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Oct. 4, 2018
Inside news
Responsibilities, reporting lines could change for some staff
Proposed models to improve service delivery in finance and human resources are being shared broadly this month, including town hall meetings next week. New specialist roles, revised position descriptions and collaborative reporting relationships between central and unit-level staff are among the proposed changes. Feedback and questions will help shape a final recommendation due to President Wendy Wintersteen in November.

Welcome, dean Grooms
Dr. Dan Grooms began his appointment Monday as dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine.

Making ideas real: How LAS, Business colleges are using new endowments
Students are the focus as the Ivy College of Business and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences begin reaping the benefits of the record-setting gifts they received last year.

More news
The following announcements were added this week:
  • More United Way fundraisers added to campus list
  • 2019-20 Miller Faculty Fellowship proposals due Dec. 10
  • Homecoming week meals will include faculty-staff line
  • Employees invited to complete Green Dot bystander training
  • Panelists to discuss human trafficking Oct. 11
  • Volunteers sought to assist with Smithsonian traveling exhibit in Ames
  • Faculty, staff invited to welcome reception for student veterans

Around campus
Cherry pies return during Human Sciences Week, Oct. 8-12
Purchase cherry pies Monday (10 a.m.-2 p.m.) and Tuesday (11:50 a.m.-1 p.m., MacKay Hall) as part of Human Sciences week. Also scheduled is a Tuesday lecture (7 p.m., Stephens Auditorium) by Oscar-nominated film costumer Ruth E. Carter, panel discussions, central campus carnival and a liquid nitro ice cream demonstration.

A better box coating
Iowa State researchers are developing wax from soybean oil that would share many properties of paraffin wax but would be biodegradable.The product could help reduce roughly 3 billion pounds of paraffin-coated cardboard boxes that end up in landfills every year.

Grant proposal submission process just got shorter
The office of the vice president for research worked with a team from Vermeer Corp. to implement Kaizen -- "good change" in Japanese -- principles to streamline and improve the grant proposal submission process.

  • Robert Reason, professor and associate director for research and administration in the School of Education, to interim associate dean of the College of Human Sciences, effective Sept. 24
  • Debra Sellers, associate dean in the College of Human Sciences and director of Human Sciences Extension and Outreach, reappointed to a second five-year term
Open houses and receptions
This week
  • Retirement: Lynnette Witt, Ames Laboratory, Oct. 4 (1:30-3 p.m., 140 TASF)
  • Reception: Center for Excellence in the Arts and Humanities, for faculty in the arts, humanities and social sciences, Oct. 4 (5-7 p.m., first floor atrium, Beardshear), RSVP online
Next week
  • Retirement: Colleen Schalinske, university human resources, Oct. 11 (3-5 p.m., 3150 Beardshear)
  • Welcome meet-and-greet: All faculty, staff, student veterans and military-affiliated students, Oct. 11 (4-6 p.m., MU Col. Pride Lounge), RSVP
  • Open house: Genome Informatics Facility, Oct. 15 (10 a.m.-2 p.m., 221 Science I)
Details about these events are on the university calendar.

Open forums
Improved service delivery: Proposed models
  • Oct. 10 (9-10:30 a.m., MU Cardinal Room)
  • Oct. 11 (noon-1:30 p.m., MU Pioneer Room)
Arts and events
Are you cyber secure?
Ask an expert on Thursdays in October, one of the activities planned by ISU's information technology services during its cyber security awareness campaign.

Weekend concerts
Student ensembles will present some of their first performances of the academic year this weekend. The ISU Symphony Orchestra will have a Friday evening concert (7:30 p.m., Tye Hall, Music). Tickets are $5. All four choirs will perform during Sunday's "Collage of Choirs" (3 p.m., Stephens Auditorium). General admission tickets are $10.

NBA basketball comes to Hilton
The Minnesota Timberwolves and Milwaukee Bucks will play a Sunday evening game at Hilton on Oct. 7. Tip-off is confirmed for 7 p.m.; balcony tickets still are available for $15-$28 plus fees via Ticketmaster.

Panelists will return to Watergate
The Des Moines Register's Kathie Obradovich will moderate an Oct. 8 panel that looks at lessons learned from the Watergate break-in and investigation, which ended Richard Nixon's presidency in 1974. It begins at 8 p.m. in the Memorial Union Great Hall. Admission is free.

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

Professional development
CELT programming
Register via Learn@ISU.
CELT series on website accessibility (Oct. 15-19).
Veterans Center programming
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