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Inside Update

Nov. 3, 2011
Announcements and news for ISU faculty and staff


Search committee, open forum set in Business dean search
A 15-member search committee is ready to begin work to find the next dean of the College of Business. During a Nov. 9 forum, committee members will ask for input from the university community on attributes to be sought in the next dean.

Making time for learning communities
Lots has been written about how learning communities are good for students transitioning to university life. Faculty members talk about how learning communities are good for them, and why they find the time for them.

ISU, national coalition build next generation of science faculty
ISU is part of a national coalition that believes boosting future professors' teaching skills will increase the number of students in science and technology fields.

Provider websites: Quick access to information -- lots of it
Taking charge of your health and retirement benefits has never been easier, thanks to robust provider websites. Find out how to register on these sites to get access to a plethora of useful information.

Regents lament another tuition increase
Meeting Oct. 27 in Cedar Falls, the state Board of Regents gave a reluctant first look at proposed tuition increases for next year, thanked president Gregory Geoffroy for his leadership and achievements, and announced a revised start date, Jan. 16, for ISU president-designate Steven Leath.

More news: Inside Iowa State


The following announcements were added this week:
-- Free STEM teaching webinar offered Nov. 7
-- Daylight-saving time ends Sunday morning; "fall back"
-- Alumni association seeks nominations before Dec. 1 for 2012 awards
-- ISU Printing open house is Nov. 16
-- Nov. 8 forum topic is leadership for proposed School of Education
-- Metro Des Moines homestay hosts sought for January
-- Snow blower service days are Nov. 11-12
-- MBA information lunch is Nov. 8
-- 2012 benefits are topic of next P&S Council forum
-- Free HRS sessions
-- Presentation proposals being accepted for 13th annual ISCORE
-- Science Café is Nov. 3 at Lucullan's

See: Announcements


CELT programs
Register via AccessPlus (click on Employee > HRS Training > Courses). Workshops are in 1230 Communications.
-- Blackboard (Bb) Learn Grade Center I: Fundamentals, Nov. 8 (1:30-3 p.m.)
-- Bb Learn Grade Center II: Advanced, Nov. 8 (3:10-4:30 p.m.)
-- Bb Learn: Creating and Managing Online Small Groups in Blackboard, Nov. 10 (11 a.m.-noon)
-- Blackboard User Group, Nov. 11 (11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.)

See: Descriptions and times

Applications for Miller faculty fellowships due Feb. 1
CELT's faculty advisory board invites applications for the Miller faculty fellowship program, which supports innovative projects that enhance undergraduate programs at Iowa State. Proposals for the 2012-13 academic year are due Feb. 1, 2012. More information is online. Questions may be directed to CELT faculty intern Jan Thompson.


-- Angela Laury, ISU food science and human nutrition, to ISU Extension food safety specialist

Around campus

ISU undergrads excel at CERN
A team of ISU students spent their summer break working at CERN, home of the Large Hadron Collider. They developed and built neutron-counting equipment for the international project.

Astronaut Clay Anderson returns to campus Nov. 3-5
NASA astronaut Clayton Anderson (MS '83 aerospace engineering) will return to Iowa State for several events Nov. 3-5, including a public lecture, "The End Becomes the Beginning," on Nov. 3 (5 p.m., Howe Hall auditorium) and an autograph-signing session during the Cyclone Central tailgate on Nov. 5 (8:30-11 a.m., Alumni Center). During the football game vs. Kansas, Anderson will present the ISU flag he flew in space in April 2010.

Practitioners rank ISU architecture, landscape architecture programs among the best
According to a new survey of practitioners by DesignIntelligence magazine, Iowa State's undergraduate architecture program is 9th and the landscape architecture program 10th in the United States.

ISU animal care program earns accreditation
An international group that promotes humane treatment of animals used in research, teaching or testing recently gave first-time, full accreditation to the Veterinary Medicine and Human Sciences colleges' animal programs and facilities. Accreditation from the Association for the Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care International shows ISU's commitment to continuous improvement in its animal care and use program, said Mary Sauer, ISU's attending veterinarian.

Campus forums

This week
-- Associate VP for human resource services candidate Rod Kelly, University of Virginia, Nov. 3 (1:30-2:15 p.m., MU Oak Room)
-- LAS dean candidate, Beate Schmittmann, Virginia Tech University, Nov. 3 (3:30 p.m., 1951 Food Sciences, reception follows)
-- Resource Management Model, with members of the campus budget model review committee, Nov. 4 (noon-1 p.m., MU Cardinal Room)
-- Associate VP for human resource services candidate Warren Hills, Ferris State University, Nov. 4 (1:30-2:15 p.m., MU Oak Room)

Next week
-- LAS dean candidate, Douglas Epperson, Washington State University, Nov. 7 (3:30 p.m., 2019 Morrill, reception follows)
-- Associate VP for human resource services candidate Pamela Bowman, Western Illinois University, Nov. 9 (1:30-2:15 p.m., 204 Carver)
-- Characteristics desired in a director for the proposed School of Education, Nov. 8 (4:10-5 p.m., W142 Lagomarcino)
-- Leadership attributes for the next College of Business dean, Nov. 9 (2-3 p.m., 3164 Gerdin)

Open houses/receptions

This week
-- Open house: ISU Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine's new location in the Thielen Student Health Center, Nov. 3 (11 a.m.-1 p.m. and 4-6 p.m., second floor atrium and 2015 student health center)

-- Farewell reception: Mary Holz-Clause, ISU Extension and Outreach, Nov. 16 (4:30-6 p.m., Reiman Gardens, program at 4:45 p.m.). Cards and letters are being collected; send to Lynnette Hauser, 2150 Beardshear.
-- Retirement reception: Sandi Bishop, U.S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory, Nov. 22 (2-4 p.m., 205 TASF)
-- Retirement reception: Al Vogl, ISU agronomy, Nov. 30 (3-5 p.m., Agronomy commons)

Details about these events are on the university calendar.

Arts and events

Shakespearean 'romcom' brings young love to Fisher Theater
Love's Labor's Lost, one of Shakespeare's early romantic comedies, opens a two-weekend run Nov. 4 in Fisher Theater. Tickets for the ISU Theatre production are $16 for adults, $14 for seniors and $8 for students.

Singers/songwriters Amy Grant and Michael W. Smith make Ames stop
Grammy winners Amy Grant and Michael W. Smith are bringing their "2 Friends" tour to Stephens Nov. 4 for a 7:30 p.m. performance. Tickets ($45 to $65) are available at the Stephens ticket office or through Ticketmaster.

International Week is Nov. 6-12
The campus community is invited to participate in International Week, Nov. 6-12. Most activities are free and include, in part, a campus clean-up on Nov. 6 (11 a.m.- 2p.m., MU Cardinal Room/campus), a scavenger hunt (registration required) on Nov. 7 (5:30-9:30 p.m., MU) and international night on Nov. 11 (7-10 p.m., MU Great Hall).

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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