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Aug. 24, 2007


Lunch cart at Beardshear Hall

While the Hub is closed for renovation, ISU Dining is offering a lunch cart in Beardshear Hall (ground floor) from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Service began Aug. 20 and will end when the Hub Grill and Cafe opens in the spring. The menu includes salads, soups, sandwiches, wraps, sides and bottled beverages.

Nutcracker auditions are Sept. 9

Auditions for the Iowa State Center's production of the Nutcracker Ballet in December will be held from 12 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 9, at Stephens. Audition registration begins at 11:15 a.m. Enter through the stage door on the southeast side of the building. Dancers should wear a leotard, tights and ballet or pointe shoes. The audition schedule is:

  • Noon-3 p.m.: children ages eight and older
  • 3-4 p.m.: adult dancers
  • 4-7 p.m.: ballet dancers (male and female) for pointe and non-pointe roles

For more information, call the Robert Thomas Dancenter, 233-3609.

Ag entrepreneurship conference is Sept. 17-18

Registration is open for the 2007 Agricultural Entrepreneurship Institute Sept. 17-18 at the Gateway Hotel and Conference Center. It's designed to give agricultural educators some basic tools to help their students develop entrepreneurial skills to complement their agricultural and life science knowledge. Registration is $75 and can be done online. For more information, contact Stacey Noe, 4-4945.

Hold the date

The all-university fall convocation will begin at 3:15 p.m. Monday, Sept. 10, in the Memorial Union Sun Room. Recipients of university awards will be honored and President Gregory Geoffroy will talk about the academic year ahead at Iowa State. The convocation concludes with a reception. All are invited.

Research mentors sought for Honors students

The University Honors Program seeks mentors for the 2008 spring semester to work with freshman Honors students. Faculty and other researchers with active projects who are interested in having one or more freshman student assistants next spring should to contact Leah Greving, University Honors Program, 4-4371,, by Sept. 11.

Graduate students also may serve as mentors with the approval of their major professor. Students are matched with mentors based on mutual research interests. Matches are not finalized until the faculty mentor has interviewed the student and both have agreed to the match. Students are expected to work a minimum of three hours per week. They receive one credit for each three-hour commitment, up to two credits, graded on a satisfactory-fail basis. The mentoring relationship may continue beyond the freshman year at the mentor's discretion.

English class for adults

The Intensive English and Orientation Program will offer a course for international visiting scholars, faculty, staff and graduate students on Tuesdays and Thursdays Sept. 4-Dec. 6 (5:30-7 p.m.). Session 1 (first half of semester) will focus on professional academic oral skills and Session 2 (second half) will focus on conversational skills, cross-cultural comparisons and current events.

An informational meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 27, in 31 Ross. More information is online.

Eating intuitively

Are you a chronic dieter? Learn about intuitive eating and how to develop a healthy relationship with food, mind and body during a lunch-and-learn from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 30, in 0331 Palmer. The event is sponsored by the Nutrition Clinic for Employee Wellness. Feel free to bring your lunch. To reserve a spot, contact Sally, 4-9625 or

Campus forum on arming

The P&S Council will host a campus forum on a recommendation to arm police officers on Iowa's three regent university campuses from 2 to 3 p.m. Friday, Aug. 31, in the Memorial Union Pioneer Room. Public safety director Jerry Stewart will give a short presentation and answer questions. All are welcome. President Gregory Geoffroy has asked for comments on the recommendation by Sept. 15.