Inside Iowa State for faculty and staff
April 23, 2015 
Inside news

A campus road near you may close temporarily this summer

Inside takes a quick look at summer projects on campus that will close a road, a traffic lane or a sidewalk for a few weeks or more. Campus road projects begin May 11 with the goal of wrapping up before Aug. 10.

Senate starts debate on faculty responsibilities

Policy changes for faculty position responsibility statements were introduced at the April 21 Faculty Senate meeting. The proposed changes stemmed from a task force report released in February.

Survey identifies professional development needs

Handling difficult behaviors, strategic planning, and managing and resolving conflict are the top training needs of professional and scientific employee supervisors, according to a recent survey. Read more survey results and discover how university human resources intends to address these training needs.

Library collaborates with peers to speed access to scholarly works

The University Library is upgrading its information systems to help faculty and staff collaborate better with each other, both inside the university and among institutions, including other Iowa universities.

Keep an eye on the sky

Severe thunderstorms, lightning, floods, tornadoes. It's spring in Iowa and that means weather can become volatile. Read these tips to prepare yourself (and your coworkers) for severe weather emergencies.


The following announcements were added this week:

  • Wanted: Your ideas on Osborn Drive
  • Open access publishing was focus of April 15 librarians forum
  • Winning pieces from fashion show go on exhibit April 30
  • Honors poster presentation/reception is April 29
  • Comfort dogs return to Parks Library April 27-May 1
  • ROTC platoons plan patriotic campus run on April 23
  • Alumni association's Inspiration Awards reception is May 29
  • Craft supplies swap is May 2-3
  • Request MU ramp parking permits online, starting April 28
See: Announcements

Around campus

Setting up house in the gardens

Eight individually themed interactive houses are being constructed throughout Reiman Gardens as part of the "Intreeguing Treehouses" exhibit that opens this weekend.

ISU food safety specialist: Eggs, poultry are safe to eat

In response to recent cases of Avian influenza in the state, extension food safety specialist Angela Shaw said consumers should feel safe to eat properly cooked and prepared meat and eggs from poultry.

2015-16 Performing Arts Series at Stephens released

The Iowa State Center announced its 2015-16 Performing Arts Series on April 16. The lineup features 15 performances that include orchestras, six Broadway shows, comedy, dance, family shows and more. Subscription plans (discounted tickets to three or more performances) are on sale now; single-event tickets go on sale July 20.

College signs memo of understanding with Kenyan university

Engineering dean Sarah Rajala recently led an ISU team to Kenyatta University, Nairobi, Kenya, where she signed a memorandum of understanding with the university president (an ISU alumna) for institutional collaboration.


Open houses, receptions

This week

  • 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)

Next week

  • 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)
  • Opening reception: 2015 ISU Fashion Show exhibit, April 29 (5:30-6:30 p.m., Mary Alice Gallery, 1015 Morrill)
  • Retirement: Sandy Niester, office of the registrar, April 30 (3-4:30 p.m., 136 Union Drive Community Center)
  • Retirements: Roger Baer, graphic design; Mark Engelbrecht, architecture; and Tim Keller, landscape architecture, May 1 (6-8 p.m., MU Gallery)


  • Retirement: Judy McCarthy, 4-H Extension and Outreach, May 5 (private reception planned)
  • Retirement: Carolyn Heising, industrial and manufacturing systems engineering, May 5 (2-4 p.m., 2004 Black Engineering)
  • Retirement: Sandy Foltz, 4-H Extension and Outreach, May 7 (3-4 p.m., Extension 4-H Building)
  • Reception: Mathematics awards ceremony, May 8 (2 p.m., 101 Carver)
Details about these events are on the university calendar.

Upcoming seminars, conferences
  • Closing lecture, "Imagining the Prairie, Then and Now," Matthew Sivils, English and 2015 CEAH Fellow in the Arts and Humanities, April 26 (2 p.m., Brunnier Art Museum, Scheman), followed by a tour of Iowa artist Ellen Wagener's landscapes exhibit
Arts and events
Two end-of-year student concerts are this weekend

The ISU combined choirs and symphony orchestra will give a joint concert on Saturday, April 25 (7:30 p.m., Stephens Auditorium), performing Brahms' German Requiem. Admission is $10 (students $5). The Campus, Concert and Symphonic bands will present a joint concert on Sunday, April 26 (3 p.m., Ames City Auditorium). Tickets are $7 (students $5).


CODAC spring art sale begins April 29

Get some new artwork for yourself or give it as a gift during the CODAC (College of Design Art Club) spring art sale, April 29-30 and May 1 (10 a.m.-4 p.m., College of Design foyer). Artwork is created by students in the integrated studio arts and visual arts programs. Proceeds go to the student artists and help fund club activities.


Buy tickets early; ISU Theatre's season finale heads to the M-Shop

ISU Theatre wraps up its 100th anniversary year with a four-performance run of On the Verge; or The Geography of Yearning April 30-May 3 in the Memorial Union Maintenance Shop. Tickets, $18 (seniors $16, students $11) are available through MidwesTix, the Maintenance Shop ticket office and at the door. Advance purchases are recommended due to limited seating.

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

Two-day learning workshop is May 12-13

Join Project LEA/RN May 12-13 (9 a.m.-4 p.m., 2622 Lagomarcino) for a free two-day workshop on human learning. Attendees will share current research about the brain, engage in strategies that promote interaction and apply both to teaching. The strategies and concepts will apply to any learning situation, including classes, orientation sessions and extension meetings. Participants must attend both days. To register, email Jan Wiersema.

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