Inside Update
Aug. 7, 2014
News for Iowa State faculty and staff

Inside news

Leath will share Veishea decision this morning

President Steven Leath will share his decision on Veishea during a news conference today (Aug. 7), beginning at 10:30 a.m. in the Memorial Union Campanile Room. Follow live tweets from the event at @IowaStateUNews. News updates will appear in this Inside and on the ISU homepage after the news conference.

Anderson inspires, organizes workshop on spaceflight opportunities

Retired NASA astronaut and distinguished faculty fellow in aerospace engineering Clayton Anderson worked with the department to develop a 7-day workshop in spaceflight operations. The prototype is designed to give students a taste of the operational aspects of spaceflight training and Iowa State educators a first look at preparing students for new employment opportunities in commercial spaceflight.

Regents move toward a third Deloitte contract

The new contract, to be negotiated by executive director Robert Donley and approved by the board, is for an initial six-month "wave" in a business case aimed at finding savings and efficiencies in the three regent universities' purchasing operations.

New attraction developed for Veenker

The university's golf course is participating in an initiative that provides bees, butterflies and other pollinators with a sustainable, native habitat.

More news


The following announcements were added this week:

  • Marston Hall closes this week for 18-month renovation

  • Pammel hill is closed Aug. 5-11

  • MU's annual art lending house concludes Aug. 7

  • ISU is on the "Best College for Your Money" list

See: Announcements


Faculty professional development

Blackboard Learn open office hours

CELT will staff open office hours Aug. 13-15 and Aug. 20-22 (8 a.m.-4 p.m., 1200 Communications) for instructors and TAs to receive assistance with their Blackboard 9.1 courses. Clean up your course, get assistance or just use a dedicated place to work on your course -- with a CELT staff member present. Bring your own laptop.


CELT programs

Register via AccessPlus (click on Employee > UHR Training > Courses). Workshops will be held in 1230 Communications.

See: Descriptions


Provost office program

Provost office workshop series

Kerry Ann Rockquemore, National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity president and CEO, will present three workshops on faculty professional development Sept. 11-12 in the MU Pioneer Room. Register via AccessPlus (click on Employee > UHR Training > Courses > 'Enroll' next to 'SVPP').


Seminars and conferences

The following event was added this week:

Around campus

Iowa State approved to offer Navy officer program

Iowa State has been approved to offer a U.S. Navy officer-commissioning program for active duty sailors to receive an engineering bachelor's degree before entering the Navy's nuclear power training school.

Stephens Auditorium curtain restoration completed

As part of a year-long process to clean and repair it, the iconic stage curtain at Stephens Auditorium was taken down last month -- the first time ever -- so workers could replace the back lining. Video.

Open forums

Office for Responsible Research director finalists:

  • Lisa Leiden, Seton Healthcare, Austin, Texas, Aug. 8 (9:30-11 a.m., MU Oak Room)

  • David Ayer, Indiana University, Bloomington, Aug. 11 (9:30-11 a.m., MU Oak Room)

  • David Gillum, Arizona State University, Scottsdale, Aug. 12 (9:30-11 a.m., MU Oak Room)

Forum details are on the university calendar.

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