Feb. 25

Apply by March 31 for 2011-12 undergraduate research assistantship funding

The Office of Student Financial Aid will accept applications for the 2011-12 Undergraduate Research Assistantship (URA) program through March 31. The program matches juniors and seniors with faculty members who provide hands-on experience in a formal research environment. The funding split for next year is estimated at: college work-study program 60 percent, faculty sponsor 40 percent. Funding is limited to 100 URA positions. Faculty and students interested in participating should complete the application on the student financial aid forms website. For more information, contact Julie Arnold, 4-0103.

Feb. 25

Partcipate in year-long scholarship of teaching/learning institute

CELT invites applications for a year-long Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) institute for faculty and staff. The institute begins in May and runs through the 2011-12 academic year. Up to $1,250 in professional development funds are available to participant groups. Contact Jen Leptien for details and application materials. Send questions about the program to Steve Freeman.

Feb. 23

Volunteer now for Veishea Service Day/Stash the Trash March 26

Organizers are now accepting volunteer registrations for Stash the Trash and Veishea Service Day Saturday, March 26 (8 a.m.-4 p.m.). University volunteers will team up with other community organizations to help clean up area parks and Campustown, and assist with projects at the Octagon Center for the Arts, Ballard Community Clothing Pantry, Ames Girls Softball Association and Heartland Senior Services. All volunteers receive a free lunch and free admission to Reiman Gardens. Register online.

Feb. 21

First draft on NCAA certification ready to read

Teams working on a self-study of ISU's athletics program have released their first draft. The self-study is part of the NCAA certification process under way at Iowa State. The self-study draft and more info about the NCAA process is on the NCAA certification web site. The study teams will discuss and invite public discussion on the self-study draft at a Feb. 28 forum (5:30-7:30 p.m., Memorial Union Campanile Room).

Feb. 21

Door prizes sought for open house during student employment week

The Office of Student Financial Aid will host an open house April 13 to observe National Student Employment Week. ISU students will be treated to free food, drinks and door prizes to thank them for their hard work on campus. Items (gift cards, gift baskets, clothing, etc.) are sought for door prizes from campus units, all of whom will be recognized. To make a donation, call 4-0103.

Feb. 21

Service for Amy Rogers is Feb. 22

The funeral service for Iowa State employee Amy Rogers will begin at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 22, at Bethesda Lutheran Church, 1517 Northwestern Ave., Ames. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. today (Feb. 21), also at the church. Rogers, a budget analyst in the Graduate College, died Feb. 17 following a car accident south of Ames. A memorial has been established in her name. Rogers' husband, Marc, is a systems analyst in the Center for Survey Statistics and Methodology.

Feb. 18

Faculty and staff volunteers sought for Veishea shifts

Vice president for student affairs Tom Hill invites faculty and staff from all corners of the university to volunteer at Veishea 2011, April 11-17. Opportunities include assisting students at the Live@Veishea concerts Friday and Saturday nights and serving at the midnight pancake feed both nights. Sign up online by March 8. For more information, contact Jenn Plagman-Galvin, 4-1023.

Feb. 18

Learn more about the Fulbright program at March 24 workshops

Athena Fulay, Council for International Exchange of Scholars, will be on campus March 24 to lead several free workshops about the Fulbright Scholar Program for faculty and professionals. All sessions will be held in the MU Gold Room. Reserve a seat by contacting Julie Tarbox, 4-6410, by March 11. Workshops include:

  • For faculty: Opportunities available through the Fulbright program and tips on preparing the Fulbright application. Offered 9-10:30 a.m. and 1:30-3 p.m.
  • For administrators and department chairs: How to use the Fulbright program to achieve internationalization goals. Offered 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; lunch provided.
  • Individual consultations to discuss specific interests also can be scheduled.

Feb. 17

ISU to raise awareness about eating disorders

"Be Comfortable in Your Genes" is the theme of Iowa State's National Eating Disorders Awareness Week, Feb. 21-28. Events aimed at creating a positive body image for all are planned daily, including jean donations on Feb. 23 (9 a.m.-2 p.m., main hall of MU). Bring in jeans that no longer fit, and they will be donated to charity. Two nationally known works will be presented during the week. Author Michelle Lelwica will present "The Religion of Thinness" at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 24. And filmmaker Darryl Roberts will present and discuss his new documentary, "America the Beautiful: Health for Sale," at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 28. A complete list of activities (PDF) is online.

Feb. 16

Nomination deadline extended for LAS interim dean post

Executive vice president and provost Elizabeth Hoffman, who is accepting nominations for the interim dean post in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, has extended the submission period through Feb. 21. Nominations should be sent to Hoffman. LAS dean Michael Whiteford announced last week he will retire from Iowa State on June 30.

Feb. 16

Bridal fair at MU Feb. 20

The Memorial Union will host "Bridal ExCYtement 2011" Feb. 20 (1-4 p.m., Great Hall, MU). A fashion show begins at 2:30 p.m. More than 40 vendors will be on hand to answer questions about everything from food to flowers. The fair is free and open to the public.

Feb. 15

Advisors' Exchange forum scheduled for March 3

The next Advisors' Exchange March 3 (12:10-12:50 p.m., MU Gold Room) will feature a discussion about designing academic interventions for students experiencing academic difficulties. Staff from the Academic Success Center will lead the discussion, which will include a review of current academic policies and proactive outreach efforts, information about the center's academic intervention program, and students' common obstacles to success. Feel free to bring your lunch to this informal gathering.

Feb. 15

Entries sought: ISU Library to host edible book festival April 1

The registration deadline for an April 1 "edible book" festival at Parks Library is March 26. Using edible materials, participants design and build a book structure or diorama based on a book's title, content, characters or cover art. Prizes will be awarded in the categories of: best book structure, critic's choice, wittiest (cleverest play on a title or character) and best in show. There is no fee to participate, but you must register. More information, including entry rules and samples from similar events elsewhere, are online.

Feb. 15

ISU accredited by Professional Landcare Network

Iowa State recently earned accreditation status with the Professional Landcare Network. The accreditation, offered by the landscape industry, is the only nationally recognized endorsement offered to universities with landscape and horticulture curricula. It has been given to 27 institutions of higher learning.

Feb. 14

Export control training available Feb. 24-25

The offices of university counsel and responsible research are hosting export control training Feb. 24-25, led by attorney Nelson Dong. The Feb. 24 session (10-11:30 a.m., 1312 Hoover) is for sponsored programs administration and purchasing staff. It will include an overview of export controls, with an emphasis on problematic terms in contracts. Two sessions on Feb. 24 (1-2:30 p.m.) and Feb. 25 (9-10:30 a.m.), both in 3150 Beardshear, are for faculty. This training will focus on the legal details of the fundamental research exemptions in the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) and International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR).

While these sessions are targeted to specific groups, anyone may attend. To register, contact Connie Regenold, 4-1516.

Feb. 10

ISU ADVANCE workshop will feature research on service and scholarship in faculty promotion

Annette O'Connor, associate professor in the department of veterinary diagnostic and production animal medicine and 2009-10 ISU ADVANCE faculty fellow, will share the results of her research on the roles of scholarship and service in faculty promotion at Iowa State during a workshop Feb. 23 (noon-1 p.m., MU Gallery). Faculty who may prepare dossiers for promotion to full professor especially are encouraged to attend.

Feb. 9

Public forum part of athletics NCAA certification process

Groups engaged in a six-month study of the athletics program will discuss their findings and seek input during a Feb. 28 public forum (5:30-7:30 p.m., Campanile Room, Memorial Union). The self-study and forum are part of the NCAA Division I certification process currently under way at Iowa State.

Feb. 9

Registration is open for spring Taking the Road Less Traveled conferences for girls

The Program for Women in Science and Engineering will hold three Taking the Road Less Traveled career conferences for high school girls this spring: April 14 for grades 9-12; April 21 and 28 for grades 6-9. The registration form and session descriptions are online; cost to attend is $8.

Feb. 9

Town and Gown Musicale is Feb. 19

The Ames Town and Gown Chamber Music Association's annual Musicale is Feb. 19 (7:30 p.m., St. John's by the Campus Episcopal Church, 2338 Lincoln Way). This fund-raising event includes a reception along with performances by several soloists and groups, including the Ames Piano Quartet and the ISU male vocal ensemble "Shy of a Dozen." Tickets are $40 per person ($15 students) and available online, from Leslie Kawaler (515-292-6060) or at the door.

Feb. 9

Extension's new site

Extension's newly designed website features videos, news, information tailored for groups ranging from families to gardeners and a speedy way to pose a question to an expert.

Feb. 9

Feb. 15 public meeting on revised sports complex plan

At a Feb. 15 public meeting, ISU officials will discuss the latest plan for a new outdoor sports complex in the vicinity of the Towers residence halls. Discussion will focus on a revised site plan developed in response to concerns expressed by neighbors in the area. The meeting starts at 7 p.m. in the Knapp Storms Dining Complex.

Feb. 9

Entrepreneur forum features GlobalVetLink president

The Pappajohn Center's February Entrepreneur Forum will feature Kevin Maher of Ames, founder and president of the 10-year-old GlobalVetLink, which provides real-time reporting in all 50 states of animal movements and animal species that are regulated for interstate transport. Its user base includes veterinary practices, state and federal agencies, feed mills, diagnostic labs and animal health companies. Maher's talk is Feb. 11 (noon-1 p.m., MU Pioneer Room).

Feb. 8

Free employee wellness opportunities

  • Fitness assessments: Beginning Feb. 16 and continuing each Wednesday throughout spring semester (10:10-11:30 a.m., Forker). Schedule your 20-minute assessment by e-mailing
  • Blood pressure and body composition screening: Feb. 16 (11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., 192 Parks Library). No appointment necessary.

Contact Sally Barclay with questions.

Feb. 8

MBA informational lunch is Feb. 22

The College of Business will hold a free, informational lunch on its MBA program Feb. 22 (noon-1 p.m., 1360 Gerdin). Lunch is provided; bring your questions. RSVP to Jenny Reitano, 4-7819, if you would like to attend.

Feb. 8

VP for Extension/Outreach finalists named

Five finalists have been named in the search for Iowa State's next vice president for extension and outreach. Each candidate's on-campus interview in the next few weeks will include an open forum with the university community. The candidates' vitas are posted on the search website.

Feb. 8

Registration open for ISCORE event

Online registration is open for the 12th annual Iowa State Conference on Race and Ethnicity (ISCORE) March 4 (9 a.m.-4 p.m.) in the Memorial Union. There is no fee to attend. Students, staff and faculty will present concurrent sessions throughout the day. The keynote talk will be given by John Carlos, Olympic track medalist perhaps most remembered, with Tommie Smith, for the "black power" salute on the medal stand in 1968. Executive assistant to the president Tahira Hira also will give an address.

Feb. 7

Cho will give Feb. 14 Osborn lecture

Michael Cho, associate professor of biomedical sciences and deputy director of the Center for Advanced Host Defense Immunobiotics and Translational Comparative Medicine, will give the Osborn Research Club's February lecture. "AIDS Vaccine Development: Designing MPER's New Clothes" will begin at 7 p.m. in 1420 Molecular Biology. The lecture portion of the club's monthly gathering is open to the public.

Feb. 4

Registration open for June kayaking trip in Alaska

ISU's outdoor recreation program is sponsoring a sea kayaking trip to Alaska June 23-30 for up to 10 participants. Registration closes May 9. The cost is $1,678 for faculty and staff, $1,640 for ISU students and $1,846 for members of the Ames community. For more information, call 4-2929, or stop by the outdoor rec office, temporarily located in the northwest lower level of Beyer Hall.

Feb. 3

Margaret Sloss Women's Center seeks award, scholarship nominations

Nominations are being accepted for the Margaret Sloss Gender Equity Award. ISU faculty, staff, graduate and undergraduate students, and Ames community members who have demonstrated a commitment to women's equality are eligible for the award. Nominations are due March 4. Contact the Margaret Sloss Women's Center, 4-4154, for nomination forms and more information.

Feb. 2

Reminder: Register for sustainability symposium Feb. 21-22

Online registration for Iowa State's third annual sustainability symposium is easy to do but closes at 5 p.m. Feb. 15. Faculty, staff and students are invited to participate in all or some of the sessions at no cost. Learn about successful green initiatives on campus. Meet people you could collaborate with on new initiatives. Find out how to get involved.

Feb. 2

First seed grant recipients named

Three university teams are the first to benefit from a new seed grant program offered by the Center for Excellence in the Arts and Humanities. The teams are working on projects involving ethical science communications, a theatre production based on interviews and photos of immigrant farmers, and designing educational experiences for children with autism.

Feb. 1

President Geoffroy to speak at open forum Feb. 21

President Gregory Geoffroy is the guest speaker at the Feb. 21 (noon-1 p.m., Pioneer Room, MU) Professional and Scientific Council's open forum. He will address the role of P&S employees at ISU. Cytation awards also will be handed out. All are welcome; feel free to bring your lunch.

Feb. 1

Interfraternity Council is looking for former Greeks among faculty, staff

In the interest of developing a stronger relationship with faculty and staff, the Interfraternity Council is trying to identify faculty and staff who were affiliated with any Greek organization during their undergraduate years, either at Iowa State or another college or university. The council intends to use the list as a resource for students and to share information periodically about Greek happenings with ISU faculty and staff. Send your name, chapter name and year you graduated to Tyler Gustafson.

Feb. 1

Dietetics students seek volunteers

Senior-level dietetics students want to work with ISU employees who are interested in nutrition counseling and education to improve their eating patterns. Volunteers will participate in three counseling sessions beginning in mid-February. Participants cannot have specific health concerns such as hypertension, diabetes or high cholesterol. If interested, contact Sally Barclay.