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Oct. 10, 2008


Stafford banking lecture is Oct. 17

The College of Business will host "Banking in Balance: Focus on Building Value," the 2008 Robert Stafford Lecture on Banking, at 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 17, in 1148 Gerdin. Al Landon, a 1970 business graduate and the chairman and CEO of Bank of Hawaii, is this year's lecturer. He will discuss the banking environment and current financial crisis, among other topics. A reception begins at 10 a.m. in 2200 Gerdin. Details are online.

Start a learning community

Doug Gruenewald and Steve Mickelson, co-directors of learning communities, will discuss starting a new learning community, including the funding application process, during an information session Oct. 16 (4-5 p.m., 2015 Morrill). To register, contact Jen Leptien, More information about learning communities is online.

Women's club meets Oct. 20

The ISU Women's Club will hold its general assembly at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 20, at Northminister Presbysterian Church, 1416 20th St. Theatre faculty member Jane Cox will present the program, "A Woman of the Theatre." Guests are invited, both women and men. Members are encouraged to attend with their spouses. Refreshments will be served following the program.

Stuff the bus

The Iowa State Daily is a sponsor of the sixth annual "Stuff the Bus" food drive Oct. 10-11. The goal is to fill several CyRide buses with donations for the Mid-Iowa Community Action food pantry to benefit needy families in the area. Buses will be parked outside the Lincoln Center Hy-Vee, West Hy-Vee, Fareway, Cub Foods/Wal-Mart and Super Wal-Mart from 2 to 8 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

Partake in World Food Day events

Iowa State will have a satellite link to the 25th annual World Food Day teleconference, "Choices for a Warm and Hungry Planet," based in Washington, D.C., Oct. 16 (11 a.m.-2 p.m. CDT, 1141 Extension and 4-H Youth Building). There also will be a live uplink from the 2008 World Food Prize ceremony at the state capitol. If you'd like to attend the satellite link, register with Joyce Greving, 4-3079, More information about the teleconference is online.

Grand opening at gardens' gift shop

The new gift shop at Reiman Gardens will hold a grand opening Oct. 10-12 with a storewide discount of 10 percent and additional coupons and prizes awarded each day. There will be food sampling and a Maruca handbag trunk showing. The shop's inventory includes items for the gardening enthusiast, gifts inspired by nature, and a wide selection of sustainable and "green" items. All proceeds from the shop benefit Reiman Gardens. You do not need to pay garden admission to visit the gift shop.

Insect film fest moves to gardens

The Insect Horror Film Festival will be held at Reiman Gardens from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23. Featured films this year are Ant Bully (2006, animated) and Mothra (1961). There also will be insect-related activities and displays for the whole family. Admission is free. The fest is sponsored by the entomology graduate student organization and Reiman Gardens.

Nominations sought for community awards

Nominations are being accepted through Nov. 14 for the Martin Luther King Jr. "Advancing One Community" awards. Three $500 awards are available in the categories of individual, student and group. Nominees should have demonstrated their commitment to King's principles and goals over a sustained time period. Nominations should be sent to the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost, 1550 Beardshear. More information is online.

Family fun day

The Week Without Violence committee is hosting Family Fun Day Oct. 12 (1-3 p.m., Schilletter-University Village community building). All are invited to this family-friendly event featuring arts and crafts, healthy snacks and games. The event is free, but donations of personal care or nonperishable food items will be donated to the ACCESS shelter in Ames.

Book Award recipient visits Ames

Patricia Klindienst, winner of the 2007 American Book Award for The Earth Knows My Name, will present "Voices from the Land: Gardens and the Making of Americans" Thursday, Oct. 16 (8 p.m., Hughes auditorium at Reiman Gardens). Her talk is part of the Center for Excellence in the Arts and Humanities' 2008-09 series. Klindienst also will facilitate a free writing workshop hosted by the Ames Public Library on Wednesday, Oct. 15 (2-4 p.m., Ames Public Library). Both events are open to the public.

English conversation course

The Intensive English and Orientation Program will offer a short course on developing conversational skills for international visiting scholars, faculty, staff and graduate students. Participants will work on idiomatic expressions and slang, cross-cultural comparisons and discussions about current events. The class will meet Tuesdays and Thursdays (5:30-7 p.m.) from Oct. 21 to Dec. 9. The cost is $175.Registration closes Oct. 17. For more information and to register, contact Joan Chamberlin,

Nominations sought for faculty, staff awards

Executive vice president and provost Elizabeth Hoffman invites nominations from faculty and staff across the university for the 2009 Iowa State University Awards. A new format and electronic submission requirements for all nominations are explained online. Nominations are due to the provost's office Feb. 23, 2009, but college nomination deadlines begin as early as Nov 18. All units within the university are encouraged to submit nominations. The awards will be presented at the 2009 fall convocation.