Student Affairs News

Two ISU TRIO Students Selected for Leadership Congress

May 10, 2022

Two students participating in Iowa State's pre-college program will attend the Georgetown University Campus this June for a six-day intensive leadership conference.

Wallace Hall to reopen for fall semester

April 26, 2022

Wallace Hall will be reopening to all students starting in the fall semester. Wallace and Wilson were closed for the 2021-2022 school year due to a decrease in the use of on-campus housing and enrollment rates. “ISU is anticipating admission to trend upward, so we’re excited to open Wallace to align with that increased demand,” said Meredith Ponder, director of communication and marketing for campus life.


Central Campus Plaza Opens This Weekend

March 31, 2022

By this weekend, the construction fence will come down around the National Pan-Hellenic Council plaza on the Memorial Union (MU) north lawn and the site can be used as intended -- a gathering place and event space for students.


Allies and role models are crucial for students in recovery

February 10, 2022

Acknowledging an addiction to alcohol or drugs isn't easy. Even as mental health treatment becomes more normalized, substance use disorder largely carries the same traditional stigma.


New program taps into student-to-student connection

November 18, 2021

When students have a problem they typically turn to other students first for help. That is the idea behind the new student wellness program, Thrive@ISU. It is a confidential program that helps students identify well-being issues they're struggling with, through conversation with a trained graduate student, and then develop an action plan for improvement.


Iowa State Gold Star Ceremony honors three former students

November 8, 2021

Three fallen Iowa State students were honored at the Gold Star ceremony held in the Great Hall at the Memorial Union on Tuesday afternoon. The students honored included Robert Abram Berwick, William Conrad Ostlund and Don T. Griswald, Jr. Family members of the fallen students were at the event to show their support.


ISU students can now get better sleep through campus resources

November 8, 2021

Not getting adequate sleep can be detrimental for college students’ health. College students balance many obligations. School, work and extracurriculars often take the forefront over rest for many students. This can lead to issues regarding lack of sleep.


Iowa State will honor World War II service members at Gold Star Hall ceremony

November 1, 2021

Three former Iowa State University students will be recognized for their military service, and their ultimate sacrifice, at the annual Gold Star Hall ceremony. The ceremony will take place at 3:15 p.m. Monday, Nov. 8, in the Memorial Union Great Hall. This event is open to the public. Light refreshments will be available following the ceremony.


The Multicultural Greek Council creates a welcoming space for students

October 19, 2021

The Multicultural Greek Council (MGC) strives to create a sense of community among many different diverse cultural backgrounds. As Iowa State's student population is very diverse, the founders felt that a council dedicated to bringing together members of all different identities was necessary.


On-demand fitness videos fill service need during pandemic

October 07, 2021

Originally designed to supplement the in-person experience, on-demand videos became vital for many in the ISU community when gathering indoors was not possible and people left their homes less frequently.


National Pan-Hellenic Council creates a space for African American students

September 29, 2021

The National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) is dedicated to creating a space and helping people within the African American community and beyond. The council was originally founded on May 10, 1930, by five Greek organizations that are still in the council today.


SHOP program opens new food pantry in Beyer Hall

September 26, 2021

Wednesday morning marked a special day for Iowa State’s Students Helping Our Peers (SHOP) program. Celebrating their 10th anniversary, the SHOP relished opening the doors to their newest renovated space located in Beyer Hall.


Food pantry celebrates 10 years, renovated space and food bank tie

September 16, 2021

Last August, it relocated to a west campus location three times the size of its initial pantry. This summer, it upgraded that new space and officially became a partner agency of the Food Bank of Iowa network. And last winter it completed its first decade of service to the Iowa State student body.


Campus resources help students party safely

September 13, 2021

For students who choose to drink, tailgating season can be a heightened time for unwanted alcohol-related risks. Iowa State provides plenty of resources to help students party safely and reduce unwanted consequences of drinking. 


A path for sharing inclusion good ideas, successes

December 9, 2021

The addition of college "champions" to ISCORE (Iowa State Conference on Race and Ethnicity) in 2016 spurred growth in two directions: higher faculty and staff participation in the annual March conference and a clearer path for colleges to share innovative projects, achievements and best practices -- and integrate their efforts, where appropriate


Crowdfunding site supports central campus plaza

September 2, 2021

On the northwest lawn of the Memorial Union, poured foundations await nine columns at a plaza that will promote the historically Black fraternities and sororities of the National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC). On the current timeline, the plaza should be completed by Dec. 1.


Gelato shop with a 'wow' factor opens in MU

September 2, 2021

In its first week of operation, traffic surged on Friday afternoon at Dolce Freddo, ISU Dining's newest Memorial Union eatery. That made sense to Amanda Wever, assistant manager of both Dolce Freddo and the production facility for the gelato and sorbet it serves. 


Some COVID-induced shifts in learning have staying power

September 2, 2021

Student accessibility services (SAS) assists about 2,000 students each year, providing accommodations for those with disabilities or temporary health conditions. That work was put to the test during the pandemic as SAS developed new or modified ways to help students learning in an online or hybrid environment.


The Center for LGBTQIA+ Student Success hosts fall kickoff event

August 31, 2021

“Included”- that’s what Colleen Luksetich, a junior in history education, said about how the Center for LGBTQIA+ Student Success welcome event made her feel. “Happy” is the word that Haley Roach, a sophomore in architecture, used to describe how the event made her feel. Gwen Froehlich, a freshman in bioinformatics and computational biology, said the welcome event made her feel validated.


Thrive@ISU connects students with self-help resources

August 30, 2021

Iowa State Student Wellness introduced a new program this semester to help students guide their own wellness journey. The program, called Thrive@ISU, is a confidential program for students to reflect on their wellbeing and create an action plan to enhance their success. 


Updated dining room "Night" unveiled at Union Drive Marketplace

August 29, 2021

ISU Dining recently unveiled the first of three expansive renovations at the Union Drive Marketplace dining center. Dining invested more than $2 million in the renovations at the dining center. Mohamed Ali, director of ISU Dining, said the department has plans to renovate all of Union Drive Marketplace (UDM) within the next two years.


Academic Success Center offers abundance of support to struggling students

August 25, 2021

At Iowa State University, things have mostly changed back to normal. Classes are in-person, and students are adjusting back to learning in person. As students once again return to the realm of in-person learning, they may find themselves in need of academic support, in which case the Academic Success Center (ASC) offers many resources to students in need.


Student Wellness aims to transform Iowa State’s campus culture

August 21, 2021

According to their website, the Student Wellness organization will continue to work towards their goal of creating a campus culture of wellbeing and academic success so all students can “innovate at Iowa State.”


Iowa State’s Sloss Center continues to strive for gender equity on campus

August 19, 2021

According to Andra Castle, assistant director of the Margaret Sloss Center for Women and Gender Equity, the Sloss center will continue to provide multiple resources this year focusing on the goal of creating a community that uplifts and supports all gender identities.


Door-to-door 'Good Neighbor' program welcomes Iowa State Students

August 18, 2021 

Before the Iowa State University academic year begins, ISU and City of Ames staff are visiting students living off-campus to talk about what it means to be a good neighbor. Iowa State’s Office of Student Conduct and Dean of Students Office partnered with the City of Ames’ inspection division and planning and police departments in 2019 to create the Good Neighbor campaign.


Employee memberships are a new push for Recreation Services

July 29, 2021

To help serve students better, recreation services wants to serve more faculty and staff. The importance of faculty and staff well-being, and the impact it has on students, is clearer and more urgent than ever, said recreation services director Mike Giles.


Welcome - Joseph Ballard II

July 15, 2021

Joseph Ballard II is the inaugural director of diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) for the campus life unit in the student affairs division. Ballard began in the position last November, working from his Twin Cities home during the pandemic, and arrived on campus July 1.


Memorial Union Floors 4-6 Renovations

July 2021

Through the first six months of the renovations on floors 4-6, great progress has been made in revitalizing the spaces for new offices and student lounges. All demolition of the old hotel and laundry spaces has been completed, with a few interesting finds along the way!


Alliance Members exceed 10-year goal in 6 years

June 17, 2021

Six years in, the UIA schools have exceeded their goal by graduating an additional 73,573 students, increasing the number of graduates from low-income backgrounds by 36% and graduates of color by 73%. The institutions are now projected to graduate a total of 136,000 by 2023 -- double the original goal launched at the White House College Opportunity Day of Action in 2014.