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Aug. 29, 2008


Nominations sought for "Women Impacting ISU" calendar

Twelve women whose leadership has made a difference at Iowa State will be honored by the Carrie Chapman Center for Women and Politics in the third annual "Women Impacting ISU" calendar. Nominations are due Sept. 12. For a nomination form, go to

Help protect ISU's reputation and the public trust

Iowa State contracts with a third-party hotline vendor, EthicsPoint, to allow anonymous reporting of activities that may involve criminal, unethical or otherwise inappropriate behavior impacting ISU. In FY2008, seven reports were submitted to EthicsPoint via Internet or phone, all of which were investigated. If the person submitting the reporting agrees, an anonymous conversation may be arranged via the EthicsPoint system to aid the investigation. Submit reports online (go to "Confidential Hotline" from the homepage index), or by calling toll-free (866) 384-4277.

Women's club reception

The Iowa State University Women's Club will hold its fall opening reception from 4 to 6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 15, at St. John's by the Campus Episcopal Church, 2338 Lincoln Way. Membership is open to ISU women employees and graduate students and their spouses. For more information, contact club president Audrey Marley, 232-1394.

Nutcracker auditions are Sept. 7

Auditions for the Nutcracker Ballet performances at the Iowa State Center in December will be held Sunday, Sept. 7 (noon-7 p.m., Stephens, registration begins at 11:15 a.m.). Dancers must be at least 6 years old on audition date. Audition windows are:

  • Noon-3 p.m., children's roles
  • 3-4 p.m., adult roles
  • 4-7 p.m., (male and female) ballet roles

For more information about the auditions, contact the Robert Thomas Dancenter, 233-0826. Performance dates are Dec. 12-14.

Degree audits on AccessPlus

Undergrad and veterinary medicine students may now access their degree audits online through AccessPlus. The ISU Degree Audit site allows students to view audits to see how courses would apply to other majors or options. See

Study abroad leaders' experiences

Faculty and staff directors of study abroad programs will share their experiences over two lunch hours (noon-1:30 p.m., MU Pioneer Room):

  • Sept. 17: Luiza Dreasher, Liberal Arts and Sciences; Eldon Uhlenhopp, Veterinary Medicine; Andrew Manu, Agriculture and Life Sciences; moderator Christine Gemignani, study abroad center
  • Sept. 23: Nancy Guthrie, Liberal Arts and Sciences; Denise Bjelland, global agriculture programs; Mark Bryden, Engineering; moderator Shelley Taylor, global agriculture programs

Box lunches will be provided to attendees who contact Jodi Cornell,, by Sept. 10.

B.B. King tickets on sale Aug. 29

Tickets for an Oct. 29 concert at Stephens Auditorium by blues legend B.B. King go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 29, at all Ticketmaster locations. Tickets cost $44.50 to $74.50. Concert time is 7:30 p.m.

Instructors' role in trash removal

In its second year, the Keep Iowa State Beautiful committee is focusing some of its efforts on indoor trash and keeping classrooms clean. Custodians have placed laminated cards in 218 campus classrooms to remind students to remove their cups, bottles, newspapers and other trash as they leave the room. Classroom instructors are asked to read the message from the committee on the cards at the end of class as a reminder.

Borlaug poster competition

The 7th annual Norman Borlaug Graduate and Undergraduate Student Poster Competition will be held Monday, Oct. 13 (7-8 p.m. MU Great Hall), prior to the 2008 Norman Borlaug Lecture. Abstracts are due Sept. 19; finalists will be notified by Oct. 1. More information is online.

Research mentors sought

The University Honors Program seeks mentors (faculty, researchers and graduate students who have approval from their major professors) for freshman Honors students who hope to join a research team for spring semester. Mentors may have more than one freshman assistant. Students will work a minimum of three hours per week. The mentoring relationship may continue beyond the semester at the mentor's discretion. Students and mentors are matched based on mutual research interests and following an interview between the two. Both parties will agree to the match. A mentor information form, due Sept. 19, is online. Direct questions to Dana Schumacher, 4-0172,; or Susan Yager, 4-4372,