Inside Update
Oct. 30, 2014
News for Iowa State faculty and staff

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ISU Plan open change period begins Nov. 3

ISU Plan participants may review and change their benefits Nov. 3-21.


Nonsupervisory merit open change period begins Oct. 31

Nonsupervisory merit employees may review and change their benefits Oct. 31-Dec. 1.


Large course plans move into second year

Faculty collaboration and planning have improved consistency across courses with multiple sections, a result of an Iowa law that mandates continuous improvement plans for undergraduate courses with an annual enrollment of 200 or more.


Third tuition freeze becomes a possibility

As the state Board of Regents last week reviewed a proposal for modest tuition increases next year, regent Larry McKibben announced his intent to propose a third straight tuition freeze when the board votes on the topic on Dec. 3. President Steven Leath asked board members for the resources "to assure quality" at all three regent universities.


Search for chief diversity officer begins

The search for a chief diversity officer is underway. In 2013, President Steven Leath commissioned a consulting firm to study ISU diversity programs and initiatives. Recommendations from that study included creation of a chief diversity officer position.


Art, science converge at international conference

Faculty and others doing innovative work at the edges -- where art and science disciplines meet and overlap -- get together at Iowa State in November for the Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities (a2ru) international conference.


More news


The following announcements were added this week:

  • Reminder: Daylight saving time ends at 2 a.m. Nov. 2
  • Library workshop looks at research impact metrics
  • Snowblower service days (Nov. 7-8) move to Sukup Hall
  • Get an update on the MU feasibility study on Oct. 31
  • Fulbright Scholar officer visits campus Nov. 13
  • Christy Johnson-Lynch joins the Nov. 6 Cyclone luncheon
  • Hort station has Chieftain apples for sale
  • Proposals sought for ISCORE 2015
  • Nominate a student to attend the Women's Leadership Retreat
  • Focus committee seeks entries for grant proposals
See: Announcements

Around campus

C6 simulates the International Space Station

An ISU research team is using the virtual reality room to test the decision-making process of humans in stressful situations -- including a fire on the space station.

FDIC vice chairman (and ISU alum) will give campus lecture

Thomas Hoenig, Fort Madison native and current vice chairman of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., will present "Leveling the Playing Field" on Friday, Nov. 7 (11 a.m., 1148 Gerdin). Hoenig will talk about the challenges of ending government bailouts for large firms, something he strongly supports.

See the great pumpkin(s)

Entries in Fredericksen Courts' annual pumpkin painting contest are on display this week in the Hawthorn Market and Café.

Open houses/receptions

Next week

  • Retirement: Ron Kinyon, facilities planning and management, Nov. 4 (all day open house, 152 General Services)
  • Retirement: Peggy Lee, U.S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory, Nov. 4 (1:30-3 p.m., 301 Spedding)
  • Reception: Studies in Creativity student art exhibit, Nov. 4 (6 p.m., MU Gallery)


  • Reception: Aging and gerontology programs, Nov. 12 (3:30-5 p.m., MU Gallery)

Details about these events are on the university calendar.

Seminars and conferences

Open forums

Reiman Gardens director candidates (2 of 5)

Open forum for each finalist is 4:30-6 p.m. in Reiman Gardens' Garden Room.
  • Nov. 6, Aaron Steil, manager of public programs, Reiman Gardens
  • Nov. 18, Mark Weathington, JC Raulston Arboretum, North Carolina State University, Raleigh
Details about these events are on the university calendar.

Arts and events

A haunting lecture

Join University Museums tonight at 7 p.m. in 2019 Morrill Hall for "Ghost Stories of Iowa State," an evening of historic and haunted stories about the university. There is no cost to attend and all are welcome.


Tragically funny Crimes takes Fisher stage

An ISU Theatre production of Broadway's Crimes of the Heart opens its two-weekend run Oct. 31.


Iowa Statesmen will perform Nov. 2

Iowa State's men's choir, the Iowa Statesmen
, will perform Nov. 2 (3:30 p.m., Tye Hall, Music). A 1:30 p.m. performance is sold out. Tickets are $5 ($3 for 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.

Faculty professional development

Provost office programming

Register via AccessPlus (choose Employee, UHR Training, Courses, scroll down to SVPP events)
  • Workshop, "Useful University Resources," for non-tenure track faculty, offered twice: Nov. 5 (1-2 p.m.) and Nov. 20 (9:30-10:30 a.m.), both in the MU Campanile Room

November teleworkshops

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


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