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Oct. 1, 2015 
Inside news
Discussion on racism, diversity draws a crowd
An estimated 600 people packed Memorial Union Great Hall last night for a discussion on racism and diversity. Joining the discussion were members of the ISU group Students Against Bigotry, President Steven Leath, senior VP for students affairs Tom Hill and dean of students Pamela Anthony.

Grant will fund UIA study of advising for low-income, first-generation students
The University Innovation Alliance awarded $8.9 million to evaluate analytics-based advising for low-income and first-generation students. Iowa State, a founding member of UIA, will use its portion of the grant to increase the university's advising capacity to accomplish the project goals.

Privacy, safety are central to new policies
Two new policies -- one for drones and the other for video camera use -- are being developed. The university community is invited to send comments and questions about the draft policies through Nov. 16.

Partial campus shutdown approved during the semester break
University administrators have approved the details for an 11-day partial shutdown, from Thursday, Dec. 24, through Sunday, Jan. 3.

Nonsupervisory merit open change period begins Oct. 5
Nonsupervisory merit employees have an opportunity to change their benefits, beginning Oct. 5 through Nov. 23.

The following announcements were added this week:
  • Reminder: Flu shot clinic begins Oct. 5
  • Gain insights into ag industry careers at Oct. 14 event
  • Healthiest State Initiative's "Walk as One" is Oct. 7
  • ISU Coming Out week is Oct. 5-11
  • Rate My Professors list tabs ISU at 16th
  • Seminar takes a different approach to conflict
  • Learn how to track your research impact at library workshop
  • Oct. 1 Cyclone lunch features AD Pollard
See: Announcements

Around campus
Birds spread infections at feeders, says ISU research
New ISU research says diseases may spread faster in birds that visit bird feeders frequently. But researchers cautioned against removing backyard bird feeders, even in light of the findings, because of the overall health benefits they provide for birds.

Open houses and receptions
Next week
  • Reception: 30th anniversary of the Center for Nondestructive Evaluation, Oct. 5 (5:30 p.m., Building II, Applied Sciences Complex)
Details about these events are on the university calendar.

Upcoming seminars and conferences
  • Seminar, "High-performance Computing for Understanding Impacts of Climate Modeling and Climate Engineering," Gene Takle, ISU agronomy and ISU geological and atmospheric sciences, Oct. 8 (3:10-4 p.m., 1115 Pearson)
  • Seminar, "Hamburgers in Paradise: Food and Agriculture in the 21st Century," Louise Fresco, president, Wageningen University, Netherlands, World Food Prize 2015 speaker, Oct. 15 (noon-1:30 p.m., 1951 Food Sciences, reception at 11:30 a.m. in Food Sciences courtyard)
  • Symposium, "Digital Humanities," Oct. 24 (8:15-5 p.m., Ensminger Room, Kildee Hall), Center for Excellence in the Arts and Humanities, learn how to add digital humanities methods to your research, free for ISU faculty, staff and students, registration required
Open forums
  • Thursday, Oct. 8 (2:15-3 p.m., 1227 Hoover)
  • Friday, Oct. 9 (9-9:45 a.m., MU Pioneer Room)
Arts and events
Go to a garden party
University Museums is hosting a Sculpture Garden Party on Oct. 1 (11 a.m.-2 p.m., Anderson Sculpture Garden, south side of Morrill) to celebrate the anniversary of the Elizabeth and Byron Anderson Sculpture Garden. The event features food, music and a temporary public art installation. All are invited to attend.

Coffee roaster to present leadership lecture
Alumnus Danny O'Neill, owner and founder of The Roasterie Coffee, Kansas City, will present the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences' William Deal Endowed Leadership Lecture on Oct. 7 (6:30 p.m., Curtiss auditorium). O'Neill's talk is titled "How Baling Hay Prepared Me to Become the Coffee 'Bean Baron.'"

Music makers
Several student music groups will make their fall concert debuts next week. All events are in the Tye Hall, Music Building. Admission is $5 ($3 for students) unless indicated.
  • ISU Wind Ensemble, Oct. 4 (3 p.m.)
  • ISU Jazz Combos, Oct. 6 (7:30 p.m.), free admission
  • ISU Jazz Ensembles I and II, Oct. 7 (7:30 p.m.)
More campus events
Talks, performances, athletic contests and other campus events are listed on the university calendar.

Professional development
CELT programming
Provost office programming
University human resources programming
Register via AccessPlus (Employee tab > UHR Training > Courses)
  • Class, Championing Change @ ISU, Oct. 7 (9-11 a.m., MU Gallery)
  • Class, EAP: Building an Effective Team, Oct. 9 (8:30-10:30 a.m., MU Gold Room)
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