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Nov. 8, 2018
Inside news
Specialists improve service delivery in LAS
A service delivery structure has evolved in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, moving human resources and finance duties to specialist roles while keeping administrative support local. The move may help LAS more readily adapt to improved service delivery models proposed campuswide.

Better-connected and bearing more data, advising takes leap forward
A software platform recently expanded for use across campus makes it easier for advisers and other staff to have connect-the-dots conversations, meeting with more students for more reasons with more information at their fingertips.

Merit employees will keep their AFSCME representation
The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees will remain the contract bargaining representative for the university's approximately 1,300 merit employees, according to preliminary results from a retention election held last month.

CyRide seeks feedback on tweaks to new schedules
Faculty, staff and students are invited to fill out an online survey and/or attend a public forum Nov. 13 to learn about eight possible additions to existing CyRide bus routes.

More news
The following announcements were added this week:
  • New library catalog focuses on archival collections
  • Listening sessions planned for Engineering dean search
  • Regents' Nov. 15-16 meeting agenda to be posted Nov. 8
  • Live Green's local shopping celebration is Nov. 10
  • Memorial event for former Vet Med faculty member Harley Moon is Nov. 10
  • Linguistics challenge for high schoolers is Nov. 15
  • January memorial planned for former Greenlee professor Giles Fowler
  • Application process underway for next round of inclusion grants
  • Library posts online guide for grad students on doing a literature review
  • Faculty, staff invited to session on competitive international opportunities for students
  • Forums planned for LAS assistant dean candidates

Around campus
Social infrastructure is key to 'smart shrinkage' in small towns
An ISU research team found that as small Iowa towns lose population, a strong social infrastructure provides greater quality of life than economic or physical factors.

Fall splendor on display
The cardinal and gold fall colors are featured in the latest installment of the "Postcard from Campus" one-minute video series.

Presentation on solar panel materials claims '3-Minute' prize
A chemical engineering graduate student studying new materials for solar panels won the Graduate College's annual 3-Minute Thesis competition this week and will advance to a regional competition next spring.

Open houses and receptions
This week
  • Retirement: Sandy Gahn, institutional research, Nov. 9 (no public reception, well wishes may be sent to her at 2420 Lincoln Way, Suite 203)
Next week
  • Reception, for all term faculty, Nov. 29 (5-7 p.m., Garden Room, Reiman Gardens), register by Nov. 21 via Learn@ISU
Details about these events are on the university calendar.

Open forums
Listening sessions: College of Engineering dean search
Sessions will be held in the Howe Hall auditorium and live-streamed.
Arts and events
Wrestling on stage
The Cyclone wrestling squad opens its home dual meet season Sunday, Nov. 11, vs. Southern Illinois, Edwardsville, on the stage at Stephens Auditorium. The match starts at noon, with head coach Kevin Dresser providing a chalk talk at 11:15 a.m. in the Celebrity Cafe off the north Stephens lobby. ISU faculty and staff may claim free tickets online through 10 a.m. Sunday. Tickets for the public are $15 (youth $10).

Gold Star Hall ceremony is Monday
Three former students and WWII servicemen will be honored at the annual event in conjunction with Veterans Day. It starts at 3:15 p.m. Monday, Nov. 12, in the MU Great Hall, and will include an observance of the 100-year anniversary of the end of World War I. All are invited.

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.
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