Student Engagement


Newsline, November 18, 2015

Get Prepared for ISLE! 

If you're looking for an opportunity to practice your presentation skills, and help other students develop and expand their leadership skill set, then submit a session proposal for this year's Iowa State Leadership Experience! Iowa State Leadership Experience is an annual leadership program to help student leaders improve their leadership skills, learn about leadership opportunities at Iowa State, and network with other leaders across campus. This year's conference will take place on Saturday, January 30, at the Memorial Union. Click here to learn more about the conference, and submit a proposal if you'd like to conduct a session on a leadership topic of your choosing. 

Have You Reserved Space in the Get Involved Booklet? 

The Student Activities Center is producing a full-color booklet that will highlight student involvement opportunities. Copies of Get Involved will be handed out at Clubfest on Wednesday, January 20, and thousands will be mailed to residence halls. This publication will feature involvement opportunities provided by the Student Activities Center including joining or starting student organizations, an overview of Leadership and Service programs, and the benefits of being involved. As an advertiser, you will reach thousands of new students who are seeking ways to get involved, meet new people, and make their own Iowa State experience a meaningful time in their lives. Please contact John Taylor at to learn more and to reserve your space! Deadline is Friday, December 4, 2015.

Take a Break in the Memorial Union

Thinking about getting your group together one more time before the end of the semester? The Student Activities Center has you covered! Bring your club members to the Workspace for some relaxing crafts or Paint Your Own Pottery.You could also meet at CyBowl and Billiards and bowl a few games or set up your own billiards tourney. Take a break in the Memorial Union!

Resources and Opportunities

Free Workshops for Your Student Org

The Leadership and Service Center can come to your club's next meeting and lead a workshop on any of the following topics: Event Planning, Effective Communication, Membership Retention, Goal Setting, Fundraising, and Volunteer and Service Opportunities. Just fill out the request form a week in advance!

Reserve Your Meeting and Event Space in the Memorial Union

Is your organization planning an event to be held in the Memorial Union during Spring 2016? Get ready to book your space now! All student organizations can now reserve space. Please contact Memorial Union Event Management for details.

Does Your Student Org Need Funds?

We have a couple of suggestions for you! Check out the CyBowl Giveback Program! This fundraiser, held in CyBowl & Billiards, gives student orgs 25% of the revenue earned from bowling, shoe rental, or billiards from any guest that presents the giveback invitation flyer. Giveback events are held on either Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday, 12pm - close, based on the organization's preference and the availability of CyBowl & Billiards. Learn more about this program! Have you heard about  FundISU? It's a crowdfunding platform to help Iowa State University community members raise money to support their passion projects. Projects on the FundISU platform advance innovation, teaching and learning at the university and promote Iowa State's mission to create, share, and apply knowledge to make Iowa and the world a better place. Anyone on campus can apply to FundISU, provided they are either officially affiliated with an academic unit or a recognized sponsored or affiliated student organization. Interested? Email Mary at for more information. 

Wallace E. Barron All-University Senior Award

It’s time to nominate outstanding seniors for the Wallace E. Barron All-University Senior Award.  This award recognizes outstanding ISU seniors who display high character, outstanding achievements in academics and university/community activities, and promise for continuing these exemplary qualities as alumni. Applicants must be an undergraduate student with senior classification status (90+ credits) and a 3.0 cumulative GPA at the end of fall semester 2015 (seniors graduating fall 2015 are eligible to receive the award).  The recipient receives recognition at the ISU Alumni Association Young Alumni Council luncheon on April 22, 2016 and at a leadership recognition reception in the spring.  Nomination forms are available online at: Submit your nominations on or before December 1. Questions can be directed to Julie Larson at

Track Your Community Service Hours

Iowa State University’s student organizations give back so incredibly to the Ames community and countless non-profit organizations and initiatives that the Office of Sustainability wants to highlight this incredible philanthropy in an international sustainability certification, STARS. The office is working on recertifying their current gold certification. You can help them by tracking your organization's community service hours here throughout the year! 

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!

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