Series: Applying business analytics to university systems

The College of Business and Information Technology will host the second in a series of seminars to explore the potential for integrating business analytics into the university’s business practices. The seminar (Oct. 21, 3:10 p.m., 3164 Gerdin Business Building) will feature a panel of business faculty discussing the college’s new master of business analytics program, what business analytics is all about, and how it may apply to university business systems. Space is limited to 25 attendees. Seminar participants can sign up here.

Presenters sought for women's leadership retreat

Faculty, staff and community members interested in presenting are sought for Iowa State's 6th annual Women’s Leadership Retreat for female students (undergraduate and graduate) on Saturday, Nov. 7 (9 a.m.-5 p.m., Memorial Union). Presenters provide a 40-minute breakout session talk for an estimated audience of 20-30 students. Presentations should focus on women "unlocking potential through encouragement, empowerment and engagement." The presenter application form is online; questions may be emailed to Retreat sponsors are the Student Activities Center, Leadership and Service Center, Sloss Women's Center and Catt Center for Women and Politics.

Meet Cyclone wrestler Gadson at Oct. 17 tailgate

Meet former Cyclone wrestler and 2015 NCAA champion Kyven Gadson at the ISU Alumni Association's Cyclone Tailgate on Saturday, Oct. 17 (3-5:30 p.m., ISU Alumni Center). Admission is free. Gadson will meet fans from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Class of 2014 alumni Alex Halsted and Dylan Montz, who co-authored 100 Things Iowa State Fans Should Know and Do Before They Die, will have a book signing from 3 to 5 p.m. Get your copy signed or purchase one there. The registration deadline if you're purchasing the catered meal by Valentino's is Oct. 14.

Reminder: Enrollment is open for behavior-based interviewing class

University human resources recently added a new class to its training lineup -- Behavior-based Interviewing. Additional classes are scheduled through the end of the year. Register online at (sign in using your ISU user name and password in the upper right corner). The classes are:

  • Oct. 27 (9 a.m.-noon, MU Room 3534)
  • Nov. 12 (9 a.m.-noon, MU Cardinal Room)
  • Dec. 9 (9 a.m.-noon, MU Cardinal Room)

Emergency response reminders

ISU Police and Environmental Health and Safety provide several resources to prepare faculty, staff and students for violent incidents and other emergency situations. These efforts include:

The ISU Police department encourages everyone to say something if they see something. Remember to call 911 in an emergency, and 294-4428 for nonemergencies. 

Chinese acrobats will perform Oct. 16 at Stephens

The Golden Dragon Acrobats, a U.S.-based Chinese acrobatic touring company, will perform on campus Friday, Oct. 16 (7 p.m., Stephens Auditorium, doors open at 6 p.m.). Admission is free and open to the public. The show is sponsored by ISU's Student Union Board.

Part-time employment job fair planned at Iowa State Center

Iowa State Center's management company, VenuWorks, is holding a part-time employment job fair on Monday, Oct. 12 (4-7 p.m., Room 04 Scheman Building). Positions available include wait staff, kitchen preps and utility workers. Interested applicants should attend the job fair, or contact Craig Spillman or Katie Ginapp for an application.

Cherry pies, fudge return for Human Sciences Week

The College of Human Sciences will celebrate its people-oriented programs Oct. 12-16 with speakers, food, dance and philanthropic events. A weeklong drive to collect specific children's books will benefit the Raising Readers in Story County program. There will be cake on Thursday (3 p.m., tent south of MacKay) to celebrate the college's 10-year anniversary, and a food fest on Friday (11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., tent south of MacKay) where visitors can purchase AESHM cherry pies ($2), fudge ($1 for 2 pieces or by weight), caramel corn ($3) and popcorn ($1). Speakers during the week will address topics covering wellness, diversity and education. A full schedule of events is online.

Deck out your offices for Homecoming 2015

Faculty and staff are encouraged to show their Cyclone spirit by participating in an office decorating contest during Homecoming week, Oct. 25-31. Offices may choose to participate in one of two categories -- door decorating or entire office. To participate, send an email to the Homecoming Central Committee by Oct. 21, indicating which category you wish to participate in. The Homecoming Central Committee will judge the offices on Wednesday afternoon, Oct. 28. Remember to incorporate the 2015 Homecoming theme, "Make a STATEment!"

Merit staff: Learn about 2016 benefit changes

The nonsupervisory merit open change period runs through Nov. 23. There are several opportunities in the coming weeks to learn how your benefits are changing for 2016. Mark your calendars for the following:

  • Live webcast, Oct. 14 (9-10:30 a.m), a recording of the webcast will be available online
  • Open forum, Oct. 21 (8:10-8:50 a.m. or 12:10-1 p.m., 1210 LeBaron Hall)
  • Open forum, Oct. 21 (10-11:15 a.m. or 3-4:15 p.m., 301A/B Spedding Hall)

Oct. 15 hearing precedes regents' Iowa City meeting

If you'd like to comment on any items scheduled for discussion at the state Board of Regents Oct. 21-22 meeting in Iowa City, you have several options:

  • Attend one of six public hearings held at the regents institutions and board office Oct. 15-16. Iowa State's hearing is Thursday, Oct. 15 (6-7 p.m.), Oak Room, Memorial Union. All public hearings will be video recorded and posted to the regents' hearings website. Transparency officer Shirley Knipfel will preside at the meeting.

  • Provide written comments to regents transparency officer Josh Lehman,

Meeting materials and an agenda for the October meeting will be posted to the regents homepage by Oct. 13.

Youth program leader training is Oct. 14

The offices of risk management and conference planning and management, and ISU Extension and Outreach are hosting training for youth program leaders, administrators and student organization officers on Oct. 14 (10 a.m.-noon, 1155 Administrative Services Building). The training will cover the policies, procedures and forms necessary to conduct youth programs at Iowa State. Preregistration is required. To register, email by Oct. 13. 

EH&S launches updated Biological Materials Inventory System

Environmental Health and Safety is releasing its revamped Biological Materials Inventory System this month, in conjunction with National Biosafety Stewardship Month. The automatic email reminder portion of the system, which is intended to prompt principal investigators and lab supervisors to update their inventories, will be available beginning Oct. 14. If any emails are sent in error as the system gets up and running, please contact EH&S to resolve the issue.

Reminder: Flu shot clinic begins Oct. 5

Occupational medicine staff will administer flu shots at no cost to employees (while supplies last) weekdays from Oct. 5 to Oct. 16 (9 a.m.-4 p.m., 205 Technical and Administrative Services Facility). No appointment is necessary. Bring your ISU ID card to the shot clinic and wear a short-sleeve or loose-fitting shirt for better access to your arm. Because parking is limited in front of TASF, consider walking or biking to the clinic. Additional information is online. 

Gain insights into careers in ag industry

Three representatives from the agricultural industrial sector with diverse backgrounds (agriculture, chemistry, engineering) will present on cutting edge technologies and careers in industry (and answer questions) on Wednesday, Oct. 14 (1-3 p.m., MU Campanile Room). This event is open to all but provides a particularly good opportunity for graduate students and postdocs to gain insight into careers in industry. The presenters are team leaders at BASF, Bayer CropScience and DuPont Pioneer.

ISU Coming Out week is Oct. 5-11

Oct. 11 is recognized across the United States as National Coming Out Day. The Iowa State Pride Summit, a collective of LGBTQ student organizations, the LGBTQA+ Faculty and Staff Association and the LGBT Student Services Center, is sponsoring a week of events to raise awareness, educate, engage in dialogue and celebrate the coming out process. All are encouraged to attend. Updates on events will be posted on the LGBTSS Facebook and Twitter sites.

Rate My Professors list tabs ISU at 16th

Iowa State University ranks 16th on  Rate My Professors'  annual list of "highest rated universities." On the  Rate My Professors website, students rate and review  their instructors. They also rate their schools in such areas as reputation, campus life, social activities and Internet quality. The "highest rated universities" list is based on both rankings.

Seminar takes a different approach to conflict

ISU ombuds officer Elaine Newell will present "Turning Conflict Inside Out" on Tuesday, Oct. 13 (2-3 p.m., MU Campanile Room, also streamed live), as part of the P&S Council's seminar series. The usual approaches -- avoidance, silent suspicion or contentious emails, for example -- don't really work. Newell's talk will focus on shifting your own perspective about the conflicts you face to help reduce the stress they generate and increase the chance for resolution. All are welcome.

Learn how to track your research impact at library workshop

University Library is sponsoring a workshop, "Altmetrics: New Metrics for Your Research Impact," on Thursday, Oct. 8 (3-4:30 p.m., location provided at registration). Learn how to track your research impact beyond citations, including page views, social bookmarking, tweets, subscribers, downloads, databases, slideshows, videos and more. Seating is limited; preregistration is required. More library workshops.

ISU component to Russian chamber orchestra concert

Several of the musical pieces in an Oct. 8 concert by the Chamber Orchestra Kremlin will include choral accompaniment by the Iowa State Singers, Ames Chamber Artists and Des Moines Choral Society. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. in Stephens Auditorium. Tickets, $25-59 ($25 for youth and ISU students) plus fees, are on sale via Ticketmaster. Options to the evening include:

  • Overture dinner, (6 p.m., Scheman Building, social at 5:30 p.m.), music department chair Michael Golemo will detail the concert repertoire, adults $30 ($15 youth), purchase dinner tickets via Ticketmaster by Sept. 30
  • Concert preview (7 p.m., Celebrity Cafe), with radio personality and musician Hollis Monroe, free to all ticket holders

Mark your calendars for the benefits open change periods

The annual benefits open change periods for nonsupervisory merit (NSM) staff and ISU Plan participants are quickly approaching. The open change period for NSM employees is tentatively scheduled for Oct. 5 (9 a.m.) through Nov. 23 (5 p.m.). The ISU Plan open change period is planned for Nov. 2 (9 a.m.) through Nov. 20 (5 p.m.). Look for more information about benefits changes here and in upcoming editions of Inside Iowa State

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