Here are five things to put on your Cyclone radar this week:
1) After a busy April, Cy’s Days of Service reporting is going on right now. If you did a service project or any kind of community or volunteer work in the month of April, be sure to log it as part of our grand total. Right now the members of the ISUAA staff are recording their involvement with our staff project: creating Jared Boxes for Blank Children’s Hospital. We actually came across the idea on our own ISUAA Cy’s Days of Service Pinterest board, and boy, are we glad we did. Our staff ended up donating items to fill 23 boxes for chronically ill children, then we all got together and ate some snacks and decorated the lids April 29. A good time was had by all. Want to find out more about making Jared Boxes? Check out the Jared Box website.
2) The VEISHEA task force has been meeting and even held its first open forum April 25. Four more are still in the works, including:
- May 6, 5-7 p.m., MU
- May 7, 2-4 p.m., MU Great Hall
- May 11, 6-8 p.m., Ames City Council chambers, 515 Clark Ave.
The task force meetings are also open to the public every Thursday at 6 p.m. After gathering input from a variety of constituents, the task force is expected to make its final recommendation in June.
3) It’s already graduation week, if you can believe it. We’re excited at the ISU Alumni Center to continue our tradition of hosting graduates at a free, open-to-the-public post-commencement reception. (Come see us on Saturday! Just walk across the parking lot to the Center for food, fun, and photo ops after the undergraduate ceremony in Hilton Coliseum.) We’re also excited that one of our staff members will be earning a degree from ISU weekend. President Jeff Johnson will receive his PhD, fulfilling a long-held dream to become an official alumnus of the university he loves. We should also mention that Jeff is fulfilling another long-held dream as he graduates from ISU: receiving the official Iowa State University Ring. He’s always been one of the ring program’s most enthusiastic cheerleaders, and now he’s one of its most enthusiastic participants, too. Jeff’s colleagues know how important the ring is to him, so we recently surprised him by presenting him with his ring at an impromptu staff meeting ceremony. Gotchya, Jeff. Congrats, and welcome to the alumni family.
4) ISU’s University Committee on Women recently released its report on the Status of Women at Iowa State University, which builds upon a 2002 report of the same name. Among the improvements noted since 2002 are increases in the proportion of women faculty from 25.9 percent to 31.2 percent and students from 40.4 percent to 43.6 percent and the fact that women now hold six of ISU’s nine deanships. Areas noted for improvement include continuing the increase of representation; more mentoring, training, and professional development; improving opportunities for work-life balance, and improving faculty, staff, and student knowledge about diversity and diversity initiatives. The report takes data from institutional research, registrar information, the 2011 University Life Survey, the 2012 Faculty Satisfaction Survey, and a 2012 graduate college survey.
5) Friday is National Public Gardens Day, which means that ISU’s Reiman Gardens is offering FREE admission all day long. The first 100 visitors will also receive free seedlings. Happy spring!