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This Week in the College of Design

This is a weekly listing of announcements and news sent via e-mail on Mondays (except holidays) to all College of Design faculty and staff. To have information included in the weekly update, please forward all materials to Heather Sauer ( by 9 a.m. on Monday of the week they should appear. Announcements will be updated here throughout the week.

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This Week in the College of Design


Inclusive By Design Working Session

Faculty and staff are encouraged to attend an Inclusive by Design discussion and working session with students from 5:30–7 pm. this Wednesday, Nov. 13, in the Hansen Exchange (upper-level center space in the King Pavilion). Together we will wrestle with the recent incidents of racism, cultural insensitivity and hate speech within the college and university and work to define strategies that will bring healing and help us build a more inclusive community. It is vital that we come together to support our students and work with them to create lasting change. Please join us in this important conversation.

Reminder: Writing Winning Grant Proposals Workshop

Faculty are reminded about the "Writing Winning Grant Proposals" workshop scheduled from 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13, in the Reiman Gardens Garden Room. The daylong presentation comprehensively addresses both practical and conceptual aspects of writing competitive grant proposals with a focus on federal funding agencies. All participants receive an extensive handout as well as a copy of the Grant Applicaton Writer's Workbook. The workshop fee is $80, which includes the workbook. You must have the permission of your department chair or other authorizing personnel before you register for this event.

Postcard Print Exchange Exhibition & Silent Auction

The University Print Society will host "Rise," the 19th Annual International Postcard Print Exchange Exhibition and Silent Auction, Nov. 13–21 in Gallery 181. The show will feature 167 prints by artists from 19 states and six other countries. All prints on display will be available for sale in a silent auction; the bidding process will be described in the gallery. Proceeds will help fund student club activities, including attendance at the annual Southern Graphics Council Conference in San Juan, Puerto Rico, in April. Bidding will end at 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21, and winning bidders may pay for and pick up their prints at the closing reception at 5 p.m. in the gallery. In conjunction with "Rise," the print club will also host "Wish You Were Here: 19 years of Postcards, A Retrospective," featuring prints submitted to the postcard print exchange collection over the past 19 years.

College & University Award Nominations

The deadline to submit nominations for college and university awards is 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22. The College of Design annually presents a number of awards for advising, research/scholarship, teaching, outreach/service and extraordinary performance to faculty, staff and students (both undergraduate and graduate). More information and nomination forms may be found online.

A number of prestigious awards for faculty, staff, students and alumni also are presented by Iowa State each year. Calls for nominations come from various units, such as the Provost's Office, university P&S Council and Alumni Association. While many of these university award nominations are open to all, the college asks that you submit your nominations for faculty and staff awards to 146 Design by 5 p.m. Nov. 22 so the Faculty Development Council and college P&S Council can review and rank nominations prior to submission to the university.

Reminder: Lectures & Exhibitions Proposals Due Friday

The Lectures and Exhibitions Committee has updated the online submission form and issued a new call for proposals for the "Educate/Innovate(?)"-themed events. Those who previously submitted proposals are encouraged to revise and resubmit. The committee also will accept new proposals. Please note that you need to clearly state what the proposed event entails and how it relates to the theme as well as provide a detailed budget indicating how much funding has been committed by different departments/groups along with itemized costs for travel, accommodations, meals, materials, etc. Proposals are due by 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15. Contact committee chair Mira Engler or your departmental representative with any questions.

Power Outage Nov. 26

There will be a scheduled power outage all day Tuesday, Nov. 26, during Thanksgiving break. This means there will be no lights, heat, etc., in the College of Design building, including the King Pavilion. Faculty who may have been planning to work in the building while students are away will need to find another location that day. Staff who elect not to participate in the offsite staff activity may take a vacation day.

Catalog Changes Voting Results

The front-of-catalog changes were approved by faculty vote via electronic ballot.

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Architecture Public Program

"Sufficiency Before Efficiency," Tommaso Bitossi, Transsolar I KlimaEngineering, 5:30 p.m. today, Nov. 11, 22 Sukup. Read more

Green Team Meeting

"College of Design Green Team," 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12, 130 Design. Read more

Exhibition Reception

"Impact: Identity, Belonging and Migration," curated by Sang Eun Lee, graduate student, graphic design, 5–7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14, Design on Main Gallery. Read more

Industrial Design Lecture

"fuseproject," Quentin De Coster and Katerina Kopytina, 5:35–6:35 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14, Kocimski Auditorium. Read more

Friday Research Seminar

"Accidentally, On Purpose," Raluca Iancu, assistant professor, art and visual culture, 12:10–1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15, 130 Design. Read more

Open House

"Prospective Grad Student in Design Open House," 12:30–6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15, various locations in College of Design. Read more

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Impact MFA Thesis Exhibition

Impact: Identity, Belonging and Migration, an exhibition curated by Sang Eun Lee, graduate student in graphic design, a part of her MFA thesis, will be on display Nov. 12–Dec. 5 at the Design on Main Gallery. A reception will be from 5–7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14. The show features work by Lee and 13 other international artists, including three College of Design alumni and Raluca Iancu, assistant professor of art and visual culture. Read more

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Honors, Awards & Publications

Firat Erdim

Moorings, Bearings, Soundings: Firat Erdim and the Kite Choir, an exhibition of work by Firat Erdim, assistant professor of architecture, will be on display Nov. 18–Dec. 11 at the Constance Gallery at Graceland University. The show will include recent recordings of the Kite Choir in Seyðisfjörður, Iceland, completed this past summer during Erdim's Heima Art Residency. Erdim will give an artist's talk at 9 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 20, in Graceland's Helene Center for the Visual Arts.

Doug Spencer

Doug Spencer, associate professor and director of graduate education in the Iowa State University Department of Architecture, will present a guest lecture on "Instantiating Opportunism: Architecture, Neoliberalism and the Archaeology of the Platform" at the opening event for Platform Austria — the Austrian entry in the Venice Architecture Biennale 2020 — Monday, Nov. 25, at the Center for Architecture in Vienna.

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This Week in the College of Design is published Monday mornings by the Office of the Dean, College of Design. Send news to Heather Sauer,, or submit your information online. You can also submit awards and publication information online. Announcements and honors will be posted as they are received and may be viewed anytime via the College of Design Dashboard.
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