Sept. 20, 2012
Announcements and news for ISU faculty and staff
Leath: Think big, innovate, be bold
President Leath announced a goal to raise $150 million in private gifts
for student financial aid over five years. Among other goals unveiled in
remarks: Provide students with a high-quality, broad-based,
affordable education and develop partnerships that strengthen the
economy and make other positive differences in Iowans' lives.
Employees will be honored at Friday ceremony
All are invited to attend the 2012
university awards ceremony on Friday, Sept. 21 (3:15 p.m., MU Sun
Room), where several faculty and staff members will be honored with the
university's most distinguished awards.
Five Questions for Katie Baumgarn
Iowa State's chief classroom
scheduler talks about "prime time," and juggling and finding homes for
5,000-plus course sections.
Partial shutdown again approved for semester break
Iowa State will be partially
closed for 11 days during semester break again this winter. The Dec.
22-Jan. 1 period includes three university holidays, four weekend days
and four workdays. Employees who don't work on the four workdays should
use paid or unpaid leave. This is not a mandatory closing.
Council learns more about professional development
At their Sept. 13
meeting, members of the Professional and Scientific Council were
updated on efforts to create a professional development program,
including a spring conference for employees.
The following announcements were added this week:
-- Library announces fall workshop series
-- Creative dance class for kids runs through November
-- Campus walk is Oct. 3; choose from seven routes
-- Learn how to use a fire extinguisher Sept. 21
-- Register for CyServe Day by Sept. 20
-- Catt Center calendar nominations due Sept. 28
Register via AccessPlus (click on Employee > HRS Training > Courses).
All workshops are in 1230 Communications.
-- Blackboard (Bb) Learn: Developing your Blackboard Learn Course, Sept.
24 (9-10:30 a.m.)
-- Bb Learn: Using the Assignment Tool, Sept. 24 (2:10-3:10 p.m.)
-- Class Climate (CC): Users Group, Sept. 25 (8-9 a.m.)
-- CC: Refresher on Class Climate (Midterm), Sept. 25 (9-10:30 a.m.)
-- Bb Learn: Using Tests, Quizzes and Surveys, Sept. 26 (9-10:30
-- CC: Introduction to Class Climate, Sept. 27 (11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.)
-- Mobile Learning Opportunities, Sept. 27 (1:10-2:40 p.m.)
-- Bb Learn: Grade Center Part I, Sept. 28 (9-9:50 a.m.)
-- Bb Learn: Grade Center Part II, Sept. 28 (10-11:30 a.m.)
Descriptions and times
Start a learning community
Doug Gruenewald and Ann Marie VanDerZanden, co-directors of learning
communities, will discuss the process of starting a new learning
community, including applying for funding, during an information session
on Oct. 3 (4-5 p.m., 2030 Morrill). To register, contact Jen Leptien. More
information about learning communities is available
Schrock, Meredith Corp., to Iowa Master Gardener coordinator, ISU
Extension and Outreach
Design opens satellite facility on Main Street
The College of Design's newest venture -- Design on
Main -- occupies part of a former antiques mall in the Main Street
Cultural District and provides space for classes, exhibitions and
community outreach. An open house will be held Sept. 23.
Engineering team to partner in $48 million project
A team from industrial and manufacturing systems engineering is working
on a rapid manufacturing component of a $48
million research project to help streamline U.S. Department of
Iowa Water Center
An update on the work of the EPA's Gulf of Mexico hypoxia task force and
details on a campus rainwater design competition for college teams are
included in the Iowa Water Center's September issue of News
-- Exhibition reception: "Fresh Fotos: My First Year Experience," Sept.
18 (4 p.m., MU Gallery)
-- Open house: University Book Store, Faculty/Staff Appreciation Day,
Sept. 21 (7:45 a.m.-5 p.m., MU bookstore)
-- Reception: Following university awards ceremony, Sept. 21 (3:15 p.m.
ceremony, MU Sun Room)
-- Open house: Design on Main (College of Design), Sept. 23 (10 a.m.-5
p.m., 203-205 Main St., Ames)
-- Farewell: Jenn Plagman-Galvin, Greek affairs, Sept. 24 (2:30-4:30
p.m., program at 3 p.m., MU Campanile Room), Plagman-Galvin is
transitioning to the College of Human Sciences
-- Open house: Child Welfare Research and Training Project, Sept. 26
(1-3 p.m., first floor, northwest corner, Elm Hall)
-- Retirement: Warren Ahrens, U.S. Department of Energy Ames
Laboratory, Sept. 27 (2-4 p.m., Ames Lab Maintenance Shops Building,
-- Exhibition reception: "Post-Pop Redux," Sept. 27 (7-8 p.m.,
Christian Petersen Art Museum, Morrill)
-- Retirement: Vicki John, IT Services, Oct. 5 (2-4 p.m., 206 Durham
Center, short program at 3 p.m.)
Happy Anniversary, Catt Center
The Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics celebrates 20 years
of service this month. An open house event on Sunday, Sept. 23 (3:30-5
p.m., Catt Hall), will include cake and refreshments, and remarks by
former Liberal Arts and Sciences dean and executive vice president and
provost Elizabeth Hoffman. It's free and the public is
'Science Guy' to kick off Engineers Week
Scientist, comedian and Emmy Award winner Bill Nye, the "Science Guy,"
will kick off Engineers Week 2012 with a free public
lecture, "You Can Change the World," on Friday, Sept. 21 (7 p.m.,
Sun Come Up showing is Sept. 25
An Academy Award-nominated film
that shows the human face of climate change will be presented on
Tuesday, Sept. 25 (7 p.m., MU Sun Room). The 38-minute Sun Come
Up chronicles the relocation of 2,500 Carteret Islanders forced to
move from their South Pacific home, which is expected to be overrun by
the rising sea by 2015. A discussion about climate change will
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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