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Feb. 16, 2017
Inside news
Leath covers budget, legislation and enrollment during senate update
President Steven Leath delivered his annual update to the Faculty Senate, touching on budget and legislative issues, projected enrollment growth and the fundraising campaign.

Dead week policy approved; nursing degree and transfer GPA under consideration
The Faculty Senate tackled a full agenda at its Feb. 14 meeting, including a dead week policy change, new academic programs and a proposed increase for the transfer GPA requirement.

Five questions for a Cyclone storyteller
Tom Kroeschell's lifelong interest in Iowa State history and penchant for storytelling are the perfect mix for the new "Cyclones 101" video series.

Regents meet next week in Ames
On the agenda: parking rates, student housing rates, Sycamore Falls project in Reiman Gardens, tennis facility purchase, weapons policy audit, two ISU faculty presentations and a refunding bond sale. Listen online.

Doering named associate VP in student affairs
Laura Doering, ISU's registrar since 2012, was named associate vice president for enrollment management and student success. She succeeds Martino Harmon, who became senior vice president for student affairs last spring.

Englin assumes expanded VP role in student affairs
Pete Englin assumed additional duties as of Jan. 30, now serving as assistant vice president for student affairs as well as director of the residence department.

Groups ease transition for underrepresented faculty, staff
Iowa State's five faculty and staff affinity groups offer individuals in underrepresented populations a place to connect, both on and off campus.

More news
The following announcement was added this week:
  • Forums scheduled for AESHM department chair candidates

Around campus
ISU receives AAU grant to improve undergraduate STEM education
Iowa State is one of 12 universities to receive a grant from the Association of American Universities (AAU) to improve undergraduate education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM disciplines.

Positive parenting produces lasting effects at biological level
Research by Elizabeth "Birdie" Shirtcliff, associate professor in human development and family studies, shows positive parenting has a lasting impact on children.

  • Mark Honeyman, ISU animal science and research farms, to associate dean for operations, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, effective Feb. 13
Open houses and receptions
Next week
  • Open house: Union Drive/Welch Road 2018 reconstruction information, Feb. 22 (4:30-6 p.m., UDCC first floor foyer)
  • 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
  • Seminar, for horse owners, Feb. 25 (9 a.m.-4 p.m., College of Veterinary Medicine), hosted by the college and student chapter of the American Association of Equine Practitioners, register by Feb. 20
  • Iowa State Conference on Race and Ethnicity (ISCORE), March 3 (8 a.m.-5 p.m., Memorial Union), free registration
  • ISCORE preconference, for faculty and staff, March 1 (11:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Memorial Union), free registration
  • Showcase, Aging in Iowa: Addressing Grand Challenges, April 5 (3-5 p.m., MU Cardinal Room), RSVP online, poster session abstracts due by March 1 to Amanda Hillman
Open forums
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 are available on the regents meeting site.

Arts and events
Reiman Gardens dedicates 2017 to 'Water'
Reiman Gardens will be awash with all things water-related throughout 2017, aptly reflecting this year's theme of "Water." Through December, visitors may enjoy exhibits of vivid floral displays that feature items related to oceans, lakes and rivers. Two exhibits -- "Petals and Parasols" and "River Stories -- Views from an Iowa Watershed" -- currently are on display. Regular admission rates apply.

Band concert is Sunday afternoon
Iowa State's Concert and Campus bands will host a joint concert on Sunday, Feb. 19 (3 p.m., Ames City Auditorium). Admission is $7 ($5 for students).

'Planet Money' host to give campus lecture
Adam Davidson, co-founder and host of National Public Radio's "Planet Money," will present the Greater Iowa Credit Union Business Lecture on Wednesday, Feb. 22 (8 p.m., MU Great Hall). His talk, "It's the Economy," is free and open to the public.

Art walk honors George Washington Carver
University Museums invites the campus community to an art walk on Feb 22 (noon-1 p.m., southeast entrance, Food Sciences Building) that celebrates the legacy of ISU alum George Washington Carver. See several works of art in the campus collection inspired by Carver's work and accomplishments.

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

Professional development
Vice president for research programming
University human resources programming
Register via Learn@ISU.
  • Class, ISU and State of Iowa Benefits Session for Non-supervisory (organized) Merit Staff, March 28 (9-11 a.m.)
  • Class, Prepare for Retirement/Insurance for Faculty, P&S, Supervisory Merit, March 30 (1:20-3:30 p.m)
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