ISUAA award nominations due Dec. 1
Nominations are due Dec. 1 for three awards from the ISU Alumni Association that will be announced in spring 2016. Questions may be directed to Julie Larson. More information and application/nomination forms are online.
- Wallace E. Barron All-University Senior Award, for ISU undergraduates with senior classification who display high character and high achievement in both academics and university/community activities.
- Faculty/Staff Inspiration Award, for a faculty or staff member who impacted your professional or personal life while you were a student at ISU (can be awarded posthumously).
- Iowa STATEment Makers, for ISU graduates age 32 years and younger with achievement in one of these categories: scholastic, career, personal, service or entrepreneurial spirit.
Reminder: Flu shot clinic ends Oct. 16
Time is running out to get your flu shot. Occupational medicine staff will administer flu shots at no cost to employees (while supplies last) weekdays through Friday, 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.
Lecture: Privacy and confidentiality in an era of Big Data
As part of kickoff events for the Center for Statistics and Applications in Forensic Evidence (CSAFE), Stephen Fienberg, Carnegie Mellon University, will give a public lecture on Monday, Oct. 26 (7:30-9 p.m., MU Great Hall). Fienberg will discuss maximizing the benefits of big data while minimizing the risk to individual privacy. CSAFE is a new four-university consortium headquartered at Iowa State. Other members are Carnegie Mellon; University of California, Irvine; and University of Virginia.
Green fair is Oct. 15
National Campus Sustainability Month will be celebrated on Thursday, Oct. 15 (11 a.m.-2 p.m., Library lawn) with a fair highlighting initiatives and events by campus groups. Get a free bike tuneup and earn green and sustainable prizes. Bring a food donation for the students-for-students food pantry, The SHOP, and your reusable mug for a free fill of a hot beverage.
Grant budget development workshop is Oct. 20
The Grants Hub and the Office of Sponsored Programs Administration (OSPA) are holding a budget development workshop on Oct. 20 (10 a.m., MU Pioneer Room). This hands-on workshop will offer tips and information about proposal budget development. Attendees will see real-world examples of budget components, learn how to use university budget templates to create budgets, and write budget justifications for several types of funding sponsors. Register online, and please bring your laptop to the workshop.
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 email@example.com. 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 http://learn.iastate.edu/IowaSU/site/ (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
- Violent Incident Response Training
- Recognizing and Reporting Disturbing Behavior
- Building emergency maps
- Emergency action plans
- Emergency Response Guide posters
- Emergency Response Guide
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:
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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meeting materials and an agenda for the October meeting will be posted to the regents homepage 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.
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.
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.