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Inside Update

Dec. 2, 2010
Announcements and news for ISU faculty and staff


You've waited a year, and now it's here
It's Inside's annual gift guide compilation -- a list of holiday gift ideas, gift cards, memberships and open houses available right here on campus.

Symposium eyes future: How will we learn, research, collaborate?
Gadgets, apps and nearly constant connectivity are blurring the line between the physical and virtual campus. At a Feb. 1 symposium, faculty, staff, students and higher ed experts will ponder the changes in store and ways to get Iowa State ready for the future.

Accidents happen: Workers' compensation reminders
Nobody expects to get injured on the job, but if it does happen, human resource services wants employees to report it. Find out what the process is, and how to keep a minor injury from turning into a major pain.

WinterFest moves to a Friday evening . . . for you
The student-organized WinterFest celebration will be held this Friday evening, Dec. 3, and includes free activities for all ages. Tour the campanile, participate in a 5K, dominate in dodgeball, frost a sugar cookie, visit the Farm House Museum, enjoy a feature film, purchase some holiday gifts . . . all on campus.

More news: Inside Iowa State


The following announcements were added this week:
-- P&S Council's next open forum is Dec. 2
-- ISU Forestry Club's tree and wreath sale continues for two more weekends
-- New website focuses on research opportunities for undergrads
-- Rec Services' tai chi demonstrations are Dec. 6 and 10
-- Volunteers sought for science bowl competitions in January, February
-- YWCA offers student scholarship opportunity
-- Some campus artwork is covered to observe World AIDS Day
-- Buy poinsettias through Dec. 4 from the ISU Horticulture Club
-- Find unique holiday gifts at Art Mart, Dec. 2-4
-- Vet services discount extended to ISU retirees
-- Neighborhood meeting on outdoor sports complex is Dec. 8

See: Announcements


-- Ann McCarthy, office of the executive vice president and provost, to state relations officer, office of the president, effective Nov. 22

Around campus

Meningitis case reported on campus
An ISU student has been diagnosed with bacterial meningitis and is hospitalized in stable condition at Mary Greeley Medical Center. A preventive antibiotic is being administered to those who had close contact with the student.

ME students share their devices at first design expo
Teams of mechanical engineering students will share posters and prototypes of their design ideas during the department's first design expo Dec. 7 (noon-4 p.m., Howe Hall). It is free and open to the public.

Prospective students find out if they are future Iowa Staters . . . in only two days
A new faster, efficient enrollment process is a win-win for both ISU and prospective students.

Discovery prevents symptoms of genetic disorder
A research team, led by ISU's Matthew Ellinwood, has demonstrated that beginning replacement of a key enzyme shortly after birth prevents irreversible damage to skin, bones and organs typically suffered by individuals with MPS 1 (mucopolysaccharidosis type I).

Departmental newsletters

Living Green
Green gift-giving, earth-friendly holiday parties and "reuse" shopping at ISU Surplus are featured in the latest Live Green! Monthly newsletter (PDF).

Open houses/receptions

This week
-- Retirement: Robert Weber, ISU electrical and computer engineering, Dec. 3 (3-5 p.m., program at 3:30 p.m., MU Gold Room)
-- Retirement: Skip Walter, ISU supply chain and information systems, Dec. 3 (4-6 p.m., Bergstrom Commons, Gerdin Building)

Next week
-- Reception: Bob Rust, ISU animal science, honoring his induction to the Meat Industry Hall of Fame, Dec. 6 (3-4:30 p.m., Kildee atrium, program at 3:30 p.m.)
-- Retirement: Jim Gaunt, ISU civil, construction and environmental engineering, Dec. 7 (2-4 p.m., MU South Ballroom)
-- Retirement: Jim Bernard, ISU mechanical engineering, Dec. 8 (2-4 p.m., MU Campanile Room)
-- Reception: Honoring the 12 subjects in the Catt Center's "Women Impacting ISU" 2011 calendar, Dec. 8 (3:30-5 p.m., MU Sun Room)
-- Retirement: Sally Gleason and Dave Scott, ISU chemistry, Dec. 9 (2-3:30 p.m., Hach Hall lobby)
-- Retirement: Corly Brooke, College of Human Sciences administration, Dec. 9 (2-4 p.m., MU Great Hall)
-- Retirement: Max Porter, ISU civil, construction and environmental engineering, Dec. 10 (2:30-5 p.m., MU South Ballroom, program at 3:15 p.m.)

-- Retirement: John Maves and Mary Joyce VeVerka, ISU architecture, Dec. 13 (2-3 p.m., Lightfoot Forum, Design)
-- Retirement: Deb Michel and Dennis Olson, ISU animal science, Dec. 14 (3:30-5 p.m., Kildee atrium, program at 4 p.m.)
-- Retirement: Dianne Anderson, ISU Survey and Behavioral Research Services, Dec. 15 (3:30-5 p.m., 1109 Snedecor)
-- Retirement: Pam Myers, ISU electrical and computer engineering, Dec. 16 (2-4 p.m., 3041 ECpE Building Addition)
-- Retirement: Cheryl Shreve, College of Business administration, Dec. 22 (no public event planned)
-- Retirement: Merle Pochop, Center for Industrial Research and Service, Dec. 31 (private event planned)
-- Farewell: Jessica Rohrig, TRIO Educational Talent Search program, Jan. 3 (2-3:30 p.m., 307 Enrollment Services Center)

Details about these events are on the university calendar.

Arts and events

The Peanuts gang takes the stage
ISU Theatre is bringing a family-friendly stage production of You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown to Fisher Theater. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 3, 4, 10 and 11; 1 p.m. Dec. 5; and 2 p.m. Dec. 12. Tickets, $18 for adults and $11 for students, are available at Ticketmaster, the Iowa State Center ticket office or at the door.

Holiday harmony with The Lettermen
1960s crooners, The Lettermen, will be on campus Dec. 3 (7:30 p.m., Stephens) for a holiday concert. Tickets are $33 and $37 (youth, $25; ISU students, $20), and are available online or at the Iowa State Center ticket office.

Student holiday concert is Dec. 5
Iowa State's 55th annual holiday concert, featuring the symphony orchestra and more than 300 voices from four choirs, will be held Dec. 5 (4 p.m., Stephens). Tickets are $10 ($5 for ISU students and youth).

Lunch with the coach
The Cyclone head basketball coaches will host campus lunches next week in the MU Sun Room (noon-1 p.m. both days). Have lunch with women's coach Bill Fennelly Dec. 6 and with men's coach Fred Hoiberg Dec. 7. Bring your lunch and your questions; door prizes are awarded.

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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