Inside Update
May 16, 2013
News for Iowa State faculty and staff

Inside news

Seven professors awarded new titles

Three professors are the first to receive a new faculty award recognizing excellence in teaching. The first Morrill professors join three Distinguished Professors and a University Professor named this spring.

Be prepared for weather extremes

The change in seasons brings unsettled weather patterns. Be prepared for whatever Mother Nature might have in store with safety tips for storms, floods, extreme heat and more.

Reiman Gardens is keeping it local

Events, sculptures, activities and specialized garden areas were developed using the "More Than Meets the Iowa" theme at Reiman Gardens. The theme year runs through December.

More news

The following announcements were added this week:

  • Summer session opens May 20

  • Tickets on sale Friday for Stephen King/John Mellencamp musical in November

  • Volunteer deadline for Special Olympics Iowa is May 20

  • Employee leadership workshop series starts January 2014

  • Submit names by May 17 for inclusion in ISU Memorial Day ceremony

  • Mixed paper collection for recycling is June 5

See:  Announcements

  • Heimir Geirsson, associate professor of philosophy, to chair of the philosophy and religious studies department, effective July 1

  • Ruth Litchfield, associate professor and nutrition extension specialist, to associate chair of the food science and human nutrition department

Around campus

Engineers test new wind turbine towers

ISU researchers designed and tested concrete towers that would capture better winds available at 100 meters and higher.

Student vehicle teams preparing to compete

Iowa State's Power Pullers and Baja racing teams will take part in competitions this month, pitting their vehicle designs against other student teams.

University newsletters

Live Green

Sustainability highlights of the 2012-13 academic year and a preview of summer events and opportunities are part of what you'll find in the May issue of Live Green! Monthly (PDF), published by the office of sustainability.


Catt Center for Women and Politics

Student enrollment in a community leadership and public service program triples, a couple of Catt Center interns receive national recognition, and the center seeks proposals for its 2013 research prize. It's all in the May edition of Voices.


Open houses/receptions

This 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.)

Next week

  • 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.)


  • Retirement: Dr. Lawrence Evans, veterinary clinical sciences, May 30 (3-6 p.m., Cy's Lounge, ISU Alumni Center, RSVP to Dianne Ritz by May 22), send cards to 2540 Vet Med

  • Retirement: Jerry McGinnis, ISU Dining, May 31 (2-3 p.m., Food Stores, 0145 Friley)


Details about these events are on the university calendar.

Arts and events

Class of 1963 returns

Alumni Days, May 16-18, will celebrate Iowa State's 50-year reunion class from 1963. Events open Thursday morning with campus bus tours and conclude Saturday morning with a brunch at Reiman Gardens. The classes of 1958, 1953 and 1943 also will be honored during a Friday luncheon.


Family movie under the stars

The athletics department's Jr. Cyclone Club is hosting its first movie night at Jack Trice Stadium on Saturday, May 18 (7 p.m., gates 1 and 2 open at 6 p.m.). Wreck-It Ralph, a 2012 animated comedy, will be shown on the north video board and concessions will be sold on the east concourse. Guests may sit on the field (no lawn chairs) or the east side of the stadium. Admission is free and the public is welcome.


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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