Inside Update
Aug. 1, 2013
News for Iowa State faculty and staff

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They're (almost) back

It's been a busy summer across campus as departments and people gear up for the students who will arrive in record numbers in three weeks. Here's a look at preparations in room scheduling, residence, dining, CyRide and parking.

Regents meet in Ames next week

FY14 budgets, presidential performance reviews and a final report from the board's transparency task force are on the agenda when the state Board of Regents meets at the Memorial Union Aug. 7-8.

Harl Commons is anything but common

The new student-centered area carved out of the Curtiss Hall "basement" beneath the auditorium is bright and modern and on schedule to be ready for student traffic on the first day of class.

More news

The following announcements were added this week:

  • Tickets on sale for Aug. 29 campus show by Chance the Rapper

  • Leath signs AAU, APLU call to close 'innovation deficit'

  • University Community Childcare has fall openings

See:  Announcements


Register now for new faculty orientation and university teaching seminar

Faculty members who are new to Iowa State (since last September) are invited to reserve Aug. 20-21 for two events that will help jump-start their ISU careers. A teaching seminar will be held Tuesday, Aug. 20 (8 a.m.-4 p.m., Memorial Union); a new faculty orientation will be held Wednesday, Aug. 21 (7:45 a.m.-4 p.m., Reiman Gardens). Registration is free.


Around campus

Off the beaten path

A (nearly) secret enclosed courtyard surrounded by the Food Sciences Building boasts an art-inspired fountain backdrop for studying, lunching and relaxing.


Experience is a factor in firefighter response

ISU researchers used virtual simulations to measure stress levels and decision-making among veteran and novice firefighters in emergency situations. The results were contrary to conventional wisdom.

Open houses/receptions

This week

  • Retirement: Debra Parker, College of Design business office, retiring Aug. 2 (private event planned)

  • Retirement: Kathie Reinertson, Center for Survey Statistics and Methodology, retiring Aug. 2 (private event planned)

Next week

  • Open house: Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, Aug. 8 (10:30-11:30 a.m., Reiman Ballroom, Alumni Center)

Details about these events are on the university calendar.

Arts and events

MU's art lending house is Aug. 7-8

The Memorial Union's art lending collection features nearly 175 framed prints, posters and paintings available for rent for a full or half year, typically for $10 to $25. The collection provides an inexpensive way to improve office or home. The annual art lending open house will be held Aug. 7 (10 a.m.-3 p.m.) and Aug. 8 (10 a.m.-noon) in the browsing library on the ground level. Proceeds from rentals support art programs at the MU.

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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