Inside Update
Feb. 20, 2014
News for Iowa State faculty and staff

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Be green, be there

This year's sustainability symposium (Feb. 24-25)  includes a best-selling author, campus leaders discussing successes and challenges and green-it-yourself demonstrations.


Competition is keen for lecture-capture classrooms

Growing student enrollments and evolving technologies have created a high demand for classrooms equipped to record or "capture" lectures. Faculty who need to use these rooms are asked to request them early.


Leath makes appropriations request

"We try to be very good stewards of your money," President Steven Leath told members of the Legislature's Education Appropriations Subcommittee last Thursday. Iowa State's general appropriations request is a 4 percent increase.   


Moving to southern pastures

More than a dozen horses were moved to the new Equine Learning Center last week. The facility adds 23+ stalls and additional learning space for the animal science department's equine teaching program.


More news


The following announcements were added this week:

  • ISCORE session: Forming faculty/staff affinity groups

  • Nominations sought for annual Memorial Union awards

  • Funds available to help bring national academy members to campus

  • Plant Sciences Institute vision is focus of series

  • March 6 hearing on campus precedes regents Iowa City meeting

  • Nominations due March 15 for 2014-15 Emerging Leaders Academy


See: Announcements


CELT programs

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

  • Panel: "Chinese Students/American Classrooms: The Way Forward," ideas for faculty to use in their teaching, Feb. 25 (12:10-1 p.m., MU Campanile Room)

  • Award-winning Faculty Series, "Using Discussion in Your Classroom: Challenging Students to Think Critically," Jana Byars, ISU history, March 4 (12:10-1 p.m., 2030 Morrill)



Around campus

Search committee named for School of Education director

College of Human Sciences dean Pamela White has appointed a committee that will search for the next director of the School of Education.

Learning community helping with water quality study

Environmental science students are partnering with environmental health and safety staff to monitor water quality in the streams that pass through campus.

Open houses/receptions


  • Open house and tours: See the stage curtain "Silver Code" up close and learn about the University Museums project to clean and restore it, March 2 (noon-2 p.m., Stephens Auditorium)

  • Retirement: James Brazelton, Ames Laboratory, March 4 (2-3:30 p.m., 301B Spedding)

  • Open house: Products of Public Space studio, March 6 (7-8 p.m., lower gallery, Morrill Hall)


Details about these events are on the university calendar.

Arts and events

Music department welcomes composer in residence this weekend

American composer George Tsontakis will present a public lecture on the future of classical music (Feb. 22, 1:30 p.m.) and provide commentary during a recital of three of his works by the Amara Piano Quartet and guest clarinetist and ISU faculty member Greg Oakes (Feb. 23, 7:30 p.m.). Both events are in the Tye Recital Hall, Music Hall, and admission is free.

Varieties performances are this weekend

ISU students will showcase their talents this weekend during the 2014 Varieties Sweepstakes. Performances are Friday, Feb. 21, (6 and 9 p.m.) and Saturday, Feb. 22, (8 p.m.) in the MU Great Hall. An awards program follows the Saturday show. Tickets are $10 ($8 for students and kids 6 to 12; free for kids 5 and under) and available at the Maintenance Shop box office (11 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday) or through Prices increase $2 per ticket the day of the show.

Cyclone gymnasts host faculty, staff and student night

Bring your Iowa State ID card to receive free admission to the Cyclones' gymnastics meet with the University of Minnesota Friday, Feb. 21 (6:30 p.m., Hilton, doors open at 5:30 p.m.). Junior Cyclone Club members always receive free admission to gymnastics meets.

Enjoy the night sky

Bring your questions about space to the ISU Planetarium show Feb. 21 (6:30, 7 and 7:30 p.m., lower level, Physics Hall). The early show is geared toward kids; the others show are suitable for all ages. Tickets for the free shows are available at the door beginning at 6:15 p.m. Seating is limited.

Ames High musicians perform Sunday at Reiman Gardens

Vocal and instrumental groups and soloists from Ames High School will perform at Reiman Gardens Sunday, Feb. 23 (1-4 p.m.). Enjoy classical, jazz and folk selections. All admission receipts will benefit the school's Academic and Arts Booster Club. Garden admission rates apply, but high school and younger students will be admitted free.

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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