Jan. 26, 2012
Announcements and news for ISU faculty and staff
Benefits survey results: ISU employees are healthy,
Most Iowa State employees are healthy nonsmokers who are willing to
take some financial risk and have a solid understanding of the
value university benefits add to their total compensation. This
information and more, compiled from a benefits
survey conducted last spring, will help determine the future
of ISU's benefits.
Budget model review team hones in on specific
Following a fall of listening, the committee reviewing the
effectiveness of the budget
model has developed a short list of issues for closer study
and recommendations. The committee's draft report should be
completed in early March.
Sustainapalooza celebration is Feb. 28
The Iowa State community will celebrate its greenness -- past and future -- the evening of Feb. 28.
will feature interactive stations, a poster reception and rewards
for participants who are green good-deed doers.
Nearly flat operating funds for Iowa State in Branstad
Gov. Terry Branstad's FY13 state
budget holds ISU funding at this year's level, save for a
portion of $20 million in new, undefined funding for the three
regent universities. Branstad's budget also includes $20.8
million for Year One construction of the biorenewables complex's
second phase, a new home for the ag and biosystems engineering
The following announcements were added this week:
-- Participants sought for one-hour investment simulation
-- Tearoom adds Tuesday, Thursday evening meal
-- News Service offers media spokesperson training sessions in February
-- Reminder: Iowa State has an ethics hotline
-- Civic Center discounts available to university community
-- University's key audit under way
-- Panel discussion will look at impact of women's studies on women's
Register via AccessPlus (click on Employee > HRS Training >
-- Designing Rubrics for Your Course, Feb. 1 (12:10-1 p.m., 2030
-- Graduate Student Focus: Going on the Academic Job Market, Feb. 2
(3:10-5 p.m., 2104 Gilman)
-- Academic Writing for Graduate Students and New Faculty:
Constructing the Literature Review, Feb. 2 (3:10-4 p.m., 305
-- Blackboard (Bb) Learn Grade Center I: Fundamentals, Feb. 3
(9-10:30 a.m., 1230 Communications)
-- Bb Learn Grade Center II: Advanced, Feb. 3 (3:10-4:30 p.m., 1230
-- Teaching and Learning Circle: Team-based Learning, Tuesdays
Feb. 7, 14, 21 and 28 (12:10-1 p.m., 2030 Morrill)
Descriptions and times
Inclusion workshops for the campus community
CELT and the office of the executive vice president and provost will
three presentations (PDF) on power, privilege and
inclusion by independent consultant Becky
Martinez on Feb. 3 in the MU Campanile Room. Faculty, staff
and students are welcome. Register for any of the sessions via
AccessPlus (click on Employee > HRS Training > Courses).
-- Understanding Power and Privilege, (9-11 a.m.)
-- Creating an Inclusive Organization, (12:10-1:30 p.m.)
-- Creating an Inclusive Campus Community, (3:10-4:30 p.m.,)
Descriptions and times
Live Green! in Review
Electric cars and hybrid buses, green loans that paid off handsomely,
LEED-certified buildings, awards from two governors,
solar-powered trash compactors, the ISU-built solar house on the
National Mall in Washington, D.C., 30-plus green teams,
student-organized recycling projects, thousands
of tons' worth of composting. A new report details three years of
Live Green efforts (PDF).
-- Retirement: Vicki Gray, ISU curriculum and instruction, Jan. 30
(2:30-4 p.m., program at 3 p.m., N047 Lagomarcino)
-- Grand opening/dedication, renovated State Gym and expansion,
Feb. 3 (2:30-3:30 p.m., first floor multipurpose room on south side
of State Gym addition)
Hawkeye gymnasts are in town Friday night
The Cyclone and No. 23 University of Iowa Hawkeye gymnastics squads
compete in a dual meet Jan. 27 (6:30 p.m., Hilton). A Cyclone
victory would clinch the Cy-Hawk Series for Iowa State this
year. Tickets are $5 ($4 youth).
A kiss to break the spell
Sleeping Beauty, a classic ballet featuring music by
Tchaikovsky, will be performed by the Moscow Festival Ballet
Jan. 29 at Stephens Auditorium.
Bringing back the magic
The Iowa State men's basketball team returns to Hilton
Coliseum Jan. 28 (1 p.m.) and Jan. 31 (8 p.m.) to face
nationally ranked and long-time conference rivals No. 5 Kansas and
No. 22 Kansas State, respectively. Lucky fans with tickets to
Saturday's sold-out game are encouraged to wear gold apparel for
the "Gold Rules" promotion. A two-for-one ($25) ticket promotion
for the Kansas State game is available through Jan. 30.
An evening of laughs
Nick Offerman, best known for his role as Ron Swanson on
NBC's Parks and Recreation, will bring his deadpan comedy
style to Stephens Feb. 2 for an 8 p.m. performance. Tickets are $15
($10 for students, only at the Stephens ticket office) and
available at the Stephens ticket office or through
This week at the Maintenance Shop
The following acts will perform at the Maintenance Shop this
week. Tickets are $16 ($10 for students) for both shows. Ticket
prices increase $2 the day of the show. Get tickets at the M-Shop
ticket office (4-8349).
-- Pop-rock bands The Cab and The Summer Set team up with He Is We,
Days Difference and Paradise Fears, Jan. 27 (8 p.m.).
-- Andy Grammer, whose single "Keep Your Head Up" reached 53 on
Billboard's Hot 100, will perform with guests Ryan Star and Rachel
Platten, Jan. 31 (8 p.m.).
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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