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.

Greek-hosted Trick or Treat is Oct. 28

Members of Iowa State's Greek community will host their annual Greek Trick or Treat on Tuesday, Oct. 28 (6-8 p.m., MU Sun Room). It's open to the public; faculty, staff and student parents especially are invited to bring their children for carnival games, treats and fun.

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.

Registrar's scheduling/fees unit returns to center Oct. 24

The scheduling and fees unit of the Registrar’s Office, which since Sept. 2 had relocated temporarily to 139 Durham Center during remodeling, will move back to its space in 10 Enrollment Services Center on Fri., Oct. 24. Registar's staff thanks the campus community for its patience during the remodeling period.

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

Stange lane in Somerset closes Oct. 17

The southbound lane of Stange Road, from Bloomington Road to Kingston Drive (in the Taylor Glenn/Somerset neighborhood) will close at 7 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 17, and remain closed for approximately two weeks while a second southbound lane is constructed on Stange Road. Single lanes of southbound and northbound traffic will be head-to-head in the northbound lanes.

Next Osborn Club lecture is Nov. 10

Klaus Ruedenberg, Distinguished Professor Emeritus and U.S. Department of Energy Ames Laboratory associate, will present part one of "Three Millennia of Atoms and Molecules" at the Osborn Club lecture on Nov. 10 (7 p.m., following club member dinner, Hach Hall atrium). Part two of Ruedenberg's presentation is planned for Dec. 8. The lecture portion of the program is open to the public.

Proposals sought for Online Learning Innovation Hub initiative

The Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) is accepting proposals for the Online Learning Innovation Hub Flipped and Hybrid Course Development Initiative. This initiative will support one-­year course development grants aimed at producing exemplary flipped and/or hybrid courses through the implementation of innovative pedagogy with related online tools and learning technologies. Eligible development projects include new courses or conversions of existing face-to-face courses to a flipped or hybrid format. Proposals will be accepted Oct. 20 through Nov. 28 or until all funds are distributed. Awards will be announced beginning Oct. 27. Funds should be used prior to June 30, 2015 (small exceptions are possible). Learn more.

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