Nov. 17, 2011
Announcements and news for ISU faculty and staff
Blackboard Learn is much better, thank you
Happy days are here again for the Blackboard
Learn course management system, which got off to a rocky start
earlier in the semester. ISU support staff and Blackboard staff have
cleared up several issues that slowed the system.
State Gym construction hits the home stretch
Five semi truckloads of fitness equipment will be installed this week
in a renovated
State Gym and its west addition. Pending final approval of
utility and environmental systems and staff training, the facility
is on schedule to open early in the spring semester.
Campus wind energy use hits new high
Iowa State purchased 1.87 million kilowatt hours of electricity last
month from a wind farm in northeast Story County, the highest
production month since the university started purchasing
wind energy in January 2010.
Be weather-wise this winter
With one round of snow behind us, it's time for a reminder about Iowa
weather policies and procedures.
Nov. 18 night game will impact afternoon campus parking
A Friday night home football game for the Cyclones means that
stadium-area parking lots will open to fans at 1 p.m. Students and
employees who normally park in stadium and Iowa State Center lots
will need to move their cars, making campus
parking spots scarce on Friday afternoon. General staff lots
will open to the public at 11 a.m.; reserve lots and stalls for
drivers with disabilities will not.
Kuali software rollout stretches across campus
Whether you've heard of it or not, there's a good chance Kuali will
impact your work at Iowa State in the near future. Find out how the
Kuali organization builds and sustains open-source software for
universities in this Q&A
with Maury Hope, associate chief information officer.
No Update next week
Inside Iowa State will not publish next week, due to the
national Thanksgiving holiday on Nov. 24. Classes are recessed
Nov. 21-25. The Inside Update news email likewise won't be
sent. Look for more faculty/staff news on Dec. 1, or check the
section for updates.
The following announcements were added this week:
-- Attorneys will summarize new patent laws at Nov. 29 lunch
-- Haber Road closed at overpass for part of Monday
-- Volunteers sought for Science Bowl competitions
-- Forestry Club's tree sales will run for three weekends
-- Wellness presentations observe diabetes month
-- Library to close for part of winter break
-- ISU ranked among 'fittest colleges'
-- Reminder: Benefits open change period ends this week
-- Reading improvement clinic accepting applications for spring
-- "Give Some Warmth" drive seeks hats, mittens, scarves
Three will interview for Leopold director post
finalists have been announced for the director's position in
the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture and will interview
on campus from Nov. 28 to Dec. 5. Their interviews will include a
presentation on their vision for the center's future and how their
experiences contribute to that vision. The presentations are open
to the public.
First event of the Harkin Institute is Nov. 29
The Harkin Institute of Public Policy will hold its inaugural
lecture Nov. 29 (noon, MU Sun Room). NBC News political
analyst Charlie Cook will discuss the Iowa caucuses and the 2012
election. The lecture will be preceded by a dedication ceremony for
the Harkin Institute at 11:30 a.m. in the Campanile Room.
ISU research aimed at better flood predictions
ISU hydrologist Kristie Franz's surface
water research -- aided by funding from NASA and the National Weather Service -- could help improve
predictions for "streamflow events," such as flooding.
Twelve leaders selected for Catt Center's sixth calendar
Twelve women -- six students and six employees -- whose leadership has
made a difference at Iowa State will be honored on the
calendar published by the Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women
and Politics. The poster calendar will be unveiled during a
reception Jan. 12 (3:30-5 p.m., MU Campanile Room), and distributed
for free after the event. More than 40 women were nominated for a
spot on the calendar.
-- 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.,
-- Reception: "Reclaimed: Reflections of a River" (featuring artwork
and writings inspired by the Skunk River Navy experience), Dec. 1
(7-8 p.m., Hach Hall lobby)
-- Retirement open house: Jan Stoehr and Richard Poist, ISU supply
chain and information systems, Dec. 2 (2:30-4:30 p.m., Bergstrom
Commons, Gerdin, program at 2:45 p.m.)
-- Reception: Gregory and Kathy Geoffroy, 'thank you' for 10-plus
years of service, Dec. 8 (3-6 p.m., MU ballrooms, program at 4:30
Details about these events are on the university
ISU Theatre ushers in holiday season with A Christmas
ISU Theatre presents multiple
performances of A Christmas Carol Dec. 2-4 and
Dec. 9-11. The traditional story line and special effects are
sure to please the whole family.
Lorie Line returns to Stephens with holiday show
Lorie Line and her Fab Five will bring their "Christmas Bells are
Ringing!" show to Stephens for a 3 p.m. performance Sunday,
Nov. 20. Tickets, available at the Iowa State Center ticket office
and through Ticketmaster,
are $48 ($25 youth; $20 ISU students).
MercyMe brings Christmas tour to Ames
Award-winning Christian band MercyMe will perform its Christmas show
at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 1 at Stephens Auditorium. Tickets range from $43
to $47 ($25 youth; $20 ISU students), and are available at the Iowa
State Center ticket office or through Ticketmaster.
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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