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Inside Update

Feb. 17, 2011
Announcements and news for ISU faculty and staff


What do you think about ISU's employee benefits?
All faculty and professional and scientific staff will receive an employee benefits survey in their e-mail from human resource services later this week. Don't delete it. HRS wants to know which employee benefits are most valuable to you.

Council, senate working on rec fee options
P&S Council president Mark Clarridge told members at their Feb. 10 meeting that council and Faculty Senate leaders are working together to find alternatives for the planned increase in recreation services user fees.

Student retention numbers heading up
An annual report to the state Board of Regents shows gains in student retention and graduation rates.

Inside has a new address
If you've bookmarked or linked to Inside Iowa State, please take a moment to change the URL to our new location at www.inside.iastate.edu. Other Inside features that now live in the new locale are faculty-staff announcements at www.inside.iastate.edu/announce/fs.php and honors at www.inside.iastate.edu/honors/honors.php.

More news: Inside Iowa State


The following announcements were added this week:
-- Deadline extended for LAS interim dean nominations
-- MU hosts bridal fair on Feb. 20
-- ISU accredited by Professional Landcare Network
-- Next Advisors' Exchange forum is March 3
-- Delicious books: Registration required for library's April 1 edible book festival
-- Export control training sessions for staff, faculty are Feb. 24-25
-- ISU ADVANCE workshop on faculty promotion is Feb. 23

See: Announcements


CELT programs
Register via AccessPlus (click on Employee > HRS Training > Courses).
-- What You Need to Know to Convert Your WebCT Course to Blackboard Learn, Feb. 23 (10-11:30 a.m., 1230 Communications)
-- Graduate Student Programming: Preparing for Academic Interviews, Feb. 23 (3:10-5 p.m., 280 Town Engineering)

See: Descriptions and times

Seminars and conferences

The following conferences were added this week:
-- The Future of Ethnic Studies, Feb. 25

See: Announcements


-- Diane Rover, professor of electrical and computer engineering, to director of Strengthening the Professoriate at Iowa State University (SP@ISU)

Around campus

Better batteries soon may be a reality, thanks to ISU researcher
Ayman Fayed, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, is working with Rockwell Collins engineers to test a technology that could extend the battery life of portable devices by reducing power consumption.

Student wins free room and board for the year
ISU Freshman Dana Buer won free room and board for participating in the residence department's MAP-Works initiative. The prize (valued at about $7,500) is retroactive to cover both semesters of the 2010-11 school year.

Departmental newsletters

Live Green! Monthly
Next week's Symposium on Sustainability, a worthy destination for 500 cans of spam and green goings-on at the Memorial Union are part of the February edition.

Search forums

This week
-- LAS dean search discussion forum, Feb. 17 (8-9 a.m., 302 Catt)
-- Open forum: A. Scott Reed, Oregon State, ISU vice president for extension and outreach candidate, Feb. 17 (3-4:30 p.m., 1951 Food Sciences)

Next week
-- Open forum: Michael Schmitt, University of Minnesota, ISU vice president for extension and outreach candidate, Feb. 22 (3:30-5 p.m., 1951 Food Sciences)
-- LAS dean search discussion forum, Feb. 23 (4-5 p.m., 302 Catt)
-- Open forum: Michael Gray, University of Illinois, ISU vice president for extension and outreach candidate, Feb. 24 (3-4:30 p.m., 1951 Food Sciences)

-- Open forum: Cathann Kress, Office of Family Policy, Children and Youth, U.S. Department of Defense, ISU vice president for extension and outreach candidate, March 1 (3-4:30 p.m., 1951 Food Sciences)

Details about the vice president candidate forums are on the search website.

Arts and events

Public lectures are part of green symposium
Next week's university symposium on sustainability (Feb. 21-22) includes two public lectures from environmental stewards, Kim Jordan and Jerome Ringo, who walk the walk.

Cyclone teams competing at home in the next week
-- Gymnastics, vs. Iowa, Feb. 18 (7 p.m., Hilton)
-- Men's basketball, vs. Missouri, Feb. 19 (12:45 p.m., Hilton)
-- Women's basketball, vs. Colorado, Feb. 19 (7 p.m., Hilton)
-- Women's basketball, vs. Texas, Feb. 21 (8 p.m., Hilton)
Ticket information

ArtWalk focuses on College of Engineering
University Museums' Nancy Girard will lead an ArtWalk at the College of Engineering Feb. 23 (noon-1 p.m., east entrance of Howe Hall). The Moth by Mac Adams and sculptures by Seymour Lipton will be featured on the walk.

ISU Theatre brings emotional 'Miracle' to stage
ISU Theatre opens its spring schedule Feb. 25 with a two-weekend run of The Miracle Worker, a true story based on the relationship between Helen Keller and her teacher, Annie Sullivan.

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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