Inside Update
Oct. 10, 2013
News for Iowa State faculty and staff

Inside news

Leath outlines FY15 budget planning priorities

Four broad priorities identified last fall will continue to drive budget plans, as will recommendations emerging from two ongoing study groups.


Senate hears update on hiring initiative

Senators learned that college deans submitted 39 position proposals as part of the high-impact faculty hiring initiative. Reports on non-tenure eligible instruction percentages and the faculty conduct policy also were presented at the Oct. 8 Faculty Senate meeting.


Teachers in training

Students learn how to teach science, technology concepts to grade schoolers in "Toying with Technology" class.


Tweak your phone screen

Not enough speed dial slots on your phone? Too many? You've got options. 


Personnel policy updates get council approval

Members of the Professional and Scientific Council endorsed four draft policies dealing with P&S personnel issues at their Oct. 3 meeting, and passed a resolution to acknowledge the contributions of long-time council member Dan Woodin, who died Sept. 24.

More news

The following announcements were added this week:

  • Funeral for former faculty member Jack Horowitz is Oct. 10

  • Catt honored on the Riverwalk bridge

  • Submit proposals by Nov. 22 for 2014 ISCORE

  • Scam alert from IT Services

  • National Food Day local observance is planned

  • Online auction will benefit United Way

  • ISU Surplus bike auction is Oct. 19

  • After-school science/engineering camp for girls starts Oct. 18

  • Iowa State earns gold for being green

  • Oct. 18 public hearing on campus precedes regents' Iowa City meeting
See:  Announcements


CELT programs

Register via AccessPlus (click on Employee > HRS Training > Courses). Classes are in 2030 Morrill.

  • Award-winning Faculty series: "Why I Love Teaching Introductory Large-lecture Courses," Ken Holscher, entomology, Oct. 23 (12:10-1 p.m.)

  • CIRTL Coffee Hour: Creating an Inclusive Classroom Series -- What Our Men of Color Have to Say, Oct. 24 (11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.)

Start a learning community

Doug Gruenewald, co-director of learning communities, will discuss how to start a new learning community, including how to apply for funding, during an information session on Oct. 16 (9:30-10:30 a.m., 2030 Morrill). To register, contact Jen Leptien. More information about learning communities is online.



Seminars and conferences

The following conferences were added this week:

  • ISU Research Foundation, as part of its 75th anniversary celebration this month, will hold a seminar on Friday, Oct. 18 (2:10-4:30 p.m., 2019 Morrill) on current issues in innovation. Topics include a presentation on developing, protecting and commercializing digital apps and three presentations on the future of U.S. dominance in innovation.

  • Opportunities and challenges in international agriculture, featuring speakers from Indonesia and Tanzania, Oct. 14 (noon, 106 Seed Science Building, pizza lunch provided), hosted by the Seed Science Center and the Program for Biosafety Systems

  • Dan Sloan, AIA, The Design Group architecture firm, Des Moines, to university architect, effective Nov. 1

Around campus

Iowa State joins engagement consortium

Iowa State has joined the Engagement Scholarship Consortium, an international organization of public and private higher education institutions that work collaboratively to promote university-community partnerships that are anchored in scholarship and designed to help build community capacity. An ISU delegation participated in the consortium's annual meeting at Texas Tech University this week.

Iowa State connection creates priceless NFL experiences

Iowa State has developed a reputation for sending well-qualified athletic training students to intern with the National Football League. Four ISU juniors interned this past summer for the Indianapolis Colts, New Orleans Saints, Minnesota Vikings and Denver Broncos.

Reminder: Flu shot clinic runs through Oct. 18

Occupational medicine nurses are staffing a flu shot clinic for employees through Friday, Oct. 18 (weekdays 10 a.m.-4 p.m., 205 Technical Administrative Service Facility). You don't need an appointment, but you will need to know your university ID number to sign in when you arrive.

University newsletters



In this edition of Your Library Newsletter: An archival look back at the life and death of Jack Trice; how the misuse of electronic resources could jeopardize access for the ISU research community; and a new database for market research reports covers science and technology areas.

Open houses/receptions

This week

  • Retirement: Zora Zimmerman, LAS college administration, Oct. 11 (3:30-5:30 p.m., MU Campanile Room)

  • Retirement: John Verkade, ISU chemistry, Oct. 11 (4:30-5:15 p.m., Hach Hall atrium)

Next week

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


  • Reception: "Illuminating Perception" exhibit, Oct. 24 (7-8 p.m., Christian Petersen Art Museum, 1017 Morrill)

Details about these events are on the university calendar.

Arts and events

Star light, star bright

Enjoy a night of stargazing during the ISU Planetarium shows on Oct. 11 in Physics Hall. The first show, which begins at 6:30 p.m., is 20 minutes long and meant for kids. Two additional shows, at 7 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., are suitable for all ages. Free tickets are available at the door starting at 6:15 p.m.

Straight No Chaser, Bill Cosby open the Stephens season

The 2013-14 Stephens Auditorium season debuts next week with two performances. Straight No Chaser brings its "Under the Influence" tour to Stephens on Oct. 17. Then on Oct. 18, comedian Bill Cosby takes the Stephens stage. Both shows start at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for Straight No Chaser are $29.50 to $49.50; Cosby show tickets are $39 to $67 ($25 for students). Tickets may be purchased at the Iowa State Center ticket office or through Ticketmaster.

October ArtWalk looks at Harl Commons

University Museums' Oct. 16 artwalk will be a tour of the public art in the newly opened Harl Commons on the east side, ground floor of Curtiss Hall. Participants should meet at noon in Harl Commons.

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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