Inside Update
Oct. 3, 2013
News for Iowa State faculty and staff

Inside news

Council recommendations aim to sustain top student experience

The council charged with ensuring that the Iowa State student experience remains high recently released recommendations on a variety of topics, ranging from science labs to academic enrichment activities.

Committee offers plan to enhance institutional excellence

A central writing team for big grant proposals and an incentive program to recruit and retain Ph.D. students and postdocs are among recent recommendations of the committee seeking ways to enhance Iowa State's excellence in research and scholarship.

Rico-Gutierrez is reappointed as Design dean

Luis Rico-Gutierrez, dean of the College of Design, has been appointed to a second five-year term, effective in July 2014.

OSHA changes require employee training

Updated OSHA regulations require many ISU employees to be trained on the changes by Dec. 1.

More news

The following announcements were added this week:

  • P&S Council professional development seminar is Oct. 8

  • Indonesian Batik exhibit at textiles museum runs through mid-November

  • Students invited to pitch a proposed or startup business

  • Affordable Care Act: Health insurance Q&A available online

  • Reminder: Flu shot clinic begins Oct. 7

  • Register for Oct. 18 interdisciplinary research conference

  • EAP training: Dealing with Difficult People

  • No elevator service in Student Services Building

  • "Stuff the Bus" donation drive is Oct. 5

See:  Announcements



CELT programs

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

  • Blackboard Learn Users Group, Oct. 11 (11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.)

  • An Epic Win: Using Blackboard to Facilitate Game-based Learning (GBL), Oct. 16 (1:10-2:30 p.m.)


Seminars and conferences

The following conferences were added this week:

  • Maureen De Armond, former legal counsel to the Methodist Medical Center of Illinois, to associate counsel in the Office of University Counsel, effective Oct. 7

Around campus

Leath talks enrollment, diversity, university ratings on radio show

President Steven Leath was a guest on the Sept. 30 edition of Iowa Public Radio's River to River program. Read excerpts of the interview here; the entire conversation is archived online at IPR.


Study examines perceived wine servings

Researchers at Iowa State and Cornell discovered that a variety of environmental factors, such as glass size and wine color, influence how much wine is poured and consumed.

A decorated day

Approximately 40 faculty and staff were honored during the annual university awards ceremony Wednesday afternoon in the Memorial Union.

University newsletters

University Museums

In the October 2013 edition of Interpretations (PDF): Images of new art for the Art on Campus collection, a glimpse of the upcoming Mac Adams exhibition at the Christian Petersen Art Museum, and a feature on award-winning artist Nori Sato.

Open houses/receptions

This 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

Next week

  • 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 


  • Open house and reception: Collection of Edward Mezvinsky's Congressional and public service papers, Oct. 17 (3:30 p.m., Special Collections, 403 Parks Library)

Details about these events are on the university calendar.

Arts and events

Smith chairholder Karen Hughes to give talk on Oct. 3

Karen Hughes, adviser to President George W. Bush and former Undersecretary of State of Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs, and holder of the fall 2013 Mary Louise Smith Chair in Women and Politics, will give a campus talk on Thursday, Oct. 3 (noon, MU Great Hall). Hughes is expected to share her personal insights and experiences in women's leadership and empowerment. Her talk is free and open to the public.


Reiman Gardens holds annual bonsai show this weekend

A bounty of bonsai will be on display at Reiman Gardens Oct. 5-6 (9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. daily) during the Iowa Bonsai Association Annual Show. Visitors will see multiple bonsai styles and hear from several bonsai experts. Bonsai plants and arrangements also will be for sale. Garden admission rates apply.


Bring your tennies on Oct. 9

Join the campus community for a 20-minute campus walk that's part of the Healthiest State Initiative, Oct. 9 at noon. Participants can choose their own routes, or choose from seven mapped routes. Registration is not required for the free event, but is used to log state participation numbers.

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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