June 24

Highway 30 work will close entrance ramp at University Boulevard

Road construction on U.S. Highway 30 continues to progress. Beginning Monday, June 27, the eastbound highway entrance ramp at University Boulevard will close for approximately two weeks. Motorists are asked to follow the designated detour routes during this time.

June 22

Conference travel funds available to undergrads

Undergraduate students can seek funds to pay expenses to attend regional, national and international conferences. The executive vice president and provost and the vice president for student affairs created a fund to help students with conference expenses. Students may apply for funding as individuals or on behalf of student organizations. Download application form.

June 22

Volunteers sought to help at state fair exhibit

University Marketing seeks volunteers to help roll football posters and apply Iowa State tattoos at the university's Iowa State Fair exhibit Aug. 11-21. There are two shifts per day, 8:45 a.m.-3 p.m. and 2:45-9 p.m. University staff members interested in volunteering who have received their supervisor's approval should contact Katie Belvin, 4-3969, in the University Marketing office by June 28.

June 20

Share your garden produce with local residents in need

Plant a Row for the Hungry (PAR) will collect donations of fresh produce at Reiman Gardens every Monday morning (7:30-8:30 a.m.) through Sept. 19. Gardeners are invited to bring donations to the maintenance building in the gardens' parking lot. Last year the Story County PAR effort collected and distributed 4,209 pounds of fresh produce. This year's goal is to top 5,000 pounds. If you miss the Monday dropoff, PAR also will be present at local farmer's markets.

June 17

Tickets for dueling piano show go on sale July 1

Tickets for a Sept. 2 performance (8 p.m., Knapp-Storms Dining Complex) by Dueces Wild dueling piano duo go on sale July 1 at the ISU/Ames visitor information booth (University Boulevard), Golf USA (South Duff Avenue), Coe's Flowers and Gifts (Somerset) and Gallery 319 (downtown). Tickets are $25 in advance or $35 at the door. This event is a fund-raiser for the Ames Foundation's ongoing beautification projects in Ames and is part of the All American Weekend lineup.

June 16

Volunteers needed for July 9 College Creek cleanup

Volunteers are sought to remove debris and trash from the on-campus portion of College Creek Saturday, July 9 (10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.). This will be preceded by storm drain marking (9-11 a.m.), in which storm drain inlets are marked with pre-cast messages to remind people not to dump pollutants into the drain. Volunteers may sign up for one or both events; help for any length of time is appreciated. Volunteers should bring their own gloves and wear closed-toe shoes. Food and water will be provided. ISU's Live Green! initiative, the Keep Iowa State Beautiful committee and ISU environmental health and safety are organizing the event. Contact Live Green!, 4-4354, for more information.

June 15

Registration open now for 12+ Leadership Program

Iowa State's 12+ Leadership Program is open to managers, supervisors and aspiring leaders in both the staff and faculty ranks. The 16-course program helps build skills and competencies in topics such as effective communication, managing performance and many others. The cost is $610, which includes materials and equipment. Class size is limited to 30 participants per year. Call 4-7612 to register.

June 15

Vet Med seeks volunteers for clinic simulation

A College of Veterinary Medicine simulated clinical program for third-year students, called Professional Communication Assessment and Learning (P-CAL), will hold an information session for would-be "clients" June 27 (1-2:30 p.m., 2401 Vet Med). In P-CAL, volunteers play the role of client and pet owner, describing the animal's symptoms and providing a medical history of the animal to a veterinary student. After an exam is complete, clients also provide feedback for the student on their interactions. The college's office of curricular and student assessment is recruiting individuals to act as clients for this program.

P-CAL will be held twice this fall, Oct. 3, 5 and 7; and Nov. 28, 30 and Dec. 2 (noon-6 p.m. daily); qualified clients need to be available all three afternoons and an additional afternoon for training. University guidelines don't allow ISU employees to receive the $300 honorarium, but they are welcome to participate. Contact Shelly Waller by June 24 to attend the June 27 orientation.

June 14

Ames restaurant to share June 21 sales with Reiman Gardens

During a summer solstice celebration June 21 (4:30-9 p.m.), Pazzesco Pasta and Steakhouse, 6008 W. Lincoln Way, will donate 20 percent of all ticket sales to Reiman Gardens. Owner Chris Patterson is an ISU alumnus. (Renew your gardens membership while you're there and receive your dessert for free.)

June 14

Reminder: Lab Safety Summit is June 17

ISU environmental health and safety will hold a Lab Safety Summit (PDF) 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: lab attire. Registration is requested; contact Karla Godfrey-Dixon, 4-2193.

June 10

Alternate path delivers cyclists to campus from the east

During reconstruction of the western stretch of Sixth Street (approximately from the Brookside Park entrance to University Boulevard), an alternate bike path has been designated. The path runs through Brookside Park and along the ISU coal pile to Haber Road. The Sixth Street roadwork closed the bikepath adjacent to the road. The project is expected to conclude around July 1.

June 7

Miles discusses appropriations with House subcommittee

State funding to Iowa's three public universities in FY11 are $118 million less than three years prior. That's the equivalent of eliminating the University of Northern Iowa one and a half times, State Board of Regents David Miles said in June 6 remarks (PDF) to the Iowa Senate Appropriations Subcommittee.

June 7

Participants sought for product design research

A study in the IRIS Design Lab to assess product design and a survey on political and social attitudes are the latest postings on the Research Participant Opportunities site of the office of the vice president for research and economic development. Each study will take about 30 minutes or less to complete.

June 7

Tribute to Geoffroy

U.S. Congressman Tom Latham recently paid tribute to President Geoffroy in comments entered into the Congressional Record. Latham lauded Geoffroy for a decade of accomplishments at Iowa State.

June 6

Chemistry Stores closed June 13-14 for inventory

Chemistry Stores in Gilman Hall will be closed for inventory Monday-Tuesday, June 13-14. Dry ice and liquid nitrogen will be available both days from 9:30 to 10 a.m. and 12:30 to 1 p.m. Only gas cylinders will be delivered Monday and Tuesday, with other regular deliveries resuming on Wednesday, June 15.

June 2

June 16 session will cover volunteer opportunities at Reiman Gardens

Reiman Gardens will hold an orientation session for all current and prospective volunteers June 16 (12:15-1 p.m.). It will include a general overview of the gardens and volunteer opportunities. More information about volunteering at the gardens is online.

June 1

Sixth Street east of University Boulevard closed for construction

The stretch of Sixth Street between University Boulevard and the entrance to Brookside Park will close for four weeks, beginning Monday, June 6. The bike path adjacent to the road also will be out of use. The road will be replaced as part of ISU's institutional roads plan.

June 1

Reiman annual photo contest opens July 1

Photo buffs be on alert: The entry window for Reiman Gardens' 9th annual photography contest is July 1-31. The theme this year is insects; all photographs must be taken at the gardens. Winners in three age categories (12 and under, 13-17 years, 18 years and older) will be announced Aug. 15. Rules and the entry form are on the gardens website.

June 1

Two small library collections suspended for summer

Two small collections at Parks Library, the leisure collection (Fireplace Reading Room) and new books (Bookends Reading Room), were suspended this week until approximately Aug. 19. The temporary change will aid in the library's migration to a new online management system.

June 1

Hold the date: Third annual College Creek cleanup set for July 9

Iowa State's Live Green! initiative and the Keep Iowa State Beautiful committee will host a litter and debris pickup in College Creek on Saturday, July 9 (time TBA). The groups also are partnering with ISU environmental health and safety to mark campus storm sewers. Faculty, staff, students and Ames community members are invited to participate. Refreshments will be provided. Details to follow; questions may be directed to Jennifer Nissen.

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.