March 11, 2010
Announcements and news for ISU faculty and staff
Senators debate revised policy for faculty eliminations
At the March 9 Faculty Senate
meeting, senators debated revamped policy changes outlining the specifics for
handling faculty and
academic program eliminations.
New EAP provider offers help, information online
From money management concerns to eldercare services, Iowa State's new
employee assistance program provider, Employee and Family Resources, gives
employees and their
immediate family members online access to a wide range of
Teams wrap up cross-unit reviews
As part of the budget development process, the five teams working since
December to review broad,
cross-unit areas of programs and services have completed their
assignments. Their reports are posted on the provost's FY11 budget
development web site.
Building bridges between practice and education
Assistant professor of architecture and ISU Extension architecture and
community design specialist Nadia
Anderson and her Bridge Studio students are designing sustainable
projects, including low-income housing solutions.
Hoffman responds to council's budget concerns
Executive vice president and provost Elizabeth Hoffman fielded many
budget-related questions at the March 4 P&S Council
meeting. The status of the new P&S compensation structure also was
New system speeds search for funding opportunities
Finding funding opportunities is easier under a new one-stop online
system. The funding
opportunities web site pulls together numerous funding sources and
features versatile search options.
Understanding our freshmen
Results of the annual, national freshman survey coordinated at the
University of California, Los Angeles, are out. Iowa State
freshmen tend to be more conservative, socially and politically, than
The following announcements were added this week:
-- No Inside Update during spring break; next edition is March
-- ISU ADVANCE March 29 workshop focuses on associate-to-full professor
-- Middle/high school science fair still seeks judges on March 26-27
-- Reminder: Daylight-saving time begins Sunday, March 14
-- Register now for TIAA-CREF seminars after spring break
-- Check out current wellness activities for employees
-- Vote for P&S Council members through Friday
-- Registration requested for March 26 EH&S lab safety summit
Register via AccessPlus (click on Employee > HRS Training > Courses).
-- Teaching and Learning Circle: How to Talk about Hot Topics, March 24
(12:10-1 p.m., first of four weekly sessions, 2030 Morrill)
-- eLearning Interest Group, March 29 (12:10-1:30 p.m., 1230
Descriptions and times.
Blended learning practices are part of CELT spring programming
Blended learning is a hybrid of face-to-face classroom and online or
distance learning with beneficial outcomes. The Center for Excellence in
Learning and Teaching is incorporating blended learning practices and
strategies into its spring programming to encourage faculty and staff to
think and plan differently in these changing times at Iowa State. Read
more or contact Allan Schmidt, CELT assistant
-- Barbara Ching, University of Memphis, to English
department chair, effective July 1
-- Sue Crum, ISU Extension, to ISU
Extension director of planning and budget, effective March 1
Outlook is positive for commodity trade and prices
The Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute projects that an economic
turnaround and bioenergy mandates will grow demand for food, feed and
fuel, stimulating trade and price recovery over the rest of the decade.
ISU horticulture grads get high marks from employers
In a survey of employers that hired Iowa State horticulture graduates, 95
percent of responding companies reported they feel ISU students
are prepared for the field.
A research guide on sustainability; spring seminars on mobile technologies,
copyright and plagiarism; and a new collection featuring an Iowa farm family
are among items in the March 10
issue of Your Library.
-- Reception: To honor YWCA Ames-ISU Women of Achievement award and
scholarship recipients, March 25 (5:30 p.m., ISU Alumni Center)
-- Retirement: JoAnn McKinney, LAS student academic services, March 30
(2-4 p.m., 302 Catt)
-- Retirement: Martha Olson, ISU IT Services, March 31 (2-4 p.m., 1020
Youth/4-H Building, program at 3 p.m.)
-- Retirement: Neil Nakadate, ISU English, April 1 (3:30-5 p.m., MU
Details about these events are on the university
Sesame Street, all grown up
The Tony Award-winning Broadway musical Avenue Q
stops for a show at Stephens Auditorium March 23. A cast of people and
puppets tackle adult-themed topics with humor.
Behind the scenes at Reiman Gardens
Learn what goes on behind the scenes at Reiman Gardens
during "Art in the Garden" March 16 (10-11 a.m., Reiman Gardens). Cost is
$10 (free for CoHorts, ISU students and volunteers).
Experience the realities of global poverty and hunger at the Hunger
Banquet March 23 (5-7 pm., Campanile Room, MU). Participants will
receive a meal that's in line with the income level they are assigned by a
random drawing. Tickets are $5 (discounts for groups and nonperishable food
donations); proceeds go to Oxfam America.
March Madness at Hilton
Iowa State is hosting first-
and second-round games of the NCAA women's basketball championship March
21 (6 and 8:30 p.m.) and March 23 (8:30 p.m.) at Hilton Coliseum. The
Cyclones will be one of the four teams playing at this site. Tickets for
both days are $27 for adults and $22 for youth. Single-session tickets ($16
adults/$11 youth) go on sale March 16.
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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