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Dec. 10, 2015 
Inside news
Job factors, wellness among council topics
Upcoming changes for Professional and Scientific position descriptions and developments in ISU's wellness program were presented at the Dec. 3 P&S Council meeting.

Faculty numbers reflect growth
In numbers shared at the Dec. 8 Faculty Senate meeting, this year's headcount reflects a net gain of 81 faculty. Senators also learned about safety training opportunities offered by ISU police.

Another year, another tax form
All health benefits-eligible Iowa State employees will receive a 1095-C form from the university this year. This Q&A from the ISU benefits team explains why.

Branding made simple
With the new brand standards guide, it's easy to create websites, publications, PowerPoints and customized merchandise imbued with the university look.

The following announcements were added this week:
  • Reminder: Confirm 2016 benefits by Friday
  • Private gift endows student organization
  • Transportation Services' dispatch office has new location on Jan. 4
  • Tickets are on sale for Red Green's April 13 show
  • Nominations sought for student employee of the year
  • Industrial Education II demolition will begin after finals week
  • University marketing makes temporary move to the Memorial Union
  • Registration open for women's spring dance class
  • Tickets are on sale for comedian Kenan Thompson's Feb. 17 show
  • EH&S offers winter weather safety tips
  • CyStyle online gift guide developed for Cyclone fans
  • Access to library tiers will be limited, beginning Jan. 4
  • Therapy dogs return to Parks Library for dead week

Around campus
Engineering to improve human health
A research group led by ISU and Ames Laboratory engineer Surya Mallapragada is developing polymers and nanocomposites with medical applications.

Students design interiors for combat outposts
Students in an Iowa State graduate studio have propelled interior design to a place it's never been before: the 21st century combat outpost. They created environments that support combat soldiers' mental health and help alleviate PTSD.

Open houses and receptions
This week
  • Retirement: Richard Reynolds, Memorial Union, Dec. 10 (3-5 p.m., MU Campanile Room, program at 3:30 p.m.)
  • Retirement: Vickie Galeazzi, psychology, Dec. 11 (1-3 p.m., W139 Lagomarcino)
  • Retirement: John Jacobson, aerospace engineering, Dec. 11 (2-4 p.m., MU Campanile Room), send well wishes to Laurie Hoifeldt
  • Retirement: Jan Nyhus, math, Dec. 11 (4:10-5:30 p.m., program in 305 Carver; refreshments following in 400 Carver)
Next week
  • Retirement: Tom Hill, student affairs, Dec. 14 (3-4:30 p.m., MU Sun Room, program at 3:30 p.m.)
  • Reception: Commencement, for graduating students and their guests, Dec. 19 (following 1:30 p.m. graduation ceremony, Alumni Center)
Details about these events are on the university calendar.

Arts and events
Time for a comeback
With Iowa leading the CyHawk Series 10-4, three Cyclone and Hawkeye teams will go head-to-head in Ames this week: men's basketball (6:30 p.m. Thursday), women's swimming (6 p.m. Friday) and women's basketball (7 p.m. Friday).

'Nutcracker' on stage this weekend
The Iowa State Center's production of The Nutcracker Ballet is booked for three shows, Dec. 12-13, at Stephens Auditorium. The holiday classic features area dancers alongside professional performers in principal roles. Tickets, $22 plus fees, are available at the Iowa State ticket office and through Ticketmaster.

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

Professional development
University human resources programming 
Register via (log in with Net-ID and password)
  • Class, P&S Performance Management Training (for supervisors/managers), Jan. 19, 2016 (10 a.m.-noon, 3150 Beardshear)
  • Class, Managing Conflict, Feb. 4, 2016 (8:30-10:30 a.m., MU Gold Room)
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