Inside Update
Aug. 22, 2013
News for Iowa State faculty and staff

Inside news

Moving in is a team effort

With fall classes starting Monday, this is move-in week for students living on campus. They were hardly alone in their labors, with student volunteers and administrators on hand to welcome them.

Getting to know your phone

If you haven't quite got the hang of the new phone, here's a guide to many common tasks, such as getting voice mail, making transfers, doing a conference call and making your office number ring on your cell phone.

Up late at Parks Library

Parks Library will stay open until 2 a.m. five days a week to accommodate the study needs of record numbers of students.

Food truck fleet expands on campus

Three more mobile food vendors will set up in outdoor campus locations this semester to give the campus community additional lunch options.

Industrial design students produce outdoor benches for Troxel Hall

This summer, seven industrial design students not only designed the outdoor benches for Iowa State's new Troxel Hall, which opens Aug. 26, they managed the entire production process from idea to product.

More news

The following announcements were added this week:

  • Join the LGBT faculty/staff association

  • Graduate students sought for bioeconomy fellowships

  • You're invited: Open house to welcome Business dean David Spalding

  • September workshop acclimates grad students to Parks Library

  • Tickets on sale Aug. 26 for two upcoming Stephens concerts

  • MU's poster sale is Aug. 21-30

  • Reminder: File authorization form for each work-study student

  • Fall, spring jobs for students may be posted now

See:  Announcements

Seminars and conferences

The following conferences were added this week:

  • Susanne Johnson, Office of Risk Management, to interim director of the office, effective July 8

Around campus

Our biggest computer to date

"Cyence," the most powerful computer ever on the Iowa State campus, capable of 183.043 trillion calculations per second, is beginning to produce data for 17 research projects.

Library offers mobile journal access

Faculty, staff and students can download a free app for their tablet devices that allows them to browse, search, download and read thousands of scholarly journals on the go.

Iowa State receives $1.8 million gift to support geology field station

Iowa State has received a $1.8 million gift from alumni Tom and Evonne Smith of Houston,Texas, to renovate the Carl F. Vondra Geology Field Station near Shell, Wyo. The station is managed and used by ISU's department of geological and atmospheric sciences for a hands-on, six-week course in geology field concepts and methods for undergraduates.


Egg Industry Center to discuss the latest advancements in egg and hen research.

Opening events: 2013-14 academic year

This week

  • College of Human Sciences faculty and staff convocation, Aug. 22 (7:45-11 a.m., Reiman Ballroom, ISU Alumni Center)

  • College of Business faculty and staff family picnic, Aug. 23 (6-8 p.m., Maple Shelter, Brookside Park)

Next week

  • College of Design welcome reception, Aug. 26 (6-8 p.m., College of Design, King Pavilion)


  • College of Engineering convocation, Sept. 3 (3:10-4 p.m., auditorium, Howe Hall, reception follows in the atrium)

  • College of Agriculture and Life Sciences convocation, Sept. 10 (4:10 p.m., Harl Commons, Curtiss Hall)

  • College of Liberal Arts and Sciences convocation and reception, Sept. 11 (4-6 p.m., Sun Room, Memorial Union)

  • Academic year opening address, President Steven Leath, Sept. 13 (8 a.m., Great Hall, Memorial Union)

  • College of Veterinary Medicine convocation, Oct. 2 (8-9 a.m., 1226 Vet Med)

  • University faculty and staff awards ceremony, Oct. 2 (3:30-4:30 p.m., Sun Room, Memorial Union, reception follows)

Details about these events are on the university calendar.

Open houses/receptions

Next week

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


  • Welcome reception, Raisbeck Endowed Dean David Spalding, College of Business, Sept. 4 (3-5 p.m., Bergstrom Commons, Gerdin), the university community is invited, hors d'oeuvres and refreshments will be served


Details about these events are on the university calendar.

Arts and events

Reiman Gardens hosts quilt show this weekend

Reiman Gardens and the Iowa Quilters Guild are hosting the 4th annual Garden Quilt Show Aug. 23 and 24 (9 a.m.-6 p.m.) and Aug. 25 (9 a.m.-4 p.m.) at Reiman Gardens. The three-day show will feature 90 garden-themed quilts created by Midwesterners as part of a juried show, instruction, demonstrations and lectures. Garden admission fees apply; some instructional presentations may have an additional cost. More information is online.

It's time for Cyclone Fan Fest

Cyclone fans are invited to join Iowa State's student-athletes and coaches at Cyclone Fan Fest on Aug. 25 (noon-2 p.m., Hilton Coliseum). Activities include inflatable games, temporary tattoos, tours of the Hilton locker rooms and more. Admission is free. Food, beverages and ISU merchandise will be available for purchase. In addition, the athletics department is holding an equipment sale on the north side of Hilton (11 a.m.-4 p.m.).

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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