Student Engagement


Newsline, October 7, 2015

Go on an Alternative Spring Break Trip!

We are looking for enthusiastic students who are really committed to volunteerism and service, and are looking for a way to give back to the community during spring break. Our competitive selection process includes this application and an interview. If you are excited about devoting a week of your college life to service, having a great time and forming lasting memories, you are the perfect person to go on a Spring 2016 Alternative Breaks trip. Apply now!

Gain Leadership Experience

The Student Union Board and ISU AfterDark are both accepting applications for executive positions. If you are interested in putting your leadership, organizational, and creative skills to good use, consider applying for a role in one of these orgs!

Leaders Workshop Series


The Leaders Workshop Series is an opportunity for you to build up your leadership skills from the inside out. During these workshops, you will have 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, as well as strategies for promoting yourself and your organization and planning events.

Branding and Promotion Wednesday, October 7th; 6-8pm, MU Gallery

Event Planning Thursday, October 15th; 6-8pm, MU Gallery

The Leaders Workshop Series is FREE and open to all Iowa State students. The workshops will take place throughout the month of October, and all that is required is a pre-registration!

Resources and Opportunities

Annual President’s Training Deadline October 9, 2015

As a requirement of the Student Organization Recognition Policy, presidents of all recognized organizations must annually participate in President’s Training.  The deadline for completing President’s Training is October 9, 2015. Review material to gain access to the President’s Training Quiz.  A score of 18/20 is passing and will satisfy the annual requirement.

Student Government Funding Requests

Curious about how to request money for your student org? Trying to remember what the process was? Student Government has made the process easier with a New Online Form for Student Government Funding Requests. Check it out!

Host Your Retreat at the Lynn Fuhrer Lodge

‚ÄčThis unique location set in the woods is the perfect spot for your club's all-day retreats or long meetings (reservations must be a minimum of three hours long). There's no cost to student orgs as long as guidelines are observed. The Lodge has been recently renovated and includes amenities like a projector and screen, WiFi, fridge, microwave and kitchen sink, AC and bathrooms, and is set up like a large meeting room with 7 rolling tables and 42 chairs. Reservations can be made online. You should definitely check this place out!

Free Overnight Emerging Leaders Retreat Sat. Oct. 9 - Sun. Oct. 10

Sharpen your leadership skills, connect with other student leaders, and find your true potential at this free off-campus overnight retreat. Apply today!

Your Club Can Take Part in National Sustainability Day

October 15, 2015 from 11am to 2pm
South of the Parks Library
Deadline to Register: Tuesday, October 6th 
National Campus Sustainability Day is an event hosted by The Green Umbrella student organization, in partnership with the Live Green! Initiative and the Office of Sustainability, that celebrates commitment to and success in sustainability at Iowa State University. The event offers an opportunity for any student organization whose mission, goals, practices, and events support sustainability to showcase their impressive commitment, gain exposure for their 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 supporting volunteerism, food security, literacy, housing, etc. Last year, over 300 students attended the event. The Live Green! and Green Umbrella teams will provide display tables and take care of event marketing, as well as offer free prizes and refreshments for all attendees!  To reserve a table or for more information, please email or

ISU Youth Program Leader Awareness Training 

The Offices of Risk Management, Extension and Outreach, and Conference Planning and Management will collectively offer training to provide youth program leaders, administrators and student organization officers with information regarding youth related policies, procedures and forms for successfully conducting youth programs at ISU.  Over the past two years, significant changes have been made to existing and new policies, including Youth Activities, Pre-Collegiate Programs and Camps (YAP); Children in the Workplace; and Volunteers.  These training sessions will be helpful for departmental/unit youth program leaders, camp directors and student organization officers responsible for planning and supervising youth programs and for administrative assistants who may provide support for youth programs. Training sessions will be conducted on the following dates and times during Fall semester 2015: Tuesday, September 1, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 Noon; Wednesday, October 14, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 Noon; Tuesday, November 10, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.; and Thursday, December 3, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.  All training will be conducted in the Extension 4-H Youth Building, Conference Room 1020.  Pre-registration is required to ensure sufficient seating and handouts for attendees.  To register, send an email to at least one day prior to the training session you plan to attend.

Looking for Ways to Promote Your Next Event?

Whether you are advertising for an event or your organization in general, there are several marketing resources available to recognized student organizations through the Memorial Union and across campus. Most are free but a few have associated fees, so check out the complete list and 2014 pricing on our Student Organization Marketing Resources page. Also check out the Memorial Union Rooms and Capacities for this year's information and service fees.

Visit the Leadership and Service Center

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. Swing by the center, located in East SOS, for more information. 

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