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August 13, 2015 
Inside news
Students move in early for lots of reasons
Fall semester is more than a week away, but students will start returning to campus this weekend. Read about what brings some of them back early.

Parking: Meters, moves, grace periods
More metered parking spots, extended free parking hours and a meter-feeding smartphone app are new to the campus parking scene this fall.

Council gets preview of online employee learning system
Training and development opportunities from several units across campus will be rolled into one easy-to-search online hub. A fall rollout is planned.

Solar panels to join the grid
A couple of solar panels on the east side of campus will generate electricity and educational opportunities.

New faculty: CELT can help you get ready for classes
Attention new faculty: There's still time to register for the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching's Teaching Symposium (Aug. 18) and New Faculty Orientation (Aug. 19). The registration deadline for both events is Aug. 14.

The following announcements were added this week:
  • Website introduces newcomers to technology on campus
  • Alternative energy loans surpass $40 million
  • Work-study authorization forms available in AccessPlus
  • The Nutcracker Ballet auditions are Sept. 13
  • Students move into residence halls Aug. 18-21
  • P&S BYOL (Bring Your Own Lunch) event is Aug. 19

Around campus
Knitters, crocheters sought for Main Street project
A planned spring art project that "yarn bombs" the facade of the College of Design's Ames Main Street facility seeks volunteers to knit or crochet one-foot square panels from natural wool yarn. The project will require about 2,200 such panels for a "quilt" that will be installed in April.

Inspiring a science interest with summertime pest
It may be hard to imagine how a mosquito could inspire students to develop an interest in science. ISU researchers believe it's not only possible, but say that generating student interest in the pesky insect will improve science learning and public health.

Postcard from campus: Small but populated prairie
University videographer Dave Olson's latest 1-minute feature provides a colorful look at what lives in the small prairie south of Science II.

Field day features demo of unmanned aerial vehicle
Agricultural uses for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), will be the subject of the Aug. 27 field day (9 a.m.-noon) at ISU's agricultural engineering and agronomy research farms west of Ames. It is free and open to the public.

  • Matt Schnabel, Northern Research and Demonstration Farm, Kanawha, as farm superintendent

Open houses and receptions
  • Welcome: Beth McNeil, dean of library services, Aug. 25 (2:30-4:30 p.m., brief program at 3 p.m., upper rotunda, Parks Library)
  • Retirement: Nancy Osborn Johnsen, LAS academic advising, Sept. 2 (3:30-5 p.m., program at 4 p.m., 302 Catt), send well wishes by Aug. 30 to Elizabeth Zimmerman
  • Reception: Recognizing sociology professor Paul Lasley for 13 years of service as department chair, Sept. 2 (4:30-6:30 p.m., short program at 5:15 p.m., Harl Commons, Curtiss)
  • Reception: "(Re)discovering S(h)elves" exhibition, Sept. 2 (6-7:30 p.m., Christian Petersen Art Museum, 1017 Morrill)
Details about these events are on the university calendar.

Arts and events
ISU at the fair
Iowa State has a daily presence at the Iowa State Fair, which opens today (Aug. 13) in Des Moines and runs through Aug. 23. In addition, President Steven Leath and animal science professor Dorian Garrick will participate in the Governor's Charity Steer Show Saturday, Aug. 15 (4 p.m., Pioneer Livestock Pavilion, fairgrounds).

Exhibition soccer this weekend
Following a loss at Notre Dame Tuesday, the Cyclone women's soccer team will play its final 2015 exhibition game against the Northern Illinois Huskies on Saturday, Aug. 15 (7:30 p.m., Cyclone Sports Complex). Admission is free.

Volleyball team to hold an open practice
For the first time, Cyclone volleyball fans will get a look at a Cyclone practice on Tuesday, Aug. 18 (2-4:30 p.m., Hilton Coliseum, doors open at 2 p.m.). Spectators should use either the south or lower west doors. Admission is free.

Poster sale opens Aug. 19
The Student Activities Center will host the Memorial Union's annual poster sale Aug. 19-28 (9 a.m.-6 p.m. daily, MU Campanile Room). Select from thousands of posters, including art prints, movies, pop culture and music. Most are priced $8-$12.

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

Professional development
Provost office programming
This webinar is hosted by the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity. Register online with your ISU-sponsored membership.
  • Cultivating Your Network of Mentors, Sponsors and Collaborators, facilitator Kerry Ann Rockquemore, center president and CEO, Aug. 20 (1-2:30 p.m.)
University human resources programming
Register via AccessPlus (Employee Tab > UHR Training > Courses)
  • Class, Purchasing-Requisitioning System Training, Aug. 17 (1:30-4:30 p.m., 1155 Communications)
  • Class, Managing Applicants and the Hiring Process, Aug. 18 (10 a.m.-noon, 1230 Communications)

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