Inside Update
Jan. 15, 2015
News for Iowa State faculty and staff

Inside news

University human resources changes are underway

New reporting relationship for university human resources signals UHR's increasing role in university success.


Leath signs promise agreement with Des Moines school district

The ISU 4U Promise will provide educational and teaching assistance now as well as college tuition awards for qualifying students at Des Moines' King Elementary and Moulton Extended Learning Center.


A flu primer for employees

Think you have hand washing down to a science? Here are a few more ideas to help you navigate the 2015 flu season at work.


Council overhauls governing documents

Revised versions of the Professional and Scientific Council's constitution and bylaws are waiting for final approval. All P&S staff will have the opportunity to vote on the new constitution, which will be emailed this month.


Reminder: Jan. 19 is national holiday

University offices will be closed and classes will not meet on Monday, Jan. 19, to observe the national Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.


More news


The following announcements were added this week:

  • Offer input on CyRide Orange Route at open house, online
  • Grad students: A library workshop just for you
  • Registration is open for spring youth Swim & Gym
  • Former Iowa State Center administrator Wayne Davis dies
  • Student employee of the year nominations due Feb. 4
  • Training for ISU youth program administrators is Jan. 20
  • Whistleblower federal protection pilot continues through 2016
  • Student financial aid has new online scholarship application tool
  • ISU Catering hosts Bridal Date Night on Jan. 24
  • Ash tree removal continues this winter
See: Announcements

Around campus

Change agent: DC Lee

ISU News Services' series on faculty and scientists whose big ideas are changing the world continues with kinesiology's Duck-chul Lee, former body builder turned exercise physiologist.

NSF grant fuels new LAS project

Researchers in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences have launched a project to better understand what drives faculty to flourish and persist in the STEM fields. A major goal is to identify how the university can do a better job of helping faculty succeed and feel connected to Iowa State.

Open houses/receptions

This week

  • 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)

Next week

  • 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)


  • Welcome reception: Edward Lyon, director of Reiman Gardens, Jan. 30 (2-4 p.m., Speer Room, Reiman Gardens)

Details about these events are on the university calendar.

Seminars and conferences

  • Workshop series, "Ready to Run," Catt Center for Women and Politics, Feb. 13-April 24 (MU Pioneer Room)

Open forums

Human development and family studies department chair finalists (two of three finalists). All forums will be held from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. in 0331 Palmer.

  • Adam Davey, Temple University, Jan. 21
  • Carl Weems, University of New Orleans, Jan. 22

Arts and events

Spring movie series opens tonight

The first of 14 recent-release feature films opens tonight in Cyclone Cinema's spring lineup. This fall's "Gone Girl" will be shown at 7 and 10 p.m. Thursday-Sunday in 101 Carver. Admission is free.


National sports show to air live from Hilton

ESPN's "College GameDay" will originate its two-hour national broadcast courtside at Hilton Coliseum on Saturday, Jan. 17 (9-11 a.m.). The event is free and open to the public; doors open at 7 a.m.


LEGO League tournament is Saturday

More than 70 teams of 9- to 14-year-olds who qualified in regional competitions will descend on Howe and Hoover halls for the FIRST LEGO League state championship Saturday, Jan. 17 (9 a.m.-5 p.m.). Admission is free and the public is welcome.


ISU honors Martin Luther King Jr. with several events

The Iowa State community will honor the civil rights legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. during January.


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

CELT programs

Walk-ins welcome

The CELT Online Learning Innovation Hub, 281 Parks Library, hosts a daily walk-in hour, 1-2 p.m., Monday-Friday. Instructors may consult with instructional design and technology specialists concerning any area of teaching and learning. No appointment is necessary.


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