Inside Update
May 1, 2014
News for Iowa State faculty and staff

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Working group to review recommendations in diversity and status of women reports

President Steven Leath will appoint a working group to study two recent reports -- a consulting firm's review of diversity programs and resources and the University Committee on Women's 2014 report on the status of women. Leath said the group will study the reports, consider the recommendations and come up with a plan for implementation in the coming months.


Teams to provide updates on presidential research initiative

Research teams that received funding last year through the Presidential Initiative for Interdisciplinary Research will detail their progress in a May 9 presentation. President Steven Leath will host.


Regents approve faculty promotion, tenure awards

Promotion and tenure awards for 76 Iowa State faculty cleared the last hurdle April 24 when the state Board of Regents approved the list.


MacKay Hall renovation nears completion

Construction crews are making progress on renovations in MacKay Hall, scheduled for completion in July.


Veishea open forums under way

Three more public forums to share feedback with members of the Veishea task force have been scheduled for May. Meeting details, a feedback submission form and archived meeting and open forum videos are available on the task force website.


UBS will launch new e-textbooks pilot this fall

Faculty members are needed to participate in a new e-book pilot project sponsored by the University Book Store.



More news


The following announcements were added this week:

  • College of Design announces summer youth workshops

  • CAMTech announces call for research proposals; preproposals due May 30

  • ArtMart rescheduled for May 9-10

  • Enjoy a free movie at Jack Trice Stadium May 17

  • Nominations sought for 2015 Women Impacting ISU calendar

  • Free admission to Reiman Gardens on National Public Gardens Day


See: Announcements

Faculty professional development

Provost office program

  • National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity Teleworkshop: "Writing Through Writer's Block: How to Turn Research Obstacles into Insight," facilitator Naomi Greyser, University of Iowa, May 14 (1-2:30 p.m. CST), register online with your ISU-sponsored center membership

Transforming STEM writing

Linguistics researchers who analyze academic discipline-specific language vs. actual writing practices and training for students in those disciplines will present at a symposium May 1-2 (MU Gold Room). "Transforming the Teaching and Assessment of STEM Writing" will focus on developing pedagogies for discipline-specific writing. It is part of one of the ISU Presidential Initiatives for Interdisciplinary Research. Faculty and students are invited; no registration is needed.


Open lab: Help available for Blackboard Learn courses

CELT will offer open lab support for faculty, staff and teaching/graduate assistants to drop in and get assistance with preparing online final exams, submitting grades and closing out spring semester for Blackboard 9.1 courses. Open labs are May 1-2 and May 5-9 (8 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, 1151 Communications). Contact with questions.


Instructors: Submit final grades

Instructors may submit final grades from their Blackboard Learn courses beginning May 1 and closing at 2:15 p.m. on May 14.


Around campus

Trashion show debuts

Students in a problem-solving course in the apparel, events and hospitality department designed, created and modeled garments that highlight specific environmental problems caused by consumers. The garments were reviewed at an April 25 "Trashion" show.


Open forums

Next week

  • Veishea task force, May 6 (5-7 p.m., MU Great Hall or Sun Room)
  • Veishea task force, May 7 (2-4 p.m., MU Great Hall) 
  • Campus research support, May 7 (2-4 p.m., MU Pioneer Room)


  • Veishea task force, May 11 (6-8 p.m., Ames City Hall, 515 Clark Ave.) 


Details about these events are on the university calendar.

Open houses/receptions

This week

  • 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

ISU Theatre ends season on a personal note

My Grandparents in the War, an original play by ISU theater lecturer Matt Foss, begins its four-day run at Fisher Theater on Thursday, May 1. The story is based on the experiences of Foss' maternal grandparents during World War II and subsequent years.

Stephens wraps up season with two big shows

Tickets for the following performances are available at the Iowa State Center ticket office or through Ticketmaster.

  • Mamma Mia!, May 4 (7:30 p.m.). This fun-loving production, featuring the music of ABBA, tells the tale of a mother, a daughter and three possible dads. Tickets are $54-$63 ($28 for youth, $25 for students).

  • Red Green: How to Do Everything Tour, May 6 (7 p.m.). Canada's foremost handyman, Red Green, shares his unique style of humor and wisdom on how to do everything. Tickets are $52.

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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