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Inside Update

April 7, 2011
Announcements and news for ISU faculty and staff


Regents request input on presidential search
What qualities should the state Board of Regents look for in its search for a new ISU president? Individuals who want to share their thoughts on this question can post comments on a public website. The board also will hold a public forum on campus April 27.

Veishea gears up next week
Central campus BBQs, tournaments of all kinds and lots of free entertainment. Yes, it's Veishea time, and the festivities are gearing up next week. Find out what's taking place April 7-14, before the main event next weekend.

Post-tenure review changes clear the senate docket
With just two meetings left in the academic year, the Faculty Senate is working to clear its docket. Changes to the post-tenure review policy were among the items approved at the April 5 meeting.

Check now to prevent website problems later
When the switch to a redesigned university homepage occurs early this summer, it's possible that problems like broken images and messy layouts will appear on some units' web pages. Here's how to check your site for potential problems and make the fix.

ISU banners resurface as tote bags
The colorful vinyl Iowa State tote bags that arrived this week in the University Book Store are made from retired banners that once flew along University Boulevard. How'd that happen?

More news: Inside Iowa State


The following announcements were added this week:
-- Spring cleaning: Recycle personal electronics at DOT April 21
-- Campus memorial service for Jim Hopson is April 30
-- Meet English faculty authors at reading, signing event April 20
-- Faculty, staff may participate in Veishea VIP Program
-- Next MBA informational lunch is April 20

See: Announcements


How effective are teaching and learning innovations?
The EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative is conducting its online spring focus session April 13-14 (11 a.m.-4 p.m. daily) with the theme "Seeking Evidence of Impact," and Iowa State's ComETS community is hosting the event. Listen to national learning assessment leaders and participate in the nationwide discussion in 1230 Communications. The program schedule and additional information are online.

CELT programs
Register via AccessPlus (click on Employee > HRS Training > Courses).
-- ISU Blackboard Users Group Meeting, April 8 (11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., 1230 Communications)
-- Team-based Learning, April 14 and April 15 (9 a.m.-5 p.m. both days, 2030 Morrill)
-- Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Panel Presentation, April 18 (12:10-1 p.m., 2030 Morrill)
-- What You Need to Know to Convert Your WebCT Course to Blackboard Learn, April 20 (10-11:30 a.m., 1230 Communications)

See: Descriptions and times


-- Dr. Rodney "Butch" Baker, senior clinician, ISU food supply veterinary services, to the David R. Trask Professorship in Entrepreneurial Studies

Around campus

ISU's MBA program is third in U.S. News ranking
Iowa State's Master of Business Administration (MBA) program is third in a new U.S. News and World Report ranking linking the nation's full-time MBA programs with career placement success. According to the ranking, 96.3 percent of ISU's MBA graduates were employed within three months of graduation.

ISU friends, alumni to be honored next week
Iowa State's alumni association and foundation will recognize alumni, friends and a corporation with its most prestigious honors during the annual Distinguished Awards Celebration April 15 (1:30 p.m., MU Sun Room). It is open to the public.

New department home for FCEdS program
Pamela White, dean of the College of Human Sciences, announced that the family and consumer sciences education and studies program will move to the human development and family studies department, effective July 1. Currently it's in the apparel, educational studies and hospitality management department.

Departmental newsletters

Department of electrical and computer engineering
The spring 2011 edition of ECpE Connections newsletter discusses a student iPhone app that generates thousands of downloads, the high marks given to the Ph.D. program and a professor's work to increase solar cell efficiency.

Open houses/receptions

This week
-- Staff appreciation: For all P&S employees, April 7 (4-6 p.m. come-and-go, Reiman Gardens)
-- Retirement: David Block, ISU architecture, April 8 (4:30-6:30 p.m., 3215 Greenwood Cir., Ames)

Next week
-- Open house: Office of Student Financial Aid (National Student Employment Week), April 13 (9-11:30 a.m., Beardshear ground floor)
-- Reception: Gmelch Memorial Sculpture dedication, April 15 (Brunnier Art Museum, Scheman, following 9 a.m. ceremony at sculpture site in Lagomarcino courtyard)

-- Retirement: Roger Smith, ISU educational leadership and policy studies, April 20 (1-3 p.m., MU Campanile Room)
-- Farewell: Sylvia Munsen, ISU music, April 20 (4-5 p.m., lobby, Music Hall)
-- Retirement: Michael Whiteford, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences administration, April 29 (3-5 p.m., Hach Hall lobby, program at 4 p.m.). Colleagues are invited to email best wishes for a book the college will compile to Laura Engelson.

Details about these events are on the university calendar.

Arts and events

Musical comedy takes Veishea stage
The Stars Over Veishea production of Kiss Me, Kate begins its two-weekend run April 8 at Fisher Theater. The Tony Award-winning Broadway musical comedy features songs and lyrics by Cole Porter.

Late night comedy
The Student Union Board and ISU After Dark invite all to Comedy Night with Kurt Braunohler, a free comedy extravaganza April 8 (11 p.m., MU Great Hall). Braunohler is an award-winning comedian whose TV credits include Penelope: Princess of Pets, Southpark and MTV's Human Giant.

Country duo Thompson Square performs on campus
Husband-and-wife duo and rising country stars Thompson Square will perform at 10 p.m. April 8 at the Maintenance Shop. Tickets are $10 (free for ISU students) and only are available at the door.

Easter egg hunt planned for April 9
Omega Tau Sigma, the professional veterinary fraternity, is hosting an Easter egg hunt April 9 (8-11 a.m., 2401 and 2402 Wilke Suites, College of Vet Med). Kids of students, faculty and staff are welcome to attend. Other activities include Easter movies and a visit from the Easter Bunny.

Student fashion show is April 9
A week of fashion and design-related events concludes with textiles and clothing students' annual fashion show April 9 (7 p.m. runway show, 6 p.m. exhibits, Stephens). Tickets, $22 (students $18) are available online or at the door.

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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