Aug. 31

ID + access = one card

The functions of the ISUCard and the white building access card have been combined into a single card with dual technology. However, the entire campus community won't be recarded. The new ISUCard with dual technology will be issued to current cardholders only if one of their cards is lost, stolen or no longer is functioning.

Aug. 31

Info lunch on MBA program is Sept. 16

Learn about Iowa State's MBA program during a free informational lunch Sept. 16 (noon-1 p.m., 1360 Gerdin). Lunch is provided. RSVP to Jenny Reitano, 4-7819. More.

Aug. 31

Carillon festival is Sept. 5

The ISU Carillon Festival, featuring a concert, seminar, celtic dances and campanile tours, will be held Sept. 5 (10 a.m.-4 p.m., various locations). The guest carillonneur is Adrian Patrick Gebruers of Cobh, Ireland. All events are free and open to the public. Gebruers also will give a lecture, "Land of the Harp and the Song," Sept. 2 (1:10 p.m., Tye Hall, Music). Schedule of events.

Aug. 28

Nutcracker auditions

Auditions for this year's production of the Nutcracker Ballet are Sunday, Sept. 13 (noon-7 p.m., Stephens). Registration begins at 11:15 a.m.; enter through the stage door on the southeast side of the building. For more information, call the Robert Thomas Dancenter, 233-3609. More.

Aug. 27

Register for mandatory food service training

Every person who prepares or serves food at an ISU student organization event needs to first attend a "SafeFood 101" training session. Those who attended last year are eligible for a renewal card; newcomers should register via e-mail for an upcoming session. More.

Aug. 27

Cyclone memorabilia is part of benefit auction

An online auction by the ISU Parents' Association features special campus events and Cyclone memorabilia. Online bids are accepted through 9 p.m. Sept. 24; proceeds help fund things such as Cyclone Family Weekend and professional security services during Veishea. Auction site.

Aug. 27

Study looks at ways to overcome anger, grudges

A group counseling research team seeks participants for a study on processes that help people overcome anger and hurt. Volunteers participate in a group and receive compensation for completing questionnaires. For more info, contact Nathaniel Wade, 4-1898. More.

Aug. 26

Changes proposed to building keys/cards policy

A DRAFT of the revised policy on Keys and Building Access Cards is in the Policy Library for public review and comment. The purpose of this policy is to clarify the issuance and accountability of all keys and access cards, which control access to university buildings and their contents. Submit comments by Sept. 16 to (or use the feedback button on the draft site).

Aug. 26

Submit entries for photography contest in September

Entries in University Museums' 2nd annual "I Love Campus Art" photography contest may be submitted beginning Sept. 1. Photos should be of one of the 600-plus pieces of public art on campus. The public will vote on the entries during October and the winner will be turned into a poster and sold at the Brunnier Art Museum store. Entries should be high-resolution (600 dpi) tiff or jpeg files. More info and the entry form are on the University Museums web site.

Aug. 26

Honors seminar proposals sought

The University Honors Program seeks proposals for spring 2010 Honors seminars (limited to 15 Honors students, cover topics of current or special interest, one or two credits, graded on a S-F basis). Instructor(s) of each seminar receive $500 for professional development. Learn more at an info session Sept. 4 (2:10 and 3:10 p.m., 1155 Jischke). Proposals due Sept. 15. For more info, contact faculty director Susan Yager, 4-4372.

Aug. 26

Update on Rec Services project is Sept. 3

Dean of students Dione Somerville and interim director of recreation services Scott White will provide an update on the State Gym renovation and addition project during an open forum hosted by the P&S Council Sept. 3 (Noon-1 p.m., MU Gallery). All are welcome.

Aug. 26

RISE and PERL open house is Sept. 3

The Research Institute for Studies in Education and Psychology in Education Research Laboratory will host an open house Sept. 3 (1-2:30 p.m.) in their remodeled facilities in the garden level of east Lagomarcino Hall (E005, E006, E012 and E016). RISE staff and students will give a presentation, "What is RISE and What are They Doing Down Under?" at 3 p.m. in N221 Lagomarcino.

Aug. 26

New members named to biotech council

Jack Dekkers, professor of animal science; Mark Hargrove, professor of biochemistry, biophysics and molecular biology; and Steven Whitham, associate professor of plant pathology, have been selected to serve three-year terms on ISU's Biotechnology Council. The group makes recommendations to the Office of Biotechnology on activities that support biotech research, education and outreach. More.

Aug. 26

Get motivated

Iowa State employees have the opportunity to attend a nationally recognized motivational seminar at no cost. The Office of the Vice President for Business and Finance has paid the registration fee for "Get Motivated," a day-long seminar Sept. 17 at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines. With their supervisor's approval, staff and faculty members who wish to attend should contact with name, e-mail address and phone number by noon on Monday, Aug. 31. They will be notified at a future date where tickets will be distributed. Attendees will also have the option to purchase a workbook for $5 if space is available for participation. The seminar features leading business, government and sports figures.

Aug. 24

RSVP for Cardinal & Gold BBQ

Faculty and staff are asked to register by Sept. 4 for the Cardinal & Gold Kickoff, an appreciation BBQ sponsored by the athletics department Sept. 10 (5-7:30 p.m., east concourse of Jack Trice Stadium). Enjoy an evening of food and fun to kick off the academic year.

Aug. 24

Seeking faculty mentors for first-year Honors students

The University Honors program seeks mentors for spring 2010 among faculty and other researchers with active projects who are interested in having one or more first-year assistants. Graduate students may be mentors with approval from their major professors. Mentor and student agree to the match. Students work 3 or 6 hours per week, earning one S/F credit for each 3-hour commitment. Questions may be directed to assistant director for undergraduate research and scholarship Dana Schumacher, 4-0172, or faculty director Susan Yager, 4-4372. The mentor information form, available online, should be turned in by Sept. 18.

Aug. 24

Journal cancellation review under way at library

The ISU Library has begun a journal cancellation project this semester to address the constraints of the FY10 and FY11 budgets. An explanation from library dean Olivia Madison appears in the library's current newsletter. A list of journals being reviewed also is online. Members of the university community are invited to submit comments regarding specific titles.

Aug. 21

Update your contact info

Information in the faculty and staff listings section of the university campus directory will be taken from data supplied by faculty/staff through AccessPlus prior to Aug. 28. Please review and update your listing with current addresses and telephone numbers.

Aug. 20

Nominations sought for Catt Center calendar

The Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics is accepting nominations for the 2010 "Women Impacting ISU" poster calendar, an annual tribute to current students, faculty and staff (retirees, alumni and donors not working or studying at ISU are not eligible for inclusion). A dozen women are selected based on their leadership and accomplishments, including contributions in the classroom, campus involvement and community relationships. The nomination form is online and must be submitted by 5 p.m. Sept. 18. A calendar unveiling will be held in December. For more information, contact the Catt center, 4-3181. Past calendars are online.

Aug. 18

Friday at the Center is Aug. 28

Live music, food and friends are part of the ISU Alumni Association's Friday at the Center (FAC) on Friday, Aug. 28 (5-8 p.m., Newlin Terrace, Alumni Center, 420 Beach Ave). The Soul Searchers will provide music. Admission is free with food (gyros and superdogs) and beverages (beer, wine and soda) for sale. Park in Iowa State Center Lots A2 and A3. The rain location is the Reiman Ballroom in the Alumni Center. For information, call Deanne Stuart, 4-9171.

Aug. 18

English class for adults begins Sept. 3

The Intensive English and Orientation Program will offer a course for international visiting scholars, faculty, staff and graduate students this fall. Session 1 (first half of semester) will focus on professional academic oral skills; session 2 (second half) on conversational skills, cross-cultural comparisons and current events. The course meets Sept. 3-Dec. 8 (Tuesdays and Thursdays, 5:30-7 p.m.). An informational meeting will be held Aug. 27 (5:30 p.m., 212 Ross). For more info, including registration details, e-mail Joan Chamberlin.

Aug. 18

Fall advising summit is Sept. 17

The fall Advising Summit Sept. 17 (3-5 p.m., MU Cardinal Room) will feature a student/adviser scenarios intended to help advisers improve their advising techniques. A directed discussion will follow each vignette. The summit also will include discussion of student/parent issues and other real-life situations. The summit is free; beverages and snacks are included. You must register on AccessPlusto attend (once logged in, click on "employee" tab, then "HRS training," and "courses." Select "Ten Advising Techniques.") For more info, contact Cindy Frederickson.

Aug. 12

Bowlers wanted for faculty-staff league

The ISU Faculty/Staff bowling league is seeking new teams and bowlers for the 2009-10 season. League play begins Aug. 31 at Perfect Games in west Ames. Bowlers may be active or retired ISU faculty, staff and grad students, or employees of affiliates (such as National Soil Tilth Lab, NSRIC). For more information, contact Keith Kutz,, or Dave Boeke,

Aug. 12

Director search under way

A search has begun for the first permanent director of the Nutrition and Wellness Research Center. A job description and application are on the employment web site (vacancy ID 090373). Direct questions to Human Sciences associate dean and search committee chair Carla Peterson, 4-7804,

Aug. 12

Calling all P&S supervisors

A 90-minute session will introduce the new performance management program to faculty and staff who supervise P&S employees. Learn, observe and get your questions answered. It will be offered seven times in August and September. More.

Aug. 12

Comment sought on draft revision of P&S policy

A DRAFT revision of the policy Dismissal, Reorganization or Financial Conditions -- P&S is available in the Policy Library for public review a comment. Recently, several P&S policies have been revised in conjunction with the new performance management program. Submit comments regarding this draft policy by Sept. 2 to (or use the feedback button on the web site).

Aug. 12

Sweet deal for football season opener

ISU employees may purchase $10 reserved tickets to the Cyclone football opener vs. North Dakota State Sept. 3. Purchase by 10 p.m. Sept. 2. More.

Aug. 12

Celebrate a new year

The music department faculty will hold a fanfare concert to celebrate the new academic year Aug. 30 (3 p.m., Tye Hall, Music, reception follows). Admission now is free; no RSVP needed.

Aug. 5

Pet ER fee reduced

The ISU Vet Med Center has reduced the cost for initial small animal emergency room visits. The first visit, which includes the office call, physical exam and estimate for other services, has been reduced to $75. More information is onlineor call 4-4900.

Aug. 1

No more walk-in payments on U-Bill

There are several ways to pay your university bill (U-Bill), but the option of dropping a payment at the Treasurer's Office disappears today. Officials opted to close the U-Bill payment window to help with budget reductions. Students, faculty and staff still will be able to pay U-Bills by:

  • Making an online payment through AccessPlus
  • Mailing a check to the Treasurer's Office, 1220 Beardshear Hall, Ames, IA 50011
  • Dropping a check in the drop box, located behind the Student Answer Center on Beardshear's ground floor

Make all checks payable to "Iowa State University." Include name and University ID number on check. Cash payments aren't recommended, but you may obtain a cashier's check payable to "Iowa State University" (fee is waived) at the university branch of US Bank, 2546 Lincoln Way.