Student Engagement


Newsline, November 4, 2015

Don't Forget to Reserve Space! 

Is your organization planning an event to be held in the Memorial Union during Spring 2016? Get ready to book your space now! Sponsored and Affiliated Tiered organizations started reserving space Monday, November 2, and all student organizations can reserve space starting Monday, November 9. Please contact Memorial Union Event Management for details.

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.

Gain Experience with a Non-Profit Organization

The Student Activities Center and the United Way of Story County co-sponsor the Non-Profit Protege Program. Undergraduate ISU students have the opportunity to walk in the shoes of an administrator of a local non-profit organization. Throughout the semester, each protégé attends weekly meetings with their mentor. Participants have opportunities to attend board meetings, experience staff and committee meetings, visit with potential financial donors, and witness the action packed world of being a non-profit leader.This is not an internship experience; rather, it is an opportunity for students to directly shadow a non-profit administrator. The purpose of this program is to give students interested in exploring the non-profit world a firsthand experience in the field. Apply today!

Resources and Opportunities

Attend the Women's Leadership Retreat

The Women's Leadership Retreat brings students together to network with each other, as well as with female leaders at Iowa State and the Central Iowa community. Participants in this FREE event will have the opportunity to hone their leadership skills, engage in interactive discussions and networking sessions, and reflect on their own leadership qualities and what they have to offer in their respective roles at Iowa State and beyond. Apply today!

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! 

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!

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, 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.

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