Inside Update
April 25, 2013
News for Iowa State faculty and staff

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Regents meet Thursday in Cedar Falls

Faculty promotions, including tenure awards, and a residence department request to lease five off-campus apartment buildings to temporarily supplement its housing inventory are some of the Iowa State items on the state Board of Regents April 25 agenda. The meeting is at the University of Northern Iowa. A live audio stream of the meeting will be available online.


MOOCs: Where do they fit here?

University experts on online learning and technology get together to discuss a trendy topic in higher ed -- massive open online courses, or MOOCs.


Dead week recommendations could become policy

What was a set of dead week recommendations for faculty could become policy if the Faculty Senate approves the proposed language at its final meeting of the academic year.


Veishea 2013 in review

Relive Iowa State's grand spring celebration through slideshow and video highlights.

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The following announcements were added this week:

  • Free movie at Jack Trice Stadium May 18

  • Leadership development opportunity for employees

  • Book publisher has advice for young writers during April 25 talk

  • Honors Program poster presentation is May 2

  • CODAC art sale is May 1-3

  • Watch for more trucks on Haber Road

  • Installation schedule announced for new telephone system

  • Arbor Day tree planting is April 25 near College of Design

See:  Announcements


CELT programs

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

  • Blackboard Learn: Open Lab, April 29-May 3 (8 a.m.-5 p.m., 1151 Communications)

  • Effective Practices for Online Teaching, May 1 (noon-1:30 p.m., 2030 Morrill)

See: Descriptions and times

Blackboard Learn to be updated; maintenance planned for May 16-17

As spring semester winds down, CELT is preparing to update to Blackboard Learn 9.1, Service Pack 11. Most functions will remain the same as the current version (Service Pack 9), but several new features will be available. Details about these features, including tutorials, are available online. To accommodate the upgrade, Blackboard will be unavailable from 5 p.m. May 16 until 6 a.m. May 17. 


Seminars and conferences

The following conferences were added this week:


Around campus

Improving mental health starts with early childhood relationships

Iowa State researchers are working to improve prevention and intervention programs that are critical in the development of children.


Iowa State helps Iowa wine industry flourish

From the evaluation of cold-hardy grapes to providing quality assurance and chemical analyses, Iowa State researchers are lending their expertise to put the state's growing wine industry on the map.


Open houses/receptions


This week

  • Retirement: Tom Beell, Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication, April 26 (2-4 p.m., program at 2:15 p.m., 172 Hamilton)

  • Open house: College of Engineering Wind Energy Initiative, April 26 (3-5 p.m., Town Engineering), RSVPs were due April 12

Next week

  • Artist reception: Larry Nowlan, sculptor of Bill Bergan bronze sculpture at Cyclone Sports Complex, April 28 (2 p.m. lecture, Brunnier Art Museum, 295 Scheman), reception follows lecture

  • Retirement: Ralph Oliver, Central Stores, April 29 (1:30-3:30 p.m., 142 General Services Building)

  • Opening reception: "The Fashion Show 2013," April 29 (4:30-6 p.m., Mary Alice Gallery, 1015 Morrill)

  • Retirement: Marsha Springer, Enrollment Services, May 1 (2-4 p.m., 307 Enrollment Services Center)

  • Retirement: Thomas Chacko, College of Business, May 1 (3:30-4:45 p.m., program at 3:45 p.m., Bergstrom Commons, Gerdin)

  • Reception and poster presentation: University Honors Program spring and summer 2013 graduates, May 2 (3-5 p.m., MU Great Hall)

  • Retirement: Ginny Arthur, residence department, May 3 (9-11 a.m., UDCC third floor mezzanine, remarks at 10 a.m.)

  • Retirement: Ruth Book, environmental health and safety, retiring May 3 (no event planned), cards may be sent to her at EHS Building, 2809 Daley Dr., Ames 50011


  • Retirement: Warren Blumenfeld, School of Education, May 6 (3:30-5 p.m., program at 4 p.m., MU Gallery)

  • Retirement: Nancy Evans, School of Education, May 7 (3-5 p.m., program at 3:30 p.m., MU Campanile Room)

  • Retirements: Dean Anderson, Yong Chin Pak, Cindy Frederickson and Lesley Hawkins, kinesiology department, May 7 (4-6 p.m., 213 Forker, brief presentation at 5:15 p.m.)

  • Retirement: Marcia Rosenbusch, School of Education, May 8 (12:30-2 p.m., MU Cardinal Room, program at 1 p.m.)

  • Retirement: Madeleine Henry, world languages and cultures, May 8 (4-5:30 p.m., MU Gold Room)

  • Retirement: Belva Weers, Central Stores, May 10 (2-4 p.m., 142 General Services Building)

  • Retirement: Sue Ziegenbusch, agricultural and biosystems engineering, May 10 (3-5 p.m., NSRIC lobby)

Details about these events are on the university calendar.

Open forums

Multicultural student affairs

The Dean of Students Office has announced three finalists for the position of assistant dean/director of multicultural student affairs. The university community is invited to attend these open forums:

  • Japannah Kellogg, director of TRIO student support services program, Iowa State, April 30 (2 p.m., 2019 Morrill)

  • Sapphire Cureg, director of the Center for Inclusive Excellence, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, May 1 (2 p.m., 202 Carver)

  • Kenyatta Shamburger, director of student activities, Clemson University, South Carolina, May 2 (2 p.m., 2019 Morrill)

Details about these events are on the university calendar.

Arts and events

Spring music finales

Catch the final performances of Iowa State's music groups this weekend. Four concerts take place from Thursday, April 25, through Sunday, April 28. Costs range from free to $10.

Preview 'Iowa Naturally' at Reiman Gardens this weekend

Get an early look at 13 "Iowa Naturally" sculptures scattered throughout Reiman Gardens during a preview weekend of events (April 27-28, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.). Saturday features a panel discussion with artists (11 a.m.), live music (noon-3 p.m.) and an after-hours viewing of industrial design student projects (until 9 p.m.). Guided hourly tours and youth activity stations will be available daily, from noon to 3 p.m. The gift shop will offer a 20 percent discount on Iowa-made and Iowa-inspired merchandise. Admission is free for members and ISU students ($8 adults, $7 seniors, $4 youth).

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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