Inside Update
Dec. 12, 2013
News for Iowa State faculty and staff

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Julie Nuter became Iowa State's associate vice president for university human resources on Dec. 2.


Online training on harassment, Title IX an easy, useful read

An interesting cast of characters and lively pace make it easy to stay engaged in these training sessions.


Senate looks at changes to academic programs, handbook policies

The Faculty Senate closed out the semester at its Dec. 10 meeting with unanimous approval of two new academic programs and the discontinuation of another. A slew of handbook policy revisions are on the docket for 2014.


Library is testing food/beverage container recycling through Jan. 31

GSB's director of sustainability puts together the proposal to keep recyclables out of the trash; FPM and library also partner on the project.


Third rent-by-the-hour vehicle delivered to campus

Rental volume reaches threshold for third CarShare vehicle at Iowa State; the additional location will serve north campus.

More news

The following announcements were added this week: 

  • Holiday closings for Chemistry Stores
  • Meteorological Society is No. 1, again
  • Bus connection to Osceola Amtrak station added for winter break travel
  • Phonebook recycling date pushed back to Dec. 19


See:  Announcements

Blackboard Learn announcements from CELT:  


Instructors: Submit final grades

Instructors may submit final grades from their Bb Learn course(s) beginning Dec. 12. The open period for final grade submission expires at 2:15 p.m. on Dec. 27.

Course creation processing during finals week

To ensure optimum Blackboard system performance during finals week, requests for copying (renewing) or creating new Bb Learn courses only will be processed between 3 a.m. and 6 a.m. Course creation requests submitted outside of this period will be queued for later processing.


Holiday hours

Dec. 24-25 are university holidays. Blackboard Learn support will not be available by phone or email on those days.




  • Keri Jacobs, assistant professor of economics, as the inaugural holder of the Iowa Institute for Cooperatives Endowed Economics Professorship, effective Nov. 26

Around campus

Spring faculty professional development programs announced

The office of the vice president and provost reports that spring programming for faculty professional development is scheduled. This includes provost office programs as well as tele-workshops offered through the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity, for which ISU faculty can activate an account at no cost.

Deceased man is ISU student

The body found near a laundry room in Wilson Hall on Tuesday has been identified as ISU freshman Eltahir Mohamed Osman.

Two more years of funding for SP@ISU

Strengthening the Professoriate at Iowa State University has received $498,941 in funding for the remaining two years of the project, for total funding of $1,248,727 from the National Science Foundation. SP@ISU supports faculty as they integrate "broader impact" activities into their research and promote awareness of broader impacts resources and evaluation. SP@ISU kicked off in July 2010.

Cross-cultural study looks at media impact on youth

Researchers found that greater exposure to prosocial media -- video games, movies or TV shows that portray helpful, caring and cooperative behaviors -- resulted in higher levels of prosocial behavior among children and adolescents, regardless of culture.

Honors students perform live for comedy final exam

Seventeen University Honors program students performed live in the MU Maintenance Shop last week to complete their fall class in stand-up comedy. Video story.

University newsletters


In the Dec. 11 edition of Your Library Newsletter: Learn about Global Plants, a plant taxonomic database; more options for citation searching in sciences, social sciences and humanities; and water bottle filling stations at Parks Library.

Open houses/receptions

This week

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

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

Next week

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

  • Retirement: Deb Sunstrom, office of risk management, Dec. 19 (2-4 p.m., 1155 Administrative Services Building)

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

  • Reception, honoring 40 years of service: Jim Hoekstra, IT Services, Dec. 20 (10 a.m.-noon, 116 Durham Center, program at 10:30 a.m.)


  • Retirement: Linda Johnson, printing and copy services, Jan. 3 (no public reception)

  • Farewell: Mike Persia, animal science, Jan. 6 (10-11:30 a.m., Kildee atrium, program at 10:15 a.m.)

  • Retirement: Hank Harris, animal science, Jan. 10 (3:30-5 p.m., Kildee atrium, program at 4 p.m.)

  • Retirement: John Anderson, office of the president, Jan. 14 (10-11:30 a.m., conference room, 1750 Beardshear)

Details about these events are on the university calendar.

Arts and events

More Cy-Hawk events this week

Three more athletic competitions -- men's and women's basketball, and swimming and diving -- in the annual Iowa State-Iowa Cy-Hawk Series happen Thursday and Friday in Ames. It's "color it cardinal" week for Cyclone fans; wear your cardinal apparel to the events.

Art makes a great holiday gift

Students in the integrated studio arts program are selling artwork they've created at the College of Design Art Club (CODAC) art sale, Dec. 12-13 (10 a.m.-4 p.m., College of Design foyer). Artwork includes ceramics, prints, photos, jewelry and textiles. Prices range from $5 to $150.

'Tis the season for The Nutcracker Ballet

Iowa State Center will present its 33rd annual production of The Nutcracker Ballet Dec. 14 (1:30 and 7:30 p.m.) and Dec. 15 (1:30 p.m.) at Stephens Auditorium. Tickets, $20 and $25 (discounts available for youth, ISU students, seniors and groups of 10 or more), are available at the Iowa State Center ticket office or through Ticketmaster.

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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