Job Opening: Catering Manager

The Catering Manager position is a full-time, exempt position that reports to the Director of Food and Beverage. This position is responsible for food and beverage service quality throughout the facility with a primary focus on catering and banquet services. This position is responsible for coordinating the activities of and directing the training of food service employees while service insuring an efficient, timely, sanitary, and profitable food service operation that provides excellent customer service to the clients of the Iowa State Center. This position’s primary responsibilities include:

  • Ensuring timely execution of banquet event orders for the entire facility.
  • Hires, fires, schedules all catering service staff
  • Planning, coordinating, and overseeing all setup, preparation, service, and removal of food services for catering functions.
  • Product ordering while maintaining inventory controls.
  • Be able to perform all duties that would be assigned to employees working in areas of primary focus including servers, bus persons, bar/concession staff, and associated   supervisory personnel.
  • Works closely with Conference Services staff to provide top level customer service to Iowa State Center clients
  • Works with show production to handle all backstage catering and hospitality needs for theater events.
  • Works with Director of Food and Beverage and Executive Chef to help determine, establish, and implement service standards for catering functions and staff.
  • See full job description here.

To apply, please send a cover letter, resume and salary requirements to

Emily Ladewig, Director of Finance –


Closing Date: When Position is Filled.

Job Opening: Executive Chef

The Executive Chef position is a full-time, exempt position that reports to the Director of Food and Beverage. This position’s primary responsibilities include:

  • Responsible for all management of food, food quality and sanitation in the kitchen; coordinated activities of and directs training of food service employees in food preparation, and sanitation insuring and efficient, timely and profitable operation by performing the following duties and responsibilities personally or through subordinate managers and/or supervisors.

To apply, please send a cover letter, resume and salary requirements to

Emily Ladewig, Director of Finance –


Closing Date: When Position is Filled.

Job Opening: Banquet Server

The Banquet Server position is responsible for providing food and beverage service to event patrons. This positions assures all food and beverages are served in a timely and efficient manner, while ensuring that all service ware and equipment is clean, sanitary, and organized. Responsible for helping execute proper and timely setup and tear down of all banquets.

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Please send application and questions to Craig Spillman,, Director of Food & Beverage.


Stephens Auditorium 2017-2018 Series Preview Announcement

The 2017-2018 Performing Arts Series at Stephens Auditorium will be announced on April 28 at 7 PM! We are eager to share with you all of the timeless shows that will be at Stephens this upcoming year, so please check back on the 28th to see the rest of the series!

All Center Beat subscribers will receive an email on April 28 including all of the 17-18 Performing Arts Series and a link to direct you to the announcement.


Job Opening: Guest Services Coordinator

The Guest Services Coordinator is a full time, non-exempt position that reports to the Director of Operations. The position is responsible for managing event information, coordinating event functions, and supervising patron services at Stephens Auditorium and Fisher Theatre. This position’s primary responsibilities include:

  • Managing the scheduling of all Guest & Client Services part-time staff and volunteers.
  • Gathering accurate event information and ensuring that event setups are accurate for all events.
  •  Work with Director of Operations to review and implement policies and procedures for Guest & Client Services and make recommendations to Executive Director for modifications as may become appropriate.
  • Maintaining on-going relationships and communication with tenants, user groups, and volunteers.
  • Working with the Director of Operations to monitor and maintain facility compliance with ADA requirements, making appropriate recommendations for services and accommodations.
  • Performing other tasks as assigned.

To apply, please send a cover letter, resume and salary requirements to Emily Ladewig, Business Manager –  No phone calls please.


Closing Date: When Position is Filled.

Iowa State Center Curtain Renovation

After 45 years, the Stephens Auditorium curtain, named Silver Code, is undergoing a meticulous restoration.

Video: Alex Murphy/ISU News Service

The renowned curtain was commissioned in 1969 by Bill and Dorothy Fisher and in December 2013 was commissioned into the university’s art collection. Rigging experts from New York’s Metropolitan Opera paid a visit weeks ago to help determine cost estimates for re-hanging the curtain on new grommets. The nine month restoration project is funded partially by the SVP for Business and Finance and through private donations and is expected to be completed in May. Interested donors should contact the ISU Foundation.

History of the Curtain:

Before C.Y. Stephens Auditorium opened in September 1969 with an unprecedented five-night concert series by the New York Philharmonic, Iowa natives and Iowa State alumni J.W. (Bill) and Dorothy Fisher, lead donors for the construction of Fisher Theater, commissioned the Kawashima Textile Mills in Kyoto, Japan, to weave the 80-by-35-foot curtain on what was then the largest loom in the world.

Kawashima Textile Mills, Kyoto, Japan
Weaving of Silver Code at the Kawashima Textile Mills, Kyoto, Japan

Designed by artist and sculptor Ryokichi Mukai (Japanese, 1918-2010), the curtain – a true work of art – was named Giniro-no-kigou translated as Silver Code. Largely an expression of abstract symbolism, Silver Code expresses the sciences and technology at Iowa State.

Now, after 45 years and more than 3,500 curtain calls, this magnificent work of art is in urgent need of conservation and repair. Work has already begun, with textile conservators undertaking several life-saving measures. The remaining months of the project will be devoted to cleaning and repairing the face of the curtain by conservation fellow Kate Greder, a meticulous process that must be completed by hand.

Kate Greder
Kate Greder, conservation fellow with University Museums, working on the curtain.

Work to date on the C.Y. Stephens Auditorium art curtain is being supported by the Office of the Senior Vice President for Business and Finance, University Museums, and Iowa State Center. Yet private support is needed to complete the preservation and to restore the curtain as the crown jewel within the crown jewel of the arts at Iowa State.

To support this landmark conservation, scholarship and education project, please contact Lynette Pohlman at 515.294.6966, or the ISU Foundation at 866.419.6768.

Project questions can be directed to Kate Greder at

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