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Sept. 26, 2008


A single fellowship deadline

The Center for Excellence in the Arts and Humanities changed its submission deadline for Fellowships for Scholarship and Creative Activity from one per semester to one per academic year. The deadline for the 2008-09 year is Oct. 7. More information is at

Way Up conference is Nov. 6-7

The 2008 "Way Up" conference for women in higher education will be held Nov. 6-7 at the Marriott Hotel, Coralville. The event is open to women faculty, staff and administrators at colleges and universities. Sally Mason, University of Iowa president; Patricia Lowrie, Michigan State University Women's Resource Center director; and Wanda Mitchell, vice provost at the University of New Hampshire; will give keynote addresses. More information and registration are at Or contact Doreen Hayek, (319) 273-7300,

English conversation Friday afternoons

"Coffee, Tea and English" (a group that combines the former English Conversation Program and an off-campus group) helps international students, scholars and families to improve their English. It also is a volunteer opportunity for native English speakers, who help facilitate conversation. The group meets Fridays (4:30-6 p.m., Pine Room, MU).

Planetarium show and star gazing

The first planetarium show of the academic year will be held Friday, Oct. 3, in the ISU planetarium, lower level of Physics Hall (follow the signs). The free show, appropriate for all ages, starts at 7 p.m. and, weather permitting, will be followed by a star-gazing session on the roof of Zaffarano Hall. Shows also will be held Nov. 7 and Dec. 5.

Surprising statistics

Stanford University professor Bradley Efron will offer surprising theoretical ideas using everyday statistics in a talk, "Learning from the Experience of Others," on Wednesday, Oct. 15 (11-11:50 a.m., 1 Carver). The talk is the Laurence H. Baker Lecture and is intended for a general audience.

Homecoming tailgate tickets on sale

Tickets for the ISU Alumni Association's Oct. 25 Homecoming tailgate are on sale. Oct. 1 is the deadline to purchase a combined tailgate and football game ticket; Oct. 17 is the deadline to purchase a tailgate-only ticket. The tailgate will start three hours prior to kickoff of the Cyclones vs. Texas A&M Aggies football game. Order tickets online. The Homecoming tailgate will include a dedication of the new Alumni Center.

Dance for children

Iowa State Dance will sponsor an informal dance opportunity for children on Tuesday afternoons this fall (Sept. 30; Oct. 7, 14, 21 and 28; Nov. 4) in 196 Forker. "Creations," a time to create with dance, costs $3 per child per session. Children ages 4 to 6 years will meet from 4:30 to 5:15 p.m., and children ages 7 to 12 years will meet from 5:15 to 6:15 p.m. Children should wear comfortable clothes and will dance barefoot. For information, contact Janice Baker, 4-3047,

Moss print features Reiman Gardens

Meet artist P. Buckley Moss and view her newly released print, Springtime at the Gardens, featuring Reiman Gardens, during a reception Friday, Oct. 3. It will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the gardens' Garden Room. The limited edition print (500 copies) will be available for $120 ($10 from the sale of each print will support the gardens' beautification fund). Those planning to attend are asked to RSVP to 4-2710.

Learn to balance work and life

Joan Williams, University of California Hastings College of Law, San Francisco, will discuss work/life issues Oct. 9 (3:30-4:30 p.m., Pioneer Room, MU). Her talk will focus on how work/family conflicts impact families across the social spectrum. Williams also will hold workshops Oct. 9 in the Memorial Union's Pioneer Room for current postdocs (8:30-10 a.m.) and graduate students (10:30 a.m.-noon or 1:30-3 p.m.). Workshop participants must register by Oct. 6 via phone (4-5357), e-mail ( or AccessPlus (go to and click on "Employee," "HRS Training," "Continue," "Courses," "Enroll").

ISU parking permit required in environmental health and safety lots

Effective Oct. 1, all vehicles in Lot 122 (south of Environmental Health and Safety), as well as the general lots around the building, will be required to use a parking permit. Training participants who do not have an ISU parking permit must stop at the main reception area inside the building to receive a temporary permit. Any vehicle without a parking permit will be ticketed. Call 4-5359 with questions.

LGBT post finalists

Four finalists will interview for the coordinator of the office of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender student services post in the dean of students office. Each candidate's visit will include an open forum from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. For more information on the finalists, contact the dean of students office. The candidates and open forum dates and locations are:

  • Matthew Fender, Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research, San Francisco, Sept. 26, 136 Union Drive Community Center
  • Kris Olds, master's candidate, Iowa State University, Oct. 3, 2121 Martin
  • David Leo, Arizona State University, Tempe, Oct. 6, 136 UDCC
  • Andrea Stokes, master's graduate, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Ind., Oct. 7, 136 UDCC

ISU College for Seniors receives Bernard Osher Foundation grant

Iowa State's College for Seniors is now fully affiliated with Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. The 30-year-old philanthropic organization supports higher education and the arts with a network of lifelong learning institutes for mature adults at more than 120 institutions. A membership program is one requirement of the affiliation. Beginning fall semester, $25 charter memberships are being offered. Students who enrolled in courses this fall received the charter membership as a credit to their enrollment fees. The program's new name is the College for Seniors Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Iowa State University.

National Museum Day is Sept. 27

The Brunnier Art Museum, Christian Petersen Art Museum and Farm House Museum will be open free of charge from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27, as part of the Smithsonian's fourth annual National Museum Day. Visitors who choose one work of art to be their family favorite will be entered in a drawing for a year-long family membership to University Museums.