Biology Program

B.E.S.T. (Biology Education Success Teams)

Interested in B.E.S.T. and/or Biology?

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B.E.S.T. Activities

APRIL 15, 2012
~Reiman Gardens~

Check email for details regarding getting a ride from the dorms.

Why should you attend?
*Opportunity to hang out with some great faculty members outside of class- Drs. Jim Colbert, Bill Clark, Diane Debinski, Jeff Trimarchi
*Cupcakes from the Ames Cupcake Emporium
*LEGO art exhibit
*The giant garden gnome

MARCH 28, 2012
~Ice Skating~

Meet in the front lobby of Bessey Hall at 7:30pm or meet at the ISU Ice Arena at 8pm. Feel free to bring friends!

MARCH 5, 2012
~Movie Night~

“Return of the Prairie Bandit”
The dramatic story of the black-footed ferrets’ reintroduction to the wild unfolds in Return of the Prairie Bandit. Shot over the course of one year, Return of the Prairie Bandit is a fascinating look at the ups and downs (predation, disease, climate, finding ferrets, etc.) of reintroducing a species into the wild set against the sweeping, stark beauty of the prairie landscape.

Monday March 5th, 5:15pm
1652 Gilman
Followed by Q&A with wildlife biologist Travis Livieri
Pizza and Popcorn provided!

FEBRUARY 24, 2012

Semi-Formal/Formal Dance
Sun Room, Memorial Union
Tickets are FREE for B.E.S.T. students!

FEBRUARY 16, 2012
~Research Lab Open House~

Interested in what goes on in some of the research labs in our biology departments? Want to take a peek inside and talk to faculty, staff, graduate students, and undergraduate researchers? Please join us to explore a few examples of the research labs on campus.

Lab tours begin at 2:00, 2:30, 3:00, and 3:30 p.m.

JANUARY 9-13, 2012
~Hot Cocoa Week~

Warm up between classes and chat with the Peer Mentors and Biology Student Services Staff with hot cocoa that you can customize with a number of toppings and add-ins.

DECEMBER 1, 2011
~Art Reception and Sculpture Dedication~

Hach Hall Lobby

Reclaimed: Reflections of a River
Artwork and writings inspired by the Skunk River Navy experience

Please join us for a reception to unveil the exhibit of Biology and Design learning community student projects and dedicate the commissioned sculpture, by artist Michael Stanley.

OCTOBER 19, 2011
~B.E.S.T. Bingo Night~

Join us for BINGO at 7pm in room 145 Bessey Hall. Snacks and prizes will be provided!

OCTOBER 16, 2011
~Brookside Park- games and s'mores~

Meet at Bessey Hall at 5:15pm to take the Green bus route to Brookside Park. We'll be having games, s'mores and hot dogs with the Microbiology and Food Science learning communities.

SEPTEMBER 27, 2011
~Kickball and Cookies~

Meet on Central Campus at 7pm for a game of kickball with Dr. Colbert!

~Campus Sardines~

Meet in Bessey at 7pm and then head outside for a game of "reverse hide-and-seek" until 8pm.

~Skunk River Navy Art Project~
1420 Molecular Biology Building

Interested in taking our service learning project to another level? Join us to learn how you can be part of a project that will take some of the trash collected on the Skunk River Navy and transform it into art! Presentation by Michael Stanley, College of Design, CarbonSix Studio.

AUGUST 21, 2011
~Welcome Picnic~

Join us at our annual Welcome Picnic at 6pm on the Sunday evening before classes begin. Biology faculty, staff, learning community peer mentors, Biological Sciences Club officers and members are excited to get to know you! If you have other commitments on Sunday evening we invite you to visit us for any amount of time you may have free.

APRIL 10, 2011
~Sundae Sunday~
Enjoy a delicious ice cream sundae with your peer mentors and biological sciences faculty members from 2-4pm in 145 Bessey.

MARCH 2, 2011
~Ice Skating~
Whether you love ice skating or have never tried it, we hope you will join us for an evening of ice skating at the Ames/ISU Ice Arena. Meet in the Bessey Lobby at 7:45pm to get a ride to the arena.

FEBRUARY 28, 2011
~Movie Night~
Have you seen the latest Harry Potter movie or checked out the 'dollar' theater in Ames? Meet at Bessey Hall by 6:25pm and we will take CyRide to the North Grand Mall Cinemark Theater. You may invite friends/roommates, we will pay for tickets for all B.E.S.T. students.

JANUARY 11-14, 2011
~Hot Cocoa Week~
Warm up between classes and chat with the Peer Mentors and Biology Student Services Staff with hot cocoa that you can customize with a number of toppings and add-ins.

DECEMBER 7, 2010
~Stress Relief Activities~
The peer mentors will be hosting a Stress Relief event this week! Tuesday 7:30-8:30pm West end of the Memorial Union Food Court (near the west windows). There will be treats provided, free coffee/hot cocoa, and some stress-relieving activities (making goop, paper snowflakes, etcetera).

NOVEMBER 4, 2010
~Movie Night~
Join Dr. Colbert and the Peer Mentors for an evening of viewing "Planet Earth" at 7:30pm in 210 Bessey.

OCTOBER 26, 2010
~Capture the Flag~
We will be playing Capture the Flag on Central Campus from 6pm-7:30pm, hope to see you there!

SEPTEMBER 15, 2010
~Campus Sardines~
Meet us in 145 Bessey at 7pm to play a game of 'sardines' (inversed hide & seek) on campus.

AUGUST 22, 2010
~Freshman Welcome Picnic~
We would like to welcome all of you to Iowa State, the Biology Program, the B.E.S.T. Learning Community, and Bessey Hall on Sunday evening (6pm) for a picnic. Please come and meet Biology faculty, staff, the learning community peer mentors, Biological Sciences Club officers and members. If you have been invited to other Sunday evening dinners or activities, feel free to stop by for any amount of time to just say 'hello'.