Inside Update
April 16, 2015
News for Iowa State faculty and staff

Inside news

Civil rights office will make site visit to campus

Officials in the federal Office for Civil Rights (OCR) will visit Iowa State April 20-22 to follow up on a complaint about ISU's handling of a sexual assault allegation made by one student against another. As part of the visit, the OCR team will hold open office times April 21 and 22 for individual students, faculty and staff who'd like to discuss civil rights issues.


Got a complaint (or fix) for Osborn Drive?

If you're a frequent Osborn Drive traveler, on foot or wheels, it's likely you have insights on how to reduce congestion or improve safety along the busy road. University planners seek your ideas through several April 23 drop-in sessions and a short survey.


Welcome, times two

University human resources recently welcomed two directors to its staff. Edward Holland joined the university on March 10, and Emma Mallarino-Houghton started April 13.


Promotion and tenure list goes to regents next week

At its April 23 meeting in Council Bluffs, the state Board of Regents will be asked to approve 70 promotion and tenure cases for Iowa State faculty. If approved, the awards take effect on July 1.


Popular laser exhibit extended for after-hours visitors

The much-talked-about laser exhibit in Morrill Hall provides a nice break in the workday. You can catch it from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays, but some after-hours viewings also have been scheduled. 


More news


The following announcements were added this week:
  • John Pappajohn will speak April 20 in Gerdin
  • New training opportunity for PeopleAdmin users
  • Several activities celebrate Earth Day, Month
  • Submit requests now for summer and fall library reserve
  • Farmland screening and discussion is April 23
  • Youth program leader training is April 22
See: Announcements

Around campus

Folk art auction will raise funds for Ghana dam

ISU engineering students are auctioning a work of folk art on eBay April 20-30 to help fund construction of an earthen dam for an African village. Bidders must first complete an online form.


Endowed alumni post is first in the nation

A Belmond couple's $2.5 million gift establishes the first endowed alumni association president and CEO position in a U.S. university. Jeffery Johnson is the inaugural holder of the ISU Alumni Association post, funded by Lora and Russ Talbot.


Team finds gender trends in hunting habits of chimps

A research team led by anthropology professor Jill Pruetz found gender differences in tool-assisted hunting by the savanna chimpanzees in Fongoli, Senegal.

  • Byron Brehm-Stecher, associate professor in food science and human nutrition, as the inaugural Dean's Faculty Fellow in the College of Human Sciences, effective July 1, for two years
  • Ana-Paula Correia, associate professor in the School of Education and faculty member of the Human Computer Interaction program, as the first faculty fellow in ELO (Engineering-LAS Online Learning)

Open houses/receptions

This week

  • Reception: Honoring Pamela White as the inaugural holder of the College of Human Sciences' endowed Dean's Chair, April 17 (1-2 p.m., MU Gold Room), the university community is invited

Next week

  • Reception: 6th annual Biorenewables Art Competition, April 22 (4-5:30 p.m., awards at 4:15 p.m., Biorenewables Research Laboratory lobby)
  • Retirement: Larry Johnson, food science and human nutrition, Center for Crops Utilization Research, BioCentury Research Farm, April 24 (1:30-4 p.m., program at 2 p.m., MU Campanile Room)
  • Reception: School of Education ribbon cutting, April 24 (3-5 p.m., program at 3:30 p.m., Lagomarcino courtyard)


  • Retirements: Mathematics faculty Rajbir Dahiya, Jean Krusi, Gary Lieberman, Michael Smiley and Stephen Willson, April 27 (4-6 p.m., program at 5 p.m., MU Campanile Room)
  • Retirement: Loa Christensen, human development and family studies, April 29 (3:30-5 p.m., 0331 Palmer)
  • Retirements: Roger Baer, graphic design; Mark Engelbrecht, architecture; and Tim Keller, landscape architecture, May 1 (6-8 p.m., Design on Main, 203 Main St.)
  • Retirement: Judy McCarthy, 4-H Extension and Outreach, retiring May 5 (private reception planned)
  • Retirement: Sandy Foltz, 4-H Extension and Outreach, retiring May 7 (private reception planned)
  • Ceremony and reception: Mathematics awards ceremony, May 8 (2 p.m., Carver 101)

Details about these events are on the university calendar.

Seminars and conferences

  • Iowa NSF EPSCoR Energy Policy seminar, "Mitigate, Adapt or Suffer: Connecting Global Change to Local Impacts," Katharine Hayhoe, Texas Tech University, April 21 (3:40-5 p.m., 1306 Elings Hall)

Arts and events

Cyclone Voice finals are tonight

Thirteen Iowa State students, selected from 32 entrants in an April 6 preliminary round, will compete in the Cyclone Voice finals on Thursday, April 16 (8 p.m., MU Great Hall, doors open at 7:15 p.m.). Singer-songwriter Andy Grammer (of recent Honey, I'm Good fame) will host the event and perform a few songs during the judges' deliberations. Cyclone Voice is free and open to the public.

Food fair is Saturday

Iowa State's annual International Food Fair is April 18 (11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., MU Great Hall). Sample the cuisine of 13 countries or regions through the efforts of ISU student groups. Admission is $3, food tickets are $1 each. All are welcome.

Volleyball squad hosts spring tourney on Saturday

The Iowa State volleyball team's spring tournament, featuring two concurrent-play courts, is April 18 at Hilton Coliseum. The Cyclone squad will play two-game matches against five different teams at 9:30, 10:20 and 11:10 a.m., and at 1 and 2:40 p.m. Doors open at 9 a.m.; admission is free.

Jazz concert is April 22

Iowa State Jazz Bands I and II will perform a joint concert on Wednesday, April 22 (7:30 p.m., Tye Hall, Music Building). Admission is $5 (students $3).

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

Faculty professional development

Provost office programs

CELT programs


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