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April 7, 2016 
Inside news
Five questions for a professor who loves to teach
The College of Business' Brad Shrader has several distinctive titles -- University Professor in the department of management, Morrill Professor and the Ralph and Jean Eucher Faculty Fellow. But the title that's most significant to him? Teacher.

U.S. Energy Secretary will give commencement address
Ernest Moniz, Secretary of the Department of Energy, will give the address at Iowa State's undergraduate commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 7.

VP search committee named
A nine-member committee will lead the search for Iowa State's senior vice president for university services.

Mandatory course approved for international undergrads
A required course for first-year international undergraduate students was approved at the April 5 Faculty Senate meeting. The one-credit orientation seminar, piloted since last fall, aims to help incoming students transition to university life in the United States.

Council considering recommendations for lactation spaces
Proposed changes to campus lactation spaces and policies were introduced at the April 6 Professional and Scientific Council meeting. The recommendations will be voted on next month.

Be safe during severe weather season
Be prepared if severe weather strikes campus this spring.
The following announcements were added this week:
  • 'Purple Up' on April 15 for military youth
  • Run with the dogs at SCAVMA Scamper on April 23
  • Breakfast open house for student employees is April 13
  • Distinguished Awards celebration is April 15
  • Asia Project performance is April 10
  • Nominations for annual MU awards due April 12
  • Biz alumna/Land O'Lakes COO to give campus talk
  • Departments, organizations invited to participate in Destination Iowa State
  • Celebration of Life for Charles Handy is April 8
  • Purchase tickets now for May 7 graduation dinner
  • Osborn Club lecture is April 11

Around campus
Change agent: Bong Wie
Researchers from NASA and three national laboratories are evaluating the concepts developed by aerospace engineering's Bong Wie and his Asteroid Deflection Research Center. Wie is the newest entry in a News Service series about ISU faculty and scientists whose work is changing the world for the better.

ISU students named Goldwater Scholars
Seniors Aubrey Foulk and Samuel Schulte have been awarded Goldwater Scholarships, the nation's premier undergraduate scholarship in mathematics, natural sciences and engineering. Junior Charles Labuzzetta received an honorable mention.

Library's digital repository surpasses 6 million downloads
The library's Digital Repository recently reached 6 million downloads. Established in 2012, it has grown to be one of the largest Digital Commons-based repositories in the world, with more than 55,000 items currently.

Open houses and receptions
This week
  • Retirement: Sue Kepley, central stores, April 8 (1-3:30 p.m., presentation at 2 p.m., 162 General Services Building)
Next week
  • Retirement: Lana Cornelius, ISU Dining, April 15 (11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., lower level of Knapp-Storms Commissary)
  • Open house, intensive English and orientation program's 50th anniversary, April 20 (3-5 p.m., program at 3:15 p.m., Landscape Architecture Building, use west entrance)
  • Open house, utility services' 125th anniversary, April 21 (1-4 p.m., presentation at 2 p.m., power plant, 616 Beach Rd.)
  • Retirement: Pam White, College of Human Sciences, April 27 (3:30-5:30 p.m., first floor atrium, Beardshear Hall)
Details about these events are on the university calendar.

Upcoming seminars and conferences
Open forums
Board of Regents public hearing
Record your comments about any item on the board's April agenda at an April 14 public hearing (5-6 p.m., MU Gold Room). An agenda and agenda items for the April 20-21 meeting will be posted to the regents website by April 12.

Arts and events
Collaborative spring musical opens Friday
The music and theater programs will present The Secret Garden as this year's spring musical production. The show will run two weekends in Fisher Theater, beginning Friday, April 8.

Fashion Show is Saturday in Stephens
Iowa State students' 34th annual Fashion Show is Saturday, April 9 (7 p.m., Stephens Auditorium). The show features nearly 140 student designs in 16 categories. Tickets, $22 (students $16), are available at the Stephens box office or through Ticketmaster.

Transgender inclusivity is focus of Monday events
Angelica Ross, a leader in the movement for transgender and racial equality, will give two presentations on campus April 11: an evening lecture in the Memorial Union (8 p.m., Sun Room) and a discussion on inclusive workplaces (2:15 p.m., 2019 Morrill). Both are 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
CELT programming
Register via Learn@ISU.
University human resources programming
Register via Learn@ISU.
  • Class, P&S Performance Management Training (for supervisors/managers), May 10 (10 a.m.-noon)
  • Class, PeopleAdmin 7: Creating a Posting, Managing Applicants and the Hiring Process, May 12 (2-4:30 p.m.)
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