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Jan. 13, 2006


Student employee of the year

The Student Employment Center seeks nominations for the 2006 Student Employee of the Year Award. The award recognizes reliability, quality of work, initiative, professionalism, interpersonal skills and unique contributions to the employer. Nominations are due Feb. 10. For more information or the nomination form, contact Julie Arnold, 4-0103, or go online.

Patch will combat Windows vulnerability

A new Windows vulnerability allows malicious programs to execute on Windows systems. This is a very serious vulnerability. Windows users should patch their computers immediately. More information and directions are on the IT Services Web site.

Geoffroy, Brighton on radio Jan. 17

President Gregory Geoffroy and vice provost for research John Brighton will be guests during the 9 a.m. hour of Talk of Iowa on WOI Radio. The live, call-in program is broadcast on WOI-AM (640).

Hockey doubleheader in Des Moines

The Cyclone hockey club will host the University of Minnesota-Duluth club team in the first game (3:30 p.m.) of a Jan. 14 doubleheader at Wells Fargo Arena, Des Moines. The Iowa Stars play the Cleveland Barons at 7:05 p.m. One ticket gets you into both games (adults $21, ISU alumni $17.50, ISU students with I.D. $10.50). To purchase tickets, contact Jason Dawbin, 515-23-STARS, or Cyclones hockey, 4-0410, or go online.

Research subjects sought

A research team in the department of health and human performance seeks adults ages 40-90 years, both neurologically healthy and with Parkinson's disease, for a study on walking balance. Participants must be able to walk independently without a device. Two testing sessions of 60-90 minutes each will be held in the Forker building. Participants will walk at different speeds, walk while performing various mental tasks and complete leg strength and balance tests. For more information, contact Kristin Lowry, 4-3288, or Ann Smiley-Oyen, 4-8261.

New mileage rate since Jan. 1

The university's mileage reimbursement rate will decrease from 48.5 cents to 44.5 cents for university travel in a personal vehicle that occurs on and after Jan. 1. The decrease follows an announcement by the IRS to lower its rate as of Jan. 1 (ISU's rate is now tied to the federal rate). The new rate applies to trips meeting one of the following:

  • Less than 100 miles
  • Traveler is permanently based off-campus
  • Traveler was unable to reserve a vehicle from Transportation Services
  • Traveler is not an ISU student or employee

It includes travel expenses reimbursable under Professional Service Agreements.

The mileage reimbursement rate for employee trips greater than 100 miles will remain at 28.5 cents per mile. Questions may be directed to Bill Cahill, 4-5181; Keith Schmidt, 4-5124; or Kathy Dobbs, 4-6653.

Lunch with Coach Fennelly Jan. 18

Cyclone head women's basketball coach Bill Fennelly will hold his next luncheon with ISU employees from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 18, in the Memorial Union Sun Room. Pack a lunch or buy one in the MU food court and get an update on the season.

Grad research and teaching awards

The Graduate College extends congratulations to the 38 graduate students from 30 academic departments who won excellence awards for either research or teaching at the end of the fall semester. Their names and group photos are in the news section of the Grad College homepage.

Cyclone tennis Pro-Am is Jan. 13

The Iowa State tennis team will hold its annual Pro-Am event from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 13, at Ames Racquet and Fitness Center, 320 S. 17th St. The event features Cyclone coaches and student-athletes from various sports. It's free, but participants should register. For more information and registration, call 232-1911.

parking ramp

Enter from the north

The south entrance to the Memorial Union parking ramp will be closed through the end of January as repair work in the ramp continues. Drivers should enter and exit the ramp at the north entrance, off Union Drive.

The lowest 2 1/2 levels of the ramp (white, red and the east portion of orange) currently are closed for repairs. Approximately 400 spaces (about two-thirds of the ramp) are available for use. That is enough spaces to accommodate the ramp's permit holders and some public parking, said Kathy Svec, marketing coordinator at the Union.

The repair project, originally scheduled for completion in mid-November, will be completed later this semester when outdoor temperatures are warmer. The final surface coating can't be done in cold temperatures, she said.

Svec said the early arrival of very cold weather by late November, the phased nature of the work and the need for additional repairs as the project progressed all contributed to a later completion date.

Photo by Bob Elbert.