Inside Update
Oct. 9, 2014
News for Iowa State faculty and staff

Inside news

Eight efficiency proposals presented to regents

At a special meeting Oct. 2, the state Board of Regents received from a consultant team the 'what' and 'why' behind eight proposals to streamline administrative processes and/or save dollars at the three regent universities. The board plans to vote on the eight in mid-November.

Oct. 13 town hall topic: Proposed efficiencies

The Oct. 13 town hall meeting is a good place to learn about the Deloitte consultants' latest efficiency proposals and offer your comments. The recommendations are part of the state Board of Regents' Transparent Inclusive Efficiency Review (TIER).

Security plan: Encrypt laptops, scan servers

Encrypted laptops, stronger passwords and software that sniffs out security holes are among cyber security measures underway or scheduled for campus this school year.

New award established for P&S employees

The Professional and Scientific Council added a new CYtation award named for long-time ISU employee and council member Dan Woodin, who died last year.


More news


The following announcements were added this week:

  • Coming Out Week is Oct. 13-17
  • Entries due Oct. 15 in scarecrow-making contest
  • Hort station's produce website is working again
  • Oct. 16 hearing precedes regents' Iowa City meeting
  • Bacon Expo tickets go on sale Oct. 10
  • LAS college's online auction runs Oct. 8-15
  • Local info for Nov. 4 general election
  • Science Exploration camp for girls meets Friday afternoons

See: Announcements 

Around campus

C-SPAN series features ISU associate professor

CSPAN's American History TV series on Saturday, Oct. 11, will feature a lecture by associate professor of history and U.S. Navy reservist Tim Wolters. The 60-minute segment, focusing on two lesser-known colonist wars in the 1740s, will air at 7 and 11 p.m.


All that's green turns gold

Iowa State's award-winning campus landscape is picturesque all year, but the fall colors seem to especially magnify that beauty. 


Open houses/receptions

This week

  • Retirement: Labh Hira, College of Business; and Tahira Hira, College of Human Sciences and the President's Office, Oct. 10 (9-11:30 a.m., program at 9:30 a.m., Reiman Ballroom, Alumni Center), RSVP requested
  • Retirement: Al Murdoch, Cyclone Hockey, Oct. 10 (2:30-5:30 p.m., program at 4 p.m., MU Sun Room)

Next week

  • Open house: Disability Resources Office, Oct. 13 (2-4 p.m., Student Services Building lobby), part of Disability Awareness Week


  • Reception: Exhibit opening, Jeremy Downs: "Fragile Foundations," Oct. 24 (6-8 p.m., MU Pioneer Room)

Details about these events are on the university calendar.

Seminars and conferences

Arts and events

Get 'exCYted' for Homecoming 2014

Homecoming 2014, "Experience the ExCYtement," kicked off earlier this week and culminates with an array of weekend events (most of them free). In addition to this year's traditional homecoming activities, Cy is celebrating his 60th birthday, complete with cake and balloons.


Strike up the bands

The ISU Symphonic and Concert bands will present a fall concert on Oct. 12 (3 p.m., Ames City Auditorium). Tickets are $7 ($5 for students) and available at the door.


Borlaug lecture is Oct. 13

Wheat scientist and 2014 World Food Prize Laureate Sanjaya Rajaram will present the annual Norman Borlaug lecture on Monday, Oct. 13 (8 p.m., MU Great Hall). A reception and student poster presentation begin at 7 p.m. in the South Ballroom.


More campus events
Talks, performances, athletic contests and other campus events are listed on the university calendar. Also, see the Arts and Entertainment page.

Faculty professional development

CELT programs

Register via AccessPlus (click on Employee > UHR Training > Courses). Events are in 2030 Morrill unless noted.

See: Descriptions


Provost office programming

These teleworkshops are hosted by the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity. Register online with your ISU-sponsored (PDF) center membership.

  • How to Have Healthy Conflict, facilitator Kerry Ann Rockquemore, center president and CEO, Oct. 15 (1-2:30 p.m.)
  • How to Ace Your Qualifying Exams: Strategies to Help You Prepare and Perform at Your Peak, for graduate students, facilitator Sabrina Chase, Rutgers School of Nursing, Oct. 28 (11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.)


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