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May 7, 2015 
Inside news

Safe border crossings with your devices

Taking your smart devices on international travel might not be smart. Experts offer tips on how to travel safely with your electronics.


More than 4,300 students will graduate this week

Iowa State will confer degrees on more than 4,300 graduating students during three commencement ceremonies this weekend.


Street address system is nearly ready to go

Several years into the planning stage, Iowa State is preparing to implement a street address system for all campus buildings, parking lots and open spaces. The goal is to have the new numbering system in place and building signs changed by the end of the calendar year.


Search begins for VP for diversity and inclusion

The nomination and application process is underway for Iowa State's first vice president for diversity and inclusion.



Lorraine Acker began her duties as director of the Margaret Sloss Women's Center on May 1.


Hub patio renovation begins Monday

A complete renovation of The Hub's west patio area is one of this summer's campus construction projects. The building will remain open during operating hours, but the west entrances will be affected.


Senate closes out year with P&T, research reports

Provost Jonathan Wickert shared the latest promotion and tenure data and research VP Sarah Nusser reported on her office's focus a year after its reorganization.


The following announcements were added this week:

  • Optional summer office hours begin May 11
  • Tickets for November MythBusters show on sale May 8
  • Learn to dance this summer
  • Paving projects will close U.S. 69 south of Ames 
See: Announcements

Around campus

Corridor benches for students will be a team effort

Units are invited to commit end-of-year funds to a project that will put 400 benches in the busiest classroom building hallways. Funding commitments are requested by May 13.


Spring graduates have places to be

Graduating this weekend with a double major in industrial design and apparel design, Colin Behr will head to suburban Portland to design footwear for Nike. His classmate, Brenna Lyden, will use her degree in apparel, merchandising and design (and minors in journalism and entrepreneurship) in Seattle as a buyer for Nordstrom.


Open houses, receptions

This week

  • 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 graduating students and their guests, May 9 (approximately 4:30 p.m., ISU Alumni Center)
Details about these events are on the university calendar.

Arts and events

Annual art mart continues through Saturday

Art Mart, the Memorial Union's annual arts sale, will be held May 7 (11 a.m.-6 p.m.) May 8 (10 a.m.-6 p.m.) and May 9 (10 a.m.-3 p.m.) in the MU Trophy Tavern (first floor). Most items are $5-$20 and include blown glass, pottery,jewelry, fabric bags, recycled accessories, throw pillows, dyed scarves and framed campus photos by Workspace instructors and students. Admission is free.


Really big plant sale is this weekend

ISU's Graduate Student Horticulture Society and Horticulture Club are among the sponsors of a Plant Sale Extravaganza in the Reiman Gardens parking lot May 9 (9 a.m.-4 p.m.) and May 10 (10 a.m.-3 p.m.). Garden members may buy during a pre-sale on May 8 (3-7 p.m.). Plants to be sold include trees, shrubs, roses (including Buck varieties), perennials, ground covers, mixed hanging baskets, annual vegetables and more. All purchases directly benefit each group's programming.


Several museums are open on graduation Saturday

The Brunnier Art Museum, Scheman Building; Farm House Museum on central campus; and the Christian Petersen and Mary Alice Gallery museums in Morrill Hall will have special graduation hours on Saturday, May 9 (10 a.m.-2 p.m.).

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

Save the date: CELT new teacher symposium is Aug. 18

The CELT Teaching Symposium, previously known as the University Teaching Seminar, is planned for Aug. 18 (8 a.m.-noon, Scheman). This half-day event focuses on teaching, student learning and becoming familiar with student support resources at ISU.


CELT programs

University human resources programs

Register for these classes on AccessPlus (Employee tab > UHR Training).

  • 12+ Supervisory Leadership series, Sept. 16 to May 24, 2016, cost is $610 and includes resource materials and snacks
  • Creating a Posting, May 12 (10 a.m.-noon), learn to create a posting (previously a notice of vacancy) in PeopleAdmin 7, open to new and returning users
  • Understanding FMLA: Training for Supervisors, May 12 (10-11 a.m.), learn to: identify potential FMLA situations, understand supervisors' roles, calculate and track employees' FMLA time

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