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Jan. 18, 2008


ISU drawing instructors' exhibition

ISU drawing instructors are showing selections of their professional work at the Gallery in the Round at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Ames, 1015 N. Hyland Ave. The exhibition runs through March 14, with an opening reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18. The Fellowship is open to the public from 1 to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information, call 292-5960.

IT proposals sought for innovative instruction

The Computation Advisory Committee expects to recommend spending approximately $650,000 this year in student computer fees for projects that broadly impact student computing and innovatively use information technology for instruction at Iowa State. CAC seeks proposals for these projects and encourages student involvement in proposal development. Proposals must be reviewed within administrative units (colleges, etc.) before submission to CAC (suggested deadline for this step is Feb. 29). Proposals must be forwarded to CAC by March 14. See the call for proposals is online.

Learn about Future of Minority Studies research

Faculty members are invited to an informal gathering from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23, at the MonteBello, 3535 South 530th Ave. (south of The Gateway) to meet with others interested in the Future of Minority Studies (FMS) Research Project at ISU. The project was initiated in 2000 by a consortium of scholars and academic institutions with an interest in minority identity, education and social transformation. RSVP to Julie Tarbox, 4-6410, For more information on the project, go to

New appointments in Engineering college

Derrick Rollins has been appointed assistant dean for diversity in the College of Engineering. In this half-time position, Rollins will coordinate and expand diversity activities at student and faculty levels. He also will work to raise the national visibility of the college as a destination of choice for diverse students, faculty and staff.

Nancy Knight, previous director of diversity and graduate student affairs, is now director of graduate enrollment management. A leader in the graduate admissions field, she chairs the research and national issues committee of the Board of Governors for the National Association of Graduate Admissions Professionals.

Alumni award nominations sought

The deadline for nominating alumni, faculty and staff for several Alumni Association awards is Feb. 1. Most of the awards will be presented during the Homecoming Awards Ceremony Oct. 25. The Superior Service to Alumni Award will be presented during the Fall Convocation ceremony. Details on the various awards and nominating applications are online (see "Fall Convocation Ceremony" and "Honors and Awards Ceremony"). Questions may be directed to Julie Larson, 4-8490, e-mail:

Study Abroad fair is Jan. 31

The Study Abroad Center's semi-annual study abroad fair will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31, in the Memorial Union Campanile Room. Students will have access to program directors offering academic adventures in many countries. An anticipated 25-plus exhibitor booths will highlight programs offered by the center and ISU colleges.

HeartReach mobile lab visits ISU Jan. 29

Iowa Methodist and Iowa Lutheran's HeartReach mobile lab will be on campus from 7:10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29, in Lot 12, west of the Communications Building. Hospital staff will offer heart risk assessments; vascular screens; tests for blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar and body composition; and EKG analysis. Cost is $35 to $135. Lighten Up Iowa participants will receive a discount for a complete screening. Call (866) 935-5432 to schedule an appointment. See for more information and a discount coupon.

Intensive English class offered this semester

The Intensive English and Orientation Program will offer a course for international visiting scholars, faculty, staff and graduate students Jan. 23-April 28 (5:30-7 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays). The focus is on professional academic oral skills the first half of the semester and on conversational skills, cross-cultural comparisons and current events the second half. For more info and registration details, e-mail Joan Chamberlin,

Subjects sought for flaxseed, cholesterol study

Researchers seek men ages 40-65 and women ages 50-65 for a study on flaxseed effects on cholesterol levels. Researchers seek those who have high blood cholesterol, but aren't taking medication for high cholesterol or high blood pressure. Compensation is available. More.

Fall 08, Spring 09 Honors seminar proposals sought

The University Honors Program Committee is accepting proposals until Feb. 8 for Honors seminars for Fall 2008 and Spring 2009. The seminars, offered on an S-F basis, are open only to Honors students (limit of 15) and examine topics of current or special interest in an active learning environment. The Honors Program allocates $500 for professional development to the instructor(s) of each seminar. To submit a proposal or get more information, contact Laurie Fiegel, 4-4292, e-mail:; or check the program's Web site.

RSVP by Jan. 31 for 25-Year Club banquet

Faculty and staff are invited to attend the 73rd annual ISU 25-Year Club banquet on Thursday, Feb. 21. The reception (cash bar and punch) begins at 5:30 p.m. in Scheman's second-floor lobby; dinner is at 6:30 p.m. in Room 220. A program and award presentations conclude the festivities. Cost is $20 per person (free for honorees and their guests). Make checks payable to the 25-Year Club and send them to 3350 Beardshear by Jan. 31. Contact Pam Mundt,, 4-1070 or 4-6456, with questions.

Using international experiences in your classroom

Eric Abbott, professor of journalism and communication, will present a seminar, "Integrating Knowledge Gained from International Experiences Back into the Classroom," from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23, in 302 Catt. This is the second in a series sponsored by the Iowa State chapter of Phi Beta Delta (an honorary society dedicated to international scholarship).

2007 W-2's are available

2007 W-2's are now available via AccessPlus. Log in, click the "Employee" tab and then the "W2" link in the left column to get the two-sided, official document you can use for tax purposes. If you haven't visited Access Plus to elect an electronic copy of the W-2 by Jan. 24, you will receive a paper copy in the mail postmarked Jan. 31.