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Inside Update

Feb. 24, 2011
Announcements and news for ISU faculty and staff


Rec fees will be phased in for faculty, staff
Heeding faculty and staff feedback about increased recreation fees in 2011-12, vice president for student affairs Tom Hill said that nonstudent user fees will be phased in over the next two years. University funds will cover the difference.

It's your turn: Participate in the third university life survey
In an e-mail sent this week, faculty, staff and students are invited to participate in a biennial online University Life Survey. The university's progress on strategic plan goals and ISU's working and learning environments are among the topics covered in the five-minute survey.

New tools to assist with new salary policy
Several new tools are available for those who will implement the new salary adjustment policy.

Teams envision a greener Iowa State
Teams conjured up visions of a campus where people opt for buses instead of cars, eat more in-season local foods and network extensively about sustainable activities. It all was part of the visioning process at the recent symposium on sustainability.

Publishing tips are part of creative writing symposium
A panel discussion with agents and editors will kick off this year's Symposium on Wildness, Wilderness and the Creative Imagination. "A Rough Guide to the Heart and Mind" is the theme for lectures and readings during the annual event, Feb. 26-27 in the Memorial Union. It is free and open to the public.

More news: Inside Iowa State


The following announcements were added this week:
-- Stash the Trash and Veishea Service Day is March 26; register to volunteer online
-- Door prizes sought for National Student Employment Week
-- Faculty and staff needed as Veishea volunteers
-- Register by March 11 for Fulbright program workshops
-- Eating Disorders Awareness week continues through Feb. 28

See: Announcements


CELT programs
Register via AccessPlus (click on Employee > HRS Training > Courses).
-- Clicker orientation workshop, March 2 (12:10-1 p.m., 2030 Morrill)
-- "Back to the Basics: Blackboard Learn's File Management Options," March 3 (2:10-3:30 p.m., 1230 Communications)

CELT accepting applications for conference
The Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching is accepting faculty applications for Wakonse Conference on College Teaching Fellowships. The conference is May 26-31. CELT will pay for conference registration, lodging, food and travel for those awarded the fellowship. Applications are due March 5.

See: Descriptions and times

Around campus

First draft on NCAA certification ready to read
The first draft of a self-study of ISU's athletics program is available online. The draft is part of the NCAA certification process under way at Iowa State. A public forum on the draft is scheduled for Feb. 28 (5:30-7:30 p.m., Memorial Union Campanile Room).

Discovery will help understand drug resistance of bacteria
A team led by ISU and Ames Lab researcher Edward Yu has zeroed in on the pump system that helps bacteria resist antibiotic drugs. Their discoveries are featured in the Feb. 24 issue of the Nature journal.

ISU economist assesses Obama health care plan
In a report he authored for the new issue of IAbiz magazine, ISU economist David Swenson points out that large fractions of the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act have some impact on commerce and Iowa's workers in general, small businesses in particular, and on the state's important and diverse insurance industry.

Waste vegetable oil from ISU Dining to fuel CyRide bus
BioBus, an entrepreneurial student initiative, hopes to soon recycle waste vegetable oil collected from ISU Dining's Union Drive Marketplace facility and turn it into biodiesel to power a CyRide bus.

Search forums

This week
-- 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)

Next week
-- 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 are on the search website.

Arts and events

Fiddler on the Roof salutes tradition
A national touring company will perform the Tony Award-winning musical Fiddler on the Roof at 8 p.m. March 3 in Stephens Auditorium. Tickets, $49 and $45 ($25 youth, $20 students), are available at the Iowa State Center ticket office and through Ticketmaster.

Cyclone teams competing at home in the next week
-- Men's hockey, vs. Northern Iowa (American Collegiate Hockey Association), Feb. 25 and 26 (7:30 p.m., Ames/ISU Ice Arena)
-- Men's basketball, vs. Nebraska, Feb. 26 (12:45 p.m., Hilton)
-- Women's basketball, vs. Kansas, March 1 (7 p.m., Hilton)
-- Men's basketball, vs. Colorado, March 2 (6:30 p.m., Hilton)
Ticket information: Cyclone athletics, Cyclone hockey

Photography exhibit examines rural landscape
The Memorial Union is hosting a photography exhibition through March 29 (Gallery, 8 a.m.-10 p.m. daily) featuring the work of Michael Sherer, a film professor at the University of Nebraska, Omaha. Sherer's photography focuses on the unique aspects of rural landscape, especially abandoned buildings and things near ruin.

Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra stops in Ames
The Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra, along with two-time Grammy Award-nominee Philippe Quint, will perform at Stephens Auditorium Feb. 27 at 3 p.m. This is the orchestra's first U.S. tour. Tickets, $41 and $37 ($25 youth, $20 students), are available at the Iowa State Center ticket office or through Ticketmaster.

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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