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October 31th, Halloween is coming to Ames!

Halloween is huge American holiday. Many people in America celebrate halloween by wearing special costumes, decorating their house, and carving pumpkins. I would like to share with you some fun activities you can do during this halloween weekend!

Workspace: Paint your Own Pottery – Halloween

When: October 31th, 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Painting a bisque from decorative a skull or skull mug for halloween! It is fun thing to do. For ISU students, it costs 4 dollars which doesn’t include the price of the bisque. Check out here!

Halloween “Costume Skate” at the Ice Arena

When: October 31th, 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

The city of Ames will hold this event for all people in Ames. If you wearing a costume, the admission is only 2 dollar and you can lend your skate with 3 dollar! Don’t miss to get this unique experience. For more information, please check here:

Ames Haunted Forest

When: October 30 & 31th7 p.m. – 12 p.m.

Do you want to feel real scary? Then, visit the Haunted Forest in Ames.It is well-known and annual events in Ames. You can meet lots of real ghost from this forest. If you want to know more information, please check out this homepage below.

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Fun Events During July!

North Grand Mall Farmer’s Market

When: Every Wednesday 3-6pm

Where: North Grand Mall

Every Wednesday, Famer’s Market is held at North Grand Mall. There are lots of the finest local goods which range from fresh seasonal fruits to soap to flower! Stop by and look if they have what you need!

Plant Pals

When: July 2nd

Where: Ruiman Garden in ISU

On July 2nd, you can get an experience about gardening. Check out this Website to get more information!

Independence Day Fireworks

When: July 3rd, at dusk.

Where: Jack Trice Stadium parking lot

For celebrating Independence Day, which is July 4th, the city of Ames and Iowa State University will present fireworks! It is not illegal ONLY that day! So, save your time for it so that you don’t miss this special and beautiful event!

Independence Day Parade and Old fashioned Independence Day Celebration

When: July 4th 11 am for the parade and 12 to 4 pm for Old fashioned Celebration.

Where: Main Street Cultural District for the parade and Farm House Museum ISU.

It’s Independence Day! There will be a parade and festival for celebrating this Independence Day. Join this festival with other thousands of people and enjoy! After the Parade, don’t miss these special events in Farm House Museum in ISU.  There will be great activities including the Onion Cloggers and Band and opening time capsule created in the early days of the farm house as a museum! Check out here for more information about Old fashioned Independence Day Celebration:

Furman Aquatic Center

When: Please check their Facebook!

Where: Furman Aquatic Center, 1635 13th St, Ames IA

We are in the summer! You can enjoy swimming in the Furman Aquatic Center. Check out their Facebook for more information :

Free Movie Night in Campustown

When: July 10th (It’s Friday!) 7-10 pm

Where: St. Thomas Aquinas Parking Deck between Lynn Ave and Ash Ave, Ames

It is Free!! Campustown will show How To Train Your Dragon 2 at dusk. Go enjoy this free movie with your friends. There will be also Free family activities and live music before starting the movie. So if you have a time, go early and enjoy them too! If you need more information, check out:

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Friendship International Last Event!

Friendships International

Friendships International – Spring 2015

The International Students and Scholars Office of Iowa State University is excited to announce Friendships International’s spring activities!

Last Event of the Spring May 1st!

Join Friendships International for a fun and food-filled event to kick off finals week! ISSO is partnering with F.I.S.H. Dinner, a monthly event that brings together international students and community members over a shared meal. Our May 1st meal will be Cajun-themed, with staple foods from the American South.

Where: Meet on the South side of the Memorial Union, outside. We will then walk across the street together to the location of the dinner. Dinner is located in Memorial Lutheran Church.

When: Friday, May 1st at 5:45pm.

What: Cajun food, games, and new friends!

Students and Scholars:

Please sign up to attend our upcoming May 1st, for a F.I.S.H Dinner at Memorial Lutheran! Students and Scholars are encouraged to bring friends!

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Office Jams: Sujung Seo

All songs from the artists listed below are awesome. So, I make my theme, “LOVE.” Hope you can enjoy them.

1. Jason Mraz – The woman I love

2. Jason Mraz – Hello, You Beautiful Thing

3.Bruno Mars – Just The Way You Are

4. Maroon 5 – She will be loved

5. Taylor Swift – Love Story

6. Juck Lee – It is fortunate.

7. Juck Lee – With You

8. One Direction – You & I

9. Christina Perri – A Thousand Years

10. Christina Perri – Distance (feat. Jason Mraz)

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Office Jams: Katherine Lundberg

Let me say that this was not an easy task. The list below contains mostly the music that has stuck with me over the years- music that has grown with me through several chapters of my life. Each song has meaning and significance to me, and perhaps the songs will resonate for you. Also, I’m going to break the rules and include 11 songs! [click on the songs to hear them]

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Upcoming M-Shop Concerts


AMES, IA The Iowa State University Memorial Union and Student Union Board will conclude their spring concert schedule for The Maintenance Shop (M-Shop), the award winning, all-ages venue that has been providing live music for the ISU campus and Ames community since 1974, with a variety of performances.

The remaining spring semester M-Shop shows include:

 Shook Twins w/ Extravision   (indie folk-pop)
Wednesday, April 15 | 8pm | $10/$15*
For fans of: Elephant Revival, Brown Bird, Middle Brother
Indie folk-pop band Shook Twins feature a wide range of instrumentation, including banjo, guitar, electric and upright bass, mandolin, electronic drums, face drum (beatbox), glockenspiel, ukulele, banjo drumming and their signature golden EGG. Beautiful twin harmonies, layered upon acoustic and electric instrumentation coupled with an inventive use of percussive and ambient vocal loops, set their sound apart, creating a unique and eccentric blend of folk, roots, groove and soul. Des Moines-based alt-folk artist Extravision will open the show.

Tiny Moving Parts w/ Everyday Adventures & Square States   (emo/math rock)
Friday, April 17 | 9pm | $10/$15*
For fans of: Tigers Jaw, Foxing, American Football
Tiny Moving Parts are an emo/ math rock band that formed while the group was in junior high school and have continued writing and performing together since. In 2010 they released their first EP, Moving To Antarctica and followed that up in 2013 with their debut album This Couch is Long & Full of Friendship. They have since signed with Triple Crown Records and in 2014 released their sophomore album, Pleasant Living. Iowa-based rockers Everyday Adventures and Square States will open the show.

Matt Hires w/ MY RED + BLUE  (acoustic / soft rock)
Saturday, April 18
| 9pm | $8/$12*
For fans of: Jack Johnson, Tyrone Wells, Matt Nathanson
Florida native Matt Hires released his debut EP, Live From the Hotel Cafe, in 2008. Although only four songs, the EP gained him solid exposure and critical acclaim. He released his debut full-length album, Take Us To The Start, featuring the singles “Honey Let Me Sing You A Song” and “You in The End,” co-written by Sara Bareilles, in 2009 and followed that up with his latest album, This World Won’t Last Forever, But Tonight We Can Pretend in 2013. Pop / rock artist MY RED + BLUE will open the show.

Esmé Patterson w/ Nate Logsdon   (folk and roll)
Thursday, April 23 | 8pm | $8/$10*
For fans of: William Elliot Whitmore, PHOX, Shakey Graves, Paper Bird
With appearances playing with various groups on NPR’s All Things Considered, CBS’s Late Show with David Letterman and NBC’s The Tonight Show, folk and roll songstress Esmé Patterson is quickly rapidly gaining fans and recognition. She finished her first solo album, All Princes, I, in 2012 and followed that up with her EP, Woman to Woman, in 2013, where each track was inspired and written for different influential women from popular songs including “Jolene” from Dolly Parton and “Eleanor Rigby” from The Beatles. She’s recently toured with Austin native Shakey Graves and is touring with William Elliot Whitmore this spring. Ames’ own Nate Logsdon will open the show.

Tony Lucca w/ Anna Rose and Castle Creek   (acoustic rock)
Friday, April 24 | 9pm | $10/$15*
For fans of: Matt White, Marc Broussard, Five Times August, The Voice
Tony Lucca played his first paying gig at the age of 12 (a middle school dance) and by 15 he parlayed his childhood rock-n-roll fantasy into a legitimate career, getting cast on The All New Mickey Mouse Club, along with Justin Timberlake, Ryan Gosling and Britney Spears. After graduating high school, Lucca wound up in LA and began an independent recording career that has spanned the last 20+ years. Along the way he’s toured with artists including Maroon 5, Kelly Clarkson, *NSYNC and Marc Anthony, and more. Lucca won the LA Music Award for best male singer/songwriter in 2001 and appeared numerous times on Last Call with Carson Daly, as well as The Wayne Brady Show and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Lucca was also the 2nd runner-up in the second season of NBC’s hit show The Voice. Artists Anna Rose and Castle Creek will open the show.

CHON w/ Pierre   (progressive rock)
Saturday, April 25 | 9pm | $10/$15*
For fans of: Animals As Leaders, Protest the Hero, Between the Buried and Me
CHON is a mostly instrumental progressive rock band from San Diego, CA. The band started in 2013 with the release of their debut EP Newborn Sun. They released their follow-up EP, Woohoo!, the following year. The band signed with Sumerian Records this past December and released their debut full-length album, Grow, this past March. Minnesota based rock band Pierre will open the show.

* = $2 day-of-show increase for both student and public ticket prices

Visit the M-Shop online ( for further show information and website links.

Tickets are available at the Maintenance Shop Box Office, located at the west entrance of the Memorial Union, and online. The M-Shop Box Office is open Mon-Fri, 11am-5pm, as well as before and during most shows, throughout the academic year. Patrons may order by phone (515-294-8349), during normal box office hours, charging their tickets to Discover, MasterCard or Visa. A $1 per-ticket service fee is applied to all telephone orders. Tickets can also be purchased online at, using American Express, Discover, MasterCard or Visa. A 3% MidwesTIX fee is applied to all online sales. All tickets are subject to a $2 MidwesTIX service fee.

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Dead Week!


Dead week and final exams are coming soon! So, it is the perfect time to plan your studying for your finals. If you are looking for the place to study, please check this out! ISSO will be preparing the study room for all international students during dead week, which runs from April 27th to May 1st. Students can study in a quiet environment and at the same time receive awesome goodies as an encouragement and a refresher!

Following the long week of studying,  join ISSO for a bowling event on May 1st. It is from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. and will be a great way to get rid of your stress!

Study Room for International Students

Where? 3219 Memorial Union.

When? April 27th to May 1st, from 8:00 a.m. to 5 p.m.

CyBowling for International Students

Where? Underground on Memorial Union.

When? May 1st, from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.