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Jan. 12, 2017
Inside news
FY17 state appropriations to be reduced
University leaders are preparing for a mid-year reduction -- of uncertain size -- in state funding support.

Council briefed on Workday implementation process
Francis Quinn, change manager in IT, gave an overview of the Workday enterprise software implementation process at the Jan. 5 Professional and Scientific Council meeting.

New building will be a student-centered collaboration zone
Construction on the Student Innovation Center begins this year. The glass-encased building will be an eye-catching feature in the west campus landscape.

Student affairs associate VP finalists interview next week
Four finalists will be available for public open forums and "meet and greet" receptions Jan. 17-20.

Reminder: Monday is a university holiday
Classes don't meet and university offices are closed Monday, Jan. 16, in observance of the national Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.

More news
The following announcements were added this week:
  • Visits scheduled for assistant VP/chief of police finalists
  • Students sought for pilot financial literacy program
  • Reminder: Faculty development resources available through national center
  • Student government purchases schoolwide access to online NY Times
  • Four microscopy facilities are merging
  • Consider a CELT program this spring
  • UCC offers child care program opportunities, place for sick kids
  • Date change for Celtic Fire performance at Stephens
  • Nominations for six alumni awards are due Feb. 15
  • Group fitness event is tonight
  • Workspace hosts Sole Hope event on Jan. 16
  • Training for youth program leaders is Jan. 18
  • OPPTAG seeks teachers, course proposals for summer programs

Around campus
Foundation receives one of its largest gifts
The ISU Foundation announced on Jan. 11 one of its largest gifts ever. With an estimated value of $93 million, the gift is an equity stake of Curriculum Associates, an education company headquartered in Billerica, Massachusetts. When the equity interest is sold, the gift will create an endowed fund for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Pollard receives contract extension
Jamie Pollard, who has served as athletics director since 2005, received a contract extension through 2024. He has the third-longest tenure among Big 12 Conference ADs.

Award helps library establish avian archive
This spring, the University Library will establish the Avian Archives of Iowa Online, a portal for Iowa ornithological primary sources dating from 1895 to 2012. The eight collections selected for the project include the work of some of the Midwest's most influential conservationists. A Digitizing Hidden Collections Award from the Council on Library and Information Resources will fund the project.

Business college announces promotions
The College of Business announced administrative promotions for faculty members Russ Laczniak, Scott Grawe and Pol Herrmann.

ISU leads effort to establish statewide cybersecurity, literacy alliance
Iowa State cybersecurity experts are leading a statewide effort to establish the Iowa Cyber Alliance. The alliance is all about bringing partners together to provide cybersecurity education, outreach and training across the state.

No Zika-associated mosquitoes found in Iowa last year
Systematic mosquito surveillance conducted by ISU entomologists in 2016 found no evidence that the two species most associated with Zika virus have established themselves in the state.

Open houses and receptions
This week
  • Retirement: Mark Grootveld, Ames Laboratory, Jan. 12 (1:30-3 p.m., 301 Spedding)
Next week
  • Open house: Geoffroy Hall (student residence), Jan. 18 (9-11:30 a.m., program and ribbon cutting 9-9:30 a.m., building tours and refreshments follow, 2152 Lincoln Way), President Emeritus Gregory Geoffroy will attend
  • Reception, "For Married Students: Building a Community in Pammel Court, 1946-78" exhibit, Jan. 18 (6-8 p.m.,198 Parks Library)
  • Reception and gallery talk: "Uprooted" exhibit, with photographer Kristine Heykants, Jan. 18 (7 p.m., MU Pioneer Room)
  • Retirement: Ila Haugen, Ames Laboratory, Feb. 2 (2-4 p.m., 301 Spedding)
Details about these events are on the university calendar.

Open forums
Associate VP for enrollment services and student success
Four finalists have been named for the associate VP position in the student affairs division. Public events include an open forum (11 a.m.-noon, MU Soults Family Visitor Center) and meet-and-greet reception on these dates:
  • Jan. 17, Katharine Johnson Suski, ISU admissions, 4 p.m. reception
  • Jan. 18, Mary Aguayo, University of Wyoming, Laramie, 4 p.m. reception
  • Jan. 19, Laura Doering, ISU registrar, 3 p.m. reception
  • Jan. 20, Erik D'Aquino, Erie Community College, Buffalo, New York, 4 p.m. reception
Assistant vice president and chief of police
Four finalists have been selected for for the assistant vice president and chief of police position. Candidates' names and interview schedules will be shared just prior to their arrival on campus. Open forums (2:50 to 3:50 p.m) are set for:
  • Jan. 17, Candidate 1
  • Jan. 20, Candidate 2
  • Jan. 23, Candidate 3
  • Jan 25, Candidate 4
Board of Regents public hearing
Record your comments about any item on the board's January agenda at a Jan. 13 public hearing (noon-1 p.m., MU Gold Room). An agenda and meeting materials for the Jan. 17 meeting are posted on the regents meeting site.

Arts and events
Legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. honored this month
Martin Luther King Jr. Day is Jan. 16 and the campus community is honoring King's legacy with several January events that are free and open to the public. Two service opportunities on campus also are scheduled.

LEGO state championship is this weekend
Sixty teams of kids ages 9 to 14 have been working months to create robots out of LEGOs. On Jan. 14-15 (9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. both days, Howe Hall and other College of Engineering buildings), the kids will compete in robotics tournaments during the Iowa FIRST LEGO League state championships. The event is free and open to the public. Robot game matches also will be live streamed both days beginning at 9 a.m. 

Cyclone Cinema launches spring lineup tonight
The free film series features award-winning performances and Golden Globe winner "La La Land."

Professional development
Provost office programming
CELT programming
Register via Learn@ISU.
University human resources programming
Register via Learn@ISU.
  • Series, Tools for Managing Workplace Conflict, three-part series begins April 4 (9-11 a.m.)
  • Class, Social Security: What's YOUR Strategy? March 7 (noon-1 p.m.)
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