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Inside Update

Aug. 18, 2011
Announcements and news for ISU faculty and staff


Residence staff welcome 10,000-plus students to campus this week
A freshman class that tops 5,000 and high rates of returning students also opting for on-campus housing adds up to a record-setting fall for the residence department. More than 10,000 students will have moved into campus housing by Monday.

Five questions for Kyle Holtman
Discover why August is a crazy time for Destination Iowa State coordinator Kyle Holtman, and why new students should avoid the first row at the event's opening assembly in Hilton Coliseum.

ISU's disaster recovery experience helping at Iowa Braille School
Iowa State personnel are helping with disaster recovery efforts at the Iowa Braille and Sight Saving School in Vinton, which was heavily damaged in a July 11 storm. Facilities planning and management oversees all capital projects at the state Board of Regents' special schools and Lakeside Laboratory.

Nominations, interest in presidential post running high
Nominations for the Iowa State presidency and interest in the position continue to run high, says Daniel Parker, who leads the Atlanta firm that's assisting in the ISU search. Parker provided an update at the Aug. 16 search committee meeting.

Revamped vanpool program includes daily parking passes, ride home in an emergency
A flat fee that won't fluctuate, one-day parking passes and a guaranteed ride home if there's an emergency are changes that Transportation Services made to its vanpool program to encourage higher participation among ISU employees.

More news: Inside Iowa State


The following announcements were added this week:
-- OLLI fall open house is Aug. 25
-- Help the Wildlife Care Clinic by recycling old cell phones, ink cartridges, cameras
-- Ames makes 'geekiest city' list
-- Post part-time student jobs via AccessPlus
-- Women's center book club begins in September
-- English class for adults starts Sept. 1
-- 867 students completed their degrees this summer
-- First Cyclone Central tailgate is Sept. 3

See: Announcements


CELT programs
Register via AccessPlus (click on Employee > HRS Training > Courses). Workshops are in 1230 Communications.
-- Blackboard (Bb) Learn: Creating, Submitting and Grading Online Assignments, Aug. 23 (2:10-3:10 p.m.)
-- Respondus: Creating Test Pools, Quizzes, Surveys for Blackboard Learn, Aug. 24 (10-11 a.m.)
-- Bb Learn: Interactive Grading Rubrics, Aug. 25 (2:10-3 p.m.)

See: Descriptions and times


-- U.S. Army Maj. Richard Smith, to military science and tactics department chair, effective Aug. 4

Around campus

Make time for your college's opening event
Here's a listing of fall semester opening events, including the all-university convocation on Sept. 26.

Cyclone Sports Medicine moves to Thielen facility
Cyclone Sports Medicine and Physical Therapy has moved from the Lied Center to 2015 Thielen Student Health Center, effective Aug. 18. Patients arriving at the new location for therapy or sports medicine services should stop at the health center's front desk to request a parking pass before proceeding upstairs. Designated patient parking is available outside the Thielen Center.

Floods leave manufacturers with major challenges
A survey shows that western Iowa manufacturers continue to face major challenges resulting from Missouri River flooding. The survey was conducted by ISU's Center for Industrial Research and Service.

Prepping media for the straw poll
An ISU political scientist helped several dozen members of the international media understand Iowa's presidential campaign and caucus process prior to the GOP debate on campus Aug. 11.

Student club named nation's best chapter -- again
The Agricultural Business Club has been named the national outstanding chapter by the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association for the sixth consecutive year.

Open houses/receptions

Next week
-- Retirement: Beth Weiser, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences development office, Aug. 24 (2-4 p.m., 142 Curtiss)
-- Retirement: Donna Millang, CBiRC, Aug. 26 (3-5 p.m., 1120 Biorenewables Research Laboratory)

-- Exhibition reception: Relationships: Interstitial Connections, Sept. 1 (4:30-6 p.m., Brunnier Art Museum, Scheman, program at 5:15 p.m.)

Details about these events are on the university calendar.

Arts and events

Plant sale at Reiman Gardens this weekend
Stock up on Iowa-grown perennials and house plants at Reiman Gardens this weekend (Aug. 20, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.; Aug. 21, 8 a.m.-2 p.m.). Door prizes, a gift shop sidewalk sale and advice from Iowa master gardeners and Ames Garden Club members also will be part of the festivities. Funds benefit Reiman Gardens.

Got posters?
The Student Activities Center is holding its annual poster sale Aug. 20 through Sept. 2 in two different Memorial Union locations (Aug. 20-21, MU Pine Room; Aug. 22-Sept. 2, MU Cardinal Room). Hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Prices range from $8 to $12; proceeds from the sale support MU art programs.

FanFest is Aug. 21
Meet student-athletes and coaches, get autographs from the football team and shoot hoops with the basketball team at the annual Cyclone FanFest, Aug. 21 (2-4 p.m., Bergstrom Indoor Practice Facility). All 16 Cyclone sports will participate and Cy's Locker Room will sell Iowa State merchandise and apparel. Admission is free.

Paul Farmer lecture is Aug. 25
Global humanitarian and physician Paul Farmer will talk about life in Haiti since the January 2010 earthquake during a public lecture Aug. 25 (7 p.m., Stephens, doors open at 6 p.m.). Admission is free.

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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