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May 16, 2019
Inside news
Helser Hall gets a summer makeover
Seemingly destined for demolition 15 years ago, the Helser Hall student residence is receiving more than $6.5 million worth of window, electrical, flooring and furniture upgrades this summer.

Guests galore on campus this summer
Students, faculty and staff share campus in the summer with a variety of camps, conferences and competitions held at Iowa State facilities. Here's a list of summer events expected to draw 100 or more visitors to campus.

Some lots, streets to close next week for Special Olympics
Thousands of athletes, coaches and families will be on campus May 23-25 for the Special Olympics Iowa summer games.

More news
The following announcements were added this week:
  • Library announces open access agreements with two more publishers
  • Staff from Key Travel will be on campus May 21
  • Reminder about summer hours guidelines

Around campus
Assistive tech lab to open next fall
Funding was approved for an assistive technology lab in Durham Center, dedicated to accessibility resources, peer mentoring, and community building for Iowa State students with disabilities.

Intervention reduces gender bias in course evaluations
With growing evidence of gender bias in student course evaluations, a new intervention developed by Iowa State researchers may help reduce discrimination against women instructors.

Meet the 2019 CYstarters class
Fifteen businesses have been selected for the 2019 cohort of CYstarters, an 11-week summer accelerator program that pays Iowa State students to build their own startups. A community kickoff event is planned for 4:30 p.m. May 23 at the Economic Development Core Facility.

Open houses and receptions
This week
  • Farewell, Brenda Lohman, College of Human Sciences administration, May 16 (3:30-5 p.m., dean's office, E262 Lagomarcino)
  • Retirement, Sally Deters, residence department, May 17 (2-4 p.m., program at 2:30 p.m., MU Great Hall)
  • Retirement, Paul Kapke, office of biotechnology, May 17 (2-4 p.m., 1102 Molecular Biology)
Next week
  • Reception, P&S Council meet and greet, May 21 (2-4 p.m., Advanced Teaching and Research Building lobby)
  • Farewell, Elly Sukup, president's office, May 28 (3-4:30 p.m., conference room in 1750 Beardshear)
  • Retirement, April Katz, art and visual culture, May 30 (7-8 p.m., preceded by artist's talk at 6 p.m. and panel discussion at 6:30 p.m., Community Gallery, Octagon Center for the Arts, 427 Douglas Ave.)
  • Retirement, Paul Elliott, admissions office, June 3 (no public event)
  • Retirement, Joyce Knutson, lectures program, June 3 (no public event)

Details about these events are on the university calendar.

Arts and events
'Coalesce' at the Hub
University Museums' newest addition to its Art on Campus collection was installed last month at the Hub.

Championship softball in Ames
Iowa State is hosting a regional round of the postseason National Invitational Softball Championship May 16-18 at the Cyclone Sports Complex. The double-elimination Ames bracket opens with three Thursday games: At 4 p.m., the Cyclones face the winner of a 10 a.m. game between University of South Dakota and Purdue. South Dakota State and Eastern Kentucky square off at 1 p.m. The regional winner advances to the four-team championship May 24-26 in Fort Collins, Colorado. 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
Iowa State has an institutional membership with the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity (sign in if you already are a member or click "Become a Member," select "Iowa State University" and create your profile)
  • Webinar, Every Summer Needs a Plan, facilitator Rachel McLaren, May 16 (1-2 p.m.), identify personal and professional goals for the summer and create a plan to be productive and accomplish them
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