Inside Update
March 12, 2015
News for Iowa State faculty and staff

Inside news

Initiative puts university classrooms on 10-year renovation cycle

Spurred by enrollment growth, aging buildings and evolving teaching methods, the university has embarked on a plan to upgrade all 214 general university classrooms on a 10-year cycle.


Building better classrooms

Classrooms aren't what they used to be, and that's a good thing. Find out how low- and high-tech additions to 2104 Gilman Hall have enhanced "active" learning.


On stage with The Chieftains

Is there a better way to celebrate your birthday than singing backup with your favorite band?


Microsoft Office software for your home computer

ISU employees and students can install a suite of Microsoft Office classics on personal computers and mobile devices at no cost.


Regents approve property purchase, online degree

Meeting March 11 in Iowa City, the state Board of Regents also received an update on the TIER business cases and took a first look at parking permit and residence system rates for next year.


Council shares concerns about services survey

Associate vice president and chief of staff Miles Lackey fielded questions and heard concerns about an employee survey of transactional processes in human resources, information technology and finance at the March 5 Professional and Scientific Council meeting.


Senate approves criminal justice degree

The sociology department's proposed bachelor's degree in criminal justice earned unanimous approval at the March 10 Faculty Senate meeting.


Inside will observe spring break

Classes will not be held but the university is open March 16-20, spring break week. Inside Iowa State will not publish on March 19; the next issue will be March 26.


More news


The following announcements were added this week:

  • Memorial for former Design faculty member Gretchen Weber is March 12
  • Reminder: Input on library dean candidates due by noon Thursday
  • Clearance sale at gardens' gift shop is March 14-15
  • UHR offers conflict management training opportunity
See: Announcements

Around campus

Several graduate programs climb in U.S. News rankings

Twelve of Iowa State's schools or departments rank among the top 25 public graduate programs in rankings released this week by U.S. News and World Report magazine. Agricultural and biosystems engineering climbed to No. 3.


Pollard has successful surgery in Des Moines

Director of athletics Jamie Pollard underwent open heart bypass surgery Tuesday night at Iowa Methodist Medical Center, Des Moines, and is expected to remain hospitalized for several days.


Iowa State, Cedar Rapids partner on agricultural bioprocessing

A Cedar Rapids-Iowa State partnership will result in a new ISU research and extension liaison position, located in Cedar Rapids. "With Iowa State's expertise in agriculture, biosciences and engineering, and Cedar Rapids' powerhouse capabilities in processing, we'll work to enhance economic development in the region focused on food, feed and fuel," President Steven Leath said.


Research shows consumers willing to spend more for biotech potatoes

An ISU economist found consumers were willing to spend more for genetically modified potato products with reduced levels of a chemical compound linked to cancer.

Open houses/receptions

This week

  • Opening reception: "Women in Iran: Ancient History to Modern Times, and Back," Rahele Jomepour, integrated visual arts graduate student, March 13 (5-7 p.m., artist's talk at 6 p.m., ISU Design on Main, 203 Main St.)  


  • Medallion ceremony and reception: Honoring Distinguished Professor of English Carol Chapelle as the first holder of the Angela B. Pavitt Professorship in English, March 26 (1 p.m., MU Campanile Room), RSVP by March 23 to Laura Wille
  • Reception: Sloss Gender Equity Awards, March 31 (2-4 p.m., Hach Hall atrium)

Details about these events are on the university calendar.

Seminars and conferences
  • Genome Editing: Foundations and Applications, ISU Crop Bioengineering Consortium, April 9-11 (ISU Alumni Center), for leaders who are developing genome editing resources and tools, and applying them in a wide variety of organisms, register online by April 1
  • Lessons From Abroad, April 11 (9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Memorial Union), study-abroad students may share their experiences and network with professionals in internationally focused jobs

Open forum

Remaining town hall session: Role of ISU's chief diversity officer 

  • April 7 (2:45-3:30 p.m., MU Gallery)
Details about this event are on the university calendar.

Arts and events

Celebrate St. Patrick's Day at Reiman Gardens

Reiman Gardens is hosting an early St. Patrick's Day celebration on Friday, March 13 (4:30-7 p.m.). Enjoy light snacks, a cash bar and Celtic music by the Blue Moon Players. You must be at least 21 years old to attend. Preregistration is encouraged, but not required. Tickets are $8 ($4 for members).


Boxing club hosts its first tourney this weekend

The ISU Boxing Club and ISU Recreation Services will host the Midwest Regional boxing tournament of the National Collegiate Boxing Association March 13-14 in the west gymnasium of State Gym. Matches begin at 7 p.m. both evenings; admission is free. Cyclone competitors include previous national champions Josue Avila and Olivia Meyer. Each match is three rounds and lasts approximately 10 minutes.


More campus events
Talks, performances, athletic contests and other campus events are listed on the university calendar.

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.

  • "Writing as a Metaphor: Discovering a Writing Process that Works for You," facilitator Michelle Boyd, Inkwell Academic Writing Retreats, March 12 (3-4:30 p.m.)
  • "Developing a Strategic Plan to Use Social Media to Enhance Scholarship," facilitator Margarita Mooney, Yale University, 3 parts: March 17, 24, 31 (2:30-4 p.m.)

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