Good morning! Here are five things to put on your Cardinal & Gold radar this week:
1) The Iowa Board of Regents is meeting in Cedar Falls today and tomorrow, most importantly for the purpose of interviewing three finalists for the open University of Northern Iowa president position. Not on the agenda is the outcome of an audit of travel policies and state equipment use at the three regent universities, including Iowa State’s purchase of airplanes. The board requested the review last month from its audit team on the heels of questions about President Steven Leath’s use of university planes.
Other business that is on the agenda: review of schematic design for ISU’s $84 million Student Innovation Center; a vote on 2017-2018 tuition and fees, which includes a proposed 3 percent increase for nonresident undergraduates and a new system of differential tuition for upper division students in certain majors; approval to re-name ISU’s Black Cultural Center on Welch Ave. to the George Jackson Cultural Center; approval to purchase more land in south Ames for expansion of the ISU Research Park; and approval for a variety of residence hall projects — including an $11.4 million renovation of the bathrooms in old RCA and $3.3 million worth of renovations in Wallace and Wilson Halls.
2) If someone you know and love is an Iowa State basketball fan, please don’t say the “O” word to him or her. The Cyclone men and women are both in the process of healing from some fairly fresh overtime wounds, as the men lost in the extra session to Cincinnati Thursday night at Hilton and the No. 6 Mississippi State women came all the way back from a substantial deficit to defeat the hard-fighting Cyclones in extra time Saturday in the Big 12-SEC Challenge, also at Hilton. Both teams have a big game on the agenda for this week, of course, traveling to Iowa City for the Cy-Hawk showdown Wednesday (women) and Thursday (men). If you want to watch the men’s game with friends in your area, be sure to stay tuned to our alumni events calendar. There will be many national gamewatches on the schedule this week. Iowa State currently leads the Iowa Corn Cy-Hawk Series 7-6 and could make steps toward winning an unprecedented fourth-straight rivalry crown with a good showing at Carver-Hawkeye Arena this week.
3) Christmas Day is just 20 days away now. In need of some stocking stuffers? Check out our knit hat, headband, and gloves; “Best of ISU” postcard book (clearance priced at only $5!); metal cuff bracelet; Vineyard Vines ISU necktie; or “The Art of Christian Petersen” book (clearance priced at $4) in the Alumni Collection online store. Our collectible pewter ornaments from Adams & Adams, Inc., are also a popular item that can be at your door quickly. There. Did we save the day for you?
4) Your last chance to see the final fall-semester ISU Theatre production, “The Night Thoreau Spent in Jail,” is coming up this weekend (Friday-Saturday). Learn more and get your tickets.
5) The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at ISU is hosting its winter open house this Thursday at the ISU Alumni Center (1:30-2:30 p.m.). If you’re 50+ and love learning, come check out this great opportunity to connect in the Ames community and enhance your knowledge through some great classes. Classes are offered in the fall, winter, and spring annually, and the winter term is a shorter four weeks.