Student Engagement


Newsline, September 19, 2018

Build Your Leadership Skills!

Do you want to build up your leadership skills from the inside out? The Leaders Workshop Series is a series of four sessions, each specializing in a different aspect of leadership. These sessions are for the advancement of professional development of any and all levels of leaders. This series will assist you in boosting your leadership skills, building community, and empowering others to take the lead.

  • Personal Values: Tuesday, September 25 | 6-7:30 PM | MU Pioneer Room

  • Build Purpose, Take Action: Tuesday, October 2 | 6-7:30 PM | MU Pioneer Room

  • Leadership & Career Readiness: Tuesday, October 9 | 6-7:30 PM | MU Pioneer Room

  • Wellness & Leadership: Tuesday, October 16 | 6-7:30 PM | MU Pioneer Room

The Leaders Workshop Series is FREE and open to all ISU students. Sharpen your leadership skills and pre-register today!

Questions? Contact

Attend an Alternative Breaks Trip!

If you're someone who is excited to devote a week of your college life to service, having a great time, and forming lasting memories, then you're the perfect person to go on an Alternative Breaks trip! 

Applications for both fall and spring break trips are currently open! With trips going all across the country to perform community service, Alternative Breaks are a great way to learn what it means to be an active and caring citizen. Enthusiatic students who are committed to volunteerism and service should apply now.

The selection process includes an application and an interview. Fall Trip Applications are due by Wednesday, October 3Spring Trip Applications are due by Wednesday, October 31. Questions? Email

Give Yourself the Competitive Edge with a Co-Curricular Transcript

What is a co-curricular transcript (CCT), you ask? A 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 employers, graduate schools, scholarship selection committees, internship providers and more - giving you that competitive edge! 

Your CCT can include: Campus involvement, community service, honors & awards, internships & study abroad, leadership experience, on-campus employment, publications, recreational activities, research, seminars & workshops, and student org involvement. 

Learn more here.

Resources and Opportunities for Organizations and Officers

Apply for the AfterDark Exec Team

AfterDark is looking for committed, motivated, outgoing students to serve on the executive board. AfterDark is a late night programming that takes place three times per semester in the Memorial Union from 9pm until 1am. It is a FREE event with performers, bingo, Panda Express, and so much more!

Applications for executive positions are now open and due October 1. To apply, visit AfterDark's website or email with any questions.

Take Advantage of the Ames Convention & Visitors Bureau Grants

Are you hosting an event or activity open to the general public? If so, the Ames Convention & Visitors Bureau (ACVB) Community Grant Program is here to help! The ACVB offers funds to public and private orgs who strive to create a positive perception of Ames and improve the quality of life for community members. 

If you meet the requirements, this may be the perfect opportunity for your student club/org to get the funding you need!

The 2019 deadline is Friday, October 12 at noonGrants will be awarded to events occurring from December 2018 to December 2019. Visit the ACVB website for additional information and to download the grant application. 

Submit a Proposal to the Event Funding Board

Is your student organization looking for some additional funds to make your upcoming event even better? Submit an event proposal to the Event Funding Board! The Student Organization Event Funding Board offers recognized student organizations an opportunity to receive funds for events throughout the academic year (fall and spring semesters only). Applications are reviewed monthly for events that are at least 5 weeks out from the submission deadline! 
Submit your event proposal today!

Upcoming Submission Deadlines:

  • September 24

  • October 29

  • November 26

Questions? Email

Sign Up for the Homecoming Parade

The annual Iowa State Homecoming Parade will take place on Sunday, Oct. 21, at 2:00 PM on Main Street in Ames.

If your club would like to be part of the parade, you can register HERE (registration closes October 7). Questions can directed to MaryKate Misak at

New Student Health and Wellness Request Form

The Student Health and Wellness Unit has a new comprehensive request form that is for any presentation, program, outreach opportunity, or facility tour request. Student Health and Wellness has over 30 presentation/program options available to select from. Most are under 60 minutes and are a good resource for club meetings. The new request form can be found HERE.

You can also check out the new Student Health and Wellness unit website ( to see what other resources are available to you and your club.

Apply for a Focus Grant

Focus is an organization that fosters ISU students in the visual, literary and performing arts. Individuals or groups of students may apply for grant funding for creative projects done outside of the classroom. An exhibit of visual projects is displayed in the Memorial Union each spring, and performing and literary projects are highlighted at a public reception. Focus has been funding projects at Iowa State since 1972.

Individual students (undergraduate and graduate in any major) and student organizations are encouraged to apply for up to $600 in funding for projects to be displayed, performed, projected, or read.

To learn more about the Focus Grant click HERE, and review Application Guidelines HERE

CALL to Leadership...Become a Cyclone Aide

Do you want to get more involved at Iowa State, gain quality leadership experience, and get paid for it? Apply to be a Cyclone Aide! This leadership position is a fantastic way to show your Cyclone pride to new students, be part of a team, develop leadership skills, and improve public speaking. Each Cyclone Aide is responsible for representing their academic college at New Student Orientation, giving tours of central campus, and providing excellent customer service to new students and their families. The time commitment for this position is a one year contract from January 2019-January 2020, including a Spring 2019 course for training in the position. Get more information on the position and the application.  

Applications are due Sunday, October 7 by 11:59pm. Questions should be directed to New Student Programs by emailing or calling 515-294-0801.

Fundraising Opportunity with CyBowl & Billiards

The CyBowl Giveback Program is an exciting way to fundraise and promote your organization! Held in CyBowl & Billiards, this fundraiser will give your student org 25 percent of the revenue earned from bowling, shoe rental or billiards from any guest that presents the giveback invitation/flyer. Giveback events are held 12pm - close on either Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday based on the org's preference and the availability of CyBowl & Billiards. 

Your Giveback Reservation Request should be submitted a minimum of ten class days prior to the date of the event. You should definitely learn more about this program! 

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