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Jan. 27, 2006


Call for 2006-07 Honors seminar proposals

ISU's Honors Program committee will accept proposals for Honors seminars for the 2006-07 academic year through Feb. 10. Honors seminars cover topics of current or special interest. Seminars are limited to 15 Honors students and offered on a S-F basis. Instructors receive $500 to be used for professional development. For more information or to submit a proposal, contact Ricki Shine,, 4-4292, or go to the Honors Website.

WorkOut Women conference is April 2

A conference for non-heterosexual women and their female allies Sunday, April 2 (1-5 p.m., Collegiate United Methodist Church, Ames) is aimed at uncovering resources at Iowa State and in the Ames community, and identifying what additional resources are needed. A grant from ISU's Women's Leadership Consortium is funding the conference. For more information, contact Ginger Cade,, or Nicci Port,, or see the Sloss women's center Web site.

Lunch with Coach Archibald

Associate head men's basketball coach Damon Archibald will attend the Feb. 9 "Lunch with the Coach" for ISU employees at noon in the Memorial Union Sun Room. Bring your lunch, if you like.

P&S Council nominations due Feb. 17

Nominate yourself or someone you know to serve on P&S Council. Nominations are due by 5 p.m. Feb. 17. P&S staff will vote March 1-24 to fill 13 seats on the council; terms for the new candidates begin in July. For more information contact Malisa Rader, Information and nomination forms are online.

Financial aid mini-conference is Feb. 9

Faculty and staff will get an update on financial aid procedures and program changes at the annual Student Financial Aid mini-conference from 8:15 to 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 9, in the Memorial Union Cardinal Room. The conference is open to all faculty and staff, and will be particularly useful to academic advisers and student services staff. There is no fee, but registration is requested. To register, see the "Up To the Minute" column online, click on "mini-conference registration form."

Benefit pasta dinner is Feb. 8

Students in Action (ISU and area middle/high school students) will hold a pasta supper from 5 to 7 p.m. Feb. 8 at the United Methodist Church annex, 130 Sheldon Ave. Proceeds will purchase food for Tanzania through the Iowa-based Outreach Africa program. Tickets are $5 ($4 students, $3 children) at the door.

New features at MU

The Memorial Union has several added features to better serve those who use the building. Infant care stations have been installed in both the men's and women's bathrooms on the ground floor. And phones allowing free local and campus calls have been installed in two locations: the west ground floor entrance near the Maintenance Shop and second floor near The Gallery. The phones are part of the campus emergency phone system.

Ideas sought for proposed research/wellness center

There will be a public forum on a proposed ISU nutrition and wellness research center from 4 to 5 p.m. Monday, Jan. 30, in the Memorial Union Cardinal Room. A $700,000 grant from the Iowa Department of Economic Development will help launch a center. Forum participants will have the opportunity to become involved in the vision, planning and organization of this new opportunity for research, teaching and outreach. For more information, contact Ruth MacDonald, 4-5991.

P&S awards deadline is Feb. 27

Feb. 27 is the nomination deadline for the following annual awards to Professional and Scientific employees: Regents Award for Staff Excellence, Professional and Scientific Excellence Award, Carroll Ringgenberg Award and P&S Outstanding New Professional Award. For more information, see the P&S Council Web site.

Sea kayaking in Alaska

ISU's Outdoor Recreation Program is sponsoring a sea kayaking trip in Alaska June 24-July 2. Cost for faculty and staff is $1,572 (students $1,516, community members $1,729), and includes airfare, motels, food, kayak rental and shuttles. For more information or to register, call 4-8200.

Obesity expert returns to campus

Judith Stern, distinguished professor in nutrition and in internal medicine at the University of California, Davis, and Iowa State's 2005-06 Helen LeBaron Hilton chair holder, will discuss the positives and negatives of taking dietary supplements during a Feb. 7 lecture. It begins at 8 p.m. in the Memorial Union Sun Room. Stern is a co-founder of the American Obesity Association, a lay advocacy organization dedicated to advancing the understanding of obesity.