Inside Update
Aug. 15, 2013
News for Iowa State faculty and staff

Inside news

Regents approve final budget, transparency recommendations

The state Board of Regents approved the FY14 university budget, endorsed recommendations of a transparency task force and heard a report on ISU's strategic plan during its Aug. 8 meeting in the Memorial Union.

Growing the faculty

Iowa State has hired 60 tenured or tenure-track faculty since last November, more than half of them in targeted areas "critical to Iowa's economic future," as identified last fall by President Steven Leath.

Water tight

Work on a flood mitigation system of earthen berms and concrete fortified gateways is wrapping up outside the Lied Center.

Opening events

We've compiled a list of college and university events that officially launch the new academic year.

More news

The following announcements were added this week:

  • Iowa Energy Center announces new grant opportunities

  • Apply by Aug. 30 for a seat on the University Committee on Women

  • Register now for Aug. 28 ISU youth programs training

  • Watch for traffic congestion near residence halls Aug. 20-23

See:  Announcements


CELT programs

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

  • Using Tests, Quizzes and Surveys, Aug. 22 (10:30-11:50 a.m.)

  • What's New with Responseware and TurningPoint, Aug. 22 (1:10-2 p.m.)


Seminars and conferences

The following conferences were added this week:

  • Shirley Knipfel, assistant to the president, to transparency officer for Iowa State. The state Board of Regents this week released the list of newly appointed transparency officers (PDF) at each of the six regents sites.

Around campus

Nurturing an interest in science

Three students from Des Moines' Lincoln High School worked in Iowa State chemistry labs for eight weeks this summer to boost their interest -- and confidence -- in their scientific abilities.


Oh, deer

University photographer Bob Elbert caught a deer snacking on crabapples near the Communications Building.


Treasures for all

Used equipment and furniture that's been removed from the university's inventory is sold at weekly ISU Surplus sales in a university warehouse.

University newsletters

Your Library

In the Aug. 14 issue of Your Library - Newsletter: More programs to assist ISU authors; distance education resources; an online scholarly criticism tool and available course reserves.

Open houses/receptions

This week

  • Farewell: Denise Hix, ISU ecology, evolution and organismal biology, and B.E.S.T. learning community, Aug. 16 (10-11:30 a.m., 240 Bessey)


  • Reception: Jay N. Darling and Maynard Reece exhibition, Aug. 29 (5-7 p.m., Brunnier Art Museum)

Details about these events are on the

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