Inside Update
Sept. 26, 2013
News for Iowa State faculty and staff

Inside news

Search for next VP for Research opens

Tenured Iowa State professors may apply to be the next vice president for research. Applications and nominations are due Oct. 25; the goal is to have a new VP in place by Jan. 1, 2014.

Affordable Care Act: Marketplace offers more health care options

The Affordable Care Act is providing employees more health care options, but you likely will want to stick with Iowa State's benefits. Find out why.

Online survey tool extended to ISU community

The popular survey tool Qualtrics is as close as your keyboard. A university-wide license gives all faculty, staff and students access to the online survey builder.

A program with roots in Iowa State history

A project to collect and propagate the genetic heritage of Iowa State's diverse tree population kicks off this fall with seedlings from a century-old catalpa. The progeny, which will be used in future campus landscaping projects, also is available for public purchase through the alumni association.

More news

The following announcements were added this week:

  • Oct. 2-3 book sales will support United Way campaign 
  • Security and fire safety report available online

  • Memorial service for Dan Woodin is Sept. 30

  • Third finalist named for associate vice president for human resources

  • HeartReach Mobile Lab will visit campus Oct. 16

  • Leath will be noon radio guest on Sept. 30

  • Iron Dog Fun Run is Oct. 12

  • ISU Major Fair is Oct. 1

  • Glassdoor ranks ISU fifth-best university to work for

  • Employee orientation session added on Oct. 23
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CELT programs

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

  • Refresher on Class Climate (Midterm), Oct. 1 (9-10:30 a.m., 1230 Communications)

  • Teaching and Learning Circle, Service Learning, Oct. 1 (12:10-1 p.m., 2030 Morrill)

  • Teaching and Learning Circle, Engaging Your Ideas: Effective Ways to Integrate Writing into Your Classroom, Oct. 2 (12:10-1 p.m., 2030 Morrill)

  • Fulbright Lunch and Learn Seminar: Cultural Explorations, Oct. 2 (12:10-1 p.m., MU Gold Room)


Seminars and conferences

The following events were added this week:

  • "Biobased Economy; Quo Vadis?" Andre Faaij, Utrecht University, The Netherlands, Oct. 3 (3:40-5 p.m., 1344 Howe), part of the Iowa NSF EPSCoR Energy Policy seminar series

  • "Exploring Data-Rich Environments," Oct. 11 (1-8 p.m., Scheman Building), open to all faculty and research staff interested in cross-disciplinary research, registration is free but required (keynote lectures open to all), part of the LAS college's Signature Research Themes workshop series

  • "Unleash Your Potential!" Young Women in Business conference, Oct. 21 (8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Gerdin Building), registration closes Oct. 14

  • "Technology and Teaching Writing for Academic Disciplines," 11th annual Technology for Second Language Learning Conference, Oct. 18-19 (Memorial Union)


  • Amy Slagell, head of the speech communication program and half-time interim associate dean for academic programs, to associate dean for academic programs in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

  • Patrick Schnable, professor of agronomy and director of the Center for Plant Genomics, as the inaugural holder of the Iowa Corn Promotion Board Endowed Chair in Genetics in the agronomy department

Around campus

Home football game next Thursday will impact campus lots

If you bring a car with you to work, here's what you need to know before the Cyclone football squad takes on Texas at Jack Trice Stadium next Thursday, Oct. 3.


Iowa Public Radio announces director finalists

Iowa Public Radio has named three finalists for its executive director position. The three will visit Iowa and meet with staff in late October; their visits will include public forums.


Happy 100th, CBE

Faculty, staff, students and alumni from the department of chemical and biological engineering will observe its 100-year anniversary with centennial events Sept. 26-28.


Down with cow paths

Sandwich-board messages around campus this fall encourage pedestrians to give dry lawns a break and stick to the sidewalks.

Open houses/receptions

Next week

  • Meet and Greet with multicultural faculty and staff, Oct. 3 (4:30-6 p.m., MU Gallery), hosted by the Black and Latino graduate student associations


  • Retirement: Zora Zimmerman, LAS college administration, Oct. 11 (3:30-5:30 p.m., MU Campanile Room), send best wishes for a book the college will compile to Laura Wille 

Details about these events are on the university calendar.

Open forum

This week

  • Julie Nuter, DePaul University, finalist for associate vice president for human resources post, Sept. 27 (1:30-2:15 p.m., MU Pioneer Room)
Details about these events are on the university calendar.

Arts and events

Faculty, staff to be honored Oct. 2

The university community is invited to the Oct. 2 ceremony (3:30-4:30 p.m., MU Sun Room) recognizing faculty and staff recipients of Iowa State's most distinguished awards.

Brunnier Art Museum dedicates new gallery Sept. 26

University Museums will dedicate the new Ann Brunnier Decorative Arts Gallery on Sept. 26 (5 p.m., Brunnier Art Museum, 295 Scheman). Ann and Henry Brunnier traveled the world, collecting a wide range of artwork. In 1963, the Brunniers donated their personal art collection to Iowa State. The new gallery houses part of this collection.

ISU Theatre season opens this weekend

Student talent again will be featured in six productions by ISU Theatre this year. The season opens this weekend with three performances of Anton Chekhov's The Seagull in Fisher Theater. Three more performances are set for Oct. 4-6.

ISU's Project Runway competition is Sept. 29

The 9th annual Project Runway competition for Iowa State student teams is set for Sept. 29 (Runway walk is at 8 p.m., MU Great Hall). Joshua McKinley from Lifetime Television's Project Runway reality show will host the event. Admission is free and all are welcome to attend.

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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