Inside Update
April 4, 2013
News for Iowa State faculty and staff

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Leath discusses legislature, coach contracts, initiatives with senators

The legislative outlook, coach contracts, new faculty hires, plans to raise Iowa State's profile, MOOCs and lessons learned from the Harkin Institute flap were part of the discussion as president Steven Leath addressed the Faculty Senate Tuesday.



The College of Engineering welcomed its 12th dean, Sarah Rajala, on April 1.


Finalists named in College of Business dean search

Three finalists have been named in the search for the next dean of the College of Business. Over the next week, each finalist will visit campus and participate in an open forum.


Iowa State's telephone service moves to the 'cloud'

Beginning May 1, all of Iowa State's telephones will be replaced with a new high-tech, cost-effective system in the "cloud."


More news


The following announcements were added this week:

  • Wellness Works offers chance to connect with ISU workout buddies

  • Outdoor Rec program's used equipment sale is April 11

  • Check out these April employee wellness events

  • Open house for student employees is April 10

  • Charter reinforces Ombuds Office mission

  • Register now for Veishea Service Day/Stash the Trash 2013

  • P&S Council nominations due by April 10

See:  Announcements


CELT programs

Register via AccessPlus (click on Employee > HRS Training > Courses).

  • Creating an Inclusive Classroom -- International Students, April 10 (11-11:50 a.m., 2030 Morrill)

  • Blackboard Learn Users Group, April 12 (11:30 a.m.-noon, 2030 Morrill)


Seminars and conferences

The following events were added this week:



  • Kevin Kane, ISU Institute for Design Research and Outreach and the GIS Support and Research Facility, to associate dean for research in the College of Design, effective April 1

Around campus

Pitch competition for entrepreneurial students is April 9

Students in ISU's Entrepreneurship and Innovation Learning Community will host their 2nd annual Innovation Pitch Competition April 9 (5:30 p.m., Delta Upsilon Fraternity, 117 Ash Ave.). Up to 35 student teams have 90 seconds to pitch their new business or product ideas to a panel of judges, competing for more than $1,500 in cash and prizes. The public is invited to attend.


Federal cuts will end ISU's host role with national pork center

Effective July 1, the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences will withdraw as the host of the U.S. Pork Center of Excellence. The change will save the college approximately $100,000 in overhead and administrative costs and salary for a half-time position.


Fountain preservation brings new life to historic courtyard

A newly restored -- and well hidden -- fountain sculpture will be celebrated during an April 19 reception. Christian Petersen's The History of Dairying mural is the centerpiece of the Food Sciences courtyard, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.


Changes at nutrition, wellness center take effect in May

The focus of the 6-year-old center Nutrition and Wellness Research Center will shift to providing space and state-of-the-art equipment for health, nutrition and activity-related research in the College of Human Sciences when administrative changes take effect next month.



Open houses/receptions

This week

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

Next week

  • Opening reception: Focus juried and Focus grant exhibits of student art, April 9 (6 p.m., MU Pioneer Room)

Details about these events are on the university calendar.

Open forums

Residence department research analyst

The residence department will interview four finalists for the senior research analyst position this month. The university community is invited to attend their open forums (1-1:50 p.m., 136 University Drive Community Center) on the dates listed below:

  • Carlos Lopez, ISU School of Education, April 10

  • Aurelia Kollasch, ISU School of Education, April 11

  • Craig Zywicki, ISU Academic Success Center, April 12

  • Monica Bruning, Des Moines Area Community College, April 18

Details about these events are on the university calendar.

Arts and events

Cyclone softball to break in new facility

The Iowa State softball team will play its inaugural game at the new Cyclone Sports Complex this weekend, hosting Big 12 Conference foe Oklahoma State. Friday's game is slated for a 4 p.m. start, while Saturday and Sunday games begin at noon. Admission is free.


Hear the beat of the drums

Iowa State's music and theatre department is hosting Iowa Day of Percussion 2013, April 5-6. The free two-day event will feature high school and university percussionists as well as other performers. All concerts take place in the Tye Recital Hall in the Music Building. A list of concerts and events is available online.


April 10 events will honor female veterans

Cedar Rapids native, ISU alumna (2004) and U.S. veteran Miyoko Hikiji will talk about her experiences as a female soldier on April 10 (2-3:30 p.m., MU Great Hall). Hikiji served for 400 days in Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom and her book about it was published last month. Her talk is preceded by a book signing (1-2 p.m., MU Oak Room) and a brunch for ISU's female veterans -- employee or student (11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., MU South Ballroom). RSVP to veterans services coordinator Jathan Chicoine for the brunch.


Global Gala is Friday

The Student Union Board's 8th annual Global Gala event is Friday, April 5, in the Memorial Union Great Hall. The multicultural celebration showcases fashion, music and performances by student organizations. Light refreshments also will be served. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., the program begins at 6 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public.


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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