Inside Iowa State for faculty and staff
March 8, 2018
Inside news
Spring undergraduate commencement to become two ceremonies
Two smaller ceremonies address student wishes, the guest experience, weather variables and ceremony length while requiring minimal adjustments to the final exam schedule.

Workday go-live date moved to 2019
President Wendy Wintersteen has approved a new implementation timeline that focuses on delivering a high-quality project and acknowledges the workload for ISU staff tasked with the project.  

The kitty poster rule and other free speech reminders
At a recent workshop, university counsel Michael Norton outlined how First Amendment and academic freedom protections come into play on campus. Read up on some of the basics.

How ISU's ombuds officer can and can't help
Wonder if you're striking the right tone in a sensitive email? Need a go-between to help facilitate a tough conversation? Distraught at work and trying to figure out your options? Those are the types of issues Iowa State ombuds officer Deanna Clingan-Fischer helps employees address, she told the Professional and Scientific Council at its March 1 meeting.

Inside takes a (spring) break
Inside Iowa State will not publish March 15 during spring break week. The next edition will post on Thursday, March 22.

More news
The following announcements were added this week:
  • Nominations for Honors teaching, advising, mentoring award due April 2
  • Daylight saving time begins March 11
  • Reminder: Bissell, Welch roads will close March 12
  • Library is adding outlets to study areas
  • City sewer work planned March 14-15 at Lincoln Way and Beach
  • Computer science hosts annual K-12 competition April 14
  • Kinesiology department chair forums are open to public
  • Parks Library announces modified hours for spring break
  • Memorial service for Colleen Jolly is March 10
  • Online tool helps employees determine 2018 tax withholdings
  • Veterans Center has new MU location

Around campus
Nursing program clears final approval hurdle
Administered by the department of food science and human nutrition, the bachelor of science in nursing program received approval Feb. 20 from the Higher Learning Commission. Classes will begin this fall.

'Emerging Leaders' team creates banners for Morrill Road
The banner set, unveiled in conjunction with the ISCORE conference, promotes the university's Principles of Community.

Tapping wasted food to combat hunger
Growing up in India, Sugam Sharma regularly witnessed children go hungry. It inspired Sharma, a computer scientist and systems analyst in the Center for Survey Statistics and Methodology, to develop software to help restaurants and grocery stores get excess food to people in need.

Open houses and receptions
Next week
  • Farewell: Tasha Barton, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences administration, March 15 (2-4 p.m., 142 Curtiss)
  • Reception: "Resurrection" exhibit by integrated visual arts graduate student Robert Jinkins, March 30 (6-8 p.m., Design on Main Gallery, 203 Main St.)
  • Open house: "In Focus" and "Ambiguity, Mystery and Allure" exhibits, March 31-April 1 (1-4 p.m. daily, Farm House Museum and Christian Petersen Art Museum)
  • Retirement: Debbie Hurley, facilities planning and management, April 2 (no public event)
Details about these events are on the university calendar.

Upcoming seminars and conferences
  • A Place of Your Own, decision-making skills to determine if it's time to buy your first home, ISU Extension and Outreach, online 5-session course
  • Third annual all-Iowa student conference, Transforming Gender and Society, hosted by the women's and gender studies program, April 7, Memorial Union, free registration, call for proposals closes March 20
Arts and events
Cy-Hawk matchup is Friday night
Iowa State hosts Iowa and Missouri in a gymnastics triangular meet March 9 in Hilton Coliseum (6:30 p.m., $5). A win over the Hawkeyes would earn two of the remaining six points in this year's Iowa Corn Cy-Hawk Series, which Iowa leads 13-8.

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

Professional development
Provost office programming
Vice president for research programming
CELT programming
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.
  • Course Design in Canvas, March 19 (2-3:30 p.m.)
  • Assignments and Grading in Canvas, March 20 (10-11:30 a.m.)
  • Groups and Collaborative Work in Canvas, March 21 (2-3:30 p.m.)
  • The Pedagogy of Canvas Quizzes, March 22 (10-11:30 a.m.)
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