Inside Update
May 2, 2013
News for Iowa State faculty and staff

Inside news

Some units go on summer hours May 13

Starting May 13, some university offices will implement flexible summer hours. The president, VP and deans offices will continue to be staffed from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Student technology fees fund loaner laptops, Reiman Gardens chronicle, more

Loaner laptops, an operating room camera that allows veterinary medicine students to watch and learn and a digital chronicle of every plant at Reiman Gardens are among technological improvements that will be funded with student technology fees.

Regents approve faculty P&T awards, off-campus apartment leases

The residence department got the green light April 25 to lease five off-campus apartment buildings for a year to temporarily boost its capacity in response to high student demand for university housing. The state Board of Regents also gave final approval to promotions and/or tenure for 56 ISU faculty members.

Trash or treasure? University archives can help you decide

Before you dump all those files you've been holding on to for years, you may want to consult with the university archives staff. Your trash could be their treasure.

Joint project beautifies Greek neighborhood

A joint effort between the city and university groups helped turn a traffic island into a landscaped park space in the heart of ISU's Greek neighborhood.

More news

The following announcements were added this week:

  • May 8 forum covers Keck Foundation funding priorities

  • Affinity Groups is topic of May 2 P&S Council open forum

  • Nominations sought for 2014 Women Impacting ISU calendar

  • Phone installation is under way

  • Craft swap at MU Workspace is May 4-5

  • Central Stores is closed May 1-3
See:  Announcements


CELT programs

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

  • Blackboard Learn: Users Group Meeting, May 10 (11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., 2030 Communications)


Seminars and conferences

The following conferences were added this week:

  • Diane Janvrin, ISU accounting, to William L. Varner Professorship in the College of Business

Around campus

Aluru to share expertise in Washington

Computer engineering professor Srinivas Aluru was invited to take part in the White House Big Data Workshop in Washington, D.C. He will share his expertise in high performance computing.

Iowa State senior selected for sky flight team

Aboard a private plane flight from San Francisco to London on June 12, ISU senior Cassidy Williams will join Silicon Valley's most prominent thinkers to address the misalignment between emerging talent and existing jobs. They will be tasked with designing a platform to connect the dots between tech talent and opportunities.

Lied Center remains open during west side berm work

Work to construct an earthen berm around the Lied recreation facility moved to the west (front door) side of the building this week. The west doors will remain open, although the west sidewalk out to Beach Road is closed.

Arbor Day additions

Eight native oak trees were planted near the College of Design following an Arbor Day ceremony.

Lograsso is interim Ames Lab director

Thomas Lograsso was named interim director of the U.S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory, succeeding Alex King, who stepped down to the lead the laboratory's new Critical Materials Institute. A search committee will be formed in the coming weeks with the goal of naming the lab's next director in 2014.

Open houses/receptions

This week

  • 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

Next week

  • 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 (3-5:30 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: Ron Nelson, mechanical engineering, May 8 (2:30-4 p.m., 2004 Black Engineering)

  • 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)

  • Retirement: Krishna Athreya, mathematics, May 10 (5-7 p.m., MU Cardinal Room)

  • Retirement: Roger Maddux, mathematics, May 10 (5-7 p.m., MU Cardinal Room)
  • Graduation reception and open house: May 11 (immediately following 1:30 p.m. undergraduate ceremony, ISU Alumni Center) 


  • Retirement: Ronald Jackson, student counseling service, May 16 (2:30-4 p.m., program at 3 p.m., MU Campanile Room)

  • Open house: Algal Production Facility, May 16 (3-5 p.m., BioCentury Research Farm, 1327 U Ave., Boone), a pilot-scale facility equipped to grow large amounts of algae biomass

  • Retirement: Cheryll Reitmeier, food science and human nutrition, May 17 (3-5 p.m., LeBaron Hall lounge, presentation at 3:30 p.m.)

Details about these events are on the university calendar.

Open forums

PWSE director candidates

Two finalists will interview next week for the director's position in ISU's Program for Women in Science and Engineering. Their interviews include a public presentation on: PWSE stemming the shortage of STEM graduates and gender and diversity in STEM. Each presentation will be held in 2030 Morrill (11 a.m.-noon); attendees are encouraged to fill out the evaluation form available online. The candidates and their visit dates are:

  • Cynthia Williams, formerly with Girls Inc. of Orange County, Calif., May 7

  • Lora Leigh Crystal, PWSE associate director, May 8
Details about these events are on the university calendar.

Arts and events

Student art sale ends Friday

The annual spring CODAC (College of Design Art Club) sale continues Thursday and Friday in the Design atrium (10 a.m.-5 p.m.). The sale features artwork by students in the integrated studio arts and integrated visual arts programs. Proceeds go toward the artists and help fund club activities.

Stephens to feature season of song, dance and laughter

A night with legendary performer Bill Cosby will kick off a 14-show lineup planned for the 2013-14 performing arts series at the Iowa State Center.

Woodcarvers show at the gardens

The Mid-Iowa Woodcarvers will hold its annual "Adventures in Wood" show at Reiman Gardens on Saturday, May 4 (9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.). The event includes carving contest entries and demonstrations, whittling lessons and mini-seminars ($3 each). Gardens admission is free for ISU students and members; $4-$8 for 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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