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Inside Update

Aug. 26, 2010
Announcements and news for ISU faculty and staff


Summer 2010 rewind
The livin' wasn't so easy this summer at Iowa State. Between flash floods, damaging wind storms and the near-collapse of the Big 12 Conference, ISU experienced some trying times during the summer of 2010. But there were plenty of positives, too, including new facility openings and momentum on the green front. Check out this summer's highlights.

Talking trash
Following a successful pilot run a year ago, facilities planning and management is installing 12 BigBelly solar trash compactors across campus this week. Just remember to throw only garbage in them, not books or bills.

Next week's football opener will impact campus parking lots
On Sept. 2, ISU will kick off the Cyclones' football season the way we have for the past five years -- with a Thursday evening home opener at Jack Trice Stadium. Here are some tips for finding a campus parking spot that day and for enjoying the game.

Horticulture greenhouses: Green even in demolition
Glass panels with asbestos glazing had to be disposed of as hazardous and some oversized plants ended up at the university compost facility, but much of the old horticulture greenhouses -- steel and aluminum structural pieces, concrete and rebar; and work benches, grow lights and fans -- will be recycled or reused. Foundation work has begun on the new greenhouses.

More news: Inside Iowa State


The following announcements were added this week:
-- Memorial fund established to benefit Roy Bingham's children
-- ISU Physical Therapy is temporarily relocated to 111 Forker
-- Alumni association will host football tailgates this fall
-- UCW seeks applicants for membership
-- New FedEx account results in temporary paperwork changes
-- Johnson to speak at P&S Council open forum on Sept. 2
-- Reminder: Iowa State has an ethics hotline
-- Nominate an outstanding woman for "impact" calendar
-- Complete authorization forms for work-study students
-- Fox Sports Net will air Sept. 2 ISU football opener
-- Lied closes for dehumidification
-- Faculty mentors sought for first-year Honors students
-- Brunnier Art Museum and store closed indefinitely
-- Follow ISU's fine dining management class progress this fall
-- New e-Library site launched Aug. 18
-- Applications for administrative fellowship are due Aug. 30

See: Announcements


CELT programs
-- Several fall semester events have been scheduled. Topics include web conferencing, using clickers, WebCT, blended learning, academic integrity and seeking student feedback. Sign up online.
-- The TEACH Grant program, for faculty development, is being offered again this fall. Guidelines are available online. Grant requests are due Oct. 15.

See: Descriptions and times

Seminars and conferences

The following conferences were added this week:
-- Resiliency in the Workplace seminars, Sept. 8 and 21, Oct. 5
-- TCS2010 Symposium on Thermal and Catalytic Sciences for Biofuels and Biobased Products, Sept. 21-23 (early registration deadline is Aug. 31)
-- Sixth All-Iowa Virology Symposium, Nov. 12-13 (register by Sept. 24)

See: Announcements

Around campus

After the flood
Classes began with little difficulty, cleanup continues and major facilities that incurred flood damage may be occupied within a few weeks, vice president for business and finance Warren Madden said in an Aug. 25 update on flood recovery.

How we'll use Grow Iowa Values Funds this year
The state Board of Regents recently approved Iowa State's proposal to award 10 competitive grants totaling $942,389 from Iowa State's $1.459 million share of this year's Grow Iowa Values Fund. ISU teams will develop an instrument that reveals single molecules, test technology that can detect food contamination, design taller wind turbine towers and advance seven other projects with potential to grow the state's economy.

Flood relief fund set up by ISU Foundation
In response to inquiries from alumni and friends of the university, the ISU Foundation has established the 2010 Flood Relief Fund, which will be used at president Gregory Geoffroy's discretion, to support flood cleanup efforts. ISU leaders still are assessing the damage and what funding sources will pay for the recovery.

Design college presents Petersen award to Engelbrecht
Mark Engelbrecht, professor of architecture and dean emeritus of the College of Design, is the 2010 recipient of the Christian Petersen Design Award, presented by the college. He was honored in a program Aug. 23.

Open houses/receptions

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

Next week
-- Veterinary Medicine fall convocation: Sept. 1 (7:45 a.m., 1226 Vet Med)
-- Retirement: Geoff Abelson, ISU curriculum and instruction, Sept. 1 (2:30-4:30 p.m., 1009 LeBaron)
-- Retirement: Tom Andre, ISU curriculum and instruction, Sept. 1 (2:30-4:30 p.m., 1009 LeBaron)
-- Liberal Arts and Sciences fall convocation and reception: Sept. 1 (4 p.m., MU Sun Room)

-- Agriculture and Life Sciences fall convocation: Sept. 7 (4 p.m., MU Sun Room)

Details about these events are on the university calendar.

Arts and events

ISU on display at Farm Progress Show
Iowa State will be well-represented at the 2010 Farm Progress Show, held Aug. 31-Sept. 2 at the Central Iowa Expo grounds near Boone. An estimated 200,000 visitors from around the world are expected during the three-day show.

Plant sale, sidewalk sale at Reiman Gardens
The Reiman Gardens CoHorts will hold a plant sale Aug. 28 (8 a.m.-4 p.m.) and 29 (10 a.m.-2 p.m.) in the gardens' maintenance building parking lot. Profits support special projects in the gardens. The gardens' gift shop will have a sidewalk sale (9 a.m.-6 p.m. each day) in conjunction with the plant sale.

Music faculty to hold concert Aug. 29
Faculty members of the music department will perform during a fanfare concert to open the academic year Aug. 29 (3-4:45 p.m., Tye Hall, Music). Admission is free; all are welcome.

Happy birthday, Farm House
This year marks the 150th anniversary of the Farm House's construction. University Museums is holding a birthday party Aug. 27 (noon-4 p.m., Farm House Museum) to celebrate the home's legacy as the oldest building on campus. Festivities include Victorian music, games, snacks and a historical display.

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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