Inside Update
March 26, 2015
News for Iowa State faculty and staff

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Beth McNeil named ISU Library dean

Beth McNeil, professor and associate dean for academic affairs at the Purdue University Libraries, will become dean of the Iowa State University Library on July 15.

Hansen facility earns a LEED Gold

The agriculture teaching center on Mortensen Road is Iowa State's fifth Gold achievement and ninth overall achievement in the easier-on-the-environment measurement of buildings.

Art conservator's services are always on the house

It's the deal of the century. A world-class art conservator restores paintings for Iowa State and many other nonprofit organizations ... for free.

CELT symposium offers ways to recharge your teaching

Does your teaching feel tired? Wake it up with help from CELT's Morrill Professor Panel and Teaching Poster Symposium on March 30. All faculty, new and experienced, are invited to attend.


More news

  • Odyssey state finals come to Scheman on March 28

  • Get involved with Destination Iowa State in August

  • Cooking demo on quick, healthy eating is April 7

  • Register now for March 31 storm spotter training

  • BikeShare, Eco-Healthy Child Care receive Live Green! awards

  • Discounted admission to science center through April 12 for ISU employees, students

  • Tickets to spring musical, Les Misérables, are selling fast

  • City road projects will impact access to campus

  • Lawnmower Service Days are March 27-28

  • Cyclone 'Family of the Year' applications are due March 31

  • Early deadline is April 3 for student organization funding applications for fall events

See: Announcements

Around campus

The last of Davidson Hall

Crews made great progress during spring break week on dismantling Davidson Hall. A few photos capture that progress. Much of the building -- contents and structure -- were repurposed or recycled.


Students to show off research at science, tech fair

The State Science and Technology Fair of Iowa returns to Hilton Coliseum this week. The public is invited to see the high school students' projects on Thursday, March 26 (2-6 p.m.; awards ceremony 6:30-8 p.m.) and the junior high students' projects on Friday, March 27 (9 a.m.-6 p.m.; awards ceremony 6:30-8 p.m.). 

Open houses/receptions

This week

Next week

Details about these events are on the university calendar.

Seminars and conferences
  • Hertz Lecture on Emerging Issues in Agriculture, "Applying an Iowa State Education to Life: A Tribute to My Teachers," Ted Crosbie, ISU alumnus and retired vice president of Monsanto, April 1 (7 p.m., Curtiss auditorium), free and open to the public

Open forums

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

'Two Rooms' performances are this weekend

ISU Theatre's annual student-directed production, Two Rooms, will be performed four times this week: 7:30 p.m. on March 26-28 and 2 p.m. on March 29, all in 2140 Pearson. The title's two rooms are a windowless room in which an American professor is held by terrorists in 1980s Beirut and the study in his home, which his wife has emptied in order to (symbolically) share his ordeal. Tickets, $6 for adults and $4 for students, are available at the door (cash or check only). Arrive early; the room seats about 50.


Art-inspired flower power

The Brunnier Museum's annual Brunnier in Bloom event is March 27-29, including a kickoff reception Friday night to reveal its winning floral arrangements. Admission is free and the public is welcome.


Global Gala is March 27

The 10th annual Global Gala, a celebration in which student organizations showcase their cultural heritage through music, dance and fashion, will be held Friday, March 27 (6:30 p.m., doors open at 6 p.m., MU Great Hall). Light refreshments are served. Admission is free and the public is welcome.


Mary Louise Smith lecture is March 31

Attorney and political analyst Michelle Bernard will talk about how women are making a difference in Congress despite their small representation there (about 20 percent of the seats) in the spring Mary Louise Smith lecture on Tuesday, March 31 (7:30 p.m., MU Sun Room). Bernard is founder, president and CEO of the Bernard Center for Women, Politics and Public Policy, in Washington, D.C. Her talk is free and open to the public.


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

Faculty professional development

Tall Grass Prairie workshop applications due April 10

Faculty are invited to participate in ISU's May 14-15 Tall Grass Prairie workshop, intended to help them integrate dimensions of sustainability into the curriculum of current or planned courses and to interact with colleagues with similar interests. The provost's office will provide professional development funds for implementing course changes, to be matched by one's department or college. The workshop's online application is due April 10. Questions may be directed to Cinzia Cervato or John Miranowski.


Provost office programs

This webinar is hosted by the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity. Register online with your ISU-sponsored membership (PDF). List of all spring webinars at the center.

  • "How to Develop a Daily Writing Practice," facilitator Kerry Ann Rockquemore, center CEO, March 26 (3-4:30 p.m.)


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