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July 2, 2015 
Inside news

Iowa State Center has a new management contract

A new management company will oversee the Iowa State Center, which includes Stephens Auditorium, Fisher Theater and the Scheman Building. Ames-based VenuWorks will manage all events, conferences, catering and concessions beginning Aug. 1.


Million dollar loan pool funds green upgrades

A special ISU loan fund makes it easy and rewarding for colleges and departments to be green.


Summer enrollment tops 2014's record

Iowa State's summer enrollment reached a record-setting 11,636 students, an increase of 106 students over the record set a year ago.


Seeing red

Agronomy's Daryl Herzmann explains the colorful phenomenon the Midwest is experiencing, thanks to a smoke-induced haze drifting south from Canada.


Union Drive wall joins campus beautification projects

Wall bearing the Iowa State University nameplate will tie in with summer 2016 plans for the front lawn of the Memorial Union.


Reminder: July 3 is a university holiday

Offices will be closed and classes will not meet on Friday, July 3, in observance of the national Independence Day holiday on July 4.


The following announcements were added this week:

  • Meyer retires, Brooks to interim assistant VP
  • Regents' application portal goes live July 1
  • Fireworks viewers asked to dispose of trash, sparkler wires 
See: Announcements

Around campus

New tenant breaks ground at research park

The Pella-based Vermeer Corporation is the latest tenant to break ground in the ISU Research Park, where the company intends to establish an applied technology hub. The plans include space for ISU students and faculty to work collaboratively on technological advances for industrial and agricultural equipment.


Defining, promoting 'slow money'

An ISU research team shines a spotlight on the 'slow money' movement, which matches locally produced and environmentally friendly food with capital investment.


Faculty, students, IDOT engineers collaborate in transportation lab

Iowa State faculty and students, and state transportation engineers, working in a state-of-the-art teaching and research laboratory at the Institute for Transportation, use real-time sensor and video data to develop traffic solutions for Iowa's highways.


Open houses and receptions

This week

  • Retirement: Charles Glatz, chemical and biological engineering, June 30 (no public event)
  • Retirement: Virginia Brown, College of Design administrative office, July 2 (no public event)
  • Retirement: Wayne Roush, Western Research Farm, Castana, July 2 (no public event)

Next week

  • Retirement: Karyl Davis, office of admissions, July 6 (no public event)
  • Retirement: Jim Kubik, Horticulture Research Station, Ames, July 6 (no public event)
  • Farewell: Stephanie Salasek, office of admissions, July 6 (no event)
  • Retirement: Steve Weigel, printing services, July 6 (no public event)
  • Retirement: Arlo Meyer, business services, July 7 (2-4 p.m., MU Campanile Room)
Details about these events are on the university calendar.

Upcoming seminars and conferences
Arts and events

Reiman Gardens is open late for fireworks show

Reiman Gardens will be open Friday, July 3, from 9 a.m. to the conclusion of the Ames fireworks display (approximately 10 p.m.). Garden visitors may bring lawn chairs and coolers with food and drinks, but fireworks and sparklers are prohibited. From 6 to 9 p.m., ISU student musicians and other Ames musicians will perform on the grounds. A balloon artist will make creations from 7 to 9 p.m. Reduced admission is $6 ($5 for seniors, $2 for ages 4-17 years); members are admitted free. Reiman Gardens is open July 4 (9 a.m.-6 p.m.).


Fourth at the Farm House

American folk music, Victorian-era lawn games, a historic tractor show and self-guided tours are part of the fun at a July 4 celebration (noon-4 p.m.) at the Farm House Museum on central campus. The event is free and open to the public.

More campus events

Talks, performances, athletic contests and other campus events are listed on the university calendar.

Professional development

Provost office programming

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

University human resources programming

Register via AccessPlus (Employee tab > UHR Training > Courses).

  • Class, Managing Applicants and the Hiring Process, July 23 (2-4 p.m., 1230 Communications)
  • Class, P&S Performance Management Training (for supervisors/managers), July 23 (10 a.m.-noon, 3150 Beardshear)

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