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April 30, 2015 
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Special recognition for exemplary faculty

Ten faculty members will be carrying new titles in the 2015-16 academic year. Three have been named Distinguished Professors; three, University Professors and four, Morrill Professors.


Lake LaVerne's image problem

Warm, dry spring weather has propagated an early (and unsightly) algae bloom in Lake LaVerne. Environmentally friendly management methods are keeping the lake healthy, and long-term solutions are being studied.


Next 'emerging leaders' class selected

Thirty-two faculty and staff have been chosen to participate in the next class of the Emerging Leaders Academy, a provost's office program to help prepare a broader group for leadership roles across campus. The group's first meeting is in late August.


Regents approve P&T list, begin FY16 salary discussion

Seventy ISU faculty promotion and tenure awards for 2015-16 received the final green light during the state Board of Regents' April 23 meeting. The board also heard support for July 1 salary increases from employee group representatives on the three campuses.


It's time to complete sexual assault, discrimination, harassment training

Faculty and staff who haven't completed mandatory training on discrimination, harassment and Title IX should do so this spring, says Robin Kelley, director of the office of equal opportunity.


The following announcements were added this week:

  • Meet your P&S Council reps at May 13 reception
  • Annual Movie Night at football stadium set for May 16
  • Student groups are part of big plant sale May 9-10
  • Youth program leader training is May 13
  • Volunteers needed for Special Olympics games, May 21-23
  • In Motion dance performances are May 1-2
  • Nominations sought for 2016 Women Impacting ISU calendar
See: Announcements

Around campus

Change agent: Eliot Winer

Associate professor of mechanical engineering Eliot Winer, who also is on the Virtual Reality Applications Center's leadership team, is the latest faculty member featured in News Services' change agents series.

International nod to ag, forestry, veterinary science

ISU programs in agriculture and forestry and veterinary science have been ranked among the world's best by a British organization that specializes in higher education and careers information. Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) ranked Iowa State eighth for programs in agriculture and forestry and 35th in veterinary science.

Golf course bridge replacement is nearly complete

Crews placed a new 120-foot steel bridge across Squaw Creek on the Veenker golf course last week. A concrete bridge deck is scheduled to be poured yet this week; the goal is to have golfers using the new bridge by mid-May.


  • Howard "Ted" Bair, ISU Pappajohn Center, as regional director of the ISU Small Business Development Center, effective April 20
Open houses, receptions

This week

  • 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)

Next week

  • Retirement: Judy McCarthy, 4-H Extension and Outreach, retiring May 5 (private reception planned)
  • Retirement: Carolyn Heising, industrial and manufacturing systems engineering, May 5 (2-4 p.m., 2004 Black Engineering)
  • Reception: 2015 Exemplary Faculty Mentors, May 6 (4:30-5:30 p.m., ceremony at 4 p.m., MU Cardinal Room)
  • 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)
  • Reception: Commencement, for all graduating students and their guests, May 9 (following 1:30 p.m. undergraduate ceremony, ISU Alumni Center)
Details about these events are on the university calendar.

Upcoming seminars, conferences
Arts and events

Eat your lunch alfresco on Friday

University Museums is hosting "Music in the Courtyard" tomorrow (noon-1 p.m.) in the Food Sciences Building courtyard. Bring your lunch and listen to Ken Jolls, Professor Emeritus of chemical and biological engineering, play the electric piano among the sculptures in the Chuck Ginnever: Rashomon temporary exhibit. There is no cost to attend; no rain date is planned.


Texas Tech comes to town for weekend softball series

The Cyclone softball team will host Big 12 Conference foe Texas Tech in a three-game series this weekend. First pitch is at 4 p.m. Friday and noon on Saturday and Sunday at the Cyclone Sports Complex. Admission is free.


New MU exhibit features Des Moines artist

Des Moines artist Leslie Leavenworth is exhibiting a selection of paintings in the Memorial Union's Pioneer Room (third floor) through June 28. Leavenworth works in a variety of media, including pencil, charcoal, pastels, oils and acrylics. Call 296-6848 for open viewing times.


More campus events

Talks, performances, athletic contests and other campus events are listed on the university calendar. Also, see the Arts and Entertainment page.

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