Inside Update
Oct. 17, 2013
News for Iowa State faculty and staff

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Martino Harmon is Iowa State's new associate vice president for student affairs. He joined the university Sept. 9.

A second tuition freeze

When the state Board of Regents meets next week in Iowa City, it will review a proposal to freeze resident undergraduate tuition at the three state universities for a second consecutive year. The board's vote on 2014-15 tuition is expected at the December meeting.

Public records go public

Officials began posting public records requests online this week. The postings are part of university follow-through on the recommendations of a regents-appointed task force on transparency.

Nonsupervisory merit open change begins Oct. 18

Nonsupervisory merit employees will have a chance to review and change their benefits during the open change period, Oct. 18 to Nov. 18.

Greener pastures

The former horse pasture east of Haber Road is sprouting the first of two plantings to establish native prairie grasses that complement storm water management and help control runoff into Squaw Creek.

Architecture students rule the roost in their first assignment

The campus community is invited to view the first design-build efforts of the new majors in the professional architecture program: Chicken coops unlike any others.

More news

The following announcements were added this week:

  • There's a new off-campus voice mail number

  • New internal grants support academic advising

  • MU Workspace hosts Little Free Library workshop on Saturday

  • Nominations due Dec. 1 for P&S CYtation, P&S Team awards

  • Decorate your office space for homecoming

  • Library will offer another EndNote Basic workshop

  • Nominations for alumni awards are due Dec. 1

  • Periodic lane closure on Haber Road through Oct. 18
See:  Announcements


Teaching tips from the trenches

In celebration of CELT's 20th anniversary, the staff is compiling a list of "20 Teaching Tips from the Trenches," and your ideas are needed. The tips will be selected and made into laminated decks of cards to share with faculty across campus. They also will be posted on the CELT website. Each tip will be attributed to the author. Tip submissions require:

  • A 150-word description that gives an overview of the tip

  • A bulleted list of four to five steps on how to implement the tip so another can learn how to use it in class

The tip submission form is online. Submit ideas by Nov. 11.


Seminars and conferences


The following events were added this week:

Around campus

Make them laugh

Undergraduates in a fall Honors seminar use stand-up comedy as a route to public speaking confidence.

IPR director candidates will interview next week

Three finalists (PDF) for Iowa Public Radio's executive director will interview in the state next week. Finalists are: William Reed, a Midwest media consultant, Oct. 22; Debra Fraser, Houston Public Media, Oct. 23; and Myrna Johnson, Boston Schoolyard Initiative, Oct. 24.

Climate patterns, in high-res

Two decades ago, climate modelers used one gridpoint on a map to represent one state. In a new supercomputer in the Durham Center basement, one county may contain up to 100 gridpoints. The result is more realistic representations of climate patterns farther into the future.

Washington student's family moves to Iowa

Animal science, now veterinary medicine, student's family relocates to Boone County for numerous good reasons.

ISURF is 75 this week

Oct. 13 marked the 75-year anniversary of the Iowa State University Research Foundation. The campus community is invited to a Friday afternoon seminar that will look at issues in innovation.

Open houses/receptions

This 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)

Next week

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


  • Reception: Welcome back for student veterans, Oct. 29 (4-6 p.m., MU Campanile Room), hosted by senior VP Tom Hill and ROTC faculty members, RSVP by Oct. 23 to Jean Foley 

  • Reception: "Studies in Creativity" student juried exhibit, Oct. 29 (6-8 p.m., MU Gallery Room)

Details about these events are on the university calendar.

Arts and events

Need wheels? Surplus bike auction is Oct. 19

ISU Surplus will hold a used bicycle auction on Saturday, Oct. 19 (10 a.m., ISU Surplus warehouse, 1102 Southern Hills Dr.). Up to 300 adult-size abandoned bikes, ranging from cruisers to road bikes, will be auctioned. Viewing begins at 9 a.m.; payment must be cash or check.

Friendly spirits

Reiman Gardens' annual "Spirits in the Gardens" is this weekend, Oct. 19 and 20 (4-7 p.m., Reiman Gardens). Bring the kids in costume (adults are welcome to dress up, too) for some family-friendly Halloween fun. Admission is free for youth under 18; regular admission applies for all others ($8 adults; $7 for seniors).

Virtual Halloween experience opens this weekend

The "Halloween Fun House," an annual outreach effort of the Virtual Reality Applications Center, starts its two-weekend run on Saturday, Oct. 19. Hours for this come-and-go event are 1-4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Oct. 19-20 and Oct. 26-27 (1117 Black Engineering). All ages are welcome; admission is free.

Music department concerts

The following performances will be held in the Music Building's Tye Recital Hall. Tickets, available at the performances, are $5 ($3 for students) unless indicated.

  • Iowa State Singers, Oct. 20 (3-4:30 p.m.)

  • ISU Wind Ensemble and ISU Percussion Ensemble, Oct. 22 (7:30-9 p.m.)

  • ISU Flute Choir and ISU Clarinet Choir, Oct. 23 (7:30-8:45 p.m.), free admission

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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