Monthly update on behalf of the Division of Student Affairs. Submit news and announcements to Katy Cran at [email protected].

November is National Novel Writing Month
Join the WMC and the Ames Public Library for National Novel Writing Month. Learn more about this partnership here.

Speaker Series: Language and Communication Justice
Linguistic justice in and beyond the classroom: Language, gender and sexuality scholars on language advocacy

Thursday, November 4 | 4-5:30 p.m. via Zoom
Panelists Allyson Julie, Lal Zimman, and Joyhanna Yoo Garza will explore the use of linguistic space and gendered language in classrooms, trans-affirming language and pronoun usage, and intersectional linguistic justice that attends to gender, sexuality, and race in the same frame. Interested faculty, staff, students, or community members can click on this link to register.

Faculty and Staff Workshop
Passive versus Active Voice

Tuesday, November 16 | 12-1 p.m. via Zoom
Register here.

Join us on Tuesday, November 9 as we celebrate with a mixer for students, faculty, and staff who identify as first-generation college students. We look forward to seeing you there!


Monday, November 12 | 11 a.m. via Zoom

Join the Division of Student Affairs Diversity and Inclusion Committee for an opportunity to learn about supporting first generation students in your area. We will be sharing information about our identified first generation students at ISU, and learn from the Hixson Opportunity Awards, Multicultural Vision Program, and TRIO Student Support Services program about their support of first generation students. Register today by clicking here.

The Division of Student Affairs Assessment Committee will be offering a series of upcoming workshops for division staff. Attend one or all to increase your knowledge of assessment tips and tricks. There is a session for everyone, whether you are new to assessment or ready to tackle your survey results.

These workshops will be lead by Dr. Matt Pistilli, Director of Assessment and Research, Division of Student Affairs; Dr. Denise Williams-Klotz, Assistant Director, Multicultural Student Affairs; and Dr. Liz Householder, Senior Research Analyst, Campus Life.

Learn more and RSVP here.

Join the virtual WE Lead Empowerment Conference Saturday, November 13!

WE Lead is an empowerment and leadership conference for students who are exploring their leadership potential and interested in engaging in collective impact. This is an opportunity for Iowa State students to engage with one another around topics focused on identity, leadership, and community, while also offering the chance to reflect, discuss, and learn about themselves and others.

Our featured keynote speaker is Rebekah Taussig, a Kansas City writer and teacher who recently released her book, ‘Sitting Pretty: the View from My Ordinary Resilient Disabled Body’.

This virtual conference will take place from 9am-3:30pm with an in-person social in the Cardinal Room, Memorial Union from 4:30-5:30pm.

To register to attend the conference, please sign up here
CARE Recognition is an ongoing recognition for Committed • Accomplished • Responsive • Engaged Division of Student Affairs staff. It is a great way to send kudos to a colleague for a job well done! Staff submitted for recognition will receive their nomination via email (supervisor copied) and may be included in the division newsletter, social media, and at events. Questions can be sent to Katy Cran at [email protected].
Laura Bittner, Student Development Coordinator, Recreation Services

Their nominator wrote:
"Laura recently started with Recreation Services this summer and I have been impressed with her since day one. On the way back from the Student Affairs meeting at the MU she was picking up trash the whole walk back to State Gym. She didn't care if it was a beer can, mask, or random papers, she knew it would make the campus a cleaner and more beautiful place. This is Laura: selfless, always thinking of others, and beyond that, simply a kind person. Laura goes beyond the duties she is assigned and makes others feel welcome and loved."

Whitnie Nichols, Assistant Manger for Memberships and Customer Service, Recreation Services

Their nominator wrote:
Whitnie is the ultimate student supervisor. She just celebrated her ten year anniversary with Iowa State University and makes our department better in every way. Every morning Whitnie comes in with a smile on her face and brings joy to every room she walks into. Her students adore her and are constantly going to her for life advice. She never makes anyone feel "less than" and is the most patient person I have ever seen when it comes to answering questions. Whitnie is also a fantastic teacher. She takes the time to break things down and puts love into all of her relationships. The University and Recreation Services are lucky to have her.

Brittany Klosterman, Certified Medical Assistant, Thielen Student Health Center

Their nominator wrote:
"The lab system at the health center went down during a very busy clinic day and Brittany stepped up to help walk lab results around to the medical and nursing staff so care was not delayed for our patients. What a great example of teamwork and care for others. Thanks so much, Brittany!"

Alisha Jepsen, Procurement Agent, ISU Dining

Their nominator wrote:
"Alisha plays a key role ensuring ISU Dining receives food and supplies to maintain our service levels to our meal plan holders and campus customers. In a time of manufacturer shortages and supply chain/logistic challenges, Alisha has been proactive in the sourcing of ingredients throughout the pandemic. This often entails working with alternate vendors, purchasing supplies direct from the manufacturer by the truckload, forecasting and predicting needs months in advance, and more. Communication to her peers is imperative for the success of all. Substitutions of product often involve changes in ingredients, nutritional content, and allergens. This is information many of our guests rely on for their dietary needs. On top of all of this, Alisha approaches everyone she encounters with an upbeat attitude, willingness to assist, and potential solutions to their newest challenge."

Tim Harmon, Cook, ISU Dining

Their nominator wrote:
"Tim Harmon has been a cook with ISU Dining for just under 9 years, and has worked in several different areas of Dining over the years. Tim is very dedicated to his job and puts forth a great effort to ensure our customers are enjoying a delicious, consistent product each time they visit our locations. Tim's most recent position with ISU Dining has been with Conversations Dining Center. Tim starts his day at 4am and his primary duties are preparing foods and products to be sent to Heaping Plato at the Hub for service. Once Tim completes his day, he is the first to offer to help other locations that may be in need. Tim has worked multiple long days at Conversations helping the staff in that location, as well as picking up extra shifts weekly in the Central Bakery, which has been hit hard with staffing challenges, to ease some of the workload on that staff as well. ISU Dining would like to recognize Tim for his hard work and dedication and thank him for continuing to be an invaluable member of our Dining team. Thanks Tim!"
See a list of all staff who have received a CARE Recognition here.
Wellness Breaks
Division of Student Affairs staff are encouraged to dedicate 30 minutes each month to focus on their wellbeing. Staff can build this dedicated time into their schedule proactively and is not intended to replace breaks staff already receive nor it is a time to catch up on work. The purpose is for staff to engage in something that will help with their current state of wellbeing. This individualized approach can help staff focus on what's most important to them. Resources and opportunities are available in this CyBox.
Division of Student Affairs Diversity and Inclusion
Educational Session Call for Proposals
These sessions are intended to provide Division of Student Affairs employees with the opportunity to engage in educational discussions and presentations centered on diversity and inclusion. Sessions can be 50, 75, or 90 minutes in length. In addition to developing new presentations, you are also invited to submit a presentation/program you may have previously given, or preparing to give, at a conference. Sessions will begin this fall and continue throughout the 2021-2022 academic year. We look forward to your submissions!
Football: ISU vs. Texas
Saturday, Nov. 6 | TBA
Jack Trice Stadium

Gold Star Hall Ceremony
Monday, Nov. 8 | 3:15 p.m.
Durham Great Hall, Memorial Union

Division of Student Affairs Fall Information Meeting
Wednesday, Nov. 17 | 3-5 p.m.
Sun Room, Memorial Union
Fall Break: Classes Recessed
November 22-26

University Holidays: Offices Closed
November 25-26

Football: ISU vs. TCU
Friday, Nov. 26 | TBA
Jack Trice Stadium

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