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Oct. 5, 2017
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How is your ISU experience?
Faculty, staff and students are asked to provide feedback in a confidential survey of the learning, living and working environment at Iowa State. The campus climate survey is available through October.

Open forums set for presidential finalists
Open forums for the final four candidates in Iowa State's presidential search are scheduled for 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday next week in the Memorial Union. You're invited.

Healthy employees help keep health care premiums steady
Premiums for the university's ISU Plan benefits program have remained level for the past five years, a feat almost unheard of today. Several factors play a role in keeping costs down, including healthy, happy employees.

Save the dates: ISU Plan open enrollment, merit meetings
The ISU Plan open enrollment period runs Nov. 1-17. Meetings are scheduled throughout those weeks to assist merit employees, who will enroll in the plan for the first time.

Marston renovation earns Iowa State's 15th LEED certification
In the two-year project, 29 percent of the original Marston Hall was removed to create 21st-century spaces inside a classic 20th-century shell. The result was another LEED Gold honor for the university.

More news
The following announcements were added this week:
  • GIS facility celebrates Earth Observation Day Oct. 12
  • Faculty Senate cancels its Oct. 10 meeting
  • Registration is open for girls STEM events
  • Pumpkin carvers needed at Reiman Gardens Oct. 16-20
  • 'Daniel Tiger' tickets go on sale Oct. 6
  • Latino/a Heritage Month's Candelario talk moved to Scheman Building
  • Save the dates: Public forums scheduled for presidential finalists
  • Reminder: Flu shot clinic begins Oct. 9
  • Spring course materials due now to ISU Book Store
  • Design on Main gallery included in area studio tour
  • Tower crane to be installed in west campus Oct. 7-8
  • Faculty, staff and student veterans reception is Oct. 11

Around campus
Change agent: Coolness under fire
Tomas Gonzalez-Torres, alumnus and senior lecturer in aerospace engineering, taught astronauts for more than a decade in several NASA space flight positions. Who better to positively impact students? Read more in this latest installment to a series about faculty and scientists whose work is changing the world for the better.

New catalyst could lead to more sustainable chemistry
Assistant professor of chemistry Levi Stanley is working to make pharmaceutical practices more green by creating a recyclable catalyst and eliminating traditional solvents.

Library's digital repository hits two more milestones
Five years in, University Library's digital repository recently welcomed its 700th faculty participant and 70,000th posted item.

High-intensity workout trend sends wrong message
Though its benefits are alluring, high-intensity interval training is unpleasant, research by kinesiology professor Paddy Ekkekakis shows. It's not a sustainable exercise plan for most people, he said. 

  • Alexis Campbell, associate scientist in the biochemistry, biophysics and molecular biology department, as the first full-time director of Science Bound, effective Oct. 2
  • Amanda Fales-Williams, associate professor of veterinary pathology, as the inaugural holder of the Tyrone D. Artz, MD, Chair for Teaching Excellence in Veterinary Medicine
  • Jonathan Hassid, assistant professor of political science, to the Lucken Faculty Fellowship
  • Steffen Schmidt, University Professor of political science, to the Lucken Professorship in Political Science
Open houses and receptions
This week
  • Reception: "Everything to Everybody" exhibit, Oct. 7 (2-4 p.m., Design on Main gallery, 203 Main St.)
Next week
  • Reception: "Faces of Iowa State" exhibit, with artist Rose Frantzen, Oct. 10 (7-8:30 p.m., Brunnier Art Museum, 295 Scheman)
  • Reception, Faculty, staff and student veterans meet-and-greet, Oct. 11 (4-6 p.m., MU Col. Pride Veterans Lounge), RSVPs appreciated
  • 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.

Open forums
The candidates' open forums will be held 4-5 p.m. in the Memorial Union. Candidates will be identified the morning before their visits.
  • Oct. 9, Sun Room
  • Oct. 10, Great Hall
  • Oct. 11, Sun Room
  • Oct. 12, Great Hall
Arts and events
Bacon Expo is Saturday
The university's fifth annual Bacon Expo, a family-friendly event hosted by students, will take place Saturday, Oct. 7 (11 a.m.-2 p.m., Hansen Agriculture Student Learning Center). The "Bacon Hero" themed activities include recipe sampling, live entertainment and educational displays. Tickets, $10 in advance or $12 at the door, are available online. Proceeds will benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Fall lecture series delivers variety
Iowa State's fall lecture series is underway with a variety of informative and enlightening programs. All events are free and open to the public.

ISU student-musicians present fall concerts
Support Iowa State student-musicians at one of three concerts scheduled this week. All concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. in Music Hall's Tye Recital Hall.
  • ISU Symphony Orchestra, Oct. 6, ($5, $3 for students)
  • Jazz I and II ensembles, Oct. 11 ($5)
  • Jazz Combos, Oct. 12 (free)
More campus events
Talks, performances, athletic contests and other campus events are listed on the university calendar.

Professional development
Vice president for research programming
University library programming
Preregistration required via Learn@ISUWorkshop details.
  • Workshop, Beyond the Text: Rare Books as Artifacts, Oct. 12 (3-4:30 p.m.)
  • Workshop, Getting Started with EndNote Web (bibliographic management program), Oct. 19 (3-4:30 p.m.)
  • Workshop, Data Management Planning: An Introduction (data sharing, open data), Oct. 27 (2-4 p.m.)
CELT programming: Canvas workshops
All spring semester courses that use ISU's central learning management system will be taught in Canvas. Access to Blackboard will be turned off Jan. 5, 2018. CELT staff will lead five 90-minute Canvas workshops multiple times this fall that highlight the pedagogy and mechanics behind Canvas functions. Below are the first two weeks' worth. Register via Learn@ISU. Workshop descriptions.
  • Course Design in Canvas, Oct. 9 and 20 (10-11:30 a.m., 2-3:30 p.m. daily)
  • The Pedagogy of Canvas Quizzes, Oct. 10 and 16 (10-11:30 a.m., 2-3:30 p.m. daily)
  • Assignments and Gradebook in Canvas, Oct. 11 and 19 (10-11:30 a.m., 2-3:30 p.m. daily)
  • Groups and Collaborative Work in Canvas, Oct. 12 and 18 (10-11:30 a.m., 2-3:30 p.m. daily)
  • Accessibility in Canvas, Oct. 13 and 17 (10-11:30 a.m., 2-3:30 p.m. daily)
Additional information about Canvas, including open labs and self-paced training, is online.

CELT programming
Register via Learn@ISU.
Professional and Scientific Council programming
  • Seminar, P&S classification and compensation review, Oct. 10 (2-3 p.m., MU Pioneer Room, also livestreamed)
University human resources programming
Register via Learn@ISU.
  • Class, Behavior-based Interviewing, Nov. 14 (9 a.m.-noon)
  • Class, ISU and State of Iowa Benefits Session for Non-supervisory (Organized) Merit Staff, Nov. 2 (1:30-3:30 p.m.)
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