June 28

Special Olympics torch departs from Ames July 11; public invited

Law enforcement officers and Special Olympians will leave from Ames July 11 to carry the Special Olympics torch from Ames to the 2010 national games in Lincoln, Neb., July 18-23. A breakfast begins at 10 a.m., followed by a flame-lighting ceremony at 11 a.m. (Scheman courtyard, Iowa State Center). Breakfast tickets are $5 ($10 per family, children 12 years and younger are free); the ceremony is free.

June 28

Reminder: New compensation structure for P&S takes effect July 1

Professional and scientific employees may view their position's updated pay grade in the new P&S compensation structure. Log on to AccessPlus, click the "Employee" tab and select the "P&S Compensation" link. Employees will see their current pay grade and salary, new pay grade, and minimum and maximum salaries of the new pay grade. The new P&S compensation structure will be implemented July 1.

June 23

Purchase tickets to multiple Stephens shows before July 12, when single-show tickets go on sale

Performing arts enthusiasts have about two more weeks to become "subscribers" (purchase tickets to three or more events) for the 2010-11 Season at Stephens. Subscribers receive priority seating, up to a 15 percent discount on their tickets, a newsletter, ticket insurance and a ticket exchange option. Single-show tickets go on sale to the public on Monday, July 12.

June 23

Register now for golf fund-raiser

Registration for the July 20 Lauren Christian Pork Chop Open is due by Tuesday, July 6. Participants can take part in the golf tournament (10 a.m. shotgun start, Veenker golf course) and/or the evening dinner (4 p.m., pavilion, Kildee), which includes a reception, awards ceremony and silent auction. Cost is $85 per person, or $25 for the dinner only. Proceeds support scholarships and other student opportunities in the swine field. More information and the registration form (PDF) are online.

June 22

Men's health presentation rescheduled for June 29

"Health Issues in Men: Don't Bury Your Head in the Sand," originally scheduled for June 15, has been rescheduled for June 29 (noon-1 p.m., 8 Curtiss). It is an informal presentation by ISU's Nutrition Clinic for Employee Wellness. Those attending are asked to RSVP to Sally Barclay.

June 22

MU Workspace is site of dress workshop to benefit orphaned African girls

The Workspace, on the lower east level of the Memorial Union, will host two sessions June 26-27 (1-4 p.m. daily) to benefit the non-profit organization Little Dresses for Africa. Volunteers cut, iron or sew dresses from pillow cases. Supplies are provided, but volunteers may donate new or gently used pillow cases or notions. Pre-registration is not required; volunteers may stay for all or part of a session. For more information, contact Letitia Kenemer, MU, 4-0971.

June 22

A recycling salute

Last week's mixed paper recycling effort, part of this summer's campus "Green Your Scene" program, sent 17 tons of non-white paper -- in the form of books, journals, brochures, colored paper, catalogs, etc. -- to International Paper in Des Moines for recycling. Thirty-eight buildings participated in the five-day, closet-cleaning effort. To put that in perspective, each week Iowa State recycles 2.5 to 3 tons of white paper.

June 17

Alternative spring break training

An Iowa State student will learn how to train leaders for alternative spring break projects.

June 16

Public meeting on Campustown redevelopment is June 17

Ames community members are invited to share their ideas about redevelopment of the campustown area during a public input session June 1 (6-8 p.m., MU South Ballroom). The city, university and developer LANE4 Property Group, Kansas City, are partners on the project.

June 16

Forums set for Graduate college associate dean candidates

Four finalists have been named in the internal search for an associate dean in the Graduate college. They are: William Graves, professor of horticulture; Annette O'Connor, associate professor of veterinary diagnostic and production animal medicine; Mack Shelley, University Professor of statistics and of political science; and Carol Vleck, professor of ecology, evolution and organismal biology. The part-time position begins July 1. The candidates' interview schedules during the next week will include a one-hour campus forum.

June 15

Home-grown fruits, vegetables are collected Monday mornings

Last year the Story County "Plant a Row for the Hungry" effort collected and distributed 4,209 pounds of fresh produce to four local providers of food, groceries or meals for families in need. This year's goal is to top 5,000 pounds. Plant a Row volunteers will accept clean, quality fruits and vegetables from home gardeners on Mondays, 7-8:30 a.m., through Sept. 20 at the Reiman Gardens maintenance building.

June 15

Reiman Gardens to offer canning demonstrations in July

Watch a canning demonstration and learn more about common methods for preserving foods during July at Reiman Gardens. As part of the home production garden's theme of "Preserving the Past," a fruit jam demonstration will be offered twice on July 3 ( 2 and 3:30 p.m.), and garden salsa will be demonstrated on July 31 (2 and 3:30 p.m.). These events are free for members and ISU students; general public pays garden admission.

June 14

Parking scratch permits go on sale June 14

One-day "scratch" permits, $2 each, go on sale today in the ISU parking office and are designed for faculty, staff and retirees who drive a vehicle to campus occasionally. Scratch permits are valid in any general staff lot on campus.

June 10

Ames to host three large youth tournaments June 11-13

Ames is the site for three youth sports competitions this weekend, as follows:

  • Ames Rocks the Block swim meet, Furman Aquatic Center, June 11-13, 325 athletes (special pool hours pdf)
  • Kohl's American Cup soccer tournament, June 11-13, Hunziker Youth Sports Complex, 104 teams
  • All Iowa Attack girls basketball tournament, June 11-13, West Towne Courts, Dickinson, west Ames, 105 teams

June 9

Help clean College Creek

Volunteers will get together Saturday, June 19, for the second annual cleanup of College Creek. Small groups will walk sections of the creek, collecting trash, from 1 to 4 p.m. Participants can volunteer for any amount of time. Free sandwiches from the Main Street Subway and water will be provided. Visit the Live Green web site for more information and to pre-register.

June 9

Free CyRide service on June 17

All CyRide bus routes will be free on Thursday, June 17, as part of the national Dump the Pump promotion. Riders will save gas money, help the environment and learn about public transit. More information, including bus schedules, is online.

June 8

ISU earns top state environmental awards

ISU dining, the department of residence and facilities planning and management will pick up a couple of top awards for protecting Iowa's natural resources on June 28. Gov. Chet Culver will present the awards to Iowa State and several other organizations. The awards salute green efforts in recycling and composting all kinds of materials from farm wastes to food. Additionally, it recognizes ISU dining programs to reduce food waste and energy use and it's "Farm to ISU" program, which promotes the purchase of local foods.

June 8

Submit your mixed paper recyling request by 10 a.m. June 10

Campus buildings participating in next week's non-white paper recycling effort as part of "Green Your Scene" are asked to submit their pickup request by 10 a.m. Thursday, June 10. One request per building is preferred, so departments should coordinate with their building supervisor. The request form is electronic. Each building is asked to estimate the number of boxes it has for pickup. Collection dates will be assigned by the end of this week, and boxes should not be placed outside at the collection location until that date (the paper needs to be protected from the weather). Questions may be directed to Sue Mallas, 4-0692.

June 7

RSVP now for MBA informational lunch on June 17

The College of Business will host its next informational lunch on the MBA program June 17 (noon-1 p.m., 1360 Gerdin). Lunch will be provided to attendees. An RSVP is requested to Jenny Reitano, 4-7819.

June 7

Reminder: Disposal form required for all computers/electronics being recycled this month

Departments that intend to dispose of used computers/office electronics this month as part of ISU's "Green Your Scene" program are reminded to use the university's Excess Property Disposal Form, available online from the Central Stores website (click on "inventory control" in the left column, then "excess property form"). Up to 24 items can be included on one form. Following ISU security policies, ISU Surplus staff will remove any files/info remaining on computers and hard drives.

June 2

Women's PE champion Barbara Forker dies May 30

Barbara Forker, former faculty member and first chair of ISU's merged women's and men's physical education departments, died May 30 in Green Valley, Ariz. Her family has requested memorials to the ISU Foundation to support kinesiology students.

June 2

Wellness session on men's health is June 15

The Nutrition Clinic for Employee Wellness will sponsor an informational workshop, "Health Issues for Men: Don't Bury Your Head in the Sand!" June 15 (noon-1 p.m., 8 Curtiss). Reserve a seat by contacting Sally Barclay, 4-9625.

May 26

Summer hours at University Museums sites

University Museums has set summer hours for its three indoor locations, as follows:

  • Brunnier Art Museum, May 26-July 2: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 1-4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday; July 6-Aug. 8: Open by appointment only (call 4-3342 at least 24 hours in advance); Aug. 9-22: closed.
  • Christian Petersen Art Museum (due to Morrill Road construction, enter at west door), May 26-July 2: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday; July 6-Aug. 6: Open by appointment only (call 4-3342 at least 24 hours in advance); Aug. 9-20: closed.
  • Farm House Museum, May 26-Aug. 6: noon-4 p.m. Monday through Friday; Aug. 9-20: closed.

The museums will be closed July 5 for the university holiday. Admission is free, however there is a suggested donation of $3 per visitor.

May 7

13th Street pavement replacement will require 50 work days

A city of Ames summer roads project will remove and replace the 13th Street pavement between Stange Road and the Union Pacific railroad bridge, on the north side of campus. This project will begin Monday, May 10, and wrap up before fall semester begins on Aug. 23. The project calls for 50 work days.

In the first phase, westbound traffic will be routed into the eastbound lanes of 13th Street in a head-to-head (two-way traffic) setup. Once this work is completed, traffic will be switched to the westbound lanes. Due to the traffic lane configuration, the stoplights at the 13th-Stange and 13th-Hyland intersections will be flashing red in all directions for the duration of the project. This is expected to add to the traffic congestion in this area.