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Aug. 24, 2017
Inside news
Presidential search soon shifts to next phase
The search for Iowa State's next president will soon move from collecting candidates to considering them. Today's the deadline for applications and nominations.

Eighty tenured, tenure-eligible members join the ISU faculty
Iowa State hired 80 tenured or tenure-track faculty members between last September and this month, comparable to 76 new faculty a year ago. Spousal accommodation plays a more significant role in the annual number than it did 15 years ago.

Employee reporting hierarchy sets foundation for Workday
Iowa State's supervisory organization, which defines the reporting lines for positions and employees, is being created and updated in the Workday enterprise software system.

Take those aches and pains seriously
Have nagging neck and shoulder pain? Environmental health and safety offers several resources to improve the ergonomics of employees' workspaces.

Another fun place to eat on campus
Following a 10-month demolition and construction project in the former Friley dining hall, ISU Dining's Windows opened this week to help distribute diners across campus during the week.

More news
The following announcements were added this week:
  • Weekly training email to feature student experiences
  • Tickets on sale for Oct. 11 Dustin Lynch concert
  • Keep up with digital scholarship news at the library
  • Nominations for Catt Center calendar honorees are due Sept. 29
  • Funeral service for Deb Duncan is Aug. 25
  • Three new members named to biotech council
  • 'After hours' in the gardens is Sept. 8
  • Instructors sought for November middle school TAG conferences
  • Report wireless connectivity issues
  • Klobuchar lecture is Aug. 31
  • Single-game football tickets are on sale

Around campus
Gerdin gift will help pay for building expansion
A $7 million commitment this week from the Gerdin Charitable Foundation will help the College of Business expand its facility. Preliminary plans are for a four-story addition.

Engineering viruses to make crops stronger
Plant pathology professors W. Allen Miller and Steve Whitham are part of a multi-institutional effort to help corn stand up to stress brought on by drought and disease by using viruses and aphids to activate desirable traits.

Second annual Rummage RAMPage recycles tons (literally) of furniture
Rummage RAMPage, the community sale designed to keep reusable items from being tossed, diverted 77,520 pounds of furniture and housewares from the landfill and raised $14,000 for the local nonprofits that staffed it. ISU's sustainability program co-hosted the sale with the city of Ames July 28-Aug. 2.

Bells ring in the solar eclipse
The carillon bells were quiet this summer while crews addressed maintenance and repair projects within the campanile. The weekday carillon concerts resumed Monday with a special playlist celebrating the solar eclipse (video).

  • Hal Schenck, University of Illinois, to professor and chair of the math department, effective Aug. 16
  • Gary Taylor, interim director of ISU Extension and Outreach's community and economic development program, to director, effective Aug. 19
Open houses and receptions
Next week
  • Retirement: Bronwyn Frame, Plant Transformation Facility, agronomy department, Aug. 28 (3-5 p.m., program at 3:30 p.m., 3140 Agronomy)
  • Open house: Lectures program 60th anniversary, Aug. 30 (3:30-5:30 p.m., program at 4:30 p.m., MU Great Hall)
  • Retirement: Mark Renoux, facilities planning and management, Sept. 1 (9:30-11 a.m., program at 10 a.m., 0162 General Services Building)
  • Reception: "Amy N. Worthen: The World in Perspective" exhibit, Sept. 8 (6-8 p.m., artist remarks at 6:30 p.m., Brunnier Art Museum, Scheman)
Details about these events are on the university calendar.

Arts and events
Free feature film series kicks off this weekend
The Student Union Board's Cyclone Cinema -- feature films with recent theater runs but typically prior to their DVD release dates -- begins its fall run tonight with twice-nightly screenings of "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" through Sunday in the Carver Hall auditorium. Admission is free; the public is welcome.

Campus conversation is Aug. 25
Staff, faculty and students are invited to participate in an Aug. 25 campus conversation (11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., 3150 Beardshear) to discuss recent divisive national events. Participants are welcome to join all or part of the discussion. Contact the office of the vice president for diversity and inclusion with questions,

Volleyball team hosts invitational this weekend
The Cyclone volleyball team will host the four-team Cyclone Invitational Aug. 25-26 at Hilton Coliseum. ISU plays at 6:30 p.m. Friday (Kent State), and noon (University of Nebraska, Omaha) and 6:30 p.m. (University of New Mexico) Saturday. Tickets are $5.

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

Professional development
Comprehensive CELT schedule
To date, staff in the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching have planned more than 120 hours of professional development programming for this academic year. Educators who'd like to review all the opportunities in a single document may access this PDF.

Office of digital access programming
CELT programming
Register via Learn@ISU.
University human resources programming
Register via Learn@ISU.
  • Class, Four Generations in the Workplace, Aug. 30 (8:30-10:30 a.m.)
  • Two-part series, Emotional Intelligence, Sept. 5 (8:30-10:30 a.m.) and Sept. 26 (1-3 p.m.)
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