All Iowans are invited to walk 1 kilometer at noon Oct. 7 to launch the state of Iowa's 5-year "Healthiest State Initiative." Dean of Human Sciences Pam White serves on the state advisory board. Use these maps for Ames and campus routes to select a route for the "Start Somewhere Walk."
The Center for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Education (CESMEE) will host its first brown bag luncheon of the semester Oct. 5 (noon-1 p.m., N047 Lagomarcino). The topic is "Iowa Project Lead the Way: Implications for Research, Policy and Practice," presented by Tom Schenk (Iowa Department of Education), David Rethwisch (University of Iowa) and Soko Starobin (Iowa State). All are welcome to attend; feel free to bring your lunch.
The Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost is seeking nominations by Oct. 10 for the 2012 Emerging Leaders Academy. Candidates must be tenured faculty or professional and scientific employees (level P35 or higher). Anyone may nominate candidates online. More information.
The Dean of Students Office invites faculty and staff to attend the kickoff event (Sept. 30, 2-5 p.m., MU west terrace) for Cyclone Family Weekend. Help welcome families to campus for the weekend. Faculty and staff also are welcome at a free social hour (5:30-7 p.m., MU Sun Room) hosted by the ISU Parents Association.
Iowa Health-Des Moines' HeartReach Mobile Lab will be on campus Wednesday, Oct. 26, in Lot 29 to provide ISU employees (and their spouses) screening tests for heart disease and stroke. Call 866-935-5432 to schedule an appointment. Costs range from $35 to $95. More information is available online.
The College of Human Sciences is holding an online auction of more than 60 items as a fund-raiser for its 2011 United Way campaign. Sports and dance lessons, homemade desserts, Beatles and other albums, Denver hotel package, autographed Cyclone memorabilia, canned goods and more will go to the highest bidder when bidding closes at noon Sept. 30. Anyone with an ISU net ID can bid (verification required).
Students from the HS380 (worksite health promotion) class are holding a free, one-hour yoga class for all ISU employees Sept. 27 (7:30 p.m., 194 Forker Gym). Feel free to bring a friend and a yoga mat.
Doug Gruenewald, co-director of learning communities, will discuss how to start a new learning community, including the funding application process, on Oct. 4 (4-5 p.m., 2030 Morrill). To register, contact Jen Leptien.
Drivers, cyclists and pedestrians who use 13th Street on the northeast side of campus should be alert to intermittent closures at the Squaw Creek bridge during the next three weeks. Work to repair erosion, restore the creek bank and protect the bridge structure will require periodic closures of the bike path/sidewalk and an eastbound traffic lane when truckloads of large stones are delivered to the site. The work is expected to begin Monday, Sept. 26, and will take about three weeks.
Cyclists and pedestrians may want to consider alternate routes, including detouring through Brookside Park from 13th Street to Sixth Street. Eastbound vehicle traffic should not be interrupted, but drivers should be alert to temporary lane merges during the project. Vieth Construction of Cedar Falls has the construction contract with the Iowa Department of Transportation.
ISU's Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics is accepting applications for the 2012 "Women Impacting ISU" calendar, which honors the leadership accomplishments of 12 Iowa State women (students, faculty or staff). Nomination forms are online. Nomination deadline is 5 p.m. Sept. 30. Contact Julie Snyder, 4-9867, with questions or for more information.
Open forums for the two finalists for the ISU presidency will be held on campus this week. Steven Leath, vice president for research and sponsored programs for the University of North Carolina System, Chapel Hill, and Kumble Subbaswamy, provost of the University of Kentucky, Lexington, both will be on campus to meet with university constituencies. The open forum schedule for the two candidates is:
The Division of Student Affairs is holding a cupcake smackdown Sept. 22 (11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., south of Parks Library) to raise money for United Way. Administrative leaders from across campus will compete in a cupcake decorating contest. Donate money to your favorite creation and get a free cupcake.
Iowa State again is offering employees flu shots at no cost Oct. 10-28 (10 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays, 205 TASF). No appointment is necessary, but bring your ISU ID card or your university number with you to the shot clinic. More information.
The search committee seeking Iowa State's next president will hold a two-day meeting in Minneapolis Sept. 15-16 to interview candidates for the presidency. Most of the meeting will be held in closed session.
Informational meetings planned for Sept. 21 and 22 about TIAA-CREF's new retirements funds have been postponed until Oct. 17 (8 a.m.-5 p.m., MU Gold Room) and Oct. 18 (8 a.m.-5 p.m., MU 3512). TIAA-CREF representatives will answer questions about the six new funds recently added to its investment options, changes to quarterly statements, and anything else related to TIAA-CREF and its services. All are welcome to attend at any time during the designated hours.
The College of Business will hold an informational lunch on its MBA program on Sept. 21 (noon-1 p.m., 1360 Gerdin). Lunch will be provided. Register online.
The Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching is offering TEACH grants (up to $2,000) for faculty development at the departmental level. Grant requests are due Oct. 17.
ISU dietetics students are seeking faculty and staff members for nutrition counseling. Volunteers must not have hypertension, diabetes or high cholesterol. Students will meet with volunteers three times during the semester to evaluate eating patterns. If you'd like to participate, contact Sally Barclay.
All faculty, staff and students are encouraged to learn how to use a fire extinguisher during a campus fire safety demonstration Sept. 16 (between 9 a.m. and noon, between Lagomarcino and Kildee halls). Anyone who learns to use a fire extinguisher during the demonstration will receive a free T-shirt (while supplies last). All participants will receive a coupon from Fighting Burrito.
Fire safety training is required for all state employees. Environmental Health and Safety is sponsoring the hands-on demonstration.
University Museums is sponsoring a free weekly yoga session Wednesdays (5 p.m.) from Sept. 14 through Nov. 16 (no class Oct. 26). Classes, led by yoga instructor and ISU senior Kelby Barker, will meet in the Anderson Sculpture Garden south of Morrill Hall. In inclement weather and during November, classes will meet in 1017 Morrill. Yoga experience is not necessary, but participants should bring their own yoga mats.
The Iowa State community will commemorate the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, with carillon bells Sunday morning, a central campus program Sunday evening, and special events prior to the Cyclone football (Saturday) and soccer (Sunday) games.
Andy Schwartz of the University of Pittsburgh opens the College of Veterinary Medicine's 2012 Ramsey Lecture Series Sept. 21 (noon, 1226 Vet Med) with a talk on motor cortex signals and prosthetics for animals and humans with spinal cord injuries. The series features three other guest lectures this fall.
The Joan Bice Underwood Tearoom in MacKay Hall will reopen for the academic year on Thursday, Sept. 8. Hospitality management students plan, prepare and serve lunch at 11:50 a.m., Tuesdays-Fridays. Daily menus are available online, and reservations are required. Meals are $6.50, and can be ordered to go. Monster cookies ($1.25) also are available for purchase during dining hours. Call 4-3330 for more information.
Jason Ross, assistant professor in the department of animal science, will present "Genetic Modification of Pigs to Improve Agriculture and Biomedicine" at the Osborn Club lecture Sept. 12 (7 p.m., 1420 Molecular Biology, following dinner for club members). All are welcome to attend the lecture.
The committee searching for Iowa State's next president will meet Friday, Sept. 9, beginning at 7:30 a.m., in the Krieger Board Room (room 2200) in the Gerdin Business Building. After an update by a representative of Parker Executive Search, Atlanta, the committee will conduct a private "executive session." Presidential search page.
The Luna moth and Northern Lights inspired the "Snug as a Bug" display in the Reiman Gardens conservatory.