The University Library
Dean of Library Services:
The University Library provides a wide array of print, non-print, and electronic information resources, which are housed in the main Parks Library, the e-Library, the Veterinary Medical Library, and four subject-oriented reading rooms (design, economics and sociology, mathematics, and physical sciences). The library’s extensive collections support research and study for all ISU graduate programs, with the strongest support at the Ph.D. level. These collections are nationally recognized for their strengths in basic and applied fields of biological and physical sciences. Library holdings include more than 2,300,000 volumes and approximately 20,000 serial subscriptions.
The library encourages use of its collections and many services, and assistance is provided at eight public service desks. These desks include the Reference Desk, Reserve and Media Services, Interlibrary Loan/Document Delivery, the Circulation Desk, the Periodical and Newspaper Room, the
The library’s e-Library, accessed through the Internet, provides access to the local online catalog; indexing and abstracting databases; electronic journals and books; and selected Internet sites. Assistance in using this vast body of electronic resources is available at the Reference Desk and through individually arranged appointments with reference librarians.
The Parks Library has a limited number of semiprivate study rooms available for faculty, graduate students and professional and scientific staff. They are intended for research and other scholarly activities that require extensive use of library material. Normally, assignments are made for a semester at a time.
Students who have questions but are not sure where to find an answer may contact the
Director: Terry Mason, Ph.D.
Associate Director: Joyce A. Davidson, Ph.D.
Professional Staff: Mark R. Becker, M.S.; Lenore M. Binen, Ph.D.; Jonathan H. Brandon, Ph.D.; Janet S. Croyle, M.Ed.; Ronald A. Jackson, Ph.D.; Chad V. Johnson, Ph.D.; Marty I. Martinez, Ph.D.; Michelle M. Hall, M.Ed.; Martha S. Norton, M.S.; Suzanne Zilber, Ph.D.
The Student Counseling Service (SCS) assists students in enhancing their academic and personal well-being with a staff of professional psychologists and counselors. Services are available to help students sort through their feelings, strengths, and options to develop new perspectives and coping skills.
Available services include individual counseling, relationship/couples counseling, career counseling and exploration, substance abuse assessment, and learning disabilities screening. Group counseling is also available for a variety of issues including adult children of alcoholics, depression, eating disorders, self-esteem and relationships, problem solving, and relaxation/stress management. SCS also offers a number of outreach programs and workshops.
Counseling services are offered at no cost to ISU students. However, a nominal fee for testing may be required. Counseling is strictly confidential. SCS staff will not release any information to anyone outside of the Student Counseling Service without the written permission of the client, unless an imminent harm condition exists.
In addition to providing counseling and outreach services to students, SCS provides training and consultation to faculty and staff to assist them in addressing the psychological needs of students.
SCS hours are Monday through Friday The Student Counseling Service phone number is 515-294-5056.
Director: James O. Nelson, H.H.A., C.H.E.
Physicians: Mark Blaedel, M.D.; Charlotte Cleavenger, D.O.; Robin Engstrom, M.D.; Rebecca Fritzsche, M.D.; Malhar Gore, M.D.; Pauline Miller, M.D.; Cosette Scallon, M.D.; Marc Shulman, M.D.; Lee Wilkins, M.D.
The student health fee partially finances the services of the
Monday and Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, Saturday, -12 .
Hours vary during breaks and summer session. The
Service is available for emergency problems after regular clinic hours at Mary Greeley Medical Center Emergency Room. The cost is the responsibility of the student and/or the student’s insurance plan. All records are confidential. Student records are not available without the student’s written permission. Thielen Student Health Center phones are automatically switched to the First Nurse office in the Mary Greeley Medical Center so clinical questions can be answered during the hours the Thielen Student Health Center is closed.
Agriculture: 141 Curtiss Hall
Design: 297 College of Design
Education: E105 Lagomarcino Hall
Engineering: 301 Marston Hall
Family and Consumer Sciences: 124 MacKay Hall
Liberal Arts and Sciences: 102 Catt Hall
Veterinary Medicine: Veterinary Medicine Complex
Career services are provided in each college to assist students, undergraduate and graduate, and alumni with their career-related needs. A broad range of programs and services are offered including online registration, position listing and interview scheduling; résumé referral; coordination of co-op and internship programs; workshops and seminars on career exploration, résumé preparation, letter writing, job search techniques, interview skills, applying to graduate and professional schools, and adjusting to the first job.
Each year career services sponsor six college career-information days plus the graduate and professional school day, an international opportunities festival, the social services career day, and a summer job fair. Extensive career and job search information is provided online. Each college career services office serves as a point of entry for students, alumni, and employers to the entire ISU network of coordinated, decentralized career services.
Interim Director: Terry Mason, Ph.D.
Assistant Director, International Students and Scholars: Brenda Thorbs-Weber, Ph.D.
Assistant Director IES, Coordinator of Study Abroad: Trevor Nelson, Ed.D.
Coordinator of International Services:
Coordinator of Administration:
Deborah Vance, M.B.A.
Senior Program Coordinator:
Chistine Gemignani, M.A.
Luiza Dreasher, Ph.D.; Jane Edwards, M.S.;
Program Assistant: Arlis Penner
International Education Services (IES) is committed to courteous, accurate, timely service and informative programs for international students and visiting scholars, Americans seeking overseas opportunities, and citizens of
Dean of Students: Peter Englin, Ph.D.
Associate Dean of Students and Director of Multicultural Student Affairs: Leonard Perry, M.Ed.
Assistant Dean of Students and Director of
Assistant Dean of Students and Director of Greek Affairs: Jenn Plagman-Galvin, M.P.A.
Assistant Dean of Students and Director of Judicial Affairs: Bethany Schuttinga, M.S.
Manager Disability Resources: Bea Awoniyi, M.S.
Coordinator, Disability Resources: TBA
Coordinator, Supplemental Instruction: TBA
Greek Affairs – B6 Memorial
Judicial Affairs – 1010
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Student Services – 1034
Dean of Students: Peter Englin, Ph.D.
Margaret Sloss Women’s Center – Sloss House
Director: Penny Rice, M.S.
Multicultural Student Affairs – 2080
Director: Leonard Perry, M.Ed.
Program Assistant: Irma Wilson-White, B.A.
Program Assistant: Carmen Flagge, B.S.
Interim Program Assistant: Vijay Kanagala, M.B.A.
Interim Program Assistant: Lynn Lundy Evans, B.S.
National Student Exchange – 2072 Student Services Building
Director: Debra Sanborn, M.A.
Parents Association – 1010
Coordinator of Outreach Services:
Recreation Services – 2220 State Gymnasium
Director: Mike Harvey, M.S.
Associate Director: Scott White, M.S.
Associate Director: Garry Greenlee, M.S.
Coordinator, Intramural Sports: Linda Marticke, M.S.
Coordinator, Intramural Sports: Randy Heimerman, M.Ed.
Coordinator, Fitness Programs: Stephanie Eichler-Thielen, B.A.
Coordinator, Sports Clubs: TBA
Assistant Coordinator, Outdoor Recreation Center and Programs:
Coordinator, Facility Operations: Doug Arrowsmith, M.S.
Administrative Specialist: Pamela Lyon, B.A.
Program Assistant II, Facility Operations: Andy Laughlin, B.A.
Student Assistance Services – 1010
Coordinator of Outreach Services:
Student Legal Services – B11 Memorial
Student Legal Advisor: Paul Johnson, J.D.
Student Legal Advisor: Michael Levine, J.D.
Student Support Services Program – 2010
Director: Japannah Kellogg, M.S.
Program Assistant: Laura Franklin, M.S.
Program Assistant: Michael Noreen, M.A.
Vocational Rehabilitation – 1045
The Dean of Students Office (DSO) provides a wide array of services and programs that enhance each student’s education at
The DSO coordinates a variety of services that are each distinct and different, but nonetheless similar in their orientation toward maximizing students’ educational opportunities and challenging students intellectually, physically, and socially.
The Academic Success Center (ASC) encompasses several academic assistance programs. The services available at the ASC include the following: resources for students with disabilities (see Disability Resources); course-specific Tutoring Services and Supplemental Instruction; general assistance through the Learning Lab, individual consultation for those with needs related to study skills/time management; and a one-credit study skills class (Psychology 131). All programs are focused on helping students learn how to learn and achieve their academic goals.
Tutoring Services’ mission is to enhance academic growth and success. Tutoring is the process by which students can get more individualized instruction for undergraduate courses offered at ISU. Staff members recruit and screen tutors, schedule convenient times to meet, collect fees, and pay tutors.
Supplemental Instruction (SI) is a free academic assistance program for difficult selected 100 and 200 level courses. Peer SI leaders who have demonstrated competence in the course attend classes and conduct biweekly sessions to help students learn and study the course material. A complete schedule can be viewed online.
The Learning Lab is a “learning how to learn” center. A service to students, the Learning Lab helps them with tips on how to succeed in the classroom. The Learning Lab is staffed by academic consultants who work with students to pinpoint areas in their study strategies that might need improvement.
Psychology 131, a one-credit study skills course, addresses academic success strategies as well as a variety of reading and study strategies and tactics from time management to test taking. It is offered each semester. Class size is limited to allow for group interaction as well as individual attention.
Staff members in the Disability Resources office coordinate support services that students may need in order to reach their fullest academic potential. The DR staff members provide accommodations and serve as a resource within the university community concerning students who have physical or learning disabilities. DR provides assistance, information, support, counseling, education, referral, and promotes disability awareness in students, faculty, staff, the Ames community, and the state of
The Office of Greek Affairs oversees
Fraternities and sororities have been active at ISU since 1875. The 51 fraternities and sororities at ISU have approximately 2,500 student members and represent about 12 percent of the undergraduate student population. The Greek Affairs staff and local alumni work with each fraternity and sorority to ensure that the chapter is meeting the educational objectives of the university, their national affiliates and the developmental needs of the students.
The Office of Judicial Affairs is responsible for the university’s Centralized Judicial System. Representatives from the Office of Judicial Affairs interpret university policies and conduct student disciplinary hearings for academic
and nonacademic violations of the Iowa State University Student Disciplinary Regulations. As members of the ISU community, all students have certain rights and responsibilities. When an alleged violation of the Student Disciplinary Regulations occurs, a representative from the Office of Judicial Affairs investigates the complaint, interprets general university regulations and guidelines, conducts student discipline hearings which ensure the standards of due process, and consults with faculty, staff, and students regarding student conduct issues.
Student discipline hearings are conducted in accordance with the rules and regulations as set forth in university policies and procedures. Disciplinary hearings are administered by a member of the Judicial Affairs staff or by members of the All-University Judiciary (AUJ) committee. The Office of Judicial Affairs serves as a resource for anyone with questions regarding a student conduct issue.
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, & Transgender Student Services (LGBTSS) is a resource center for all members of the university community to learn more about aspects of sexual identity and gender identity/expression. LGBTSS is committed to providing information and education that enhances the educational experience and overall quality of student life on the ISU campus. LGBTSS strives to increase the awareness of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Ally (LGBTQA) issues on campus by providing a safe space, as well as informational and educational programming, resources, and support services. Our vision is to promote a welcoming and inclusive campus climate for LGBT persons and their allies and to eliminate homophobia, heterosexism, and sexism at
LGBTSS services and programs include:
Speaker’s Bureau – Panel discussion presentations where LGBTQA people and allies share their own experiences and present on a vast array of LGBT issues.
Safe Zone Program – Initiative to increase the visibility of allies on our campus. Displaying a safe zone symbol sends an important message of a willingness and commitment to provide an atmosphere of acceptance, understanding, and support to the LGBTQA community at ISU.
Library – Information center with over 1,000 resources (non-fiction & fiction books, magazines, videos, and magazines) available for confidential checkout.
Support Groups – Ongoing, confidential, peer-facilitated groups designed to provide a safe, supportive place for talking about important issues.
Referrals – Contact information available for various campus and community resources for personal, legal, health services.
Celebration Events – Programs where we recognize the accomplishments of LGBTA campus members. The Small Victories Celebration takes place in January and Lavender Graduation is in May.
The Margaret Sloss Women’s Center promotes the educational, personal, and career development of all women in the ISU/Ames community. Along with other departments, the Women’s Center shares the university’s responsibility of creating a safe and supportive environment for all individuals. The purpose of the Women’s Center is to promote and sustain women through assistance, programs, and information and referral services.
The Women’s Center provides:
• Assistance and support for women who work toward making change, on both personal and institutional levels.
• A safe space for women to meet, study, eat, network, discuss, find support, watch a video or just relax.
• A clearinghouse of information including a lending library, resource files, a calendar of events, and a variety of videos and audio tapes.
• Educational programming that focuses on helping students, staff, and faculty thrive in an academic environment by motivating them toward a greater understanding of, and involvement with, gender issues. Educational programs presented in residence halls, departments and organizations include workshops on a variety of topics.
• Coordination and co-sponsorship of special events including Women’s Week, National Coming Out Days, Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and Women’s History Month. Throughout the year, the Women’s Center also sponsors a number of speakers on current issues, hosts conferences, and coordinates support and discussion groups.
• A place to gain experience and/or credit as a journalism or design intern, practicum student, student programmer, board member, or volunteer.
Other services include an electronic breast pump, lockers to rent, free condoms, meeting space for campus and community organizations, kitchen facilities, a TV and VCR.
Multicultural Student Affairs was established to assist the university in keeping its commitment to equal educational opportunity. The mission of MSA is to provide and share leadership in the holistic development of African American, Latino/a-Hispanic, Asian American/Pacific Islander, and American Indian/Alaskan Native students. In supporting university spirit and
commitment to a high quality of life, academic success and graduation of all
MSA staff work closely with all units of the university to achieve the following objectives:
• Increase the number of students of color entering and graduating from ISU.
• Ensure access, choice, and persistence with all departments and organizations interested in the growth and development of students of color.
• Maintain liaison and coordinate programs with all departments and organizations interested in the growth and development of students of color.
• Develop students for a future beyond their undergraduate college experience – professionally, intellectually and culturally.
• Provide leadership for diversity awareness education regarding race and ethnicity.
These objectives assist in the achievement of the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs’ mission. This is accomplished through the following services and programs:
• Academic Program for Excellence (APEX)
• George Washington Carver Scholarship
• Multicultural Vision Program (MVP)
• MSA Emergency Loan Program
• MSA Tutoring
• First Year Student of Color Experience programming
• Race Relations programming
Since 1968, National Student Exchange has offered students a domestic alternative to study abroad. What began with three campuses exchanging seven students is now 180 universities placing 4000 students a year.
Since its founding, more than 70,000 students have participated in NSE. The National Student Exchange was founded as a counterpart to study abroad programs, recognizing that not every student is seeking a study opportunity outside the
Features of the National Student Exchange include:
• Access to additional courses and programs
• Exchange among university honors programs
• Multicultural opportunities
• Resident assistant exchange options
• Credits applied toward degree
• Tuition reciprocity across the
Exchange features and requirements:
• NSE campuses in 49 states, three
• Duration of exchange can range from one semester to one calendar year
• Exchanges can occur in different academic and calendar years
• Students must be full-time during application and exchange
• GPA of 2.5 on a 4.00 scale requiredwww.dso.iastate.edu/pa
All parents of
There are no membership fees collected by the ISUPA. It is funded exclusively by contributions and fundraisers, such as the annual tuition raffle. The ISUPA Board of Directors, along with members of the Dean of Students Office staff, sponsors programs which include:
• Family Handbook, which is distributed to parents of all new ISU students at June orientation
• Parents Advisory Line (PAL), 1-800-772-8546, a toll free assistance line for families
• Parent Calling Project, a phone-a-thon to parents of new ISU students each fall
• Family Weekend, the university’s annual fall event largely funded by the ISUPA
• Involvement in ISU Admissions events
Recreation Services is dedicated to the provision of quality recreational opportunities for the campus community. Programs include intramural sports, sport clubs, informal recreation, outdoor recreation, special events, fitness programs, and recreation facility management. Assistance for other recreational services is provided.
The Informal Recreation program includes the opportunity for recreational sports activity in Beyer Hall, State Gymnasium, Forker Building (east campus), Lied Recreation/Athletic Center, outdoor tennis courts near the Forker Building, recreation fields east of the Towers and Maple-Willow-Larch Residence Halls, and the Southeast Field Complex east of the football stadium. Two regulation golf holes north of the Armory are open for ISU recreation golf use at no charge. The Ames/ISU Ice Arena is also available for drop in open skating or organized events.
The Group Fitness program provides nearly 60 classes per week for staying fit. The types of aerobics classes available include: high/low impact, step, toning and aqua. We also offer personal trainers for those that would like to have one-on-one assistance with their workout. The Rec Milers Program is designed to help students stay interested and involved in a regular exercise program. Participants have the flexibility to choose their own activities and can exercise at their own pace and convenience. Participants keep track of their recreational mileage for each month. To get mileage credit, progress slips must be deposited in the Rec Miler’s boxes at the Recreation Services Office, 2220 State Gym, or at the Lied Recreation/Athletic Facility. Monthly totals for each participant are posted at State Gym. Participants may earn awards for specific milestones. Aerobic activities for Rec Miler credit include: bike, walk, basketball, handball, cross country skiing, stationary bike, fitness class, jump rope, soccer, jog/run, swim, racquetball and tennis.
The Outdoor Recreation program is composed of four basic elements: the camping-outdoor equipment checkout program; the organized trip program; basic instruction activity workshops; the
The Sports Club program is designed to serve individual interests in different sports club activities and is student-oriented in every aspect. Sports clubs offer team or individual recreational opportunities. Following are the sports clubs: archery, badminton, ballroom dance, baseball, bowling, boxing, canoe and kayak, cycling, equestrian, fencing, flying, hapkido, hockey, judo, karate, kum do, lacrosse, motorcycle, mountaineering/rock climbing, paintball, pool, racquetball, rifle and pistol, rodeo, roller hockey, rugby, running, sailing, scuba, shotokan karate, ski and snowboard, skydivers, soccer, table tennis, tae-kwon-do, tennis, trap and skeet, triathlon, ultimate frisbee, unicycle, volleyball, water polo, water ski and weightlifting. These clubs offer instruction and competition at the local and intercollegiate levels. The club members set dues, and most clubs receive financial subsidy from the Government of the Student Body to enable students to participate regardless of their financial situation.
The Intramural Sports program involves competition among participants who enter as teams or individuals and play according to specific schedules. There are more than 50 intramural sport activities ranging from football to inner tube water basketball and curling. Activities include men’s, women’s and co-rec divisions. Numerous special events add spice to the recreation program. These activities are of an endless variety and usually take place in a short time span. In general, they encompass demonstrations, performances, special contests, mass group participation, social occasions, excursions, displays, or special instruction.
Other physical, cultural, and social recreation programs are sponsored in coordination with various departments, organizations, and groups on and off campus. Contact us for more information.
Student Assistance Services (SAS) staff members provide guidance for students who are dealing with issues that affect their personal, academic, and family lives. They help students understand university policies and navigate processes and procedures on campus in order to enhance their academic experience at ISU.
Consultation and assistance is provided with concern for each student’s personal well being and educational objectives. SAS staff members coordinate the notification of faculty members for students who miss classes due to emergencies. They also advise students who wish to file formal academic grievances. SAS staff members work closely with ISU faculty and staff to identify the best possible options for ISU students who are seeking to help themselves. Personalized referrals to other University resources and services are used to provide proactive and comprehensive assistance to students.
Student Legal Services (SLS) is a free legal aid office available to any student currently enrolled at
• Family Law and Divorce
• Criminal Law
• Landlord-Tenant Problems
• Off-Campus Employment Problems
• Consumer Issues
• Administrative Issues
SLS cannot represent students in fee-generating cases or controversies involving student vs. student, student vs. ISU, ISU student judicial matters. SLS generally does not handle felony defense or cases involving excessive time.
Student Support Services Program (SSSP), a federally funded program, provides academic support to eligible students and is designed to increase the retention and graduation rates of low-income individuals who are first-generation college students or individuals with disabilities. The needs of the students who are accepted into SSSP are thoroughly assessed through testing and counseling. SSSP participants receive personal and career counseling, along with academic advice, tutoring, and assistance in receiving financial aid.
Participants in SSSP are encouraged to work with an SSSP student mentor to become acclimated to the ISU environment. These relationships also encourage participants to fully access ISU resources. Study skills improvement sessions and basic skills instruction are provided in the areas of math and writing. In addition, cultural enrichment (i.e. theatre, dance, and musical events) and educational activities (leadership conferences, graduate/professional, etc.) are planned. These services are provided free of charge to eligible students after they are accepted into the program.
The State of Iowa Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services Office provides services to students who based on medical documentation, have a disability and it is a substantial impediment to employment. Rehabilitation services may include the following: medical assessment; vocational evaluation; counseling and guidance; special adaptive equipment or devices; financial assistance toward training; and job placement assistance. No direct fees are charged, but there may be some costs through involvement with services.