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Inside Update

April 28, 2011
Announcements and news for ISU faculty and staff


Regents approve Harkin institute
By a 6-2 vote, the state Board of Regents Wednesday approved a new public policy institute at Iowa State that will be named for alumnus and U.S. Senator Tom Harkin.

Federal requirement and now ISU policy: Effort reporting
A new university policy and FAQ help research faculty comply with an existing federal requirement. The work ("effort") charged to a grant must be completed during the time period a researcher receives at least part of his or her salary from the grant.

ISU Library: By the numbers
The largest book. The smallest book. The oldest book. The book most frequently checked out. Discover some interesting facts about the ISU Library.

More news: Inside Iowa State


The following announcements were added this week:
-- Brunnier Art Museum Store to close, liquidation sale is May 6-8
-- Learning Communities Institute is May 9
-- ISU team wins national ag contest
-- Same copy paper, new purple box
-- Student club members will plant trees for Arbor Day

See: Announcements

Seminars and conferences

The following conference was added this week:
-- Symposium: Science Communication at ISU, May 13-14

See: Announcements

Around campus

Students present business ideas in entrepreneurship showcase
The 2011 College of Human Sciences Entrepreneurship Showcase will be held April 28 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. in the LeBaron Hall lounge, lobby and auditorium. Students will compete for cash and prizes in categories related to new business start-up ideas and existing business renovations.

ISU senior will graduate after taking one class per semester for 19 years
Kathy Vitzthum has taken about one class every semester since 1992, while juggling family and career. About halfway through the 40 semesters, she promised her terminally ill father that she would continue until she graduated. On May 7, the 48-year-old Vitzthum graduates summa cum laude from Iowa State with a bachelor's degree in accounting.

Solar car team will race at Indy
Team PrISUm will compete in the Formula Sun Grand Prix May 2-7 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The race is part of 100-year anniversary events at the racetrack in May.

Departmental newsletters

Agricultural and biosystems engineering department
A February visit to the department from Gov. Terry Branstad, an ABE presence in the new patent display at the ISU Alumni Center, and a tribute to May 2010 honorary degree recipient Harold Brock are part of the latest issue of the agricultural and biosystems engineering department's spring 2011 newsletter (PDF).

Open houses/receptions

This week
-- Retirement: Michael Whiteford, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences administration, April 29 (3-5 p.m., Hach Hall lobby, program at 4 p.m.)

Next week
-- Retirement: Walter Trahanovsky, ISU chemistry, May 5 (3-4:30 p.m., Hach Hall lobby)
-- Reception: Post-commencement, for all graduates and their families, May 7 (following commencement for two hours, ISU Alumni Center)

-- Retirement: John Mayfield, ISU genetics, development and cell biology, May 12 (1-3 p.m., Molecular Biology Building atrium)

Details about these events are on the university calendar.

Arts and events

CODAC art sale is under way
The annual CODAC (College of Design Art Club) spring art sale continues April 28 (11 a.m.-5 p.m.) and April 29 (noon-4 p.m.) in the foyer outside the dean's office at the College of Design. Most items are priced between $10 and $100. Some proceeds go to the student artists and the rest fund club activities.

Final concerts of the year
Student ensembles in the music department will give final performances of the academic year this week. The ISU Symphony Orchestra's final concert is April 28 (7:30 p.m., Tye Hall, Music). Tickets are $4 ($2 for students) at the door. The ISU Concert and Symphonic bands will perform April 30 (7:30 p.m., Stephens), and all four Iowa State choirs will perform in the Masterworks concert May 1 (3 p.m., Stephens). Tickets to either concert are $10 ($5 for students 18 years and younger), available at the door or in advance at the Stephens box office.

Mamma Mia! will spend two nights at Stephens
The touring hit musical Mamma Mia! will stop at Stephens Auditorium for two shows, March 2 and 3 (7:30 p.m.). Tickets ($51-$55 for adults, $34 for youth and $27 for ISU students) are available through Ticketmaster or at the Stephens box office.

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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