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Jan. 11, 2018
Inside news
Team responds to bias incidents
About 50 bias incidents were reported to the campus climate response team during fall semester. Vandalism, such as unwanted messages posted on residence hall whiteboards, is a common offense.

New tax law: A primer for employees
Find out how individual taxpayers, including Iowa State employees, are impacted by a new tax law that went into effect on Jan. 1.

Quick switch as gas prices soared saved ISU big money
Utility crews scrambled to take advantage of the university power plant's flexibility during the recent cold snap, temporarily reducing reliance on natural gas as its price skyrocketed and saving Iowa State nearly half a million dollars.

Midyear cuts in governor's budget would be made permanent
Gov. Kim Reynolds' budget would take back $5.1 million in state support from the regents schools in the current budget year and make it permanent on July 1.  

P&S Council sends salary recommendations to campus administrators
Professional and Scientific Council approved its FY19 compensation and benefits recommendations Jan. 4. Among them is a 3 to 5 percent average salary increase for P&S employees with a satisfactory performance appraisal.

Grawe named interim director of Study Abroad Center
Scott Grawe, associate dean for strategy and engagement in the Ivy College of Business, also will lead the Study Abroad Center through June.

University observes national King holiday
Iowa State classes will not meet and offices are closed Monday, Jan. 15, to observe the national Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.

More news
The following announcements were added this week:
  • Website helps navigate animal research reporting guidelines
  • Tearoom reopens Jan. 25 for lunch, dinner
  • Regents approve faculty PDAs, four ISU project proposals
  • Visitation, ceremony for professor emeritus Richard Willham are this weekend
  • Alumni award nominations due Feb. 15
  • Summer program seeks course proposals for high-ability students
  • Study Abroad Fair is Jan. 18
  • University childcare has openings in two programs
  • Training for youth program leaders is Jan. 16
  • Call 294-5100 to report a facilities emergency
See: Announcements

Around campus
Des Moines students step up to access a college education
Five years into the program, the first cohort of ISU 4U Promise students from King and Moulton elementary schools in Des Moines will attend Iowa State in the fall. So far, 15 of the 22 eligible students have been accepted, and a majority qualify for full tuition assistance.

Millennials will dethrone boomers as largest voting bloc
Dave Andersen, assistant professor of political science, sees a significant political shift on the horizon as millennials surpass baby boomers as the largest voting generation. He says baby boomers have dominated political issues for the past 40 years and fundamentally are a different generation.

Open houses and receptions
  • Reception: Faculty, Staff and Student Veteran Meet and Greet, Jan. 17 (4-6 p.m., MU Col. Pride Veterans Lounge), RSVPs are appreciated
  • Reception: "Do[ing] Their Bit: Iowa's Role in the Great War" exhibit, Jan. 17 (6:30-8 p.m., program at 6:35 p.m., 198 Parks Library)
  • Reception: "Ambiguity, Mystery and Allure" exhibit, Jan. 26 (4-5:30 p.m., Christian Petersen Art Museum, 1017 Morrill)
  • Reception: With artists Benjamin Gardner, Andrea Ferrigno and Edgard Camacho, three exhibits in the Memorial Union, Jan. 29 (6-7:30 p.m., MU Gallery, Pioneer Room and Multicultural Center, respectively)
Details about these events are on the university calendar.

Arts and events
Celebrate the life, service of Martin Luther King Jr. this month
A community birthday celebration, a campus conversation on freedom of expression and a lecture on the history of race in this country's criminal justice system are part of events to honor the civil rights activist on the 89th anniversary of his birth.

Cyclone Cinema resumes this weekend
The Student Union Board's free feature film series begins its spring run this weekend with eight showings of "Kingsman: The Golden Circle" (7 and 10 p.m. Thursday-Sunday, 101 Carver). Sunday showings include captions; concessions are sold nightly.

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

Professional development
Office of digital access programming
CELT programming: Canvas
CELT staff will lead five 90-minute workshops multiple times that highlight the pedagogy and mechanics behind functions in the Canvas learning management system. Below is the schedule through Jan. 19. Workshop descriptions; register via Learn@ISU.
  • The Pedagogy of Canvas Quizzes, Jan. 11 or 25 (10-11:30 a.m.), Jan. 16 (2-3:30 p.m.)
  • Assignments and Grading in Canvas, Jan. 17 or 23 (10-11:30 a.m.)
  • Groups and Collaborative Work in Canvas, Jan. 18 or 24 (2-3:30 p.m.)
  • Course Design in Canvas, Jan. 19 (10-11:30 a.m.), Jan. 22 (2-3:30 p.m.)
  • Webinar, How to Build a Simple Course in Canvas, Jan. 12 (1-2 p.m., register online), offered via Zoom. A previous recording, notes and web guide are available on CELT's How-to Build a Simple Course in Canvas page
CELT programming
Register via Learn@ISU.
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