Walk safe this winter

That's the department of environmental health and safety's challenge to the university community as the season's snow and ice bring hazardous walking conditions to campus. Employee falls on snow or ice account for more than half of the university's workplace injuries during the winter months. Typical injuries include bruised and strained knees, strained backs, broken bones and head injuries. Check the Walk Safe This Winter website for information on how to: minimize your risks when walking on snow or ice, pack your car for winter travel, report problem sidewalks and more.

Save the date: P&S Council professional development conference

"Discover Your Treasure" during the full-day P&S Council professional development conference, sponsored by university human resources and the office of the senior vice president and provost. It's scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015, in the Scheman Building, Iowa State Center. View more details and watch for registration on the conference webpage.

Holiday publication schedule for 'Inside Iowa State'

Inside Iowa State's final issue of the semester will publish on Dec. 18. There will be no issues on Dec. 25 and Jan. 1, due to university holidays and the university's partial shutdown. Publication will resume on Thursday, Jan. 8.

Tickets on sale Dec. 19 for Gabriel Iglesias comedy show

Comedian Gabriel Iglesias will stop by Stephens Auditorium on Feb. 22, 2015, for a 7:30 p.m. comedy show, "Unity Through Laughter." Tickets, $33 to $68, are available at the Iowa State Center ticket office or through Ticketmaster beginning Dec. 19 at 10 a.m. 

Mileage reimbursement rates go up on Jan. 1

For work-related travel expenses incurred on or after Jan. 1, 2015, the mileage reimbursement rate of 28 cents/mile will increase to 28.75 cents/mile. This rate, 50 percent of the full IRS rate, applies to trips of more than 100 miles if the traveler opts to use his or her personal vehicle when a Transportation Services vehicle is available. 

The full IRS rate will increase from 56 cents/mile to 57.5 cents/mile and applies when:

  • The round trip is 99 miles or less
  • The round trip is 100 miles or more but the traveler is unable to reserve a Transportation Services vehicle
  • The traveler is based off-campus permanently
  • The traveler is not an ISU employee or student (including travel expenses reimbursed under professional service agreements)
  • The combined airfare and mileage cost to any of three designated international airports (Kansas City, Minneapolis-St. Paul or Omaha) is less expensive than airfare and mileage from the Des Moines International Airport

Questions regarding the rate change may be directed to Bill Cahill, 294-5124, or Katie Wiegand, 294-1940.

Nominations due Feb. 1 for alumni association awards

The alumni association's board of directors seeks nominations for six awards that will be presented next October during Homecoming weekend. Nominations are due Feb. 1, 2015; award information, including nominations forms, is online. Questions may be directed to Julie Larson. The six awards are:

More study space during Dead Week

Several classrooms will be open evenings this week (Dec. 8-12) providing addtional study space for students cramming for finals. These classrooms, each with about 30 seats, are available on a drop-in basis from 5:10 p.m. to 11 p.m.

  • Carver 0002, 0004, 0008 and 0196
  • Gilman 0611 and 1312
  • Howe 1246
  • Ross 0022, 0028, 0029 and 0031

Indoor practice facility at Veenker stays open all winter

The golf performance center at Veenker Memorial Golf Course will stay open five days a week (Tues-Sat) all winter. A winter membership (Jan. 15-March 15) costs $200, or you may pay on an hourly basis. Reservations are required; call 294-6727 to reserve time, just like a tee time.

Wanted: Destination Iowa State team leaders

The New Student Programs office is seeking student team leaders for Destination Iowa State, Aug. 20-22, 2015. Destination Iowa State is an excellent way for current students to show their Cyclone pride, be part of a team, develop leadership skills and earn up to $250. Each team leader mentors a group of approximately 12-15 students throughout the Destination Iowa State experience. Two information sessions are planned for Jan. 27 (7 p.m., MU Gold Room) and Feb. 2 (7 p.m., MU Gallery Room). More information and the application are online; applications are due Friday, Feb. 6. Questions may be directed to Paige Johnsen, 294-6660.

Testing center seats will double for final exams

In response to student concerns, finals week testing center capacity has doubled, from 219 to 448 seats, including the addition of four testing centers. Students also have the option of taking online exams the weekend before finals week (Dec. 13-14). Beginning spring 2015, schedulers will match final exam times with the published exam time for each course. Exams will be scheduled for two-hour windows, which will eliminate lines during peak times.

Biorenewables student poster symposium is Dec. 18

Undergraduate and graduate students in biorenewables-related activities this fall will hold a poster symposium on Thursday, Dec. 18 (2:15-4:15 p.m., Sukup Atrium, Biorenewables Complex). Graduate students either are "Leading the Bioeconomy" fellowship recipients or members of a biorenewable resources and technology research seminar (BRT 506C). Undergraduates enrolled in TSM 325, Biorenewable Systems, this fall. All are welcome; light refreshments will be available. 

Volunteers sought for winter Science Bowl competitions

About 150 volunteers, both scientific and nonscientific, are sought for the 2015 Ames Laboratory/Iowa State University Science Bowl events. High School Science Bowl is Saturday, Jan. 24. Middle School Science Bowl is Saturday, Feb. 21. Volunteers serve as moderators, judges, timekeepers and scorekeepers. To learn more or to volunteer, contact Breehan Gerleman Lucchesi, Ames Lab public affairs, 294-9750.

Submit spring course reserves at library now

Instructors who wish to place required materials on reserve in the library for spring semester should submit requests now.  Forms are online.

Register now for Project LEA/RN workshop Jan. 6-7

ISU's Project LEA/RN will sponsor a workshop, "Introduction to Learning-centered Clases and Meetings,' on Jan. 6-7, 2015 (9 a.m.-4 p.m. daily, 2622 Lagomarcino). Discover new things about human learning, share insights about the brain based on current research, engage in strategies that promote interaction and deep thinking, and learn how to apply all this to situations where you facilitate learning. Enrollment is free but limited to 20 educators; RSVP to Project LEA/RN associate director Jan Wiersema.

Register for June sea kayaking trip in Alaska

ISU's outdoor recreation program is offering a sea kayaking trip to Alaska June 18-25, 2015. The price is $1,829 for holders of an ISU recreation services pass and $2,061 for others. Registration deadline is March 13. For more information, contact the outdoor recreation program office, 294-8200, or Jerry Rupert.

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