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October 26, 2001


Geoffroy is council's guest Nov. 1
President Gregory Geoffroy will attend the noon open forum portion of the Nov. 1 Professional and Scientific Council meeting in the Memorial Union Oak Room. He will talk briefly about the state of the university and respond to questions. The forum is open to the university community. The Instructional Technology Center will tape Geoffroy's remarks and convert them to a streaming media file which will be available after 4 p.m. that day from the P&S Council Web site, In order to view the streaming file, a user has to install RealPlayer. The council's regular meeting begins at 2 p.m. in the same location.

Student Services Building re-dedication is Oct. 31
The university community is invited to the re-dedication of the Student Services Building from noon to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31. A program will begin at 12:15 p.m. on the plaza north of the building (in case of rain, dean of students lounge), Tours of the building and refreshments will follow.

WOI Radio fall fund drive a record-setter
Boosted by an $81,660 effort on the drive's final day, the WOI Radio Group collected $306,606 in pledges during its fall fund drive Oct. 12-19. The previous record was last fall's $246,090.

Review committee seeks comments
Design Dean Mark Engelbrecht is chairing a committee appointed to review the office of the vice provost for undergraduate programs and Howard Shapiro. Committee members are seeking observations from a broad range of constituents on the structure and function of the office and Shapiro's leadership of it. Comments may be sent by Oct. 31 to Engelbrecht at, or through campus mail. All responses will be kept confidential.

Extension keynote session open to all
Iowa State faculty and staff are invited to the keynote session of ISU Extension's annual conference from 9:15 to 10:45 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30, in the Howe Hall auditorium. President Gregory Geoffroy will talk about changing the university's organizational culture to address the environment higher education now faces. NASULGC (National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges) President C. Peter Magrath will discuss issues of change facing all land-grant schools. Both will answer questions following their talks. There is no charge to attend the keynote session.

United Way gifts at 98 percent of ISU goal
Through Oct. 18, Iowa State employees had pledged $219,247 to the local United Way campaign. That amount puts ISU at 98.3 percent of its $223,000 goal. Pledge envelopes still may be turned in to unit coordinators.

Faculty, staff sought for dance marathon
Dance Marathon 2001, a student-run fund-raiser on Dec. 1 to benefit the Children's Miracle Network of Iowa, has an opportunity for ISU faculty and staff. Those who raise $50 in donations will get a marathon T-shirt and be invited to attend one of two special dance sessions that day. For more information or to register, contact Bret Pierce,, 292-3880, ext. 5225; or Allan Hammel,, 292-6551, ext. 34.

Geoffroy on Nov. 7 Talk of Iowa
President Gregory Geoffroy will be a guest on the Wednesday, Nov. 7, edition of Talk of Iowa on WOI-AM Radio. The call-in program airs weekdays from 10 to 11 a.m. on AM 640.

Spektor is Fulbright scholar
Tatiana Spektor, assistant professor of foreign languages and literatures, has received a Fulbright research and lecturing award for the 2002 spring semester. She will teach a seminar on Russian literature at Moscow State Pedagogical University and work on a biography and literary study of 20th century Russian writer Yuri Trifonov.

One-woman play depicts environmentalist Carson
Environmentalist Rachel Carson's life and works will be presented in a Nov. 8 free performance of A Sense of Wonder in the Memorial Union Maintenance Shop. Doors open at 7 p.m.; the performance begins at 8 p.m. Carson has been called "the patron saint of the environmental movement." She was a marine biologist and zoologist best known for her book Silent Spring, which alerted the world to the dangers of chemical pesticides. ISU Leopold Center director Fred Kirschenmann will moderate a discussion following the performance.

Benefit concert by ISU orchestra
The Iowa State Symphony Orchestra will hold a benefit concert for the victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4, in Stephens Auditorium. "Music for America" will feature works by Copland, Bernstein, Gershwin and Barber. In addition to the orchestra, more than a half dozen faculty members in music and theater will appear in the program. Admission is $5 ($3 for students), which will help cover concert costs. American Red Cross volunteers will be at the concert to take contributions. Tickets are available at the Stephens box office and all TicketMaster locations.

Rec Services offers 5-week yoga class
ISU Rec Services will offer "Fitness Yoga" three times a week (Sunday, Monday and Thursday) from Nov. 1 to Dec. 13. All classes will meet in the Forker Building. There is no cost; participants may attend as often as they want. For more information, call Lynn Spivey, 4-6905.

Basketball season tickets on sale
ISU faculty and staff may purchase season tickets for men's and women's basketball at approximately a 20 percent discount from the public rate. A ticket for the men's season is $328 for faculty and staff; a ticket for the women's season is $108. Also on sale are all-session tickets to the NCAA women's regional basketball championship, to be held in Hilton Coliseum March 23-25, 2002. Adult tickets are $40; children (18 years and younger) are $22. Tickets can be purchased at the Olsen Building ticket office or by calling 4-1816.

Campus directories available at bookstore
The 2001-02 ISU directories are available at University Book Store now. Copies are $1. Updates to the administration/departments section can be made through the Telecommunications office; updates in the faculty/staff section through Human Resource Services; and updates in the student section through the Registrar's office.

P&S awards deadline coming
The nomination deadlines for five awards recognizing P&S employees are in late November; now is the time to start thinking about nominations for the P&S Excellence, Carroll Ringgenberg, Superior Service, P&S Outstanding New Professional and Extension Professional Practice awards. All nomination forms and award criteria can be found on the P&S Council awards Web page:

Shu-min Huang, professor of anthropology, to a five-year appointment as chair of the department of anthropology.

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