Student Engagement


Newsline | September 15, 2021

Become an Alternative Breaks Site Leader!

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!

Student Engagement is currently seeking students (both undergraduate and graduate) to serve as site leaders for Fall Break trips (Nov. 19 – 20) and Spring Break trips (March 12-20). During the trip, you will focus on serving a community outside of Iowa, while learning about various social issues. As a site leader, you will gain team building, facilitation, and leadership skills. The selection process includes an application and an interview.

Fall Trip Site Leader applications are due by Friday, September 24.

Spring Trip Site Leader applications are due by Friday, October 1.

Questions? Email

Participate in the Leaders Workshop Series

The Leaders Workshop Series is an opportunity for students to gain more knowledge and experience around the topic of leadership.

Dates and topics:

Tuesday, October 5th, Goal Setting & Personal Values

Tuesday, October 12th, Time Management

Tuesday, October 19th, Wellness

Tuesday, October 26th, Career Readiness

There is no sign-up required. Light snacks will be provided. Email with any questions!

Get Funding for Your Next Event

Co-Curricular Transcript (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 various opportunity providers - giving you that competitive edge! 


Learn more HERE.

Resources and Opportunities for Organizations and Officers

Want to Show Off Your Orgs Volunteer Hours? Look to the STARS!

Help us show off your organization’s volunteer hours!

The Office of Sustainability is seeking YOUR help in ensuring all student community service hours (including volunteer work done by our student organizations) are collected in ISU’s international sustainability certification (STARS). Please send the Office of Sustainability your volunteerism information for the 2021-2022 academic year: we need the estimated total number of volunteers and the number of hours. If you have any questions about how to format your data or to submit your hours, email Go Cyclones!

Fundraising Opportunity Through Dining Services

ISU Dining is offering a fundraising opportunity for student organizations to assist in our dining locations. Expected duties could include:  serving meals, restocking serving lines, dining room service, dish washing, and cleaning, all involve standing, lifting, and moving around for the entire three or four-hour work shift. No cooking will be required of workers. The wage of $11 per hour/worker.  Length of commitment is negotiable, to be determined as the semester progresses, potentially through the fall semester.

Options to choose from:

  • Football Saturdays assist at Seasons Marketplace Dining Center, see home Football schedule, shifts would be during the meal period prior to the game (e.g. 11-2 shift if a 3:30 game scheduled).
  • Lunch or Dinner assistance at Residential Dining facilities (any day of the week)
    • Lunch shifts from 10:30 am – 1:30 pm or 11 am – 2 pm
    • Dinner shifts from 4:30 – 8:30pm  or 5 pm – 9pm
  • Central Bakery, located south of campus, past Welch Avenue in the Knapp Storms Dining Complex, next to the Wallace Wilson dorms (by Mortensen). Tasks could include counting, prepping, cookies, desserts, or breads. Cleaning and dish room tasks.
  • 8 am – 11 am (any day of the week, Sunday through Saturday)
    • NOON – 3 pm (available Monday – Thursday only)

Team Structure - Each team would ideally consist of one Team Leader and four members (5 total workers). A leader must be present for each shift worked.  A team may have several team leaders sharing the responsibility.  Team members may also rotate or be different workers each day.  All workers must be at least 18 years of age.

Work Attire - The required uniform is simple and comfortable, consisting of a solid colored t-shirt or an ISU t-shirt, full length blue jeans (no capris), and comfortable shoes such as athletic shoes (no sandals or exposed leg or foot from the knee down).  Hair restraints, aprons, etc. will be supplied by the work location.

Compensation - $11.00 per hour, per group member, paid to your organization group fund each pay period. One free complimentary meal will be provided  for each shift worked. Please arrive hour prior to shift start time to enjoy the complimentary meal.

Contract, Liability Waiver, Illness Agreement - organizational agreement/contract is signed by a Leader from your organization. Waiver of liability and agreement to report illness would be required by each worker.

Eligibility - This offer is only available to non-profit, civic and other charitable groups. Individuals, businesses and for-profit organizations are not eligible.  A limited number of groups will be able to work each area.

 Please call or email Diane Schmidt or set up a meeting to discuss. It is a very simple, easy fundraiser.  We hope to hear from you soon and we thank you for your interest!

Register to Receive Green Dot Bystander Training

As key student leaders on campus, we would like to extend you an invite to register for one of the upcoming Green Dot Bystander Trainings! Trainings will be held on September 24th, October 5th, and November 5th. 

Here is the link to register:

Green Dot is a violence prevention program and teaches people skills in bystander intervention.  This 3 hour training prepares students with a more in depth training experience and skills to work with their peers on violence prevention.  The trainings are on Friday afternoons from 1-4pm.  Free food and refreshments are available. 

Sexual Violence prevention takes all of us and we hope you consider enrolling in one of the upcoming trainings!  Thanks for being leaders on campus in amplifying messages of violence prevention and bystander intervention skills.  We hope you consider participating in an upcoming training! 

Students who enroll become part of our Green Dot Ambassador team and also receive some free swag, including a t-shirt, shaker bottle, stickers, buttons, and more!

If you have any questions, please email

Additional Meeting Spaces Available in Student Engagement

Student Organizations are welcome and encouraged to reserve 'Room M' in the Student Engagement Office to use for additional meetings, event preparation, and/or student organization-related tasks.

This meeting space seats up to five (5) people and can be served through the front desk of Student Engagement. 

Please contact to reserve this room for your next meeting!

Student Government Sustainability Retreat

Learn about the Green Initiatives Fund, which can kickstart the sustainable project you've been wanting to launch. Network with other sustainability-oriented organizations and discover new ways to collaborate! Enjoy some sustainable, local snacks provided by Iowa State Catering. Engage with student alumni that left a sustainable mark on Iowa State!

Questions? Email or 

Register to attend, HERE

Writing & Media Center Workshop Series

Student Organizations! Looking for free professional development opportunities? The Writing and Media Center offers a variety of workshops (including custom workshops!) that we can facilitate for members of your student organization! Request a workshop on our website, and visit to learn more about upcoming WMC events and opportunities, including one-on-one and group tutoring for all kinds of communication projects, appointments in our multimedia communication center, writing retreats, a speaker series focused on language and communication justice, our Night Against Procrastination event before finals, and more!

Looking for Ways to Promote Your Club? Check out Student Engagement's Marketing Resources

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 pricing on our Student Organization Marketing Resources page. A couple updates for the fall semester:

  • Flyer Distribution Service: The updated number of flyers that can be distributed Student Engagement is 235. All flyers must either have an event promotion date OR a distribution date printed or labeled by the ISU department or student organization.

  • Display Screens in the MUThe MU has replaced the old display cases on the first floor with new digital displays, ready to share your ads with the 38,000+ weekly visitors to the MU. Your ad will appear on screens throughout the MU, not just on the first floor. Digital display ads can be reserved for a week at a time at no cost to recognized student organizations.

  • Mass Email Approval: Student Engagement's mass email approval process for student organizations has moved to an online process. Once student organizations receive approval for this process, they can submit their request to the Solution Center HERE.

Support for Your Adventure

As a student leader, you play an important role in helping your peers and members of your organization feel connected and supported. Iowa State has a variety of resources available to support students’ mental health, wellness and personal safety.

Encourage your members to bookmark this website: and take advantage of the services available to all students.

And follow @IAStateSA on Twitter and Instagram for tips and advice throughout the year.

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