Inside Update
Dec. 5, 2013
News for Iowa State faculty and staff

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Shop until you drop, right here on campus

Whether you prefer to shop online or in person, tackle your holiday shopping list with the help of Inside's annual campus gift guide.


WinterFest 2013 promises frigid fun

From ice skating to cookie decorating, wintertime fun is awaiting you at WinterFest 2013, Dec. 6.


Regents approve tuition rates, faculty professional development assignments for next year

Meeting telephonically Wednesday, the state Board of Regents approved 2014-15 tuition rates -- pending legislative funding for higher education -- and 37 professional development assignments for ISU faculty next year.


Business, personal email not a good mix

There are many good reasons NOT to mingle your work email and personal email.


More news

The following announcements were added this week:

  • New exhibit in Textiles and Clothing Museum opens Dec. 6

  • Some flu shots still available

  • Hort Club is selling holiday poinsettias this week

  • 2013-14 Fact Book is online only

  • Volunteers sought for winter Science Bowl competitions

  • Tickets go on sale Dec. 6 for Red Green show in May

  • Fall 2013 University Honors poster presentation is Dec. 11

  • Next Osborn Club lecture is Dec. 9

  • Longtime thesis editor LaDena Bishop dies

  • Legislature seeks input on improving efficiencies at state universities

  • The Knoll is on Ames holiday home tour this weekend

  • More polished phishing scams headed for your inbox

  • UHR adds employee orientation session on Dec. 17

  • EAP training: Managing Change in a Changing Workplace

  • Used phonebooks to be collected Dec. 12 for recycling

  • Iowa State is No. 1 on the "A" list

See:  Announcements


Blackboard Learn: Open lab Dec. 9-20

CELT will offer open lab support for faculty, staff and teaching/graduate assistants who have attended training but need some extra assistance with their Blackboard 9.1 courses. The open lab will be held Dec. 9-13 and Dec. 16-20 (8 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, 1151 Communications). CELT staff members will be on hand to help with creating tests, working with the grade center, submitting grades. Bring your work, laptop and questions. Some familiarity with Bb Learn is recommended; no registration is required.

CELT programming schedule for spring 2014 now available

During spring semester, CELT will offer 29 programs, four teaching and learning circles, and three learning communities for the campus community -- all designed to support and enhance teaching effectiveness and student learning. The events schedule is available online: (PDF) or



Seminars and conferences

The following events were added this week:


Around campus

Reiman gift spurs plans for south entrance

A lead gift of $25 million from Roy and Bobbi Reiman has jumpstarted plans to create an inspiring entrance to Iowa State and enclose the south end zone of Jack Trice Stadium.


Student Honors project fills Design atrium this month

A senior Honors project by landscape architecture student Qiyi Li draws eyes upward in the College of Design atrium this month.


Student challenge: $5 business launch

Assistant management professor Andreea Kiss challenged student teams to launch successful business projects in four weeks, on a $5 budget. Thousands were raised for local charities. 


ISU researchers setting up 'dream team' to research, develop nanovaccines

Balaji Narasimhan, Iowa State's Vlasta Klima Balloun Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering, is using a grant from the Presidential Initiative for Interdisciplinary Research to assemble a "dream team" to research and develop nanovaccines.


Open houses/receptions

Next week

  • Poster presentation and reception: Fall Honors Projects, University Honors Program, Dec. 11 (3-5 p.m., MU Great Hall)

  • 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, program at 3:30 p.m.)


  • Customer Appreciation Event, ISU Chemistry Stores, Dec. 17 (9 a.m.-3 p.m., 1400 Gilman)

  • Retirement: Art Ciccotti, ISU chemistry, Dec. 19 (3-4 p.m., 1651 Gilman)


Details about these events are on the university calendar.

Open forums

Vice president for research finalists (4 total)

  • 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

ISU Theatre presents Romeo and Juliet

ISU Theatre will bring William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet to Fisher Theater for six performances this month: Dec. 6-8 and Dec. 13-15. Tickets are $17 (seniors $15, students $9) and can be purchased through Ticketmaster, the Iowa State Center ticket office in Stephens Auditorium or at the Fisher door before performances.


ISU music ensembles perform this weekend

  • Scheherazade, featuring the ISU Symphony Orchestra, Dec. 6 (7:30 p.m., Tye Hall, Music Building), cost is $5 ($3 for students)

  • Winter Concert, featuring ISU's Concert Band, Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble, Dec. 7 (7:30 p.m., Stephens Auditorium), cost is $10 ($5 for students)

  • Holiday Festival, featuring Lyrica, Cantamus, Iowa Statesmen and the Iowa State Singers, Dec. 8 (3 p.m., Stephens Auditorium), cost is $10 ($5 for students)

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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