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Dec. 19, 2019
Inside news
The Iowa State community will honor an estimated 2,231 graduating students this weekend during two commencement ceremonies. It's a fourth straight winter commencement group of 2,000-plus students.

Sue Gudenkauf, a sign language interpreter in university human resources, will provide workplace accommodations for employees who are deaf or hard of hearing.

Winter break is coming and the partial closure from Dec. 23-27 allows many employees to take an extended break with family while the university conserves energy.

A look at winter break hours for some university offices, services and facilities.

Inside takes a holiday hiatus
The next edition of Inside Iowa State will post on Jan. 9, 2020. Our staff extends its wishes for a restful winter break.
The following announcements were added this week:
  • ISU Police phone test is Dec. 23
  • Access to online grammar tool begins next month
  • New certificate program in sales is open to all undergraduates
  • Tickets for Disney dance performance will be refunded
  • Parks Library will have modified hours over winter break
  • Campus mental health training offered Jan. 9
  • CyRide goes on semester break schedule Dec. 21
  • Funeral service for Mike Hamilton is Dec. 19
  • Women in Business award nominations are due Jan. 10
  • Request library course reserves for spring in Canvas
Around campus
A nontraditional student has balanced family with pursuit of her degree and found her passion along the way. Manichanh Naonady now hopes to work for a food publication after graduation.

The words "aerospace engineering" don't exist in Kwizera Imani's native language. But this weekend, Imani graduates with a bachelor's degree in the field, five internships under his belt and a new adventure: a job at Collins Aerospace.

In an essay for The Conversation, an ISU professor looks at the challenges for the entire family when raising children with chronic health problems.

ISU researchers are looking for ways to extract more protein from legumes for use in the food we eat.

Chuck Fox's love of chemistry kits as a child has led to a career of innovation with help from his diverse education at Iowa State and now director of technology services at Engineering Services Inc.
  • Matt Fannon, Bowling Green State University, Ohio, to Cyclone soccer head coach, effective immediately
  • Dr. Alex Ramirez, associate professor of veterinary diagnostic and production animal medicine and interim assistant dean of academic and student affairs, to assistant dean of academic and student affairs, effective Jan. 1.
Open houses and receptions
This week
  • Farewell, Kate Bruns, alumni association, Dec. 20 (no public event)

Next week
  • Retirement, Karen Mallas, accounting and finance departments, Dec. 27 (no public event)

  • Retirement, Paul Craig, utility services, facilities planning and management, Dec. 31 (no public event)
  • Retirement, Sandy Sparrow, custodial services, facilities planning and management, Jan. 2, 2020 (no public event)
  • Retirement, Paula Voga, accounts receivable office, Jan. 2, 2020 (no public event)
  • Retirement, Donna Otto, economics, Jan. 6, 2020 (9-11 a.m., 260 Heady)
Seminars and conferences
  • Workshop, wine microbiology, Jan. 8-9 (9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, 2384 Food Sciences), $100, register before Dec. 31
Arts and events
Thursdays are special at Reiman Gardens
On Thursdays through Jan. 2, visitors to Reiman Gardens enjoy half-price admission after 4:30 p.m. The gardens are open until 8 p.m. those evenings to give guests a night view of the RG Express holiday display in the conservatory, which ends Jan. 4. The butterfly wing closes as usual at 4:30 p.m.

Winter break basketball
There's plenty of basketball at Hilton Coliseum during the semester break. The Cyclone men's squad is home Dec. 22 (Purdue Fort Wayne) and Dec. 31 (Florida A&M), and opens its home conference schedule against Kansas on Jan. 8. The Cyclone women host Northern Iowa Dec. 22 and North Alabama Dec. 30 before opening their conference schedule against Texas on Jan. 6. Men's game tickets are $25-$40 (resale prices higher); women's game tickets are $10-$12 (youth $5-$6).
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