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Oct. 27, 2016 
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Open change period for ISU Plan is Nov. 1-18
ISU Plan participants may review and update their benefits during the annual open change period, Nov. 1-18.

Tuition increases, travel audit dominate regents discussion
Student leaders at Iowa's three regent universities shared their unease about a growing disparity between resident and nonresident tuition rates during the Board of Regents' Oct. 20 meeting. The board also requested from its audit staff a full audit of university travel policies and state equipment use, including every flight in ISU flight service since January 2012.

Police chief search is open
A committee is working with a national search firm to find ISU's next chief of police. Applications and nominations are due Nov. 17.

FLSA training sessions begin soon
Several training sessions have been developed to help individuals who are impacted by new overtime regulations in the Fair Labor Standards Act understand and meet FLSA requirements. The first trainings -- online sessions  for employees and supervisors -- will be available, beginning Nov. 1.

Workshop teaches classroom inclusivity
The Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) has developed a new workshop that helps faculty bring inclusivity to their classrooms. The next session is Nov. 9.

Workers' compensation process gains efficiencies
University human resources has partnered with risk management, environmental health and safety, and information technology services to revamp the first report of injury process. The new system, called the ISU Incident Portal, will launch by Oct. 31.

More news
The following announcements were added this week:
  • Nov. 1 Cyclone Club luncheon features Coach Fennelly
  • Phony Blackboard emails contain malicious link
  • CyCans drive is Homecoming Saturday
  • Cyclone Central tailgate precedes Thursday night football game
  • Deadline for funding biotech-related conferences, speakers is Oct. 31

Around campus
Big data saves big dollars for state DOT
Iowa's Department of Transportation partnered with information systems faculty in the College of Business to identify the optimal schedule for replacing trucks in its 900-vehicle snow plow fleet. The results could save the state $2 million to $5 million annually.

Memorial Union roof project is in the home stretch
When work wraps up next month, an estimated 80 tons of slate tiles will have been installed on the central, highest roof of the Memorial Union. They replace the original set, which had defended against rain, snow, wind and sun since 1927.

Big data to help address environmental, social challenges in Des Moines
An ISU research team and the city of Des Moines have teamed up on a big data research project that could transform the way cities handle sustainability and mitigate climate change, particularly in marginalized neighborhoods.

Goal: a better, smarter power grid
An ISU assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering has four research projects going to uncover ways to modernize the distribution system that brings power to homes and businesses. Resiliency to natural disasters is one focus.

  • Stephanie Clark, professor in food science and human nutrition, to the Virginia M. Gladney Professorship in Food Science and Human Nutrition, effective immediately
Open houses and receptions
This week
  • Open house: Homecoming, Oct. 28 (5-9 p.m., pep rally at 7 p.m., Alumni Center)
Next week
  • Retirement: Dawn Kottler, residence department, Nov. 3 (3-5 p.m., 2414 Friley)
  • Retirement: Jim Russell, animal science, Nov. 4 (3-5 p.m., Kildee atrium)
  • Retirement: Fred Lorenz, statistics and psychology, Nov. 8 (3-5 p.m., MU Campanile Room)
  • Retirement: Debra Covey, Ames Laboratory, Nov. 9 (9-11 a.m., 301 Spedding)
  • Open house: CyBuy vendor show (procurement services), Nov. 9 (1-3:30 p.m., Kildee pavilion)
Details about these events are on the university calendar.

Arts and events
Fall concerts fill Tye Recital Hall
Several music department ensembles have fall performances in the next 10 days, including student choral groups, a faculty quartet and a holiday-themed program featuring big brass instruments.

Homecoming countdown
The countdown to Saturday's homecoming contest vs. Kansas State continues with numerous pregame activities, including a central campus rally, the Alumni Center's Homecoming Hub, lawn displays, midnight campaniling and fireworks.

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.
University library programming
Register via Learn@ISU.
University human resources programming
Register via Learn@ISU.
  • Class, Time Management, Nov. 3 (8:30-10:30 a.m.)
  • Three-part series, Tools for Managing Workplace Conflict, winter series begins Jan. 24 (9-11 a.m.)
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