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Aug. 11, 2016 
Inside news
Lackey updates council on budget
Chief financial officer Miles Lackey discussed tuition's big role in revenue growth, salaries and a P&S classification and compensation system review in his budget update.

Responsiveness drives new student affairs leadership structure
Two associate and two assistant vice presidents will join senior vice president Martino Harmon on a new team structure next spring semester. One of the four positions is new; the others involve promotion, consolidation of duties or both.

Policy clarifies: Free expression throughout campus
For some time, officials have sought to correct a mistaken notion that free expression on campus was confined to a few designated zones. They hope clarifications in the newly revised policy on expressions will help. The new document is streamlined, easier to understand and emphasizes that expressive activities are encouraged throughout campus, says policy administrator Sheryl Rippke.

Finalists selected for new Hispanic/Latino affairs post
Three finalists will interview later this month for a new post -- project director of Hispanic/Latino affairs -- in the vice president for diversity and inclusion office.

EAP expands free counseling sessions
Iowa State's employee assistance program is offering benefits-eligible employees and their family members three additional free counseling sessions per incident, per year, for a total of six.

More news
The following announcements were added this week:
  • ISU employees receive discount on Reiman Gardens memberships
  • Nutcracker Ballet auditions are Sept. 11
  • University childcare has preschool, after-school openings
  • Students return to residence halls Aug. 16-19; watch for heavier traffic
  • Campus conversation for faculty, staff focuses on recent violent events
  • Sixth Street is open at Brookside Park

Around campus
College remembers alumnus Sutherland
Faculty and alumni of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences reflect on their interactions with animal science alumnus Tom Sutherland, who died last month. Sutherland and journalism alum Terry Anderson held the university's attention for six-plus years (1985-91) as hostages of Islamic militants in Lebanon.

Astronaut helps students think in new ways
Astronaut Clayton Anderson is teaching the third Spaceflight Operations Workshop at Iowa State this week. Using astronaut-training exercises such as scuba lessons, flight simulations and skydiving, Anderson hopes the workshop will teach 12 students to think operationally and later help them design better spacesuits -- or tractors or passenger cars.

Funding for Educational Talent Search renewed
Iowa State's Educational Talent Search program, a federal TRIO program funded competitively by the U.S. Department of Education, has received another five-year commitment. Annual funding will be $466,560, an increase of 38 percent over the most recent year. Iowa State has received ETS support since 1978.

Engineering faculty member scheduled on national radio show
Assistant professor of mechanical engineering and Ames Lab associate Reza Montazami will discuss his research on self-destructing batteries on Public Radio International's "Science Friday" show this week, Aug. 12, at approximately 2:20 p.m. Science Friday airs in central Iowa on AM 640 and FM 90.1 from 1 to 3 p.m. on Fridays.

  • Andrew Manu, professor and holder of the George Washington Carver Chair in Agronomy, to a three-year term as professor-in-charge of the George Washington Carver Academy for first-year multicultural students
  • Elizabeth McAllister, City Year, Los Angeles, to assistant director, student affairs development, ISU Foundation and office of the senior vice president for student affairs, effective Aug. 8
  • Mike Fiscus, co-manager, ISU agricultural engineering/agronomy research and demonstration farm, Boone, to farm superintendent, effective Aug. 1
  • Nathan Meyers, ag specialist, ISU agricultural engineering/agronomy research and demonstration farm, Boone, to agricultural engineering manager of the farm, effective Aug. 1
Open houses and receptions
This week
  • Retirement: Scott White, recreation services, Aug. 11 (4-6 p.m., State Gym south parking lot)
  • Open house: ISU Alumni Center rental spaces and catering, food and beverage samples, Aug. 12 (3:30-5:30 p.m., 420 Beach Ave.), RSVPs requested by Aug. 8
  • Retirement: Doug Gruenewald, student affairs, Aug. 26 (2-4 p.m., program at 2 p.m., MU Maintenance Shop)
  • Open house: Insect Zoo's "Bug Village," Aug. 27 (11 a.m.-4 p.m., Molecular Biology Building atrium)
  • Retirement: Connie Bates, office of the senior vice president and provost, Aug. 31 (2:30-4:30 p.m., program at 3:15 p.m., third floor lounge, 381 Parks Library)
Details about these events are on the university calendar.

Upcoming seminars and conferences
Open forums
LGBTQA+ Affairs project director finalists
Four finalists have been named for this new position in the office of the vice president for diversity and inclusion. Campus forums will be held from 2 to 3 p.m. on these dates:
  • Aug. 12, Daniel Hoffman-Zinnel, MU Gallery Room
  • Aug. 16, Paul Hengesteg, MU Gallery Room
  • Aug. 17, Nicci Port, 0268 Carver
  • Aug. 18, David Green Jr., 3512 MU
Hispanic/Latino project director finalists
Three finalists have been selected for this new post in the office of the vice president for diversity and inclusion. Campus forums are planned from 2 to 3 p.m. on these dates:
  • Aug. 22, C. Elizabeth Mendez-Shannon, 3512 MU
  • Aug. 24, Diana Sloan, MU Gallery Room
  • Aug. 29, Roberto Orozco, MU Pioneer Room
Arts and events
The art of conservation
Several works from University Museums' Art on Campus collection are receiving some TLC this summer.

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 series, Understanding, Handling and Championing Change at ISU, (four classes), begins Oct. 4 (9-11 a.m.)
  • Class series, Tools for Managing Workplace Conflict (three classes), begins Sept. 27 (9-11 a.m.)
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