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Inside Update

Jan. 17, 2013
Announcements and news for ISU faculty and staff

Inside News

What went wrong (and right) during the online outage
In an Inside Q&A, Mike Lohrbach, senior systems analyst in information technology services, talks about the Jan. 10 outage that took down many university websites and services.

W-2 changes: A Q&A to help sort out the details
Your 2012 W-2 has some additional information on it. Find out what it is and how it impacts you.

Leath's statement on governor's budget recommendations
President Steven Leath sees good things for Iowa State in Gov. Terry Branstad's proposed higher education budget for the next fiscal year.

Ombuds helps employees tackle workplace conflicts
Four years after its creation, the ombuds office attracts a steady flow of faculty, staff and graduate and professional students seeking help managing workplace conflicts or other concerns.

More news: Inside Iowa State


The following announcements were added this week:
-- University Honors program requests fall seminar proposals by Feb. 8
-- Former track coach Steve Lynn dies
-- University closed Jan. 21 to observe King holiday
-- Team leaders sought for new student orientation in August
-- ISU alum is among award recipients at opera auditions
-- Study Abroad Fair is Jan. 17
-- W-2s are available in AccessPlus
-- Limited supply of flu vaccine still available
-- Swim & Gym for youth begins Feb. 5
-- Nominations are open for Student Employee of the Year


CELT now accepting proposals for 2013-14 Miller Faculty Fellowships
The deadline for Miller Faculty Fellowship proposals for the 2013-14 academic year is Feb. 15. Full details are on the CELT website. Contact CELT associate director Steve Freeman with questions.

CELT programs
Register via AccessPlus (click on Employee > HRS Training > Courses).
-- CELT Spring Semester Teaching Assistant Seminar, Jan. 18 (10-11:50 a.m., 2030 Morrill)
-- Putting the Results from the Student Evaluation of Teaching into Practice, Jan. 24 (12:10-1 p.m., 1230 Communications)
-- Teaching and Learning Circle: Deadly Professors -- A Faculty Development Mystery, Jan. 28 (12:10-1:30 p.m., 2030 Morrill)
-- Introduction to Class Climate, Jan. 29 (10-11:30 a.m., 1230 Communications)
-- Using Panopto for Classroom Capture, Jan. 29 (2:10-3:30 p.m., 1230 Communications)

See: Descriptions and times

Seminars and conferences

The following conference was added this week:
-- 2013 Symposium on Sustainability, Feb. 26 (8 a.m.-1 p.m., MU Great Hall, evening lecture and poster session on Feb. 25)

Around campus

2013 Catt Center calendar unveiled this week
More than 1,000 copies of the "Women Impacting ISU" 2013 calendar poster, published by the Catt Center for Women and Politics, are available free at these locations: Catt Center, 309 Catt; residence department, 1203 Friley; Greenlee School, 101 Hamilton; Sloss House; student answer center on Beardshear Hall's ground floor; and the office of the vice president for business and finance, 1350 Beardshear. This year's calendar features three students, five faculty and four staff members.

Student teams showcase STEM solutions
The annual statewide FIRST LEGO League competition will bring hundreds of K-12 students to Howe Hall on Jan. 19.

Students help others over the semester break
Iowa State students spent a week of their winter break doing service projects in either St. Louis or Chicago. This is the first time the "alternative breaks" -- typically a March phenomenon -- were organized over the semester break.

University newsletters

Extension and Outreach
Vice president Cathann Kress shares the 2012 ISU Extension and Outreach annual report in her latest newsletter.

Open houses/receptions

Next week
-- Retirement: Phil Spike, ISU animal science, Jan. 22 (9:30-11 a.m., Kildee atrium, program at 10 a.m.)

-- Farewell: Tanya Zanish-Belcher, Special Collections, Jan. 28 (4-5:30 p.m., MU Oak Room)

Details about these events are on the university calendar.

Arts and events

Spring film series includes several Oscar nominees
The Cyclone Cinema spring lineup includes five of the nine films nominated last week in the Academy Awards' "best picture" category. The series opens tonight with Taken 2 (7 and 10 p.m., Carver auditorium). Admission is free; the public is welcome.

Tickets remain for Jan. 19 Madrigal Dinner
It's not too late to take part in the Saturday edition of the 2013 Madrigal Dinner (5:30 p.m. social, 6:30 p.m. dinner, MU Great Hall), produced by the department of music and theater. Tickets for Friday's event no longer are available. Tickets are $42 (students $38) and may be purchased by phone, 4-8349, or at the MU ticket office by noon Jan. 17.

Faculty art showcased at Kildee
Display cases in the Kildee Hall atrium will feature, through May 10, 60 pieces from integrated studio arts chair Ingrid Lilligren's yearlong "Small Pleasures" project. The images incorporate dry pastels and organic eggshells on 7-inch squares. Lilligren will give a public talk about her work at a Jan. 30 reception (4:10-5 p.m., 1240 Kildee).

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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