Inside Update
June 26, 2014
News for Iowa State faculty and staff

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TIER forum: 17 cases selected for detailed look

Nearly 200 people turned up or tuned in for the latest update on the Board of Regents' TIER review of the state universities. Participants at a Tuesday public forum heard about efficiency opportunities that have been selected for greater scrutiny.


The many faces of summer school

From one day to 12 weeks, summer courses take a variety of shapes.


Madison will leave library deanship to focus on university accreditation review

After 17 years leading the University Library, Olivia Madison will leave her dean position Sept. 1 to join the provost's office as a special assistant supporting Iowa State's upcoming Higher Learning Commission accreditation review.


New professional development fund supports NTE faculty

As many as 20 awards each year, distributed through a competitive application process in the senior vice president and provost's office, will help lecturers, clinicians and adjunct faculty participate in a professional conference, workshop or training. Awards can be up to $500 each.


More news



The following announcements were added this week:

  • Volunteers needed for July 3-5 Ames sesquicentennial events

  • Fireworks: Please take out what you bring in

  • Homestay hosts sought for Japanese teachers of English

  • Protein Facility installs new scanner
See: Announcements

Faculty professional development

Provost office program



  • Ben Drescher, Murphy-Brown LLC, to coordinator of nine Ames-area livestock teaching and research farms for the animal science department

Around campus

Ethics hotline: New site, same confidentiality

The Iowa State hotline that allows individuals to anonymously report university-related activities that may be criminal, unethical or inappropriate is located at a new URL and hosted by information technology services rather than an outside vendor.   


New look for Big 12 logo

The Big 12 Conference logo will have a new look as of July 1. The cardinal and gold version already is making its way into Iowa State's athletics facilities.

Students, alumni among festival artists

Nine College of Design students or alumni were selected to participate as "emerging Iowa artists" at this weekend's Des Moines Arts Festival in Western Gateway Park. Another two alumni are among the festival's 195 professional artists. The festival runs Friday (11 a.m.-10 p.m.), Saturday (10 a.m.-10 p.m.) and Sunday (11 a.m.-5 p.m.).

Open houses/receptions

This week

  • Retirement: Pete Boysen, IT Services, June 27 (2-4 p.m., 206 Durham)  

Next week

  • Retirement: Jim Gunning, environmental health and safety, July 2 (2-4 p.m., EH&S Building) 


  • Farewell: Lee Chapman, Reiman Gardens, July 9 (2-4 p.m., Speer Room, Reiman Gardens)


Details about these events are on the university calendar.

Arts and events

Star party is Friday night

The ISU Planetarium will host a star party (in lieu of a planetarium show) on Friday, June 27 (9-11 p.m., weather permitting, Zaffarano Hall observation deck). Learn more about objects in our universe and see them with your own eyes. All ages are welcome; meet in B51 Physics Hall. Updates (in case of cloudy weather) will be posted on the planetarium's Facebook page.


Lily show is June 28

Reiman Gardens will host the Iowa Regional Lily Society's annual show on Saturday, June 28 (noon-4:30 p.m.). The event will feature hundreds of North American lily varieties and designs. Regular garden admission rates apply ($8 for adults, $7 for seniors, $4 for youth). Members and ISU students are free.

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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