• Veishea task force study committee selected.
President Steven Leath has announced the members of a task force to study the future of Veishea in the aftermath of the event's suspension for 2014.
Leath has asked senior vice president for student affairs Tom Hill to chair the task force, which will study Veishea and assess its role and relevance for the future. Hill is working to schedule the first meeting and says he will ask the group to provide recommendations to Leath before the end of June.
"After I receive the task force's report, I will review those recommendations with city and campus leadership before making a decision," Leath said.
In addition to chairman Hill, members of the task force include:
- Pamela Anthony, Dean of Students
- Ann Campbell, Mayor of Ames
- Bob Currie, director of facilities services, facilities planning and management
(P&S employee representative)
- Chuck Cychosz, chief of police, Ames Police Department
- Karl Kerns, 2014 Veishea general co-chair, senior in animal science
- Hillary Kletscher, 2014-15 Government of the Student Body president, junior in biological systems engineering
- Warren Madden, senior vice president for business and finance
- Sophia Magill, 2005 Iowa State alumna, assistant director of federal relations, 2004 GSB president (Magill served on executive committee of the 2004 Veishea task force)
- Nick Morton, 2014 Veishea general co-chair, senior in environmental science
- Micheal Owen, University Professor of agronomy, Faculty Senate representative and Veishea Advisory Council member
- Eric Peterson, 2007 Iowa State alumnus, 2006 Veishea general co-chair (the year Veishea was reinstated)
- Melissa Pierce, general manager, Campustown Property Management
- Barbara Pleasants, adjunct assistant professor of ecology, evolution and organismal biology, co-president of the South Campus Neighborhood Association
- Richard Reynolds, director of the Memorial Union and Veishea adviser
- Jerry Stewart, ISU police chief and director of the department of public safety
- Dwayne Vande Krol, JD, CPA, 1993 Iowa State alumnus, 2009-10 ISU Alumni Association board chair
- Pam White, College of Human Sciences dean and University Professor of food science and human nutrition
- Jeff Woody, graduate student in biomedical sciences, co-president of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee
Ex-officio, nonvoting member:
- Paul Tanaka, University Counsel
• Webster City Middle School Parent Teacher Conferences set for Monday,April 21.
All Webster City middle school parents and students are invited to attend the Spring Parent Teacher Student Conferences on Monday,April 21 between 4:00 and 7:00 p.m. Principal Becky Hacker Kluver said this will be a celebration of learning with conferences with teachers to learn about the progress each student continues to make this year and to learn about the results of the Iowa Assessments. There will also be the Webster City Student Art Showcase in the commons featuring many of the middle school students and their artwork. The Scholastic Book Fair will be held in the Media Center with Buy One, Get One Free! The Technology Showcase will take place in the Discovery Centers with students showcasing some of the projects. Also, parents will have the opportunity to learn more about checking grades and attendance on the iPad! Lynx Cookies will be available for those visiting the Discovery Center.There will also be a FREE picnic supper in the commons with Hot Dogs and Chips for everyone.
• Stratford School Board to apply for a grant toward Create Maker Space Station project.
The Stratford School Board Wednesday evening voted to apply for grants towards the Create Maker Space Science Laboratory at the school. The board will apply for a $10,000 grant from the "America's Farmers Grow Rural Education" through Monsanto and a grant from the Target Foundation for $5000. Board members will find out in the next few months on if the grant will be approved.
The Stratford school board approved the purchase of a 40 passenger bus with wheelchair accessibility from School Bus Sales of Waterloo worth $100,000. Superintendent Sarah Binder said the bus will be ready in time for next school year.
In personnel matters, the board approved the hiring of Alexis Snyder as the new vocal and instrumental music instructor beginning this August. A co-teaching position agreement for Liz Smith was approved by the board. Superintendent Binder said the board will discuss plans for summer building maintenance projects in the Early Learning Center during next month's board meeting.
Binder also said the parent teacher conferences on April 1 and 3 had 100 percent attendance from the parents of the district. She also mentioned the plans for extending the summer school program beginning in June for students that will need further help with their studies.
• Webster City Boy Scouts to "Scout for Food" and collect pop cans this Saturday.
• Webster City High School drivers education sign up underway.