Student Engagement


Newsline | October 13, 2021

Become an Alternative Breaks Site Leader!

Do you like serving your community?  Do you want to have a unique experience and form lasting memories? Then you're the perfect person to go on an Alternative Breaks trip!

Student Engagement is currently seeking students (both undergraduate and graduate) to serve as site leaders for Spring Break trips (March 12-20). During the trip, you will focus on serving a community outside of Iowa, while learning about various social issues. As a site leader, you will gain team building, facilitation, and leadership skills. The selection process includes an application and an interview.

Spring Trip Site Leader applications are due by Friday, November 19.

Questions? Email

Participate in the Leaders Workshop Series

The Leaders Workshop Series is an opportunity for students to gain more knowledge and experience around the topic of leadership.

Dates and topics:

Tuesday, October 19th, Wellness

Tuesday, October 26th, Career Readiness

There is no sign-up required. Light snacks will be provided. Email with any questions!

Join the Annual We Lead Conference!

The We Lead Conference 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.

We Lead is an empowerment and leadership conference for students who are exploring their leadership potential and interested in engaging in collective impact.

This virtual conference will be held on Saturday, November 13th from 9am-3:30pm with an in-person social to follow in the Cardinal Room of the Memorial Union. Free snacks and swag will be provided at the social. 

To attend the conference, register HERE. Have questions? Email

Resources and Opportunities for Organizations and Officers

Get Funding for Your Next Event!

Is your student organization looking for additional funds to make your events even better? Submit a proposal to the Event Funding Board! Applications are reviewed monthly. Reminder, to be fully considered, events must occur at least 5 weeks after the submission deadline. 

Next submission deadline: Monday, October 25

Submit your event proposal today! Questions? Email

Volunteer at Reiman Gardens

Reiman Gardens has a lot of volunteer opportunities coming up this fall and winter, which is a perfect way to get service hours for your organizations! Listed below is information for bulb planting, pumpkin carving, Spirits in the Gardens, and our annual holiday light show. Of course, we also have opportunities for folks to volunteer in gardening, entomology, events, education programs, administrative projects, marketing, and more.

Planting spring-blooming bulbs

Every October, Reiman Gardens plants thousands of spring-blooming bulbs throughout the gardens. Tulips and daffodils and hyacinths, oh my! These bulbs must be planted in the fall before the ground freezes because they require a long period of cool temperatures for them to flower in the spring.

This is a great individual and group volunteer activity. A gardening or horticulture background or prior experience is not required to participate.

Bulb planting is scheduled for October 12-15, 18, 20, and 21, morning and afternoon times available.

Anyone interested in volunteering for this activity can sign up directly using this registration link.

Stenciling, gutting, and carving pumpkins

Reiman Gardens is gearing up for our annual pumpkin stenciling and carving event this October. Every year, hundreds of jack o' lanterns are featured throughout the Gardens during our annual Spirits in the Gardens community event. Volunteers from around the community make this event so special by stenciling and carving pumpkins with unique designs and creations.

Individuals and groups are welcome to volunteer! Pumpkin stenciling is scheduled for October 8-10; pumpkin gutting (to get them ready for carving) is October 13 and 14; and pumpkin carving is October 13-15.

Anyone interested in volunteering for this activity can sign up directly using this registration link.

Spirits in the Gardens

Our popular fall celebration is back with even more spooky fun! Volunteers are needed during the event to distribute treats to event attendees. Volunteers will be stationed at our new Candy Factory on the Events Plaza all evening to share treats and non-candy items from our whimsical candy slides. This is a perfect volunteer activity for individuals and groups!

Volunteers are needed the evenings of October 16 and 17. All volunteers are encouraged to dress in black or family-friendly costumes.

Anyone interested in volunteering for this activity can sign up directly using this registration link.

Winter Wonderscape Holiday Light Show

Reiman Gardens is currently recruiting volunteers with holiday cheer for our second annual holiday light show, Winter Wonderscape! Volunteers assist horticulture staff with setting up the show and with staffing during the event. Show installation begins around the last week of October and continues into November. Staffing for the light show is Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings starting December 2 through January 1. Show setup and event staffing take place outdoors. Volunteers receive two complimentary tickets to the light show each time they volunteer!

Anyone interested in volunteering for this activity can express interest using this form.

Have questions? Contact HERE

Register to Receive Green Dot Bystander Training

As key student leaders on campus, we would like to extend you an invite to register for one of the upcoming Green Dot Bystander Trainings! Trainings will be held on September 24th, October 5th, and November 5th. 

Here is the link to register:

Green Dot is a violence prevention program and teaches people skills in bystander intervention.  This 3 hour training prepares students with a more in depth training experience and skills to work with their peers on violence prevention.  The trainings are on Friday afternoons from 1-4pm.  Free food and refreshments are available. 

Sexual Violence prevention takes all of us and we hope you consider enrolling in one of the upcoming trainings!  Thanks for being leaders on campus in amplifying messages of violence prevention and bystander intervention skills.  We hope you consider participating in an upcoming training! 

Students who enroll become part of our Green Dot Ambassador team and also receive some free swag, including a t-shirt, shaker bottle, stickers, buttons, and more!

If you have any questions, please email

Additional Meeting Spaces Available in Student Engagement

Student Organizations are welcome and encouraged to reserve 'Room M' in the Student Engagement Office to use for additional meetings, event preparation, and/or student organization-related tasks.

This meeting space seats up to five (5) people and can be reserved through the front desk of Student Engagement. 

Please contact to reserve this room for your next meeting!

Become a Cyclone Aide! 

Looking for a paid leadership opportunity unlike any other on campus? Become a CYCLONE AIDE!

Cyclone Aides have the opportunity to:

  • Serve as an ambassador for Iowa State University
  • Assist with Orientation & Destination Iowa State
  • Gain skills in public speaking, leadership, professional networking, and customer service
  • Make lifelong friendships

Want to learn more? Join our information session! Follow us on Instagram (@IowaStateLeaders) to check out our virtual information sessions on Wednesday, October 6th |  4:00 p.m.

Apply online by October 17th at 11:59pm at:

Follow us on Instagram: @IowaStateLeaders
Questions? Contact Cassidy Conway  at (515) 294-3765 or

Support for Your Adventure

As a student leader, you play an important role in helping your peers and members of your organization feel connected and supported. Iowa State has a variety of resources available to support students’ mental health, wellness and personal safety.

Encourage your members to bookmark this website: and take advantage of the services available to all students.

And follow @IAStateSA on Twitter and Instagram for tips and advice throughout the year.

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