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Feb. 8, 2018
Inside news
Idea-sharing alliance drives innovative Iowa State student success efforts
A first-of-its-kind collaboration with 10 other large public research universities has been the driving force behind numerous Iowa State initiatives designed to help more students graduate.

Campus data spells out student achievement gap
Closing the achievement gap for Iowa State's underrepresented, first-generation or low-income students wouldn't require "astronomical" numbers. Plus, we're learning what kinds of student support actually make a difference.

New grant encourages Cy-Hawk research teams
The research office added another seed grant to its pool of internal funding opportunities, this one aimed at collaborative teams of Iowa State and University of Iowa bioscience researchers.

Wickert details challenges of proposed budget cut
At the Feb. 1 Professional and Scientific Council meeting, senior vice president and provost Jonathan Wickert addressed the Iowa Senate proposal to slash $6.9 million from ISU's operating appropriations.

Drop in university utility rates is good news for tight budgets
Most university utility rates will decrease slightly when the new fiscal year starts in July, giving colleges and auxiliary units a break on their monthly bills.

More news
The following announcements were added this week:
  • Iowa House proposes midyear funding cuts
  • Art sale at the MU is Feb. 12-14
  • Parking instructions for Feb. 13 Daniel Tiger performance
  • Practice random acts of kindness on Feb. 12
  • Memorial Union announces room, AV rates for FY19
  • Registration opens for March 2 ISCORE
  • Annual Memorial Union award nominations are due March 23
See: Announcements

Around campus
Pre-med students find opportunities to prepare
Undergrads say they found their calling in medicine by getting involved at Iowa State -- years they've packed with classes, clubs, research and other activities.

  • Kristine Tidgren, assistant director of the Center for Agricultural Law and Taxation, to director, effective immediately
Open houses and receptions
This week
  • Reception: "Queer Fashion and Style: Stories from the Heartland" exhibit, Feb. 8 (5-8 p.m., 1015 Morrill)
Next week
  • Farewell: Darren Jarboe, Center for Crops Utilization Research, Feb. 13 (2-4 p.m., atrium, Food Sciences Building)
  • Retirements: Steve Goben, Kevin Maher and Nick Piekema, McNay Research Farm, Chariton; and Dale Niedermann, Ag Engineering/Agronomy Research Farm, Boone, Feb. 13 (2-3:30 p.m., program at 2:15 p.m., MU Pioneer Room)
  • Retirement: Mike Owen, agronomy, Feb. 16 (3-5 p.m., program at 3:30 p.m., MU Pioneer Room)
  • Retirement: Catherine Adams, psychology and communication studies, Feb. 21 (4-5:30 p.m., W117 Lagomarcino)
  • Reception: "Luminosity" exhibit, Feb. 22 (6-8 p.m., Design on Main Gallery, 203 Main St.)
  • Retirement: Marc McGinn, Ames Laboratory, Feb. 27 (1:30-3 p.m., 301 Spedding)
  • Retirement: Peggy Best, Center for Crops Utilization Research, Feb. 27 (2-4 p.m., program at 2:30 p.m., atrium, Food Sciences Building)
Details about these events are on the university calendar.

Upcoming seminars and conferences
  • Research Day 2018, sponsored by the office of the vice president for research, March 27 (11 a.m.-4 p.m., Memorial Union)
Open forums
  • Candidate 3: Monday, Feb. 19 (3:15-4:15 p.m., 2532 Vet Med)
Arts and events
Student flyer is subject of 'living history' performance
James H. Banning, former student and the first African-American to complete a U.S. transcontinental flight (1932) and receive a commercial pilot's license, is the focus of a Feb. 9 performance by two Broadway actors (10 a.m., Howe Hall auditorium). Admission to "The Flying Hobos" is free.

Varieties competition kicks off this weekend
Semifinal performances of the ISU student musical talent show will be held Friday and Saturday evening in the Memorial Union Great Hall, with winners advancing to the finals Feb. 23-24. Tickets are $10 for semifinals and $14 for finals, with discounts for ISU students, youth and groups of 10+. Purchase tickets online or at the MU Maintenance Shop box office (11 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays).

Orchid Fest is Feb. 10-11
Reiman Gardens will host Orchid Fest Feb. 10-11 (9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. daily). A variety of orchid species will be on display and for sale, and the Central Iowa Orchid Society will staff a question-and-answer booth. Garden admission rates apply.

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

Professional development
Provost office programming
CELT programming
Award-winning Faculty Series. Register via Learn@ISU.
CELT programming: Canvas
CELT staff are offering four 90-minute workshops multiple times to highlight the pedagogy and mechanics behind Canvas functions. Workshop descriptions; register via Learn@ISU.
  • The Pedagogy of Canvas Quizzes, Feb. 13 (2-3:30 p.m.) or Feb. 22 (10-11:30 a.m.)
  • Assignments and Grading in Canvas, Feb. 14 or 20 (10-11:30 a.m.)
  • Groups and Collaborative Work in Canvas, Feb. 15 or 21 (2-3:30 p.m.)
  • Course Design in Canvas, Feb. 16 (10-11:30 a.m.) or Feb. 19 (2-3:30 p.m.)
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