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Feb. 28, 2019 
Inside news
Engineering dean candidates will visit in March
Five finalists selected in the search for the next dean of the College of Engineering will interview on campus next month.

Faculty can find answers at Workday forum
The faculty forum -- offered four times -- provides a targeted look at how Workday and improved service delivery will impact teaching, research and extension work.

Five questions with the vice president for diversity and inclusion
While striving to make campus welcoming to all is more urgent than ever, Reginald Stewart has shown in his three years as Iowa State's chief diversity officer how vital that work is off-campus, too. In an interview, Stewart talked about his approach to diversity and inclusion.

Teaching assessment methods may soon broaden
Using several methods to evaluate faculty teaching effectiveness, instead of relying principally on student ratings of instructors, will be among the recommendations later this spring from a task force studying how to improve teaching assessment.

West campus road, utility projects resume during spring break
The two-year project, impacting Bissell Road and Union Drive, will be completed in phases by mid-August.

Time to take a break
A new program from student wellness provides self-directed activities designed to help people relax and take time for themselves. The Tap Room is a mobile offering that can be set up at locations across campus.

More news
The following announcements were added this week:
  • Reminder: Employees must activate login requirement by March 1
  • Emerging leader application deadline extended to March 15
  • Seminar on P&S classification/compensation study set for March 12
  • Registration is open for summer youth fitness program

Around campus
CIRAS to launch new manufacturing lab in research park
With a donation of more than $100,000 from Alliant Energy, the Center for Industrial Research and Service will open a laboratory this summer in the ISU Research Park to help Iowa companies experiment with new digital manufacturing technologies.

Protecting the environment by crunching the numbers
Assistant professor Rana Parshad uses mathematics to assist those trying bring an end to the growing problem of invasive species in the state.

Making the classroom more inclusive
College of Human Sciences faculty and staff share what they learned during a yearlong "Mission Inclusion" seminar -- a focus on ways faculty could enhance their teaching to examine inclusivity, equity and representation.

Coordinated calculus synchronizes course materials across all sections
The mathematics department is offering students increased freedom and flexibility with coordinated calculus, an innovative approach to teaching undergraduate calculus classes.

Open houses and receptions
This week
  • Retirement, Rick Pervier, facilities planning and management, power plant, Feb. 28 (no public event)
  • Retirement, Ruth Braymen, admissions office, Feb. 28 (2-4 p.m., Enrollment Services Building third floor)
  • Retirement, Ed Logan, Memorial Union, March 1 (10 a.m.-noon, MU Maintenance Shop)
  • Retirement, Barb Cole, central bakery, ISU Dining, March 1 (12:30-1:30 p.m., large conference room, lower level of Knapp Storms dining complex, enter on west side, parking in lot 61)
  • Farewell and retirement, Nancy Olson and Stephen Veysey, chemistry, March 1 (2-3:30 p.m., remarks at 2:30 p.m., Hach Hall atrium)
Details about these events are on the university calendar.

Open forums
All forums are 2-3 p.m. in the Howe Hall auditorium.
  • Candidate 1, March 4
  • Candidate 2, March 11
  • Candidate 3, March 14
  • Candidate 4, March 25
  • Candidate 5, March 27
Arts and events
Brunnier Art Museum renovation starts next month
Demolition has begun quietly on the east side of the Scheman Building's top floor, but following a Feb. 28 donor reception, the Brunnier Art Museum entrance will be encased in plywood and a five-month renovation will take off.

'Sense and Sensibility' concludes this weekend
The final three performances of an ISU Theatre adaption of Jane Austen's "Sense and Sensibility" are March 1-3. Curtain time is 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets ($18) are available via Ticketmaster or at the Fisher box office prior to each show.

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

Professional development
Provost office programming
Register by March 5 via Learn@ISU.
  • Faculty workshop, Preparing for a Successful P&T Review, with associate provost Dawn Bratsch-Prince and vice president for research Sarah Nusser, for new tenure-eligible faculty, March 7 (1-2:30 p.m.)
Call for 2019-20 SoTL scholars
CELT's Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) Scholars Program is a yearlong experience focused on writing questions for classroom-based research, implementing quantitative and qualitative assessment techniques, and articulating the types of evidence that can be used to help answer SoTL research questions. More information is online. 2019-20 scholar online applications are due March 29. Questions may be directed to CELT faculty fellow Ann Gansemer-Topf.

Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching programming
Register via Learn@ISU.
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