Inside Update
Nov. 20, 2014
News for Iowa State faculty and staff

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Child care needs are focus of feasibility study

University human resources and the ISU Research Park are collaborating on a child care feasibility study. Faculty and staff can provide input through a survey, which will be emailed the first week of December.


Kurtenbach named interim CIO
Jim Kurtenbach will serve as interim vice president and chief information officer in information technology services, beginning Jan. 1. The associate professor of accounting and former associate Engineering dean succeeds Jim Davis, who will rejoin the faculty.

Deloitte completes TIER work for regents

The state Board of Regents approved the final eight administrative business cases proposed by Deloitte Consulting, effectively concluding its service contract with the firm. But the board will hire more consultants for implementation assistance.


Training continues for PeopleAdmin 7 users

University human resources encourages anyone involved with employee hiring to continue to learn about the latest additions to PeopleAdmin 7.


Faculty professional development requests go to regents next month

When it meets Dec. 3 in Ames, the state Board of Regents will look at professional development assignment proposals for 2015-16, vote on tuition levels next year, and hear an ISU report on strengthening academic quality amid record student enrollment.


Canceled vs. closed: Winter weather policies

When the weather outside is frightful, be prepared with this guide to university policies and procedures for severe weather events.


University closed Nov. 27-28

Iowa State offices will be closed Nov. 27-28 in observance of the national Thanksgiving holiday. Inside Iowa State will not publish on Nov. 27; the next issue is Thursday, Dec. 4.


More news


The following announcements were added this week:

  • Visitation, service for George Serovy are Nov. 20
  • Nov. 25 webinar offers holiday financial help
  • Osborn Club lecture is Dec. 8
  • STEM graduate fellowship program seeks applicants
  • Undergraduates must apply for ISU 2015-16 scholarships by Dec. 5
  • Tickets for 50th annual Madrigal Dinners go on sale Dec. 1
  • Five Cy statues to be auctioned Dec. 4
  • Youth program training is Dec. 3
  • Memorial service for Robert Dyas is Dec. 6
  • Vote now for Academic Minute Listener's Choice Award
See: Announcements

Around campus

Making headway at Lagomarcino

Remodeling work in Lagomarcino Hall to create a home for the two-year-old School of Education is in the home stretch. Construction zones should be gone in time for the start of spring semester.


Change agent: James Noxon

Professor of veterinary clinical sciences James Noxon is the latest ISU scientist featured in a series on faculty who use science to make the world better.

  • Paul Gibbins, Ankeny High School, to regional manager for the North Central STEM Hub, ISU Extension and Outreach, as of Dec. 1

Open houses/receptions

This week

Reception: Mat Greiner's "Fall" exhibit, Nov. 20 (7-9 p.m., Design on Main Gallery, 203 Main St.)



  • Retirement: Lynda Nelson, printing and copy services, Dec. 1 (no public event planned) 
  • Retirement: Janis Meier, registrar's office, Dec. 5 (no public event planned), well wishes may be sent to 214 Enrollment Services Center
  • Retirement: Sandy Russell, treasurer's office, Dec. 5 (9 a.m.-3 p.m., 1220 Beardshear)

Details about these events are on the university calendar.

Seminars and conferences
  • Iowa NSF EPSCoR Energy Policy seminar, "Prospects for Biofuels in a Changing Environment: Flexible-fuel Vehicle Adoption and the Impact on the U.S. Biofuel Market," Sheldon (Xiaodong) Du, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Dec. 4 (3:40-5 p.m., 1306 Elings)
  • SP@ISU workshop, for faculty interested in increasing research participation of underrepresented groups, such as women or ethnic/racial minorities, Dec. 8 (10 a.m.-3 p.m., MU Sun Room), registration is free, but required in advance


Open forum

Board of Regents public hearing

Record your comments about any item on the board's Dec. 3 agenda at the Nov. 20 public hearing (6-7 p.m., MU Oak Room). Meeting materials and an agenda for the December meeting are available on the regents website.

Arts and events


International Week concludes with showcase event

Multicultural student organizations will showcase traditional and modern song and dance from around the world during International Night, Nov. 20 (6-10 p.m., MU Great Hall). The event is the finale of International Week, an annual celebration organized by the International Student Council. Admission is free; the public is welcome.


Gardens tour offers Black Friday alternative

Trained guides will take guests on an educational, behind-the-scenes look at Reiman Gardens and its butterflies on Friday, Nov. 28 (10-11 a.m.). Step into the Hughes Conservatory for a holiday display of tropical plants, and learn about the caterpillars, chrysalides and cocoons that represent hundreds of butterfly species. Preregistration with payment ($10 public, $5 members) is required by Nov. 26.


Cyclone teams in action

  • Nov. 21, Men's hockey vs. Colorado State (7:30 p.m., Ames/ISU Ice Arena), tickets 
  • Nov. 22, Football vs. Texas Tech (2:30 p.m., Jack Trice Stadium), tickets 
  • Nov. 22, Men's hockey vs. Colorado State (7:30 p.m., Ames/ISU Ice Arena), tickets 
  • Nov. 23, Women's basketball vs. Cincinnati (1 p.m., Hilton Coliseum), tickets 
  • Nov. 26, Volleyball vs. Texas Tech (6:30 p.m., Hilton Coliseum), tickets 
  • Nov. 29, Football vs. West Virginia (11 a.m., Jack Trice Stadium), tickets 
  • Nov. 29, Volleyball vs. Baylor (4:30 p.m., Hilton Coliseum), tickets 
  • Dec. 2, Men's basketball vs. Lamar (7 p.m., Hilton Coliseum), tickets
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

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