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Inside Update

Jan. 13, 2011
Announcements and news for ISU faculty and staff


User fees will change when new rec complex opens
This summer, students will assume the full cost of recreation fees that are funding the new State Gym complex. Employee users will be charged the same amount.

New salary adjustment policy takes effect this week
A new university policy that addresses pay increases for faculty and professional and scientific staff goes into effect Jan. 14 and will be part of developing next year's university budget. Executive vice president and provost Elizabeth Hoffman introduces the new policy in her most recent budget memo.

Iowa State to purchase Des Moines veterinary clinic
Pending approval by the state Board of Regents at a special Jan. 13 meeting, Iowa State, through a nonprofit business entity, will purchase Iowa Veterinary Specialties, an investor-owned emergency and specialty care hospital in Des Moines. IVS and Iowa State's Lloyd Veterinary Medical Center will continue to focus on emergency and specialty care and operate independently in their current locations.

Reminder: Iowa State has an ethics hotline
Iowa State contracts with a third-party hotline vendor, EthicsPoint, to allow anonymous reporting of activities that may involve criminal, unethical, noncompliant or unsafe behavior impacting the university. You may submit a report online or by calling (866) 384-4277.

New mileage rate takes effect Feb. 1
The maximum reimbursement rate has decreased to 19 cents per mile for the use of personal vehicles in certain circumstances.

More news: Inside Iowa State


The following announcements were added this week:
-- University closed Jan. 17 to observe national King holiday
-- Diversity grant, Women's Enrichment Fund mini-grant FY12 proposals due Feb. 1
-- W-2s are available in AccessPlus
-- Student researchers invited to present their work at two upcoming events
-- Jan. 14-15 madrigal dinner tickets still available
-- Learn about volunteer opportunities Jan. 19
-- Iowa Arts Council staff plans campus visit Jan. 28
-- Sustainability symposium planners seek poster proposals, award nominations

See: Announcements


CELT programs
Register via AccessPlus (click on Employee > HRS Training > Courses).
-- Tips for Teaching Large Classes, Jan. 25 (12:10-1:30 p.m., 2030 Morrill)

See: Descriptions and times

Seminars and conferences

The following conference was added this week:
-- Symposium on future of learning, research collaboration, Feb. 1

See: Announcements


-- Linda Serra Hagedorn, professor in educational leadership and policy studies, to associate dean for undergraduate programs, College of Human Sciences, effective Jan. 5

Around campus

Nine faculty named AAAS fellows
Nine researchers from Iowa State -- two of them also are affiliated with the U.S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory -- have been named fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Conceptualizing the Midwest prairie
The Center for Excellence in the Arts and Humanities will host an interdisciplinary roundtable Jan. 19 (12:10-1 p.m., 302 Catt) at which ISU faculty will analyze the environment of the Midwest prairie, past and present. The public is invited to this free event; bring your lunch, if you like.

Athletics department dedicates new Hilton gathering space
The athletics department held a dedication ceremony Jan. 12 for "Johnny's at Hilton Coliseum," a sports bar-themed gathering area for donors, named for former men's basketball coach Johnny Orr.

Media spokesperson training
News Service provides media spokesperson training to faculty and staff who regularly serve as expert media sources, as well as those who would like to interact and communicate more effectively with reporters. Sessions are being offered Feb. 15 (afternoon) and Feb. 21 (morning).

Departmental newsletters

How to become an engaged teaching faculty member, the top 10 reasons to be excited about the new Blackboard Learn and the CELT Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Institute are some of the topics featured in the spring 2011 CELT newsletter.

University Extension
From the desk of Jerry Miller, VP for ISU Extension: Economic development resources from CIRAS; digital media in Studio 4-H; food assistance outreach efforts; and the value of Iowa farmland.

Open houses/receptions

This week
-- Retirement: Gary Osweiler, ISU veterinary diagnostic and production animal medicine, Jan. 13 (3-5 p.m., Alumni Room, Vet Med)
-- Opening reception: "Line to Tone: A Drawing Salon," student work from the College of Design drawing curriculum, Jan. 13 (5-7 p.m., Gallery 181, College of Design)

Next week
-- Reception: "Relationships" art exhibition, Jan. 20 (4:30-6 p.m., Brunnier Art Museum, Scheman, program at 5:15 p.m.)

-- Open house: The SHOP (Students Helping Our Peers) food pantry, Jan. 27 (3-6 p.m., 2616 Food Sciences, short program and ribbon cutting at 4:30 p.m.)

Details about these events are on the university calendar.

Arts and events

Iowa LEGO championship is Jan. 15
Seventy-two teams of 9- to 14-year-olds will show off their biomedical engineering and problem-solving skills in the Iowa FIRST LEGO League Championship Jan. 15 (9 a.m.-5 p.m., Howe Hall). It's free and open to the public.

MLK holiday events continue next week
The university and Ames communities will honor civil rights advocate Martin Luther King Jr. with several celebrations and lectures.

Open house will showcase Sloss renovations
The Margaret Sloss Women's Center is holding a grand reopening celebration Jan. 19 to show off renovations to the 128-year-old Sloss House.

Wildlife photography, poetry on display at MU
An exhibition of wildlife photographs and poetry by Paul Brooke, professor of English at Grand View University, Des Moines, is on display in the Pioneer Room, Memorial Union, through Feb. 14. The exhibit features two dozen photographs from Iowa, Florida and Maine. Brooke's spouse, Corly, recently retired from the College of Human Sciences.

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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