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January 31, 2003


CTE workshop registration due Jan. 31
The Center for Teaching Excellence will hold a workshop, "The World is Our Classroom: Using it Effectively," from noon to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4. The focus is on designing courses that will be taught at international locations. A two-part workshop on critical thinking, "Designing Assignments/Assessments to Teach Critical Thinking," will be held from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Feb. 4 and 11. The workshops are free but pre-registration is requested by Jan. 31. More information is online at

New Fact Book is online
The 2002-03 Iowa State University Fact Book is available online. Published by the Office of Institutional Research, it contains information about students, employees, alumni, courses, finances, facilities and academic departments and programs. All Fact Book tables and graphics are available for viewing or download at

Grants available for Merit professional development
Upcoming application deadlines for Merit professional development grants, which pay for registration fees for seminars, short courses and workshops, are Feb. 1, April 1 and June 1. Applications for Merit tuition grants for summer session are due May 1. For more information, contact Human Resource Services, 4-6457, or go to:

Lunch with Coach Fennelly
Cyclone head women's basketball coach Bill Fennelly will hold his next lunch with faculty and staff at noon Monday, Feb. 10, in the Memorial Union Sun Room. Pack your lunch or purchase one in the food court and visit with the coach about his team and program.

Learning communities are subject of talk
"Learning Communities: What's at Stake" will be discussed by Pat Hutchings and Barbara Leigh Smith from 11 a.m. to noon Thursday, Feb. 13, in 2432 Food Sciences. Hutchings is vice president of The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching; Smith is co-director of the National Learning Communities Project at Evergreen State College, and the founding director of the Washington Center for Improving the Quality of Undergraduate Education at the college. The two will be on campus to consult on faculty involvement in learning communities.

25-Year Club banquet reservations due
Reservations are due for the annual 25-Year Club banquet on Feb. 20. Send reservation forms to 25-Year Club, 88 Scheman. All honorees are guests of the club. Family, friends and colleagues are invited. Send checks, payable to 25-Year Club, for $19.50 per person, and indicate choice of chicken margarita, Black Forest pork or eggplant parmesan. For more information, call 4-3830 or e-mail

P&S Council nominations due Feb. 21
Nominations for 10 seats on the P&S Council are due Friday, Feb. 21. Council members serve three-year terms, participate in a monthly council meeting and serve on one of the council's seven committees. Elections will be held online in March. Online nomination forms and more information are available at

Employee nominations sought
The Student Employment Center is accepting applications for the 2003 Student Employee of the Year award. For more information and to nominate a student, visit, under "forms for employers."

Cold treat from 'cool chicks'
A little cold weather won't stop the Margaret Sloss Women's Center staff from welcoming back the campus community with free ice cream cones from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4, at Sloss House. Several campus women have volunteered to be "Cool Chicks Scooping Ice Cream."

Senate meets Feb. 11
The Faculty Senate will meet at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 11, in the North Prairie Room at the Hotel at Gateway Center. The senate will continue discussion on a proposed non-tenure track policy that would include those on adjunct appointments.

G-Nome artist to be museum speaker
Artist Andrew Leicester, who created the art for the Molecular Biology Building, will discuss the images he created and how they have held up to changes in genetic science over the past 13 years. His talk begins at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13, in the Molecular Biology auditorium.

Women's B-ball tickets available
Reduced-price tickets ($2) for the women's basketball game on Saturday, Feb. 15, are available at the Margaret Sloss Women's Center. The team will play Texas at 3 p.m. in Hilton. To purchase tickets, stop by Sloss House or contact Marcia Purdy, 4-4154.

Course in van driving offered
A course to help drivers handle 15-passenger vans will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 5, in Room 8, Fire Service Training Bureau on Haber Road. It is free for ISU faculty, staff and students. To register, call Transportation Service, 4-3414.

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