Inside Iowa State for faculty and staff
April 26, 2018
Inside news
Large classrooms to get tech upgrades
Technology overhauls in 10 of Iowa State's biggest classrooms will provide seamless compatibility and state-of-the-art equipment for instructors and students.

ISU club honors employee longevity
For more than 100 years, the 25 Year Club has recognized faculty and staff who have worked at Iowa State a quarter century or more.

RAGBRAI rolls into town July 24
Thousands of bike riders will make an overnight stop in Ames during the annual trek across Iowa. Plans unveiled Wednesday include a welcome area near Jack Trice Stadium, camping in city parks and entertainment on Main Street.

Fueling mind and body may get easier for student-athletes
Busy student-athletes would have a one-stop shop to study, fuel up and meet with coaches and other athletics department staff at a new facility proposed north of Jack Trice Stadium.

ISU Dining shares summer renovation plans
Three campus dining venues will close for the summer, but ISU Dining also rolls out its food truck in another week to help meet the midday demands.

Vet Med commons opens this summer
A year in the making, the College of Veterinary Medicine's new gathering space includes a large commons, two meeting rooms, vending area, a larger Gentle Doctor Café and lots of daylight.

More news
The following announcements were added this week:
  • Campus climate survey results will be presented May 9
  • 2019 exhibition proposals sought for ISU's Design on Main gallery
  • Memorial event for past library dean Warren Kuhn is May 7
  • cyBUY vendor show is May 2
  • Reiman Gardens extends its weekend hours for tulip viewing
  • Art Mart in the MU is May 3-5

Around campus
Biographical dictionary features hundreds(!) of Cyclones
University Museums is nearing the end of big project to collect biographies of Cyclones who have left a mark on the world -- but you still could help with the task. Iowa State is just the third university in the world to create its own biographical dictionary.

John Deere plans new lab at research park
Deere & Co. plans to construct a 33,000-square-foot facility at the Iowa State University Research Park as a design and test lab for agricultural spraying and applications technology.

Research may pave way for hand-held MRI scanner
Imagine getting an MRI with a simple, hand-held device that scans the area of concern. Such a scenario may one day be a reality thanks to collaborative research by Wenyu Huang, associate professor of chemistry.

Vet Med signs matriculation agreements with Taiwanese university
Agreements with a national university's College of Veterinary Medicine will bring Taiwanese students to Iowa State for a clinical master of science degree or the doctor of veterinary medicine program. The first students arrive this fall.

  • Bill Dilla, Union Pacific/Charles B. Handy Professor in Accounting and associate chair of the accounting and finance departments, to chair of the accounting department, effective July 1
Open houses and receptions
This week
  • Retirement: Tsing-Chang (Mike) Chen, geological and atmospheric sciences, April 27 (11 a.m.-1 p.m., remarks at 11:30 a.m., Agronomy Hall commons)
  • Retirement: Jaci Severson, agronomy, April 27 (2:30-4:30 p.m., Agronomy Hall commons)
  • Retirement: Justin Peters, mathematics, April 27 (5-6 p.m., remarks at 5:15 p.m., 305 Carver)
Next week
  • Retirement: Veronica Dark, psychology, April 30 (3-5 p.m., program at 3:30 p.m., MU Gallery)
  • Retirement: Michael Mesenbrink, facilities planning and management, May 1 (no public event)
  • Retirement: Bob Hutchison, facilities planning and management, May 1 (1-3 p.m., program at 1:30 p.m., 0162 General Services Building)
  • Retirement: Mary Kay Litzel, 4-H youth development, extension and outreach, May 1 (3-4 p.m., Extension 4-H Youth Building)
  • Retirement: Don (Harold) Nielsen, facilities planning and management, May 4 (1-3 p.m., 0162 General Services Building)
  • Retirement: Steve Heideman and Carla Holbrook, chemistry, May 4 (2-3:30 p.m., Hach Hall lobby)
  • Retirement: Gene Takle, agronomy, May 4 (3-5 p.m., program at 3:30 p.m., MU Campanile Room)
  • Celebration of life: Warren Kuhn, former dean of library services, May 7 (1:30-3 p.m., remembrances at 2 p.m., staff lounge, third floor Parks Library)
  • Retirement: Forrest Nutter, plant pathology and microbiology, May 7 (2-4 p.m., 248 Bessey)
  • Retirement: John Bowler, electrical and computer engineering, May 8 (2-4 p.m., program at 2:30 p.m., MU Cardinal Room)
  • Retirement: Lisa Sharp, human development and family studies, May 11 (no public event)
  • Retirement: Jacqueline Krogh, human development and family studies, May 15 (no public event)
  • Retirement: Jane Cox, music and theatre, May 15 (no public event)
Details about these events are on the university calendar.

Open forums
Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) director finalist (1)
  • Sara Marcketti, CELT, April 30 (2:15-3 p.m., 2019 Morrill)
Margaret Sloss Women's Center director finalists (2 of 3)
All forums will be held in 136 Union Drive Community Center.
  • Erin Meek, School of Education, April 26 (11 a.m.-noon)
  • Ruxandra Looft, world languages and cultures, April 27 (11:15 a.m.-12:15 a.m.)
Catt Center for Women and Politics director finalists (3 of 4)
All forums will begin at noon in 302 Catt.
  • Angela Bos, College of Wooster, Ohio, April 30
  • Karen Kedrowski, Winthrop University, Rock Hill, South Carolina, May 2
  • Nichola Gutgold, Penn State University, Lehigh Valley, May 3
Arts and events
Last act
Jane Cox, who retires from the university next month, also performs in ISU Theatre's final production under her directorship. "Our Town" performances are Friday and Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon; tickets are available through Ticketmaster.

Design art club's art sale runs through Friday
Works created by undergraduates in integrated studio arts and graduate students in integrated visual arts are for sale in this biannual sale in the College of Design foyer (10 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday and Friday). Most items are priced from $5 to $150.

Cyclones host Baylor softball
Wrapping up a grueling seven games in 10 days, the Cyclone softball team hosts conference opponent Baylor this weekend, the final homestand of the season, at the Cyclone Sports Complex. Games begin at 4 p.m. Friday and 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free.

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

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