Inside Update
March 13, 2014
News for Iowa State faculty and staff

Inside news

Salaries, workers' comp top council business

A motion that recommended an average salary increase of 2.9 percent and a 1.5 percent across-the-board increase for the professional and scientific salary matrix was approved at the March 6 P&S Council meeting. The council also learned more about the state's focus on an increase in workers' compensation claims.


Interdisciplinary programs introduced to senate

Three new interdisciplinary degree programs -- two in gerontology and one for learning and leadership -- were introduced at the March 11 Faculty Senate meeting, and a proposed "Teaching English as a Second Language" interdisciplinary minor was approved.


Deloitte review team to visit campus this month

The consultants hired by the state Board of Regents to conduct an efficiency study of Iowa's three public universities are scheduled to visit Iowa State the week of March 24 for a listen-and-learn campus forum and meetings with stakeholders.


Service is at the heart of their spring break

Five teams of ISU students will spend their spring break assisting others via the university's alternative breaks program.


Spring break is March 17-21

Classes are in recess March 17-21 for spring break. Inside Iowa State will not publish on Thursday, March 20, but returns on March 27.


More news


The following announcements were added this week:

  • Upcoming employee assistance program (EAP) webinars

  • Women's, diversity grants deadline extended to April 1

  • Help CELT determine next year's faculty development programming

  • Iowa State purchases iThenticate subscription

  • Veishea Service Day/Stash the Trash is March 29; register now

  • Reminder: Nominations due March 15 for fall Emerging Leaders Academy

  • Employee wellness: Blood pressure, body comp screenings available

See: Announcements

Faculty professional development

CELT programs

Register via AccessPlus (click on Employee > HRS Training > Courses). Classes are held in 1230 Communications.


Provost office programs

Register via AccessPlus (click on Employee > HRS Training > Courses -- titles start with SVPP).

Seminars and conferences

The following events were added this week:

  • Webinar: "The New Energy Future: Meaningful Regulation for Iowa," Ron Binz, renewable energy regulation and development expert, Iowa Energy Center speaker series, March 25 (1-2 p.m., from Iowa Utilities Board homepage, click on "IUB live broadcast" button)

  • Workshop: "Economic, Environmental and Societal Sustainability," new approaches for collaboration among the sciences, humanities and business in fields related to sustainability, open to all faculty and staff, April 7 (1-5 p.m., ISU Alumni Center), preregistration required

Around campus

On the cover

The April cover of American Cattlemen features Iowa State's animal science department. The six-page story is available online. See "Animal science leaders start here."  


Graduate program in ag and biosystems engineering is a leader

According to U.S. News & World Report graduate school rankings released this week, Iowa State's graduate program in agriculture and biosystems engineering ranks fourth nationally.


Construction end is in sight at biorenewables complex

Work is on schedule at Elings and Sukup halls, phase 2 of the biorenewables complex on the west side of campus. The first occupants could be home by late May.


Helping Iowa prepare for a decline of ash trees

An Iowa State forestry professor is working with communities and homeowners to prepare for life without ash trees. She said diversity is key to protect against pests that target a particular species.

Open houses/receptions


  • Reception: Margaret Sloss Gender Equity Award and Scholarship Recognition, March 25 (1-3 p.m., MU Campanile Room)

  • Spring open house: ISU Alumni Center, for event planners and administrative professionals, March 31 (3-5 p.m., 420 Beach Ave.), RSVP requested to 

  • Opening reception: "VISIONS Across America" portraits exhibit, April 4 (5-8 p.m., Brunnier Art Museum, Scheman, program at 6:30 p.m.)

Details about these events are on the university calendar.

Arts and events

'After Hours' at Reiman Gardens is March 14

Celebrate St. Patrick's Day a little early at the Reiman Gardens After Hours event on March 14 (4:30-7 p.m.). The Blue Moon Players will entertain with Celtic, folk and traditional music, as well as pop and oldies, and Olde Main Brewing Co. will serve beverages. Participants must be at least 21 years old. Admission is $8 ($4 for members); preregistration is encouraged.


Paying tribute to a rock legend

More than a dozen musicians will pay tribute to late rock guitarist Jimi Hendrix during the Experience Hendrix 2014 Tour on March 15 (7:30 p.m., Stephens Auditorium). Tickets, $55 and $68 ($78 tickets are sold out), are available at the Iowa State Center ticket office or through Ticketmaster.


Hilton Coliseum is tourney site for women's basketball March 22-24

Iowa State will host first- and second-round games of the 2014 NCAA Women's Basketball Championship, with two games on March 22 (3 and 5:30 p.m.)  and one game on March 24 (8 p.m.). The teams playing in Ames will be announced March 17; the Iowa State Cyclones could be among the four. An all-session ticket is $28 ($23 for youth high school and younger). A single-session ticket is $17 ($12 for youth). Purchase tickets online, by phone (294-1816) or at the ISU Athletics Ticket Office (8 a.m.-5 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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