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Inside Update

June 2, 2011
Announcements and news for ISU faculty and staff


Students and their technology: A college-by-college look
The results of a 2010 fall survey of student technology use recently was stratified by colleges. While most students in all colleges like technology-enhanced classes, those in Veterinary Medicine and Engineering seem most enthused.

Presidential search is on regents' June 8 agenda
When it meets June 8 in Iowa City, the state Board of Regents is expected to announce the process it will use to find Iowa State's next president. You can listen to the proceedings online.

ISU group explores more activities with Chinese institutions
President Geoffroy and several other ISU officials recently traveled to China to pursue more activities between Iowa State and Chinese institutions.

Sixth Street to close at University Boulevard
Sixth Street, between University Boulevard and the Brookside Park entrance, will be under construction for four weeks, beginning Friday, June 2.

More news: Inside Iowa State


The following announcements were added this week:
-- CyRide public meeting is June 2
-- Reiman Gardens' annual photo contest opens July 1
-- Library's leisure, new books collections suspended for summer
-- Save the date: Annual College Creek cleanup is July 9
-- Register now for June 17 Lab Safety Summit
-- Cash reward offered for information on sculpture vandalism

See: Announcements


CELT programs
Register via AccessPlus (click on Employee > HRS Training > Courses). All workshops are in 1230 Communications.
-- ISU-BUG: Integrating Digital Content into Blackboard (Bb) Learn, June 10 (11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.)
-- Introduction to Bb Learn, June 13 (11 a.m.-noon)
-- Bb Learn: Communicating with Students, June 14 (1:10-2:40 p.m.)

See: Descriptions and times

Around campus

Vet Med students take their learning abroad this summer
Seventy-seven Veterinary Medicine students (about 15 percent of the college's student body) are traveling and studying in five countries this summer.

ISU study: Poverty rate for Iowa children rising faster than national average
In his analysis of U.S. Census data, ISU sociologist David Peters found that the number of Iowa children in households with incomes below the poverty line is growing faster than the national average. In the past 10 years, the poverty rate for Iowa's children has gone up 3.1 percent, while the national increase has been just 2.1 percent.

Horticulture greenhouses nearly complete
Crews are putting the final touches on the horticulture department's new greenhouses on the south side of Horticulture Hall.

How to grow ISU's research enterprise
During a series of listening sessions, faculty and staff can share their perspectives on the strengths and weaknesses of the central services that support Iowa State research. The first of these is June 7 (10 a.m.-noon, MU Gallery).

A redesign for undergraduate sequence
A new design sequence in aerospace engineering, called Make to Innovate, will allow students to receive elective credits for many extracurricular projects they currently complete for fun.

Open houses/receptions

This week
-- 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: David Hsu, ISU Center for Nondestructive Evaluation, June 10 (2-4 p.m., Applied Science 2, auditorium)
-- 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.)
-- Farewell: Dione Somerville, ISU dean of students, June 17 (2-4 p.m., MU Campanile Room)
-- Retirement: Lloyd Anderson, ISU animal science, June 20 (2:30-4 p.m., Kildee atrium, program at 3 p.m.)
-- Retirement: Steve Jungst, ISU natural resource ecology and management, June 24 (4-5:30 p.m., MU South Ballroom, program at 4:30 p.m.)
-- Retirement: Jerry Miller, ISU Extension, June 27 (3-5 p.m., Reiman Gardens, program at 4 p.m.), send notes for a memory book by June 20 to Linda Brinkmeyer, llbrink@iastate.edu, 2150 Beardshear

Details about these events are on the university calendar.

Arts and events

Percussion concert benefits art exhibition
ISU lecturer in percussion and soloist Matthew Coley will give a benefit concert June 3 (7 p.m., north end storefront, North Grand Mall, 2801 Grand Ave.). The suggested donation is $10; proceeds will support the multimedia production, Clearly (hanging glass, dance, percussion, lights, fabric, wind chimes), at the mall through mid-June.

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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