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Monday, August 29 2011


Iowa State sociologist, migration researcher assesses the current crisis in Somalia

Abdi Kusow (above) has been painfully aware of the horrific images of starving children and violence caused by famine and political unrest in Somalia. A native of the African nation, Kusow is now an associate professor of sociology at Iowa State, where he is a researcher and author on Somalia and the Somali Diaspora. He urges the international community to not only consider providing immediate relief, but to also make efforts to resolve the political crisis in Somalia.

Search committee conference call Aug. 30

ISU's Presidential Search Committee will meet via conference call on Tuesday, Aug. 30, beginning at 1:30 p.m. To dial in to the conference, call 866-390-5250 and use this participant code: 9026659. Those on or near campus also can monitor the meeting in the Krieger Board Room (room 2200) in the Gerdin Business Building. The committee will conduct a private "executive session" during a portion of the meeting.
Presidential search page.

Thomas Leslie is first Pickard Chilton Professor at Iowa State College of Design

Thomas Leslie, an internationally recognized expert on the history of technology and architecture, has been named the first holder of the Pickard Chilton Professorship in Architecture in the College of Design. Leslie is an award-winning teacher and author, and previously was architect with one of the world's leading design firms. He will be recognized in a campus ceremony Friday, Sept. 9.

News release.

State Gym opening delayed; student fees will be partially credited

Due to an unexpected delay in the delivery of construction materials, ISU's remodeled State Gym and its 94,000 square-foot addition will not open until spring semester 2012, prompting Iowa State University officials to credit a portion of student fees this semester.

News release.

Historic 'Campaign Iowa State' generates $867 million

The most successful fundraising effort in Iowa State University history - Campaign Iowa State: With Pride and Purpose - concluded with more than $867 million received in gifts and commitments.

ISU Foundation news release.

ISU anthropology professor studying the Fighting Sioux mascot controversy

Christina Gish Hill -- an assistant professor of anthropology and faculty member in American Indian studies at Iowa State -- has been so intrigued by the legal controversy at the University of North Dakota over the use of its Fighting Sioux mascot (right) that she plans to write a future journal article about it. Hill says she can't recall another case involving the use of Indian nicknames and mascots that reached this legal extreme.