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May 21, 2015 
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A peek inside Marston Hall

An Inside team was allowed in Marston Hall this week to record progress on the $27.1 million renovation of the 112-year-old landmark.


Class givers will add to scholarship fund

It's the gift that keeps on growing. The class gift of 2012 -- scholarships for senior students -- has been adopted by three subsequent graduating classes.


Memorial Day is May 25

University offices are closed and classes will not meet on Monday, May 25, in observance of the Memorial Day holiday. Employees, retirees and spouses will be remembered at the university's annual Memorial Day ceremony at 9 a.m. at the ISU Alumni Center.


The following announcements were added this week:

  • Registration is open for Design summer middle/high school offerings
  • Anniversary-year events at Reiman Gardens continue June 5-6
  • May 28 training session added for electronic personnel action system
  • Athletics department has free yard signs for pick up
See: Announcements

Around campus

Study: Values impact parent and adult child relationships

ISU assistant professor Megan Gilligan published research findings that show estrangement is likely when adult children do not share their mothers' values.

Change agent: Dave Swenson
Associate scientist of economics Dave Swenson likes a challenge, whether it's analyzing current issues for their impact or completing a marathon . . . or 200 of them.

Open houses, receptions

Next week

  • Retirement: Ann Schmidt, psychology, May 27 (1-3 p.m., W139 Lagomarcino)
  • Retirement: Lea Henderson, university human resources, May 28 (2-4 p.m., MU South Ballroom)
  • Farewell: Clay Gurganus, office of student financial aid, May 28 (2:30-4 p.m., short program at 3 p.m., MU Pioneer Room)
  • Retirements: Claire Brecht, Dave Bunker and Rheon Wolske, residence department, May 29 (9-11 a.m., 1132 Eaton)
  • Reception: ISU Alumni Association Faculty-Staff Inspiration Awards, May 29 (5:30 p.m., Alumni Center), $10


  • Retirement: Tim Watson, facilities planning and management, June 4 (1-3 p.m., short program at 1:30 p.m., 162 General Services Building)
  • Open house: ISU Dairy Farm, June 5 (6-11 a.m., 52470 260th St., Ames)
Details about these events are on the university calendar.

Open forum

Board of Regents public hearing

Record your comments about any item on the state Board of Regents' June agenda at the May 28 public hearing (noon-1 p.m., MU Oak Room). Meeting materials and an agenda for the June 4 meeting will be posted to the regents website by May 26.

Details about this event are on the university calendar.


Arts and events

Summer brings big groups to campus

A variety of events will draw participants of all ages to campus throughout the summer months. Inside has compiled a list of the larger groups you might see on sidewalks, in buildings and around Ames.

More campus events

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

Professional development

Provost office programming

These events are hosted by the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity. Register online with your ISU-sponsored membership.

  • Webinar, Every Summer Needs a Plan, facilitator Kerry Ann Rockquemore, center president and CEO, May 28 (1-2:30 p.m.)
  • Webinar series, Writing Science, facilitator Joshua Schimel, University of California, Santa Barbara, June 3, 10, 17 and 24 (1-2 p.m.)

University human resources programming

Register via AccessPlus (Employee tab > UHR Training).

  • Class, Position Management, June 3 (3-5 p.m., 1230 Communications)
  • Class, Writing a P&S Position Description, June 4 (8:30-10:30 a.m., 3150 Beardshear)
  • Class, Managing Applicants and the Hiring Process, June 16 (1-3 p.m., 1230 Communications)
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