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Nov. 19, 2015 
Inside news
Faculty professional development requests go to regents
Also on the agenda for the state Board of Regents' Dec. 2 meeting is a vote on 2016-17 tuition and mandatory fees, an update on three building projects and two honorary degree requests.

Game-based learning is fun and games, and that's OK
Larysa Nadolny, assistant professor in the School of Education, has transformed her Curriculum and Instruction 202 course from traditional lectures and labs to a game-based learning format. The result? An increase in student attendance and participation.

Nominations, applications sought for EO director post
A national search has begun to hire a director for the office of equal opportunity. The application deadline for guaranteed consideration is Dec. 7.

Hallway seating
The first set of hallway benches, made by Iowa Prison Industries from recycled campus wood, has been installed in high-use classroom buildings.

Major updates coming for business, student technology systems
After months of collaborative planning, work is underway to move business and student information applications from a 1970s era mainframe to a cloud-based system.

Next issue is Dec. 3
Inside Iowa State will not publish on Thursday, Nov. 26, due to the national Thanksgiving holiday. Publication will resume on Thursday, Dec. 3.

The following announcements were added this week:
  • Rudolph musical plays at Stephens on Dec. 3
  • Produce sale features apples, potatoes this week
  • CALS student clubs launch holiday fundraisers
  • Expect steam blow at power plant after Dec. 1
  • Tickets to Wild Kratts show on sale Nov. 20
  • Volunteers sought for high school, middle school science bowls
  • Madrigal Dinner tickets go on sale Dec. 1
  • Youth program leader training is Dec. 3

Around campus
Change agent: Zlatan Krizan
This associate professor of psychology, who studies how poor sleep influences emotions, motivations and social interaction patterns, is profiled in a series about ISU faculty and researchers whose ideas bring positive changes to the world.

Crowdfunding platform has second project
FundISU, a fundraising website for university projects seeking $10,000 or less, has its second entry: a request in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences that would assist a larger effort to build a training center in Uganda's Kamuli District. The deadline to contribute is Dec. 31.

Task force: Consider tech transfer accomplishments in P&T decisions
The Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities is calling for public research universities to consider technology transfer issues in tenure and promotion decisions. In a report released this week, APLU defines technology transfer loosely as "entrepreneurship, innovation and technology-based economic development activities," and says that faculty members who participate in it should be credited in personnel decisions. ISU senior vice president and provost Jonathan Wickert co-chaired the APLU task force that produced the report.

Open houses and receptions
  • Retirement: Suzanne Van Der Valk, intensive English and orientation program, Dec. 2 (3:30-5 p.m., 108 Landscape Architecture)
  • Closing reception: 40/40 exhibition and University Museums' 40th anniversary celebration, Dec. 4 (5-7 p.m., Brunnier Art Museum, 295 Scheman)
  • Retirement: Richard Reynolds, Memorial Union, Dec. 10 (3-5 p.m., MU Campanile Room, program at 3:30 p.m.), send well wishes, memories to Kristin Erdman by Dec. 8
  • Retirement: Vickie Galeazzi, psychology, Dec. 11 (1-3 p.m., W139 Lagomarcino)
Details about these events are on the university calendar.

Upcoming seminars and conferences
Open forums
Public hearing: Board of Regents
Record your comments about any item on the state Board of Regents' December agenda at a Nov. 19 public hearing (4-5 p.m., MU Oak Room). The board's Dec. 2 telephonic meeting will be Ames-based.

Public forum: Strategic plan
Faculty, staff and students are invited to share their thoughts with those developing ISU's next strategic plan during an open forum Dec. 1 (4:30-6 p.m., MU Oak Room).

Arts and events
Mythbusters tour makes Ames stop
Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage, co-hosts of Discovery Channel's Mythbusters series, have taken their show on the road. "Mythbusters: Jamie and Adam Unleashed," an interactive audience show, takes the stage at Stephens Auditorium on Nov. 30.

Upcoming athletics events
All events are at Hilton Coliseum.
  • Nov. 22, Women's basketball vs. New Orleans, 2 p.m., $5-$12
  • Nov. 23, Men's basketball vs. Chattanooga, 7 p.m., limited ticket availability
  • Nov. 24, Volleyball vs. Baylor, 6:30 p.m., $5
  • Nov. 29, Wrestling vs. Iowa, 2 p.m., $10-$20
  • Dec. 1, Men's basketball vs. North Dakota State, 7 p.m., limited ticket availability
More campus events
Talks, performances, athletic contests and other campus events are listed on the university calendar.

Professional development
Professional and Scientific Council seminar series
Details about the series are online. Attend in person, watch via livestream or view a recorded session at your convenience.
  • Ten Tips to Reaching Your Full Potential, Nancy Franz, School of Education, Dec. 8 (2-3 p.m., MU Pioneer Room)
University human resources programming
Register via (log in with Net-ID and password)
  • Class, Understanding the Family and Medical Leave Act, Jan. 14, 2016 (11 a.m.-noon, 3150 Beardshear)
  • Class, Addressing Conflict Using the Tools of Employee Engagement, Jan. 26 (9-11 a.m., MU, room TBD)
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