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Sept. 8, 2016 
Inside news
Enrollment is a record 36,660
Iowa State's fall enrollment of 36,660 is the largest in school history and represents an increase of nearly 1.9 percent over the previous record in fall 2015.

Third round of awards made in Presidential Initiative for Interdisciplinary Research
Four research teams will share $1.65 million in seed funding and use big data to benefit human and animal health, improve cities and build new tools for researchers.

You're invited: President's annual address is next week
In his Sept. 14 annual address, President Steven Leath will introduce the new strategic plan and discuss his priorities for this academic year.

Report summarizes enrollment management study
A faculty task force charged with studying enrollment management issues and developing ideas and solutions submitted its report to President Steven Leath in June. The report is available on the Faculty Senate website.

David Cotton, Iowa State's first chief information security officer, retired from the Air Force as a Brigadier General in 2011, after serving 29 years and four times as a chief information officer.

Iowa Staters' guide to political activities
These guidelines on political activities should help faculty, staff and students exercise their rights as citizens over the next two months without running afoul of laws designed to keep public agencies politically neutral.

Council receives update on academic diversity, inclusion efforts
Senior vice president and provost Jonathan Wickert highlighted recent posts to his academic affairs blog in a report at the Sept. 1 Professional and Scientific Council meeting.

More news
The following announcements were added this week:
  • Campustown's Sept. 9 movie night moves indoors to MU South Ballroom
  • Honors program seeks seminar proposals, mentors for spring semester
  • ISU Bacon Expo tickets go on sale Sept. 8
  • Design's blanket raffle benefits United Way
  • Study Abroad Fair is Sept. 15
  • Comedian Dan St. Germain is in the M-Shop tonight

Around campus
Campus bakery favors 'from scratch' products
Cookies and pizza dough were added recently to the growing list of bakery items that ISU Dining chefs prepare from scratch. Already on the list: bars, scones, muffins and fruit breads. Coming soon: homemade bagels.

Fall lectures feature familiar names
Save the dates for a timely lineup of campus lectures in the coming months.

Open houses and receptions
This week
  • Reception: Celebrating the success of the Presidential Initiative for Interdisciplinary Research, Sept. 9 (3:30-5 p.m., program at 4 p.m. with remarks from President Steven Leath, MU South Ballroom)
  • Reception: Exhibition by 40 College of Design Spring 2016 Rome program participants, Sept. 9 (6:45-8 p.m., Gallery 181, College of Design)
  • Reception and walk-through: "It's Not Neither" exhibit by Ingrid Lilligren, art and visual culture, Sept. 11 (2-5 p.m., Design on Main Gallery, 203 Main St.)
Details about these events are on the university calendar.

Upcoming seminars and conferences
  • Chemistry department's Gilman Lecture, "Total Synthesis of Natural and Designed Molecules of Biological and Medical Importance," K.C. Nicolaou, Rice University, Houston, Sept. 9 (4:30 p.m., Hach Hall atrium)
Arts and events
Garden quilt show returns to Reiman Gardens
Reiman Gardens and the Iowa Quilters Guild are hosting the 7th annual Garden Quilt Show Sept. 9-11 (9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday; 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday). The event will feature garden-themed quilt displays, instruction and demonstrations for both novice and experienced quilters. Cost is $8 ($4 ages 4-17, free for garden members and ISU students).

Learn more about (and taste) local foods at central campus fest
Learn about consumer demand for locally grown food and taste local samples during the second annual Local Food Festival: An Adventure in Eating on Sept. 13 (9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., central campus sidewalk connecting Curtiss and Beardshear halls). There also will be displays, recipes by ISU Dining chefs that feature local products, and locally grown products for sale by ISU clubs and vendors.

Bragging rights
The Iowa Corn Cy-Hawk Series -- an annual showdown of head-to-head sports between Iowa and Iowa State -- kicks off Friday with volleyball and soccer ... the only two events that will be played in Ames this year.

Lecture: Overcome adversity, cultivate a sense of humor
Marti MacGibbon, a standup comic and certified addiction treatment professional who hit rock bottom as a hard-core drug addict, was trafficked to Tokyo and held prisoner, will speak on campus Sept. 13 (6:30 p.m., MU Great Hall). Her talk is part of the free community event, "An Evening of Hope and Healing" (4:30-8:30 p.m.).

Discover the art at Vet Med
Spend your lunch hour on Sept. 14 (noon to 1 p.m.) learning about the artwork that resides at the College of Veterinary Medicine. Meet University Museums staff at the Hixson-Lied Small Animal Hospital to begin the tour.

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.
Accessibility programming
A free four-workshop series on accessibility at ISU is scheduled for faculty and staff. Sessions will meet over the lunch hour in 206 Durham with lunch provided. Registration closes six days prior to each workshop, or when full.
University human resources programming
Register via Learn@ISU.
  • Class, Feeling TAXed? Oct. 18 (noon-1 p.m.)
  • Class, The Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership, Oct. 5 (8:30-10:30 a.m.)
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