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March 13, 2009


Veishea volunteer opportunity

Faculty and staff volunteers are sought to help at Veishea activities the evenings of April 17-18. Tasks range from serving pancakes or walking tacos to assisting at entertainment venues. For more information or to volunteer, e-mail

Lean and green offices

"Office Lean and Green" and "Volunteer Management," part of the 2009 Story County Nonprofit Management Academy co-sponsored by United Way of Story County and ISU Extension--Story County, will be held March 19 (8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.) at the ISU Foundation, 2505 University Blvd. Registration is $65 and includes lunch and continuing education credits. To register, contact Alison Boelman, 382-6551,

Merit seats open on UCW

The University Committee on Women has member openings for merit staff for the 2009-10 academic year. Information about UCW is online; interested individuals should contact Ruth Birch,

Dig out those recipes

The Nutrition Clinic for Employee Wellness and the Wellness Works student group are holding an employee recipe contest through March 23. Categories are: appetizer/snack, soup/salad, main dish, side dish and dessert. One entry per employee. Recipes must be easy to prepare and include common, nutritious ingredients and the number of servings. E-mail entries to One winner per category will receive a Hy-Vee gift card.

Stash the trash

Online registration is open for Veishea Service Day/Stash the Trash shifts (between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.) Saturday, March 28. Join other groups picking up trash on campus and in the community. Admission to Reiman Gardens will be free that day to volunteers. Register online.

Save the date

Iowa State's 11th annual Learning Communities Institute will be held Monday, May 11, in the Scheman Building. Registration is free. More information is online.

Council election open another week

Online voting for candidates to the P&S Council is open until 5 p.m. Friday, March 20, on AccessPlus. P&S employees vote only for the candidates in their areas of representation. Profiles of all candidates are available on the council's web site.

Learn about WorldCat

Dan Coffey, ISU library, presents "Let the CAT Out of the Bag: What WorldCat Can Do For You" March 25 (3:15-4:30 p.m., 192 Parks Library). Faculty, staff and students are invited to learn the research capabilities of the WorldCat online database, which allows access to many library catalogs worldwide. This seminar is available in person or online. Preregistration is required on AccessPlus ("Employee" tab, then "HRS Course Listings").

Financial seminars

Bring your financial questions to one of the following TIAA-CREF seminars in 3534 Memorial Union. Preregistration is required. Contact the Ames TIAA-CREF office, 268-8600, or go online.

  • March 25, "A Woman's Money, a Woman's Future (Women in Mid-career)," noon to 1 p.m., repeated March 26 (5:30-6:30 p.m.)
  • April 1, "Introducing the Roth Option," noon to 1 p.m.

How students process information

Larry Hamm, professor of ag economics at Michigan State University, East Lansing, will talk about "implications of how today's students process information into knowledge and the impacts on classroom dynamics" April 30 (3 p.m., 1204 Kildee). All are welcome.

Sustainability forum is April 2

The ISU Council on Sustainability will host a campus forum April 2 (6-8 p.m., 192 Parks Library). Members of the ISU community will share what their units are doing in the area of sustainability. Guest speakers include Sarah Passonneau, library's sustainability task force; Matthew Wynn Sivils, English; Pete Englin, residence; and Merry Rankin, sustainability programs. For more information, contact Passonneau,