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Nov. 10, 2016 
Inside news
Senate opens business with diversity and inclusion endorsement
The Faculty Senate passed a resolution encouraging a campus-wide commitment to diversity and inclusivity. Senators also approved a new online major and a program name change at the Nov. 8 meeting.

Overtime changes, pay structure top council discussion
University human resources staff fielded questions and concerns from Professional and Scientific Council members about the Dec. 1 implementation of new federal overtime regulations and a comprehensive review of the P&S pay structure.

Online, in-person training helps answer FLSA questions
Training for employees and their supervisors impacted by changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) is in full swing. Online courses and enrollment for in-person sessions are available through Learn@ISU.

What will succeed Blackboard Learn?
CELT and Information Technology are leading a review of ISU's learning management system needs. The license with the current provider, Blackboard Learn, ends next December. All may provide input via an online survey.

UHR recommends flexible spending accounts to save money
Employees who want to start contributing to a flexible spending account or participating in the dependent care assistance program need to sign up before the end of the benefits open change period, Nov. 18. For those already participating, changes only are necessary to alter contribution amounts.

More news
The following announcements were added this week:
  • Apply now for spring 2017 tuition reimbursement
  • 'Good Girls Revolt' author to speak on campus Dec. 1
  • Silent auction accompanies postcard print exhibition
  • Sleep research is topic of Nov. 14 Osborn Club lecture
  • Reminder: ISCORE proposals are due Nov. 18

Around campus
In three minutes or less
The Graduate College will host its first Three-Minute Thesis competition on Tuesday, Nov. 15 (2 p.m., 1213 Hoover). The winner advances to a regional event in Indianapolis next spring.

Gold Star Hall ceremony honors four
Iowa State's annual Gold Star Hall ceremony Nov. 7 featured the stories and photos of four former students who died serving in the U.S. military. Veterans Week events continue through Friday.

  • Brian Vanderheyden, American Lung Association, to student wellness manager in the office of student wellness (student affairs division), effective Oct. 18
  • Andrew Hillier, professor and chair of chemical and biological engineering, to Reginald R. Baxter Endowed Department Chair in Chemical and Biological Engineering
Open houses and receptions
Next week
  • Reception: For lecturer, clinician and adjunct faculty, Dec. 1 (5-7 p.m., Garden Room, Reiman Gardens), register via Learn@ISU (SVPP programming)
  • Retirement: Wanda Schuller, treasurer's office, Dec. 2 (no public event)
Details about these events are on the university calendar.

Arts and events
Band extravaganza is Saturday evening
Ever wondered what a marching band sounds like indoors? Here's your chance to find out. The ISU Band Extravaganza on Saturday, Nov. 12 (7:30 p.m., Stephens Auditorium), features performances by three ISU bands: Wind Ensemble, Jazz Band I and all 350+ members of the Cyclone Marching Band. Tickets are $10 (students $5).

'Christmas Rocks!' tour stops at Stephens on Sunday
Grammy Award winner Brian Setzer and his 19-piece orchestra will bring retro holiday music to Stephens Auditorium on Nov. 13 (7 p.m.). Tickets, $39-$79, are available at the Stephens box office or through Ticketmaster.

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

Professional development
Vice president for research programming
A pair of workshops in the MU Gallery Room will explore how Congress and federal agencies interact with each other and how they impact research and science policy.
  • Workshop, How to Talk Science with the Federal Government, Nov. 30 (1:30-2:45 p.m.), register online
  • Workshop, Proposal Development Best Practices, Nov. 30 (3-4:30 p.m.), register online
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