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Oct. 13, 2016 
Inside news
ISU leaders continue FLSA discussions, decisions
University administrators continue to work out details regarding the upcoming overtime changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act.

ISU will seek differential tuition for five more programs
The higher tuition rates would apply to juniors, seniors and graduate students in animal science, biology, computer science, industrial design and natural resource ecology and management to pay for higher instruction costs. The state Board of Regents will give the proposal a first look Oct. 20 in Cedar Falls; a vote would come in December.

Nonsupervisory merit open change period begins Oct. 17
Nonsupervisory merit employees may alter their benefits during the annual open change period, Oct. 17 through Nov. 18.

Goodbye, geese
Facilities planning and management will install a low-cost, environmentally friendly device to make Lake LaVerne less attractive to Canada geese. The birds (and their mess) ruffle the resident swans' feathers and contribute to water quality issues.

More news
The following announcements were added this week:
  • Vet Med students to host dog wash fundraiser this Saturday
  • ISCORE proposals due Nov. 18
  • Nominations for alumni association awards due Dec. 1
  • Student Answer Center launches online resource
  • Agronomy's Staniforth Lecture is Oct. 25
  • Fine dining dinner schedule announced
  • Snowblower service days are Oct. 14-15

Around campus
President Leath releases FAQ, documents on use of university aircraft
In response to a number of public records requests about ISU Flight Service and President Steven Leath's use of university aircraft, the president yesterday released an FAQ that links to requested documents.

ISU farms donate produce to food pantries
Thousands of pounds of produce grown this season in demonstration gardens at the seven ISU research farms were donated to Iowa food pantries. Master Gardener volunteers at each location provide the labor.

NSF awards funds for diversity initiatives
ISU received $9.6 million from the National Science Foundation for four programs that aim to increase diversity in STEM fields through scholarships, academic and professional development, and support for graduate students pursuing faculty careers.

Researchers lead DOE supercomputing projects
Two chemistry faculty and Ames Lab researchers are leading initiatives that are part of the U.S. Department of Energy's $39.8 million Exascale Computing Project.

Open houses and receptions
This week
  • Retirement: Glen Petersen, IT services, Oct. 14 (no public event)
Next week
  • Retirement: John Miranowski, economics, Oct. 21 (2-4 p.m., program at 2:30 p.m., 368A Heady)
  • Open house: Kingland Building university offices, Oct. 21 (2-4 p.m., second floor, 2420 Lincoln Way)
  • Open house: ISU Trinect program, for engineering graduate students, Oct. 25 (3:30-5:30 p.m., program overview at 4:30 p.m., 1124 Biorenewables Research Lab)
  • Open house: Homecoming, Oct. 28 (5-9 p.m., pep rally at 7 p.m., Alumni Center)
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 October agenda at an Oct. 13 public hearing (5-6 p.m., MU Oak Room). An agenda and meeting materials for the Oct. 19-20 meeting are available on the board's website.

Arts and events
Hilton Madness is Friday night
Meet the Cyclone men's and women's basketball teams and coaches at Hilton Madness on Friday, Oct. 14 (8-9 p.m., Hilton, doors open at 7:30 p.m.). This free event includes 3-point and slam dunk contests and scrimmages; ISU alumnus Scott Siepker will emcee.

Final home soccer matches are this week
The Cyclone soccer team closes out its home season in the next week, hosting Texas on Friday, Oct. 14, and Drake on Tuesday, Oct. 18. Both games begin at 7 p.m. at the Cyclone Sports Complex; admission is free.

This week at Stephens Auditorium
The following shows are coming to Stephens Auditorium within the next week. Tickets are available at the Stephens ticket office (weekdays 10 a.m.-6 p.m.) or online through Ticketmaster.
  • Gordon Lightfoot, (Oct. 14, 8 p.m.), folk-rock singer and songwriter, $49-$64
  • The Capitol Steps (Oct. 18, 7:30 p.m.), Washington D.C.-based satirical troupe blends music and political comedy, $25-$55
  • Peppa Pig Live! (Oct. 19, 6 p.m.), your kids' favorite Nick Jr. characters come to life, $27-$57
More campus events
Talks, performances, athletic contests and other campus events are listed on the university calendar.

Professional development
Provost office programming
ISU ADVANCE is presenting the Department Enhancement Program to the larger ISU community. Register via Learn@ISU.
Vice president for research programming
Register online.
CELT programming
Register via Learn@ISU.
University library programming
Register via Learn@ISU.
University human resources programming
Register via Learn@ISU.
  • Class, Position Description Writing and Position Management Training, Nov. 3 (8:30-10 a.m.)
  • Class, P&S Performance Management Training (for supervisors/managers), Jan. 12 (1-3 p.m.)
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