oct. 19. Clinics will be held throughout the county, including the Lied Recreation Center and the Union Drive Community Center on the Iowa State campus. Vaccinations are free, but at this time are limited ONLY to members of the following priority groups:

  • pregnant women
  • people who live with or care for children younger than six months of age
  • healthcare and emergency services personnel
  • persons six months to 24 years old
  • people 25 through 64 who are at higher risk for H1N1 because of chronic health disorders or compromised immune systems

Oct. 12

Sign up now for Oct. 21 wellness event

Employees are invited to attend a wellness seminar, "Easy Exercise to Enhance Your Health," on Oct. 21 (noon, 1810 Gilman). Reserve a seat by contacting Sally Barclay, 4-9625.

Oct. 12

Office of Biotechnology provides funds for biotech events

The Office of Biotechnology is providing funds for biotechnology-related conferences, symposia and workshops that are held on campus and are organized by faculty members or jointly by a faculty adviser and graduate students. Applications are due Nov. 2 for proposed events for the rest of 2009 and the 2010 calendar year. For more information, contact Glenda Webber or see the news release.

Oct. 9

Nominations open for 2010 university awards

Nominations are being accepted for the 2010 Iowa State University awards, which will be presented at next fall's convocation. Electronic forms and instructions for submitting them for both faculty and P&S staff awards are online at the provost's web site. Two new awards will be presented next fall: the ISU Award for Achievement in Economic Development in Iowa, and the ISU Award for Achievement in Intellectual Property. Nominations are due to the provost's office by Feb. 22, 2010, with earlier deadlines for department, college or other unit approval.

Oct. 8

Enjoy a Latin lunch Oct. 13

ISU Dining is offering pre-paid guest tickets at a special rate for university departments during a Sabor Latino lunch Tuesday, Oct. 13. Regular lunch prices apply for individuals. The lunch is available at Linden Dining Center, Seasons Marketplace and Union Drive Marketplace during regular dining hours. Call 4-6056 to reserve your spot. More information and a menu are online.

Oct. 7

Iowa State's sustainability grade improves

Iowa State received a B- overall grade in the annual College Sustainability Report Card conducted by the Sustainable Endowments Institute. Iowa State previously received 2 C grades. The university received As in the administration and food/recycling categories.

Oct. 7

"Lord of the Dance" tickets on sale Oct. 9

Michael Flatley's "Lord of the Dance" comes to Stephens Nov. 3 (7:30 p.m.). Tickets go on sale Oct. 9 at the Stephens ticket office and through Ticketmaster. Cost is $43 or $39 ($28 for ISU students and youth).

Oct. 7

Help stuff the bus

The 7th annual Stuff the Bus food drive is this weekend, Friday, Oct. 9 (2-8 p.m.) and Saturday, Oct. 10 (8 a.m.-5 p.m.). Drop off your nonperishable food donations at the Lincoln Center HyVee, Fareway (downtown and north), Cub Foods or WalMart (north). Donations will be distributed to families through Mid-Iowa Community Action (MICA).

Oct. 7

Candidates sought for Engineering associate dean post

The College of Engineering is conducting an internal search to fill an associate dean of administration post, effective Jan. 1. In a part-time capacity, the individual will serve on the dean's leadership team. Responsibilities include strategic business planning and oversight of human resources, budget, IT and external relations. Skills in best management and process improvement practices especially are sought. For more information or to apply, visit the Iowa State jobs site.

Oct. 7

Three free dance lessons on central campus homecoming week

Campus Community Partnership for Health invites faculty and staff to participate in "Dance for the Health of It" during homecoming week. Participants will learn various dance styles in a 15-minute session Oct. 13, 14 and 15 (noon and 12:15 p.m., central campus). Iowa State student dance clubs also will perform.

Oct. 7

Work-study funds depleted

Work-study funding has been exhausted for the 2009-10 academic year, and no more Work-Study Employment Verification Forms will be approved. Campus units are encouraged to continue posting non-work-study positions on the Student Job Board, since many students continue to look for employment opportunities.

Oct. 7

ISUAA Honors and Awards Ceremony is Oct. 16

During Homecoming week, the ISU Alumni Association sponsors an honors and awards ceremony that allows each college, as well as the association, to recognize alumni and friends. The public ceremony is Oct. 16 (1:30 p.m., Benton Auditorium, Scheman). A dessert reception will follow. Information about each award recipient is online.

Oct. 6

Vote for your favorite photo in campus contest

Voting is open through Oct. 31 in University Museums' second annual "I Love Campus photography contest. The photo receiving the most votes will be printed as a limited edition poster and sold at the Brunnier Art Museum store. The winner will be announced Nov. 4.

Oct. 6

Brown bag workshop looks at developing a life strategy

Virginia Blackburn, ISU management, will present an interactive session, "Finding Purpose and Direction in Your Life," Oct. 21 (noon, MU Pioneer Room) as part of National Work and Family Month. It's hosted by Iowa State's Work/Life Committee; staff, faculty and students are invited.

Oct. 6

Entrepreneur forum focuses on local lighting company

Jerry Handsaker, president of Innovative Lighting Inc., Roland, will speak at an entrepreneur forum Oct. 9 (noon-1 p.m., Cardinal Room, MU). His company designs, develops, manufactures and sells LED lighting for the marine, truck and trailer, RV, residential and commercial lighting industries. The event is free and open to the public. Feel free to bring your lunch.

Oct. 6

Osborn Club lecture is Oct. 12

Gwynn Beattie, ISU plant pathology, will talk about "Leaf Microorganisms: How They Influence Plant and Environmental Health" at the Osborn Club lecture Oct. 12 (7 p.m., 1420 Molecular Biology). The lecture portion of the campus researchers club monthly gathering is open to the public.

Oct. 6

Social security basics

TIAA-CREF is holding a seminar, "Understanding Social Security Benefits," in two sessions Oct. 13 (noon-1 p.m. and 5:30-6:30 p.m., 3505 MU). Recommended for employees of all ages, the seminar will answer a wide range of questions about Social Security benefits. Future proposals for the Social Security program also will be discussed. No preregistration is required.

Oct. 5

ITS at work on Exchange problems

IT Services staff continue to work with Microsoft staff on Exchange mail problems that cropped up on campus Oct. 1. Updates on work under way to fix the problem are on the ITS web site.

Oct. 1

Security report available

Iowa State's annual security report, Safety and You, is now available online. A paper copy also is available by calling the department of public safety, 4-4428.

Oct. 1

Dance Marathon hosts date night

Dance Marathon is hosting its annual date night fund-raiser in Ankeny on Friday, Oct. 9 (5-7:45 p.m., Playground for Kids, 2401 SE Tones Dr., #7). Playground for Kids is an indoor facility where kids can run, jump and play. The event is open to all families. Cost is $10 for the first child and $7 for each additional child.

Oct. 1

Learn more about Brazil's Sao Paulo State Symphony Orchestra Oct. 4

Ames musicians Mary Kay and Emil Polashek will give a presentation on Orchestra de Sao Paulo and its music Oct. 4 (2 p.m., Ames Public Library auditorium). The orchestra performs at Stephens Oct. 11 (7:30 p.m.) as part of the Ames International Orchestra Festival series. The preview presentation is free and open to the public.