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Dec. 7, 2017
Inside news
Spalding reappointed to Business dean post
A four-year veteran of the post, David Spalding has received a five-year appointment.

Five questions for an engaging officer
Dwight Hinson, a former Cyclone All-American wrestler, helped establish the ISU Police engagement and inclusion officer initiative, which has more than doubled in size since 2015.

Visitors code of conduct is in the works
Creating a welcoming and inclusive experience for all at Iowa State is one of the primary goals of the university's latest strategic plan. A visitors code of conduct is in the works to help reinforce the idea.

Going in circles to drain away stress
Students have numerous options for relieving the dread of Dead Week, including a new one this fall with ancient roots.

Regents approve 2018-19 faculty professional development assignments
Also approved during the state Board of Regents' Dec. 6 meeting: a campus home for the Nanovaccine Institute, remodeling plans for the Hub, interim leader appointments, two bond sales and more.

Get ready for winter: ISU policies, procedures
Know your options when severe winter weather strikes.

More news
The following announcements were added this week:
  • Dec. 7 Cyclone Club luncheon features Coach Dresser
  • Memorial service for former faculty member Lowell Greimann is Dec. 9
  • Tickets on sale for Feb. 5 'Dancing With the Stars' performance
  • Walk safely across campus this winter
  • Plan ahead: Chemistry Stores is open one day during semester break
  • Memorial service for former staffer Glenda McIntire is Dec. 19
  • Registration opens Dec. 7 for P&S Council professional development conference
  • Nominations sought for student employee of the year
  • Reserve spring course materials with library now
  • New title for Foreman reflects expanded role
  • Volunteers needed for January, February Science Bowl competitions
  • Ron White comedy show tickets go on sale Dec. 8
  • Confirm 2018 benefits statement in AccessPlus by Dec. 8
  • Application deadline extended to Jan. 8 for student affairs scholarships
See: Announcements

Around campus
Study looks at ways to improve dialysis technology
Chemistry assistant professor Robbyn Anand is studying how a hybrid of electrochemical and microfluidic technologies could be used to improve the dialysis equipment that cleans salt, waste and water from blood.

Exploring how young couples talk about waiting
Not all young adults want to be sexually active, but talking with a partner about the decision to abstain or delay is difficult. Tina Coffelt, assistant professor of English and communication studies, studied how students initiate these conversations and strategies they use to explain their decision.

Heady gallery highlights Iowa artists
The economics department's seminar room recently received a visual boost from University Professor of economics Peter Orazem. More than a dozen paintings collected by Orazem and his spouse have turned 368A Heady into a gallery. The room often is vacant and employees and students may visit the collection.

Open houses and receptions
This week
  • Retirement: Suzanne Hendrich, food science and human nutrition, Dec. 8 (3-5 p.m., program at 4 p.m., MU Campanile Room)
  • Retirement: James Wilson, mathematics, Dec. 8 (4-5:30 p.m., program at 4:30 p.m., 305 Carver)
Next week
  • Retirement: Joan Aiton, animal science, Dec. 13 (3-4 p.m., Kildee atrium)
  • Retirement: W. Robert Stephenson, statistics, Dec. 13 (3-5 p.m., program at 3:30 p.m., 3105 Snedecor)
  • Farewell: Trevor Nelson, Study Abroad Center, Dec. 19 (2-4 p.m., program at 2:30 p.m., MU Campanile Room)
  • Customer appreciation open house: Chemistry Stores, Dec. 20 (8:30 a.m.-2 p.m., 1400 Gilman)
  • Retirement: Ambar Mitra, aerospace engineering, Dec. 31 (no public event)
  • Retirement: Cheryl Robinette, facilities planning and management, Jan. 3 (1-2:30 p.m., program at 1:30 p.m., 0162 General Services Building)
Details about these events are on the university calendar.

Arts and events
Holiday ballet is at Stephens Dec. 9-10
Rehearsals all fall by dozens of Mid-Iowa dancers culminate with three performances of the "Nutcracker Ballet" on the Stephens Auditorium stage Saturday (1:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m.) and Sunday (1:30 p.m.). Tickets are $25 ($20 for seniors, ISU students, youth and groups of 10 or more) and available at the Stephens Auditorium ticket office, online via Ticketmaster or by phone, 800-745-3000.

Indoor track season opens Friday
The Cyclone men's and women's track and field squads open their indoor season at home this year, hosting the Cyclone Duals on Dec. 8 (4-6:15 p.m., Lied Center). It's a short meet, with just four field events, seven running events and two other teams: Drake and Northern Iowa. Admission is free.

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

Professional development
Office of the vice president for research programming
Workshop, Research submission software (a-tune tick@lab) training, offered multiple times, no registration, bring your laptop.
Office of digital access programming
Registration is required.
  • Workshop, Accessible Forms and PDFs, Dec. 13 (10-11:30 a.m.)
  • Workshop, Testing Your Website for Accessibility, Dec. 13 (1-2:30 p.m.)
  • Workshop, Creating and Editing Captions for Your Videos, Dec. 13 (3-4:30 p.m.)
CELT open labs closed for semester break
CELT open labs will be closed Dec. 8-Jan. 2, 2018. Consultations with instructional designers may be scheduled during that time via their appointment scheduling website. There are multiple ways to learn the Canvas learning management system, including workshops (below), recorded resources, self-paced tutorials and webinars on the ISU Canvas training and resources website. Additionally, Canvas offers 24/7 support, listed in the "? Help" icon in the left column of your Canvas website or via the Canvas support line, 515-294-4000 (press 2, then 1).

CELT programming: Canvas workshops
CELT staff will lead five 90-minute workshops multiple times this fall to highlight the pedagogy and mechanics behind functions in the Canvas learning management system. Below is the schedule through Dec. 22. Workshop descriptions. Register via Learn@ISU.
  • The Pedagogy of Canvas Quizzes, Dec. 11 or 19 (2-3:30 p.m.)
  • Assignments and Gradebook in Canvas, Dec. 12 (10-11:30 a.m.), Dec. 20 (2-3:30 p.m.)
  • Groups and Collaborative Work in Canvas, Dec. 13 or 21 (2-3:30 p.m.)
  • Accessibility in Canvas, Dec. 14 or 22 (10-11:30 a.m.)
  • Course Design in Canvas, Dec. 15 or 18 (2-3:30 p.m.)
Professional and Scientific Council programming
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