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April 6, 2017
Inside news
Task force report sparks policy changes for 'specialized' faculty
A task force has recommended changes to several policies, procedures and processes surrounding nontenure-eligible (NTE) faculty. Among the recommendations is a new name and two new NTE faculty tracks.

Emeritus status could be expanded to all faculty
In a proposal introduced at the April 4 Faculty Senate meeting, nontenure-eligible faculty could receive emeritus status.

Chief of police Michael Newton started in his new post on April 3.

ThinkSpace facilitates better learning and teaching
Faculty who need help teaching complex problems to students or managing large classes may want to look at what ThinkSpace has to offer.

System search is down to two vendors
Education technology companies Canvas and Desire2Learn (D2L) have been selected to give on-campus presentations for Iowa State's next learning management system.

Halbur named interim Vet Med dean
Professor and department chair Pat Halbur will become acting Vet Med dean on June 1, succeeding Lisa Nolan as interim on July 1. Locke Karriker will fill in as interim chair of the veterinary diagnostic and production animal medicine department.

More news
The following announcements were added this week:
  • Symposium on Undergraduate Research and Creative Expression is April 11
  • Sigma Xi celebrates science and scholarship on April 13
  • Outdoor rec equipment sale is April 27
  • Science fair for elementary students is April 22
  • Departments, organizations sought for 2017 Destination Iowa State
  • Applicants sought for Graduate College's leadership academy
  • You're invited: Distinguished Awards Celebration is April 7

Around campus
Clinical skills lab helps vet students gain nearly life-like experience
Veterinary students in their first two years receive nearly life-like surgical training on animal simulations in the ISU clinical skills laboratory. The laboratory helps veterinary students build the motor skills and familiarity they'll need to perform surgical techniques on real animals.

Four Cyclones named Goldwater Scholars
Iowa State is one of just four universities to boast four recipients in this year's batch of Goldwater Scholarships, the nation's premier undergraduate scholarship in math, natural sciences and engineering.

Guests from Kosovo
The Republic of Kosovo's minister of education, science and technology brought a small delegation to campus earlier this week to learn about several leading ISU undergraduate programs.

Open houses and receptions
This week
  • 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: David Stuart, music and theatre, April 7 (3:30-5 p.m., program at 4:15 p.m., Music Hall lobby)
  • 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
Next week
  • Open house, Breakfast on the go for students employed on or off campus, April 12 (7:30-10:30 a.m., ground floor, Beardshear)
  • Retirement: John Schroeter, economics, April 18 (2:30-4 p.m., 368A Heady)
  • Recognition: Michael Bugeja, Greenlee School, April 21 (3:30-5:30 p.m., program at 3:50 p.m., Brunnier Art Museum, Scheman)
  • Closing reception: "Intentional," exhibition for 33 seniors in integrated studio arts, April 22 (5-7 p.m., Gallery 181, College of Design)
  • Retirement: Norm Scott, psychology, April 24 (4-5:30 p.m., MU Cardinal Room)
Details about these events are on the university calendar.

Upcoming seminars and conferences
Open forums
Open forums (11 a.m-noon) and meet-and-greet receptions (4 p.m.) are part of campus interviews scheduled next week for the two finalists:
  • April 10, Thomas Berry, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater (forum in MU Gold Room, reception in 2350 Beardshear)
  • April 11, Joyce Davidson, Iowa State (forum in MU Soults Visitor Center, reception in 2350 Beardshear)
Board of regents public hearing
Record your comments about any item on the board's April agenda at an April 13 public hearing (4-5 p.m., MU Gold Room). An agenda and meeting materials for the board's April 19-20 meeting in Council Bluffs will be posted to the regents meeting site by April 11.

Arts and events
Cyclone Voice finale is Thursday night
Fourteen Iowa State student vocalists emerged from a March 27 preliminary round and will compete to become the next Cyclone Voice on April 6 (8 p.m., MU Great Hall, doors open at 7:30 p.m.). Country musician and "American Idol" veteran Lauren Alaina will host the event and perform several songs while the judges deliberate. Admission is free.

Cyclone Market, spring football game are this Saturday
About 40 student groups will sell their wares at the Cyclone Market on April 8 (10 a.m.-1 p.m., Iowa State Center parking lots), prior to the spring intrasquad football game (1 p.m. (Jack Trice Stadium). Admission is free for both events. Parking is available in Iowa State Center lots A, B, C and D.  

Animal learning day is April 8
The Block and Bridle Club will host an animal learning day on April 8 (9 a.m.-1 p.m., Hansen Agriculture Student Learning Center). The event provides the public an opportunity to learn about animals in agriculture and features activities for all ages, including a Taste of Iowa segment with recipes and tastings. Admission is free.

TIAA president will speak on campus April 11
Roger Ferguson, president and CEO of TIAA, will give two presentations on Tuesday, April 11, in the MU Sun Room. Both events are free and open to the public:
  • 4 p.m., "My Personal Journey with Diversity"
  • 5:30 p.m., "How to Build Financial Security in a Changing World"
More campus events
Talks, performances, athletic contests and other campus events are listed on the university calendar.

Professional development
Provost office programming
These sessions are hosted by the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity. Register online with your ISU-sponsored membership.
Digital access programming
CELT programming
Register via Learn@ISU.
University human resources programming
Register via Learn@ISU.
  • Class, ISU Plan Benefits Session for Faculty, P&S, Supervisory and/or Confidential Merit and Contract (K-base) Staff, May 5 (9-11 a.m.)
  • Class, ISU and State of Iowa Benefits Session for Nonsupervisory (Organized) Merit Staff, May 9 (9-11 a.m.)
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