University of Iowa

Monthly Mailing to Deans - August 2013

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FROM:P. Barry Butler 
 Executive Vice President and Provost 

August 27, 2013

Highlights of recent/upcoming activity:

  • Highlights of the August 7-8 meeting of the Board of Regents, State of Iowa

  • Upcoming meeting of the Board of Regents, State of Iowa: September 11 at the University of Northern Iowa

  • The new Learning Commons has opened in the Main Library.  Students can reserve open study areas and private group study spaces that seat up to six people. Students, faculty, and staff will find the Main Library's Service Desk in the Learning Commons. Library staff will be available to check in and out library materials, and to answer any library questions as well as basic technology and academic questions.  The Learning Commons will be open all day and night with the exception of Friday and Saturday nights.  To learn more, see

  • The Academic Technologies Advisory Council is seeking proposals for the Innovations in Teaching with Technology Awards . The program aims to raise the level of teaching and learning at the UI by supporting significant and innovative instructional technology projects with potential to directly impact student success and retention. To see awards granted in previous years and guidelines for submitting a proposal , visit

  • The university is already seeing the benefits of its new energy-efficient data center, the first building on campus to achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) platinum certification.  In addition to energy savings, the UI earned a $271,854 rebate from Alliant Energy. Funds from the rebate will be used to assist units in moving their server needs to the new facility. To learn more, see  

New requests for action:

  • None at this time

Events and deadlines:

Aug. 302014-15 Miscellaneous (Academic/Administrative) Fee Proposals Due to Miscellaneous Fee CommitteeDEOs/Budget Officers/Deans
Sept. 42014-15 Tuition & Mandatory Fee Proposals Due to Provost’s OfficeDEOs/Budget Officers/Deans

Recent communications:

Aug. 5Beth IngramDeans, Directors, and DEOsSummer 2014 ScheduleInformation
Aug. 16Center for TeachingDeans, Directors, and DEOsCenter for Teaching Fall Semester EventsInformation/share
Aug. 20Chief Diversity OfficeDeans, Directors, and DEOsOpen house at Military and Veteran Student ServicesInformation/share