Inside Update
May 8, 2014
News for Iowa State faculty and staff

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More than 4,000 will graduate this week

An estimated 4,016 students are completing degrees at Iowa State this week. At three ceremonies this weekend, they will celebrate their achievement with classmates, family and friends.


Proposed model would send more state funds to Iowa State, UNI

A task force wrapped up discussion this week on a proposal that would link 60 percent of the state's general university appropriation for the three regent universities to their enrollment of in-state students. The proposal will be presented to the state Board of Regents in June.


Parameters set for July salary increases

Faculty, professional and scientific staff, contract employees and post docs with satisfactory performance evaluations this year will receive a minimum salary increase of 1 percent on July 1. Salary increases above 5 percent will require a senior VP's approval.


Senate examines P&T data

In his report at the May 6 Faculty Senate meeting, provost Jonathan Wickert shared demographics of the 82 promotion and tenure cases he reviewed this year. He also provided a "where are they now" look at the group of faculty hired in the fall 2008.


TIER's summer plans: Focus on administrative areas 

Summer won't slow the Board of Regents TIER review  of Iowa State and the other state universities, but it will bring a shift in priorities.


More news


The following announcements were added this week:

  • Faculty-Staff Inspiration Award recipients to be honored May 30

  • Two sororities will join ISU Greek community

  • Bike to Work Week events begin May 10

  • Reminder: Update from presidential research initiative teams is May 9

  • Names of deceased faculty, staff may be submitted for Memorial Day ceremony

  • Feedback sought on research practices

  • Child lab school has full-time preschool openings

See: Announcements


Around campus

Emerging leaders named for 2014-15

Twenty-seven faculty and staff are members of the 2014-15 Emerging Leaders Academy.

Starting from scratch: Students showcase their new foods

Students who spent the semester inventing new food creations, from recipe development to industrial scale-up, cooked up a tasty food-sampling event in MacKay Hall on Tuesday.

Adding some green to the campus scene

An estimated 250 trees are being planted around the Iowa State Center and over 200 more will be added to the campus landscape this spring.

Open forums

Next week

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

  • Veishea task force, May 13 (6:30-8:30 p.m., Alumni Center ballroom)

Details about these events are on the university calendar.

Open houses/receptions

This week

  • Reception: On Air '14 Degree Show, May 9 (6:30-10 p.m., Design on Main, 203/207 Main St., Ames), features the work of seniors in the bachelor of industrial design program

  • Reception: ISU graduates and their families, May 10 (approximately 4:30 p.m., Alumni Center)


  • Jan Ahrens, USDOE Ames Laboratory, May 28 (2-3 p.m., G40 TASF)


Details about these events are on the university calendar.

Arts and events

At Reiman Gardens this weekend

  • The latest outdoor exhibition, "Alien Invasion," recently opened and runs through Oct. 19.

  • The gardens will participate in National Public Gardens Day on Friday, May 9, with free admission all day.

  • Story County Master Gardeners' spring plant sale is Saturday, May 10 (8 a.m.-3 p.m., maintenance building). Select from flowering annuals, a wide variety of perennials, hanging baskets, heirloom tomatoes, rhubarb and herbs.

  • Free admission for mothers on Sunday, May 11, with an activity station (11 a.m.-3 p.m.) at which youth can create a craft to honor their moms.

Art Mart is May 9-10

Art Mart, the annual art sale at the Memorial Union originally scheduled for April 11-12, will be held Friday, May 9 (noon-6 p.m.) and Saturday, May 10 (10 a.m.-3 p.m.), in the MU Trophy Tavern (west side of the food court commons). Items include blown glass vessels and ornaments, pottery, Venetian glass jewelry, beaded and sterling silver jewelry, fabric bags and framed campus photos. Most items sell for $5-20; proceeds support the host clubs and organizations and the local artists.

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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