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Aug. 25, 2006


ISU at Farm Progress Show

ISU Extension will showcase educational and research programs in its exhibit at the 2006 Farm Progress Show in Amana (Aug. 29-31). The display, located at the corner of Central Avenue and 10th Street, will feature experts on such topics as crop production, economics and engineering, while students from the College of Agriculture will be available to meet with high school students and parents. The college will give away $3,000 in scholarships with two $500 drawings daily throughout the event.

Vista goes GOLD

The newest version of the e-learning system WebCT (previously called Vista) has changed its name to WebCT GOLD. The name is being changed to avoid confusion with the upcoming release of Windows Vista. There also is a redesigned login and support page. The previous version of WebCT will be available for use until summer 2007. To help avoid confusion, the older version will be called WebCT CARDINAL. Questions or comments? E-mail: or phone 4-5357.

Course reserve at Parks Library

Instructors who wish to place required materials on reserve for fall semester should submit requests now. Forms are available on the library homepage ( Select "Classes & Tours," then "Reserve," then "Instructor forms & information." Select desired form.

English class for adults

The Intensive English and Orientation Program will offer a course during fall semester for international visiting scholars, faculty, staff and graduate students. Session 1 (Sept. 5-Oct. 17) will focus on professional academic oral skills. Session 2 (Oct. 19-Dec. 7) will focus on conversational skills, cross-cultural comparisons and current events. Register through Aug. 28. For more information, see

Classes in Turkish, Spanish, Chinese

The department of world languages and cultures will offer fall short courses in beginning Chinese, Spanish and Turkish. Classes begin Sept. 18 and 19 and are open to staff, faculty, students and the community. Register online through Sept. 15. For more information, contact the department, 3102 Pearson,

4-4046, or visit its Web site,

Tailgate in Austin

The ISU Alumni Association will host a pre-game tailgate in Austin prior to the ISU-Texas football game Sept. 23. The game-and-tailgate package costs $85 for non-members and $75 for alumni association members. Tailgate-only tickets are $25 and $20, respectively. The deadline to sign up is Sept. 8. For more information, see (click on "Events" and "Texas football game"), or call 4-6525.

Learn to be heart healthy

"Take Care of Your Heart," a lunch-and-learn by registered dietitian Sally Barclay, ISU Nutrition Clinic for Employee Wellness, will be offered from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 31, in 0331 Palmer. This is free and open to all ISU employees; feel free to bring lunch. Register at 4-9625 or

Nutcracker auditions are Sept. 10

Auditions for the Iowa State Center's 2006 production of Nutcracker Ballet will be held Sunday, Sept. 10, from noon to 7 p.m. in Stephens Auditorium (registration begins at 11:15 a.m.). Dancers should wear a leotard, tights and ballet or pointe shoes. The audition schedule is:

Noon-3 p.m: Children ages 8 and older.

3-4 p.m.: Adult dancers.

4-7 p.m.: Ballet dancers (male & female) for pointe and non-pointe roles.

Parking is in lot B-3. Enter through the stage door on the southeast side of Stephens. For more information, call the Robert Thomas Dancenter, Ames, 233-3609.


Joe Colletti, interim associate dean, to senior associate dean of the College of Agriculture

Col. Robert King, commander of the 436th Mission Support Group at Dover (Del.) Air Force Base, to commander of the Reserve Officer Training Corps and chair of the department of Air Force aerospace studies

Mimi Benjamin, assistant to the vice president for student affairs, to interim dean of students, effective Sept. 8

Payroll reminder

Homeland Security regulations require all new ISU employees to complete Section I of the I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification form on or before their first day of work. International students should obtain their I-9 forms from the International Student and Scholars Office, 3248 Memorial Union. The payroll sign-up packet, including the I-9 form, can be downloaded from the Web.

All completed forms must be submitted to the Records Management Office before an employee can be paid. Direct questions to the Records Management Office, 4-6456,