Student Engagement


Newsline | February 1, 2023

Do More With Your Spring Break! Apply for a Alternative Break Trip!

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!


Applications are currently open for the 2023 Spring Alternative Breaks trips and spots are filling up! During the trip, you will focus on serving a community outside of Iowa, while learning about various social issues. As a participant you will be able to make lasting connections with other students interested in service, learn more about yourself and how to be an active citizen, and make an impact on the community you'll be working with. Five trips are currently planned for the week of Spring Break (March 11-18). The selection process includes an application and an interview. 


There are still spots available for the Alternative Breaks program! Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis until Friday, February 10, or until all spots are filled.


Apply HERE


Questions? Email


Register for the Iowa Student Leadership Experience (ISLE) Today!

The Iowa Student Leadership Experience (ISLE) is a one-day leadership conference that brings students together to collaborate, engage, and practice meaningful leadership. ISLE is a collaboration between Iowa State University, the University of Northern Iowa, and the University of Iowa and is open to students from all three campuses. 

If you are interested in:

  • Gaining new leadership skills and insight
  • Hearing new ideas to implement
  • Networking and collaborating with campus leaders from three campuses
  • Learning from dynamic presenters


Then this conference is for you!


Saturday, February 25 | 10am-5pm | University of Iowa


Registration is free and open to all Iowa State students. Free transportation will also be provided to and from the University of Iowa.

For more information and to register, go HERE.

Questions? Contact

Student Government Annual Allocations Are Here

During the spring semester, Student Government budgets for the next school year, including the process of allocating funds for student organizations. The Annual Allocations process is Student Government's way of reviewing budget requests from student organizations. Much more funding per organization is available during this process than requesting funding throughout the year, so going through this process is critical for organizations seeking funding from Student Government.  


The first step of Annual Allocations is to attend an information session. Each group requesting funding from Student Government must attend an info session without exception. During these meetings, you'll have editing access to your budget unlocked, learn about how to complete your budget via our online system, and receive a schedule for the rest of the process. The info session dates and times are listed below:  

·   Wednesday, February 1 | 4 - 6 PM | Cardinal Room, Memorial Union

·   Thursday, February 2 | 5 – 6 PM | Cardinal Room, Memorial Union

·   Friday, February 3 | 2 – 3 PM | Virtual (Access the Zoom link on our website)


Only the Treasurer of the organization is required to attend, but Advisers, Presidents, and any other member of your organization involved in budget planning are welcomed and encouraged to attend as well. If you aren't available to attend one of these info sessions, please let me know at


You can find information about this year's Priorities and Criteria (which includes information about eligibility requirements for organizations and the types of expenditures that may be funded) and the allocations schedule on the Student Government Funding page. 


If you have any questions about the process, please let me know at

Resources and Opportunities for Organizations and Officers

Lead Your Team and Make a Difference; Be a Destination Iowa State Team Leader!

  • Be a mentor!
  • Help new Cyclones!
  • Be part of a team!
  • Develop leadership skills!
  • Make $14/hour - Earn up to $400!

Time Commitment:

  • Two leadership development workshops
  • Canvas course in Summer 2023
  • Available for all of Destination Iowa State from August 17-19, 2023

Each Team Leader is responsible for leading and mentoring a group of around  20 students throughout the Destination Iowa State experience.  For more information and the online application, go to

POP into New Student Programs and learn more:

Thursday, February 23, Noon – 2pm on the 5th floor of the Memorial Union

Get FREE popcorn and chat with past Team Leaders


Applications are due March 5th by 11:59 pm. Questions may be directed to Cassidy Conway in the New Student Programs Office by emailing or by calling 515-294-0801

Inviting Sustainability Clubs to Table at Sustainapalooza!

Iowa State’s Office of Sustainability is incredibly excited to invite student organizations
supporting sustainability (environmental, economic and social) through goals, mission and
initiatives to table at this year’s Sustainapalooza, the companion event to the Symposium on
Sustainability, taking place on February 21, from 5 - 8 p.m., in the Great Hall of the Memorial
Union. Collectively, the Symposium and Sustainapalooza bring together students, faculty and
staff toward honoring our collective campus sustainability commitment. The theme of this year’s
event, “The Urgency is NOW,” is a reminder to students, faculty and staff that now is the time to
take sustainable actions to ensure a healthy future for all.

Sustainapalooza offers the opportunity for increasing awareness of your organization's activities
and initiatives, as well as recruiting new members or volunteers and marketing upcoming events.
Taking part is easy! The Live Green! Team will provide tables, chairs, event marketing and also
the opportunity for attendees to earn prizes through visiting tabling organizations.
Tabling space is limited! Reserve your tabling space now by registering HERE! Registration will
be open until all table spaces are reserved or Tuesday, February 7, whichever comes first.
We look forward to showcasing the outstanding commitment to sustainability and a sustainable
future by our student organizations! Email Event Coordinators, Haley Wegener or Haylie Moore for any questions and more

Check out our Facebook event page for more information about the event!

Sherry Boschert to discuss 50-year history of Title IX on Feb. 7

Sherry Boschert, the award-winning journalist and author of “37 Words: Title IX and Fifty Years of Fighting Sex Discrimination,” will visit Iowa State University on Tuesday, Feb. 7 as the 2023 Mary Louise Smith Chair in Women and Politics. Her book – and lecture – is named for the first 37 words of Title IX, the 1972 federal legislation that prohibits sex discrimination in federally funded education: “No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.”

Visit the Lectures Series website for more information about the event.

Marketing Resources for Student Organizations

In order to best serve the needs of our ISU students and campus partners, we will be making the following price updates to our flyer distribution service effective July 1, 2023. We will be increasing the price of this advertising service to $40, a $10 increase from years prior. This increase ensures we can provide high quality and cost-effective advertising services for student organizations while managing rising overhead costs. As always, we are committed to providing top notch customer service when students chose the Memorial Union for their advertising needs. Flyer distribution is just one of the many low cost marketing resources that are available to all student organizations. 


For questions about the above changes or information regarding MU marketing resources, please email We appreciate your continued support!

ISU Dining Fundraising Opportunity - Spring 2023


We are looking for local, civic, community, school, campus student groups, and other non-profit organizations who would like to fundraise for their organizations.  ISU Dining is offering fundraising opportunities to any non-profit organizations interested in earning extra money for their organization.  Interested groups may choose from the options below. Limited opportunities are available.

Expected duties might include serving meals, dining room service, dishwashing, and miscellaneous cleaning duties, no cooking.  Each 3-hour shift would involve standing, lifting, and moving around.

Each of your group members will be earning $13 per hour for your organization. Groups would be assigned to one of our dining facilities.


  • Bakery Location – Sunday 8 am – 11 am – agreements for this location are made by the month (February, March or April).
  • Dining Locations - your group would help in a dining location on specified days. Time periods would be 10:30am-1:30pm, 11am-2pm or 4:15 pm- 8:15 pm.

Options:    Seasons Marketplace – Lunch Monday-Friday 10:30-1:30, please commit by the month if possible

                    Union Drive Marketplace -  choose Saturday OR Sunday - Saturday Lunch shifts 10:30-1:30 or Sunday Dinner shifts 4:15 pm – 8:15 pm, please commit by  the months


Organize your group members/friends, etc. to assist your group and create a team.  Each team would consist of one Team Leader and four members (5 total workers) for each date.

  • A Team Leader must be present each day, two people may share the responsibility attending on different days during the event. 

Team members may vary from day to day with four members in attendance for each day. Suggestion: ask members to work multiple days but explain they are not committing themselves to work every day.

  • All Team Leaders and workers must be age 18 or older by date of the event
  • Team Leader must account for ALL completed forms for each member of the group (1-B, Liability Waiver, Safety Information Review) to be stored in the group folder in the manager’s office at all times.
  • The Team Leaders will be responsible for their group members (ability to perform tasks, transportation, training, signed forms for each member, and supervision during the shift).

Please email Diane Schmidt at to register your organization!

Event Authorization Reminders

As a reminder, if you are planning an event that you want to promote to non-club members or the general public, you will need to complete the University Event Authorization process. You can find more information on Event Authorization HERE and in the University Event Authorization training available in the Student Organization Database.

Preserve Your Organization's History with University Archives

Student organizations play an important role in college life and have a lasting impact on the University. Because of the nature of being a student sees you leave after graduating, much of the history of an organization can be lost or forgotten over time. The Iowa State University Archives invites student organizations to partner with us to help preserve your organization’s history, including especially its creation, development, priorities, and activities.  

We value the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion. All organizations are welcome and part of the ISU legacy. We particularly welcome organizations of minoritized groups and activists who have often been left out, erased, or otherwise lack a sense of belonging in archives.  

For more information on how to participate, please contact Rebecca Wells, Student Life Archivist, at

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