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Inside Update

Feb. 16, 2012
Announcements and news for ISU faculty and staff


Lot 6 to close next month for construction project
When construction of phase two of Iowa State's Biorenewables Complex begins next month, one impact will be to parking lots on the west and north sides of campus.

Council discusses salary recommendation
Professional and Scientific Council representatives debated a proposed salary recommendation for FY13 at their Feb. 9 meeting.

Design reorganization plan gets senate approval
Members of the Faculty Senate unanimously endorsed a reorganization plan for the College of Design at their Feb. 14 meeting. Senators also approved a resolution asking the state Board of Regents to bestow the title of president emeritus on Gregory Geoffroy.

More news: Inside Iowa State


The following announcements were added this week:
-- Judges sought for State Science and Technolgy Fair of Iowa
-- Nominate student volunteers for Story County award
-- MBA informational lunch is Feb. 28
-- Registration under way for library workshops, seminar
-- Register now for "Taking the Road Less Traveled: A Career Conference for Girls"


CELT programs
Register via AccessPlus (click on Employee > HRS Training > Courses).
-- Team-based Learning Show and Tell, Feb. 20 (12:10-1:30 p.m., 2030 Morrill)
-- Blackboard (Bb) Learn: Creating and Managing Groups, Feb. 21 (1:10-2:10 p.m., 1230 Communications)
-- Bb Learn Grade Center I: Fundamentals, Feb. 23 (1:10-2:40 p.m., 1230 Communications)
-- Academic Writing for Graduate Students and New Faculty (a seminar series encouraging research and grant-writing excellence): Creating Your Discussion/Conclusion, Feb. 23 (3:10-4 p.m., 101 Carver)
-- Bb Learn Grade Center II: Advanced, Feb. 24 (1:10-2:30 p.m., 1230 Communications)

See: Descriptions and times

Half-day ComETS symposium is March 22
The third ComETS Symposium March 22 (noon-5 p.m., MU Sun Room) will feature a keynote talk by George Saltsman (Abilene Christian University) on mobile services to students, a panel discussion on eTexts and ePublishing systems, mini-presentations from ISU faculty and staff on technology innovations and a student panel on mobile computing. See conference details and register online.

Around campus

Nobel chemistry laureate Shechtman honored at student reception
Iowa State students got a rare opportunity this week -- a chance to meet the university's first Nobel laureate, Dan Shechtman, a research scientist for the U.S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory and professor of materials science and engineering. The College of Engineering organized a student reception in Shechtman's honor Feb. 14.

Human Sciences' visiting Hilton chair returns to campus next week
2011-12 Hilton endowed chair Michael Hamm, professor of sustainable agriculture at Michigan State, will give a lecture Feb. 23 (8 p.m., MU Great Hall). His talk will focus on national food and farm policy, and building national security and the national economy with good public health.

Departmental newsletters

Live Green!
In the latest issue of Live Green! Monthly (PDF): An in-depth look at ISU's LEED-certified buildings and the schedule of events for the Feb. 28 Sustainapalooza celebration.

Open houses/receptions

Next week
-- Reception: "Assembled," student 3-D art exhibit, Feb. 21 (7 p.m., MU Pioneer Room, includes screening of the documentary Waste Land)

-- Reception: "Public Art Studies from Notebooks" exhibit with artist Terry Allen, March 1 (7:30-9 p.m., Christian Petersen Art Museum, Morrill)
-- Retirement: Karen Mcdonald, office of the vice president for business and finance, March 2 (2:30-4 p.m., 3150 Beardshear)

Details about these events are on the university calendar.

Arts and events

Take part in interactive art
University Museums invites visitors to join artist and lecturer Jennifer Drinkwater for studio open houses on Fridays through April (11 a.m.-4 p.m., Christian Petersen Art Museum, 0003 Morrill). Her interactive project, "Working Over Wood: Recomposing the Grant Wood Murals," encourages public participation in the recomposition of Wood's campus mural.

The Vagina Monologues performances are Feb. 16-17
The Margaret Sloss Women's Center is sponsoring performances of The Vagina Monologues Feb. 16 (6 p.m.) and Feb. 17 (6 and 9 p.m.) at the Maintenance Shop. Tickets, $15 ($12 for students), are available at the Sloss House (Room 205, upstairs). Ticket proceeds benefit ACCESS (Assault Care Center Extending Shelter and Support) and the women and girls of Haiti.

Free acrobat show at MU
The Student Union Board invites the campus community to a free performance of the ZuZu Acrobats, a five-man acrobatic group, on Friday, Feb. 17 (7 p.m., MU Great Hall). The show will include jump rope tricks, human pyramids and contortionist moves. The group is best known for its appearance on the television show America's Got Talent.

Shoot for the stars
All ages are welcome to a planetarium show on Feb. 17 (7 p.m., ISU Planetarium, Physics Hall). Free tickets will be available beginning at 6:30 p.m. A star-gazing session (weather permitting) will follow the show.

Compelling drama, classic musical make stops at Stephens
Tickets for these shows at Stephens next week are available at the Iowa State Center ticket office, or through Ticketmaster.
-- Doubt: A Parable, Feb. 17 (7:30 p .m.) Tickets are $33-$37 ($25 for youth, $20 for students). This drama contains mature content that may not be suitable for young children. Ticket holders may participate in a pre-show presentation in the Celebrity Café (6:55 p.m., ground floor, north entrance) by Brad Dell, assistant professor of music and theatre, who will offer insight into the play. Dell and the cast also will lead a discussion about the show following the performance.
-- My Fair Lady, Feb. 23 (7 p.m.). Tickets are $47-$51 ($28 for youth, $20 for students). Ticket holders may participate in a pre-show presentation with Doris Nash, supervisor of the ISU Theatre Costume Shop, in the Celebrity Café (6:35 p.m., ground floor, north entrance).

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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