March 8, 2012
Announcements and news for ISU faculty and staff
Crum to serve as interim Business dean; search on
ISU leaders announced Tuesday that the search for the next dean of the
College of Business will be temporarily halted until the university's
next provost is on the job. Associate dean Michael Crum will become interim
dean of the college on July 1.
No. 1 spot adds to CyRide pride
CyRide is first
in ridership among small transit systems nationally. Transit
director Sheri Kyras attributes longterm success of the community bus
system to a university and city that work well together.
Council sets issue priorities
Professional and Scientific Council president Dan Burden outlined the
issues identified during a "visioning" process in a recent message
to P&S staff. The list of 14 issues -- including five "major" items --
were developed and prioritized by council committees and
representatives, then shared with ISU's top administrators.
Warm weather shrinks utility bills
More warm weather in February should translate to smaller
utility bills for units around campus again this month. It's a
trend we've enjoyed all winter, says director of utilities Jeff
Leath, Hill address Faculty Senate
Faculty senators heard from president Steven Leath at their March
6 meeting. Leath outlined his priorities and management style,
then fielded questions from faculty members.
Council committee to change name, purpose
At the March 1 Professional and Scientific Council meeting,
the retention and recruitment committee introduced its plan to focus
its efforts on professional development.
The following announcements were added this week:
-- New website details information about provost search
-- ISU Spring Blood Drive is March 19-22
-- Antibiotic resistance, superbugs topic of March 19 Osborn Club
-- March 26 presentation looks at footwear trend analysis
-- Entrepreneur events scheduled for March 20
-- Leath's Iowa Press conversation is online
Register via AccessPlus (click on Employee > HRS Training >
-- Beyond Bullets: Being Creative in the Classroom with PowerPoint, March 19 (1:10-4 p.m., 1230 Communications)
-- Student Evaluation of Teaching: Introduction to Class Climate, March 20 (1:10-2:40 p.m., 1230 Communications)
-- Reviewers: How to Give and Take Article Critique (part of an academic writing series for graduate students and new faculty), March 20 (3:10-4 p.m., 268 Carver)
-- Using RWT Software to Evaluate Your Writing and Developing Revision Strategies (part of an academic writing series for graduate students and new faculty), March 22 (3:10-4 p.m., 268 Carver)
Descriptions and times
Spring break is March 12-16
ISU classes will not meet next week, March 12-16, in observance of
spring break. Parks Library will close at 6 p.m. Monday-Thursday (5
p.m. Sunday, Friday and Saturday), and recreation facilities
also will be on adjusted schedules. Inside Update will not be
distributed; the next Update is scheduled for March
VP Biden visits campus
The vice president's stop included a tour of the "Make to Innovate"
labs in Howe Hall and a public talk during which he heralded
innovation on American university campuses.
ISU professor discovers spider silk is excellent heat
Xinwei Wang, associate professor of mechanical engineering, is leading
a study that found spider
silk is very good at transferring heat. In fact, it conducts heat
as well or better than most metals.
-- Reception: YWCA Ames-ISU Women of Achievement Awards, March 8
(5:30-7:30 p.m., Octagon Center for the Arts, 427 Douglas
Ave.). Tickets, $25 (students $5), are available through the YWCA,
210 Lab of Mechanics, 4-1663.
-- Reception: Sloss Gender Equity Awards and Scholarships
recognition, March 20 (3:30-5 p.m., MU Campanile Room)
Celebrate St. Paddy's Day at Reiman Gardens
Reiman Gardens is hosting "Celtic Music in the Gardens" March 16
(7-9:30 p.m., doors open at 6 p.m.). Entertainment includes Ames'
Robert Thomas Dancenter dancers and Kelly's Clan, an Irish band. A
cash bar and snacks will be available for purchase. Advance tickets
are $14 ($12 for members) and available by calling 4-2710. All tickets
are $18 at the door.
ArtWalk planned at Horticulture Hall
Nancy Girard, educator with University Museums, will lead an ArtWalk
on March 21 (noon-1 p.m., Horticulture Hall, meet at west
entrance). The tour will include a look at the recently installed
STICKS murals. The tour is free and open to the public.
NCAA women's basketball returns to Hilton next week
Hilton Coliseum is the site for round 1 and 2 games (March 17 and 19)
in the women's NCAA post-season tournament. The Cyclone squad finds
out if it made the field March 12 (selection show 6 p.m.,
ESPN). All-session tickets
are $30 (youth $25), single-session tickets are $18 (youth
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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