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Oct. 11, 2018
Inside news
Faculty input sought on campuswide initiatives
Updates on the Workday, service delivery and campus climate initiatives -- and how they will affect faculty -- were presented at the Oct. 9 Faculty Senate meeting. Faculty are being asked to provide feedback on the campuswide efforts.

P&S Council seeks ways to help as HR, finance jobs poised to change
A proposal to make human resources and finance staff positions more specialized, changing some employees' duties and direct supervisors, dominated discussion at the Oct. 4 meeting of the Professional and Scientific Council.

'Don't assume they won't': What to know about disability accommodations
Disabilities are more common than most people realize, affecting nearly one in five Americans. If a health condition is impacting you at work, help may be available. Learn all about it from the UHR staff member devoted to accommodations.

What are our undergrads studying?
A look at the newest enrollment data shows that one in five Iowa State undergraduate students this fall is working toward a degree among five majors. Male and female breakouts produce very different lists.
More Workday workshops scheduled to meet demand
More than 80 WorkCyte workshops are planned to familiarize employees with the software system they'll use for finance, human resources and payroll work.

More news
The following announcements were added this week:
  • Power plant boiler to be blast-cleaned Thursday
  • Reminder: Flu shot clinic ends at 4 p.m. Friday
  • Cyday Friday employee wellness walk is Oct. 12
  • 'The Witness' documentary screening, discussion is Oct. 17
  • Nominations for alumni association awards are due Dec. 1

Around campus
Campus climate faculty response team begins its work
A faculty team is working to select and take action on issues of concern, identified by faculty, in response to results from the fall 2017 campus climate survey.

Childhood experiences may shape attitudes about physical activity
Researchers are working to understand how the emotional connection we develop with physical activity as children influences attitudes and behaviors throughout our lifetime. They suspect our prefrontal cortex, which regulates emotions, plays a significant role.

Reflecting on health by seeing dangers up close
"The Landscapes Within," an art project from assistant professor Kimberly Moss that shows diseases on enlarged replications of microscope slides, provides an opportunity to see larger-than-life details of cellular relationships in the body and reflect on healthy choices.

  • Matt Darr, professor of agricultural and biosystems engineering, to administrative leader of the BioCentury Research Farm and to Precision Agriculture and Industry Partnership Fellow, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
  • Joel Geske, associate professor in advertising, to the Allen Essman Faculty Fellowship in the Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication
Open houses and receptions
This 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 Pride Lounge), RSVP
Next week
  • Open house: Genome Informatics Facility, Oct. 15 (10 a.m.-2 p.m., 221 Science I)
  • Reception: "Studies in Creativity" and "polYESter" exhibits, Oct. 18 (6-8 p.m., MU Pioneer Room and Gallery)
  • Reception: "Mid-Century Modern" exhibit, Nov. 2 (5-7 p.m., Christian Petersen and Textiles and Clothing museums, Morrill)

Details about these events are on the university calendar.

Upcoming seminars and conferences
  • 18th annual Iowa Organic Conference, Nov. 18-19, University of Iowa Memorial Union, register online, $100 through Nov. 11 ($120 after)
Open forums
Improved service delivery: Proposed models
  • Oct. 11 (noon-1:30 p.m., MU Pioneer Room)
  • Oct. 17 (4-5 p.m., 198 Parks Library)
  • Nov. 1 (11 a.m.-noon, MU Pioneer Room)
Arts and events
Iowa State's refugee stories shared today
In conjunction with University Museums' "Unpacked: Refugee Baggage" exhibition in the Christian Petersen Art Museum, Iowa State faculty, staff and students will share their personal refugee experiences Thursday, Oct. 11 (4-5 p.m., 1017 Morrill).

Cyclone basketball preview is Friday night
The Iowa State men's and women's basketball teams will be introduced to fans during Hilton Madness Friday, Oct. 12 (7-8 p.m., doors open at 6:30 p.m., Hilton Coliseum). Events include shooting and slam dunk contests, short scrimmages and a performance by the ISU Cyclone Football Varsity Marching Band. Team posters may be picked up on the outer concourse. Admission is free.

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

Professional development
Provost office programming
Register via Learn@ISU.
CELT programming
Register via Learn@ISU.
An up-to-date list of Canvas training is on the MyCanvas Teacher at ISU website.

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