Inside Update
Dec. 18, 2014
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It's graduation weekend

An estimated 1,792 students are completing their Iowa State degrees this semester. Many of them will be recognized during an all-university commencement ceremony Saturday, Dec. 20 (1:30 p.m., Hilton Coliseum).

Remember these tips before you leave for winter break

Winter break begins next week, so here are some tips for making your office safe and energy-efficient while you're away.

Repurposing the contents of Davidson Hall

As part of the process of preparing Davidson Hall for demolition next month, crews have moved tons of items out, to be sold, recycled or repurposed. 


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The following announcements were added this week:

  • Walk safe this winter
  • Save the date: P&S professional development conference is Feb. 12
  • Inside Iowa State publishes next on Jan. 8
  • Tickets on sale Dec. 19 for Gabriel Iglesias comedy show
  • Mileage reimbursement rates go up on Jan. 1
See: Announcements

Around campus

A long road to graduation

Among the many exemplary students graduating from Iowa State this weekend are two non-traditional students, Keith Allen and Jesus Zaldarriaga, who overcame years of adversity to complete bachelor's degrees.

Student team makes the cut in worldwide contest

An undergraduate team in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences is one of 10 -- among more than 330 student teams from 51 countries -- selected to advance in a startup competition aimed at tackling the question: How is the world going to feed 9 billion people by 2050? The team travels to Lisbon, Portugal, in February to pitch its idea, a mobile solar dehydrator, at the Thought For Food Global Summit.

Open houses/receptions

This week

  • Farewell: Travis Kramer, Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching, Dec. 19 (2-4 p.m., 281 Parks Library)

Next week

  • Retirement: Anne Coffman, Ames Laboratory materials sciences and engineering, 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 (no public event)
  • Retirement: Chris Gleason, Extension and Outreach Youth/4-H, Jan. 5 (no public event)
  • Retirement: Nancy Bear, Accounts Receivable, Jan. 5 (2:30-4 p.m., 3150 Beardshear)
  • Retirement: Judy Minnick, Office of the Registrar, Jan. 7 (2-4 p.m., MU Campanile Room)
  • Retirement: John Mabry, animal science, Jan. 9 (10 a.m.-noon, 109 Kildee)
  • Retirement: Jim Theilen, ISU Dining/Vending, Jan. 9 (no public event)
  • Retirement: Tom Wessels, Ames Lab environment, safety, health and assurance, Jan. 9 (2-5 p.m., 301 Spedding)
  • Retirement: Phyllis Mondt, Extension and Outreach Youth/4-H, Jan. 12 (no public event)
  • Retirement: Maynard Hogberg, animal science, Jan. 16 (3:30-6 p.m., program at 4 p.m., MU Campanile Room)
Details about these events are on the university calendar.

Arts and events

'Sister Act' takes the stage tonight

Sister Act, the five-time Tony-nominated musical hit, stops by Stephens Auditorium for a 7:30 p.m. performance tonight. Tickets, $24-$63 ($33 for youth and ISU students), are available at the Iowa State Center ticket office or through Ticketmaster.

Cyclone basketball teams compete at home over the holiday break

Only the Cyclone men's and women's basketball teams have home contests in HIlton Coliseum before Jan. 5. The schedule is:

  • Dec. 21, Women, vs. Fairfield University, 1 p.m., $10-$12
  • Dec. 29, Women, vs. Howard University, 7:30 p.m., Cyclone Challenge (5 p.m., Brown vs. California, Riverside), $10-$12
  • Dec. 30, Women, TBA, Cyclone Challenge, 5 and 7:30 p.m., $10-$12
  • Dec. 31, Men, vs. Mississippi Valley State, 6 p.m., $25
  • Jan. 3, Women, vs. Kansas State, 1 p.m., $10-$12
More campus events
Talks, performances, athletic contests and other campus events are listed on the university calendar. Also, see the Arts and Entertainment page.

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