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Inside Update

Oct. 4, 2012
Announcements and news for ISU faculty and staff

Inside News

Morrill professorship will recognize great teachers
A new faculty award will recognize excellence in teaching and build a campus community of experts in student learning. Up to five Iowa State faculty members could be named Morrill Professors when the title is awarded for the first time next spring.

Center courtyard plan ready for review
A final site plan for the Iowa State Center courtyard area will be presented at an Oct. 9 public meeting.

Find out more about new research initiative at forums this month
If you're looking for more information about the new funding initiative to support interdisciplinary research programs, plan to attend one of the forums that will be held later this month. Forums on the Presidential Initiative for Interdisciplinary Research are Oct. 18 and Oct. 26.

Satellite voting comes to campus Oct. 15-19
Iowa State officials have worked with the Story County auditor's office to provide early voting at six campus locations during the week of Oct. 15. Employees and students have an opportunity to fill in a Story County absentee ballot.

More news: Inside Iowa State


The following announcements were added this week:
-- Show your Cyclone pride ... at home
-- Show your Cyclone pride ... in the office
-- Attention merit employees: Jobs phone line is going away
-- Trainor will discuss P&S salary report at Oct. 4 open forum
-- David Peterson will present Oct. 8 Osborn Club lecture
-- Reminder: Regents request input by Oct. 17 on replacement proposal for tuition set-aside
-- Flu shot clinic begins Oct. 3


CELT programs
Register via AccessPlus (click on Employee > HRS Training > Courses).
-- BUG: Blackboard Users Group, Oct. 12 (11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., 1230 Communications)

See: Descriptions and times

Seminars and conferences

The following conferences were added this week:
-- Iowa Latina/o Education Initiative Conference, Oct. 17 (8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., DMACC FFA Center, Ankeny).

Around campus

MU fares well in student satisfaction survey
ISU's Memorial Union was rated at or near the top in several categories in a March student survey regarding services provided by student unions. The MU was compared to six other institutions and ranked third in overall program effectiveness.

Student wins scholarship for essay on her tsunami-survival experience
ISU sophomore Onalie Ariyabandhu's essay about her family's harrowing experience during the 2004 Sri Lanka tsunami won her a $2,500 essay from the 2012 International Student Voice magazine sponsored by International Student Protection.

Book series looks at work-home balance
By sharing a variety of firsthand stories by scholars, School of Education faculty member Joanne Marshall believes that Juggling Flaming Chainsaws, the first book in a series she is editing, has the potential to foster positive change in the struggle to balance home life and professional demands.

Multicultural workshop is Oct. 9
Poet, actor and community organizer Michael Reyes will lead a workshop for faculty and staff, "Multiculturalism as a Culture," on Tuesday, Oct. 9 (1-2:30 p.m., MU Pioneer Room). The workshop, part of ISU's Latino Heritage Month celebration, will focus on the history of multiculturalism and incorporate poetry about political figures and historical movements.

University newsletters

Live Green!
In the October issue (PDF): Replacing inefficient fluorescents with their energy-saving counterparts will yield big savings. Tidy Cats keeps glass out of our trash. How to green Halloween.

Open houses/receptions

This week
-- Retirement: Karen Good, ISU Alumni Association, retired Sept. 28
-- Retirement: Vicki John, IT Services, Oct. 5 (2-4 p.m., 206 Durham Center, short program at 3 p.m.)

Details about these events are on the university calendar.

Arts and events

"Firsts" for the soccer squad
In its first weekend in the new Cyclone Sports Complex, the Cyclone soccer team will play host to Big 12 Conference newcomers Texas Christian University on Friday, Oct. 5 (7 p.m.), and West Virginia University on Sunday, Oct. 7 (1 p.m.). Admission is free. The parking lot west of the complex is open an hour before and after matches and is free on game day.

Bonsai show returns to Reiman Gardens this weekend
Iowa Bonsai Association members will display their private collections at Reiman Gardens during the Annual Fall Bonsai Show Oct. 6-7 (9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. both days). A special presentation by David Lowmen from Dasu Bonsai is planned for 2 p.m. on Saturday. Admission is $8 ($7 for seniors, free for members and students).

Cyclone rodeo hits milestone this weekend
The ISU Rodeo Club will hold the 50th Cyclone Stampede this weekend, hosting collegiate rodeo teams from the Great Plains region (Iowa, Nebraska, Wisconsin, North and South Dakota). Rodeo show times are 1 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, and 7 p.m. on Saturday at the rodeo grounds on State Avenue, south of Highway 30. Admission is $10 ($5 for students, free for children 12 and younger).

Violinist to cap visit with Oct. 4 concert
Award-winning violinist Bella Hristova will close out her four-day artist residency with a concert at the Music Building's Tye Recital Hall on Oct. 4 (7:30 p.m.). The young concert artist program is part of the Iowa State Center's Performing Arts Series.

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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