Inside Update
Nov. 7, 2013
News for Iowa State faculty and staff

Inside news

Madden, on Monday's tragic incident

In the aftermath of the Monday morning Ames police chase that ended on central campus with the death of a young man, senior vice president for business and finance Warren Madden discusses the university's response to the emergency.


ITS, Google staff looking into ISU Alert email issue

Information technology services and Google staff want to know why some ISU Alerts emailed to students during Monday's campus emergency wound up in spam folders.


Primer: Winter weather policies

Several campus policies and procedures apply when severe weather is forecast. Find out how decisions are announced, the difference between "closed" and "canceled," and where to park if your lot isn't cleared.


Accountants who double as LEGO legends

Junior-level accounting students are building with LEGO™ this fall to simulate manufacturing processes and learn costing systems.


More news

The following announcements were added this week:

  • 2014 benefits are topic of Nov. 12 P&S Council seminar

  • Destination Iowa State is looking for student team leaders

  • Half-day student financial aid conference is Dec. 11; faculty and staff welcome

  • Bid on postcard prints through Nov. 7

  • Comedian Dave Chappelle will perform at Stephens Friday

  • Course selection materials due to bookstore by Dec. 12

  • Reserve your spot at Nov. 15 University Marketing summit

  • Presenters sought for black student government conference in February
See:  Announcements


CELT programs

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

  • Meeting: Class Climate Users Group, Nov. 9 (8-9 a.m., 1230 Communications)

  • Workshop: Refresher on Class Climate (end of semester), Nov. 19 (9-10:30 a.m., 1230 Communications)

  • Webinar: The Up Side of Upside Down -- Center for Digital Education Study Shows Flipped Classrooms are on the Rise, Nov. 19 (11 a.m.-noon, 2030 Morrill)

  • Lecture: Promoting Academic Integrity, Donald McCabe, Rutgers University, Nov. 20 (3:30-5 p.m., 1148 Gerdin)


  • Myrna Johnson, Boston Schoolyard Initiative, to executive director of Iowa Public Radio, effective Jan. 27, 2014
  • Sriram Sundararajan, associate chair for operations in mechanical engineering, to College of Engineering equity adviser, effective Nov. 1 

Around campus

ISU anthropologist helps design educational video game for PBS

Christina Gish-Hill, assistant professor of anthropology, recently consulted for PBS on a digital role-playing video game for middle school students.

It's Homecoming weekend

Homecoming events, including lunches on central campus, a pep rally, Alumni Center open house, mass campaniling, midnight pancakes and athletic events, continue through Saturday evening.

Students visit farms during ag weekend

Eight College of Agriculture and Life Sciences students -- undergrads and grads -- participated in the annual agriculture experience weekend last month to get a hands-on learning experience. Their stops included an ethanol plant, cattle feedlot, dairy, community farmer's market and family farms.

University newsletters

University Museums

In the November-December 2013 edition of Interpretations: The Stephens Auditorium curtain conservation project, art installations in the renovated Curtiss Hall and the vandalism of the William King sculpture, Solo.

Open houses/receptions

This week

  • Retirement: Barb Kalsem, ISU agricultural and biosystems engineering, Nov. 7 (3-5 p.m., MU Gallery Room)

  • Open house and pep rally: Homecoming, Nov. 8 (5-9 p.m., Alumni Center)

Next week

  • Retirement: Bonnie Bowen, ISU ecology, evolution and organismal biology and Strengthening the Professoriate program, Nov. 15 (4-6 p.m., MU Campanile Room)

  • Holiday open house: Reiman Gardens gift shop, Nov. 16-17 (9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. daily)


  • Reception: Summer Academy Berlin 2013 Exhibition, Nov. 20 (5:30-7 p.m., Lyle E. Lightfoot Forum, College of Design)

Details about these events are on the university calendar.

Arts and events

Honors and awards ceremony is Friday afternoon

Recipients of ISU Alumni Association and college awards will be honored during the association's annual honors and awards ceremony on Friday, Nov. 8 (1:30 p.m., Benton Auditorium, Scheman) as part of Homecoming festivities. The public is invited; a dessert reception will follow.


University events will honor veterans

The annual Gold Star Hall ceremony (Friday, Nov. 8) and a community supper (Wednesday, Nov. 13) are planned to honor Iowa State's military personnel, past and present.


Planetarium shows are Friday

Learn about space at the ISU Planetarium shows on Nov. 8 on the lower level of Physics Hall. The first show, which starts at 6:30 p.m., will last 20 minutes and is geared toward kids. Shows at 7 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. are suitable for all ages. Free tickets are available at the door beginning at 6:15 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 page.

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