Student Engagement


Newsline March 25, 2015

Reserve Space in the MU

Is your organization planning an event to be held in the Memorial Union in the fall? Get ready to book your space now! Sponsored and Affiliated Tiered organizations can start reserving space April 6, and all student organizations can reserve space starting April 14. Please contact Memorial Union Event Management for details.

Get Funds to Hold Your Organization's Event

The Division of Student Affairs would like to ensure that support for our student organizations meets the demands of our growing student body and our increasingly diverse student population. The Student Organization Sponsorship Program offers recognized student organizations an opportunity to receive funds to hold events throughout the academic year. Early submission applications for fall 2015 events are due on April 3, 2015. 

Student Organization Award Nominations Are Open

The 2015 Student Organization Award categories include:

Outstanding Student Leader of the Year
Outstanding Commitment to Diversity
Outstanding Commitment to Service
Outstanding Event of the Year
Outstanding Student Organization Adviser of the Year

Learn the requirements for each award and fill out the forms here. Nominations are due Friday, April 10 at 5pm.

Resources and Opportunities

Get Your Org Involved with Destination Iowa State

Destination Iowa State is currently inviting student organizations to participate in the Center of ExCYtment Picnic on Thursday, August 20 and/or Late Night at the Memorial Union on Friday, August 21, 2015.  Both events are great ways to promote your organization and reach out to new Cyclones!  During these events, student organizations host interactive activities for new students, ranging from obstacle courses and games, to dance lessons and club demonstrations.  Our staff is happy to help your organization develop an exciting activity geared toward the new students in attendance. If you are interested in applying to host an activity during Destination Iowa State or have any questions, please email Jenna Heilman at or call 515-294-5714.

Catering Services Available to Student Orgs

Make sure to use ISU Catering at your next event! The Student Organization Menu provides a wide range of popular and budget-conscious foods and beverages, including chicken wings, Godfather's Pizza, and even the famous ISU frosted brownies. This delivery service is available on and off campus and at the Memorial Union. Visit for more info!

Make Eye-Catching Displays with SAC's Die Cut Machine

The Student Activities Center has equipment available for recognized organizations to use in creating promotional materials. The die cut machine cuts out professional-looking letters you can use for display cases, bulletin boards, and more. Our set contains 8" capital letters, 4" capital and small letters, 10 basic shapes, and basic punctuation.  The equipment is located in the East Student Office Space in the Memorial Union, and can be checked out for use (on the premises) during any open office hours. Contact the Student Activities Center at 294-8081 for more information.

Register Your Group for Cy-Serve Day and Stash the Trash

CyServe Council and the Volunteer Center of Story County have partnered to bring ISU students and community members together on Saturday, April 18, to help clean up the Ames community, volunteer with various non-profits on and off campus, and provide support to local homeowners in need. Sign up to volunteer as an individual or sign up your student group or organization. 

Student Organization Office, Cubicle, & Storage Space Applications

The Student Activities Center is now accepting applications for Memorial Union Student Office Space and basement storage for the 2015-2016 academic year. In order to be eligible for space you must apply by 5pm on Friday, April 3, 2015. Space is limited. Please complete this form to request office space for your organization for the 2015-2016 school year or to renew the office space. This is a competitive process, and an interview will be conducted to determine distribution and allocation of space. Your interview time will be scheduled after processing your application.

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! 

Opportunities for Groups and Individuals

Apply to Join the L.E.A.D Team!

The Leadership Education And Development  (L.E.A.D.) Team is a brand new initiative that will consist of 10 to 12 dedicated Iowa State student leaders committed to the advancement of student leadership opportunities on campus. Members of the team will have the opportunity to further develop and apply their leadership skills through the planning of large-scale conferences, retreats, and individual workshops for recognized student organizations. Team members will also gain experience in other areas such as public speaking, mentoring, networking, and marketing. In this role, students will serve as role models and mentors to others, and assist the Student Activities Center in its purpose of helping Iowa State students become more engaged citizens and active campus leaders. Learn more and apply today!

Be a S.T.A.R. with Iowa State Admissions

Student Admissions Representatives (STARS) is an exciting volunteer opportunity for students to present a positive, realistic student view of Iowa State to prospective students and their families. For more information, visit To apply, go to Applications are due March 25.

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