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

The ISU Professional and Scientific (P&S) Council is calling for nominations of P&S staff as candidates for the 2021 P&S CYtation awards. CYtation awards are for individuals and teams, and one individual will receive the Woodin CYtation award.

Nominations are due December 1. Learn more about the nomination process here.

The National College Health Assessment is a comprehensive health survey conducted at ISU every two years to learn more about student health behaviors, perceptions, and attitudes. 10,000 ISU students were randomly selected to participate in the survey and received an email with a link to participate. The survey is confidential and administered by the American College Health Association(ACHA-NCHA). The deadline to complete the survey is October 21. Please encourage students who received the email to take the survey.

The Spark is a weekly email series that will serve as ongoing training for Iowa State University faculty and staff. It focuses on the experiences of multicultural students at ISU. Participants will be presented with a description of the ISU student experience from a different multicultural student along with content to process the story and build awareness, knowledge, and skills. Participation is free, open to all ISU faculty and staff, and requires roughly 20 minutes per week. Registration will close October 8.

The Spark is a good professional development opportunity for those who have not participated in the past. Past participants are welcome to sign up again, but will see content shared in previous years.

Questions can be directed to Dr. Denise Williams-Klotz at [email protected].

The Memorial Union has three open staff positions. Please help spread the word and share with folks who may be interested!
ISU Dining's newest gelato location is up and running in the Memorial Union. Dolce Freddo offers dozens of creamy delicious flavors using local, dairy-fresh ingredients and wildly creative recipes. New fall flavors include pumpkin pecan and mulled apple cider sorbet. Stop by and try a sample today!
Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is a Mexican holiday that celebrates and honors those who have passed. One tradition includes building ofrendas (altars) honoring the deceased using brightly colored skulls, marigolds, and possessions of the departed. Instead of sugar, our skulls are paper mache, but we invite you to decorate them in the spirit of Dia de los Muertos using paint, glitter, gems, flowers, and other adornments.

More information about the history and significance of this event is available at The Workspace, and we encourage you to look for celebrations around the world on November 1 & 2. La calavera es un símbolo de la muerte, lo único seguro en la vida. Open to all ages if accompanied by an adult. 
Drop in September 15-October 15 (Latinx Heritage Month). $8 in studio/$10 to-go.

This year, the Association of College Unions International (ACUI) Region II and V Annual Conference will be virtual October 21-22, 2021. The Memorial Union has already paid the institution conference rate which allows for an unlimited amount of professionals, staff, and students from ISU to attend this virtual regional experience.

Although not every part of the Division of Student Affairs at ISU could consider themselves directly connected to this association, strategic campus partners like Activities, Student Organization Engagement, Leadership Development, Student Affairs Graduate Programs, Student Government, Multicultural Centers, Leadership Studies, and others are all part of the greater mission of ACUI.

Registration is free, but you must register at If you are not already an ACUI member, you will need to create an account. Instructions can be found at the registration link. If you have any questions about registering, contact Lana Seiler at [email protected]
ISU Dining will host "Find It Fridays" throughout the semester to engage students via social media and to visit dining locations all over campus. Students can win prizes if they guess the correct location!

Follow @isudining on Instagram to learn when you can participate in the next "Find It Friday!"
This collection of 19 portraits was created to honor women who organized a historic drive for civil rights and won citizenship, political freedom, and the right to vote. Experiencing a reversal of social attitudes and respect for all women, Misol presents this work as a call to action for justice and equality, and a celebration of the 100th anniversary of passage of the 19th amendment in 2020. You can see this collection in the MU Art Gallery located on the first floor of the Memorial Union until October 10. The gallery is open Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sundays from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
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].
Tracy Borts, Budget/Finance and Operations, Dean of Students Office

Their nominator said:
"Tracy is such an asset to the DSO team. She is extremely helpful when it comes to supporting us and our budget and any financial questions. Whether it's help with an external grant, with DSO funds, with complicated external expenses, etc., I always know that if I message Tracy with a question or ask for help, she will show up for us. Thank you, Tracy, you're a rockstar and we're so grateful to have you on our team!"

Elaine Tan, International Student Advisor, International Students and Scholars Office

Their nominator said:
"Elaine Tan has made an impact at ISU since day 1. Very early on, Elaine sought out student groups and found ways to be involved outside of her 8-5 role as an International Student Advisor. If ISSO has event going on, you'll find Elaine there helping, mingling with students, and adding energy to the group. Currently, Elaine serves as a co-advisor for the International Student Council and participates in Ames Student Association for Malaysians (ASAM). She is often attending various meetings and supporting student events. Elaine takes to heart the Student Affairs expression to "go where the students are at." Elaine brings heart to ISSO and works tirelessly to form connections with students. As an International Student Advisor, Elaine is an exemplary advisor to students. It's not uncommon for you to hear Elaine's cheerful voice celebrating a student in her office. When a student is struggling, she tries her best to remove any bureaucracy from the situation to make sure the student is supported, such as walking a student to Student Counseling Services, providing food to a student who hasn't eaten, and following up time and again to make sure a student is connected and cared for. She goes above and beyond in every situation. Elaine is a rockstar and truly deserves recognition and kudos."
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. Kansas
Saturday, Oct. 2 | 6 p.m.
Jack Trice Stadium

ISU Employee Flu Shot Clinic
October 4-15

2020 Commencement
October 9
Hilton Coliseum
Homecoming Week
Oct. 18-22

Football: ISU vs. OSU
Saturday, Oct. 23 | TBA
Jack Trice Stadium

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