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Inside Update

Sept. 23, 2010
Announcements and news for ISU faculty and staff


On the agenda
Among items on President Gregory Geoffroy's agenda are flood cleanup, continuing to offer a strong student-centered education, making employee salary increases a budget priority and rejuvenating campustown. Geoffroy discussed his "to do" list and recent university achievements during his talk at the university convocation and awards ceremony Monday.

Public meetings on Campustown redevelopment are next week
Several public meetings on Campustown redevelopment are set for next week. Representatives of Kansas City, Mo.-based LANE4 Property Group, the master developer working on a development concept, will share the project status and findings from public input sessions held in June.

Flu shot clinic is Oct. 11-29
Occupational medicine staff will administer flu shots, while supplies last, to ISU employees weekdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 11-29 in 205 Technical and Administrative Services Facility (TASF). There is no charge to employees for shots. No appointment is necessary, but be sure to bring your university ID card or your ID number.

ISU will reprise partial shutdown over semester break
For the second straight year, Iowa State will be partially closed for an 11-day stretch during semester break.

Planning is under way on next year's budget
A summary of state appropriation requests, a short list of goals for next year and a budget timeline are included in Elizabeth Hoffman's first memo to university leaders on the FY12 budget development process.

Senate opens new academic year
Senators approved a new masters of industrial design program at their Sept. 21 Faculty Senate meeting, but a decision on a proposed engineering technology degree will have to wait.

Iowa State makes the lists
Iowa State made the lists in a couple of recent rankings. In a Wall Street Journal ranking, recruiters selected schools whose graduates were well-prepared. And a United Kingdom weekly ranked world universities.

More news: Inside Iowa State


The following announcements were added this week:
-- Special Collections reading room will be closed Sept. 29
-- Brunnier Art Museum extends postponements
-- ISURF/OIPTT candidate forum rescheduled
-- Info session on starting a learning community is Oct. 5
-- There's additional funding for undergrad research assistantships this year; apply now
-- 'Thank you' luncheon for flood volunteers is Sept. 2
-- Campus blood drive next week seeks volunteers and donors
-- University Museums' annual campus art photo contest entries due Sept. 30

See: Announcements


CELT programs
Register via AccessPlus (click on Employee > HRS Training > Courses).
-- CELT fall teaching symposium poster reception, Sept. 28 (noon-2 p.m., MU Gallery)
-- Graduate student focus: Preparing for Academic Interviews, Sept. 29 (3:10-4:30 p.m., 152 Science I)

See: Descriptions and times

Around campus

Endowed faculty positions surge to 150, achieving key campaign objective
Seventy-five endowed faculty positions have been created during Campaign Iowa State, bringing the new total to 150 and reaching the goal set when the campaign was launched on July 1, 2003. More than $167 million has been raised for faculty support during the campaign.

Regents approve 2010-15 strategic plan
Last week in Cedar Falls, the state Board of Regents gave final approval to the university's strategic plan, which covers the years 2010 through 2015, but with an eye on another year -- 2050.

Regents approve expedited flood recovery, phase-out of athletics funding
The state Board of Regents also approved Iowa State's request for expedited construction and purchasing processes to get flood-damaged buildings back in use as soon as possible. And the board approved a plan to eliminate general fund support to the athletics department at the end of this fiscal year.

California Supreme Court case cites ISU research
U.S. Supreme Court justices will likely consider research by ISU psychologists in a fall case involving video games. The case, brought by the State of California against the video game industry, concerns a proposed law to prohibit the sale of violent video games to minors without parental consent.

ISU-led team will improve pre-K-8 math teaching
Iowa State researchers are leading a six-university, five-year collaborative project to improve the design and instruction of math methods classes for prospective teachers. The National Science Foundation awarded $3.5 million for the project.

Open houses/receptions

Next week
-- Reception: Celebrating the arts and humanities at ISU, Sept. 27 (5:30-7:30 p.m., MU Campanile Room, program at 6 p.m.)
-- 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.

Candidate forums

This week
-- Lisa Nolan, associate dean, College of Veterinary Medicine, candidate for Veterinary Medicine dean, Sept. 23 (3:15-4:15 p.m., 1226 Veterinary Medicine)

Next week
-- Jean Sander, Ohio State University, candidate for Veterinary Medicine dean, Sept. 27 (3:15-4:15 p.m., 1226 Veterinary Medicine)
-- James Petell, University of North Dakota Research Foundation, candidate for ISURF/OIPTT director, Sept. 30 (1:30-2:30 p.m., MU Gold Room)
-- Robert Holland, University of Tennessee, candidate for Veterinary Medicine dean, Sept. 30 (2:30-3:30 p.m., 1226 Veterinary Medicine)

-- Todd Headley, Colorado State University Research Foundation, candidate for ISURF/OIPTT director, Oct. 4 (1:30-2:30 p.m., 206 Durham Center)
-- Jacob Maczuga, Tulane University, candidate for ISURF/OIPTT director, Oct. 7 (1:30-2:30 p.m., 1227 Hoover)

Details about these events are on the university calendar.

Arts and events

Season openers
The ISU Symphony Orchestra opens its concert season Sept. 24 (7:30 p.m., Tye Hall, Music). Tickets are $5 ($3 students) at the door. The ISU Wind Ensemble, the university's top concert band, will have its first concert Sept. 26 (3 p.m., Tye Hall, Music). Tickets are $4 ($2 students) at the door.

Cyclones compete at home
These Cyclone teams will host games this weekend in Ames:
-- Men's hockey: vs. Central Oklahoma, Sept. 24-25 (7:30 p.m., Ames/ISU ice arena)
-- Volleyball: vs. Oklahoma, Sept. 25 (2 p.m., Ames High School)
-- Football: vs. Northern Iowa, Sept. 25 (6 p.m., Jack Trice Stadium)
-- Softball: Exhibition doubleheader vs. Iowa Lakes C.C., Sept. 26 (11 a.m., 1 p.m., Southwest Athletic Complex)
-- Soccer: vs. Kansas, Sept. 26 (1 p.m., ISU soccer complex)

Ticket information is online.

Postcards as art
ISU's Print Society will host its 10th annual International Postcard Print Exchange Exhibition and silent auction Sept. 29-Oct. 8 (8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, Gallery 181, College of Design). Admission is free. The show will open with a public lecture by Amy Worthen, curator of prints and drawings at the Des Moines Art Center, on Sept. 28 (7:30 p.m., Kocimski Auditorium, College of Design).

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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