Inside Update
Nov. 21, 2013
News for Iowa State faculty and staff

Inside news

Presidential graduate student initiative launched

The initiative includes recruiting top doctoral students in strategic areas, matching funds to help colleges recruit graduate students, and providing bridge funding to help researchers manage projects when there are delays or gaps in external funding.


Discrimination, harassment, Title IX online training starts soon

President Leath is calling on all faculty and staff to complete online training on discrimination and harassment and Title IX. Training will be available beginning Dec. 3.


Four finalists named for VP for research post

Four finalists have been named in the internal search for Iowa State's next vice president for research. Their campus interviews, Dec. 2-9, will include open forums at the Memorial Union.


Five questions for the surplus guy

Inside talks with ISU Surplus manager Mark Ludwig about his job, the need for more space and some of his unusual sales.


Tuition, faculty professional development requests top regents agenda

The state Board of Regents' Dec. 4 telephonic meeting will originate from the ISU Alumni Center. Live audio stream of the proceedings is available on the board's website.


University closed Nov. 28-29; no Update next week

Classes are recessed Nov. 25-29 for the Thanksgiving break. University offices will be closed Nov. 28-29 for the national holiday. Inside Iowa State will not publish on Nov. 28; the next publication date is Dec. 5.


More news

The following announcements were added this week:

  • "Experience Hendrix Tour" tickets go on sale Nov. 22

  • Canned food drive runs Dec. 2-6 in LeBaron foyer

  • Payday is Nov. 27

  • Individuals can comment on regents agenda at Nov. 21 public hearing

  • Madrigal Dinner tickets go on sale Dec. 2

  • Central Stores units closed afternoon of Nov. 21
See:  Announcements

  • Patrick Phillips, ISU veterinary diagnostic and production animal medicine, to the Scott and Nancy Armbrust Professorship, College of Veterinary Medicine 

Around campus

Academic advising award recipients announced

The University Academic Advising Committee has announced the recipients of the 2013-14 advising awards, including adviser of the year in each college, and early achievement and advising impact awards. The group is honored on a website and in a Memorial Union display (ground floor) that will be up Nov. 18-29.

Partnership shortens time to a law degree

Iowa State students can now earn a bachelor's degree and law degree in six years through a new partnership the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences has with Drake University and the University of Iowa. The accelerated dual-degree program is known as the "3+3 Program."

Warm connections between college, Uganda

The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences will forward 50 percent of the commissions it receives from the Global Café in Curtiss Hall's Harl Commons back into its programs to support Ugandan children and farm families.

Juggling: One avenue to problem solving

Mathematics is the science of studying patterns and juggling is the art of controlling patterns, says assistant math professor Steve Butler, whose students juggle in class. Applying math to the sport allows jugglers to explore the limits of what is possible, calculate the number of different patterns and find connections between patterns.

Open houses/receptions


  • Reception: The Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) is celebrating 20 years of service, Dec. 2 (3-5 p.m., Christian Petersen Art Museum, 1017 Morrill, program at 3:30 p.m.) 

  • Retirement: Steve Prater, ISU facilities planning and management, Dec. 13 (2-4 p.m., 142 General Services Building, program at 3 p.m.)

  • Retirement: Tom Glanville, ISU agricultural and biosystems engineering, Dec. 13 (3-5 p.m., MU Campanile Room, brief program at 3:30 p.m.)

Details about these events are on the university calendar.

Open forums

Vice president for research finalists

  • Duane Johnson, ISU materials science and engineering, Monday, Dec. 2 (9:30 a.m., MU Gold Room)

  • Jim Reecy, ISU animal science, Tuesday, Dec. 3 (9:30 a.m., MU Gold Room)

  • Jim Oliver, ISU mechanical engineering, Friday, Dec. 6 (9:30 a.m., MU Cardinal Room)

  • Sarah Nusser, ISU statistics, Monday, Dec. 9 (9:30 a.m., MU Cardinal Room)
Details about these events are on the university calendar.

Arts and events

CMA award winner performs in MU on Dec. 5

Kacey Musgraves, Country Music Association's New Artist of the Year, will give a Dec. 5 concert in the MU Great Hall (8 p.m., doors open at 7 p.m.). Tickets are $25 ($20 for ISU students with ID) and available at the MU Maintenance Shop box office, by phone (4-8349) or online via MidwesTIX.

Save the date: WinterFest is Dec. 6

Make room on your calendar for winter fun. WinterFest 2013 is Friday, Dec. 6, with loads of family-friendly activities. Most events are free and held in the Memorial Union. Look for more details in the Dec. 5 edition of Inside Iowa State

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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