Dec. 22

Nominate an exemplary online course for recognition

The Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching's STTAR (Superior Teaching and Technology Application Recognition) program identifies, rewards and shares examples of best practices in online teaching with the ISU community. CELT seeks nominations by Jan. 22, 2010, of online courses or course components for recognition in the program. The evaluation process will use a Rubric for Online Instruction developed at California State University, Chico. CELT staff will assist with the nomination process or in helping faculty use the rubric to self-evaluate their own courses.

Dec. 21

Check ahead of time to see if it's open

Due to the holidays and extreme financial conditions, the university will be in a partial shutdown Dec. 24-Jan. 3. A listing of university facilities or services you might hope to use during this time is online; consult units' web sites for more information.

Dec. 18

New CIO web site

The new Office of the CIO (chief information officer) web site, highlights information technology campus projects in development or implementation, organizational teams and contacts, articles addressing relevance and strategic impact at Iowa State, committees that impact IT direction, and strategic documents reflecting collective vision.

Dec. 18

Nominations due Jan. 20 for Women of Achievement Awards, scholarships

The YWCA Ames-ISU is accepting nominations and applications for its 2010 Women of Achievement Awards and two $1,000 ISU scholarships. The awards recognize local women, businesses and organizations that have worked toward the YWCA mission of eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. A reception to honor the recipients will be held March 25. Nomination forms and applications are due by 4 p.m. Jan. 20. For more information, call (4-1663) or e-mail the YWCA Ames-ISU.

Dec. 15

Hold the date: ComETS symposium is Feb. 18

The Community of Educational Technology Support (ComETS) will hold its spring symposium the morning of Feb. 18, 2010. The keynote speaker is Malcolm Brown, director of the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative and former director of academic computing at Dartmouth College. ISU faculty and staff also will have an opportunity to present information about their campus projects. More information will be available shortly at

Dec. 15

Reading tutoring for children

Applications for one-on-one reading tutoring for children in grades 1-8 during the 2010 spring semester will be accepted until Jan. 15, by the Fred Duffelmeyer Reading Improvement Clinic. Tutoring sessions are conducted by advanced graduate students in reading and related areas.

Dec. 14

Chemistry Stores announces changes to store hours during winter break

ISU Chemistry Stores will have a few modifications to its hours over the winter break, but staff will take and deliver orders for both stock items and specialty items during this time. Changes to normal store hours are:

  • Dec. 23-25: Closed all day, no deliveries
  • Dec. 31: Open 7:30 a.m.-noon, normal delivery schedule
  • Jan. 1: Closed all day, no deliveries

Dec. 14

H1N1 vaccination clinics open to all ages

Story County Public Health has scheduled four H1N1 vaccination clinics this week. Anyone more than six months old is eligible for the free vaccine. Children nine years and younger should receive a second dose at least 28 days after the first dose. This week's scheduled clinics are:

  • Ames: Tuesday, Dec. 15, 4-7 p.m. (First United Methodist Church, 508 Kellogg)
  • Huxley: Wednesday, Dec. 16, 5-8 p.m. (3C Recreation Center, 515 North Main)
  • Nevada: Thursday, Dec. 17, 4-7 p.m. (Story County Medical Center, S. 19th St. and G Ave.)
  • Ames: Friday, Dec. 18, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (260 and 262 Scheman Building)

Updates are available on the Story County Public Health web site, and by calling the hotline at (515) 233-7577.

Dec. 10

Calendar release party rescheduled to Dec. 16

Due to inclement weather, the Catt Center's release party for its 2010 "Women Impacting ISU" calendar was rescheduled for Dec. 16 (3:30-5 p.m., MU Great Hall). All are welcome.

Dec. 10

CANCELED: Fountain of youth?

Visiting scholar Barry Franklin, Pease Family Scholar, will discuss how exercise can reverse declines caused by age in a lecture Dec. 10 (7:30 p.m., Campanile Room, MU).

Dec. 9

ComETS seeks technology innovators

ISU's Community of Educational Technology Support (ComETS) will pilot different technology during spring semester. ComETS seeks faculty volunteers to pilot either a cell phone-based student response system or a hosted Moodle (course management system). For more information, contact Jim Twetten or go to the ComETS web site.

Dec. 9

OPPTAG seeks summer instructors

The Office of Precollegiate Programs for Talented and Gifted seeks skilled graduate students or instructors to teach talented and gifted students in grades 3-11 next summer. For more information, contact Carmen Flagge. Some specific interests are:

  • Solar cooking (grades 3-7)
  • Literature/creative writing (grades 3-7)
  • Intro to a language (Spanish, Latin, French etc)
  • History
  • Forensics
  • Politics
  • Performing arts
  • Critical thinking

Dec. 9

Iowa State University closed

Classes are canceled and Iowa State University offices are closed Dec. 9, due to the severe winter weather. Only emergency personnel need to report to work. Emergency personnel who are unable to get to work should call their supervisors or departmental offices.

Dec. 8

Weather-related changes on campus

Check the ISU homepage for the latest updates.

  • Tuesday evening classes and events (scheduled for 6 p.m. or later) are canceled. Decisions for Wednesday will be made at 6 a.m.
  • Parks Library and all University Library branches are closing at 6 p.m. Tuesday
  • Reiman Gardens is closing at noon Tuesday
  • Retirement reception for Duane Smith, Institute for Transportation, postponed to Dec. 21
  • Retirement reception for Larry Huisman, Memorial Union, postponed to Dec. 17
  • Tuesday's Faculty Senate meeting has been canceled

Dec. 7

Hort students to sell greenhouse plants Dec. 10-11

Students enrolled this fall in Horticulture 434, Greenhouse Crop Production I, have produced a variety of plants (several types of poinsettias; three types of cyclamen; six types of African violets; potted gerbera daisies and the four foliage plants: pothos, heartleaf philodendron, variegated ivy and croton), which they will sell Dec. 10-11 (noon-5:30 p.m. daily, horticulture greenhouses south of Horticulture Hall). Prices range from $5 to $9 per plant.

Dec. 7

Get your Insight Bowl fan info here

Information about the Insight Bowl and related events, including a three-night charter, is available on the ISU Alumni Association web site. Information about fan events will be posted as it becomes available. If you have questions about travel, contact Jan Breitman, 4-6526. Contact Deanne Stuart, 4-9171, with questions about events.

Dec. 7

Winter weather, parking reminder

Information about winter weather procedures dealing with cancellations, closings and parking lots is available in an online FAQ. An Inside Iowa State story explains why snow and ice removal may take longer this year.

Dec. 7

Registration begins Dec. 15 for the Live Healthy Iowa Challenge

You may register for the annual Live Healthy Iowa Challenge beginning Dec. 15. The event kicks off Jan. 14, 2010. Check out the Hy-Vee web site (beginning Dec. 15) or visit a local Hy-Vee store (beginning Jan. 4, 2010) to receive $5 off the $20 registration fee. Register with group code LHISTATE to join the ISU team.

Dec. 2

Poinsettia sale continues Dec. 3-5

Members of the Horticulture Club will sell poinsettias Dec. 3 (9 a.m.-5 p.m., Beardshear), Dec 4 (9 a.m.-5 p.m., horticulture greenhouse on central campus) and Dec. 5 (9 a.m.-1 p.m., Reiman Gardens). A wide variety of plants range in price from $5 to $25.

Dec. 2

No WebCT support Dec. 24-Jan. 3

CELT's phone and e-mail support for WebCT and "clickers" will not be available from Dec. 24 through Jan. 3. WebCT will remain functional during this time.

Dec. 1

H1N1 vaccine clinics on Dec. 3, Dec. 4

Story County Public Health will hold two public H1N1 vaccination clinics this week:

The vaccinations will be administered only to members of identified priority groups.

Dec. 1

Council forum on budget challenges

Various P&S Council leaders will serve on a panel to field questions about FY10 and FY11 budget challenges Dec. 3 (noon-1 p.m., MU Pioneer Room). In addition to discussing questions and concerns, they'll present results of the October survey of P&S staff and highlight HR services that employees can use. All are welcome. Feel free to bring your lunch.

Dec. 1

Limited number of seasonal flu vaccines available Dec. 10

Occupational Medicine has a limited number of seasonal flu vaccinations available for faculty and staff. Flu shots will be administered Dec. 10 (10 a.m.-4 p.m. or until the supply is gone, 205 TASF). Bring your ISUCard. Limited parking will be available in front of TASF.

Nov. 30

Geoffroy: ISU must deploy limited resources to areas that contribute most to future success

If Iowa State is to continue to fulfill its land-grant mission, it must find ways to deploy its severely reduced resources to programs and activities that will contribute most to the university's future success, Geoffroy said in a Nov. 30 letter to faculty and staff.

Oct. 10

Flu FAQ for employees, supervisors

Human resource services officials address a variety of questions about H1N1 and the workplace in a new FAQ for Iowa State employees and supervisors. A second FAQ on the ISU H1N1 web site provides general information on protecting yourself and on university preparations for the flu.