Dec. 8, 2011
Announcements and news for ISU faculty and staff
Schmittmann named to LAS dean post
Beate Schmittmann, physics professor and department chair at Virginia
Tech University, will become the next dean
of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences in April.
Student Counseling trains mental health first-aid
Student Counseling Service's new mental
health first-aid training program teaches faculty and staff
how to identify and help distressed students until appropriate
treatment and support can be provided.
Trainor tapped as next HRS leader
Trainor, executive assistant to the chancellor and associate
vice chancellor for human resources and labor relations for the
Connecticut State University system, has been named Iowa State's
associate vice president for human resource services. Trainor
begins his duties Jan. 17.
Senators push through policy changes
Faculty Handbook changes, including one that links tenure to
new professor appointments, were among the items endorsed at the
Faculty Senate meeting. A new minor in U.S. Latino/a studies
also was approved.
2012-13 tuition rates, School of Education proposal on regents'
When it meets Thursday afternoon in Ames, the state
Board of Regents will be asked to approve tuition and fee
rates for next year and a proposed School of Education in the
College of Human Sciences. Live audio streaming of the meeting
begins at 1 p.m.
Year-end news from human resource services
Before you ring in the New Year, the human resource services staff
suggests you take
a moment to do some benefits housekeeping: submit 2011
flexible spending account claims and decide whether you want (or
need) long-term care insurance before it goes away.
The following announcements were added this week:
-- Flu vaccine still available for employees
-- Position changes in the controller's department take effect Jan. 1
-- Rec Services to offer free trial period at State Gym
-- Cyclone hockey hosts faculty/staff appreciation night on Dec. 10
-- Next Osborn Club public lecture is Dec. 12
-- Benefits confirmation statements went online Dec. 2; report changes by Dec. 9
Register via AccessPlus (click on Employee > HRS Training > Courses).
-- Blackboard User Group, Dec. 9 (11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., 1230 Communications)
Descriptions and times
Research misconduct policy clears P&S Council
Professional and Scientific Council members endorsed a draft research
misconduct policy and a resolution acknowledging president Gregory
Geoffroy's service at their Dec. 1
River trash gets second life . . . as art
Biology and design learning community freshmen collaborated on this
fall's Skunk River trash collection effort -- and on a subsequent project to turn some of that trash into treasures (in the form of art). Their work is on display in Bessey Hall.
Football squad will compete in Pinstripe Bowl Dec. 30
Coach Paul Rhoads and his Cyclone football team will face Rutgers
University's Scarlet Knights in the Pinstripe
Bowl Dec. 30 in Yankee Stadium, New York City. The ISU alumni
association is organizing a bowl travel
Student art sale continues through Friday
The College of Design Art Club is holding its annual
fall sale of work by students in the integrated studio arts
program. Proceeds go to both the artists and to the club to help
fund workshops and guest speakers. Sale hours are 10 a.m.-4
p.m. Dec. 8-9 in the foyer outside the dean's office suite.
Lab offers multiple ways to experience virtual reality
virtual reality facility is designed to be a versatile,
everyday research tool. It will be used to study and develop 3-D
visual display technology, audio effects and force feedback. It also
will make virtual reality more accessible on campus.
Gregory and Kathy Geoffroy, 'thank you' for 10-plus years of
service, Dec. 8 (3-6 p.m., MU ballrooms, enter via the Sun Room,
program 4:30-5 p.m., reception line before and after program)
-- Farewell: Gail Ferlazzo, ISU Memorial Union, Dec. 14 (3:30-5
p.m., MU Campanile Room)
-- Farewell: Autumn Cartagena, ISU sociology and anthropology,
Dec. 14 (3:30-5 p.m., 311 East Hall)
-- Reception: Post-commencement, Dec. 17 (following ceremony, Alumni
-- Retirement: Beverly Fowles, ISU veterinary diagnostic and
production animal medicine, retiring Dec. 28 (reception held
Details about these events are on the university
The Nutcracker Ballet returns to Stephens
The Iowa State Center will present its 31st
production of The Nutcracker Ballet at Stephens
Auditorium this weekend in three performances (Dec. 10, 1:30
p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Dec. 11, 1:30 p.m.). Tickets, $18 and $20
(discounts for youth, ISU students and seniors), are available at
the Stephens ticket office or
Beat the Hawkeyes . . . and all other comers
These Cyclone athletic squads will compete at home in the coming
-- Swimming, vs. Iowa, Dec. 9 (6 p.m., Beyer pool), free
-- Men's basketball, vs. Iowa, Dec. 9 (7 p.m., Hilton), tickets $30
-- Hockey, vs. Maple Grove (Minn.) Energy, Dec. 9 and 10 (7:30 p.m., Ames/ISU ice arena) tickets $10 (youth $5)
-- Women's basketball, vs. Mississippi Valley State, Dec. 11 (2 p.m., Hilton), tickets $10-12 (youth $5-6)
Upcoming free events at the Christian Petersen Art
-- Object Lessons: Exhibition Design and Installation, Dec. 8
(7 p.m.). Get a behind-the-scenes look at the museum's current
exhibitions to discover lighting and layout strategies.
-- Film: Downside Up, Dec. 11 (2 p.m.), chronicles how the
blue-collar town of North Adams, Mass., transformed from an
economic failure into a national center for contemporary art.
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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