Research faculty, staff input sought at forums
Sarah Nusser, vice president for research, is seeking campus input and suggestions for improving research support. Researchers and staff are invited to provide feedback and share ideas at two open forums -- April 30 (8:30-10 a.m., MU Campanile Room) and May 7 (3-4:30 p.m., MU Pioneer Room). The first set of these open forum meetings for research faculty and staff will focus on pre- and post-award processes. Feedback also can be submitted with an online survey, beginning April 30.
Upcoming employee assistance program (EAP) webinars, workshops
- Workshop: Compassion Fatigue, April 28 (1-3 p.m., MU Gallery), understand compassion fatigue stress and how to cope and maintain professional and personal effectiveness
- Webinar: EAP Employee Orientation, May 7 (8:30-9 a.m. or 12:30-1 p.m.), learn about the EAP services available to you and your family
- Workshop: Active Listening and Communication, May 8 (8:30-10:30 a.m., MU Gallery), identify the barriers to effective communication, explore personal communication styles and learn five key principles to more effective interaction
- Webinar: EAP Supervisor Orientation, May 15 (1-2 p.m.), discover the tools necessary for crisis response and management consultation and referrals
For more information, contact Employee and Family Resources at 515-244-6090.
Alumni association is updating its directory
The ISU Alumni Association, working with Publishing Concepts Inc. (PCI) of Dallas, will begin the process of collecting data updates for the 2015 ISU Alumni Directory, beginning April 25. All living Iowa State alumni will be included in the directory and receive an invitation to update their biographical information, either by phone or online. The last directory project was in 2010. Alumni wishing to not have some or all of their information published in the directory may make this request through either the alumni association office or PCI. Questions about the directory project may be directed to Scott Dahl, 294-9529, director of membership and marketing for the alumni association.
The directory will be released in early 2015 in hard-bound, soft-bound and USB drive editions. The online alumni directory will continue to be available to alumni association members.
IT staff discover unauthorized access to servers
Information technology staff have discovered a breach affecting five departmental servers on campus. An extensive analysis has revealed the compromised servers contained Social Security numbers of 29,780 students enrolled at Iowa State between 1995 and 2012. Officials don't believe the files were accessed. However the university is notifying individuals whose personal info may have been exposed and offering free, expert help in indentity protection. For details, see the Server Breach FAQ.
Spring University Honors poster presentation is April 30
The University Honors Program invites the campus community to attend the spring 2014 poster presentation and reception on April 30 (3-5 p.m., MU Great Hall). The event will feature Honors projects and the spring and summer 2014 Honors graduates. The graduates and other Honors students will be present to answer questions and speak with individuals interested in their projects.
Training session for youth program staff is May 1
The offices of risk management, university counsel, extension and outreach and conference planning/management will hold a training session on May 1 (10 a.m.-noon, 2320 Gerdin) that targets departmental/unit employees who plan and supervise youth programs and administrative assistants who complete administrative tasks for youth programs. The training will provide the most current information on pre-collegiate and youth-related policies, procedures and forms that need to be completed to successfully conduct youth programs at Iowa State. Those planning to attend are asked to send an email to the office of risk management.
Workspace hosts April 26 craft supplies swap
The Workspace, located in the east basement of the Memorial Union, is hosting a craft swap on Saturday, April 26 (10 a.m.-4 p.m.) and Sunday, April 27 (1-4 p.m.). Find leftover craft supplies -- beads, sewing notions, paper, retro sewing patterns, etc -- and bring unused items from your own stash to swap. The Workspace also will have select art supplies priced to sell.
Rugby club is headed to national Sweet 16
Iowa State's men's rugby club, coached by Leopold Center staff member Malcom Robertson, has qualified for the Sweet 16 round of the Division 1-AA national championship sanctioned by USA Rugby. The team faces Bowling Green University in an April 26 contest in Bowling Green, Ohio.
Center awards FY15 humanities research grants
The Center for Excellence in the Arts and Humanities has awarded research grants to 11 tenured and tenure-track faculty in the arts and humanities for FY2015. The grants are for research and creative activity with outcomes in humanistic scholarship, design and creative artistic production.
Fly-In Pancake Breakfast is April 26 at Ames airport
Fly in or drive to the Iowa State Flying Cyclones Club's annual Fly-In Pancake Breakfast on Saturday, April 26 (7-11 a.m., 2508 Airport Dr.) Tickets are $6 for adults, $4 for children. In addition to breakfast served by club members, there will be aviation- and technology-related displays and airplane rides (for an additional fee). All are welcome.
Center announces 2014-15 Stephens season
On Tuesday night, the Iowa State Center announced the shows in the 2014-15 Performing Arts Series at Stephens Auditorium. Multi-show packages, including a five-show Broadway package, are on sale now; single-show tickets will go on sale this summer.
Memorial Union awards ceremony is April 25
The university community is invited to the Memorial Union's annual awards ceremony on Friday, April 25 (2-4 p.m., MU Gallery, includes reception). The Service Award and Board of Directors' Certificate of Service, M.J. Riggs Award and Four Seasons Award recognize and honor individuals who make the MU a great place for students, staff and the ISU community.
ISU servers patched for Heartbleed Bug
ISU information technology experts identified and patched university servers that were susceptible to the Heartbleed Bug shortly after the April 7 announcement of the latest Internet security risk. The IT experts offer advice on protecting personal information as Heartbleed cleanup continues around the world.
Take Back the Night rally is April 24
As part of Iowa State's Sexual Assault Awareness Month observance, the annual "Take Back the Night" rally and march will be held Thursday, April 24 (6 p.m. rally, MU west terrace, march follows). Assistant dean of students and director of judicial affairs Michelle Boettcher will give the keynote at the rally. Other events will be held throughout the week.
Memorial service for James McKean is April 22
Visitation for University Professor of veterinary diagnostic and production animal medicine James McKean is Monday, April 21 (4-6 p.m., St. Cecilia Catholic Church, 2900 Hoover Ave.). A Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 22, also at St. Cecilia. McKean died unexpectedly on April 10 at the age of 67 years.
College programs fifth in the world
Iowa State University has been ranked fifth in the world among universities in the area of agriculture and forestry. The rankings come from the British organization Quacquarelli Symonds' world university rankings.
Greenlee School holds First Amendment Day events
The Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication is honoring the First Amendment with several events planned for April 14-17. A full schedule of activities, including lectures, a panel discussion, and a one-woman theatrical performance, is available online.
Celebrate Earth Month at the April 25 "Trashion" Show
Students in the AESHM 222 Creative Thinking and Problem-solving course are partnering with Ames' Aveda salon to raise awareness about pollution, waste, excessive consumption, littering and their effects on the environment during a "Trashion" Show planned for April 25 (7 p.m., Serenity Couture Salon, North Grand Mall, 2801 Grand Ave.). During the show, students will model their designs, offering solutions to the environmental problems. The event includes a spa day giveaway, silent auction and prizes. Proceeds benefit the Audubon Society to support clean water conservation in Iowa's lakes. Tickets are $10 ($40 for the VIP package) and available at the salon.
Reserve materials for summer and fall semesters now
Instructors who wish to place required materials on reserve at Parks Library for summer or fall semesters should submit requests now. Forms are available online.