Inside Update
July 10, 2014
News for Iowa State faculty and staff

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New dollars will support university priorities

Last month, President Steven Leath approved proposals from his three senior vice presidents on uses for $39.94 million in new revenue for the budget year that began July 1. Iowa State will continue its multi-year investment in the university's four broad priorities.

Network upgrade snags the phones

An upgrade that will boost ISU network capacity tenfold hit a snag Wednesday morning when a malfunction in the new equipment brought down the university phone system, and to a lesser extent, other online campus services.


IT review offers insights into ISU learning ecosystem

Better support for faculty during the 10-minute classroom changeover and streamlined access to more electronic learning tools are two likely outcomes from a recent needs assessment of the ISU learning ecosystem.

Mobile app provides campus tools

A revamped version of the MyState mobile application is a collaboration of resources and staff from the College of Engineering and Information Technology Services.

More news


The following announcements were added this week:

  • Art critique is July 17 at the MU

  • State fair volunteer slots still available

  • Aug. 28 Jamie Lynn Spears concert tickets are on sale

See: Announcements

Faculty professional development

Provost office program


Seminars and conferences

The following event was added this week:

  • Angela Rieck-Hinz, ISU Extension and Outreach, to field agronomist for north central Iowa

Around campus

Students create employee space at Iowa prison

Landscape architecture students are creating a "decompression" area for prison officers and staff at the Iowa Correctional Institution for Women.

Video: Solar car team readies for race

Team PrISUm is putting the final touches on its entry in the cross-country American Solar Challenge, which has a checkpoint stop in Ames on July 26.

Open forums

Office of Sponsored Programs Administration: Director candidates 

  • Michael Warnock, University of Missouri, July 10 (10:30-11:30 a.m., MU Oak Room)

  • Keith Osterhage, Temple University, July 11 (10:30-11:30 a.m., MU Oak Room)

  • Jennifer Taylor, Vanderbilt University, July 14 (10:30-11:30 a.m., MU Oak Room)

  • Rebecca Musselman, Iowa State, July 15 (10:30-11:30 a.m., MU Oak Room)

  • A fifth candidate, Rochelle Athey, Carnegie Mellon University, interviewed on July 9

Details about these events are on the university calendar.

Open houses/receptions

This week

  • Farewell: Michelle Boettcher, Office of Judicial Affairs, July 11 (2:30-4 p.m., MU Sun Room, program at 3 p.m.)

Next week

  • Retirement: Jean Brett, Office of the Registrar, July 15 (no public event)

  • Retirement: Doug Gemmill, industrial and manufacturing systems engineering, July 15 (no public event)


  • Retirement: Charlotte Bronson, Office of the Vice President for Research, July 25 (2-4 p.m., 3150 Beardshear)

  • Retirement: Michael Otis, University Human Resources, July 25 (2-4 p.m., MU Pioneer Room)

  • Retirement: Penni McKinley, Thielen Student Health Center, July 25  (3-5 p.m., Patterson Library, second floor, Thielen Student Health Center)


Details about these events are on the university calendar.

Arts and events

Reiman Gardens art fair is Sunday

The annual garden art fair will bring more than 50 artist exhibits to Reiman Gardens on Sunday, July 13 (9 a.m.-4 p.m.). Artwork and lunch will be available for purchase. Reduced admission is available for the public ($3-$7) and free for members and ISU students.

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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