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July 18, 2024

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Parameters set for January salary increases

For faculty, P&S staff, contract staff and postdoctoral researchers with satisfactory performance evaluations, the salary adjustment range is 1%-3%. For extraordinary performance, up to a 4% increase is possible without additional approval.

Five questions with our veteran provost

At the end of the month, Jonathan Wickert will conclude 12 years of service as provost. He shared a bit about his favorite days as provost and what's next for him.

Confirm your sign-on verification factors prior to dashboard switch

Employees should confirm or update their verification factors in the Okta sign-on dashboard before IT services transfers campus users' verification factors to a Microsoft dashboard in early August.


Ann Gansemer-Topf began serving this month as director of the School of Education and Frances S. and Arthur L. Wallace Professor in the College of Human Sciences. She joined the ISU faculty in 2012.

Peter Dorhout reappointed to research post

Achievements during his first term as vice president for research include record external research funding, a structure (research roundtables) for fostering interdisciplinary work on campus and leading the team that developed the university's nine-year strategic plan.

Wintersteen recognized for statewide innovation impact

Earlier this month, leaders from the Des Moines Business Record presented President Wendy Wintersteen with the publication's innovationENTREPRENEUR of the Year award.

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The following announcements were added in the last two weeks:

  • Operations/finance candidate visits conclude next week
  • Ames Bookmobile stops at new campus location
  • You're invited: CYstarters' Demo Day is July 30
  • Christian Petersen, Farm House museums close July 29 for a month
  • Community garage sale runs July 27-Aug. 3 at intermodal facility
  • P&S Council leaders to discuss goals for year
  • Feature film about Uganda initiatives illustrate center's purpose
  • Sign up now for fall Master Gardener training in your home county
  • Football single-game, 3-game pack on sale now
  • Provost funds available for national faculty success program
  • Renovations close Sloss House for several months; services remain
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Around campus

Total external funding increases to record $544.6 million

Iowa State researchers attracted $346.2 million in external funding for the fiscal year that ended June 30. It's the third straight year of record research funding.

Students transform faculty/staff space with mural

Design students and alumni spent part of their summer designing and painting a mural in a lunchroom in Ross Hall. Students learned how to design a mural, plan for materials and execute the vision as a team. 

Vet Med study sheds light on influenza spread in dairy cows

ISU researchers discovered why dairy cows infected by highly pathogenic avian influenza are shedding the virus in their milk. Their findings could help develop biosecurity measures aimed at slowing the spread of the illness.

Iowa Stater summer edition

The magazine's summer edition is hot off the press and available online. It includes these stories:


  • Pavan Aduri, professor of computer science, to interim department chair, effective July 1
  • Larissa Begley, teaching professor in history, to interim director of African and African American studies, for three years, effective July 1
  • Sebastia Braun, professor in world languages and cultures, to a second three-year term as director of American Indian studies, effective July 1
  • Gustavo Macintosh, LAS Dean's Professor and professor in biochemistry, biophysics and molecular biology, to interim associate dean for graduate studies and faculty development, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, for one year, effective July 1
  • Stacy Tye-Williams, associate professor of communication studies, to director of the interdisciplinary communication studies program, for three years, effective July 1
  • Teri Kruse, senior manager of payroll, to (inaugural) tax director, office of budget, financial strategy and treasury, effective July 8
  • Tandalayo Kidd, Kansas State University, to associate dean and director for Human Sciences Extension and Outreach, effective Sept. 16


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  • Katie Baumgarn, classroom scheduling, Aug. 1 (1-3 p.m., program at 2 p.m., 168 General Services Building/facilities shop breakroom)
  • Monica Sogard, accounts receivable office, Aug. 1  (no public event)


Sculpture of tribal leader presented to Meswaki Nation

Following a July 11 event, a replica casting of Christian Petersen's sculpture of tribal leader Pushetonequa will be permanently exhibited at the Meskwaki Cultural Center & Museum in Tama. The gift is part of 50th anniversary events for university museums.

Artists reception is Thursday evening

An artists reception will be held Thursday, July 18 (5-7 p.m., Memorial Union Art Gallery) with Ames artists and ISU alumni Rachel Deutmeyer and Barbara Walton. Their encaustic (beeswax) art exhibition is viewable six days/week through July 26, Monday through Friday (10 a.m.-2 p.m.) and Sunday (1-4 p.m.).

Learning opportunities

Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) programming

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