Dec. 13, 2012
Announcements and news for ISU faculty and staff
More than 1,700 students are graduating this week
An estimated 1,708 students are completing Iowa State degrees this
week -- and many of them will mark the milestone at commencement events Friday and Saturday. A single university-wide ceremony begins at 1:30 p.m. Saturday in Hilton Coliseum.
Winter break: What you need to know
Winter break is fast approaching. Here are a few tips
to remember before you leave your office for the holidays.
Senate floor opens for leadership discussion
A short agenda allowed time for topical discussion during the Dec. 11
Senate meeting. Senators also were briefed on the public
disagreement surrounding the Harkin Institute of Public Policy.
Reminder: Flexible spending account dollars must be spent
by Dec. 31
Use your 2012
flexible spending account dollars by Dec. 31 or lose unclaimed
money that has been deducted from your paycheck all year.
Lighter than air
Student teams in aerospace engineering intro classes designed and
operated their "lighter
than air" vehicles during a fly-off in Howe Hall last week.
P&S Council committee seeking input on
Council members are considering representation
realignment, including a proposal to reduce the six current areas
to four that reflect the university's organizational structure.
The following announcements were added this week:
-- Spring tutoring in reading available for 1-12 graders
-- Online employee wellness support group begins in January
-- Ash tree removal resumes next week
-- Reminder: Mixed paper, phonebook collection is next week
-- Watch for truck traffic on south half of Bissell Road
-- Former faculty member Patrick Gouran died Dec. 2
-- Pronunciation class offered for nonnative speakers of English
Ricks Polk, commander of the Military Sealift Command Maritime
Prepositioning Ship Squadron ONE, deployed in Europe and Africa, to
commanding officer at Iowa State's Naval ROTC unit
Community design students help tornado-torn town reinvent
Students in a landscape architecture class spent a semester developing
landscaping strategies that could be used in rebuilding
Mapleton, Iowa. A Category 3 tornado damaged 60 percent of the town in
Food, caffeine and wireless access are necessities during finals
week, making ISU Dining centers and cafés popular
Informational meeting on Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy is
public informational meeting on the recently released Iowa Nutrient
Reduction Strategy will be held Dec. 19 (10 a.m., MU South Ballroom). The
meeting is an opportunity to ask questions and learn more about the plan,
including ISU's role in developing its science assessment.
Live Green Monthly
In this issue of Live
Green Monthly: Find out how to engage in green gifting and save energy
in empty offices over the holidays. And read about an Iowa State grad
student who earned a spot on the international Green Talents
In this issue of Your Library -
Newsletter: ISU Library to become a HathiTrust Digital Library
Partner institution, interlibrary loan and document delivery services are
simpler and new 4-H collections are available in the special collections
-- Retirement: Elyse Levine, IT Services, Dec. 18 (1:30-2:30 p.m., 1155
-- Retirement: Dennis Shannon, ISU research and demonstration farms, Dec.
18 (3-4:30 p.m., MU Campanile Room, program at 3:45 p.m.)
-- Retirement: Gene Schaefer, IT Services, Dec. 20 (2-4 p.m., 206 Durham
Center, program at 3 p.m.)
-- Retirement: Carol Eyanson, ISU postal and parcel services, Dec. 21 (1-3
p.m., 142 General Services Building)
-- Retirement: Karen Huiatt, U.S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory,
Jan. 4 (2-4 p.m., 205 TASF)
Jim Brickman: The piano man
Award-winning pianist and songwriter Jim
Brickman brings his holiday show, "On A Winter's Night," to Stephens
Auditorium Dec. 20 for a 7:30 p.m. performance. Tickets are $35, $45 and
$65. Limited availability remains for the top tier ticket package, which
includes rows A-C and a post-performance opportunity to meet Brickman.
Tickets are available at the Iowa State Center ticket office and through Ticketmaster.
New exhibitions at MU feature local artists
-- "Open Book Series: Kathy Svec Assemblages" (through Feb. 4, 2013, MU
Pioneer Room). This exhibition features the unique artwork of ISU retiree
Kathy Svec. She showcases words in small hand-bound books, which are set
into shadow-box collages to illustrate and amplify the words' meanings.
-- "Light in the Dark: Rachel Mary Wright" (through Feb. 11, 2013, MU
Gallery). This show features 15 "intensely personal" paintings by West Des
Moines artist and ISU alum Rachel Mary Wright. The pieces generally are
abstract with a few recognizable elements.
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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