Inside Iowa State for faculty and staff
Oct. 31, 2019
Inside news
The university will reduce its services for the week of Dec. 23-27. Including two weekends and two university holidays (Dec. 24-25), employees who choose to use three days of paid leave can assemble a nine-day break.

A playable one-fifth scale model of ISU's campanile and carillon designed and built by students was unveiled during homecoming. It will be used for special events, performances and educational outreach.

The names of the four candidates will be shared one business day before their visits, which will include an open forum and meetings with faculty, staff and stakeholders.

Three drop-in open house sessions are planned Nov. 6-7 to collect input on how the university community uses its buildings and spaces. The information will be used to develop a strategic facilities plan.

Weather permitting, the Jack Trice statue will be installed north of Beardshear Hall by late November.

The first five faculty learning communities are working through the academic year on research topics of their choosing. The Center for Excellence in the Arts and Humanities guides the new program that aims for interdisciplinary collaboration.
With some initiatives in motion from the first round of submissions, more ideas and solutions for improving the Iowa State experience are encouraged.
The following announcements were added this week:
  • Daylight saving time ends Sunday morning
  • Reminder: Snow removal policy for campus
  • Winter clothing drive runs through Nov. 8
  • First-generation student observance runs Nov. 4-8
  • Second CyThx campaign begins Nov. 1
Around campus
Veterinary students get experience treating live animals, and animal shelters save money through the free program. The biggest winners, however, are the shelter animals, who receive a clean bill of health and usually end up being adopted.

Doug Jacobson -- already busy with cyberdefense research and helping build Iowa State's new major in cyber security engineering -- has found fun ways to recruit students into cybersecurity studies and careers.

A $55 million proposal to replace LeBaron Hall and renovate portions of MacKay Hall, Iowa State's top capital request to the 2020 Iowa Legislature, emphasizes flexible spaces for learning, research and outreach. That includes turning a little-used outdoor courtyard into an enclosed plaza for studying, gathering and entrepreneurial experimentation.

Iowa State researchers found the techniques used by investigators in Title IX complaints go against science-based strategies. Researchers recommend limiting bias, developing a rapport and asking open-ended questions as keys to best practices for investigators.
  • Daniel Hartwig, Stanford University, Palo Alto, California, to head of special collections and university archives, effective Oct. 1
  • Jacy Johnson, interim executive director of strategic relations and communications, to Iowa Public Radio board of directors, effective Oct. 24
  • Amanda Fales-Williams, Tyrone D. Artz M.D. Chair for Teaching Excellence in the College of Veterinary Medicine and interim department chair of veterinary pathology, to department chair, effective Nov. 1
Open houses and receptions
This week
  • Retirement, Doug Anderson, payroll department, Oct. 31 (1-3 p.m., program at 1:30 p.m., WOW Center, Extension 4-H Building)
  • Retirement, Cindy Howe, facilities planning and management, Nov. 1 (1-3 p.m., program at 2 p.m., 0162 General Services Building)

Next week
  • Open house, Digital Accessibility Lab, Nov. 6 (3-4:30 p.m., program at 3 p.m., 206 Durham Center)
  • Reception, honoring first-generation college students, Nov. 8 (11 a.m.-2 p.m., MU Oak Room), registration encouraged
Seminars and conferences
  • Workshop, "Paying Yourself: Income Options in Retirement," Jay Albrecht, TIAA, Nov. 5 (noon-1 p.m., MU Gallery), free, register online
  • Workshop, "Inside Money: Managing Income and Debt," Jay Albrecht, TIAA, Nov. 6 (noon-1 p.m., MU Gold Room), free, register online
  • Incentive competition, ISU Innovation Prize, Nov. 8-9 (Economic Development Core Facility, ISU Research Park), free, register by Nov. 1
Open forums
Strategic facilities plan : come-and-go event
  • Nov. 6, 8-10 a.m., Vet Med commons
  • Nov. 6, 4-6 p.m., second floor, Union Drive Community Center
  • Nov. 7, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., MU Pine Room

Open forums will be held 11 a.m.-noon in the Memorial Union.
  • Nov. 4, Campanile Room
  • Nov. 5, Soults Family Visitor Center
  • Nov. 13, Soults Family Visitor Center
  • Nov. 15, Oak Room
Arts and events
Journalist Alexander Heffner, who hosts public television's "The Open Mind," will give a campus lecture, "Civil Discourse in an Uncivil Age: Media and the 2020 Election," on Nov. 4 (7 p.m., MU Great Hall). The lecture is free and open to the public. "The Open Mind" airs locally on IPTV.3.
Professional development
Provost office programming

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

Center for Communication Excellence programming
Workshop series on self-editing (3:30-5 p.m.), register online.
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