Dec. 16, 2010
Announcements and news for ISU faculty and staff
A single fall commencement ceremony is set for Dec. 18
An anticipated 1,689 students will complete degrees this week and many of them
will participate in a combined undergraduate
and graduate commencement
ceremony at 1:30 p.m. Saturday in Hilton Coliseum.
Regents approve 2011-12 faculty leaves, new veterinary center
Meeting Dec. 9 in Des Moines, the state Board of Regents approved 22 ISU faculty development
assignments for next year, but agreed to have another discussion on the
practice. The board also approved a new swine medicine education center in
the College of Veterinary Medicine.
DNR, ISU eye results of wood-coal combo
In a few weeks, university officials hope to find out if it's feasible to
begin adding wood pellets or chips to Iowa State's coal-fired boilers. The
Iowa Department of Natural Resources is reviewing data
collected during a series of wood-burning tests at Iowa State.
New possibility for an old problem: Chilly offices
The safer radiant panel heaters have reopened the discussion about portable
heaters in our workspaces. When fire marshal-approved criteria are followed,
some radiant heat
panels could be an option on campus.
Union Drive will close . . . again
Construction crews will take advantage of the winter break slowdown by closing a portion
of Union Drive for three weeks, beginning Dec. 20.
Winter break for Inside, Update
This is the final issue of both Inside Iowa State and Inside
Update until 2011. Both publications will return Jan. 6.
The following announcements were added this week:
-- Save the date: Student success summit planned for March 24-25, 2011
-- Crafters invited to Sloss House over Friday lunch hour
CELT is accepting proposals for 2011-12 Miller Faculty
The deadline for Miller Faculty Fellowship proposals for the 2011-12
academic year is Feb. 1, 2011. Details,
including eligibility, program changes this year and proposal requirements,
are online. Contact CELT associate director Steve Freeman with questions.
If you're off campus for winter break . . .
For the second year in a row, university officials are encouraging (but not
mandating) that departments and units shut down during winter break. Find
out how to prepare offices and
buildings for your extended absence.
ISU students honored in design magazine's competition
An interior design project by two College of Design students took top
honors in the student/conceptual category of Contract magazine's
32nd Annual Interiors Awards. The competition recognizes outstanding
projects in 15 categories related to interior design.
North campus custodian gets her diploma Saturday
graduates Saturday with a degree in liberal studies. She also works
full-time as a custodian on campus. And part-time as a waitress. And she's
rehabbing a 100-year old house in Boone while raising two sons.
A little help navigating through winter
As a class project, students in "Designing Effective Learning Environments"
developed a website, "Winter
Weather Awareness," to help members of the ISU community -- particularly
those experiencing their first Midwest winter -- stay safe and healthy. It
includes tips on clothing, driving, cold weather health and having fun in
Student affairs staffers served up free pancakes to
more than a thousand students late Friday night to fortify them for finals
Graduation gowns: Plastic or polyester?
The University Book Store is offering a green alternative to graduates -- a
gown made of 100
percent recycled plastic, virtually indistinguishable from its polyester
The Office of Biotechnology has launched an electronic newsletter, E-News.
Ten ways to live green and a sneak peek at spring semester events highlight
the December issue of
Green! Monthly (PDF), published by the Office of Sustainability
-- Retirement: Tom Hillson, ISU Ag Experiment Station, Dec. 16 (2-4 p.m.,
-- Retirement: Pam Myers, ISU electrical and computer engineering, Dec. 16
(2-4 p.m., 3041 ECpE Building Addition)
-- Retirement: Lilly Parlade, ISU Dining, Dec. 17 (no public event
-- Reception: Fall graduates, family and friends, Dec. 18 (following
commencement through 5 p.m., Alumni Center)
-- Retirement: Barbara Tice, ISU parking division, Dec. 20 (2-4 p.m., 168
-- Farewell: Peg Highland, ISU controller's department, Dec. 21 (1:30-3
p.m., 1155 Administrative Services Building)
-- Retirement: Richard Hoversten, ISU controller's department, Dec. 21
(1:30-3 p.m., 1155 Administrative Services Building)
-- Retirement: Karen Larsen, ISU parking division, Dec. 22 (no public
-- Retirement: Linda Younger, Office of Student Financial Aid, Dec. 22 (no
public event planned)
-- Retirement: Sandy Jensen, Office of the Vice President for Research and
Economic Development, Dec. 31 (no public event planned)
-- Retirement: Marilyn Lane, Office of University Counsel, Dec. 31 (no
public event planned)
-- Retirement: Pauline Miller, ISU Thielen Student Health Center, Dec. 31
(no public event planned)
-- Retirement: Nancy Peterson, ISU curriculum and instruction, Dec. 31 (no
public event planned)
-- Retirement: Merle Pochop, Center for Industrial Research and Service,
Dec. 31 (no public event planned)
-- Retirement: Cheryl Shreve, College of Business administration, Dec. 31
(no public event planned)
-- Retirement: Susan Thompson, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
communications, Dec. 31 (no public event planned)
-- Farewell: Jessica Rohrig, TRIO Educational Talent Search program, Jan.
3 (2-3:30 p.m., 307 Enrollment Services Center)
-- Retirement: Gary Osweiler, ISU veterinary diagnostic and production
animal medicine, Jan. 13 (3-5 p.m., Alumni Room (2542), Vet Med)
Details about these events are on the university
A holiday display that shoots for the stars
A tribute to gazing balls, those spherical wonders that have graced gardens
for centuries, are the focus of Reiman Gardens'
holiday exhibit. The gardens are open daily (except Christmas Day and
New Year's Day) from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Regular admission prices apply.
A royal dinner invitation
Make reservations now to enjoy dinner with the king and his court. The music
department's 46th annual Madrigal
Dinner is Jan. 14 and 15. Tickets are $40 ($36 for ISU students and
Plenty of basketball to see during the semester break
Eight Cyclone basketball games are scheduled at Hilton Coliseum over winter
break, including the women's Cyclone Challenge Dec. 29-30. The tournament
format adds a 5 p.m. game prior to each ISU contest, giving basketball
fanatics two bonus games to watch.
Men's basketball (discounted tickets available):
-- vs. Dartmouth, Dec. 19 (1 p.m.)
-- vs. Chicago State, Dec. 21 (7 p.m.)
-- vs. Northern Illinois, Jan. 3 (7 p.m.)
-- vs. Cal State Northridge, Dec. 20 (7 p.m.)
-- Cyclone Challenge vs. Florida A&M, Dec. 29 (7:30 p.m.)
-- Cyclone Challenge vs. Prairie View A&M, Dec. 30 (7:30 p.m.)
-- vs. Chicago State, Jan. 2 (2 p.m.)
-- vs. North Dakota State, Jan. 4 (7 p.m.)
Extended hours at gardens gift shop on Dec. 16
The Reiman Gardens gift shop will be open additional hours (5-7 p.m.) Dec.
16 for those who can't shop during the work day. Refreshments will be
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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