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Inside Update

May 26, 2011
Announcements and news for ISU faculty and staff


Orientation begins next week
New Student Programs staff anticipate as many as 4,800 incoming freshmen will participate in ISU orientation during June. A growing number still are shopping for their schools this fall.

Hort rooftop gets a little patch of green
Horticulture lecturer Jennifer Bousselot turned a little section of ordinary rooftop into a green space for hands-on classwork -- and a nice view for building occupants.

Memorial Day is university holiday
Iowa State classes will not meet and university offices are closed Monday, May 30, to observe the national Memorial Day holiday. Parks Library also will close for the day. The university's annual ceremony begins at 9 a.m. in the Alumni Center.

Board of Regents responds to tuition article
The State Board of Regents Office today released a response to Sunday's Des Moines Register article, "Runaway Tuition: A Challenge for Students, Parents and Schools." The universities' state relations officers shared this document (PDF) with key legislators.

Servicing Iowa State's research enterprise
At a series of listening sessions, faculty and staff are invited to share their perspectives on the strengths and weaknesses of the central services that support sponsored research. The first session will be held June 7 (10 a.m.-noon, MU Gallery); others are Aug. 15, Sept. 14.

Ethics hotline reminder
Iowa State contracts with a third-party hotline vendor, EthicsPoint, to allow anonymous reporting of activities that may involve criminal, unethical, noncompliant or unsafe behavior impacting ISU. You may submit a report online or by calling (toll-free) 866-384-4277. The website is hosted on EthicsPoint's secure servers; it is not part of the university's website.

More news: Inside Iowa State


The following announcements were added this week:
-- Dean of students Dione Somerville is headed to Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania
-- P&S Council's May 26 noon forum will focus on FY12 budget development
-- Lauren Christian Pork Chop Open golf fund-raiser is July 19
-- Registration is open for summer Kids' Co'Motion

See: Announcements


CELT programs
Register via AccessPlus (click on Employee > HRS Training > Courses). All workshops are in 1230 Communications.
-- Introduction to Blackboard (Bb) Learn, May 31 (9-10 a.m.)
-- Beyond Bullets: Being Creative in the Classroom with PowerPoint, June 1 (9 a.m.-noon)
-- Bb Learn: Organizing Course Content, June 1 (1:10-2:10 p.m.)
-- Bb Learn: Developing Learning Activities, June 2 (1:10-2:40 p.m.)

See: Descriptions and times

Around campus

Student power pull team to compete June 2-5
ISU's Power Pullers will see how they measure up at the annual International 1/4 Scale Tractor Student Design Competition, June 2-5 in Peoria, Ill.

Donated water headed to Joplin for tornado victims
Water donated last August to help Ames residents following local flooding is on its way to help the residents of Joplin, Mo. ISU Dining asked its KC-based fruit supplier to return to Missouri Wednesday with a semi-truck loaded with gallon jugs of drinking water stored in an ISU warehouse.

Cyclone student-athletes have a good year in the classroom
Iowa State student-athletes had a strong year in the classroom and the NCAA's recently released Academic Progress Rate (APR) figures confirm that. Seventeen of Iowa State's 18 sports maintained or improved their APR rates, a four-year academic performance average, from last year's figures.

Summer brings study abroad for 115 CALS students
The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences will send 115 students to 15 countries for study abroad programs or internships this summer.

Open houses/receptions

This week
-- Retirement: Patricia Murphy, ISU food science and human nutrition, May 26 (3-6 p.m., Food Sciences courtyard, program at 4 p.m.)

Next week
-- Retirement: Debi Franck, IT Services, May 31 (2-4 p.m., 206 Durham, program at 3 p.m.)
-- Farewell: Ken Kerns, ISU environmental health and safety, June 2 (2-4 p.m., EH&S Services, program at 3 p.m.)
-- Open house: Iowa 4-H Center June 2 (5:30-8 p.m., 1991 Peach Ave., Madrid)

-- Retirement: Loren Shiers, ISU agricultural and biosystems engineering, June 14 (2-4 p.m., 1151 National Swine Research and Information Center, program at 2:30 p.m.)

Details about these events are on the university calendar.

Arts and events

Free gardens admission this weekend for veterans, active duty personnel
To honor their service to our country, all veterans and active-duty military personnel will be admitted free to Reiman Gardens over the Memorial Day weekend, Saturday-Monday, May 28-30.

Sculptures are part of central campus ArtWalk
University Museums' Nancy Girard will lead a June 1 ArtWalk on central campus. (noon-1 p.m.) The tour includes sculptures by Christian Petersen, Luis Jimenez and Albert Paley. Participants should meet at the Memorial Union's north entrance.

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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