Feb. 26

Meats Lab sales resume

Public retail sales have resumed at Iowa State's Meats Lab, following a renovation of the facility. Sale hours are 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays. Sales are completed by cash or check only.

Feb. 26

TIAA-CREF's chief investment strategist presents campus seminar

Brett Hammond, TIAA-CREF managing director and chief investment strategist, will present "New Rules to Investing" for ISU employees March 3 (3-4 p.m., Pioneer Room, MU). Registration is required. Hammond will discuss how to:

  • adequately save for retirement and other long-term financial goals
  • choose investments wisely
  • maintain an appropriate risk tolerance for your individual needs and goals
  • tune out distractions in the market that may tempt you away from your long-term plan
  • achieve a safe and secure retirement

Feb. 26

M-Shop show benefits Haiti victims

Ticket sales for a March 7 show at the Maintenance Shop will benefit vicitims of the Haiti earthquake. The 7 p.m. show will feature local bands Keno, Bombardier and Lancelot. General admission tickets, available at the M-Shop box office or by calling 4-8349, are $5. Proceeds will go to the Red Cross Haiti Relief and Development Fund. Between performances, students from Haiti will provide updates on relief efforts and how individuals can help the victims.

Feb. 26

Veishea volunteer opportunities for faculty and staff

ISU faculty and staff are invited to partner with Student Affairs staff to support Veishea student leaders during Veishea weekend, April 16-18. Volunteers are needed to assist at either of the two midnight pancake breakfasts or the entertainment venues. More information and registration are online. Registration is requested by March 9.

Feb. 25

Judges sought for state science/technology fair March 26-27

ISU Extension seeks 350-400 volunteers to judge middle and high school projects at the State Science and Technology Fair of Iowa and FFA Agriscience Fair, which are being held together March 26-27 at Hilton and Scheman. Individuals with a major, degree or background in science, engineering or technology are needed, both to evaluate projects and help the students become better researchers. The judges registration form is online. Questions may be directed to Vicki Speake, 4-5738.

Feb. 24

Nominations sought for Vet Med search committee

Executive vice president and provost Elizabeth Hoffman seeks nominations for faculty members, staff members, students and members of other college constituencies to serve on the search committee for the next dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine. Names and e-mail addresses of nominees should be sent to Hoffman and administrative specialist Julie Ham, via e-mail, by March 5.

Feb. 24

Veishea Service Day and Stash the Trash registration is open

March 27 marks the third time that Veishea Service Day, Stash the Trash and Keep Iowa State Beautiful are collaborating to clean up campus and Ames. Registration is open for shifts between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Typical shifts are two to three hours long, but most can be modified to fit schedules. Volunteers will receive a free lunch and admission to Reiman Gardens. Individuals, families and groups are welcome to volunteer. Contact Jennifer Garrett or Tanner Howard with questions.

Feb. 23

Women of Achievement Awards and Scholarship reception is March 25

Join the YWCA Ames-ISU to honor five outstanding women and one Story County organization for their work to eliminate racism and empower women. A reception in their honor is planned for March 25 (5:30 p.m., ISU Alumni Center). RSVP by March 12. Cost is $25 ($15 for students).

Feb. 23

LAS small business fair canceled

The March 3 small business fair, planned by the liberal arts and sciences career services office, has been canceled.

Feb. 23

Workshop looks at successful grant writing

ISU arts and humanities faculty who have served on grant review committees will offer insight into writing successful grant proposals during a workshop March 2 (3-4:30 p.m., 3150 Beardshear). It will include comments from James Andrews and John Monroe, history; Doug Johnson, landscape architecture and community and regional planning; and Aili Mu, world languages and cultures. It also will include 30 minutes for Q&A.

Feb. 23

Seminar reveals how to protect inventions, ideas

Brian Lally, assistant chief counsel, Intellectual Property Law Division, U.S. Department of Energy, will present "Taking Technology to Market: Patenting 101" March 2 (noon-1 p.m., 301B Spedding auditorium). Anyone interested in learning how to protect inventions and ideas in the marketplace is invited to attend.

Feb. 22

Learn about the Roth IRA

TIAA-CREF is holding a seminar March 2 (5:30-6:30 p.m., Gold Room, MU) for employees interested in learning about a Roth IRA. To reserve a seat, contact Carrie Hardisty, 515-268-8601, or register online.

Feb. 22

Register now for EXPLORITAS

ISU Extension's 2010 national EXPLORITAS programs for older adults are now open for registration. The programs involve traveling through Iowa for a week, studying themes such as the Mississippi and Missouri rivers and unusual societies. Details and registration information.

Feb. 22

Mathematical biology is topic of March 2 Miller lecture

Ohio State University's Avner Friedman, founding director of its Mathematical and Biosciences Institute, will define and explain the usefulness of "mathematical biology" during a Miller Distinguished Lecture March 2 (4:10-5 p.m., 305 Carver). Pre-lecture hospitality begins at 3:30 p.m. in 404 Carver.

Feb. 22

Tickets on sale for April 3 student fashion show

Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Feb. 22 for the ISU textile and clothing students' annual fashion show. This year's show is April 3 (2 p.m., Stephens). Tickets, $22 for adults and $16 for students (group discount for six or more), are available through Ticketmaster and the Iowa State Center ticket office at Stephens.

Feb. 19

Inaugural STEM coffee break is Feb. 26

ISU's Center for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Education will host its first STEM coffee break Feb. 26 (9-10 a.m., N127 Lagomarcino). Faculty, staff and students are welcome to join in the conversation about STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering Math) education, create connections across campus and learn more about STEM projects at Iowa State. Beverages provided by the center.

Feb. 17

Roy Carver student scholarship deadline is April 1

Up to 20 Roy J. Carver need-based scholarships will be awarded for next fall to full-time, Iowa resident students starting their junior year. Awards average $5,200 and are renewable for the senior year. Recipients have demonstrated unusual barriers to attending college full time. More information, including application instructions, is online, or contact Julie Arnold, 4-0103.

Feb. 17

Proposals due March 8 for 2010-11 Miller faculty fellowships

Miller Faculty Fellowship proposals for the 2010-11 academic year are due March 8 in the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching. More information about the program, including application details, are online. Next year, maximum Miller grants will be $5,000, and a 100 percent match is required. Questions may be directed to CELT associate director Steve Freeman.

Feb. 17

11th annual ISCORE is March 5

The 11th annual Iowa State Conference on Race and Ethnicity is March 5 (8 a.m.-5 p.m., MU). ISCORE 2010 includes forums on race and ethnicity led by ISU students, faculty and staff. Luis F. Rico-Gutierrez, dean of the College of Design; and Ariel Luckey, hip hop theater artist/activist, will deliver keynote addresses. Registration is required.

Feb. 17

Eating Disorders Week is Feb. 21-27

Iowa State will participate in National Eating Disorders Awareness Week Feb. 21-27 with daily events, including a lecture Feb. 22 by Jenni Schaefer, author of Goodbye Ed, Hello Me; and a showing (Feb. 23) of the documentary, "Do I Look Fat?", which looks at gay men, body image and eating disorders. Event details can be downloaded as a pdf from the Student Counseling Service web site.

Feb. 17

Register for 4th annual "Cy's House of Trivia" tournament

The annual "Cy's House of Trivia" tournament, a fund-raiser for the athletics department, will be held April 17 at Hilton. The entry fee is $400 for a team of eight; register online. The format is eight rounds of 10 questions each. Questions about the event may be directed to Diane Shearer or Ryan McGuire, 4-5022.

Feb. 17

Reception for Sloss award and scholarship recipients is Feb. 25

A reception to honor Ashley Hand, 2009 recipient of the Margaret Sloss Gender Equity Award, and the four Sloss women's center 2010-11 scholarship recipients will be Feb. 25 (12:30-1 p.m., Sloss House). Hand is the response coordinator at ACCESS (Assault Care Center Extending Shelter and Support). The award recognizes individuals with a "demonstrated commitment to helping women gain equity at Iowa State University."

Feb. 17

Community health fair Feb. 20 targets underrepresented groups

Blood pressure, bone density, and blood glucose checks are a few of the health tests that will be available at the first ISU Community Health Fair Feb. 20 (10 a.m.-3 p.m., Collegiate Presbyterian Church). All are welcome, but the event is especially intended for Hmong, Vietnamese and Laotian individuals. The event is tied to a new service learning course in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Feb. 17

Registration closes Feb. 19 for next week's sustainability symposium

Patagonia founder and environmentalist Yvon Chouinard kicks off Iowa State's Symposium on Sustainability with a talk the evening of Feb. 23 in the Memorial Union. A full day of presentations about green activities, both on campus and off, will follow on Feb. 24. Students, faculty and staff may attend all or parts of the conference as well as the noon lunch for free. The event also will be webcast. Those planning to attend are asked to register online.

Feb. 16

Professional and Scientific Council seeks candidates to fill 15 seats

Nomination papers are due by Feb. 19 from professional and scientific employees who want to serve on the Professional and Scientific Council. Online elections will be held March 3-12 to choose 15 members of the 37-member council. More information and a nomination form are available online.

Feb. 12

Student-run Stupka Symposium is March 25-26


Feb. 11

CEAH offers new funding for arts and humanities research

The Center for Excellence in the Arts and Humanities (CEAH) is offering three new internal grants for faculty in the arts and humanities or research related to the arts and humanities.

  • Research grant for assistant and associate professors (deadline is March 22, 5 p.m.)
  • Small grant support for senior faculty (deadline is May 24, 5 p.m.)
  • Seed grants for collaborative work (deadline is Aug. 30, 5 p.m.)

More information is available on the CEAH web site.

Feb. 10

State Department of Education official to explain national assessment tool

Dianne Chadwick, of the state Department of Education's Bureau of Planning, Research, Development and Evaluation Services, will give a campus presentation Feb. 16 (2:10-3 p.m., N127 Lagomarcino) on the National Assessment of Educational Progress: what it is and how Iowa is faring against the national average. For more information, contact ISU's Center for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Education, 4-7010.

Feb. 10

Rec services offers personal training

Personal trainers in ISU's recreation services are offering a U.S. Navy Seals-inspired workout, the TRX suspension training system. Individual and buddy training sessions are available for purchase. More information is online, or contact Nora Hudson, 4-6905.

Feb. 9

"Road Less Traveled" career conferences for girls scheduled for April

The Program for Women in Science and Engineering will hold the career conference for girls, "Taking the Road Less Traveled", three times in April: April 8 (for girls in grades 9-12), and April 15 and 22 (grades 6-9). Online registration is open; the cost is $8 per participant. For more information, contact Carol Heaverlo, 4-5883; or Samantha Meyer, 4-5319.

Feb. 9

Free tax assistance available Feb. 16-April 14

Trained ISU accounting students will provide free tax assistance Feb. 16-April 14 (two hours daily Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, 2148 Gerdin). Their efforts are part of the IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program.

Feb. 9

Dietetic students seek employee volunteers

Senior dietetic students in nutrition counseling seek employee volunteers willing to meet three times during spring semester. The students will evaluate diets and set specific and reasonable goals toward improving eating patterns. Potential volunteers cannot have hypertension, diabetes or high cholesterol. To be considered for the program, contact

Feb. 9

Couple and Family Therapy Clinic welcomes first-time clients

ISU's Couple and Family Therapy Clinic, Palmer Building, helps families, couples and individuals work through troubling issues in a safe, confidential environment. Therapists are graduate students in the couple and family master's program and are closely supervised by licensed therapists. Sessions are $10 for students; sliding fee scale used for other clients. Appointments can be made by calling 4-0534.

Feb. 9

MBA informational lunch is Feb. 17; register now

Interested in learning more about ISU's MBA program? Attend an informational lunch Feb. 17 (noon-1 p.m., 1360 Gerdin); lunch is provided. RSVP to Jenny Reitano, 4-7819.

Feb. 8

Library offers workshop on EndNote Web

Learn how to manage your bibliographies using online tools. A hands-on workshop Feb. 22 (10-11 a.m., 134 Parks Library) will cover the basics of EndNote Web, including setting up an account, gathering references from library databases and creating a bibliography. Register through Access Plus (click on: Employee, HRS, Courses). Faculty, staff and students are welcome. This workshop will be repeated on a regular basis; check the e-Library News for announcements of future workshops. For more information, contact Jody Graden, 4-6117.

Feb. 9

Reminder: Student Employee of the Year nominations due Feb. 12

ISU's Student Employment Center is accepting nominations for the 2010 ISU Student Employee of the Year through Feb. 12. The award recognizes undergraduate students' reliability, quality of work, initiative, professionalism, interpersonal skills and unique contributions to his/her campus employer. Nominees must have been employed part-time for at least six months between June 1, 2009, and May 31, 2010. Guidelines and the nomination form are online. Questions may be directed to Julie Arnold, 4-0103.

Feb. 8

IPERS rep on campus Feb. 15

An IPERS representative will be on campus Feb. 15 to meet individually with employees who wish to better understand their personal income projections and retirement benefits. Call 800-622-3849 to set up an appointment. Future campus visits are planned for March 23, April 19, May 18, June 14 and July 20.

Feb. 8

Health screenings available

Students from the worksite health promotion class (HS 380) are offering free screenings Feb. 17 (11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Gerdin faculty lounge). Students will screen for blood pressure, posture and body composition. No reservation is required.

Feb. 4

Free virtual reality experience

Iowa State University's Virtual Reality Applications Center will be showing off its 3-D technology this month and there's still room to see the show. The center's next "Virtual Reality Experience" will be 1-2 p.m. Feb. 19 in the Alliant Energy/Lee Liu Auditorium of Howe Hall. The tour is free and open to the public, but online registration is required. There also will be tours on April 16, May 21, July 16, Sept. 17 and Nov. 12.

Feb. 4

Regents approve 2010-11 tuition increase, rescind spring surcharge

Meeting Feb. 4 in Ames, the state Board of Regents approved a 6 percent tuition increase for in-state students at Iowa State next year, but moments later voted to rescind a $100-per-student surcharge already billed this spring.

Feb. 3

Student scholarship rewards community service

Faculty and staff are asked to alert students to an ISU scholarship for juniors and seniors that recognizes financial need and rewards students' community service in Story County. Awards range from $1,000 to $2,500. Students must complete an application and the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) by March 1. For more information, contact Julie Arnold, 4-0103.

Feb. 3

IT Services reports new wave of malicious software

An increasing number of campus personal computers are being compromised during seemingly routine web browsing. The current hacking plan seems to be more successful than past attempts. An IT Services story provides suggestions for updating your software, as well as instructions for contacting your IT support person if you think your computer has been compromised.

Feb. 3

MS Office available through home use program

Through Microsoft's Home Use Program (HUP), Iowa State faculty and staff can purchase Microsoft Office at a low cost for personal use at home.

Feb. 3

Tickets on sale for Feb. 11-12 performances of The Vagina Monologues

The Margaret Sloss Women's Center will present Eve Ensler's play, The Vagina Monologues, as part of the global "V-Day" movement to end violence against women and girls. Performances begin at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 11 and 6:30 and 9 p.m. Feb. 12 in the MU Maintenance Shop. Tickets are $15 (ISU students $12) and available at the Maintenance Shop box office. Proceeds will benefit the ACCESS shelter serving Story, Boone and Green counties.

Feb. 3

Business/LAS/Engineering career fair is Feb. 9

The spring 2010 Business and Liberal Arts and Sciences Career Fair will be held Tuesday, Feb. 9 (noon-6 p.m., upper concourse of Hilton). The Engineering Career Fair will be held at the same time on the lower concourse of Hilton. Faculty and staff are asked to remind students of this opportunity.

Feb. 2

Eight-week dance class for youth starts Feb. 16

The ISU dance program is sponsoring a dance class for children six years old and older on eight Tuesdays (Feb. 16-April 13, 5:30-6:30 p.m., 213 Forker). The fee is $3 per class. Participants should come in comfortable activity clothes and bare feet. For more information, contact Janice Baker, 4-3047.

Feb. 2

Howie Day show rescheduled for March 10

Due to illness, Howie Day is unable to perform at the Maintenance Shop Feb. 2. The performance tentatively has been rescheduled for March 10 at 8 p.m. All tickets sold for Howie Day's Maintenance Shop performance (originally Jan. 27) will be honored for the rescheduled date. Ticketholders unable to attend the rescheduled performance may return their tickets for a refund. This must be done in person at the M-Shop ticket office prior to the event.

Feb. 2

Upcoming employee wellness activities

  • "Wednesday Walk," Feb. 10 (11:30 a.m., main entrance of Howe). No reservation required. Questions? Contact Katelin.
  • "Setting Winning Wellness Goals for 2010," Feb. 10 (noon, 9 Curtiss). Reserve a seat by calling 4-9625, or e-mail Sally Barclay.

Feb. 2

TIAA-CREF investment seminar opportunities

TIAA-CREF is offering two investment seminars Feb. 10. To reserve your seat, contact Carrie Hardisty at 515-268-8601, or register online.

  • "Save for Tomorrow, Start Today," (noon-1 p.m., Gold Room, MU)
  • "Five Habits of Highly Successful Investors," (4:30-5:30 p.m., 3505 MU)

Feb. 2

2010-11 research assistantship applications due March 31

Applications are being accepted from both students and research mentors for next year's Undergraduate Research Assistantship program. The program is for juniors and seniors who have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.25. The student wages are covered in this ratio: 50 percent college work-study program, 50 percent faculty sponsor. Student and mentor applications are due March 31. For more information, contact Julie Arnold, 4-0103.

Feb. 1

Women's center hosts lunch series at campus Tearoom

The Margaret Sloss Women's Center is organizing "Women's Center at the Tearoom," an opportunity for ISU women (faculty, staff, students) to gather for lunch, socializing and networking. Dates are Feb. 16 and 24, March 10 and 30, April 8 and 21 (noon-1 p.m., Tearoom, 23 MacKay). Lunch menus and price are online. To attend one of these events, reservations must be submitted through the women's center (, 4-4154), not the Tearoom or its web site. Questions may be directed to Angela Hall or Penny Rice, 4-4154.

Feb. 1

H1N1 vaccine available this week

Story County Public Health will hold another vaccination clinic this week for anyone over the age of six months. The date and location is:

  • Feb. 5, 4-7 p.m., Bethesda Lutheran Church, 1517 Northwestern Ave., Ames (enter at northwest door)