Inside Update
Jan. 8, 2015
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Enrollment challenges: Ideas that worked 

Across the university, units are making headway in meeting the challenges accompanying six years of record enrollment.


Grants Hub opens this week

This week the office of the vice president for research launched its Grants Hub, a centralized support unit providing a broad range of services to help researchers obtain and manage external funding.


'Promise' agreement expands college opportunity for King, Moulton students

Iowa State and the Des Moines Public School District are working with families and neighborhood organizations to make college more accessible and affordable for students at King Elementary and Moulton Extended Learning Center.


Spring semester begins Jan. 12

Classes begin Monday, Jan. 12, for the 2015 spring semester. Spring break week is March 16-20; commencement events will be held May 8-9.



More news


The following announcements were added this week:

  • State Fair is topic at Jan. 15 ISU Retirees program
  • Registration is open for Women in Motion dance class
  • Men are From Mars, Women are From Venus LIVE tickets on sale Jan. 8
  • Jan. 12 carillon concert honors Martin Luther King Jr.
  • University faculty and staff award nominations due Feb. 10
  • Register for Feb. 12 P&S professional development conference
  • Enrollment is open for March-May employee leadership series
See: Announcements

  • Sherry Bates, Scranton, to the state Board of Regents, effective Dec. 22, 2014, pending Iowa Senate confirmation

Open houses/receptions

This week

  • Retirement: Mike Porter, Critical Materials Institute, Ames Lab, Jan. 9 (9-10:30 a.m., 301 Spedding)
  • 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)

Next week

  • Retirement: Phyllis Mondt, Extension and Outreach Youth/4-H, Jan. 12 (no public event)
  • Reception: 2015 "Women Impacting ISU" calendar unveiling, Jan. 14 (3:30-5 p.m., MU Sun Room)
  • Open house: Farm House Museum, following a semester of renovation, Jan. 15 (noon-4 p.m., followed by 4-6 p.m. reception)
  • Retirement: Maynard Hogberg, animal science, Jan. 16 (3:30-6 p.m., program at 4 p.m., MU Campanile Room)


  • Ribbon cutting and open house, Student Loan Education Office, Jan. 20 (10-11 a.m., 0680 Beardshear)
  • Farewell: Ann Gogerty, admissions office, Jan. 21 (3:30-5 p.m., 307 Enrollment Services Center)

Details about these events are on the university calendar.

Seminars and conferences

Open forums

The department of human development and family studies will interview three finalists for the department chair post. The candidates and their public presentation/open forum dates are below. All forums will be held from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. in 0331 Palmer.

  • JoNell Strough, West Virginia University, Jan. 12
  • Adam Davey, Temple University, Jan. 21
  • Carl Weems, University of New Orleans, Jan. 22
Details about these events are on the university calendar.

Arts and events

Celebrating the Farm House

A six-month makeover for Iowa State's oldest building will be celebrated Jan. 15 during an open house and after-hours event at the Farm House Museum.

Free seats to watch Met Opera's Iowa auditions

The Metropolitan Opera National Council will hold its annual Iowa district auditions on Saturday, Jan. 10 (noon-5 p.m., Tye Hall, Music Building). The public is welcome to stop in for a few performances or the entire afternoon; admission is free. Singers from as nearby as Des Moines and as far as Georgia will compete to advance to a regional competition in St. Paul on Jan. 31.

Indoor movie at Reiman Gardens on Saturday

Reiman Gardens is hosting two showings of Disney's Up on Saturday, Jan. 10 (10 a.m. and 1 p.m.). Cost is free for adult members and children 18 and younger (general public pays regular admission of $8; $7 for seniors). Popcorn, candy and pop will be available for purchase. No preregistration is required.

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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