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Inside Update

April 22, 2010
Announcements and news for ISU faculty and staff


Historic house gets new look
Iowa State's Sloss House, home to the women's center, will be refurbished over the summer months.

Iowa State proposes two new retirement incentive plans
If approved by the state Board of Regents at its April 29 meeting, Iowa State will have two new retirement incentive options for qualified employees to consider.

Elimination policies still on the table
Policy changes dealing with the elimination of academic programs and faculty positions remain on the Faculty Senate docket. May 4 is the senate's final meeting of the academic year.

Distinguished and University Professors named
Seven faculty members have been awarded the title of Distinguished or University Professor.

Forum on strategic plan is April 26
Now's a good time to offer comments on the 2010-15 Strategic Plan. A public forum on the second draft of the plan is scheduled for April 26 (2:10-3 p.m., 0119 Gerdin). You also can e-mail your comments and ideas.

Recycling pilot at the MU runs through April 30
Students are leading a 12-day bottle and can recycling effort at the Memorial Union to gauge interest in a permanent plan.

Beyond borders
Elisa Rizo, assistant professor of world languages and cultures, is one of the first researchers to study the theatrical literature of Equatorial Guinea, the only Spanish-speaking nation in sub-Saharan Africa.

More news: Inside Iowa State


The following announcements were added this week:
-- Campus memorials for students Jon Lacina and TJ Good are April 22
-- New EAP services are topic of April 28 P&S Council open forum
-- CESMEE invites all to collaborate over coffee April 26
-- Cherry trees take root outside MacKay April 22
-- Every vote counts for electric-assist bikes
-- Renew your parking permit online beginning April 26

See: Announcements


Technology in the Classroom: Disruption or Disruptive Innovation?
ISU's Community of Educational Technology Support will sponsor a discussion April 29 (noon-1 p.m., MU Cardinal Room) on technology used by faculty and students in the classroom. Faculty Craig Ogilvie, Holly Bender, Steffen Schmidt, Scott McLeod and Lee Honeycutt will lead the discussion and invite audience interaction. No registration needed; bring your lunch if you like.

CELT programs
Register via AccessPlus (click on Employee > HRS Training > Courses). All workshops are in 1230 Communications.
-- WebCT Introduction, April 26 (10:30-11:30 a.m.)
-- Blended Learning Show and Tell (three faculty will share experiences using web-based technology and face-to-face instruction to teach courses in physics, foreign language and computer science), April 26 (12:10-1:30 p.m., bring your lunch)
-- WebCT: Presenting and Organizing Course Content, April 26 (3:10-5 p.m.)
-- WebCT: Managing Students and Grades, April 27 (10-11:50 a.m.)
-- WebCT: Communication Tools and Strategies, April 28 (10-11:50 a.m.)
-- WebCT: Creating Assignments and Using SafeAssign, April 29 (10-11:50 a.m.)
-- WebCT: Creating Assessments and Using Respondus, April 30 (10-11:50 a.m.)

See: Description and registration

Seminars and conferences

The following seminars and conferences were added this week:
-- TIAA-CREF: Your Retirement Income Options, April 22
-- Food, Feed and Fuel for the World: Seed and Biotechnology (BIGMAP symposium), April 27-28

See: Announcements


-- Lance Baumgard, associate professor of animal science, was recognized April 15 as the first holder of the Norman L. Jacobson Endowed Professorship in Dairy Science

Around campus

Endowed dean's chair established for Vet Med college
A $3 million commitment from Dr. Stephen Juelsgaard of Woodside, Calif., has established an endowed dean's chair in the College of Veterinary Medicine. Juelsgaard received a D.V.M. (1972) and M.S. in veterinary clinical science (1975) from Iowa State.

ISU's tornado research hits the Windy City
Iowa State tornado researchers are included in the new $34 million Science Storms exhibit at Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry.

Departmental newsletters

Ag and biosystems engineering
A $2 million pledge toward a new building, a department visit from more than a dozen Iowa legislators, and numerous faculty awards are featured in the March edition of the ABE Alumni Newsletter (pdf).

Open houses/receptions

Next week
-- Reception: "Fashion Show 2010 Exhibit," April 26 (5-6 p.m., Mary Alice Gallery, 1015 Morrill)
-- Retirement: Beverlyn Allen, Ramona Wierson and William Woodman, ISU sociology, April 28 (3-5 p.m., Campanile Room, MU)
-- Open house: Sloss House, prior to closing for the summer for renovations, April 29 (2-4 p.m.)
-- Retirement: Hamilton Cravens, ISU history, April 29 (2:30-4 p.m., program at 3 p.m., Campanile Room, MU)
-- Retirement: Jeffrey Prater and Sue Proescholdt, ISU music, April 29 (3-5 p.m., lobby, Music Hall)
-- Retirement: Lonnie Gaumer, Thielen Student Health Center, April 30 (3-5 p.m., 2305 Thielen Student Health Center)
-- Retirement: Robert Gregorac, Howard Levine and James Murdock, ISU mathematics, April 30 (3-5 p.m., Cardinal Room, MU)

-- Retirement: Don Payne, ISU English, May 3 (2:30-4 p.m., Campanile Room, MU)
-- Retirement: Donna Kienzler, ISU English and Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching, May 4 (3:30-5 p.m., Campanile Room, MU)
-- Retirement: Sara Kadolph, ISU apparel, educational studies and hospitality management, May 5 (3-5 p.m., Tearoom, MacKay)
-- Retirement: Carolyn Payne, Graduate College, May 6 (2-3:30 p.m., program at 2:30 p.m., South Ballroom, MU)
-- Retirement: Mary Yearns, ISU human development and family studies, ISU Extension, May 6 (3-5 p.m., 1009 LeBaron)
-- Retirement: Bill Grundmann, ISU landscape architecture, May 6 (6:30 p.m., Hickory Hall, 300 S. 17 St., Ames)
-- Retirement: Mary de Baca, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, May 7 (1-3 p.m., program at 1:30 p.m., Gallery, MU)
-- Reception: For May graduates, their families and friends, May 7 (5-7:30 p.m., ISU Alumni Center)

Details about these events are on the university calendar.

Arts and events

Earth Week events continue through Friday
The Iowa State community is commemorating Earth Week with unique events. Thursday is Earth Day.

Final ISU Theatre production of the season
ISU Theatre's final four performances of the 2009-10 season are this weekend. ISU senior Don Watts directs the 2003 play The Pillowman April 22-25 in the Memorial Union M-Shop.

Avatar showings on campus this weekend
The SUB film series features Academy Award-winning Avatar this week. Showtimes are 7 and 10 p.m. April 22 (MU Pioneer Room), 9 p.m. April 23 (outdoors on central campus; rain location: Design auditorium), and 7 p.m. April 25 (Soults visitors center, MU). Admission is free.

The Fashion Show 2010, up close and personal
"The Fashion Show 2010 Exhibit" features the first- and second-place winners from The Fashion Show 2010. The exhibit runs April 26-Aug. 27 in the Mary Alice Gallery in Morrill Hall. Museum hours are Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Japanese prints are the focus of Brunnier lecture
Ivan Hanthorn, former head of ISU Library's preservation department, will give a lecture "Printmakers in Paradise: Japanese Landscape and Woodblock Prints" April 25 (2 p.m., Brunnier Art Museum). Hanthorn will explore the landscape and garden scene tradition in Japanese woodblock prints of the 19th and 20th centuries. Collecting and caring for Japanese prints also will be addressed.

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


Submitting your news
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