Inside Update
March 28, 2013
News for Iowa State faculty and staff

Inside news

Business dean finalist interviews to begin soon

On-campus interviews of the finalists for the next dean of the College of Business will begin as early as April 4, the first of several dates set aside for finalists' forums and receptions.  Finalists should be named soon. Search committee co-chairs anticipate a new dean will be named before the end of spring semester.


CyRide fleet sports buses that bend

Grant money helped CyRide add a pair of articulated buses to the state of Iowa's busiest route. The new vehicles, which double rider capacity, went into service this week.


Five questions for the ultimate handyman

Bill Rickard is working with campus shop coordinators to build an undergraduate resource hub that quite literally provides students with the necessary tools to get their projects done.

More news

The following announcements were added this week:  

  • Get your lawn mower tuned up for spring

  • Engel Family Upstander Award nominations due April 15

  • Next Osborn Club lecture is April 8

  • Harkin Institute brown bag lecture moved to April 5

  • Five-week swing dancing class offered at MU Workspace

  • Register now for April workshops at the library

  • Roll up your sleeves for April 4 blood drive

  • Spring training: Get ready for Kuali debut

  • List your lab chemical inventory on new website

See:  Announcements


CELT programs
Register via AccessPlus (click on Employee > HRS Training > Courses).
  • CELT Teaching Poster Symposium, April 8 (3:30-5 p.m., MU Gallery)  


Seminars and conferences

The following conferences were added this week:


  • Jo Anne Powell-Coffman, ISU genetics, development and cell biology, to department chair, effective in January

  • Rachel Wagner, University of Dayton, to associate director of residence life, ISU department of residence life, effective this June

Around campus

Stand-out squirrel

A striking fox squirrel near Lake LaVerne has been drawing second looks and camera clicks.

2013 Cyclone Tailgate Tour lineup announced

The athletics department announced the six dates and 12 locations for its 2013 Cyclone Tailgate Tour between May 13 and May 23. Each day includes noon and evening events for Cyclone sports fans in Iowa communities and Omaha.

Spring training: Get ready for Kuali debut

If you work with university processes and systems, a little spring training on the Kuali system is in order.  The training will prepare you for changes that occur July 1, when some administrative systems are switched to the Kuali system.

It's extension and outreach week in Iowa

ISU Extension and Outreach is celebrating its mission and success with open houses and other activities at the county level March 24-30.

Learn a new skill during Reiman series

Among the many education offerings at Reiman Gardens this spring are:

  • Short course: Wedding and prom flowers, March 30 (9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.), $30

  • Workshop: Install and Maintain a Rain Garden in Your Yard, April 13 (9-11 a.m.), free

Open houses/receptions

This week 
  • Farewell: Lisa Brasche, Center for Nondestructive Evaluation, March 28 (3-5 p.m., 257 Building II, Applied Sciences Complex)

  • Retirement: Pete Hoffman, animal science, March 28 (3:30-5 p.m., Kildee atrium)

Next week 

  • Retirement: Carol Swenson, facilities planning and management, April 5 (2-4 p.m., program at 3 p.m., 200H General Services Building)


Details about these events are on the university calendar.

Open forums


Division of student affairs

Three candidates are finalists for the position of associate vice president for student affairs. The university community is invited to these open forums:

  • Martino Harmon, executive director of student success and retention, Cincinnati State Community College, April 2 (2-3 p.m., MU Gold Room)

  • Lisa Blazer, associate vice president student affairs - financial aid and enrollment services, University of Texas, San Antonio, April 3 (2-3 p.m., 3512 MU)

  • Troy Johnson, vice provost and associate vice president, University of North Texas, Denton, April 4 (2-3 p.m., MU Oak Room) 

Details about these events are on the university calendar.

Arts and events

ISU Theatre stages classic Tennessee Williams play

ISU Theatre will perform A Streetcar Named Desire March 28-31 at Fisher Theater.


The Brunnier will be in bloom this weekend

University Museums is hosting its 5th annual "Brunnier in Bloom" event March 29-31 at the Brunnier Art Museum (Scheman Building second floor). This year's winning floral arrangers will be announced at a March 29 event, "Flowers After Hours" (6-8 p.m., Brunnier). The exhibit also will be open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 30 and 31. Visitors may vote for a people's choice award. A full list of activities (PDF) is available online.


'Take a chance' on the music of ABBA April 3

Arrival from Sweden, the premier ABBA tribute band, will stage a 7:30 p.m. performance April 3 at Stephens Auditorium. Tickets, $38 and $42 ($28 for youth; $25 for students), are available at the Iowa State Center ticket office or through Ticketmaster. Ticket holders are invited to a free 7 p.m. pre-concert event, hosted by John Busbee of The Culture Buzz, at the Celebrity Café (ground floor, north side of Stephens).


Reserve tickets now for music department's scholarship event

The music department's annual "Scholarship Musicale," a performance for the university community to benefit music student scholarships, will be held April 5 (7 p.m., Tye Hall, Music Hall). Up to 110 guests also may attend a post-concert reception at the Knoll, hosted by President and Mrs. Leath. The concert will feature vocal and instrumental music faculty, the Amara Piano Quartet, ISU Flute Choir and the Fiddler on the Roof cast from next month's "Stars Over Veishea" production. Tickets for both events are $50 and must be reserved (concert-only tickets are $20 and available at the door or in 149 Music).



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