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March 28, 2019
Inside news
University adds Amazon to cyBUY suppliers list
Iowa State's Business Prime account activated Nov. 1. Since then, about 100 campus users have been added to the account as part of a measured rollout.

Who's on your service delivery team?
Nearly 90 percent of the specialist positions on finance and human resources service delivery teams have been filled. Team rosters are posted on the improved service delivery website.

Benefits of open-source, digital course content extend beyond savings
Though the financial impact of open educational resources and other course material affordability initiatives is important, that's not their only advantage. There are significant educational benefits.

Campus safety options expand as needs evolve
Michael Newton's commitment to safety is evident with the initiatives put in place or in development since his appointment as chief of police two years ago.

Workday won't make it harder to do business with campus units
Buying goods and services from other campus units will not be more difficult or much different, and service delivery teams will be available to help if needed.

(Temporary) landmark removed over spring break
A second crane crew dismantled the tower crane at the Student Innovation Center construction site March 22. Inside captured some of the day's activity.

More news
The following announcements were added this week:
  • ISU Innovation Prize to reward small-group ideas April 5-6 
  • Reminder: Renew 'extended loan' library materials
  • The Head and the Heart concert tickets go on sale March 29
  • Seven employees correctly predicted date of cyBUY's 500,000th order
  • Bulb plants added in Reiman conservatory
  • Robert Stafford banking lecture is April 11
  • Comedian Offerman to perform at Stephens
  • Apply to exhibit at Destination Iowa State events
  • Tickets for July 20 Pink Floyd tribute concert are on sale
  • Lawn mower service days are March 28-30

Around campus
Helping others provides big benefits
Study finds that wishing others well can have a positive impact on our own mood. The simple task of walking around and showing kindness to others can reduce anxiety and increase well-being.

ISU student selected for Fulbright Award
Collin Powell, a graduate student in interior design, was selected for a Fulbright Award for the 2019-20 academic year, Iowa State's first Fulbright student winner since 2014.

Keys to staying safe while studying in another country
In an essay for The Conversation, professor of Spanish Chad Gasta shares seven safety tips for students who are studying abroad.

Seed Science Center debuts film
"The Diversity of Wonder: The Journey into the World of Seeds," premiered March 16 at the Environmental Film Festival in Washington, D.C.

  • Susan Lamont, C.F. Curtiss Distinguished Professor of Agriculture and Life Sciences and professor of animal science, to interim director of the Egg Industry Center, effective April 1
  • Amanda Fales-Williams, professor of veterinary pathology, to interim department chair, effective April 1 
Open houses and receptions
Next week
  • Retirement, Mark Davis, utilities, facilities planning and management, April 1 (no public event)
  • Reception, 10-year anniversary of Iowa Supreme Court marriage equality decision, hosted by the LGBTQA+ Faculty and Staff Association, April 3 (4 p.m., 3224 Memorial Union), faculty, staff and students welcome
  • Reception, Gayle Brown, recipient of the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges' 2018 Distinguished Teacher Award, April 5 (noon, Alumni Room, College of Veterinary Medicine)
  • Retirement, John Craven, facilities services, facilities planning and management, April 5 (no public event)
  • Reception, Focus art exhibits and artists, April 10 (6:30-8:30 p.m., MU Gallery and Pioneer Room)
  • Open house, university museums, April 13-14 (1-4 p.m., Farm House and Christian Petersen Art museums)
  • Retirement, Jim Aanstoos, geological and atmospheric sciences, April 15 (2-4 p.m., Agronomy Hall commons)
Details about these events are on the university calendar.

Upcoming seminars and conferences
  • 27th annual Voorhees Supply Chain Conference, "Managing Risk in Supply Chain," April 24 (8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Sukup End Zone Club, Jack Trice Stadium), register online, $30 through April 9 ($40 after)
Open forums
Learn how Workday and improved service delivery (ISD) will impact faculty's teaching, research and extension work. Registration is open on Learn@ISU (type "WorkCyte faculty forum" in the key word search). Two final sessions of the same forum are scheduled:
  • Tuesday, April 2 (10 a.m.-noon, MU Sun Room)
  • Wednesday, April 3 (9:30-11:30 a.m., MU Great Hall)
Arts and events
14th Global Gala is May 29
Friday's celebration (7 p.m.) of the many cultures represented on campus is hosted by student organizations. Fashion, performances and food will be on display in the Memorial Union Great Hall; admission is free.

#MeToo is topic of Smith Chair lecture
Florence George Graves, founding director in 2004 of the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism at Brandeis University, will present #MeToo -- Why Has it Taken so Long? Monday, April 1 (7:30 p.m., MU Sun Room). Graves, a former reporter for the Washington Post, is the 31st recipient of the Catt Center's Mary Louise Smith Chair in Women and Politics. Her lecture is free and open to the public.

'Godspell' production focuses on joy
ISU Theatre's spring musical opens its two-weekend run Friday, April 5, in Fisher Theater.

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

Professional development
Provost office programming
Office of the vice president for research programming
  • Workshop, National Institutes of Health Proposals, with Norbert Tavares, Center for Strategic Scientific Initiatives, NIH-National Cancer Institute, April 17 (9-10 a.m.), register online
April 15 deadline is approaching for three teaching development programs
The Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching is accepting funding proposals  or applications through April 15 for three opportunities during the 2019-20 academic year:
  • Miller Open Education mini-grants, for instructors using open educational resources
  • Teaching and Learning Academy, monthly sessions address course design, evidence-based teaching strategies, inclusive classroom practices, peer review of teaching, and documentation of teaching effectiveness
  • Teaching Partners, senior faculty who are successful teachers mentor junior or term faculty from another discipline
Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching programming
Register via Learn@ISU.
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