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Aug. 30, 2018
Inside news
Meet Peter Martin, Faculty Senate president
Student evaluations of faculty, diversity and inclusion efforts, and implementating new term faculty policies are priorities for Martin's presidency.

Meet Stacy Renfro, P&S Council president
More effective supervisor training and additional engagement opportunities for professional and scientific employees are priorities for Renfro's presidency.

CALS dean finalists will interview on campus in September
Three finalists have been selected in the search for the next endowed dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and director of the Iowa Agricultural and Home Economics Experiment Station. The first interviews on campus next week.

Dining partnership with research farm sprouts new crop
Adding onions to peppers turned out to be a recipe for expanding the partnership between ISU Dining and the university's Horticulture Research Station north of Ames.

Ready for game day?
Tailgaters and Cyclone football fans, here are a few reminders for the 2018 season, which opens Saturday evening.

Monday is Labor Day
Iowa State offices are closed and classes will not meet Monday, Sept. 3, to observe the national Labor Day holiday.

More news
The following announcements were added this week:
  • Quarterly 'after hours' in the gardens is Sept. 14
  • Gardens' gift shop to hold yard sale Sept. 7-9
  • The Comfort Zone (for sick kids) reopens Sept. 4
  • Share your favorite memory of 50 years in Stephens Auditorium
  • 'Nutcracker Ballet' auditions are Sept. 9
  • City seeks input on improving Welch Avenue
  • Nominate students to be 2019 Cyclone Aides

Around campus
Change agent: Cinzia Cervato
The Morrill Professor of geological and atmospheric sciences survived a hemorrhagic stroke on Dec. 20, 2013. It changed her life, forcing her to relearn things like how to walk and swallow -- but she was back in the classroom the next fall. This is the latest entry in a News Service series about faculty and scientists whose work is changing the world for the better.

College degree less likely for children of divorce
Children of a divorced couple are less likely to earn a four-year or graduate degree, according to new research from Iowa State.

New grant to fund study of bias in engineering education
An Iowa State research team has won a National Science Foundation grant to study the impact of microaggressions in engineering education, comparing the experiences of ISU students with those at a historically black university, North Carolina A&T, Greensboro.

Open houses and receptions
This week
  • Retirement: Stan Welp, IT services, Aug. 30 (noon-2 p.m., 1020 Extension 4-H Building)
  • Open house: Alumni Center, food samples, tour rental spaces, Aug. 30 (3:30-5:30 p.m., Alumni Center)
  • Retirement: Regina Hendrickson, Seed Science Center, Aug. 31 (no public event)
Next week
  • Retirement: Roxanne Clemens, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences administration, Sept. 4 (no public event)
  • Reception: "Unpacked: Refugee Baggage" exhibit, Sept. 4 (4:30-6 p.m., Christian Petersen Art Museum, Morrill Hall)
  • Retirement: Randy Dalhoff, IT services, Sept. 7 (no public event)
  • Reception: "What's New? Recent Acquisitions of the TCM Collection" exhibit, Sept. 9 (2-3:30 p.m., program at 2:30 p.m., Textiles and Clothing Museum, 1015 Morrill)
  • Welcome: Sarah Merrill, director of new student programs, Sept. 14 (12:30-2 p.m., 2630 Memorial Union)
Details about these events are on the university calendar.

Upcoming seminars and conferences
Open forums
Dean finalists: College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Open forums will be held from 3 to 4 p.m. in the Memorial Union. Candidates will be announced one business day prior to arriving on campus.
  • Candidate 1: Tuesday, Sept. 4, Cardinal Room
  • Candidate 2: Monday, Sept. 17, Cardinal Room
  • Candidate 3: Thursday, Sept. 27, Pioneer Room
Arts and events
Painting robot is at the MU today
Des Moines artist Amenda Tate and Manibus, a robotic painting device, will be at work Aug. 30 (6-8 p.m.) in the MU Pioneer Room. A dancer wears a motion-sensing remote that prompts the robot to render a linear depiction (acrylic on paper) of elapsed time and motion. Visitors may watch the process or participate in the dance.

Study the stars
The ISU Planetarium (Physics Hall) kicks off its 2018-19 series of monthly shows with a presentation of "The Solar System" Friday, Aug. 31. The family-friendly program has limited seating for showtimes at 6:30, 7 and 7:30 p.m. Free tickets are available at the door, beginning at 6:15 p.m. The first show is recommended for young children. Weather permitting, the last show of the night concludes with an outdoor observation session.

Take your pick
The fall lectures lineup is filling in quickly. Former Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack kicks off the year Tuesday, Sept. 4, with a talk about U.S. agriculture and trade relationships. Inside takes a quick peek at other compelling topics in the schedule.

Syrian ISU grad unpacks refugee experience in new exhibition
An Iowa State architecture alumnus is returning to campus Sept. 5 to share his story as a Syrian refugee and to discuss his artwork recreating refugees' stories in suitcases, an exhibition opening Sept. 4 at the Christian Petersen Art Museum.

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

Professional development
University human resources programming
Registration via Learn@ISU was extended to the day before classes start. All leadership development workshops for the 2018-19 academic year are available now, including:
  • 16-part series, 12+ Supervisory Leadership, class 1 begins Sept. 11, class 2 begins Sept. 13 (9 a.m.-noon)
  • Five-part series, Leadership at Any Level, class begins Sept. 18 (9 a.m.-noon)
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