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Sept. 17, 2015 
Inside news
Senate opens year with statement of support
A show of support for shared governance and "ongoing dialogue" between University of Iowa faculty and the state Board of Regents was the first item of business at the Faculty Senate's Sept. 15 meeting.

Faculty, staff receive university awards on Sept. 21
Faculty and staff recipients of university awards will be honored at a ceremony on Sept. 21. All are invited to attend.

Iowa Staters' guide to political activities
University counsel Paul Tanaka offers some useful advice to ISU employees who'd like to exercise their rights as citizens without running afoul of federal and state laws aimed at keeping public agencies politically neutral.

Nolan, Wintersteen reappointed to dean posts
Two college deans -- Lisa Nolan, Veterinary Medicine; and Wendy Wintersteen, Agriculture and Life Sciences, have been reappointed to five-year terms.

More golden projects
Two College of Agriculture and Life Sciences renovation projects in Curtiss Hall, a student services wing and a student commons, have received Gold certification in the LEED® green building program.

Flu shot clinic is Oct. 5-16
Mark your calendars for Iowa State's flu shot clinic, Oct. 5-16.

New training class helps managers hire the best
University human resources is offering a new, free training program that will help hiring managers select the best candidates for open positions. The first class is Sept. 29.

The following announcements were added this week:
  • Units are raising money for United Way with university-wide events
  • Speed networking sessions planned for AMR researchers
  • Forum is Friday for 2nd student health center director finalist
  • Campus fire safety event is Sept. 23
  • Events planned for postdoc appreciation week
  • EH&S learning management system inaccessible this week
  • Register now for Sept. 28 veterans conference
  • Record number of ISU alumni living in Iowa
  • Learn how to personalize your NCBI account
See: Announcements

Around campus
Iowa State helps create new Hy-Vee nutrition labels
Iowa State faculty and students in food science and human nutrition are helping to create new nutrition labels for ready-to-eat meals at Hy-Vee stores to comply with new requirements under the federal Affordable Care Act.

Open houses and receptions
Next week
  • Retirement: Nita Lovejoy, intellectual property and technology transfer/ISU Research Foundation, Sept. 21 (1-3 p.m., MU Campanile Room)
  • Reception: At conclusion of university faculty and staff awards ceremony, Sept. 21 (3:30 p.m., MU Great Hall)
  • Retirement: Pat Parker, admissions office, Sept. 23 (1:30-3 p.m., brief program at 1:45 p.m., MU Sun Room)
Details about these events are on the university calendar.

Upcoming seminars and conferences
  • "The Path to Discovery," Ronald Phillips, University of Minnesota, National Academy of Sciences member, Sept. 17 (4-5 p.m., 1001 Troxel, reception follows in atrium), Presidential Distinguished Seminar Series
  • The Ethics of Debt, Sept. 25-26, Curtiss Hall locations, humanities and social sciences scholars look at the meaning and experience of debt, free registration
  • 2nd annual Postdoc Professional Development Workshop, Sept. 26 (8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Hach Hall), includes breakfast and lunch, free registration
  • Personalizing NCBI (National Center for Biotechnology Information), subject librarian Heather Lewin, Parks Library, Oct. 1 (3-4:40 p.m., location shared at registration)
Open forums
Thielen Student Health Center director finalist
  • Public forum: Erin Baldwin, Mahaska Health Partnership, Oskaloosa, Sept. 18 (9-10 a.m., MU Gold Room)
  • Diane Ariza, Quinnipiac University, Hamden, Connecticut, Sept. 22 (10:15-11:15 a.m., MU Campanile Room)
  • Jesús Treviño, University of South Dakota, Vermillion, Sept. 25 (9:45-10:45 a.m., MU South Ballroom)
Arts and events
Music is in the air for weekend carillon festival
A collaborative concert, linking performers from three locations, will kick off the Midwest Carillon Conference on Friday.

Cyclone-Husker volleyball showdown is Saturday
The Cyclone volleyball squad hosts No. 4 Nebraska Saturday, Sept. 19 (4 p.m., Hilton Coliseum). Admission is $5. Cyclone fans are asked to wear gold. Stick around after the match for an autograph session with players and a football game watch on the video board.

Garden quilts on display
Reiman Gardens and the Iowa Quilters Guild are hosting the 6th annual Garden Quilt Show, Sept. 18-20 (Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Reiman Gardens). Guests can view quilts created by Midwesterners and attend demonstrations and lectures for both novice and experienced quilters. Sunday will include a marketplace of fiber and fabric art.

Happy birthday, Memorial Union
Staff at the Memorial Union are throwing a birthday party for the 86-year-old building on Sept. 23 (5:30-8 p.m., MU Great Hall). All are invited to enjoy free chili and birthday cake.

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

Professional development
Wanted: TAR proposals to explore, improve undergraduate education
The Center for Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning (CIRTL) is accepting proposals through Oct. 21 for postdoc and graduate student Teaching-as-Research (TAR) projects. These small, year-long projects provide graduate students and future faculty members with professional development training and skills to explore and improve undergraduate education. Up to 15 TAR projects ($625 per semester each) will be funded from one of three tracks: evidence-based teaching, learning through community, and learning through diversity.

CELT programming
University human resources programming
Register via AccessPlus (Employee tab > UHR Training > Courses)
  • Class, Four Generations in the Workplace, Sept. 22 (1-3 pm, MU Gold Room)
  • Class, Employee Reimbursements: Beyond the Basics, Sept. 23 (9 a.m.-noon, 1155 ASB)
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