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March 23, 2017
Inside news
President Leath takes top job at Auburn
Having completed five years as Iowa State president in January, Leath said he expects to leave Ames by June 2.

Math faculty examine numbers to improve student learning
Extra efforts by several math professors over the past few years have yielded greater student success in precalculus and calculus.

Suchan tapped as interim registrar
Jennifer Suchan, ISU's senior associate registrar since 2015, stepped in as interim registrar on Monday. A search for the next registrar will be conducted this fall. offers convenient professional development tutorials offer Iowa State faculty and staff convenient online access to professional development opportunities. And because the university pays for the website's annual fees, there's no cost to employees.

Campus energy is cleaner
Replacing three of Iowa State's five coal-fueled boilers with natural gas boilers cut coal consumption nearly in half. While the fuel array is more diverse, coal remains the single largest fuel source for campus energy production.

More news
The following announcements were added this week:
  • Tribute planned for former dean of students
  • Learn about Iowa history at mobile museum
  • Lawnmower service days are March 31-April 1
  • Learning communities honor their peer mentors
  • Innovation competition set for March 31-April 1
  • Theatre program moves to third floor Carver
  • Lecture: ISU's 1890s football controversy
  • Demo to begin this month at Student Innovation Center site
See: Announcements

Around campus
No. 1 graduate program
Iowa State's program in agricultural and biosystems engineering jumped one spot to No. 1 in the country, according to this year's rankings of university graduate programs released March 14 by U.S. News and World Report.

Vet Med establishes endowed professorship in One Health
A new endowed professorship in the College of Veterinary Medicine will give leadership to efforts in One Health, in which health science professionals from multiple disciplines work toward optimal health for people, animals, plants and the environment.

Portrait artist to continue her work during residency
Maquoketa artist Rose Frantzen, who painted 19 portraits at the State Fair last August, is coming to campus next week to continue her work. During a nine-day residency in the Christian Petersen Art Museum, Frantzen will paint the portraits of 13 more Iowa Staters. Her work sessions are open to the public.

  • Donald Simonson, Morrill Professor of Music and Theatre, to chair of the music and theatre department, effective July 1
Open houses and receptions
Next week
  • Retirement: Lois Wright Morton, sociology, March 27 (5-7 p.m., program at 5:15 p.m., Harl Commons, Curtiss Hall)
  • Retirement: Mike Hamilton, facilities planning and management, March 31 (2:30-4 p.m., program at 3 p.m., 0162 General Services Building)
  • Retirement: Diana Pounds, university relations, April 3 (no public event, send well wishes)
  • Retirement: Lea Bartley, facilities planning and management, April 4 (1-2 p.m., program at 1:30 p.m., 0162 General Services Building)
  • Retirements: Bruce Bassler, Clare Cardinal-Pett and Gregory Palermo, architecture, April 6 (4-6 p.m., program at 4:15 p.m., King Pavilion, College of Design)
  • Retirement: Helene Uhlenhopp, facilities planning and management, April 7 (2-4 p.m., program at 3 p.m., 0162 General Services Building)
  • Open house and pancake breakfast, Flying Cyclones Club annual fly in, April 8 (7-11 a.m., Ames Municipal Airport), fee for breakfast
  • Open house, Breakfast on the go for students employed on or off campus, April 12 (7:30-10:30 a.m., ground floor, Beardshear)
Details about these events are on the university calendar.

Upcoming seminars and conferences
Arts and events
Softball home opener is this weekend
Crews are working this week to prep the softball field at the Cyclone Sports Complex for this weekend's home opener. Pending playable weather, ISU will face Big 12 Conference opponent Texas Tech at 4 p.m. on Friday, and at noon on Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free.

Festival pays tribute to women composers
The 21st annual International Festival of Women Composers is being held at Iowa State for the first time this week. Festival concerts on March 24 (7:30 p.m.) and March 26 (3 p.m.) feature only compositions written by women. The performances, in Music Hall's Tye Recital Hall, are free and open to the public. ISU music faculty member Miriam Zach established the festival in 1997. Additional information about the festival and its concerts is online.

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

Professional development
Apply to Preparing Future Faculty program by April 15
The Preparing Future Faculty program supplements departmental graduate preparation with teaching, mentoring and learning possibilities that give postdoctoral fellows and Ph.D. and master's students additional credentialing for the academic job market. The career preparation features a combination of seminars, mentoring and classroom and departmental service experiences. A few openings are available for the 2017-18 academic year. Interested graduate students and postdocs should submit applications by April 15. To learn more and apply, visit the CELT website.

CELT programming
Register via Learn@ISU.
University human resources programming
Register via Learn@ISU.
  • Class, Prepare for Retirement/Insurance for Non-supervisory Merit, April 18 (8-10 a.m.)
  • Class, The Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership, May 3 (8:30-10:30 a.m.)
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