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March 10, 2016 
Inside news
Foreman named equal opportunity director
Margo Foreman, associate director of the office of equal opportunity at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, is ISU's next director of equal opportunity. She joins Iowa State April 25.

ISU, alliance report early success in increasing graduation rates
Iowa State is one of several schools in the University Innovation Alliance that increased graduation numbers among low-income students last academic year.

Save the dates: Human Sciences dean candidate visits
A committee has identified three finalists in the search for the next dean of the College of Human Sciences. Two-day campus visits for the three are scheduled between March 21 and April 5. Each candidate will hold an open forum with the university community (March 21, March 29 and April 5, 4-5 p.m.).

Senate considers mandatory course
Members of the Faculty Senate will vote next month on a proposed mandatory seminar for incoming international undergraduates. The course is intended to help with the transition to life at an American university.

Guidelines for P&S teaching staff move forward
The Professional and Scientific Council approved a set of guidelines for P&S staff with for-credit teaching responsibilities, asking the human resources and provost offices to distribute it among teaching staff, supervisors and department chairs.

No 'Inside' next week
Inside Iowa State will not publish next Thursday during spring break week. The next issue will be posted on Thursday, March 24.

More news
The following announcements were added this week:
  • Warning sirens March 23 are only a test
  • Spring ahead; daylight saving time begins Sunday
  • Youth program leader training is March 22
  • Construction traffic picks up around ATRB site
  • Veenker golf course opened this week

Around campus
June completion likely for research park hub facility
Iowa State's economic development core facility will anchor a new, third phase of the ISU Research Park.

Video: The likelihood of a contested 2016 party convention
Dave Anderson, political science, talks about the odds of a contested convention in this presidential cycle, and of third-party candidates, depending on the convention outcomes.

A new one for Fish Tank Lobby
Named for one of its defining features, the Vet Med college's Fish Tank Lobby was "uptanked" earlier this month. A new 350-gallon aquarium is nearly double the size of the one it replaced.

Open houses and receptions

This week
  • Retirement: Steve Rentschler, facilities planning and management, March 10 (noon-2 p.m., program at 1 p.m., 162 General Services Building)
  • Reception: "Art + Music = Life2" exhibit, March 26 (6-8 p.m., Design on Main Gallery, 203 Main St.)
Details about these events are on the university calendar.

Upcoming seminars and conferences
Open forums
College of Human Sciences dean finalists
  • Candidate 1: March 21, 4-5 p.m., 2019 Morrill
  • Candidate 2: March 29, 4-5 p.m., 0210 Bessey
  • Candidate 3: April 5, 4-5 p.m., 0210 Bessey
Arts and events
Celebrate St. Patrick's Day at Reiman Gardens
Reiman Gardens is celebrating St. Patrick's Day with an After Hours event on Friday, March 18 (4:30-7 p.m.). Activities include live Celtic tunes (5-7 p.m.), baked potato bar and a cash bar. The Hughes Conservatory and gift shop will be open. Guests must be at least 21 to attend. Cost is $21 ($16 for members). Preregistration and prepayment are required by March 13. Register online or call 294-2710.

The Brunnier will be blooming March 25-27
The eighth annual "Brunnier in Bloom" exhibition takes place March 25-27 at the Brunnier Art Museum. The show opens with a Friday reception (6-8 p.m.) that includes live music, award announcements and a cash bar. The exhibition continues Saturday and Sunday (11 a.m.-4 p.m., both days). The event is free and open to the public.

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

Professional development
Apply soon: Writing teams for early-career faculty
The provost's office is organizing a new round of writing accountability teams, a year-long initiative for faculty in their first three to four years on campus aimed at helping them find time to write. Up to three teams of three to seven early-career faculty (across various disciplines) will work with a senior faculty writing coach with an outstanding publication record during the 2016-17 year. Those interested should contact Cinzia Cervato or Megan Peterson in the provost's office by March 25 to receive the application form. Applications are due April 2.

Provost office programming
Register via Learn@ISU (log in with Net ID and password).
  • Workshop, Time Management, for College of Veterinary Medicine faculty, March 23 (8-9 a.m., 2226 Vet Med), bring list of all your activities March 16-22
  • Panel discussion, Career Management and Planning, preparing for performance reviews and advancement, supervising TAs, panelists are five ISU faculty members, April 5 (9-10 a.m., MU Cardinal Room)
  • Workshop, Preparing for a Successful P&T Review, provost Jonathan Wickert and associate provost Dawn Bratsch-Prince, for new tenure-eligible faculty, mentors and department chairs, April 6 (9:30-11 a.m., MU Campanile Room)
Scholarship of Teaching and Learning proposals due March 28
CELT is accepting proposals through March 28 for classroom-based research projects during the 2016-17 academic year. SoTL involves faculty systematically investigating questions related to student learning, with the dual goal of improving their own classrooms and advancing the research. Up to 12 teams could be funded at $1,850 each. More information, including forms, is online.

CELT programming
Registration is required via Learn@ISU (log in with Net ID and password).
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, Understanding the Family and Medical Leave Act: Training for Supervisors, March 24 (11 a.m.-noon, 3150 Beardshear)
  • Class, P&S Performance Management Training (for supervisors/managers), March 25 (10 a.m.-noon, 3150 Beardshear)
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