Change your clocks on Nov. 2

Daylight saving time ends at 2 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 2. Remember to turn your clocks back one hour, either before bed or first thing on Sunday morning.

NTE professional development grant applications due Dec. 1

Non-tenure eligible faculty (lecturers/senior lecturers, clinicians/senior clinicians and adjunct faculty) are invited to apply for professional development grants awarded by the office of the senior vice president and provost. Up to $500 is awarded for participation at a professional conference, workshop or training. Applications are especially encouraged from faculty without access to departmental professional development funds. Applications are due Dec. 1 for conferences/workshops taking place between Jan. 1 and June 30, 2015. Recipients are notified within three weeks. Details about the submission process and the application form are online.

Library workshop looks at research impact metrics

The final library workshop of fall semester, "Altmetrics: New Metrics for Your Research Impact," will be offered on Thursday, Nov. 13 (3-4:30 p.m., 134 Parks Library). Faculty and other researchers will learn about research impact in formats such as page views, tweets, downloads, presentation slideshows, videos, websites and more. Preregistration is required.

Snowblower service days (Nov. 7-8) move to Sukup Hall

The Agriculture Systems Technology Club will hold its annual snowblower service days on Friday, Nov. 7 (1-6 p.m.) and Saturday, Nov. 8 (8 a.m.-3 p.m.) on the west side of Sukup Hall. The $25 fee includes oil, sparkplug, grease and a half tank of gas. Drop off your snowblower anytime during service hours. Pickup and delivery service (Ames only) are available for $15. To have your snowblower picked up, call 515-708-8672 (new number) or email by 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 6.

Get an update on the MU feasibility study on Oct. 31

The Memorial Union has been working with INVISION Architecture, Des Moines, for several months on a feasibility study of the MU's space and services. Preliminary plans based on data gathered from surveys and focus groups will be available for faculty, staff and students to view on Oct. 31 (10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., MU Campanile Room). Visitors can review preliminary drawings and INVISION representatives will be on hand to answer questions. 

Fulbright Scholar officer visits campus Nov. 13

Andy Reiss, assistant director of outreach and communication for the Council for International Exchange of Scholars, which administers the Fulbright Scholar Program, will visit campus on Thursday, Nov. 13, to talk with faculty from all disciplines about the program. No registration is needed. Reiss' schedule is as follows:

  • 9-11 a.m. (repeated 1-3 p.m.), Presentation: Fulbright funding opportunities for faculty, MU Gold Room
  • 3:10-4:30 p.m., Drop-in Q&A session, 3540 MU

Christy Johnson-Lynch joins the Nov. 6 Cyclone luncheon

Cyclone volleyball head coach Christy Johnson-Lynch is the featured speaker at the November Cyclone Club luncheon on Thursday, Nov. 6 (noon-1 p.m., Reiman Ballroom, ISU Alumni Center). Doors open at 11:30 a.m.; a catered lunch from Hy-Vee is available for $10. Door prizes are awarded at every luncheon. The public is welcome.

Hort station has Chieftain apples for sale

ISU's Horticulture Research Station north of Ames now has Chieftain apples ready for purchase. Golden Delicious and Goldrush apples, potatoes and onions also are available this week. The Chieftain apple was developed by Iowa State's own Spencer Beach in 1917. Faculty, staff and students may place their orders online through noon Thursday using their net-ID number; orders may be picked up in the Horticulture Hall basement headhouse on Friday (11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.). Payment is by check or cash at pickup.

Proposals sought for ISCORE 2015

Proposals are now being accepted for the annual Iowa State Conference on Race and Ethnicity (ISCORE) to be held March 6, 2015, in the Memorial Union. ISCORE is a comprehensive forum on issues of race and ethnicity at Iowa State and beyond. Students, staff and faculty are invited to submit concurrent session proposals. You may submit your proposal online by Nov. 21.

Nominate a student to attend the Women's Leadership Retreat

Student nominations are sought for Iowa State's 5th annual Women's Leadership Retreat on Nov. 15 (9 a.m.-5 p.m.). The retreat gives students opportunities to hone their leadership skills, engage in discussions and networking sessions, and reflect on their own leadership qualities and what they have to offer to the Iowa State community and beyond. Faculty and staff who know students who would benefit from attending are invited to nominate them; the retreat planning committee will follow up.

Focus committee seeks entries for grant proposals

Focus, an organization that fosters ISU students in the visual, literary and performing arts, is seeking entries for grant proposals. Student artists, writers and performers can apply for up to $600 in funding for creative projects done outside the classroom. Students must have a faculty member familiar with their project as an adviser. A written description and detailed budget also are required. Applications are due Nov. 3 and can be submitted to the Student Activities Center, MU Room 1560. More information is available online. 

Half day added to partial closing

University administrators have extended the designated partial shutdown during winter break to include a half day on Dec. 24, beginning at noon. The partial closing is not mandatory and allows employees to take paid or unpaid leave for 4.5 workdays over the holiday span: Wednesday, Dec. 24, through Sunday, Jan. 4.

Dec. 1 is nomination deadline for three alumni association awards

The ISU Alumni Association reminds the university community of its Dec. 1 nomination deadline for these three awards:

Questions about any of the awards or the nomination process may be directed to Julie Larson.

Library workshops address research funding, bibliography help

University Library will offer two research-focused workshops the last week of October. The first, on Oct. 30 (3-4:30 p.m.), will cover online funding searches using large database tools (Foundation Center, Pivot) available to ISU faculty, grad students and post docs. The second, on Oct. 31 (3-4:30 p.m.), is an introduction to the bibliography management program EndNote Web. Registration is free (online), but required for each workshop.

Workshop highlights university resources for non-tenure track faculty

The office of the senior vice president and provost will offer a workshop for lecturers/senior lecturers, clinicians/senior clinicians and adjunct faculty on useful university resources, advancement policies, available grants and awards. A dean of students office representative will address academic integrity and dealing with academic misconduct. The same workshop content will be offered twice: Nov. 5 (1-2 p.m.) and Nov. 20 (9:30-10:30 a.m.), both in the MU Campanile Room. Register for the event via AccessPlus (under the Employee tab, choose UHR Training, select Courses, scroll to SVPP events at the bottom and select  University Resources for Lecturers, Clinicians, and Adjunct Faculty for the date that best fits your schedule).

You're invited: Second annual dinner to support veterans

ISU employees and students are invited to a Nov. 12 (5-7:30 p.m.) community supper in the Memorial Union Great Hall honoring veterans and their families. As part of ISU's commitment to the Vietnam War Commemorative Partnership Program, this year's event will honor men and women of the Vietnam era. It begins with a social time at 5 p.m.; ceremonies begin at 5:30 p.m. Join others from the Iowa State and Ames community in recognizing the service and sacrifices of so many. The event is free, but RSVPs are requested to

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