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Dec. 17, 2015 
Inside news
It's graduation weekend
Nearly 2,000 students -- a record number for December -- are expected to complete degrees this week. They'll be honored at a single university ceremony, as well as college events, this weekend.

Winter break partial shutdown reminders
Here are some tips for employees who plan to be away from the office during winter break. The shutdown is optional; units are not required to close.

Students served by learning communities grows 40 percent in five years
Over the last five years, freshman participation rates in learning communities have hovered around 70 percent. For minority freshmen, the participation rate is even higher, at 75 percent.

Strategic plan groups summarize early efforts
Here's a look at what the six strategic plan subcommittees are working on and discussing. The groups encourage your comments as the next plan is developed.

Read this before going to campus during break
Keep this list of closures and office hours nearby if you plan to travel to campus over winter break.

Holiday hiatus for Inside
This Dec. 17 issue is the final Inside Iowa State of fall semester. Inside will next publish on Jan. 7.

The following announcements were added this week:
  • Recycle the fronts of greeting cards
  • Tickets for April 22 Ron White comedy show go on sale Dec. 18
  • Industrial Education II demolition will close small parking lot
  • Diversity training email sent in error
  • Register now for Feb. 11 P&S Conference

Around campus
Leath's statement on student death
Read President Steven Leath's statement following the hit-and-run death of Iowa State freshman Emmalee Jacobs Monday morning on Lincoln Way. The Ames police department is investigating the accident.

State Gym may reopen Dec. 28
Recreation services leaders are hoping to reopen State Gym for limited use by Dec. 28. The building has been closed since a fire Dec. 6 in a locker room sauna.

Students create Mortensen Mounds monarch waystation
Eleven College of Design students spent part of fall semester working with residents of a southwest Ames neighborhood to transform the "Mortensen Mounds" site into a monarch butterfly waystation.

  • Tom Brumm, associate professor of agricultural and biosystems engineering, as the inaugural holder of the Mary and Charles Sukup Global Professorship in Food Security
Open houses and receptions
This week
  • Retirement: Ted Huiatt, animal science and biochemistry, biophysics and molecular biology, Dec. 17 (4-6 p.m., program at 5 p.m., Molecular Biology atrium)
  • Reception: Commencement, for graduating students and their guests, Dec. 19 (following 1:30 p.m. graduation ceremony, Alumni Center)
  • Retirement: Dr. Robert Nathanson, Thielen Student Health Center, Jan. 6 (2-4 p.m., Patterson library, Thielen Student Health Center)
  • Farewell: Pamela Anthony, dean of students, Jan. 12 (2:30-4 p.m., short program at 3 p.m., MU Sun Room)
  • Open house, Hansen Agriculture Student Learning Center, for event planners, Jan. 14 (3:30-6:30 p.m., guided tours on the half hour), RSVPs requested by Jan. 8
Details about these events are on the university calendar.

Upcoming seminars and conferences
  • Short course, Essentials of ArcGIS 10.3, ISU Extension and Outreach, Jan. 7-8 (2321 North Loop Dr., Suite 121), $250 (half price) for ISU students and employees, register by Jan. 4
  • Workshop, Elect Her, trains college women to run for student government and political office, Jan. 23 (9:30 a.m.-3 p.m., 0119 Gerdin), send student nominations by Jan. 4 to Kelly Winfrey
  • 2016 P&S Professional Development Conference, Building You, Reinforcing Us, Feb. 11 (7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Scheman Building), register online, cost is $75 (including lunch) through Jan. 8; late fees apply after this
Arts and events
Holiday express to the past
Reiman Gardens' "Treasures from the Attic" conservatory exhibit, which runs through Jan. 10, provides a nostalgic backdrop for its popular G-scale train display.

Cyclones in action at Hilton Coliseum over winter break
  • Dec. 20, Women's basketball vs. Alcorn State, 2 p.m., $5-$12
  • Dec. 22, Women's basketball vs. Northern Arizona, 2 p.m., $5-$12
  • Dec. 30, Men's basketball vs. Coppin State, 7 p.m., limited ticket availability
  • Jan. 2, Women's basketball vs. Oklahoma State, 2 p.m., $5-$12
  • Jan. 6, Men's basketball vs. Texas Tech, 8 p.m., limited ticket availability
Movies at the gardens
The January family movie series at Reiman Gardens kicks off with Mary Poppins on Jan. 2. Shows are scheduled twice daily (10 a.m. and 1 p.m.) on Saturdays throughout the month. Admission is free for members and children; $8 for adults and $7 for seniors. Snacks and drinks are available for purchase.

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

Professional development
Professional and Scientific Council programming
University human resources programming
Register via (log in with Net-ID and password)
  • Class, People Admin 7: Creating a Posting, Managing Applicants and the Hiring Process, Jan. 14 (2-4:30 p.m., 1230 Communications)
  • Class, Moving Beyond Paycheck to Paycheck, Jan. 25 (noon-1 p.m., MU Gallery)
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