Inside Update
April 17, 2014
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Leath announces Veishea task force 

President Steven Leath has announced the members of a task force to study the future of Veishea in the aftermath of the event's suspension for 2014. Senior vice president for student affairs Tom Hill, chair of the task force, says he will ask the group to provide recommendations to Leath before the end of June. 


Schwartz named director of DOE's Ames Laboratory

Adam Schwartz has been named director of the U.S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory, operated by Iowa State. Schwartz is a division leader at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Livermore, Calif. 


Admissions director candidates will interview this month

Four finalists will visit campus yet this month (April 22-30) to interview for the admissions director post. Each interview will include an open forum with the university community.


Day at the Capitol

Iowa Staters mingled with legislators and other state officials and showcased university accomplishments during ISU Day at the Capitol last week.


Faculty P&T requests go to regents next week

Faculty promotion and tenure awards; new labs for the Hach Hall basement; parking, residence hall and dining fees for next year; and a student financial aid update are on the agenda when the state Board of Regents meets April 23-24 in Council Bluffs.


ISU servers patched for Heartbleed Bug

University servers that were susceptible to the Heartbleed Bug were patched shortly after the announcement of the latest Internet security risk. ITS experts offer advice on protecting your personal information as Heartbleed cleanup continues around the world.


Glass recycling moves to the residence halls

Junior Abigail Romano has initiated a new glass recycling program for the residence halls using -- you guessed it -- Tidy Cats litter bins. Learn how you can help the effort.


More news


The following announcements were added this week:

  • Ticket packages on sale for 2014-15 Stephens season

  • Memorial Union awards ceremony is April 25

  • Take Back the Night Rally is April 24

  • Memorial service for faculty member James McKean is April 22

  • College programs fifth in the world

  • Greenlee School holds First Amendment Day events

  • Celebrate Earth Month at the April 25 "Trashion Show" 

See: Announcements

Faculty professional development

CELT programs

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

April 18 Symposium: Research writing for journal publication

The Graduate College and English department will offer a symposium, Research Writing for Publishing in Journals, on Friday, April 18 (2-5 p.m., W272 Lagomarcino). Journal editors will speak about the conventions of writing for publication in their disciplines. Interested faculty, postdocs and graduate students are welcome; grad students and postdocs in the College of Human Sciences and departments of chemistry and EEOB are especially encouraged. There is no registration.


Seminars and conferences

The following conferences were added this week:

Around campus

ISU Pride Week is April 19-26

Each spring, Iowa State's seven LGBTQA+ student organizations/interest groups, faculty and staff association and the LGBT Student Services Center provide a week of events to raise awareness, enhance education and encourage pride for all members of our Iowa State community inclusive of sexuality and gender. All are welcome at Pride Week events.


Team PrISUm builds next solar racer; cross-country race includes Ames stop

The students of Team PrISUm are putting in long hours to build a solar race car for this summer's eight-day, 1,700-mile American Solar Challenge. The race will make a stop in Ames on July 26.


Some good advice: Book hotel rooms after work

An analysis of online hotel reservations by an ISU marketing faculty member and his colleague found that consumers who made reservations during business hours selected a higher quality hotel, but ultimately were less satisfied with their choice.  

Open forums

Board of Regents public hearing

Record your comments on any item from the board's April 23-24 agenda, on April 18 (4-5 p.m., MU Oak Room).

Details about these events are on the university calendar.

Open houses/receptions

Next week

  • Reception: Pride Week Kickoff, April 21 (3-4:30 p.m., MU Gallery)

  • Retirement: Donna Oliver, Child Development Lab School, April 25 (1:30-3 p.m., 0331 Palmer)

  • Ceremony and reception: Memorial Union service awards, April 25 (2-4 p.m., MU Gallery)


  • Retirement: Peter Reilly, chemical and biological engineering, April 28 (3:30-5 p.m., MU Campanile Room)

  • Reception: "The Fashion Show 2014" winning designs exhibit, April 28 (4:30-6 p.m., Textiles and Clothing Museum, 1015 Morrill)

  • Retirement: Dan Robinson, School of Education, May 1 (2:30-5:30 p.m., Reiman Ballroom, ISU Alumni Center, program at 3:15 p.m.)

  • Retirement: Mike Duffy, economics (AG/LAS), May 1 (3-4 p.m., 368A Heady)

  • Retirement: Jim Kliebenstein, economics (AG/LAS), May 1 (3-4 p.m., 368A Heady)


Details about these events are on the university calendar.

Arts and events

Egg hunt at Reiman Gardens is April 19

The Ames Jaycees are hosting a spring egg hunt at Reiman Gardens on April 19 (9:30-11 a.m.). All children in 6th grade and younger are invited to hunt for eggs that can be traded for a goodie bag (available to the first 400 children). Kids of all ages may participate in craft and activity stations and visit with the Spring Bunny. In case of bad weather, activity stations will be moved indoors and goodie bags will be distributed until 11 a.m., but the egg hunt will not be held. Admission is free during the egg hunt.


EDUCAUSE president looks at the future of higher education on April 21

ISU alumna and EDUCAUSE president and CEO Diana Oblinger will present "The Beginning of Something Big: IT and the Post-Traditional World" on Monday, April 21 (8 p.m., MU Sun Room). She'll discuss the academic transformation enabled by technology. EDUCAUSE is the premier IT organization in higher education, with 2,400 member institutions, including Iowa State. Oblinger earned all three of her degrees from Iowa State.


ROTC ceremony is April 22

Iowa State's three ROTC services will participate in a combined Change of Command Ceremony on Tuesday, April 22 (4-5 p.m., campanile north lawn). This military tradition, with the transfer of unit colors, represents a formal transfer of responsibility for a unit from one commanding officer to another. The university community is invited; in the case of rain, the ceremony will be held in the Lied Center.


Cyclone volleyball wraps up spring play

The Iowa State volleyball team wraps up its spring exhibition season with an April 19 match against Nebraska at Hilton Coliseum (2 p.m.). Admission is free and concessions will be available. Doors open at 1 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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