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Inside Update

Sept. 16, 2010
Announcements and news for ISU faculty and staff


All are welcome at Monday's university convocation
An address by president Gregory Geoffroy and an awards ceremony are highlights of the 2010 university convocation Sept. 20 (3:15 p.m., Memorial Union Sun Room). Check out the list of faculty and staff members who are receiving honors this year.

Latest green experiment: Morrill Road street lights
Fifteen new street lights along Morrill Road and Union Drive are expected to save some $1,225 in energy costs annually.

Artistic elements in new research facility
Those attending the building dedication and open house of the Biorenewables Research Laboratory on Friday may notice sustainable art pieces created by ISU Design students. They also may notice a one-of-a-kind conference table on the first floor designed and built on campus.

Regents meet Thursday in Cedar Falls; listen online
The state Board of Regents is expected to approve expedited flood recovery procedures for Iowa State, strategic plans for all schools and funding proposals for the Iowa State and Northern Iowa athletic departments when it meets Sept. 16 in Cedar Falls.

More news: Inside Iowa State


The following announcements were added this week:
-- Lied Center will reopen Thursday morning, with limitations
-- Reiman Gardens returns to regular hours (9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. daily)
-- Employee wellness offers two opportunities to make a change this fall
-- MARL joins office of biotechnology's core facilities
-- Library announces workshops on bibliography management software
-- Fuel up again at Transportation Services
-- Planners needed for February 2011 social justice summit
-- Research lab installs new microplate reader
-- Get hands-on fire extinguisher training (and maybe a free T-shirt) Sept. 17
-- ISU Dining Days continue through Friday
-- Iowa Energy Center seeks funding proposals

See: Announcements


CELT programs
Register via AccessPlus (click on Employee > HRS Training > Courses).
-- Maintaining Quality in Blended Learning: From Classroom Assessment to Impact Evaluation, Sept. 20 (noon-1 p.m., 206 Durham)
-- Academic Integrity: The Judicial Affairs Process, Sept. 22 (12:10-1 p.m., 2030 Morrill)
-- Graduate student focus: Going on the Academic Job Market, Sept. 22 (3:10-5 p.m., 2030 Morrill)

See: Descriptions and times

ComETS hosts online seminar on blended learning evaluation, assessment
ComETS (Community of Educational Technology Support) is hosting an EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative webinar, "Maintaining Quality in Blended Learning: From Classroom Assessment to Impact Evaluation," Sept. 20 (noon-3 p.m., 206 Durham). Leaders from Penn State and Central Florida, both strong institutions in the field of blended and distance learning, will lead the session. No registration is needed. Feel free to bring your lunch.


-- Jan Thompson, ISU natural resource ecology and management, to Harmon Family Professor in Forestry

Around campus

Shelley's voice silenced at age 98
Former broadcaster and ISU professor Jack Shelley died Sept. 14. A tribute to the Boone native recaps his career, including his service as a World War II correspondent and the prominent journalists he groomed at ISU.

Mosquito danger peaks in the fall
Entomology assistant professor Lyric Bartholomay warns that September and October are the months when dangerous viruses -- including West Nile virus -- are more likely to be spread by mosquitoes.

Practical retirement advice for faculty and staff
The ISU Foundation will host a symposium for faculty, staff and retirees, "Practical Retirement and Estate Planning in the Midst of Economic and Legislative Change," on Oct. 12 (6-7:30 p.m., Gateway Hotel and Conference Center). The event is free; preregistration is requested by Oct. 4.

Departmental newsletters

ISU Extension newsletter
In this issue: Oct. 12 Iowa Hunger Summit; CIRAS helps Humboldt company; online parenting resource; post-flood housing assessment work; and the search begins for the next vice president for extension and outreach.

Open houses/receptions

This week
-- Reception: Fresh Fotos exhibition opening, Sept. 16 (6-8 p.m., Gallery, MU)
-- Retirement: Chris Ahoy, facilities planning and management, Sept. 17 (10 a.m.-noon, MU Campanile Room)
-- Open house: Biorenewables Research Laboratory, Sept. 17 (3-5:30 p.m., Biorenewables Research Laboratory, 3 p.m. dedication program)

-- Retirement: Robert Niehoff, ISU facilities planning and management, Sept. 29 (1:30-2:30 p.m., 142 General Services Building)

Details about these events are on the university calendar.

Arts and events

Reminder: Vet Med dean candidate visits begin Sept. 20
Four finalists in the search for the next dean of Veterinary Medicine will interview on campus between Monday and Oct. 1. Their visits include a campus forum, to which all are invited.

Thoughts of a news man
Wall Street Journal editorial page editor Paul Gigot discusses the future of opinion journalism during a public lecture Sept. 21 (8 p.m., Stephens). Admission is free.

ArtWalk focuses on College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Join Nancy Girard, University Museums, for a tour of art on campus near the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences on Sept. 22 (noon-1 p.m., Agronomy Hall courtyard). The walk includes a look at sculptures by Christian Petersen and Beverly Pepper.

Weekend home athletics events
-- Soccer vs. Iowa, Sept. 17 (6:30 p.m., ISU Soccer Complex). Admission is $5 (children 2 and younger are free).
-- Softball, All-Iowa Classic, Sept. 18 (9 a.m. vs. North Dakota State; 1 p.m. vs. UNI); Sept. 19 (9 a.m. vs. Drake; 3 p.m. vs. Iowa). Games will be played at the Southwest Athletic Complex. Admission to all games is free.

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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