May 13, 2010
Announcements and news for ISU faculty and staff
Performance reviews: The most important thing we (don't) love about
It's that time of year to think about completing performance
reviews, if you haven't already. Associate VP for human resource
services Carla Espinoza says they're a basic courtesy to employees, and
responds to questions about them.
Ombuds help is available all summer
When there's a problem at
work, a sympathetic ear is nice, but a solution is even better. ISU
ombuds officer Elaine Newell offers both.
Lots, streets closed May 20-21 for Special Olympics
Next week's Iowa Special Olympics summer games (May 20-22) will close
the Iowa State Center commuter lots Thursday and Friday. Other lots and
streets also will be impacted.
Iowa State contracts with a third-party hotline vendor, EthicsPoint, to
allow anonymous reporting of activities that may involve criminal,
unethical, noncompliant or unsafe behavior impacting ISU. You may submit a
or by calling (toll-free) 866-384-4277.
Council learns more about salary increases, position cuts
Salary guidelines and staff reductions were among the topics discussed at
the May 6 P&S Council
The following announcements were added this week:
-- Delta Dental requests your participation in an online survey of your
dental care and service
-- Internal search opens for part-time associate dean post in Graduate
College, effective July 1
-- Victor Lin memorial is May 14; gifts have been designated to education fund for
-- MBA program informational lunch is May 26; RSVP requested
-- Gift from credit union will fund new College of Business lecture
-- 13th Street pavement project will require 50 work days
-- Raj Aggarwal, Rockwell Collins, to managing director of
advanced research and technology, College of Engineering, effective May
-- Suzanne Hendrich, ISU food science and human nutrition, to Charlotte E.
Roderuck Faculty Fellow in Food Science and Human Nutrition, for 2010-12
-- Linda Hagedorn, ISU educational leadership and policy studies, to interim department
chair, effective July 1
Engineering reorganizes administrative units, eliminates
The College of Engineering will eliminate 22 administrative staff positions
to reduce its budget by more
than $1 million. Three programs previously were eliminated and several
administrative units will be reorganized.
A new breed of utility pole
An ISU research team has designed a new kind of utility
pole that resists cascading -- which leads to power failures -- but also
is cheaper and easier to install and repair.
Office of Biotechnology
More than $16 million in federal ARRA research grants, and research to breed
more vitamin A into corn for human consumption are featured stories in the
issue of Biotechnology Update.
In this issue:
Online learning resources; new electronic journals; farm newspapers; online
book acquisitions; and "Ding" Darling's cooperative wildlife research
-- Retirement: Tom Ingebritsen, ISU genetics, development and cell
biology, May 13 (2-4 p.m., 1102 Molecular Biology)
-- Farewell: Kate Schwennsen, ISU architecture, May 13 (2-4 p.m., Design
atrium, brief program at 2:30 p.m.)
-- Retirement: Robert Jolly, ISU economics, June 2 (2:30-4 p.m., 368A
Heady, program at 3 p.m.)
Details about these events are on the university
Reiman Gardens expands its gnome decorating project
Reiman Gardens staff has decided to expand the "decorate a gnome" project
that is part of its current gnome exhibition. About 75 more of
the smaller gnomes could be added to the 23 already in place. Volunteer
groups or individuals are sought to paint or decorate a 3-foot gnome by June
Welcome back, alumni
From May 13 to 15 on campus, Alumni Days 2010
will recognize Iowa State's 50-year reunion class of 1960. There also will
be special recognition of Gold Medal Club members (alumni who graduated more
than 50 years ago) from the classes of 1955, 1950, 1945, 1940, 1935 and
1930. Planned events include campus walking and bus tours, evening dinners
and optional afternoon events on campus. Alumni Days HQ is the ISU Alumni
Sneak peek at Stephens performances
The Iowa State Center will host a lunch-hour
preview of its 2010-11 performing arts series May 18 (noon-1 p.m., MU
Cardinal Room). Attendees will see and hear segments of all 17 series shows
in about 30 minutes. Bring your lunch if you like.
For you: Wellness resource fair
In conjunction with National Employee Health and Fitness Day, Iowa State
will have a
wellness resource fair, "Got Wellness?" May 19 (11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., MU Great
Hall). Learn about vendors and groups available to you on campus and in the
A meeting of art and sport
The May 19 Wednesday Walk (noon-1 p.m.) sponsored by University Museums will
focus on public works of art around Jack Trice Stadium, including a new
installation by Ed Dwight that celebrates the legacy of Jack Trice. Meet
museums staff member Amanda Hall at the stadium's east entrance (gate
2) at noon.
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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