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Inside Update

Sept. 8, 2011
Announcements and news for ISU faculty and staff


Fall enrollment nears 30,000
Iowa State's record fall enrollment of 29,887 marks five consecutive years of growth and includes all-time high numbers of new (direct from high school) and transfer students. Within the largest freshman class ever -- 5,048 -- 61.5 percent are Iowans.

Dates set for presidential candidate forums
Although no finalists have been selected in the search for Iowa State's next president, the search committee is releasing a tentative schedule for the finalist open forums that will be held on campus later this month.

Peterson named interim director of Harkin Institute
David Peterson, associate professor of political science, will serve as interim director of Iowa State's Harkin Institute of Public Policy.

Campus events will commemorate 9/11 attacks
The Iowa State community will join others around the country in observing the 10-year anniversary of the terrorist jet plane attacks with a series of weekend events.

Flu shots for employees available beginning Oct. 10
Iowa State is offering employees flu shots at no cost Oct. 10-28. You're encouraged to get a shot as soon as possible.

More news: Inside Iowa State


The following announcements were added this week:
-- Presidential search committee's next meeting is Sept. 9
-- Vet Med's Ramsey Lecture Series resumes Sept. 21
-- Tearoom lunch service returns this week
-- Osborn Club lecture is Sept. 12

See: Announcements


CELT programs
Register via AccessPlus (click on Employee > HRS Training > Courses). Workshops are in 1230 Communications, except where noted.
-- Blackboard (Bb) Learn: Creating and Managing Groups in Blackboard Learn, Sept. 12 (11 a.m.-noon)
-- Introduction to ThinkSpace, a Multipurpose Instructional Tool, Sept. 14 (11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.)
-- PowerPoint, Beyond Bullets: Being Creative in the Classroom, Sept. 14 (1:10-4 p.m.)
-- Graduate student programming: Preparing for Academic Interviews, Sept. 14 (3:10-4:30 p.m., MU Gallery)
-- Bb Learn: Developing your Blackboard Learn Course, Sept. 15 (1:10-2:40 p.m.)
-- Bb Learn Grade Center I: Fundamentals, Sept. 16 (10-11:30 a.m.)
-- Bb Learn Grade Center II: Advanced, Sept. 16 (1:10-2:30 p.m.)

See: Descriptions and times

Seminars and conferences

The following conference was added this week:
-- Second biannual workshop, ISU Virus-Insect Interactions Initiative, Sept. 22 (noon-4:30 p.m., Ensminger Room, Kildee), non-biological scientists who can lend their expertise to research on virus-insect interactions encouraged to attend, register (free) by Sept. 16

See: Announcements


-- Sue Blodgett, South Dakota State University, to chair of the entomology and the natural resource ecology and management departments, effective Sept. 19
-- Neal Iverson, ISU geological and atmospheric sciences, to Smith Family Foundation Departmental Chair in Geology, effective July 1

Around campus

Changes under way in research support services
Changes being made in the Office for Responsible Research should improve and simplify the processes that support ISU's research enterprise. Staff members incorporated suggestions from listening sessions held with campus researchers.

Participants sought for 2012 Emerging Leaders Academy
The Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost is asking the campus community to nominate outstanding leaders to participate in the 2012 Emerging Leaders Academy. Candidates must be tenured faculty or professional and scientific staff at level P35 or higher.

Primate expert analyzes authenticity of motion picture
ISU anthropologist Jill Pruetz talks about what's "spot on" in the summer release, Rise of the Planet of the Apes.

Open houses/receptions

Next week
-- Exhibition reception: "Tana-Bana: A Celebration of Indian Textiles," Sept. 12 (5-6 p.m., Mary Alice Gallery, Morrill)

-- College convocation: Veterinary Medicine, Sept. 21 (8 a.m., 1226 Vet Med, continental breakfast from 7:15 a.m.)
-- College convocation: Agriculture and Life Sciences, Sept. 21 (4 p.m., MU Sun Room, reception follows)

Details about these events are on the university calendar.

Arts and events

Larkin Poe takes the stage at M-Shop on Friday
Folk-singing duo Larkin Poe, along with Des Moines-native Elizabeth Arynn, will perform at 9 p.m. in the Maintenance Shop Sept. 9. Tickets, available at the M-Shop, are $10 ($8, students) with a $2 increase the day of the show.

Cyclone teams competing at home in the next week:
-- Football, vs. Iowa, Sept. 10 (11 a.m., Jack Trice Stadium), $90 (single tickets remain)
-- Softball, vs. DMACC-Boone, Sept. 11 (11 a.m., Southwest Athletic Complex), free
-- Soccer, vs. Loyola Chicago, Sept. 11 (1 p.m., soccer complex), free

Carillon festival is Sept. 24
A concert by guest carillonneur Arie Abbenes will highlight the 2011 Carillon Festival on Saturday, Sept. 24. The day's events include a master class, performance and recital, followed by campanile tours. The festival is free and open to the public. Abbenes, a music professor at Indiana University, Bloomington, also will deliver a Sept. 22 lecture (1:10 p.m., Tye Hall, Music).

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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