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May 28, 2015 
Inside news

Freshman orientation opens June 1

As many as 5,800 admitted ISU freshmen will visit campus next month. For some, it's a chance to affirm a decision made months earlier; others are still shopping.


Biosciences proposal goes to regents next week

The $80 million biosciences package includes a new five-story teaching and research building, a four-story addition to Bessey Hall and renovation of about 8,000 square feet in Bessey.


Student health director search is underway

A university search committee is heading up a national search for the Thielen Student Health Center's next director. Applications are due May 30.


Stadium is on track for completion by football opener

Construction of the football stadium's new south end should be done by Sept. 5. Fans have purchased more than 2,000 of the available 3,000 season tickets in a new club section.


Looking good, LaVerne

Lake Laverne's algae blemish is better, thanks to cool temperatures and rainy weather, but will return with summer conditions. Two more floating islands are expected to launch this week as part of a water quality pilot project being conducted on the lake through October.


The following announcements were added this week:

  • Registration opens for ISU's first MOOC about the Iowa caucuses
  • Electronic letter of intent system tweaked, set for relaunch on June 9
  • Three student architectural projects among top 10 nationally
  • Chemistry Stores will be closed June 8-10
  • Little Big Town concert tickets go on sale June 5
  • North Ames commuters: 24th Street reconstruction begins May 28
  • City's West Street construction moves closer to campus this week 
See: Announcements

Around campus

CSI: Ames

Iowa State will be home to a new national Forensic Science Center of Excellence, funded by a five-year, $20 million grant.

Textbook reorganization at bookstore: subtle but significant

Last month, University Book Store staff organized all textbooks by author's last name, discarding the decades-old system of grouping texts by academic discipline and course number. Read why this is a good thing.

A pig that could benefit human medicine

An Iowa State research team received NIH funding to develop a line of pigs with an immune system suited to testing medical therapies for people. The pig models would have many advantages over mice used in such research because immune cells and immune protein sequences in the pig are more like humans.

Students bring 'iCan Bike' camp to Ames

Four kinesiology students raised about $10,000 to help bring to Ames a national five-day camp with one goal: Teach individuals with disabilities to ride a two-wheel bicycle.

  • Chester Britt, dean of the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Northeastern University, as chair of the sociology department, effective Aug. 1
Open houses, receptions

This week

  • 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., 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

Next week

  • Retirement: Tim Watson, facilities planning and management, June 4 (1-3 p.m., 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)
  • Farewell: Jill Kramer, Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching, June 5 (2-4 p.m., 2030 Morrill)


  • Retirement: Dave Knippel, Iowa Public Radio, June 11 (3-5 p.m., program at 3:30 p.m., Hunziker House, Reiman Gardens)
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 a May 28 public hearing (noon-1 p.m., MU Oak Room). June 4 meeting materials and the agenda are on the regents website.


Arts and events

ISU and WWII is subject of community lecture

Douglas Biggs, Ames native and history professor at University of Nebraska, Kearney, will give a lecture May 28 about how World War II impacted Iowa State research. The talk, "Iowa State and a World at War," is at the Ames City Auditorium, 520 Sixth St., at 7 p.m. Admission is free, but a $3 donation is suggested.

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

University human resources programming

Register via AccessPlus (Employee tab > UHR Training).

  • Class, P&S Performance Management Training, for supervisors/managers, June 18 (9 a.m.-noon., 3150 Beardshear)
  • Class, What's Your Color? Understanding Personality Differences, July 9 (1-3 p.m., MU Gold Room)

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