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Sept. 21, 2017
Inside news
Interim President Allen lays out fall agenda
The university's first campus climate survey in 13 years and conversations about budget reallocation strategies are among interim President Ben Allen's fall priorities, as outlined during his Sept. 14 address.

Five questions for the lectures program leader
Iowa State's lectures program celebrates its 60th anniversary this year. Pat Miller has led it for the last 37 years.

Inclusive award debuts at university ceremony
Faculty and staff will be honored during Iowa State's annual awards ceremony, Sept. 25 in the Memorial Union Great Hall.

HVAC recommissioning aims to make thermostats work like new
Is your office too hot or cold? An ongoing effort to recommission heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems in select campus facilities is intended to fix that, though it will take a long time to get to every building.

Next week: Thursday evening football will impact campus parking 
The Cyclone football team will face Texas Thursday evening, Sept. 28, in an ESPN national broadcast. It's a regular class and work day, so parking adjustments are planned. Here's what you need to know, whether or not you're heading to the game.

More news
The following announcements were added this week:
  • Technology available for checkout at Parks Library
  • Registration is open for Homecoming parade entrants
  • Memorial service for emeritus professor Wesley Buchele is Sept. 23
  • Campus resources can help with DACA questions
  • Presidential semifinalists to interview next week at Twin Cities hotel
  • Run for the Roses 5K/10K is Oct. 8
  • Be part of library history on Sept. 25
  • Cyclone Aide applications are due Oct. 2
  • Green Dot program launches Sept. 27
  • Clarification regarding vehicle rentals for ISU business travel
  • Three fine dining dinners scheduled during fall semester

Around campus
Large endowment will provide annual support to LAS college
A business ownership gift to the College of Liberal Arts and Studies first reported in January will create an endowment of approximately $145 million, generating $5 million-$6 million in revenue each year for the college.

New solar car to race across Australian Outback
Team PrISUm's latest solar car is built for consumers, with four seats, cup holders and room for groceries. You could drive it to work. First, though, the student engineers of Team PrISUm are going to drive Penumbra across Australia as competitors in the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge.

Family tension can be related to midlife depression
A study led by assistant professor of human development and family studies Megan Gilligan found that tension with our mothers and siblings is associated with symptoms of depression.

Open houses and receptions
This week
  • Farewell: Peter Lundeen, agronomy, Sept. 21 (3-5 p.m., 3140 Agronomy)
Next week
  • Reception: following university awards ceremony, Sept. 25 (3:30 p.m., MU Great Hall)
  • Open house: Green Dot violence prevention program, Sept. 27 (11 a.m.-1 p.m., Parks Library lawn or State Gym if rain)
  • Retirement: Dan Morrical, animal science, Sept. 27 (3-5 p.m., program at 4 p.m., Kildee atrium)
  • Retirement: Barb Burnett, printing and copy services, Sept. 29 (1-3 p.m., 0303 MU)
  • Reception: "Everything to Everybody" exhibit, Oct. 7 (2-4 p.m., Design on Main gallery, 203 Main St.)
  • Reception: "Faces of Iowa State" exhibit, with artist Rose Frantzen, Oct. 10 (7-8:30 p.m., Brunnier Art Museum, 295 Scheman)
Details about these events are on the university calendar.

Arts and events
MU birthday dinner is Friday (and stay for a movie)
The Memorial Union will host a free chili and cake supper to celebrate its 89th birthday on Friday, Sept. 22 (5 p.m., MU Great Hall, first come, first served). At 8 p.m. on the west terrace, the Campustown Action Association will show the 2017 live action version of Disney's "Beauty and the Beast." Bring your own chairs, blankets and snacks.

Music festival focuses on experimental interdisciplinary arts
The music department's annual Lipa Festival of Contemporary Music, Sept. 26-27, will feature lectures and performances that combine concepts and methods from computer science, math, digital animation and traditional music composition. Music faculty will join several guest artists in afternoon and evening events each day that are free and open to the public.

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

Professional development
Vice president for research programming
  • Workshop, Integrating Broader Impacts Into Your Research, Oct. 10 (8:30 a.m.-noon), register online
University library programming
Preregistration required via Learn@ISUWorkshop details.
  • Workshop, Getting Started with Zotero (free tool for managing research citations, documents), Sept. 28 (3-4:30 p.m.)
  • Workshop, Getting Started with Mendeley (free reference manager and academic social network), Oct. 5 (3-4:30 p.m.)
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