Inside Update
May 9, 2013
News for Iowa State faculty and staff

Inside news

David Spalding named next Business dean

David Spalding, senior vice president and senior adviser to Dartmouth College's interim president, has been appointed the next Raisbeck Endowed Dean of the College of Business. He will begin on Aug. 1. 


It's graduation weekend

An estimated 3,766 students completed degree programs at Iowa State this semester and many of them will participate in commencement events this weekend, May 10-11.


Harmon named associate VP for student affairs

Martino Harmon will become Iowa State's next associate vice president for student affairs. He currently serves as executive director of student success and retention at Cincinnati State Technical and Community College, Ohio. 


Provost's office selects faculty fellows

Professors Cinzia Cervato and Mack Shelley have been named faculty fellows in the office of the senior vice president and provost. Beginning in August, they'll serve two-year, part-time terms, working on projects to enhance ISU faculty success and retention.


Senate business concludes with policy changes

Senators approved a formal dead week policy and revised the excused absence policy at the final Faculty Senate meeting of the academic year. Senior vice president and provost Jonathan Wickert also shared a report on this year's promotion and tenure results.


Council approves salary statement

Professional and Scientific Council members pushed through a motion outlining priorities -- rather than a specific percentage recommendation -- for salary decisions. The salary statement was overwhelmingly approved at the council's May 2 meeting and will be distributed to university leaders.


Eduroam: Wireless access feels like home

At thousands of universities, worldwide, Iowa Staters can now hop onto the campus Wi-Fi, using just their ISU Net-IDs and passwords.


Class credit for campus improvement  

A service learning project provided hands-on experience for a landscape architecture class and much-needed attention to erosion issues near College Creek.  

More news

The following announcements were added this week:

  • Submit summer, fall library course reserve requests now

  • Alumni Days will feature ISU Class of 1963 May 16-18

  • Alumni association awards dinner is May 31; register by May 10

  • EPA program lauds Iowa State for reduced greenhouse gas emissions

  • Vet Med offers free eye exams to service dogs in May

  • ISU students take top prizes in business plan competition

  • Bicyclists asked to share thoughts on biking in Campustown

See:  Announcements 


CELT programs

Register via AccessPlus (click on Employee > HRS Training > Courses). Classes are held in 1230 Communications, unless indicated.

  • Blackboard Learn: What's New in Blackboard Learn? (SP11), May 16 (1:10-2 p.m.)

  • Class Climate: Creating Survey Reports, May 16 (3:30-4:30 p.m.)



Around campus

For farmers, plenty of uncertainty accompanies planting season

The first week of May is traditionally thought of as the ideal time for Iowa farmers to begin planting, but a slow start to spring and volatile grain markets in recent weeks have left producers with a lot of questions, according to ISU agronomy and grain markets experts.

Employees learn the art of sandbagging
About 50 Iowa State employees received training in filling and stacking sandbags in a first-of-its-kind event on April 30.

Dining services announces summer schedule

Dining services will implement summer hours at campus caf├ęs and markets beginning May 11. Check out these lists to know when and where you can grab some grub.

University newsletters

University Museums

In the May-July 2013 eInterpretations (PDF): Images from artist Larry Nowlan's campus visit, a look at the new Art on Campus installations and a preview of the Farm House Museum's new entrance.

Open houses/receptions

This week

  • 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)

  • Reception: "Jody Aultman: Then and Now" quilt exhibition, May 10 (5:30-7 p.m., MU Gallery)

Next week

  • 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.)


  • Farewell: Martha Tanner, office of the vice president for student affairs, May 23 (3:30-5 p.m., MU Pioneer Room)

  • Farewell: Kathryn Overberg, office of university counsel, May 24 (3-5 p.m., MU Campanile Room, program at 4 p.m.)

Details about these events are on the university calendar.

Arts and events

Friday is National Public Gardens Day

Download a coupon from the Better Homes and Gardens website to receive free admission to Reiman Gardens May 10 as part of the National Public Gardens Day observance. Guided tours of the gardens will begin at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. The celebration kicks off a three-day "Spring Fling" at Reiman Gardens.


Art at the MU

The following exhibitions are on display at the Memorial Union.

  • "Ames Camera Club's Photographic Visions," through July 3, MU Pioneer Room. The show presents a range of photographs that highlight the interests and visions of its members.

  • "Jody Aultman: Now and Then," through June 30, MU Gallery. Jody Aultman, who is completing her ISU master's degree this spring, is a modern quilter who uses both commercial fabric and fabric dyed and manipulated by her. Her current designs incorporate a stained-glass effect.

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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