Inside Update
March 27, 2014
News for Iowa State faculty and staff

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Efficiency review forum is April 1

Learn about the efficiency review underway at Iowa State at an April 1 public forum in Howe Hall auditorium. The forum starts at 10 a.m. and will include remarks by President Steven Leath and state Board of Regents members, a presentation by Deloitte Consulting and a Q&A session. The review is part of the regents' comprehensive study of Iowa's three public universities.

Leath: State funding should follow in-state students

Speaking March 13 to a Board of Regents-appointed task force studying a performance-based model for distributing state higher education funding, President Steven Leath advocated a model that rewards universities for educating Iowa residents and moving all students through degree programs.

Innovation hub supports online, blended learning

A new innovation hub in Parks Library is intended to spur development and use of online and blended learning approaches. The Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching oversees programming for the center.

Tips on separating ISU mail from phony look-alikes

Email that carries the ISU nameplate and look isn't always the real deal.

What you should know about workers' compensation

Here's a look at what employees should do in the event of a workplace accident or illness.

April 3 conference is devoted to student success

Faculty, staff and graduate students who work with ISU students are encouraged to attend the Student Success Summit on April 3.

More news


The following announcements were added this week:

  • Veishea buttons are on sale, your ticket to daily campus cookouts

  • Bayer CropScience CEO to present Hertz lecture on April 3

  • Training for departmental youth programs staff is April 3

  • Presidents honor Borlaug, call for renewed effort to feed hungry

  • Registration is open for kids' summer dance workshop

  • Preorders of Veishea gourmet popcorn are due April 4

  • Nominations due April 15 for graduate/postdoc ELA

  • Lawnmower service days are April 4-5

  • Women's hockey club wins national title

  • Register for April 17 P&S professional development conference


See: Announcements

Faculty professional development

CELT programs

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


Seminars and conferences

The following conferences were added this week:

Around campus

Undergraduates showcase their research at Capitol

ISU undergraduates will join Iowa and UNI students showing their research projects to legislators during the annual "Research in the Capitol" event on April 1. Among the ISU projects are studies on Iowa's white-tailed deer population, plant drought tolerance and energy performance in solar homes.


Sheldon Avenue reconstruction begins April 7

The city of Ames will remove and reconstruct Sheldon Avenue (between Lincoln Way and Hyland Avenue) along the west side of campus, beginning Monday, April 7. The work requires road closure and will be completed in four stages, some of which may overlap depending on weather and progress made.


Hilton is site for science and technology fair March 27-28

A record-breaking 700-plus students in grades 6-12 are registered for the annual State Science and Technology Fair of Iowa, being held this week at Hilton Coliseum. A new STEM seminar night is scheduled for Thursday at Ames High School.


Researcher finds climate change response in salamanders

Dean Adams, professor of ecology, evolution and organismal biology, said certain species of salamanders in the eastern United States appear to be shrinking as a consequence of climate change.

Open forums

Animal science department chair finalist (1 of 3):

  • Andre-Denis Wright, University of Vermont, April 4 (10 a.m., 1204 Kildee)

Details about these events are on the university calendar.

Open houses/receptions

This week

  • Open house: Apparel, Merchandising and Design teaching and research labs, March 28 (4:30-6:30 p.m., labs in LeBaron Hall), includes silent auction fundraiser and a sale of exhibit catalogs and used books

  • Reception: "Brunnier in Bloom" Flowers After Hours, March 28 (6-8 p.m., Brunnier Art Museum, Scheman)

Next week

  • Open house: 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" exhibit, April 4 (5-8 p.m., Brunnier Art Museum, Scheman, program at 6:30 p.m.)


  • Retirement: Dennis Romsey, purchasing department, April 11 (2-4 p.m., 1155 Administrative Services Building)


Details about these events are on the university calendar.

Arts and events

Sen. McCaskill is spring 2014 Mary Louise Smith Chair

U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, Missouri, is the spring 2014 Mary Louise Smith Chair in Women and Politics. She will present "Women, Leadership and Politics: Taking Risks is 'Ladylike'" on March 28 (noon, MU Sun Room). The lecture is free and open to the public.


Blooms at the Brunnier

The Brunnier Art Museum will hold its sixth annual "Brunnier in Bloom" exhibition March 28-30. The event features floral designs by central Iowa florists, garden clubs and students that complement the museum's works of art. The show opens March 28 with a Flowers After Hours reception (6-8 p.m.). Activities March 29 and 30 (11 a.m.-4 p.m.) include crafts for kids (both days) and a calligraphy demonstration on Sunday (1-3 p.m.). Admission is free and open to the public.


Global Gala is March 28

The 9th annual Global Gala, one of the university's largest multicultural celebrations, will be held March 28 (6:30 p.m., MU Great Hall, doors open at 6 p.m.). Student organizations will showcase their members' cultural heritage through music, dance and fashion. It's free and open to the public; light refreshments will be served.


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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