Reiman Gardens' garage sale is this weekend
Reiman Gardens will hold a garage sale this weekend featuring items from the horticulture department and gift shop. Sale items include garden display props, holiday and seasonal items, jewelry, clothing, accessories, garden hand tools, decorative containers, topiary ball frames, floral design supplies and children’s items. Sale hours for the public are March 8 (9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.) and March 9 (9 a.m.-2 p.m.).
P&S Council professional development seminar is March 11
John Stein, founder of Stein's Way Consulting Group, will discuss the behavioral skill of questioning at the next Professional and Scientific Council professional development seminar on March 11 (2 p.m., MU Campanile Room). Stein will address when and how to ask the right questions during various business/professional siutations. Attendees will practice both questioning and listening skills with partners during the presentation. The seminar will not be streamed live or recorded for later viewing.
Proposals sought for SoTL Scholars Program
The Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) is seeking proposals for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) Scholars Program. Participants will conduct their classroom-based research project during the 2014-15 academic year. Up to eight SoTL teams will receive $1,250 in funds for professional development opportunities or teaching materials. Proposals must be submitted by April 7. More information is available online.
Save the date: Teaching seminar for new teachers is Aug. 19
The Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) will host a University Teaching Seminar for new teachers on Aug. 19 (8 a.m.-4 p.m., Memorial Union). New teaching assistants and faculty (tenured, tenure-eligible, lecturers, clinicians and instructors) are encouraged to attend. More information is online.
Register for April 3 Student Success Summit
Registration (required) has opened for the Iowa State Student Success Summit on April 3 (8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Memorial Union). All faculty and staff are invited. The summit will focus on: retention issues facing our campus, the academic success of our students and student learning outcomes related to instruction. Keynote speakers are:
- Morning: Ann Gansemer-Topf, assistant professor, School of Education
- Luncheon: Terrell Strayhorn, department of educational studies, The Ohio State University
Applications for 2014-15 undergrad research assistantships are due March 31
Applications -- from both researchers and students -- to participate in the undergraduate research assistantship program next year are due March 31. Student researchers must be juniors or seniors with a GPA of at least 3.25 and eligible for work study funding. Sixty percent of wages are paid by the College Work-Study Program; the remainder by the faculty sponsor. More information and forms are online.
Teaching-as-Research proposals now being accepted
Proposals are now being accepted to fund graduate student Teaching-as-Research (TAR) projects. TAR involves the deliberate, systematic and reflective use of research methods to develop and implement teaching practices that advance the learning experiences and outcomes of students and teachers. Students will participate in the TAR program along with faculty who are engaged in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) scholars program. Applications are due by April 7.
Library offers another EndNote Basic workshop
Due to poor weather conditions, the library is offering an additional research workshop on March 14 (2:30-4 p.m., location available upon registration) that introduces EndNote Basic, a free bibliographic management program that helps you collect, organize, format and use collected citations in writing projects. Faculty, staff and students are welcome. Pre-registration is required.
Library recycling moves past pilot phase
A student pilot project to recycle food and beverage containers in Parks Library that wrapped up in late January went well, and the recycling will continue indefinitely. Aly Straube, a junior in chemical engineering and the Government of the Student Body's director of sustainability, said volunteers from the student Genetics Club will monitor and empty the blue receptacles when classes are in session; library staff and student assistants will handle the program during breaks. There is a food/beverage container recycling bin on each of the library's four floors, strategically placed next to the newspaper recycling bin. Items suitable for these bins are:
- Clear and colored glass bottles
- Plastic bottles and food containers Nos. 1-7 -- including many microwave meal containers
- Tin and aluminum cans
Next Osborn Club lecture is March 10
Alexander King, Critical Materials Institute, U.S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory, will present "Critical Materials: Past, Present and Future" at the Osborn Club lecture on March 10 (7 p.m., Hach Hall atrium). Lectures are free and open to the public following the club dinner.
Nominations due March 15 for 2014-15 Emerging Leaders Academy
The Office of the Senior Vice President and Provost announces a call for nominations for the 2014-2015 Emerging Leaders Academy. ELA is a leadership development initiative for faculty and P&S staff who currently serve in leadership roles or who aspire to such positions. Faculty must be tenured faculty, senior lecturers or senior clinical faculty. P&S staff must have a P35 or above appointment. Nominations must be electronic and are due March 15; selection of the 2014-15 cohort will be made the first week of April.