Inside Update
Nov. 6, 2014
News for Iowa State faculty and staff

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Lackey responds to TIER questions

Associate vice president and chief of staff Miles Lackey fielded questions about the state Board of Regents-directed efficiency review at the Nov. 4 Professional and Scientific Council meeting.


New unit takes on student debt

A partnership between the student affairs division and the Government of the Student Body has created a new program intended to improve the overall financial health of Iowa State students and reduce their education loan debt.


Advisors can assist with harassment, discrimination complaints

The new Office of Equal Opportunity information advisors are trained to assist faculty, staff and students in harassment or discrimination situations.


Check your building on the new energy dashboard

A new online energy dashboard offers real-time info on how much energy the university is using right now. It also shows how campus facilities stack up in terms of BTUs expended for electricity, heating and cooling. Utilities staff hope the dashboard will help units find new ways to eke more energy savings out of their buildings.

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The following announcements were added this week:

  • Nov. 10 Supple lecture focuses on Pope Francis
  • Attend virtual film festival of streaming videos through Nov. 21
  • Student art displayed in Beardshear conference room
  • Benefits are topic of Nov. 11 P&S Council outreach seminar
  • Register now for Nov. 11 youth program training
  • PeopleAdmin project: New electronic letter of intent rolls out in December
  • Search is on for campus gift guide ideas
  • Plagiarism prevention and detection tool available
  • Holiday open house at gardens' gift shop is Nov. 8-9
  • Diabetic Education Club will hold first event Nov. 12
  • Faculty, staff: Remind students to complete Title IX online training
  • NTE professional development grant applications due Dec. 1
See: Announcements

Around campus

Checking in on Marston Hall

Outdoor utilities service to the building is progressing and interior demolition is set to begin next month as part of a $27 million,18-month renovation of Marston Hall.


NPR's Mara Liasson provides election analysis in Mary Louise Smith lecture  

The outcome of the midterm elections sets the stage for the 2016 presidential election and signal the direction of Congress for the next two years. National Public Radio political correspondent Mara Liasson will analyze the election results and explain what it all means in a public lecture, "What Just Happened? The 2014 Elections and Beyond," on Nov. 13 (7:30 p.m., MU Sun Room).

Open houses/receptions

Next week

  • Reception: Aging and gerontology programs, Nov. 12 (3:30-5 p.m., MU Gallery)
  • Reception: Mat Greiner's "Fall" exhibit, Nov. 20 (7-9 p.m., Design on Main Gallery, 203 Main St.)

Details about these events are on the university calendar.

Seminars and conferences

These upcoming events were posted this week:
  • Nanovaccine Initiative Seminar, "The Role of TIM Proteins in Ebola Virus Entry," Wendy Maury, University of Iowa, Nov. 10 (4-5 p.m., 171 Durham Center)
  • Second annual "Rock On" In Retirement seminar, ISU Retirees Association, Nov. 13 (8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Reiman Ballroom, ISU Alumni Center), free, preregistration requested (needn't be retired to attend)

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

Arts and events

Third Day takes the Stephens' stage Nov. 7

Christian rock band Third Day will perform in Ames on Nov. 7 (7 p.m., Stephens). The band's latest album, Miracle, was produced by Brendan O'Brien, known for his work with Bruce Springsteen, Pearl Jam, Train and the Killers. Tickets, $20-$70, are available at the Iowa State Center ticket office or through Ticketmaster.


Strike up the band(s)

The Cyclone Marching Band, Wind Ensemble and Jazz Ensemble I will take the stage separately and together at the annual Band Extravaganza on Nov. 8 (7:30 p.m., Stephens). Tickets are $10 ($5 for students) and available at the Iowa State Center ticket office or through Ticketmaster.


Fallen military to be honored Nov. 11

Five servicemen will be remembered during the Nov. 11 Gold Star Hall ceremony, including three names recently engraved on the walls of the memorial in ISU's student union.


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

Events meet in 1230 Communications unless noted.

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