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Feb. 11, 2016 
Inside news
Advisers test big data's potential
Academic advisers in several departments have been using big data to help track students' progress and identify those who may be struggling. In fall 2016, the promising "predictive analytics" program will be extended to all undergraduate programs.

Leath talks enrollment, appropriations with senate
President Steven Leath covered several topics during his annual address to the Faculty Senate on Feb. 9. Among them were enrollment growth concerns, ISU's state appropriations request, developments in the research park and a vision for diversity and inclusion.

Council develops guidelines for P&S teaching staff
Professional and Scientific Council members will vote next month on a motion to send a best practices document to the university human resources and provost offices for review. The document provides guidelines for P&S staff who have for-credit academic teaching responsibilities.

Time for pie
The apparel, events and hospitality management program will sell a limited number of its signature cherry pies on Monday, Feb. 15. The fundraiser will be held in 23 MacKay Hall from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. -- or while supplies last.

More news
The following announcements were added this week:
  • Nominate candidates for public service award
  • Volunteer judges still needed for science/technology fairs March 31-April 1
  • Six-part series targets caregivers for adults
  • 1095-C forms available by Feb. 29

Around campus
Broadcast link to the networks
News Service operates a digital broadcast studio in the Communications Building that provides live delivery to the networks. This allows university experts -- faculty or staff -- to provide commentary and perspective on any national or international news topic.

Cyber defense competition returns to campus
Fifteen student teams will battle eight hours of attacks on the computer networks behind a simulated city's power and water infrastructure in a new twist to Iowa State's annual cyber defense competition on Saturday, Feb. 13 (8 a.m.-4 p.m., 1313 Coover). A spectator team of government and industry officials also will attend. The event is open to the public.

Season of career fairs
Five career fairs will be held on campus this month to assist Iowa State students with their "next step."

Raising Iowa's cheese profile
Stephanie Clark, associate professor in food science and human nutrition, is one of the state's leaders in promoting Iowa cheese. Her efforts were key in bringing an international cheese conference to Iowa, forming a new guild that connects the state's dairy professionals and establishing a statewide dairy products showcase.

  • Liz Zuercher, Central Iowa Healthcare, Marshalltown, to director of the Grants Hub, office of the vice president for research, effective Feb. 15
Open houses and receptions
Next week
  • Retirement: Bernie Havlovic, Armstrong Research Farm, Lewis, Feb. 17 (12:45-2 p.m., program at 1:15 p.m., MU Cardinal Room)
  • Open house: SHOP Food Pantry, Feb. 18 (3-6 p.m., 2616 Food Sciences, free T-shirt for attendees who bring two nonperishable food or personal items)
  • Retirement: Susan Rhoades, Academic Success Center, Feb. 26 (10:30 a.m.-noon, program at 11 a.m., MU Gallery Room)
Details about these events are on the university calendar.

Upcoming seminars and conferences
Open forums
Open forums begin at 3 p.m.
  • Feb. 11, Margo Foreman, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, 1213 Hoover
  • Feb. 15, Jyl Shaffer, University of Cincinnati, 2019 Morrill

Board of Regents public hearing
Record your comments about any item on the board's February agenda at a public hearing on Feb. 19 (noon-1 p.m., MU Gold Room). Meeting materials and an agenda for the Feb. 24-25 meeting will be posted to the regents website by Feb. 16.

Arts and events
Jazz bands salute Frank Sinatra
Jazz Ensembles I and II will showcase the smooth sounds of Frank Sinatra's music during a Feb. 17 performance (7:30 p.m., Tye Recital Hall). The concert celebrates what would have been Sinatra's 100th birthday. Cost is $5 ($3 for students).

See comedian Kenan Thompson on Feb. 17
Comedian Kenan Thompson, best known for his 12-year tenure on Saturday Night Live, will perform live at Stephens Auditorium on Feb. 17 (8 p.m., doors open at 7 p.m.). Tickets are $30 ($20 for students) 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
Nominations sought for 2016-17 Emerging Leaders class
The office of the senior vice president and provost seeks nominations for the 2016-17 cohort of the Emerging Leaders Academy. The academy is open to all faculty and P&S staff, whether in a current leadership role or aspiring to such positions. Participants attend monthly sessions led by on-campus and outside experts and receive a semester-long mentoring experience with a current ISU leader. Nominations are due March 11; participants will be selected by April 15. More information, including eligibility criteria and the nomination documents, is online.

Vice president for research/Iowa EPSCoR programming

Provost office programming
Register via Learn@ISU (log in with Net ID and password).

CELT programming

University human resources programming
Register via Learn@ISU (log in with Net-ID and password).
  • Class, Recognizing Emotional Intelligence, March 10 (1-3 p.m., MU Gold Room)
  • Class, Leadership at Any Level, April 1 (9-11 a.m., MU Gold Room)
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