Inside Iowa State for faculty and staff
Nov. 14, 2019
Inside news
The ISU Book Store and the University Library are on the same page concerning affordable course content, a collaborative effort that isn't typical on college campuses. 

The ISU junior had plenty on his college plate prior to Gov. Kim Reynold's invitation last spring to fill the student vacancy on the state Board of Regents, but said he's grateful for the opportunity to serve.

The Faculty Senate will vote at its December meeting to eliminate words from the position responsibility statement. It also passed a resolution opposing racist incidents on campus and supporting students who have been affected.

Daniel Hartwig became head of the library's special collections and university archives on Oct. 1.

Teaching, including preparing for class and grading, remains the most prevalent duty in the average week of an Iowa State faculty member, according to a biennial report submitted to the state Board of Regents this week.
The following announcements were added this week:
  • Campus climate updates are available online
  • Transportation services moves kiosks inside
  • Exhibit planned in MU Nov. 15 for America Recycles Day
  • Forums scheduled for student wellness director finalists
  • Reminder: Benefits enrollment closes Nov. 22
  • Gardens' gift shop open house runs Nov. 23-25
  • Nutcracker Ballet tickets are on sale
  • Nov. 15 is faculty-staff appreciation day in the bookstore
Around campus
The Princeton Review ranked Iowa State No. 26 on its list of the best undergraduate programs for entrepreneurship studies, the first time the university has made the rankings for entrepreneurship.

There can be several years between the end of high school and the start of college for many ISU military veterans. The math department lends a helping hand to sharpen those skills with a one-day Math Boot Camp before the start of each semester.

Iowa State's Innovation Corps site helps scientists and engineers prepare to move their discoveries toward commercialization. Talking to prospective customers about their actual needs is a key step.

An ISU study finds that more Americans are having trouble falling asleep and staying asleep, increasing over four years by 1.43% and 2.70%, respectively. That means five million more people struggle with sleeping, but a specific cause has not been pinpointed.
Open houses and receptions
This week

Next week
  • Closing reception, "Rise" International Postcard Print Exchange and Silent Auction, Nov. 21 (5-6 p.m., Gallery 181, College of Design)
  • Holiday open house, Reiman Gardens gift shop, Nov. 23-25 (9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. daily)

  • Retirement, Denis Biechler, plant services, residence department, Dec. 2 (1-3 p.m., 136 Union Drive Community Center)
  • Retirement, Les Lawson, campus services, facilities planning and management, Dec. 4 (no public event)
  • Reception for term faculty, Dec. 5 (5-7 p.m., Reiman Gardens), RSVP by Dec. 2 via Learn@ISU
  • Farewell, Elena Karpova, apparel, merchandising and design, Dec. 9 (4-5:30 p.m., Tearoom, 23 MacKay), send farewell wishes to Karpova
  • Retirement, Robert Martin, agricultural education and studies, Dec. 10 (3-5:30 p.m., program at 4 p.m., MU South Ballroom), submit farewell wishes online
Open forums
  • Nov. 15, 11 a.m.-noon, Memorial Union Oak Room

Forums will be held 10:30-11:30 a.m. in 0185 State Gym.
  • Nov. 14, Brian Vanderheyden, Student Wellness, Iowa State
  • Nov. 19, Nicole Kolm Valdivia, Iowa Department of Public Health
  • Nov. 20, Rachel Vos Carrillo, Child Welfare Research and Training Project, Iowa State
Arts and events
Band Extravaganza is Friday night
Enjoy performances by the ISU Wind Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble I, Symphonic Band, Concert Band and Cyclone Marching Band at the music and theatre department's Band Extravaganza Nov. 15 (7:30 p.m.) in Stephens Auditorium. General admission tickets are $10 (students $5) and available via Ticketmaster and the Stephens ticket office.
Professional development
Provost office programming
ISU has an institutional membership with the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity . To register, sign in if you already are a member or click "Become a Member," select "Iowa State University" and create your profile.
Previous Inside coverage
About us
Inside Update is published Thursday mornings by Strategic Relations and Communications. Questions may be directed to 515-294-7065.