May 31

Register now for June 17 Lab Safety Summit

ISU environmental health and safety will hold a Lab Safety Summit June 17 (7:30-9 a.m., Hach Hall north atrium). Researchers, lab supervisors and personnel, and department administrators are encouraged to attend for lab news, refreshments, networking and the launch of a new safety initiative. Registration is requested; contact Karla Godfrey-Dixon, 4-2193.

May 31

Reward offered for information on sculpture vandalism

University Museums is offering a $500 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the vandalism of two outdoor sculptures by four individuals on bicycles in the early hours of May 22. The group did an estimated $2,500 damage to two sculptures, Marry Me and Satisfaction, by artist Bill King in the Anderson Sculpture Garden south of Morrill Hall. Anyone with information is asked to contact the ISU police division, 4-4428. Security video of the four may be viewed on the University Museums website.

May 27

Mixed paper recycling surpasses 2010 effort

Iowa Staters, it seems, love to break a record. A mixed paper collection/recycling program that concluded this week yielded 17.23 tons of paper. Last summer's mixed paper recycling, part of the larger "Green Your Scene" effort, netted 16.85 tons for recycling. Staff in facilities planning and management coordinated this year's project.

May 25

Somerville to Bloomsburg University

Dean of students Dione Somerville will leave Iowa State on June 30 to become vice president for student affairs at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania. A farewell reception for Somerville, who has been at Iowa State more than four years, will be held Friday, June 17 (2-4 p.m., MU Campanile Room.)

May 25

Register your team for the 2011 Pork Chop Open July 19

Registration is open for the annual Lauren Christian Pork Chop Open July 19 at Veenker golf course. The format is 18-hole, best ball, with space for up to 32 teams of four. Register individually ($85) or as a team ($340); proceeds go to the Lauren L. Christian Endowment, which gives financial support to undergraduate and graduate students and swine/pork educational opportunities offered by Iowa State. Christian, an animal science faculty member for 33 years, died in 1998.

May 25

Council's May 26 noon forum will focus on FY12 budget

The Professional and Scientific Council's spring forum on development of the next university budget, originally scheduled for April, will be held May 26 (noon-1 p.m, MU Gallery). Although university leaders still await state appropriation levels pending the Legislature's approval of a FY12 state budget, ISU associate vice president for budget and planning Ellen Rasmussen will explain the current status of budget planning at Iowa State and answer questions. All are welcome.

May 20

Registration is open for summer Kids' Co'Motion

Registrations received by June 1 for the 2011 Kids' Co'Motion summer dance workshop (July 11-30) receive a $10 discount. The 3-week modern dance workshop is offered by Co'Motion Dance Theater, in residency at Iowa State. Classes meet 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday in the Forker Building. Students ages 8-18 years are welcome; cost is $200.

May 20

Cyclone women's basketball is No. 4 in attendance

Iowa State finished fourth nationally in women's basketball attendance for the 2010-11 season, the fourth straight year Cyclone fans put the team in the top four. The Big 12 Conference led the nation in attendance for the 12th straight year, topping the 1 million mark again.

May 17

Former faculty member Sande McNabb dies

A memorial service for Harold "Sande" McNabb, Jr., former University Professor Emeritus of natural resource ecology and management, was held May 17 at Collegiate Presbyterian Church, Ames. Burial was in the ISU cemetery. McNabb died May 12 at the Israel Hospice House at the age of 83. He was a member of the ISU faculty from 1953 to 2000. Memorial contributions may be made to the ISU Foundation in McNabb's name.

May 17

Coach Rhoads to lead motorcycle ride to benefit Alzheimer's Association

Cyclone football coach Paul Rhoads will lead the second annual "Ride to Remember," a benefit event for the Alzheimer's Association, May 22 (1 p.m., south end of Jack Trice Stadium, registration and meet-and-greet begins at noon). Registration is $25 per person. The motorcycle ride will wind through central Iowa.

May 16

Greenlee students second in Effie Collegiate PSA Challenge

Three Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication students -- senior advertising majors Lucas Droessler, Justin Lobaito and Maria Beresnev -- won second-place in the 2011 Heineken USA/Effie Collegiate PSA Challenge ( for their "Tag Your Taxi" entry. The entry, which the students presented before Heineken marketing staff members who served as judges in New York City, was a result of work they conducted in the ADVRT 436 Portfolio class taught by John Thomas, a lecturer in the Greenlee School. The national competition gives undergraduate students a chance to create comprehensive marketing communication cases that address real world challenges for real world marketers.

May 13

Summer classes at MU Workspace begin May 15

Summer art classes at The Workspace, lower east level of the Memorial Union, include pottery, stained glass, drawing, photography, jewelry, mat cutting, textiles and dance. Classes begin May 15; ISU students, faculty and staff are eligible for a special rate. Open studio hours this summer are 3-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday, and 1-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

May 13

Child care openings at Veterinary Medicine

The ISU Child Care Center at Veterinary Medicine has openings in the Toddlers/Twos classroom (18 months to 3 years) and Preschool classroom (2 years, 8 months to 4 years). For more information about the program and enrollment, contact Callie or Lindsay at (515) 294-2273 or

May 11

Fundraiser at Ames Pizza Ranch benefits ISU Wildlife Care Clinic

The Wildlife Care Clinic in the College of Veterinary Medicine will host a fundraiser at the Ames Pizza Ranch May 11 (5-9 p.m., Dayton Avenue north of 13th Street). Meet the clinic staff, buy some clinic merchandise and eat dinner; 10 percent of the profits will go to the clinic.

May 10

Amy Grant/Michael W. Smith concert tickets go on sale May 14

Tickets for a Nov. 4 concert at Stephens Auditorium by Christian music artists and Grammy Award winners Amy Grant and Michael W. Smith go on sale via Ticketmaster at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 14. Tickets are $42 and $62.

May 6

Ride your bike to work May 16-20

The annual Bike-to-Work Week is May 16-20 and ISU's Wellness Works committee is offering employees a little extra incentive to park the car. Employees who bike to work and register online will have a chance to win a Bike World gift certificate.

May 6

Part of Sixth Street to close May 9

A stretch of Sixth Street, from Grand Avenue to Northwestern Avenue, will close for reconstruction on Monday, May 9. It is the first of four phases scheduled to take place over the next 9-10 weeks. The shared use bike path east of Ridgewood Road also will be part of the project.

May 4

Faculty asked to select texts ASAP

Faculty teaching this summer and fall are asked to finish up their textbook and supplies selections with the University Book Store as soon as possible. This gives students the text information they need for purchases and buybacks and keeps the university in compliance with the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008. Contact your academic coordinator to submit textbook and supply information. Locate your coordinator by clicking on the "Academic Coordinators List" on UBS' Textbook information website.

May 4

Sustainability is the topic of P&S Council open forum

Merry Rankin, ISU sustainability coordinator, will provide an update on the university's sustainability and green initiatives at a Professional and Scientific Council open forum May 11 (noon-1 p.m., MU Gallery Room). Feel free to bring your lunch.

May 3

Mixed paper recycling to be offered this month

Facilities planning and management will offer departments another chance to recycle mixed paper (non-white paper such as journals, magazines, catalogs, colored paper, phonebooks). Collection days will be May 25-26. Metal ring binders and plastic covers must be removed; all paper must be in boxes that can be lifted by one person. Recycling coordinators and building supervisors will coordinate requests in their buildings. This recycling effort does not include newspaper, white paper or confidential materials, for which the university has ongoing programs. Nor does it include hardbound textbooks. Questions about mixed paper recycling may be emailed to, or call Sue Mallas, 4-0692.

The Acacia Fraternity collects textbooks for recycling year-round, in conjunction with "Pages of Promise," for distribution to education programs in Africa. To donate texts to this project, contact Austin Schlatter.

May 3

May schedule set for recreation facilities

ISU recreation services has set indoor facility hours (PDF) for the month of May (May 7-31). The schedule includes several closings for staff training.

May 3

MBA informational lunch is May 12

The College of Business will host an informational lunch for its MBA program May 12 (noon-1 p.m., 1360 Gerdin). Lunch is provided. Email Jenny Reitano if you'd like to attend.

May 2

Phased plus retirement program update

Last week, the state Board of Regents approved Iowa State's request to extend the application deadline for the university's phased plus retirement program from April 30 to June 30. All other terms and conditions of the program remain the same. Additional information (PDF), including an application form (PDF), is available online.