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Inside Update

July 1, 2010
Announcements and news for ISU faculty and staff


Wind-generated electricity not yet up to speed
Four percent of the university's electricity is coming from a new wind farm near Zearing. University officials hope to raise that percentage to 10 percent once transmission lines are upgraded to handle the additional power from the wind farm.

RIO retirements clear 300 mark
The application window is past on Iowa State's first two retirement incentive options. Enrollment still is open in two others. About 325 employees have been approved for one of the four plans.

State medical examiner: Lacina death was an accident
The Iowa Office of the State Medical Examiner has certified the cause of death of ISU student Jon Lacina as probable hypothermia with sharp force injuries. The death was ruled an accident.

Volunteer for state fair exhibit
Consider volunteering in the ISU state fair exhibit. The exhibit in the Varied Industries Building has a green theme, and those who've been involved in green projects on campus are needed. Volunteers also are sought to pass out football posters and apply I-State temporary tattoos. The fair is Aug. 12-22 and volunteer stints are 6 to 6.5 hours. Free fair admission and parking and a Live Green! T-shirt are volunteer perks.

ISU shares green coordinator with city
Iowa State will share sustainability director Merry Rankin with the city of Ames for a year. Rankin will devote up to a quarter of her time heading an Ames task force on sustainability.

Help keep university grounds clean during fireworks show
Campus services asks for the public's help cleaning ISU grounds July 4 following the fireworks show. Particularly hazardous for visitors and athletes who use those same areas soon after are the discarded wires from sparklers.

More news: Inside Iowa State


The following announcements were added this week:
-- University closed July 5 for Independence Day holiday
-- Reminder: Appointment needed for Brunnier, Christian Petersen museums July 6-Aug. 8
-- Special Olympics torch departs from Ames July 11; public invited
-- Reminder: New compensation structure for P&S takes effect July 1

See: Announcements


New department, program leaders in LAS
-- Chad Gasta, associate professor of Hispanic studies in the world languages and cultures department, to director of the international studies program, effective July 1
-- Gloria Jones-Johnson, professor of sociology, to director of the women's studies program, effective in August
-- Lt. Col. Michael Novy, Aeronautical Systems Center, Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, to commander of the Air Force aerospace studies department, effective July 1
-- Pamela Riney-Kehrberg, professor of history, to chair of the history department, effective July 1

See LAS release

New program directors in Design
-- Gregory Palermo, professor, architecture, effective July 1
-- Doug Johnston, professor, community and regional planning, effective July 1
-- Debra Satterfield, associate professor, graphic design, effective July 1
-- Ingrid Lilligren, professor, integrated studio arts, effective July 1
-- Lee Cagley, professor, interior design, effective July 1
-- Heidi Hohmann, associate professor, landscape architecture, effective July 1

See Design release

Around campus

Hall of fame inductees announced
Ten former Cyclones will be inducted into the ISU athletics hall of fame this fall. The 2010 class will be honored at an Oct. 8 ceremony and during halftime of the Oct. 9 football game vs. Utah.

Departmental newsletter

From the mechanical engineering department
Student leadership on a green project, real-time 3-D modeling, "farming" in space and the creative side of engineering are some of the stories in the mechanical engineering department's summer issue of Dimensions magazine (PDF).

Open houses/receptions

Next week
-- Retirement: Kathy Hanson, Nutrition and Wellness Research Center, July 6 (3-5 p.m., 2021 Human Nutritional Sciences Building)
-- Retirement: Carol Patrick, ISU Foundation, July 9 (3-6 p.m., program at 4 p.m., Garden Room, Reiman Gardens)
-- Retirement: Susan Roe, Iowa Public Radio, July 9 (no event)

Details about these events are on the university calendar.

Arts and events

A good spot for the Fourth: Reiman Gardens
Reiman Gardens is open July 4 from 9 a.m. through the conclusion of the fireworks show by the Ames Jaycees. Picnic baskets and coolers are welcome; leave the grill at home. The gardens are open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. July 5.

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