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Inside Update

Dec. 17, 2009
Announcements and news for ISU faculty and staff



New look for Update; next edition: Jan. 7
Inside Update has a new look this week. It should display well on most e-mail systems, including those on mobile devices. If you have problems viewing this e-mail, please send a note to update@iastate.edu. You also can view Update online. The next edition of Update will be published Jan. 7.

Team assignments made for cross-unit review
As part of the process to build an FY11 university budget, five small teams of faculty and staff will use the next 10 weeks to review functions or programs that cross administrative or academic units.

Commencement is Dec. 18-19
An estimated 1,581 students will receive degrees during winter commencement events Dec. 18-19.

Make a list, check it twice
A partial university-wide shut down over winter break means employees should take extra measures to prepare for their absence.

It started with a 'sanitary department'
The gritty 125-year history of the student health center includes tales of altruistic doctors who juggled such duties as coach, professor or sanitation inspector.

Parking lots near State Gym will close soon
Two parking lots will be closed soon for State Gym remodeling and construction. Lots 1 and 59A may close as early as the week of Dec. 21.

More news: Inside Iowa State.



The following announcements were added this week:
-- Reading tutoring for children in grades 1-8
-- H1N1 vaccination clinics open to all; campus clinic is Dec. 18
-- Some seasonal flu vaccines still available in Occupational Medicine
-- Chemistry Stores alters schedule for winter break
-- Give the gift of sight for $6
   More announcements.



CELT programs
Register via AccessPlus (click on Employee > HRS Training > Courses). A full week of WebCT programming is scheduled prior to the start of spring semester. All workshops are in 1230 Communications.
-- Jan. 4 (9-9:50 a.m.): Introduction to WebCT; (10-10:50 a.m.): Presenting and Organizing
-- Jan. 5 (10-10:50 a.m.): Managing Students and Grades
-- Jan. 6 (10-10:50 a.m.): Communication Tools and Strategies; (1:10-2 p.m.): Web-conferencing with Wimba Virtual Classroom Tools
-- Jan. 7 (10-10:50 a.m.): Creating Assignments and Using SafeAssign
-- Jan. 8 (10-10:50 a.m.): Creating Assessments and Using Respondus
   Descriptions and times.

Hold the date: ComETS symposium is Feb. 18
The Community of Educational Technology Support (ComETS) will hold its spring symposium the morning of Feb. 18, 2010. The keynote speaker is Malcolm Brown, director of the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative. ISU faculty and staff also will have an opportunity to present information about their campus projects. More information will be available shortly online at www.comets.iastate.edu.


Around campus

ISU faculty address how to re-tool business education to prevent another collapse
The faculty and staff of the College of Business are discussing how best to prepare future generations to prevent another financial collapse and economic meltdown.


Departmental newsletters

CELT Spring 2010 newsletter
The edition includes stories on preparing postdoctoral researchers for careers, Moodling, the eLearning web site and the center's impact on teaching and learning at Iowa State.
   CELT newsletter.


Open houses/receptions

This week
-- Retirement (rescheduled): Larry Huisman, MU business office, Dec. 17 (3-5 p.m., Gallery, MU)
-- Retirement: Jeanne Bohning, ISU Dining, Dec. 18 (2-2:30 p.m., Linden Hall dining center)
-- Retirement: Judi Twedt, facilities planning and management, Dec. 18 (3-4 p.m., 2nd floor conference room, General Services Building)
-- Reception: Commencement, Dec. 19 (3-5 p.m., Alumni Center)

Next week
-- Retirement: Dorothy Bartels, Sharon Kenagy, Barbara Johnson, Judy Lande, German Lara, Dianna Sutton and Ida Williams, ISU Dining, Dec. 21 (1:30-3 p.m., Knapp-Storms dining complex)
-- Retirement (rescheduled): Duane Smith, Institute for Transportation, Dec. 21 (4:30 p.m., institute offices: 2711 S. Loop Dr., Suite 4700)
-- Open house: ISU chemistry stores, Dec. 22 (8:30 a.m.-2 p.m., 1400 Gilman)

-- Retirement: Marcia Clendenen, ISU public safety, Jan. 7 (2-4 p.m., Cardinal Room, MU)


Arts and events

Holiday tourney at Hilton Dec. 29-30
Tickets are on sale for a four-team tournament Dec. 29-30 hosted by the Cyclone women's basketball team. Teams competing include Missouri-Kansas City, North Carolina A&T and Fairfield University, Connecticut. Session tickets are $12 ($6 for high school students and younger).

Dine with medieval royalty
The music department will present its 45th annual madrigal dinner Jan. 15-16 in the Memorial Union Great Hall. Tickets are on sale now.

More campus events
Talks, performances, athletic contests and other campus events are listed on the online calendar. Also, see the Arts and Entertainment page.


Submitting your news
Inside Update is published Thursday mornings by the Office of University Relations. Send Update news to inside@iastate.edu. For questions, call 4-7958.