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Nov. 2, 2017
Inside news
Plan ahead for partial closure
Campus leaders recently approved a partial university closure during winter break. Participating departments and units should communicate reduced hours and closures in advance.

Medallion honoring campus landscape goes missing
A little piece of Iowa State's beautiful central campus is missing -- a piece that honors it for being so beautiful.

Another tool for cybersecurity
Many web-based applications, such as online banking and Facebook, offer multifactor authentication logins to protect users' personal information.

Revamped grant program has broader scope
The former Women's and Diversity Grants Program -- now called Inclusion Initiatives -- will fund proposals that promote an inclusive and engaged community and positively impact the university. The deadline for a new "intent to apply" requirement is Nov. 30; proposals are due March 1, 2018.

New era for Cyclone wrestling
Head coach Kevin Dresser, the 2016 national coach of the year at Virginia Tech, will be matside at Hilton Coliseum for the first time when the Cyclones host a season-opening tournament Saturday. This year's roster features 21 returning wrestlers and 16 newcomers.

P&S Council discusses revisions to two university policies
The Professional and Scientific Council took up discussion of changes to two existing university policies -- on catastrophic illness and sexual misconduct -- Wednesday. Final readings will take place at the council's Dec. 7 meeting.

More news
The following announcements were added this week:
  • "Cry for Help" documentary screening is Nov. 7
  • University counsel to lead discussion on the public classroom
  • Final Leopold Center listening session scheduled for Nov. 15
  • Don't throw your jack-o'-lantern in the trash, please
  • Reminder: Daylight saving time ends this weekend
  • Last chance: Campus climate survey closes Nov. 7
  • Retirement planning workshop for women is Nov. 8
  • Traffic lights tweaked at Stange/Pammel

Around campus
Change agent: Julie Stevens
Six-plus years in, a multidisciplinary project to transform 30 acres into a living landscape at the Iowa Correctional Institution for Women, Mitchellville, still is changing lives. Landscape architecture assistant professor Julie Stevens, who led the effort, is the latest in a series about Iowa Staters whose work is changing the world for the better.

Consumers may not recognize costs, consequences of 'clean' food demand
Eating "clean" is all about avoiding foods with additives, preservatives or other chemicals on the label, but two food science and human nutrition professors warn of the consequences in terms of food waste, safety and cost.

Cyclone football team concludes historic October
Four victories against Big 12 opponents and entry into several national polls were part of the fun.

Father-son ISU duo made waves at Apple
Do you use iPhone earbuds? A father and son who both are Iowa State engineering alumni helped make them possible. Wendell Sander was Apple's 16th employee and designer of the Apple III. He left the company and later returned to work on earbud volume control for his son, Brian Sander, who by then was an Apple vice president. 

Open houses and receptions
This week
  • 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)
  • Retirement: Kerry Culp, agronomy, Nov. 17 (3-5 p.m., second floor commons, Agronomy Hall)
  • Retirement: Carol Cordell, kinesiology, Nov. 29 (2-4 p.m., 213 Forker)
  • Retirement: Sandie Smith, Center for Survey Statistics and Methodology, Nov. 29 (2-4 p.m., 115 Office and Lab)
Details about these events are on the university calendar.

Upcoming seminars and conferences
Arts and events
Fall play portrays aftermath of lies
ISU Theatre addresses the devastating impact of lies, rumors and falsehoods in its fall play, "The Children's Hour." Performances are Nov. 3, 4, 10 and 11 (7:30 p.m.), and Nov. 5 and 12 (2 p.m.) in Fisher Theater. Tickets, $18 for adults and $11 for students, are available at the Stephens Auditorium ticket office or through Ticketmaster.

Winter sports season arrives
The Iowa State basketball and wrestling teams kick off their 2017-18 seasons in Hilton Coliseum this weekend. The wrestlers host the Harold Nichols Cyclone Open Nov. 4 (9 a.m., $5-$10). The women's and men's basketball teams host exhibition games Nov. 5, at noon and 5 p.m., respectively. Tickets for the women's game vs. Wisconsin, La Crosse, are $10-$12 ($5-$6 for youth), and $25 for the men's matchup with Emporia State.

Gold Star Hall Ceremony honors four former students
This year's Gold Star Hall Ceremony on Nov. 6 (3:15 p.m., Memorial Union Great Hall) honors four former Iowa State students who paid the ultimate sacrifice while defending our nation. All are welcome to attend the event.

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

Professional development
Provost office programming
  • Workshop, The Public Classroom, Nov. 17 (2:30-4 p.m.), with university counsel Mike Norton, register via Learn@ISU
  • Spring series, Faculty Success Program, hosted by the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity, preview webinar (5 Secrets to a Super Productive Seminar), Nov. 8 (3 p.m.), register for either with your ISU-sponsored membership
Center for Communication Excellence programming
To familiarize graduate students and postdocs with the conventions of scholarly communication. Register online.
CELT programming: Canvas workshops
Register via Learn@ISU.
CELT staff will lead five 90-minute workshops multiple times this fall that highlight the pedagogy and mechanics behind functions in the Canvas learning management system. Below is the schedule through Nov. 17. Workshop descriptions.
  • The Pedagogy of Canvas Quizzes, Nov. 6 (2-3:30 p.m.), Nov. 17 (10-11:30 a.m.)
  • Assignments and Gradebook in Canvas, Nov. 8 or Nov. 14 (2-3:30 p.m.)
  • Groups and Collaborative Work in Canvas, Nov. 9 or Nov. 15 (10-11:30 a.m.)
  • Accessibility in Canvas, Nov. 10 or Nov. 16 (2-3:30 p.m.)
  • Course Design in Canvas, Nov. 3 or Nov. 17 (10-11:30 a.m.), Nov. 3 or Nov. 6 (2-3:30 p.m.)
CELT programming
Register via Learn@ISU.
University human resources programming
Register via Learn@ISU.
  • Class, Behavior-based Interviewing, Nov. 14 (9 a.m.-noon)
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