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.

See partial solar eclipse at Thursday's star party

The ISU community is invited to a partial solar eclipse star party Thursday, Oct. 23 (4-6:20 p.m., sidewalk on the east side of parking lot 6, west of Sukup Hall). Participants will have an opportunity to learn about and safely observe the eclipse, which starts at 4:31 p.m. and ends at 6:44 p.m. Hosts include the Physics and Astronomy Club and outreach volunteers from the physics and astronomy department. If it's cloudy, an image feed of the event will be provided, and the telescopes will be used to view a scale solar system.

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.

Student veterans invited to welcome back reception

Senior vice president for student affairs Tom Hill, along with Cmdr. Daniel Buhr (Navy), Lt. Colonel Richard Smith (Army) and Lt. Colonel Ryan Hollman (Air Force) cordially invite student veterans to a reception on Friday, Oct. 24 (3-5 p.m., MU Campanile Room) welcoming them back to campus. Complimentary food and beverages will be served. RSVPs are requested by Oct. 17 to Jean Foley, 294-4420.

Men's basketball single game tickets go on sale Oct. 22

While Cyclone men's basketball season tickets have sold out for the first time ever, a limited number of single game tickets will go on sale at 8 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22. There is a limit of four tickets per game per customer. Tickets ($35 each for conference games, $25 for non-conference games) may be purchased online, by phone (4-1816) or at the ticket office in the Jacobsen Building.

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.

Disability Awareness Week events begin Oct. 13

Experience the campus using a wheelchair, cane or blindfold on Tuesday, Oct. 14 (11 a.m.-2 p.m., Student Services Building) as part of Disabilities Awareness Week. An open house (Oct. 13, 2-4 p.m., 1076 Student Services Building) and student panel discussion (Oct. 14, 3:15-4:15 p.m., 292 UDCC) also are part of the week's activities. On Friday, Oct. 17, ISU hosts the 2014 Disability Awareness Summit (9 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Memorial Union), sponsored by the state Board of Regents. Participation is free, but registration is required.

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