Student Engagement


Newsline, October 5, 2016

Give Yourself a Competitive Edge with a Co-Curricular Transcript! 

What is a co-curricular transcript (CCT), you ask? A CCT is a record of your involvement, experiences and achievements as an ISU student. Having a CCT serves as a one stop shop for you to demonstrate skills and attributes to employers, graduate schools, scholarship selection committees, internship providers and more - giving you that competitive edge! 

Your CCT can include: Campus involvement, community service, honors & awards, internships & study abroad, leadership experience, on-campus employment, publications, recreational activities, research, seminars & workshops, and student org involvement. 

Learn more here.

Gain Leadership Experience

Are you interested in putting your leadership, organizational and creative skills to good use? If yes, then check out the Student Union Board and ISU AfterDark! Both orgs are accepting applications for executive positions. This is a great opportunity to gain experience, make friends and have fun! Don't worry, applications are considered even if you don't have any prior experience. 

Connect to a Cause on CyServe Day

Are you interested in opportunities to help and serve in the Ames community? CyServe Day will give you just that! The CyServe Council brings ISU students and community members together to help clean up the Ames community, volunteer with various non-profits and provide support to local homeowners in need. You can sign up to volunteer as an individual or sign up your group/org. 

CyServe Day: Saturday, October 8 | 9am - 3pm | Sign up now! 


Resources and Opportunities

Don't Miss the Student Leader Social

Student Leader Social: Friday, October 7 | 8pm - 9pm | Located in CyBowl & Billiards | FREE

If you're the President, Treasurer or Adviser of a student org, you are invited to attend a student leader social. During the social, you will network with other ISU student leaders to discuss upcoming activities, service projects, philanthropies or fundraising ideas. You will also have the option to play a round of billiards or bowl a game for free. Ice cream will be available for the first 150 ISU President's or Treasurer's, so arrive early! 

After 9pm, club leaders are welcome to stay and visit other locations in the Memorial Union for free ISU AfterDark Programming. The entertainers featured at ISU AfterDark include Masters of Variety: The Great Dubois and Comedian Eric Andre. Arts and craft activities will be available in the Workspace, and Grandma Mojos will be performing in the Maintenance Shop. 

Check Out the Student Org Marketplace 

The Student Organization Marketplace is an online tool where recognized student orgs at ISU are able to extend their business to the internet and more effectively reach the larger Iowa State community and beyond. You can use the Marketplace to sell event registrations, collect membership dues and receive non-charitable donations. By purchasing a product through the Student Org Marketplace, customers are directly supporting your organization! 

Want to know more? Email

Attend Live Adviser Training Session

As an adviser to a recognized org on campus, you have the opportunity to attend a live adviser training session which will cover university expectations and adviser responsibilities. Feel free to bring your lunch! 

All training sessions are held in October in the Campanile Room of the Memorial Union. This training is optional and there is no need to R.S.V.P. You may simply come as availability permits. The dates and times of the sessions appear below:

Wednesday, October 5, 2016 | 2pm - 3pm

Monday, October 10, 2016 | 12pm - 1pm

Tuesday, October 11, 2016 | 3pm - 4pm

Wednesday, October 26, 2016 | 12pm - 1pm

Additional information can be found HERE.

Be a STAR!

Student Admissions Representatives (STARS) is an exciting volunteer opportunity for students to present a positive, realistic student view of Iowa State to prospective students and their families. As a STAR, you will give daily campus and residence hall tours during the school year as well as help with Experience Iowa State visit days and group visits. STARS is a great volunteer opportunity and way to share Cyclone pride! 

Apply today! Applications are due October 17, 2016. Questions? Contact Lisa Friesth at 515-294-8096 or 

Your Club Can Take Part in National Sustainability Day

October 20, 2016 | South Library Lawn | 11am - 2pm | Register by Friday, October 7

National Campus Sustainability Day is an event hosted by The Green Umbrella student org, in partnership with the Live Green! Initiative and the Office of Sustainability, that celebrates commitment to and success in sustainability at ISU. If your student org's mission, goals, practices and events support sustainability, then this event will offer you an opportunity to showcase your organization's efforts, market events and recruit new members and/or volunteers! Although environmental commitment is an important part of sustainability, National Campus Sustainability Day also celebrates sustainability through commitment to financial literacy and efficiency, as well as supporting and strengthening communities through projects and events that support volunteerism, food security, literacy, housing, etc. 

The Live Green! and Green Umbrella teams will provide display tables, take care of event marketing, and offer free prizes and refreshments for all attendee's, which was over 500 students last year! For more information, please email or

Host Your Retreat at the Lynn Fuhrer Lodge

The Lynn Fuhrer Lodge is available for reservations! This unique location is set in the woods and is the perfect spot for your club's all-day retreats or long meetings (reservations must be a minimum of three hours long). A fee to use the Lynn Fuhrer Lodge was set starting September 1, 2016. The fee is $35 for Recognized Student Orgs, $100 for ISU Departments, and must be paid by ISU Intramural before reservations are confirmed. MORE.

Build Your Leadership Skills!

Do you want to build up your leadership skills from the inside out? The Leaders Workshop Series will give you the opportunity to engage in activities and discussions that will help you establish your personal values, learn some tips and tricks on how to build an effective team and community, strategies for promoting yourself and your org, and planning events. 

Personal Values: Wednesday, October 5 | 6-8pm | MU Gallery 

Getting Involved: Tuesday, October 11 | 6-8pm | MU Gallery

Building a Common Purpose: Thursday, October 20 | 6-8pm | MU Gallery 

Empowering Others to Lead: Tuesday, October 25 | 6-8pm | MU Gallery 

The Leaders Workshop Series is FREE and open to all ISU students throughout the month of October. Sharpen your leadership skills and pre-register today! Questions? Contact

Visit the Leadership and Service Center

Are you new to the student org scene? Does your org have a long-standing tradition here at Iowa State? Check out the Leadership and Service Center to see how we can help your organization grow, brainstorm marketing ideas for your next big event, assist with officer transitions, and revamp your constitution!  Visit or swing by the center - located in East SOS - for more information. 

Looking for Ways to Promote Your Next Event?

If you're advertising for an event or your org in general, there are several marketing resources available to recognize student orgs through the Memorial Union and across campus. Most are free, but a few have associated fees, so check out the complete list and 2016 pricing on our Student Organization Marketing Resources page. You should also check out the Memorial Union Rooms and Capacities Worksheet for this year's information and service fees.

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