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Oct. 24, 2008


Anders to retire

Verl "Andy" Anders, industrial specialist with the Center for Industrial Research and Service, is retiring Nov. 5. Anders has worked at CIRAS for 30 years.

New ISU directories available

The 2008-09 ISU phone directory is available at the University Book Store ($1). Volunteers will pick up old phone books for recycling on Dec. 6. You can help by putting books in the collection spot in your building or by volunteering for the pickup. More info is online.

Native English-speaking volunteers sought

Coffee, Tea and English, an informal English conversation group, seeks more Americans to lead the discussions. Native and non-native English speakers meet in small groups once a week (Fridays, 4:30-6 p.m., MU Pine Room) to talk about current events, English grammar and idiomatic expressions. English speakers will learn about a different culture, and non-native English-speaking students and scholars will become more comfortable speaking English. Facilitators introduce topics and activities to the group each week to help promote discussions. Weekly participation is not required. Those interested in participating should contact Virginia McCallum, 3248 MU, 4-0378, or complete the form at

Barron student award nominations open to Dec. 1

The ISU Alumni Association seeks nominations for the 2009 Wallace E. Barron All-University Senior Award. The deadline is 5 p.m. Monday, Dec. 1. The award recognizes outstanding ISU seniors who display high character, outstanding achievements in academics and university/community activities, and promise for continuing these qualities as alumni. Nomination forms are online at Questions may be directed to Julie Larson, 4-8490,

'Coach Talks' start in November

Greg McDermott and Bill Fennelly, head basketball coaches of the Cyclone men's and women's teams, respectively, will hold a series of lunch talks with fans this year. Talks are free and held from noon to 1 p.m. in the MU Sun Room (except where noted); fans may bring their lunches. Door prizes are awarded at each Coach Talk. Following is the schedule:

  • McDermott: Nov. 11, Jan. 20, Feb. 5 (MU Great Hall)
  • Fennelly: Nov. 3, Dec. 2, Jan. 26, Feb. 6 (MU Great Hall)

Meet the finalists for multicultural student affairs post

Four candidates for the position of assistant dean of students and director of multicultural student affairs are interviewing on campus this month. Each candidate's schedule will include a campus open forum from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. in the new MU multicultural center. Resumes and cover letters may be reviewed at The candidates and their interview dates are:

  • Terry Frazier, Ph.D. candidate in educational leadership and policy studies, Iowa State University, Friday, Oct. 24
  • Santos Nunez Galicia, program director of the Multicultural Resource Center, University of Kansas, Lawrence, Monday, Oct. 27
  • Oyibo Afoaku, former special professional tasks staff member, Residential Programs and Services, Indiana University, Bloomington, Tuesday, Oct. 28
  • The fourth candidate, AnaMaria Diaz Martinez, director of new student programs and transitions at Eastern Washington University, Cheney, interviewed on Oct. 23.

Training session for new study abroad software

The Study Abroad Center is sponsoring a training session for faculty and staff on the new study abroad program and application software. Topics covered include processing applications, completing electronic recommendations and searching for programs. It will be held Oct. 31 (2-4 p.m., MU Gallery). It will be repeated Nov. 5 (9-11 a.m., MU Pioneer Room). No preregistration required. Questions may be directed to Danette Bontrager, 4-4198,

'Date Night' benefits Dance Marathon

ISU's Dance Marathon student organization will sponsor a "Date Night" Friday, Nov. 7, for Dance Marathon Miracle Families and Iowa State faculty and staff. From 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., parents may drop off their children (no age requirements) at State Gym, where Dance Marathon executive members and committee members will watch them. There will be games, crafts and other entertainment for the kids. Donations will be accepted for Dance Marathon and Children's Miracle Network. Preregistration is not required, but parents may send an advance e-mail to For more information, contact Lindsey Loomer, (612) 799-3961.

Pre-concert talk

Join Jeffrey Prater, professor of music, and Arkadi Feldman, founder and director of the Kaliningrad Symphony Orchestra, at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 28, to learn more about the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra and the music it will perform at its Nov. 9 concert at Stephens Auditorium. Their presentation, at the Ames Public Library, is free and open to the public.

Writing contest

Go!, an online magazine for teens published by ISU's Center for Transportation Research and Education, is sponsoring a writing contest. All writers (students and non-students, Iowa Staters and non-Iowa Staters) age 16 and older are invited to submit short stories and nonfiction articles that focus on some aspect of transportation. Submissions must be written for teens and previously unpublished. Prizes include cash and University Book Store gift cards. The entry deadline is Jan. 15, 2009. Full guidelines are online (PDF). See the current issue of Go! at

Investment help

TIAA-CREF representatives will be on campus Oct. 27 (noon-1 p.m., MU Campanile Room) to discuss "Staying on Track in a Volatile Market." Topics include market volatility, examples of past notable market downturns, and options for managing your account in a difficult market. Reservations are requested. Call Carrie Hardisty, 268-8600, or register at

Flu shots for employees Nov. 4-21

Flu shots will be provided again this year for employees, including non-student casual hourly (XH) employees, and pre-65 retirees. Flu shots will be given from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays from Nov. 4 through Nov. 21 in 205 Technical Administrative Service Facility (TASF). Limited parking will be available in front of TASF.

Participants should bring their ISU ID cards or university ID numbers to the shot clinic. Occupational medicine staff will administer the immunizations, which are provided by ISU at no cost to the employee. For more information on the flu shots, call 4-0874.

Students, post docs and scholars who are covered under the ISU Student and Scholar Insurance Plan are NOT eligible to receive flu shots at the employee clinic in TASF. However, they ARE eligible to receive flu shots through the Thielen Student Health Center.