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Inside Update

Aug. 12, 2010
Announcements and news for ISU faculty and staff


Ames water shutdown closes campus Thursday
Iowa State University will be closed Thursday, Aug. 12, due to a city of Ames water system shutdown that affects campus. Until further notice, campus water needs to be boiled before humans drink it. Employees whose functions are considered essential to campus operations should report to work; all other employees are encouraged to not report.

Floodwaters overtake parts of campus
Floodwaters from Squaw Creek overtook some east and north parts of campus Wednesday. Most of campus was not directly affected by floodwater, which began to recede before noon.

Renovated dining center will open Aug. 17
ISU Dining will reopen the Oak-Elm residential dining center Aug. 17. The renovated facility will feature café service in the morning, and all-you-care-to-eat service for lunch and dinner.

Paint ... by the numbers
Apparently, there was a substantial amount of unused paint sitting around campus prior to the "Green Your Scene" paint collection campaign, June 14-July 30. The numbers are in, and they're impressive.

Regents meeting roundup
A new bachelor's degree for the College of Design, a new classroom auditorium for east campus, additional greenhouse space for the horticulture department, a new deferred compensation package for president Geoffroy and another customized computer system for the C6 virtual reality facility highlight Iowa State-related decisions by the state Board of Regents Aug. 5 in Ames.

More news: Inside Iowa State


The following announcements were added this week:
-- Student move-in is Aug. 17-20; traffic congestion likely in residence hall areas
-- Next STEM education coffee gathering is Aug. 17
-- A heartfelt thanks for Fourth of July cleanup help
-- Residence department recycles 900 mattresses
-- Seats available in Aug. 17 lab safety orientation for incoming grad students
-- Cyclone fan fest, equipment sale is Aug. 22
-- Alumni association's 2010-11 ISU calendar is available for purchase
-- Iowa Energy Center has funds for conferences, events related to energy efficiency, renewable energy

See: Announcements

Around campus

When's your convocation?
Fall classes begin in about 10 days, and colleges have planned opening events for faculty and staff to kick off the new academic year. Find your event on our list.

Tips for saving money at the grocery store
Tahira Hira, ISU professor of personal finance and consumer economics in the department of human development and family studies and one of the nation's leading financial literacy experts, provides 10 money-saving tips for your next shopping trip to the grocery store.

The benefits of planting switchgrass
ISU researchers Matt Helmers and Antonio Mallarino find that by planting switchgrass and using certain agronomic practices, farmers can significantly reduce the amount of nitrogen and nitrates that leach into the soil.

Open houses/receptions

-- Retirement: June VanSickle, ISU horticulture, Aug. 26 (2-3 p.m., 110 Horticulture)

Details about this event are on the university calendar.

Arts and events

Garden quilt show runs Aug. 13-15
A juried show of quilts with a garden or nature theme, demonstrations, speakers and a quilting supplies store are part of Reiman Gardens' Garden Quilt Show Aug. 13-15. Hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday-Saturday and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday.

Guest carillonneur series continues Aug. 17
Jeremy Chesman, university carillonneur at Missouri State University, Springfield, will perform on central campus Aug. 17 (7 p.m.), as part of the music department's summer carillon concert series.

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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