Inside Iowa State for faculty and staff
Sept. 28, 2017
Inside news
Four will be invited to campus for presidential finalist interviews
Four candidates will have an opportunity to interview on campus for Iowa State's top job. Details will be released soon about the on-campus interviews, which begin next week.

Flexibility is focus in cutting-edge classrooms
Experts involved in creating the university's newest learning spaces say flexibility is a top trend in modern classroom design, making it easier to use active and team-based teaching styles to engage students. Adaptability and other features common in new classrooms are informed in part by faculty input.

Searches begin for Vet Med dean, Extension and Outreach leader
The search timelines are structured so that Iowa State's next president, once named, will participate in the interviews and hiring decisions.

Interim President Allen outlines efficiency savings, regents approve state funding requests
Incremental state support, a request of $5 million for Iowa State, would be designated for resident undergraduate financial aid.

New management system for student recruiting launches next month
A new communication management and engagement tool will enhance the prospective student experience during the recruitment process, which starts next month.

More news
The following announcements were added this week:
  • ISU's Brent Shanks to testify before U.S. Senate committee Thursday morning
  • Stress management workshop offered to faculty and staff
  • Volunteers needed for Oct. 4 Hunger Fight
  • Purchase cherry pies during Human Sciences Week, Oct. 2-6
  • ISU Blood Drive is Oct. 2-5
  • New facilities and administrative cost rate takes effect Oct. 1
  • Baldwin named interim assistant VP for student health services
  • Training for youth program leaders is Oct. 10
  • Oct. 5 Cyclone lunch features Coach Campbell
  • Annual Major Fair is Oct. 11
  • Nominate student wellness leaders
  • Investment planning workshop is Oct. 3

Around campus
Next campus conversation is Oct. 3
Current events, police response and hate crimes are the focus of the next campus conversation Tuesday, Oct. 3 (3-5 p.m., 198 Parks Library). It will include an ISU police presentation on hate crimes as well as small group discussions. All are welcome.

School, health, behavior suffer when children have TV, video games in bedroom
An Iowa State study is one of the first to demonstrate the consequences of allowing children to have TVs or video game systems in their bedrooms. Children spent less time reading, sleeping or participating in other activities. Consequently, they did not do as well in school and were at greater risk for obesity and video game addiction.

Among the 54 university employees honored during a Sept. 25 ceremony were Audrey Kennis and Tera Jordan, the inaugural recipients of the university's Award for Inclusive Excellence.

Three Design programs rank in top 25
Iowa State's programs in interior design, landscape architecture and architecture are ranked in the top 25 in the United States, according to a practioners survey.

Open houses and receptions
This week
  • Retirement: Barb Burnett, printing and copy services, Sept. 29 (1-3 p.m., MU Pioneer Room)
  • Retirement: William Haman, Iowa Energy Center, Sept. 29 (no public event)
  • Retirement: Denise Junod, Iowa Energy Center, Sept. 29 (no public event)
  • Retirement: Norman Olson, Iowa Energy Center, Sept. 29 (no public event)
Next week
  • 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)
  • Reception: "Headspace" exhibit, with artist Meghan Flynn, Oct. 13 (6-7:30 p.m., MU Pioneer Room)
Details about these events are on the university calendar.

Arts and events
Reminder: Thursday football game will impact campus parking lots
Iowa State hosts the Texas Longhorns Thursday, Sept. 28, in a 7 p.m. football game. Most stadium-area lots open to football fans at 1 p.m. Thursday; campus general and reserved lots open to the public at 3 p.m. Thursday.

ISU Theatre's season opener ties in to Banned Books Week
One by one, characters in "Out of the Fire: The Banned Books Monologues," will explore the topics of censorship and banned books. The production opens Sept. 29 and includes six performances over two weekends in Fisher Theater. Tickets are available at the Stephens Auditorium box office, via Ticketmaster or at the door.

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

Professional development
2018-19 Miller Faculty Fellowship proposals are due Dec. 5
The deadline for 2018-19 Miller Faculty Fellowship proposals is Dec. 5. Program and application details are online. Questions may be emailed to

Provost office programming
Register via Learn@ISU.
Vice president for research programming
CELT programming
Register via Learn@ISU.
University human resources programming
Register via Learn@ISU.
  • Class, Tools for Managing Workplace Conflict, three-part series begins Nov. 13 (9-11 a.m.)
  • Class, Understanding, Handling and Championing Change at ISU, four-part series begins Nov. 16 (9-11 a.m.)
  • Class, Energize Your Leadership Process: The Art and Science of Employee Development, six-part series begins Jan. 4, 2018 (9 a.m.-noon)
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