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Oct. 29, 2015 
Inside news
Baldwin named student health center director
Erin Baldwin, chief operating officer for the Mahaska Health Partnership in Oskaloosa, has been named director of the Thielen Student Health Center. She succeeds Mary Hensley, who has served as interim director since July.

ISU Plan open change period runs Nov. 2-20
Attention ISU Plan participants: It's time to review and change your benefits (if you want to) during the annual open change period, Nov. 2-20.

New online portal streamlines employee training
A new centralized training portal, Learn@ISU, helps employees and departments better manage professional development and training opportunities.

Regents receive consultant's class scheduling, course offering findings
Movement expected before fall at all three universities on two more business cases in the board's TIER effort.

ROTC cadets plan, build footbridge
Patience and perseverance paid off for ISU ROTC cadets who planned, organized and carried out the replacement of a footbridge in Pammel Woods this week. The project was more than two years in the making and involved help from multiple groups, individuals and organizations.

United Way campaign hits the home stretch
Iowa State's campaign to benefit United Way of Story County is at 81 percent of its goal this week. The campaign wraps up Dec. 1.

The following announcements were added this week:
  • Auditions for The Vagina Monologues are Nov. 11-13
  • Comedian Demetri Martin tickets on sale now
  • Reminder: Daylight saving time ends Sunday morning
  • Amara Piano Quartet performs free concert Nov. 1
  • Bridge replacement to close Sixth Street at Brookside Park for nine months
See: Announcements

Around campus
Economics club students attend Q&A with Warren Buffett
Iowa State students and those from seven other schools attended the two-hour session with the Berkshire-Hathaway CEO in Omaha on Oct. 16. They were struck by his humility and honesty.

  • Surya Mallapragada, professor of chemical and biological engineering, to the Carol Vohs Johnson Chair ("Carol's Chair") in Chemical and Biological Engineering, effective immediately
  • Rahul Parsa, Drake University, as the first Faculty Fellow of Des Moines Programs for the College of Business and senior lecturer of management information systems
Open houses and receptions
This week
  • Retirement: Shelley Hawkins, library, Oct. 29 (2:30-4:30 p.m., third-floor staff lounge, Parks Library, program at 3:15 p.m.)
  • Retirement: Lola Van Wyk, facilities planning and management, Oct. 30 (2-4 p.m., MU Gallery, program at 2:30 p.m.)
Next week
  • Retirement: Teri Gallahan, printing and copy services, Nov. 2 (3-5 p.m., 080 Scheman)
  • Retirement: Norm Hawkins, printing and copy services, Nov. 6 (no public event)
Details about these events are on the university calendar.

Upcoming seminars and conferences
  • Panel discussion, "Recognizing Race: A Historical Perspective," Brian Behnken, history; and Katy Swalwell, School of Education, Nov. 3 (6 p.m., Science Center of Iowa, Des Moines), part of a series on race by the center and ISU
Open forums
One-on-ones with accreditation team member
Students, faculty and staff who wish to speak one-on-one with a member of the Higher Learning Commission accreditation team can do so in 2510 Beardshear during these times:
  • Monday, Nov. 2, 3:45-4:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Nov. 3, 11-11:30 a.m.
Any member of the university community may provide input to the team, which also considers results from a recent student survey and public comments submitted through the commission's website.

Arts and events
Art, antiques sale will benefit University Museums
Proceeds from a four-day sale of art pieces and antiques (Thursday-Sunday, Oct. 29-Nov. 1) will be used to acquire, conserve and maintain works of art in the University Museums permanent collection. The sale will be held at the new ISU warehouse, 925 Airport Rd. Admission is free; purchases may be made with cash, check or credit card.

Homecoming Hub debuts Friday
Iowa State's 103rd homecoming celebration, "Make a STATEment," is underway. A new feature has been added to the Friday lineup of events.

Norah Jones performs in Ames Friday evening
Grammy Award-winning artist Norah Jones will bring her sultry sound to the Stephens Auditorium stage on Friday, Oct. 30, at 8 p.m. Tickets are $32.50-$68, and available at the Iowa State Center ticket office or through Ticketmaster.

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

Professional development
Office of the vice president for research programming
  • Panel, "Navigating Congress and Federal Agencies," representatives from the university's Washington, D.C.-based consultants, Van Scoyoc Associates and The Implementation Group, and Sophia Magill, ISU federal relations, Nov. 12 (1-2:30 p.m., MU Campanile Room), register online
CELT programming
University human resources programming
Register via (log in with net-ID and password)
  • Class, Understanding FMLA (Family and Medical Leave Act), Nov. 5 (11 a.m.-noon, 3150 Beardshear)
  • Class, People Admin 7: Position Management, Dec. 4 (1-3 p.m., 1230 Communications)
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