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Oct. 26, 2017
Inside news
With insider's insight, Wintersteen to lead university she's long served
Iowa State never has had a president with more experience on campus than Wendy Wintersteen, but her first task still will be to listen. The sole in-house finalist was named the university's 16th president earlier this week. She takes office Nov. 20.

Employee benefits open change period is Nov. 1-17
ISU employees have an opportunity to enroll in or change ISU Plan benefits during the annual open change period, Nov. 1-17.  This marks the first time merit employees will participate in the ISU Plan.

Canvas implementation heads toward full launch in January
All spring courses that use the university's Learning Management System will be taught in Canvas, and faculty are encouraged to review their spring courses in Canvas before they leave for Thanksgiving break. Faculty and student access to Blackboard will end Jan. 5, 2018.

The skinny on Iowa State's skeleton sets
It's not just a saying. Skeletons actually belong in the closet. But at Iowa State, precisely how some of them got there is a mystery.

Report: Iowa State faculty more productive in teaching and research
During a decade of enrollment growth, ISU faculty, on average, also grew their teaching and research productivity, according to last spring's faculty activity survey. Results were shared with the state Board of Regents this month.

More news
The following announcements were added this week:
  • Poinsettia preorder sales are due Nov. 13
  • Volunteers needed for FIRST┬« LEGO┬« League championship
  • Watch for construction crane near library
  • Training for youth program leaders is Nov. 8
  • Celebration of life for Extension's Bill Zmolek is Nov. 3
  • ISCORE proposals due Nov. 17
  • Half-day flu shot clinic is Nov. 2
  • Training for youth program leaders is Nov. 8
  • Workshop on preparing wine for bottling is Nov. 16

Around campus
Agronomy student is Rhodes Scholar candidate
Catherine Leafstedt, a senior in agronomy and global resource systems and Rhodes Scholar candidate, is working to fight food insecurity. It's not just about having enough food, she said, but having the right foods.

Engineers help Black Sea countries fight cybersecurity threats
A recent on-campus demonstration by Iowa State cybersecurity experts helped a group of electric utility regulators from four Black Sea countries better understand a 2015 attack on Ukraine's power grid.

More time on phone means less sleep for teens
New research co-authored by associate professor of psychology Zlatan Krizan shows teenagers sleep less when they spend more time on their smartphones.

Marching band to receive Sudler Trophy this weekend
The ISU Cyclone Football "Varsity" Marching Band will receive the Sudler Trophy from representatives of the John Philip Sousa Foundation at halftime of the Oct. 28 Cyclone football game. The prestigious award recognizes both current and historical excellence by the nation's top collegiate marching bands.

Open houses and receptions
This week
  • Open house: "Make Waves," National Campus Sustainability Day, Oct. 26 (11 a.m.-2 p.m., library south lawn)
  • Retirement: Teddi Barron, university relations, Oct. 26 (3-5 p.m., program at 4 p.m., 201 Kingland Building, 2420 Lincoln Way)
  • Retirement: Kevin Maher, McNay Research Farm, Chariton, Oct. 27 (noon-3 p.m., at the farm, 45249 170 Ave., Chariton)
Next week
  • Retirement: Mark Hanna, agricultural and biosystems engineering, Oct. 30 (3:30-5 p.m., "Best Hanna Story" contest begins at 4 p.m., Sukup Hall atrium)
  • Retirement: Al Brooks, procurement services, Oct. 31 (2-4 p.m., program at 3 p.m., MU Campanile Room)
  • Retirement: Sue Mallas, facilities services, facilities planning and management, Nov. 3  (1:30-3 p.m., program at 2 p.m., 0162 General Services Building)
Details about these events are on the university calendar.

Upcoming seminars and conferences
Arts and events
It's Homecoming weekend
"Sound the CYren" Homecoming events still to come include a synchronized step show (Thursday evening), honors and awards ceremony (Friday afternoon), pep rally and pancake feed (Friday night) and tailgates prior to football and volleyball contests on Saturday. You're invited.

Campus units cover your Halloween
If you prefer to make Halloween a multi-day event, you're in luck. The Greek community, music department and University Museums are hosting events Sunday through Tuesday evenings, respectively, to celebrate this holiday; all are free and open to the public. Read on.

Pete the Planner to give Nov. 1 talk
USA Today columnist and financial broadcaster Peter Dunn -- known as Pete the Planner -- will share his unique brand of financial planning Wednesday, Nov. 1 (8 p.m., MU Sun Room). In addition to being the author of 10 books, Dunn is an award-winning comedian and an award-winning financial expert.

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

Professional development
Vice president for research programming

CELT programming: Canvas workshops
Register via Learn@ISU.
CELT staff will lead five 90-minute Canvas workshops multiple times this fall that highlight the pedagogy and mechanics behind Canvas functions. Below is next week's schedule. The workshop will be offered twice on the day listed (10-11:30 a.m. and 2-3:30 p.m.). Workshop descriptions.
  • The Pedagogy of Canvas Quizzes, Oct. 30
  • Assignments and Gradebook in Canvas, Oct. 31
  • Groups and Collaborative Work in Canvas, Nov. 1
  • Accessibility in Canvas, Nov. 2
  • Course Design in Canvas, Nov. 3
CELT programming
Register via Learn@ISU.
University human resources programming
Register via Learn@ISU.
  • Three-part series, Tools for Managing Workplace Conflict, begins Nov. 13 (9-11 a.m.)
  • Four-part series, Understanding, Handling and Championing Change at ISU, begins Nov. 16 (9-11 a.m.)
  • Six-part series, Energize Your Leadership Process: The Art and Science of Employee Development, begins Jan. 4, 2018 (9 a.m.-noon)
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