Inside Update
Dec. 11, 2014
News for Iowa State faculty and staff

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Senate approves post-tenure review changes

Policy changes, including the post-tenure review procedures, were approved at the Dec. 9 Faculty Senate meeting. Two new academic programs also were given the go-ahead.


Leath: FY16 budget will be shaped by four priorities

Iowa State's operating budget for the year that begins next July will be shaped by the four broad priorities President Steven Leath first presented two years ago during his installation. Leath also asked his senior VPs to invest in the May action plans of two standing presidential work groups.


Beware of AccessPlus trollers

Scammers are increasingly targeting university sites for info that will allow them to file fake tax returns or redirect salary deposits.


Lyon named Reiman Gardens director

Edward Lyon, director of Allen Centennial Gardens in Madison, Wisconsin, has been named the next director of Reiman Gardens. He begins his new post on Jan. 20, 2015, succeeding Teresa McLaughlin.


Making progress on a new employee wellness program

Iowa State is getting closer to launching a new employee wellness program. Wellness coordinator Stephanie Downs shared a progress report with P&S employees on Dec. 9. 


More news


The following announcements were added this week:

  • Nominations due Feb. 1 for alumni association's Homecoming awards
  • Inside Iowa State's holiday publication schedule
  • Reminder: Recycle phone books on Dec. 18
  • More study spaces opened for Dead Week evenings
  • Indoor practice facility at Veenker stays open all winter
  • Memorial service for psychology faculty member Alison Morris is Dec. 13
  • Wanted: Destination Iowa State team leaders
  • Testing center seats will double for final exams
  • Reiman Gardens hosts Breakfast with Santa on Dec. 13
  • Black faculty/staff holiday celebration is Dec. 13
See: Announcements

Around campus


Christopher Gannon joined the university relations staff on Dec. 8 as the new university photographer.


Comforting canines

Nothing creates inner peace quite like soft fur, a wet nose and a wagging tail. Faculty, staff and students are invited to stop by 192 Parks Library from 1 to 5 p.m. today and Friday to pet one (or several) comfort dogs.


Wintersteen presents national report on elevating ag research

On Dec. 5 in Washington, D.C., CALS dean Wendy Wintersteen presented a new report on why investing in agricultural research should be a high national priority. Developed by the Charles Valentine Riley Memorial Foundation, Iowa State and several other organizations, the report encourages public and private organizations to work toward a common goal because current global challenges require more investment in agricultural research. An archived webcast of Wintersteen's presentation, PDF file of slides accompanying it and a copy of the full report are available on the Riley Memorial Foundation website.

  • Donald Beerman, formerly of the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, as chair of the animal science department, effective Jan. 5, 2015
  • David Grewell, professor of agricultural and biosystems engineering, as director of the new Center for Bioplastics and Biocomposites
  • Dr. Chris Rademacher, Murphy-Brown of Missouri, as the ISU Swine Extension veterinarian, effective Dec. 1

Open houses/receptions

This 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)
  • Retirement: Judy Johnson, ISU Alumni Association, Dec. 12 (2-4 p.m., Cy's Lounge, Alumni Center)

Next week

  • Farewell: John Schuh, School of Education, Dec. 15 (1:30-2:30 p.m., 2622 Lagomarcino)
  • Retirement: Andreja Bakac, Ames Laboratory and chemistry department, Dec. 17 (1:30-3 p.m., Hach Hall north lobby)
  • Farewell: Travis Kramer, Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching, Dec. 19 (2-4 p.m., 281 Parks Library)


  • Retirement: Anne Coffman, Ames Laboratory, Dec. 22 (1:30-3 p.m., 301 Spedding)
  • Farewell: Sean Whalen, Environmental Health and Safety, Dec. 23 (2-4 p.m., learning center, EH&S Services Building)
  • Retirement: Teresa Peterson, Office of Biotechnology, Jan. 2, 2015 (no public event)
  • Retirement: Chris Gleason, Extension and Outreach 4-H, Jan. 5, 2015 (no public event)
  • Retirement: Nancy Bear, Accounts Receivable, Jan. 5, 2015 (2:30-4 p.m., 3150 Beardshear)
  • Retirement: Judy Minnick, Office of the Registrar, Jan. 7, 2015 (2-4 p.m., MU Campanile Room)
  • Retirement: Jim Theilen, ISU Dining/Vending, Jan. 9, 2015 (no public event)

Details about these events are on the university calendar.

Arts and events

NCAA volleyball regional comes to Ames

Iowa State and Hilton Coliseum will host their first NCAA volleyball regional matches this weekend, featuring top-seeded Stanford, No. 8 Florida, No. 9 Illinois and Oregon State.


'The Nutcracker Ballet' performances are this weekend

The Iowa State Center's production of The Nutcracker Ballet, featuring mostly central Iowa dancers, comes to the Stephens Auditorium stage for three performances Dec. 13-14. Tickets ($20-$25) are available at the Stephens ticket office, online through Ticketmaster, or at the door.


Celebrate the holidays, Irish-style

Danú, an award-winning music ensemble from Ireland's County Waterford, will perform in Ames on Dec. 16 (7:30 p.m., Stephens Auditorium). The group's sound features the fiddle, flute, tin whistle, button accordion, guitar and vocals. Irish dancers accompany some numbers. Tickets, $20-$49 ($26 for youth and ISU students), are available at the Iowa State Center ticket office or through Ticketmaster.

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

Instructors: Submitting grades for Blackboard Learn courses

Instructors may submit final grades from their Blackboard Learn courses beginning Dec. 11 through 2:15 p.m. on Dec. 29.

CELT will be closed for the university holiday from noon on Dec. 24 through Dec. 26.

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