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April 21, 2016 
Inside news
Senate considers 'clinical' faculty titles
Non-tenure eligible professorships, preceded by the word "clinical," were proposed at the April 19 Faculty Senate meeting. The appointments primarily would be used for Vet Med specialists with teaching and service duties, such as diagnosis and treatment of patients.

Task force working on enrollment solutions
President Steven Leath asked a faculty task force to look for ideas and solutions to Iowa State's growing enrollment. The group's final report should be completed by June.

Regents will revisit 2016-17 tuition rates this spring
Rates approved in December were conditional on a state funding increase, which will be less than one-third of what was requested last fall.

Squaw Creek bridge repairs will close Stange Road for 30 days
The closure begins Monday, May 9. Vehicles, including CyRide buses, will be detoured; pedestrians and bicyclists shouldn't be affected.

Fountain plaza project to begin in May
The area surrounding the Fountain of the Four Seasons will be relandscaped this summer. The project, which will complement the cast stone wall installed on the north side of Osborn Drive last year, is part of the campus beautification initiative.

Safety escort app may debut this fall
A new smartphone app will make it easier than ever to request safe escort across campus between dusk and dawn.

More news
The following announcements were added this week:
  • Fashion Show winning garments go on exhibit next week
  • University Honors poster session is April 27
  • 'Barks@Parks' returns to Parks Library next week
  • Faculty mentors are invited to recognition reception
  • Registration is open for summer camp on athletic training
  • Nominations sought for 2017 'women impacting ISU' calendar
  • Registration closes May 1 for TAG summer programs

Around campus
Creating Witchhazel Walk
A stretch of sidewalk west of Horticulture Hall was the focus of this year's Arbor Day planting. Members of the graduate student horticulture society spearheaded the design and implementation of the project.

400 strong
A cooperative effort to furnish high-traffic classroom buildings with hallway benches for student use reached its 400-bench goal this month. All of the bench surfaces are recycled campus wood.

Harsh parenting may increase kids' health risks
New ISU research shows harsh parenting may increase children's risk for poor physical health and obesity as they get older.

Open houses and receptions
This week
  • Open house: Utility services' 125th anniversary, April 21 (1-4 p.m., presentation at 2 p.m., power plant, 616 Beach Rd.)
  • Reception: 7th annual Biorenewables Art Competition, April 22 (4-5:30 p.m., program at 4:15 p.m., first floor lobby, Biorenewables Research Lab)
Next week
  • Reception: University Honors Program poster session, April 27 (3-5 p.m., MU Great Hall)
  • Retirement: Pam White, College of Human Sciences, April 27 (3:30-5:30 p.m., first floor atrium, Beardshear Hall)
  • Opening reception: "The Fashion Show Exhibit 2016," April 27 (5-6 p.m., Textiles and Clothing Museum, 1015 Morrill)
  • Retirement: Jay-Lin Jane, food science and human nutrition, April 29 (2-5 p.m., program at 3 p.m., Brunnier Art Museum, Scheman)
  • Retirement: Ken Burditt, printing services, May 2 (1-2 p.m., 2333 Printing and Publication Building)
  • Retirement: Larry Ebbers, School of Education, May 2 (3:30-5:30 p.m., program at 4:15 p.m., MU Great Hall)
  • Retirement: Tom Polito, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences student services, May 3 (3-5 p.m., program at 4 p.m., MU Campanile Room)
  • Retirement: Mary Lynn Damhorst, apparel, events and hospitality management, May 4 (3-5 p.m., program at 4 p.m., 1009 LeBaron)
  • Reception: Recognizing 2015-16 faculty mentors, May 4 (4-5:30 p.m., program at 4:20 p.m., MU Cardinal Room), RSVPs requested by April 29
  • Retirement: Lynn Miller, IT services, May 5 (2-4 p.m.,1155 ASB)
Details about these events are on the university calendar.

Upcoming seminars and conferences
  • Building Envelope Commissioning Train the Trainer Workshop, May 9-13 (9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, Reiman Gardens, Friday site visits in Cedar Rapids and Iowa City), registration is free
  • Innovations in Transportation, Aug. 16 (8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Gateway Conference Center), registration $200 through Aug. 1
Arts and events
Last chance to see student music groups
The music department will wrap up spring semester with several performances tonight through the weekend:
Comedian Ron White performs at Stephens on April 22
Ron White first rose to fame in the Blue Collar Comedy Tour, but now he's also a Grammy-nominated comedian and film actor. White will give an 8 p.m. performance at Stephens on April 22. Tickets, $45-$55, are available at the Iowa State Center ticket office or through Ticketmaster.

Second LEGO exhibit arrives at Reiman Gardens
Thirteen nature-inspired sculptures made from 500,000 LEGO bricks will reside at Reiman Gardens April 23 through Oct. 31 during the gardens' second "Nature Connects" exhibition. Sculptures depict a peacock, wheelbarrow and tools, bonsai tree and more. Reiman Gardens is open daily from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (until 6 p.m. beginning Memorial Day). Admission is $8 ($4 for youth; free for members, ISU students and children 3 and under).

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

Professional development
Provost office programming
CELT programming
Register via Learn@ISU
Share your thoughts: Summer team-based learning teaching circle?
CELT associate director Holly Bender would like to know if any faculty are interested in participating in a summer team-based learning teaching circle. Take an online survey to share your thoughts.

University human resources programming
Register via Learn@ISU
  • Class, Understanding FMLA: Training for Supervisors, May 10 (1:30-2:30 p.m.)
  • Class, Electronic Letter of Intent Training, May 26 (2-3 p.m.)
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