Inside Update
April 24, 2014
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President, provost unveil plans to boost information security

The university community will redouble information security efforts in the wake of a breach of several servers reported earlier this week. In a letter today to senior leaders, President Steven Leath and senior vice president and provost Jonathan Wickert laid out a plan to tighten information security on several fronts, ranging from scans of university systems for protected information to stronger password requirements.


Enrollment could be a driver in new funding formula

Student enrollment could be a primary consideration in allocating state funds among Iowa's three public universities under a very preliminary funding model discussed April 17 by a state Board of Regents task force. But the five members of the task force are divided on whether to count all students or in-state students only.


Senate learns more about research enterprise, Veishea student response

Vice president for research Sarah Nusser and Government of the Student Body president Hillary Kletscher addressed members of the Faculty Senate April 23. Nusser provided an overview of the reorganized research office and Kletscher told senators about a student-driven effort to create a "culture shift" in Veishea behavior.



Iowa State's first wellness coordinator, Stephanie Downs, joined the university on April 15. She will be instrumental in the evaluation and development of Iowa State's employee wellness initiative.


More news


The following announcements were added this week:

  • Input from research faculty, staff sought at open forums

  • Upcoming employee assistance program (EAP) webinars

  • Alumni association is updating its directory

  • University Honors students' poster presentation is April 30

  • Training session for youth program staff is May 1

  • Workspace hosts April 26 craft supplies swap

  • Rugby club is headed to national Sweet 16

  • Center awards FY15 humanities research grants

  • Student flying club hosts airport breakfast on April 26

See: Announcements

Around campus

Design students work with Iowa communities

Working with the southwest Iowa communities of Clarinda, Red Oak and Shenandoah, 24 students in the College of Design's senior-level Retail Scapes studio class developed design concepts to enhance local retail experiences. It's evolved into something a little more than that.

Research finding: Mentor programs don't help first-year science teachers

A new Iowa State study found that instead of helping beginning science teachers, school districts' mentoring programs tend to reinforce the status quo, making it difficult for new teachers to use the research-based classroom teaching practices they learned to promote students' understanding of science.


Iowa State's ROTC services held their annual Change of Command ceremony under the sun on central campus Tuesday.

Researchers team up to develop smart plants

ISU engineers and plant scientists are working together to develop better crops as part of President Steven Leath's interdisciplinary research initiative.

Open forums

Director of Admissions finalists (2 of 3)

  • Darin Wohlgemuth, Iowa State, April 24 (3:30 p.m., MU Gold Room)

  • Katharine Johnson Suski, Southern Illinois University, April 30 (10 a.m., MU Gold Room)

Open houses/receptions

This week

  • 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)

Next week

  • 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., Mary Alice Gallery, 1015 Morrill)

  • Reception: University Honors Program senior poster presentations, April 30 (3-5 p.m., MU Great Hall)

  • 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)

  • Retirement: Cheryl Farr, apparel, events and hospitality management, May 2 (3-5 p.m., Tearoom, 16 MacKay, program at 4 p.m.)


Details about these events are on the university calendar.

Arts and events

Bring It On: The Musical stops at Stephens April 25

Inspired by the film of the same name, Bring It On: The Musical takes the stage at Stephens Auditorium April 25 (7:30 p.m.). The show tells the story of the challenges and unexpected bonds formed during the thrill of extreme competition. Tickets are $42-$48 ($25 for youth, $20 for students) and available at the Iowa State Center ticket office or through Ticketmaster. Ticketholders may attend a preshow event (6:55 p.m.) at the Celebrity Café (ground floor, north side) featuring Ames High cheer and drill team coach Sarah Buss and members of her championship squad.


Spring music finales

Several student ensembles in the music department will present their last concerts of the academic year this weekend. The lineup includes:

  • ISU Symphony Orchestra, April 25 (7:30 p.m., Tye Recital Hall, Music), $5 (students $3)

  • Masterworks Concert (Iowa State Singers, Cantamus, Iowa Statesmen, Lyrica, ISU faculty), April 26 (7:30 p.m., Stephens Auditorium), $10 (students $5)

  • Concert and Campus bands, April 27 (3 p.m., Ames City Auditorium), $7 (students $5)

  • ISU Wind Ensemble, April 27 (7:30 p.m., Tye Recital Hall, Music), $5 (students $3)

Fashion Show's winning designs are in exhibit opening Monday

An exhibit in Morrill Hall's Mary Alice Gallery will showcase winning designs from this month's student-produced Fashion Show. The exhibit opens April 28 and runs through Aug. 29. An opening reception also is April 28 (4:30-6 p.m., 1015 Morrill).


CODAC spring art sale begins April 30

Need to freshen up your space? Stop by the College of Design Art Club (CODAC) spring art sale April 30 through May 2 (10 a.m.-4 p.m., College of Design atrium). Items for sale include ceramics, prints, photos, wood pieces and paintings. Prices range from $5 to $150; proceeds benefit the student artists and CODAC activities.

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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