Student Engagement


Newsline, September 9, 2015

Don't Forget About ClubFest!

Today, 11am-4pm, Central Campus

Registered student clubs and organizations should check in after 9am in the check-in/information tent before setting up their locations. 

Co-Sponsor ISU AfterDark

ISU AfterDark is an organization that provides students with fun and exciting late-night activities.

Upcoming dates: October 2 & November 6

For each of these events, we need co-sponsors to host different activities for the AfterDark attendees. These activities have included trivia, dancing, crafts, carnival games and Henna tattoos. You can be as creative as you would like, and we will pay up to 100% of the cost of your supplies. Plus this is great exposure to over 2,000 students, and helpful in recruiting new members to your organization! If you're interested in co-sponsoring an activity, please visit  and complete a Proposal Form.

Is Your Org Planning an Event?

If your answer is yes, and if that event includes guests, members of other organizations, is open to the Iowa State Community, or individuals from other universities, you need to have your event authorized. Review the event authorization system training in the student organization database. Once you pass the quiz then email to be added to the system. Fill out an Online Event Authorization Form and submit it online at least ten class days prior to the date of the event. Your event may require more time to be authorized depending on the details of your program, so please start this process as soon as you begin planning.

Have other questions? Check out the Event Authorization FAQ page first, and if you have additional questions, please email

Resources and Opportunities

Find a Service Project for Your Club at the Fall Volunteer Fair

Every individual and student organization can serve. Come to the fair to find the perfect fit for your org, or connect to a personal cause and volunteer on your own. The fair will be held in conjunction with Clubfest on Central Campus - look for the Volunteer Fair tent from 11am-4pm today!

Apply to be on the WinterFest 2015 Committee

Deadline is September 21. Gain experience in: Event Planning & Management, Marketing and Social Media, Public Relations, Leadership & Communication, and Team Building. Help attendees relive that end-of-semester stress with a variety of activities: entertainment, carriage rides, ice skating, cookie decorating, bowling & billiards, & so much more! Hooray for Winter! For more information contact:

Apply To Be A 2016 Cyclone Aide!

Cyclone Aides are undergraduate student leaders who are employed to facilitate Orientation and Destination Iowa State throughout the year. Cyclone Aides serve as leaders by providing new students with an introduction to campus and its resources, provide campus and residence hall tours, prepare students for academic advising appointments, serve on information panels, and share information about Iowa State with new students and their family members. Cyclone Aides coordinate the Destination Iowa State program by helping with the selection and supervision of Team Leaders, planning activities and implementing the event. Additionally, Cyclone Aides assist with campus visits and student recruitment throughout the year. Cyclone Aides are an integral part of the Office of New Student Programs. Not only is the Cyclone Aide position a great way to grow leadership skills it is also great form of student employment. Apply now! Questions? Contact Paige Johnsen at or (515) 294-6660. 

Apply for the Event Sponsorship Program

Student Affairs helps fund student organization events throughout the academic year. Events must fall under one of the following tracks: service, fundraising, entertainment, academic showcase, student organization recruitment, or athletics/recreation. Application deadline for Fall 2015 events is Sept. 11, 2015, and for spring 2016 events, the deadlines are Oct. 12, 2015 & Jan. 11, 2016. Apply at Contact for more information!

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, September 1, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 Noon; Wednesday, October 14, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 Noon; 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.

Looking for Ways to Promote Your Next Event?

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 2014 pricing on our Student Organization Marketing Resources page. Also check out the Memorial Union Rooms and Capacities Worksheet for this year's information and service fees.

Visit the Leadership and Service Center

New to the student org scene? Does your org have a long-standing tradition here at Iowa State? Check out the Leadership and Service Center to see how we can help your organization grow, brainstorm marketing ideas for your next big event, assist with officer transitions, and revamp your constitution. Visit or swing by the center, located in East SOS, for more information. 

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