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Feb. 9, 2017
Inside news
Travel ban could hurt international enrollment
During his remarks at the Feb. 2 Professional and Scientific Council meeting, senior vice president and provost Jonathan Wickert said a decline in international enrollment may be similar to the drop following the 9/11 attacks. He encouraged the ISU community to be supportive of individuals impacted by the travel ban.

Top 20 programs
A quick look at Iowa State's largest undergraduate majors according to spring enrollment.

Making way for the Student Innovation Center
Around April 1, demolition will begin on three 80+-years-old structures to clear the west campus site for the Student Innovation Center.

More news
The following announcements were added this week:
  • Grant will help library staff complete finding-aid project
  • Pre-Valentine art sale at the MU starts Feb. 9
  • Security alert: W-2 request is a con
  • Research seminar series is intended for undergrad audience
  • Cy is delivering Valentines Feb. 13-14

Around campus
Change agent: Michael Young
Motivated to help underrepresented students excel in STEM fields, math assistant professor Young is working with teachers to erase stereotypes and understand cultural differences. This is the latest installment in a News Service series that highlights faculty and staff whose work is changing the world for the better.

Researchers join national disease center
ISU joined a national consortium of research and training programs related to vector-borne, insect-transmitted diseases such as Zika and West Nile. The Midwest-based center is funded by a $10 million grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

  • Jim Harken, ISU Extension and Outreach, to Region 10 director (Benton, Linn and Jones counties), effective March 1
Open houses and receptions
This week
  • Open house: Commemoration of inventor Thomas Edison's birthday, Feb. 11 (1-4 p.m., Farm House Museum)
Next week
  • Reception: Joe Cordray and Joe Sebranek, animal science, Meat Industry Hall of Fame inductees, Feb. 14 (3-5 p.m., program at 4 p.m., Kildee atrium)
  • Retirement: Vince Lawson, Muscatine Island Research Farm, Fruitland, Feb. 15 (2:30-3:30 p.m., program at 2:45 p.m., MU Pioneer Room)
  • Open house: Student wellness program grand opening, Feb. 24 (10 a.m.-noon, ribbon cutting at 10:30 a.m., A37 Friley, use NE entrance)
  • Retirement: Ken Schmidt, facilities planning and management, March 1 (12:30-2:30 p.m., program at 1 p.m., 0162 General Services Building)
Details about these events are on the university calendar.

Upcoming seminars and conferences
Open forums
  • Feb. 10 (2:50-3:50 p.m., MU Gold Room), Candidate 3, rescheduled from Jan. 23
West campus development
FPM staff will share early plans and answer questions about several building, utility and road projects on the west side of campus (2017-20) during a campus forum on Wednesday, Feb. 15 (4:10 p.m., 0308 Elings). All are welcome.

Board of regents public hearing
Record your comments about any item on the board's February agenda at a Feb. 16 public hearing (5-6 p.m., MU Oak Room). An agenda and meeting materials for the board's Feb. 22-23 meeting will be posted to the regents meeting site by Feb. 14.

Arts and events
Student talent show
Semifinal rounds for Iowa State's 86th student talent competition, Varieties, will be held Friday-Saturday, Feb. 10-11 (6 and 9 p.m. daily, MU Great Hall, doors open 30 min. prior). Tickets are $10 (ISU students with ID, $6) on Midwestix or in the M-Shop box office (weekdays 11 a.m.-5 p.m.). Winners advance to the Varieties finals on Feb. 24-25 (7 p.m. daily).

Indoor track meet is Feb. 10-11
The Cyclone men's and women's track and field teams will host the Cyclone Classic Friday (11 a.m.-9 p.m.) and Saturday (noon-6 pm.), Feb. 10-11, in the Lied Center. NCAA Division I and unattached athletes from across the country will compete. Admission is free.

Orchid Fest takes place Feb. 11-12
Reiman Gardens will be awash in orchids during its annual Orchid Fest, Feb. 11-12 (9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. daily). Visitors may view a wide variety of orchids, purchase plants and get answers to their orchid questions from members of the Central Iowa Orchid Society. Regular admissions rates apply.

Soothing sounds of the Carpenters
Singer/songwriter Lisa Rock and her band will perform "Close to You: The Music of the Carpenters" on Feb. 14 (8 p.m., Stephens). Tickets, $25 to $55, are available at the Iowa State Center ticket office or through Ticketmaster. Tickets for an optional pre-show dinner (6:30 p.m., Scheman) are $32 per person and must be purchased by noon on Feb. 13.

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

Professional development
Provost office programming
Register via Learn@ISU.
CELT programming
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University human resources programming
Register via Learn@ISU.
  • Class, Behavior-based interviewing, Feb. 15 (9 a.m.-noon)
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