March 31, 2011
Announcements and news for ISU faculty and staff
State relations officer Ann McCarthy updates the university community
on the latest
possibilities for state funding to Iowa State for the year that
begins July 1. Redistricting also will command legislators' time and
attention in these last weeks of the 2011 session.
News you can use from HRS
A pair of April 30 deadlines for flexible spending account claims and
inclusion in the phased plus retirement program are among two of the
items from human resource services this week.
More lenses on risk management
Following a trend in higher education, Iowa State is adopting a
broader, less "siloed" approach to identifying, assessing and
managing risk -- physical, financial or reputational. It's called
enterprise risk management.
More trash talk
Another 23 BigBelly
solar trash compactors have been installed on campus this
week, thanks to the residence department. Seven more are waiting in
Photostream of (campus) consciousness
In just a couple of weeks, the new ISU
Photostream website has become a beautiful reflection of
campus, as framed by student, faculty and staff photographers.
The following announcements were added this week:
-- 2011 Veishea buttons for sale online, at University Book Store
-- Nominations sought for Veishea student, faculty awards
-- Autism awareness is topic of April 5 talk
-- Take a walk with ISU students April 6
-- P&S Council nominations are due April 15
-- P&S staff appreciation event is April 7
-- Nolan to speak at April 25 reception
-- Submit requests to library now for summer, fall course reserve
-- Last Osborn Club lecture of the semester is April 11
Register via AccessPlus (click on Employee > HRS Training >
Courses). Workshops are in 1230 Communications.
-- How Can I Expand My Online Assessment Offerings through Blackboard's Tests, Surveys and Pools?
April 5 (10-11:30 a.m.)
-- Beyond Bullets: Being Creative in the Classroom with PowerPoint, April 6 (9 a.m.-noon)
-- What You Need to Know to Convert Your WebCT Course to Blackboard Learn, April 7 (10-11:30 a.m.)
-- Blackboard User Group: Blackboard Show and Tell, April 8 (11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.)
Descriptions and times
The following conferences were added this week:
-- Nutrition and Wellness Research Center symposium, May 9-11
Kepler spacecraft gives ISU professor look inside red giant
ISU's Steve Kawaler, professor of physics and astronomy, is part of
collaborations that have used data from NASA's Kepler
spacecraft to see into the core of red giant stars. The teams'
findings have been published in Science
Cookbook rock star stops on campus April 4
Chris Young, co-author of Modernist Cuisine, a popular new mega
speak at Iowa State April 4 (8 p.m., MU Great Hall). His
2,400-page cookbook comes in six volumes.
-- Retirement: Donna Flanagan, ISU enrollment services, April 1 (2-4
p.m., 314 Enrollment Services Center)
-- Retirement: David Otis, department of natural resource ecology and
management, April 1 (a reception is being planned for May, MU
-- Reception: Phi Kappa Phi honor society, initiation ceremony and
reception, April 3 (2 p.m., MU Gallery)
-- Retirement: David Block, ISU architecture, April 8 (4:30-6:30
p.m., 3215 Greenwood Cir., Ames)
-- Open house: Office of Student Financial Aid (National Student
Employment Week), April 13 (9-11:30 a.m., Beardshear ground floor)
Details about these events are on the university calendar.
First Amendment celebration starts April 3
Organizers moved the Greenlee School's annual First
Amendment Day celebration a week ahead of Veishea to focus on
a full slate of lectures and events. The celebration kicks off April
3, with most events planned for April 6-7.
Bring your own blood
The annual student-run spring blood drive runs through Thursday, March
31, in the Memorial Union's Great Hall. No appointment is necessary;
open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Edible book fest is Friday
Parks Library will host its first edible
book festival April 1 (11 a.m.-2 p.m., Bookends Reading
Room). The festival is one of many scheduled around the world on
this date. Winners will be announced at 2:15 p.m.
See the Golden Dragon Acrobats for free
Student Union Board is hosting a free performance of the high-flying
Acrobats on Monday, April 4 (8 p.m., Stephens). This event is
appropriate for the whole family.
It's time for the annual SCAVMA Scamper
The 28th annual SCAVMA (Student Chapter of the American Veterinary
Medical Association) Scamper 5K/10K run and walk is slated for
Saturday, April 9 (9 a.m. race time, Vet Med campus). Entry fees are
$20 ($25 day of race, $15 for students). Register
by 12:01 a.m. April 7. Dogs on leashes are welcome to run,
information is online.
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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