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Oct. 8, 2015 
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New DIY fundraising option
There's a new crowdfunding option for Iowa State teams seeking to raise $1,000 to $10,000. FundISU is managed by the ISU Foundation, but teams run their own fundraising campaigns.

Committee named for Human Sciences dean search
Two October forums are scheduled to solicit input on the search from the university community. Dean Pam White is retiring in July 2016.

Search opens for VP for student affairs
President Steven Leath has appointed a 15-member committee to find Iowa State's next senior vice president for student affairs. The group will be assisted by an executive search firm. Senior VP Tom Hill is retiring at the end of December.

Council receives an update on performance pay use
At their Oct. 7 meeting, members of the Professional and Scientific Council learned how the extra-meritorious performance pay program was used in FY15. Councilors also will consider their response to draft policies covering three issues -- e-cigarettes, drones and video cameras.

Coming soon to Google Maps
A Google team (on wheels and on foot) recorded new street and sidewalk views of campus in a recent two-day visit.

The following announcements were added this week:
  • Presenters sought for Nov. 7 women students leadership retreat
  • Meet Cyclone national wrestling champion at Oct. 17 tailgate
  • Reminder: Enroll in new behavior-based interviewing class
  • Series: Applying business analytics to university systems
  • Emergency response reminders
  • Chinese acrobats will perform Oct. 16 at Stephens
  • Part-time employment job fair planned at Iowa State Center
  • Cherry pies, fudge return during Human Sciences Week
  • Deck out your offices for Homecoming 2015
  • Merit staff: Learn about your benefit changes for 2016
  • Oct. 15 hearing precedes regents' Iowa City meeting
  • Training for youth program leaders is Oct. 14
  • EH&S launches updated Biological Materials Inventory System
See: Announcements

Around campus
ISU study says parents influence children's play of violent video games
Parents who are more anxious and emotional can impact the amount of violent video games their children play, according to new consumer research from Iowa State.

Change agent: Physicist Jim Cochran
The latest entry in a series about ISU faculty and scientists whose work is changing the world for the better. Among several hats he wears, Cochran helps oversee the U.S. contribution to one of the particle detectors at the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland.

  • Frank Peters, associate professor of industrial and manufacturing systems engineering, as interim department chair, effective Oct. 5
  • Javier Vela, associate professor of chemistry, as the first equity adviser for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, effective through FY2018.
Open houses and receptions
  • Vet Med Expo and Open House, Oct. 24 (9 a.m.-noon, Vet Med campus), free, open to the public
  • Retirement: Laura Miller, Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, Oct. 28 (4:30-6 p.m., Harl Commons, Curtiss Hall)
Details about these events are on the university calendar.

Upcoming seminars and conferences
  • 9th annual GMAP (Graduate Minority Assistantship Program) Research Symposium, Oct. 10 (8 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Memorial Union), underrepresented graduate students from all majors present their research in oral and poster format, registration is free but required
  • Kickoff Conference, Center for Statistics and Applications in Forensic Evidence, Oct. 26 (5:30-9 p.m., Memorial Union) and 27 (7:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Gateway Conference Center)
  • Soil Health Conference, "Strategies for Building Healthy Soils," Feb. 2 (8 a.m.-5 p.m.) and 3 (8 a.m.-noon) 2016, Scheman Building, registration is $150 through Jan. 16; $180 after that date
Open forums
  • Thursday, Oct. 8 (2:15-3 p.m., 1227 Hoover)
  • Friday, Oct. 9 (9-9:45 a.m., MU Pioneer Room)

Board of Regents public hearing
  • Record your comments about any item on the board's October agenda at an Oct. 15 public hearing (6-7 p.m., MU Oak Room). An agenda and meeting materials for the Oct. 21-22 meeting will be posted to the regents website by Oct. 13.
Arts and events
Put some sizzle in your Saturday
If you have a hankering for bacon, you're in luck. The third annual ISU Bacon Expo takes place Saturday, Oct. 10 (11 a.m.-3 p.m., Hansen Agriculture Student Learning Center). Advanced tickets, available through MIDWESTIX, are $12 ($10 for students; $8 for kids ages 6-10; free for kids 5 and younger). Prices at the door are $15 ($10 for students and kids).

Reiman Gardens hosts Bonsai Show, Oct. 10-11
Reiman Gardens is hosting the Iowa Bonsai Association's fall show Oct. 10-11 (9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.). This year's show focuses on two types of bonsai -- literati and penjing. Learn about both during educational programs each day (literati, 10:30 a.m.; penjing, 1:30 p.m.). Cost is gardens admission (free for members and ISU students).

World Food Prize laureate to give campus lecture on Oct. 12
Fazle Hasan Abed of Bangladesh, named the 2015 World Food Prize Laureate for his work as founder and chairperson of the world's largest anti-poverty organization, will present the Norman Borlaug Lecture on Monday, Oct. 12 (8 p.m., MU South Ballroom, reception at 7 p.m.).

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

Professional development
CELT programming

University human resources programming
Register via AccessPlus (Employee tab > UHR Training > Courses)
  • Class, Creating a Posting, Oct. 13 (2-4 p.m., 1230 Communications)
  • Class, Managing Applicants and the Hiring Process, Oct. 22 (10 a.m.-12:30 p.m., 1230 Communications)
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