Inside Update
Dec. 4, 2014
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Alumni couple makes gift of more than $22 million

Two alumni who wish to remain anonymous recently made a gift of more than $22 million to Iowa State, benefiting two priorities on campus. A portion of the gift will likely support a planned Student Innovation Center. The balance will go toward creating an endowed dean's chair in the College of Human Sciences.


Cyclone power shopping

Add some cardinal and gold to the holiday season with Inside's annual campus gift guide, featuring in-store and online gift items from campus retailers, groups, units and student organizations.


Regents approve tuition freeze for in-state undergraduates

Meeting Wednesday in Ames, the state Board of Regents approved a third consecutive tuition freeze next year for resident undergraduates. Graduate students and nonresident undergraduates will see increases of 1.2 to 1.75 percent.


Create a winter's tale at WinterFest

Bundle up and embrace winter at Iowa State's WinterFest celebration, Dec. 5.


Instant messaging makes a comeback

Need a quick response from a colleague? Iowa Staters are increasingly turning to Lync instant messaging to collaborate on campus and beyond.


More news


The following announcements were added this week:

  • New employee wellness program is topic of P&S Council seminar Dec. 9
  • Class museum program on display in Morrill Hall
  • Dec. 4 Cyclone Club luncheon features Bill Fennelly
  • Volunteers sought for winter Science Bowl competitions
  • Submit spring course reserves at library now
  • Register now for Project LEA/RN workshop, Jan. 6-7
  • Winter open house at The Knoll is Dec. 5
  • Iowa State receives veteran-friendly designation
  • Forestry Club tree sales run weekends through Dec. 14
  • Phonebook recycling pickup is Dec. 18
  • Register for June kayaking trip in Alaska
  See: Announcements

Around campus

ISU announces commitment to expand college access at White House event 

Senior vice president and provost Jonathan Wickert is among hundreds of higher education leaders joining President Barack Obama in Washington, D.C., for today's announcement of initiatives to expand college access and graduation rates. As part of the effort, ISU officials have committed to raising more funds for financial aid, increasing enrollment of diverse students and expanding programs that improve retention.   


Four professors named AAAS fellows

For their work advancing materials science, statistics, animal science and biophysics, four Iowa State researchers were named 2014 fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.


Soda tax is focus of study

A team of ISU professors is researching the effectiveness of taxes on sodas and sweetened beverages, a growing proposition by cities and states aimed at reducing consumption of caloric sweeteners.

  • Matthew Sivils, associate professor of English, to the 2015 fellow in the Center for Excellence in the Arts and Humanities
  • Patricia Hipple, National Institute of Food and Agriculture, USDA, to director of the Center for Sustainable Rural Livelihoods, effective Dec. 8

Open houses/receptions

This week

  • Retirement: Janis Meier, registrar's office, Dec. 5 (no public event, 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)

Next week

  • Retirement: Diane Birt, food science and human nutrition, Dec. 11 (2-4 p.m., MU Campanile Room)
  • Farewell: Dave Minnick, IT Services, Dec. 11 (2:30-4 p.m., 206 Durham Center)


  • Farewell: John Schuh, School of Education, Dec. 15 (1:30-2:30 p.m., 2622 Lagomarcino)
  • Retirement: Andreja Bakac, U.S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory and chemistry department, Dec. 17 (1:30-3 p.m., Hach Hall north lobby)
  • Retirement: Teresa Peterson, Office of Biotechnology, Jan. 2, 2015 (no public event)
  Details about these events are on the university calendar.

Arts and events

'Carol' kicks off holiday season

ISU Theatre will use a large cast of students and area children to stage the Charles Dickens classic, A Christmas Carol. The two-weekend run opens Friday, Dec. 5, at Fisher Theater.


Music department performances

Some ensembles will wrap up the fall semester with performances. Concerts are in the Tye Recital Hall, Music Building, unless indicated:

  • ISU Jazz Combo, Dec. 4 (7:30 p.m.), free
  • Symphony Orchestra, Dec. 5 (7:30 p.m.), $5-$10
  • Band Holiday Concert, Dec. 6 (7:30 p.m.), $5-$10
  • Holiday Festival, Dec. 7 (3 p.m., Stephens Auditorium), $5-$10
  • Organ Recital, Dec. 8 (5:30 p.m.), free
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

End-of-semester Blackboard Learn help for instructors, TAs

CELT is hosting Blackboard Learn open lab for faculty, staff and TAs Dec. 8-12 and Dec. 15-19 (8 a.m.- 5 p.m. daily, 281 Parks Library). CELT staff will be on hand to answer questions. Drop by anytime; bring your own laptop. Grades are due to the registrar's office by 2:15 p.m. Dec. 29. CELT will be closed beginning at noon Dec. 24 through Dec. 26 for the university holiday.


CELT's spring 2015 programming schedule is available

CELT will offer 19 programs, one teaching and learning circle and five teaching-learning communities during spring semester. All programming is designed to support and enhance teaching effectiveness and student learning.  Dates, descriptions and registration information is online.


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