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Inside Update

May 3, 2012
Announcements and news for ISU faculty and staff


It's graduation weekend
Nearly 3,800 Iowa State students are completing degrees spring semester. Many of them will participate in at least one commencement event this week. The university will confer two honorary degrees at Saturday's undergraduate ceremony.

Five finalists named in registrar search
An open forum for the first of five finalists named in the search for Iowa State's next university registrar will be held May 3 (3-4 p.m., MU Gold Room). Forums for the remaining four finalists are next week.

Senators receive promotion and tenure report
An analysis of this year's crop of promotion and tenure reviews was among the agenda items for the Faculty Senate's final meeting of the academic year. A multidisciplinary Ph.D. program in wind energy science, engineering and policy also was introduced and will be the first piece of business next fall.

Instructors invited to apply for electronic textbook pilot this fall
Instructors who are selected to participate in an eText pilot on campus this fall will earn free electronic textbooks for their students and likely gain insights into the feasibility of offering course materials in this electronic format.

Regents approve faculty promotion list
Meeting last week in Cedar Falls, the state Board of Regents approved promotions and/or tenure for 68 ISU faculty members for 2012-13. The board also elected leaders for next year and received comments on salary policies for FY13 from leaders of employee groups.

More news: Inside Iowa State


The following announcements were added this week:
-- P&S Council's May 3 noon forum is postponed
-- Ames Main Street Farmers Market returns May 5
-- MBA informational lunch is May 10
-- Campus community may access green building website
-- Volunteers sought for Special Olympics May 17-19
-- Evaluation forms for Dean of Students candidates are due May 3


CELT programs
Register via AccessPlus (click on Employee > HRS Training > Courses).
-- Converting Your Course from WebCT to Blackboard Learn, May 8 (10-11:50 a.m., 1230 Communications)

See: Descriptions and times

Around campus

Design reorganization clears final hurdle
At its April 26 meeting, the state Board of Regents gave the final green light to a plan to reorganize the College of Design, from four academic departments to seven, with central academic and administrative support for all seven units. The board also approved a plan for distributing student fees next year and received an update on student retention.

Battling through more than most of us could stand for her degree
Many Iowa State students overcome adversity to complete their degrees. Meet a veterinary medicine student who persevered despite incredible obstacles.

Be prepared: Severe weather season is here
Lightning. Flooding. Tornadoes. Read these tips to prepare yourself (and your coworkers) for a severe weather emergency.

Students sell record number of cherry pies at Veishea 2012
Hospitality management and event management students sold 14,355 pies during Veishea 2012, April 19 and 20. The record-breaking sales surpassed last year's numbers by 1,655.

Open forums

This week
-- University registrar finalist: Marla Herron, University of Kansas, May 3 (3-4 p.m., MU Gold Room)

Next week
-- University registrar finalist: Tammy Aagard, University of Wyoming, May 8 (3-4 p.m., MU Gold Room)
-- University registrar finalist: Laura Doering, ISU registrar's office, May 9 (3-4 p.m., MU Gold Room)
-- University registrar finalist: Earl Hawkey, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, May 10 (3-4 p.m., MU Gold Room)
-- University registrar finalist: Karen Jarrell, University of Texas, Dallas, May 11 (3-4 p.m., MU Gold Room)

Open houses/receptions

This week
-- Retirement: William David, ISU music, May 3 (4-5:30 p.m., lobby, Music Hall)
-- Retirement: Ricardo Rosenbusch, ISU veterinary microbiology and preventive medicine, May 4 (2-4 p.m., 2542 Vet Med, Alumni Room)
-- Commencement reception: Spring graduates and families, May 5 (3 p.m., ISU Alumni Center), free

Details about these events are on the university calendar.

Arts and events

Hort grad students hold spring plant sale
Annuals, perennials, vegetables and potted flowers will be for sale at the Graduate Student Horticulture Society plant sale May 3 (3-6 p.m.), May 4 (9 a.m.-6 p.m) and May 5 (9 a.m.-1 p.m.) at the Horticulture Hall greenhouse. Prices vary.

Reiman Gardens hosts woodcarvers event May 5
Woodcarving fans will not want to miss Reiman Gardens' third annual Mid-Iowa Woodcarvers Show May 5 (9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.). Activities include carving workshops, power-carving demonstrations and children's activities. A woodcarving competition with cash prizes also will be held. Participants may enter up to three carvings; entries must be delivered by 9 a.m. May 5.

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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