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June 8, 2017
Inside news
You're invited: Listening sessions scheduled as part of presidential search
Meeting for the first time June 5, the presidential search committee set four public listening sessions for next week at which individuals can offer ideas on what qualities are needed in the next ISU president.

New look available for websites
Web developers rolled out a new theme for department and unit websites, with an eye on consistency, accessibility and usability. The theme can be downloaded in four formats.

Winfrey named Memorial Union director
Steve Winfrey, director of the student union at North Dakota State University, Fargo, will become the director of the Memorial Union on Aug. 14.

Canvas is the new learning management system
A limited version will be used this fall, with the full version available for spring 2018 courses.

P&S employees: A little help with the job tool
As part of the P&S classification/compensation system review, employees have been asked to provide information on their actual job responsibilities. UHR staff provide some insight on what to expect when you open the job profile tool.

Class of 2017 adds to scholarship fund
A scholarship fund has been the senior class gift of choice since 2012.This spring's graduates have contributed more than $23,000 to the growing fund.

More news
The following announcements were added this week:
  • Pammel-Stange traffic lights reprogrammed to ease congestion
  • University human resources launches new website
  • Benefits webinar for merit employees is June 12
  • Human resources leadership search is canceled
  • Bissell Road section to close June 12-25
  • P&S staff are invited to June 16 social

Around campus
Algae, beware
A campus services team applied an annual dose of aluminum sulfate to Lake LaVerne this week. The intent? Reduce nutrient levels in the water to knock back algae growth.

Researchers capture quasiparticle images
The discovery could be an early step in developing nanophotonic circuits that are up to 1 million times faster than current electrical circuits.

Video: Postcard from Campus
In this latest installment of the video series, enjoy the beauty of campus through the eyes of orientation month visitors ... including a family of geese.

A solar car for four
Team PrISUm unveiled its newest solar car June 2. After 13 vehicles over  26 years, car number 9 has jumped from a single seater to a four-door, four seater. The car and team are on an Iowa tour through June 24.

Open houses and receptions
This week
  • Retirement: Patty Hefflefinger, College of Business career services, June 8 (no public event)
  • Open house: ISU Dairy Farm, June 9 (6-11 a.m., 52470 260 St., west of University Boulevard)
Next week
  • Reception: "Parallels: The Architecture of Impermanence" exhibit, with artist Joe Patrick, June 11 (2-4 p.m., remarks at 2:30 p.m., Brunnier Art Museum, 295 Scheman)
  • Retirement: Lynn Henn, Committee for Agricultural Development, June 14 (1:30-3 p.m., program at 1:45 p.m., 0142 Curtiss)
  • Retirement: Shirley Huck, Center for Survey Statistics and Methodology, June 22 (2-4 p.m., 115 Office and Lab)
  • Retirement: Dave Holger, Graduate College and senior vice president and provost's office, June 30 (2-4 p.m., remarks at 2:30 p.m., Beardshear first floor atrium)
Details about these events are on the university calendar.

Open forums
  • June 12, 1:30-3 p.m., MU Pioneer Room
  • June 12, 5:30-7 p.m., MU Campanile Room
  • June 13, 8:30-10 a.m., MU Pioneer Room
  • June 13, noon-1:30 p.m., Design on Main, 203 Main St., Ames
  • June 12, Candidate 2 (announced June 9), 2:15-3:15 p.m., MU Gold Room
  • June 14, Candidate 3 (announced June 13), 2:15-3:15 p.m., MU Gold Room
Arts and events
Meet the artist on June 11
Joe Patrick will speak about his art during a reception at the Brunnier Art Museum on Sunday, June 11 (2-4 p.m., 295 Scheman). His exhibit, "Parallels: The Architecture of Impermanence," runs through July 30.

Dairy Farm open house is Friday
ISU Extension and Outreach is celebrating dairy month with three events around the state, including the 9th annual open house at the ISU Dairy Farm on June 9 (6-11 a.m., 52470 260th St., south of Ames). Tours, demonstrations and family-friendly activities are planned.

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

Professional development
CELT programming
Register via Learn@ISU.
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