Inside Update
Aug. 28, 2014
News for Iowa State faculty and staff

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President's annual address is Sept. 12

The theme of President Steven Leath's fall address is "taking the university to the next level." The address will begin at 8:30 a.m. in the Memorial Union Great Hall. Refreshments will be available, starting at 8 a.m.


Summer 2014: A look back

Revisit (or learn for the first time) the top news stories from summer 2014, including faculty/administrative changes, construction updates, technology improvements and other tidbits of must-know information.


PeopleAdmin upgrade enters home stretch

The new online classification and hiring system goes live in less than two weeks. Here's what you need to know prior to Sept. 9.


Back to school

Some faculty and staff members shared their back-to-school class selfies, photos and videos to document the start of the fall semester.


Offices closed, classes recessed for holiday

University offices are closed and classes will not meet on Monday, Sept. 1, in observance of the national Labor Day holiday.


More news


The following announcements were added this week:

  • Leadership training opportunities from UHR

  • Registrar's scheduling/fees unit will relocate temporarily

  • Club's weekly ice cream sale began Aug. 27

  • Merle Haggard Oct. 6 concert tickets go on sale Friday

  • Wanted: Potential treehouse masters

  • Three new members selected for biotech council

  • Sick kids? Consider The Comfort Zone

  • Iowa historian Dorothy Schwieder dies

  • Cyclone Club Thursday luncheons move to Alumni Center

  • Faculty research mentors sought for first-year Honors students

  • Civility conference scheduled for Sept. 4-5 postponed to spring

  • UHR training: Learn how to write a P&S position descriptions


See: Announcements

Faculty professional development

Provost office workshop series

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


CELT programs

Register via AccessPlus (click on Employee > UHR Training > Courses).



Seminars and conferences

The following events were added this week:

  • Critical Thinking Symposium, Sept. 11-12, several campus locations; open to all faculty, staff, graduate students and postdocs with an interest in critical thinking; registration required via AccessPlus for small-group discussions

  • Mark Braun, chief of staff and vice president for external relations, University of Iowa, to project manager for the state Board of Regents' Transparent, Inclusive Efficiency Review (TIER), effective Aug. 25

  • Mack Shelley, University Professor of political science and of statistics, to chair of the political science department

  • William Simpkins, professor of geological and atmospheric sciences, to chair of the department

  • Kenneth McCown, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, to chair of the landscape architecture department, effective this December

Around campus

New meets old

Modern technology mixes with historic architectural details in MacKay Hall's newly renovated auditorium, which seats 271 students.   


Fall international student guide is bilingual flipbook

The annual orientation guide that the Iowa State Daily produced this week with the International Students and Scholars Office is a first: English and Chinese versions packaged in a glossy 24-page flipbook. Chinese students designed the magazine format and assisted with providing or translating its content. The guidebook is available in the ISSO office (3248 MU) and elsewhere in the Memorial Union, several residence halls, and Beardshear and Hamilton halls.


Emerald ash borer confirmed in Story County this week

The Iowa Emerald Ash Borer team, which includes officials from ISU Extension and Outreach, reported EAB larvae had been found in a Story City tree. Story County is the 13th Iowa county with confirmed EAB infestation.

Open forums

Board of Regents public hearing

Record your comments about any item on the state Board of Regents' Sept. 10 agenda, Sept. 4 (noon-1 p.m., MU Oak Room).

Details about these events are on the university calendar.

Open houses/receptions

This week

  • Reception: Olivia Madison, dean of University Library, Aug. 28 (2-4 p.m., program at 2:30 p.m., upper rotunda, Parks Library)

  • Retirement: Dayle Nickerson, College of Human Sciences student services, Aug. 29 (10-11:30 a.m., MU Gallery)

  • Retirement: Tommy Shaw, Memorial Union, Aug. 29 (2-4 p.m., program at 2:10 p.m., MU Cardinal Room)

  • Reception: For all lecturers, clinicians and adjunct faculty members, Aug. 29 (5-7 p.m., Garden Room, Reiman Gardens) 

Next week

  • Retirement: Denise Kinneberg, College of Engineering career services, retiring Sept. 5 (no public event planned)

Details about these events are on the university calendar.

Arts and events

Feature film series opens tonight

Cyclone Cinema, a weekly film series featuring recent box office releases, opens this weekend with eight showings of the April release, Captain America: The Winter Soldier (7 and 10 p.m., Thursday-Sunday, 101 Carver). Sponsored by the Student Union Board, admission is free and the public is welcome.

Final performance in guest carillon series is Sept. 2

Robin Austin closes out the music department's 2014 summer carillon concert series with a Sept. 2 performance on central campus (7 p.m.). Austin's home carillon is in Washington Park on the west side of Springfield, Ill.

Student work from Italy captured in two-week exhibition

Projects by fourth-year College of Design students who studied in Italy last spring will be on display Sept. 5-19 in the college's Gallery 181. The exhibition features drawings, notebooks, models and digital projections created by 41 architecture and 11 landscape architecture students.

Cyclones in action

Three Iowa State teams will compete in their home openers this weekend:

  • Aug. 29, Volleyball vs. Stanford, 7 p.m., Hilton Coliseum ($5)
  • Aug. 30, Football vs. North Dakota State, 11 a.m., Jack Trice Stadium (limited tickets remain, $30-$50)
  • Aug. 31, Volleyball vs. Florida State, 1 p.m., Hilton Coliseum ($5)
  • Aug. 31, Soccer vs. Saint Louis, 1 p.m., Cyclone Sports Complex (free admission)

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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