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Nov. 3, 2016 
Inside news
Course development initiative seeks to bolster U.S. diversity requirement
Faculty may apply for development grants to either create new U.S. diversity courses or significantly modify current courses that meet the requirement. Proposals are due Jan. 16, 2017.

FLSA-impacted employees receive letters; training underway
With impacted employees notified and online training in place, Iowa State moves closer to meeting the Dec. 1 deadline for the new Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) overtime regulations.

A new home for ISU Surplus
By Jan. 1, the university's asset recovery and redistribution service will relocate temporarily to the central receiving facility at 925 Airport Rd. Plans for a new building are being developed.

Work begins at new campus dining venue
An estimated six-week demolition phase began Oct. 17 in the former Friley dining center. Around Thanksgiving, work shifts to construction of ISU Dining's "Windows" venue.

More news
The following announcements were added this week:
  • Second campus conversation set for Nov. 9: Let's talk about the election
  • Youth, adult auditions scheduled for center musical production
  • George Jackson memorial service is Nov. 12
  • CyRide survey is short, fun, helpful
  • Parking changes to note for Thursday's football game
  • Reset your clocks Saturday night
  • Nitro Circus tickets go on sale Nov. 3
  • Second Wednesdays are free at Reiman Gardens
  • Tickets on sale for comedian Nick Swardson performance
  • Reminder: ISU employees have access to extra benefits, perks

Around campus
Gold Star Hall ceremony is Nov. 7
Four fallen Iowa Staters will be honored Nov. 7 during the annual Gold Star Hall ceremony in the Memorial Union (3:15 p.m., MU Great Hall). The event is free and open to the public.

Competence matters more than gender for women running for office
The nomination of the first woman presidential candidate by a major party has shattered some gender barriers, while at the same time reinforced certain stereotypes and double standards that still exist for women. New research by an ISU political scientist found that gender plays a significant role in how much voters care about a candidate's perceived competence.

College establishes exchange with Taiwan university
Apparel, merchandising and design students will have opportunities to study in Taiwan and learn from Taiwanese students who travel to Ames, under a five-year agreement between the College of Human Sciences and Fu Jen Catholic University, New Taipei.

Open houses and receptions
This 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)
Next week
  • Retirement: Fred Lorenz, statistics and psychology, Nov. 8 (3-5 p.m., MU Campanile Room)
  • Reception: For faculty and staff, hosted by the ISU Greek community, Nov. 8 (5-6:30 p.m., MU Oak Room)
  • Retirement: Debra Covey, Ames Laboratory, Nov. 9 (9-11 a.m., new location: 205 TASF)
  • Open house: CyBuy vendor fair (procurement services), Nov. 9 (1-3:30 p.m., Kildee pavilion)
Details about these events are on the university calendar.

Upcoming seminars and conferences
  • Seminar, "How Silvia Cianzio Balances a Diverse Research Portfolio," Silvia Cianzio, agronomy, Nov. 10 (noon-1:30 p.m., lunch provided), register via Learn@ISU (office of intellectual property and technology transfer), faculty-led series on getting into industry-sponsored research, questions may be sent to
  • Symposium, "Dealing with Dementia: His, Hers, Yours," author Christine Sutton; Susan Callison, Alzheimer's Association of Greater Iowa; and Selden Spencer, McFarland Clinic, Nov. 14 (8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., ISU Alumni Center), register online or call 294-3192 or 294-5790
Arts and events
'Cabaret' opens Nov. 4
ISU Theatre partners with the music department for Cabaret, the first of two musical productions this season.

Planetarium shows are Friday evening
Learn about cosmic recycling -- star formation, stellar winds, supernova explosions -- at the planetarium show on Nov. 4 (kids' show at 6:30 p.m.; other shows at 7 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., ISU Planetarium, Physics). Shows are free but tickets are required and available at the door beginning at 6:15 p.m. Seating is limited. Weather permitting, an outdoor observing session will be held after the last show.

Got an itch for basketball?
The Cyclone men's and women's team kick off their preseason on Sunday, Nov. 6, with exhibition games at Hilton Coliseum. The women play Briar Cliff University at 1 p.m.; the men host the University of Sioux Falls at 6 p.m. Tickets for the afternoon game are $10-12; available tickets for the evening game are $25.

Quartet performs Sunday evening
The Amara Piano Quartet, in residence in the music department, will give a free recital on Sunday, Nov. 6 (7:30 pm., Tye Hall, Music). Music faculty members Mei-Hsuan Huang, Boro Martinic, Jonathan Sturm and George Work welcome musical guests, tenor Edwin Griffith and violinist Julie Fox Henson.

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

Professional development
Provost office programming
These events are hosted by the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity. Register online with your ISU-sponsored membership.
CELT programming
Register via Learn@ISU.
University library programming
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