Inside Update
Sept. 12, 2013
News for Iowa State faculty and staff

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Iowa State enrollment is 33,241 

Iowa State's fall enrollment of 33,241 is the largest in school history, an increase of more than 7 percent over the previous record in fall 2012. It's the fifth year of record enrollment and the seventh consecutive year of growth at Iowa State.


Provost's office announces new faculty hiring initiative

Iowa State will use $1.5 million in state appropriations to support the hiring of new tenured or tenure-track faculty in areas of high impact to the university and state of Iowa. These will be matching funds to help colleges recruit to meet their needs. Recruitment could begin as early as next month.


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Five questions for Joe Schaefer

The aerospace engineering faculty member began his 50th fall in a college classroom last month.


Senate starts school year with look at academics in athletics

Faculty athletics representative Tim Day presented an overview of academic progress among Cyclone student-athletes at the Faculty Senate's inaugural meeting of 2013-14.


Regents assemble requests for state funding next year

Iowa State will try again to get planning funds for biosciences new building and facilities renovations.


More news

The following announcements were added this week:

  • Volunteers sought for breast cancer awareness video

  • Student-produced fine dining dates announced

  • Single-show tickets on sale for Stephens' season

  • Open house at research service unit is Sept. 18

  • Two events at ISU Alumni Center on Sept. 13

  • Fulbright lunch and learn seminars kick off Sept. 13

See:  Announcements


CELT programs

Register via AccessPlus (click on Employee > HRS Training > Courses).

  • Blackboard Learn Users Group, Sept. 13 (11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., 1230 Communications)

  • Fulbright Lunch and Learn Seminar: Preparing a Project Proposal, Sept. 13 (12:10-1 p.m., MU Gold Room)

  • Blackboard Learn: Developing Your Course, Sept. 16 (10-11:30 a.m., 1230 Communications)

  • Blackboard Learn: Using Tests, Quizzes and Surveys, Sept. 17 (2:10-3:30 p.m., 1230 Communications)

  • Frantic Student, Busy Instructor: How to Incorporate Writing into Your Class in Time-conscious Ways, Sept. 18 (12:10-1 p.m., 2030 Morrill)

  • Teaching and Learning Circle: The Research-based Flipped Classroom, Team-based Learning, Sept. 18 (1:10-2:30 p.m., 2030 Morrill)

  • Blackboard Learn: Grade Center Essentials, Sept. 19 (2:10-4 p.m., 1230 Communications)



Seminars and conferences

The following conferences were added this week:



  • Lt. Col. Ryan Hollman, U.S. Air Force, to chair of the Air Force aerospace studies department and commander of the Air Force Reserve Office Training Corps, for two years

Around campus

Astronaut joins Iowa State engineering faculty

Iowa State alum and retired astronaut Clayton Anderson will work with freshman aerospace engineering students as a distinguished faculty fellow in the department.

DOE, Ames Lab mark new era in critical materials research

With the launch of the Critical Materials Institute at Ames Laboratory, the U.S. Department of Energy makes a concerted effort to find solutions to domestic shortages of rare-earth metals and other materials that are essential in many clean-energy technologies.

Nominations sought for 2014 Women Impacting ISU calendar

Nominations are being accepted through Sept. 30 for the Catt Center's 2014 Women Impacting ISU calendar.

University newsletters

Your Library

In the Sept. 11 issue of Your Library: Find out if your favorite book is on the banned or challenged book list; research first-hand accounts of World War I through photos and memoirs by Andrew Kalpaschnikoff, grandfather of former ISU Executive Vice President and Provost Elizabeth Hoffman; and learn which journals are now available on your tablet.

Opening events: 2013-14 academic year

This week

  • President's Annual Address, President Steven Leath, Sept. 13 (8:15 a.m., Great Hall, Memorial Union, coffee and refreshments available at 8 a.m.)


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

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


Details about these events are on the university calendar.

Open houses/receptions

This week

  • Welcome reception: Black Faculty and Staff Association, Sept. 12 (4-6 p.m., Multicultural Center, MU), for new employees and returning association members

Next week

  • Welcome reception: Mary Petersen, daughter of former ISU artist-in-residence Christian Petersen, Sept. 16 (2-3 p.m., Christian Petersen Art Museum, 1017 Morrill)

  • Open house: Survey and Behavioral Research Services, Sept. 18 (4-6 p.m., first floor CPMI Building, 2321 N. Loop Dr., ISU Research Park

Details about these events are on the university calendar.

Arts and events

President's annual address is Friday morning

President Steven Leath will share his priorities and goals for the 2013-14 academic year during his annual address on Sept. 13 (8:15 a.m., MU Great Hall). The university community is invited; refreshments will be available at 8 a.m. Those who can't attend will be able to view a livestream of the address from the president's website.


'Fall' for this semester's lecture series

Mark your calendar. This fall's lecture series promises something for everyone.


Fresh Fotos exhibit on display in Memorial Union

Photos taken by 12 Iowa State freshmen during fall 2012 are on display in "Fresh Fotos: My First Year Experience" in the MU Gallery through Oct. 20. Images depict scenes from classes, residence halls, athletic events, ISU's campus and more. Images also may be viewed online.


Color it cardinal and gold

Beat Iowa Week events leading up to the Sept. 14 Iowa-Iowa State football game (5 p.m., Jack Trice Stadium) include a garage sale full of Cyclone gear (11 a.m.-7:30 p.m.) and a Friday at the Center celebration (5:30-7:30 p.m.) on Sept. 13 at the Alumni Center. Frederiksen Court's Beat Iowa Bash (Sept. 13, 6-9 p.m.) features contests, games, special guest appearances, entertainment and food. A spirit rally will begin at 7:30 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
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