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Dec. 15, 2016 
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Leath apologizes, regents say it's time to move forward
President Steven Leath told the state Board of Regents that this experience -- an audit of ISU flight service that included Leath's use of university aircraft -- will make him a better, more conscientious leader.

Senate president speaks out on regents issues
At the Dec. 13 Faculty Senate meeting, senate president Jonathan Sturm shared his thoughts on the state board of regents' differential tuition decision and its audit of President Steven Leath's use of university planes.

Another record graduation group
Iowa State will award an estimated 2,136 diplomas this month, another record for December commencement. The class includes an anticipated 1,759 bachelor's, 257 master's and 120 doctoral students.

Mitchellville to Uganda: FundISU's far-flung first year  
ISU Foundation provided the crowdfunding platform and university teams took it from there, raising dollars for all kinds of projects -- from putting on the Fashion Show to expanding a garden at a state prison to continuing development work abroad. In a banner first year for FundISU, 16 teams raised more than $190,000.

VanDerZanden reappointed to CELT post
Professor of horticulture Ann Marie VanDerZanden has been appointed to a second five-year term as director of the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching.

Get ready for the winter break partial shutdown
Winter break is around the corner. Here are some tips to remember if you'll be away from your office for several days.

Note these semester break schedule changes, closures
Check out this list of closures and altered schedules before trekking to campus during break.

Publishing break for 'Inside'
Dec. 15 is the last "Inside Iowa State" of fall semester. We will resume publication on Jan. 5.

More news
The following announcements were added this week:
  • Scholarship honors Family and Consumer Sciences dean Crabtree
  • Tickets on sale Dec. 16 for Hough siblings' May dance show
  • Chemistry stores' customer appreciation event is Dec. 20
  • FLSA changes still on hold
  • Amara Piano Quartet completes first CD
  • Blackboard Learn unavailable on Dec. 27 for upgrade
  • Library will be open weekdays during winter break
  • EH&S offers winter safety tips

Around campus
Change agent: Jim Hill
The latest accolade for University Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering Jim Hill is a lifetime achievement award from the organizers of the American Solar Challenge. Read more about that life in the most recent installment of News Service's series on faculty and researchers whose work is changing the world for the better.

Two faculty named fellows of the National Academy of Inventors
Two Iowa State faculty members received inductions to the National Academy of Inventors. Surya Mallapragada, Anson Marston Distinguished Professor and the Carol Vohs Johnson Chair in Chemical and Biological Engineering, and Pat Halbur, professor and chair of veterinary diagnostic and production animal medicine, were recognized for their innovative work to improve living conditions and create economic development.

Early childhood ed major rebounds from head injury to graduate this weekend
Amanda Paulsen Rohlf will be among those collecting an Iowa State diploma Saturday afternoon. Read about her journey back from a daunting head injury in 2011 -- and the Iowa State team that accompanied her.

Ames Lab makes the grade
The U.S. Department of Energy, which annually measures its 10 national labs against eight performance goals, has given the Ames Lab three A- grades (including mission accomplishment) and four B+ grades (an eighth category was not applicable).

Open houses and receptions
This week
  • Retirement: Judy Hankins, finance division, Dec. 15 (10:30 a.m.-noon, 3150 Beardshear)
  • Retirement: Mervyn Marasinghe, statistics, Dec. 16 (no public event)
  • Retirement: Connie Regenold, office for responsible research/office of research integrity, Dec. 16 (no public event)
  • Farewell: Dorian Garrick, animal science, Dec. 16 (3-4 p.m., Kildee Hall atrium)
Next week
  • Farewell: Cheryl Morris, animal science, Dec. 19 (3-4 p.m., Kildee Hall atrium)
  • Open house/customer appreciation: Chemistry stores, Dec. 20 (8:30 a.m.-2 p.m., 1400 Gilman), sponsored by Fisher Scientific
  • Retirement: Gary Polking, office of biotechnology, Dec. 20 (2-3:30 p.m., 1102 Molecular Biology)
  • Retirement: Tim Gray, Center for Nondestructive Evaluation, Dec. 31 (no public event)
  • Retirement: Trevor Howe, central stores, Jan. 3 (11 a.m.-1:30 p.m., 162 General Services)
  • Retirement: Connie Nessa, Center for Nondestructive Evaluation, Jan. 3 (no public event)
  • Retirement: David Miller, facilities planning and management, Jan. 6 (2-4:30 p.m., program at 3 p.m., 168 General Services)
  • Farewell: Dean McCormick, facilities planning and management, Jan. 9 (2-4 p.m., program at 3 p.m., second floor, General Services)
  • Retirement: Mark Grootveld, Ames Laboratory, Jan. 12 (1:30-3 p.m., 301 Spedding)
 Details about these events are on the university calendar.

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