Jan. 7, 2010
Announcements and news for ISU faculty and staff
Spring semester opens Jan. 11
It won't feel like spring, but classes for spring semester begin Monday,
Jan. 11. Spring commencement events take place May 7-8.
Quiet campus, conservation efforts yield energy savings
Iowa State saved an estimated
$117,500 in energy costs during the partial university-wide shutdown.
Slightly darker Pammel part of pilot program
streetlight experiment on Pammel Drive may point the way to tens of
thousands of dollars in energy savings.
New provider selected for employee assistance program
Des Moines-based Employee and Family Resources will become Iowa State's new
employee assistance program provider, beginning Feb. 1. The change means
more support and resources for employees.
2009 'flu by' for ISU swine expert in media spotlight
As president of a national swine association last year, Dr. Rodney "Butch"
Baker made good use of the work in ISU's Veterinary Diagnostic
Laboratory to educate people about the H1N1 virus.
Winter winds generating electricity for community
The city and university recently began
buying wind-generated electricity from a farm north of Zearing.
The following announcements were added this week:
-- Next Osborn Club lecture is Jan. 11
-- Undergrad researchers have chance to present work this spring
-- Next MBA informational lunch is Jan. 15
-- Maximum mileage rate reduced on Jan. 1
-- Mentors sought for PWSE summer internship program
-- Seasonal flu vaccines still available
-- Nominate alums, faculty/staff for 2010 Homecoming awards
-- Reiman Gardens volunteer form, scheduling process is now online
-- Nominate an outstanding online course for a STTAR
-- Office of the CIO announces improvements to its web site
Register via AccessPlus (click on Employee > HRS Training > Courses). All
workshops are in 1230 Communications.
-- Multiple training sessions on TurningPoint (clickers): Jan. 15, 19, 20,
21, 22 (12:10-1 p.m.)
2010 programming schedule (pdf)
ComETS seeks Moodle users
A pilot program using Moodlerooms, a hosted Moodle solution, will continue
spring semester. Faculty interested in using Moodle as a course management
system alternative are welcome to participate. For more info, contact Jim Twetten, or see
the ComETS web
-- John Lawrence, ISU economics professor and extension livestock
specialist, to associate dean of
extension and outreach for the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
and director of Extension to Agriculture and Natural Resources, effective
CALS associate dean visits ag colleges in Iraq
Gerald Miller, associate dean of extension and outreach in the College of
Agriculture and Life Sciences, joined six agriculture college deans from
across the country in early December for a visit to Iraqi
Physicists begin to see data from collider
ISU physicists who took winter trips to the Large Hadron Collider near
Geneva, Switzerland, are starting to see
real data from the planet's biggest science experiment.
issue: More 4-H options;
disaster preparedness for businesses; new working K9 handler academy; the
potential for biochar; Iowa land values decline; and a grateful farewell to
annual report for the division of student affairs is available as a pdf
file on the vice president's web site.
-- Retirement: Marcia Clendenen, ISU public safety, POSTPONED from Jan. 7 (2-4 p.m.,
Cardinal Room, MU) to sometime the week of Jan. 11
-- Retirement: Jan Breitman, ISU Alumni Association, Jan. 15 (2-5 p.m.,
program at 4 p.m., Reiman Ballroom, ISU Alumni Center)
-- Retirement: Sedahlia Crase, ISU human development and family studies,
Jan. 15 (3:30-6 p.m., program at 4 p.m., Campanile Room, MU)
-- Retirement: Rod Berryman, Al Christian, Dan Johnson and Randy
Petersohn, ISU animal science, Jan. 15 (3:30-5 p.m., program at 4 p.m.,
Kildee Hall atrium)
-- Dedication: Col. Pride Veterans' Lounge, Jan. 20 (10 a.m.-noon, program
at 10:15 a.m., north of Great Hall desk, MU)
-- Retirement: Myrt Hanson, ISU Extension, Jan. 22 (3:30-5 p.m., 2150
-- Retirement: Chloris Williams, ISU apparel, educational studies and
hospitality management, Jan. 29 (2-4 p.m., program at 3 p.m., 23 MacKay)
Details about these events are on the university calendar.
MLK events begin Jan. 13
A series of lectures,
concerts and celebrations will honor Martin Luther King Jr. into
Happy birthday, Elvis
The Ultimate Elvis
Tribute Artists tour brings "The King" to life in Stephens Auditorium on
Gymnastics home opener is Jan. 8
The Iowa State gymnastics team opens its season Friday, Jan. 8, in Hilton
Coliseum (7 p.m.), hosting the University of Wisconsin-Stout. Tickets are $7
for adults, $5 for youth, or purchase admission to all four home meets for
$20. Order tickets online,
at the athletics ticket office, or by calling (800) 478-2925.
More campus events
Talks, performances, athletic contests and other campus events are
listed on the
university calendar. Also, see the
Arts and Entertainment page.
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