Meteorological Society No. 1, again
For the second consecutive year, the American Meteorological Society named Iowa State's student chapter the most outstanding in the nation. It is the student organization's fourth win in the past eight years.
Phonebook recycling date pushed back to Dec. 19
On Thursday, Dec. 19 -- a week later than originally planned -- campus services crews will collect old phonebooks from those university buildings that have requested a pickup. Requests (preferably one per building) need to be submitted by 5 p.m. Monday, Dec. 16. Phonebooks should be placed in boxes, and boxes placed on docks by end of day on Dec. 18. Mixed paper is not included in the phonebook collection. Questions should be directed to ISU recycling coordinator Sue Mallas, 4-0692.
Student-planned exhibit opens in Textiles and Clothing Museum Dec. 6
"Uniformity: Passions. Perceptions. Purposes," an exhibition that researches and interprets uniforms, opens in the Mary Alice Gallery, Morrill Hall, on Friday, Dec. 6, and runs through April 12, 2014. The exhibition was planned and installed by undergraduate students in this fall's AMD257 Museum Studies class.
Some flu shots still available
A limited number of flu shots still are available for ISU employees. To get the vaccine, call occupational medicine staff at 4-0874 to make an appointment. Remember to bring your ISU ID card to the appointment.
Hort Club is selling holiday poinsettias this week
Members of the student Horticulture Club will sell poinsettia plants this week in several campus locations. More than 20 varieties are available while supplies last. Prices are $7 (minis, winter rose white only), $10 (6-inch), $20 (8-inch, pink Cadillac and glacé only) and $30 (10-inch). Sale times and locations are:
- Wednesday, Dec. 4, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Curtiss Hall
- Thursday, Dec. 5, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Beardshear Hall lower level
- Friday, Dec. 6, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., University Book Store entrance, Memorial Union
- Saturday, Dec. 7, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Reiman Gardens
2013-14 Fact Book is online only
The 2013-14 Fact Book, the Wikipedia of Iowa State data, is now available on the institutional research office site. The Fact Book is online only this year. In addition to cost savings, there are other benefits to discontinuing the paper version, officials say. The online Fact Book will be continuously updated and includes more data, graphs and charts. Those who like paper can still print individual Fact Book pages or, once all pages are ready, the entire book. The book should be complete in early January. Fact Book pages also can be saved as Excel files. Pages that are not yet updated in the new version don't have PDF or Excel links.
Volunteers sought for winter Science Bowl competitions
About 150 volunteers, both scientific and nonscientific, are sought for the 2014 Ames Laboratory/Iowa State University Science Bowl events. High School Science Bowl is Saturday, Jan. 25. Middle School Science Bowl is Saturday, Feb. 22. Campus locations for both still are being finalized. Volunteers serve as moderators, judges, timekeepers and scorekeepers. To learn more or to volunteer, contact Breehan Gerleman Lucchesi, Ames Lab public affairs, 4-9750.
Tickets go on sale Dec. 6 for Red Green show
Canadian comedian and handyman Red Green is bringing his "How to do Everything" tour to Ames for a May 6, 2014, performance (7 p.m., Stephens Auditorium). Tickets for the event go on sale Friday, Dec. 6, at 10 a.m. Tickets are $52 and available at the Iowa State Center ticket office and through Ticketmaster.
Fall 2013 University Honors poster presentation is Dec. 11
The University Honors Program invites the campus community to attend the fall 2013 poster presentation and reception on Dec. 11 (3-5 p.m., MU Great Hall), featuring the fall 2013 Honors graduates and their presentations. The fall 2013 graduates as well as other Honors students will answer questions and speak with individuals interested in their projects.
Next Osborn Club lecture is Dec. 9
Eric Cochran, associate professor of chemical and biological engineering, will present "Thermoplastic Elastomers from Multifunctional Biomonomers: Green Materials Without Compromise?" at the Osborn Club lecture on Dec. 9 (7 p.m., 1420 Molecular Biology). Lectures are free and open to the public following the club dinner.
Longtime thesis editor LaDena Bishop dies
Former Iowa State thesis editor LaDena Bishop, 91, Nevada, died Nov. 25. Memorial services were held Monday, Dec. 2, at Chet Ryan Mortuary in Nevada. Bishop was the university thesis editor from 1961 to 1991.
Legislature seeks input on improving efficiencies at state universities
The Iowa Legislature seeks input from faculty and staff at Iowa State and the other two state universities on ways to improve efficiency, modernize processes, eliminate duplication, reduce costs and increase accountability at State Board of Regents institutions. Comments should be submitted by Dec. 18 through this feedback form.
The Knoll is on Ames holiday home tour
The Knoll, home to Iowa State University presidents, is one of five featured stops on Ames Altrusa's annual holiday home tour. Tours are from 1 to 5 p.m. Dec. 7 and 8. Tickets ($12 in advance, $15 at the homes) can be purchased at the Ames/ISU Information Booth and three Ames flower shops -- Everts, Coe's and Mary Kay's. Money raised will go to Mainstream Living, Emergency Residence Project and the Friday Backpack Project.
More polished phishing scams headed for your inbox
Information technology services reports an increase in phishing (spam) emails that attempt to obtain ISU passwords through well-crafted messages using university logos and, occasionally, the names of local places, people or services. Remember that ITS and Iowa State will NEVER ask for your password or personal information. Don't click links from a sender you don't know. If you do know the sender, verify his or her address before clicking.
UHR adds employee orientation session on Dec. 17
Due to increased demand, university human resources has added another employee orientation session on Dec. 17 (8 a.m.-2 p.m., MU Gallery). New employees can register for the class on AccessPlus (Employee > HRS Training). Space is limited.
EAP training: Managing Change in a Changing Workplace
University human resources, in conjunction with Employee and Family Resources, is offering a professional development class, "Managing Change in a Changing Workplace," on Dec. 10 (9-11 a.m., MU Gallery). Space is limited. Register via AccessPlus (Employee tab > "HRS Training").
Associate dean of students candidates interview this week
Four finalists will interview on campus next week for the associate dean of students post. Their visits will include an open forum with the campus community, all in 136 Union Drive Community Center. Candidates resumes are online. The candidates and open forum dates are:
- Jane Birkholz, University of Wisconsin -- Marathon County, Wausau, Nov. 18 (11 a.m.-noon)
- Wendy Robinson, Des Moines Area Community College, Ankeny, Nov. 19 (10-11 a.m.)
- Keith Robinder, ISU student assistance and outreach services, Nov. 20 (2-3 p.m.)
- Debra Sanborn, ISU Hixson Opportunity Awards and National Student Exchange programs, Nov. 21 (1:30-2:30 p.m.)
Submit library course reserves for spring now
Instructors who wish to place required materials on reserve for spring semester at Parks Library should submit requests now. The forms are online.
Course material selections due to bookstore before Dec. 12
Faculty are reminded to turn in their course material adoptions to the University Book Store before the end-of-term textbook buyback begins on Dec. 12. Information on submitting your textbook adoption is online.