Inside Update
Jan. 22, 2015
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ISU alumna Marlene Strathe assumed leadership of the School of Education on Jan. 1.


Interior demo work in Marston turns up a few treasures

Renovation projects in century-old buildings tend to uncover old items. Excavation work at Marston Hall this month is turning up more than a few historical pieces.


Senators learn latest about TIER process

Senior vice president and provost Jonathan Wickert provided an update on the Transparent Inclusive Efficiency Review (TIER) during his remarks at the Jan. 20 Faculty Senate meeting. Consultants have been hired to assist with implementation of the administrative business cases, and the search for a consultant to lead the academic review should be complete next month.


New vehicle reservation system launches on Feb. 1

Transportation Services has purchased a new web-based system for reserving university fleet vehicles that's instantaneous and accessible 24/7.


More news


The following announcements were added this week:

  • Register for 90-minute stress management session
  • MU poster sale is Jan. 26-30
  • Spring textiles exhibition opens Jan. 26
  • You're invited: MLK legacy convocation is Jan. 22
  • Walk safe: Reprieve, refreeze
  • Sick kids? Consider the Comfort Zone on campus
  • W-2s are available in AccessPlus
See: Announcements

Around campus

College of Business receives accreditation extension

The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International has approved the re-accreditation of the College of Business' academic programs. The five-year extension includes the college's separately accredited accounting program.

ISU professor says Facebook not to blame for negative impact on grades

It may not come as a surprise that the more time college students, particularly freshmen, spend on Facebook, the more their grades suffer. In his latest study, Reynol Junco, associate professor of education, found that while freshman struggle to balance their use, social media is less of a problem for upperclassmen.

Open houses/receptions

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


  • Reception: Ellen Wagener exhibit, Feb. 6 (5:30-7:30 p.m., Brunnier Art Museum, 295 Scheman)
  • Reception: "Bits, Pixels and Practice" exhibit, Feb. 6 (6-8 p.m., Design on Main Gallery, 203 Main St., Ames)

Details about these events are on the university calendar.

Seminars and conferences

Arts and events

Stargazing opportunity

Curious about space? Visit the ISU Planetarium on Jan. 23 for one of three shows. The first show begins at 6:30 p.m. and is geared toward children. The 7 and 7:30 p.m. shows are suitable for all ages. Free tickets are available at the door beginning at 6:15 p.m.; seating is limited. Outdoor stargazing will follow the last show, weather permitting.


Cyclone teams face intrastate, conference foes this weekend

  • Swimming and diving, vs. Northern Iowa, Jan. 23 (6 p.m., Beyer pool), free
  • Hockey, vs. Iowa Hockey Club, Jan. 23 (7:30 p.m., Ames/ISU Ice Arena), $10 (youth $5)
  • Indoor track and field (men and women), vs. Drake, Iowa and Northern Iowa, Jan. 24 (noon-5 p.m., Lied Center), free
  • Swimming and diving, vs. West Virginia, Jan. 24 (11 a.m., Beyer pool), free
  • Wrestling, vs. Oklahoma State, Jan. 25 (2 p.m., Hilton Coliseum), $10 (youth $5)

Spring lectures lineup offers something for everyone

The university's spring lecture series will explore such diverse topics as gaming careers, toxic water, dinosaurs and more. All lectures are free and open to the public.


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

Provost office programming

These webinars are hosted by the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity. Register online with your ISU-sponsored membership (PDF). All spring webinars at the center.

  • "Disability and Living/Working in the Academy," facilitator Stephanie Kerschbaum, University of Delaware, Jan. 22 (2-3:30 p.m.)
  • "Align Your Time with Your Priorities," facilitator Kerry Ann Rockquemore, center president and CEO, Feb. 3 (1-2:30 p.m.)

CELT programming


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