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July 28, 2016 
Inside news
Fountain plaza work is wrapping up
The area surrounding the Fountain of the Four Seasons will have a new look in early August, complementing the wall constructed across Union Drive last summer. The project is part of President Steven Leath's campus beautification initiative.

New strategic plan era begins
The new strategic plan, which went into effect this month, is more measurable and more of a living document than its predecessors, says the leader of the plan's steering committee.

Tuition reimbursement program gets a makeover
The program, which reimburses eligible P&S and merit employees for coursework, has received a few tweaks -- recommended by the Professional and Scientific Council and approved by the University Benefits Committee. The changes take effect in August.

Negotiations underway for new technology systems
Negotiations continue as the university seeks new cloud-based software to run the university's financial, human resources and student information systems. Officials also are evaluating a new identity access and management system, which would manage user logins and permissions across ISU's vast network.

More news
The following announcements were added this week:
  • Pammel restriping is nearly complete
  • Marston tenants: Where to find Engineering college offices
  • Top Hat (teaching platform) representative to hold walk-in sessions next week
  • Access Reiman Gardens via Beach Avenue driveway
  • Bessey north entrance closed through Aug. 8

Open houses and receptions
This week
  • Retirement: Tom Loynachan, agronomy, July 28 (3-5 p.m., program at 3:15 p.m., MU Gallery)
  • Open house/Field Day, 30th anniversary of Iowa Public Radio's "Horticulture Day" program, Horticulture Research Station, July 30 (1-4:30 p.m., 55519 170 St., farm tours at 1:30 p.m., live radio show at 2:30 p.m.)
Next week
  • Retirement: Donna Cerka, industrial and manufacturing systems engineering, Aug. 1 (no public event)
  • Open house: Memorial Union art lending collection Aug. 2 (10 a.m.-3 p.m.) and Aug. 3 (10 a.m.-noon), MU browsing library
  • Retirement: Cathy Beckman, purchasing, Aug. 3 (no public event)
  • Retirement: Richard VanDePol, agricultural engineering/agronomy research farm, Aug. 3 (noon-3 p.m., ISU research farm, 1308 U Ave., Boone, lunch to be served; program begins at 1 p.m.)
Details about these events are on the university calendar.

Upcoming seminars and conferences
Arts and events
Recycling at the ramp
The city and university are hosting the community's first Rummage RAMPage this weekend, July 29-Aug. 2, at the intermodal parking facility on Hayward Avenue. Scheduled during the annual lease turnover window, the intent is to keep household items out of landfills and find homes for useable items. The sale is open to the public; most items cost $1-$20.

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

Professional development
University human resources programming
Register via Learn@ISU.
  • Class, P&S Performance Management Training (for supervisors/managers), Sept. 13 (10 a.m.-noon)
  • Class, Assertiveness Training, Oct. 18 (1-3 p.m.)
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