Inside Iowa State for faculty and staff
May 4, 2017
Inside news
A look back
As he prepares to leave for the presidency at Auburn University, Steven Leath reflects on his five-plus years leading the Iowa State community.

Senate sets stage for NTE changes
The Faculty Senate closed out the academic year May 2 by clearing its docket and taking time for a discussion on likely changes to classifications for nontenure-eligible faculty.

Review of P&S classification/compensation structure is underway
The goal is a modern, consistent structure that is fair for staff and efficient for managers. The review process is expected to last about 18 months.

WorkCyte: Out with the old, in with the new
Iowa State's transition to cutting-edge technologies has been dubbed WorkCyte, and a website will help campus users stay updated on the development and implementation of upcoming university-wide initiatives.

'Imaginative' diversity course proposals receive grants
As part of a broader effort to strengthen the U.S. diversity curriculum requirement, seven faculty proposals for new or significantly modified courses are receiving grant and instructional design assistance.

Decision is expected soon on next learning management system
final recommendation is weeks away; first adopters could migrate their courses to the new system for fall 2017.

Survey says: Yum
ISU Dining offered samples last week of possible menu items for its newest venue, opening this fall in the Memorial Union food court. When Subway's lease expires at the end of May, the space will be renovated and reopened as "Lance and Ellie's."

More news
The following announcements were added this week:
  • Funeral service for retired Design faculty member, Gene Figura, is May 6
  • CELT offers summer professional development opportunities
  • Reminder: Summer ramp closure at I-35 begins May 8
  • Osborn gates will stay down this summer
  • Regents elect new board leaders
  • Training for youth program leaders is May 10
Around campus
Heads up: Stange/Pammel improvements will take all summer
A phased project to replace the traffic signals, sidewalks and pavement at the Stange/Pammel intersection is scheduled to start next week and continue to mid-August. The intersection will remain open, but traffic will be reduced to a single lane in each direction.

Graduating student puts knowledge to work
Agricultural systems technology senior Alex Shaw designed and installed a left-handed motorcycle throttle and helped develop an app for ethanol plants during his undergraduate years. On tap for next fall: graduate school. (Story includes video.)

Change agent: Diana Cochran
Cochran is an assistant professor of horticulture who is convinced Iowa hop growers can carve out a niche for themselves in a growing market. The latest entry in News Service's series on ISU faculty and scientists whose work is changing the world for the better.

  • Joyce Davidson, student counseling services, to director, effective June 1
  • William Edwards, professor emeritus of economics, to interim director of the Beginning Farming Center and the Center for Agricultural Law and Taxation
Open houses and receptions
This week
  • Retirement: Mark Stephenson, facilities planning and management, May 5 (2-4 p.m., program at 3 p.m., 0162 General Services Building)
  • Retirement: Nancy Upchurch, Veterinary Diagnostic Lab, May 5 (3-4 p.m., VDL conference room)
  • Retirement: Nancy Tamashunas, Thielen Student Health Center, May 5 (3-5 p.m., Thielen Student Health Center, Patterson Library)
Next week
  • Retirement: Hans van Leeuwen, civil, construction and environmental engineering, May 9 (3-5 p.m., program at 3:30 p.m., 316 Town Engineering)
  • Retirement: W. Wade Miller, agricultural education and studies, May 10 (3-5 p.m., program at 3:30 p.m., 224 Curtiss)
  • Farewell: Krishna Athreya, Center for Biorenewable Chemicals, May 10 (3-5 p.m., Biorenewables Complex atrium)
  • Retirement: Jim Hill, chemical and biological engineering, May 10 (5-6:30 p.m., Central Prairie Room, Gateway Hotel and Conference Center, 2100 Greenhills Dr.), RSVP appreciated but not required
  • Retirement: Kenneth Platt, veterinary microbiology and preventive medicine, May 15 (no public event)
  • Retirement: Nancy Brooks, business services, May 19 (2-4 p.m., MU Campanile Room)
  • Retirement: Susan Carpenter, animal science, May 24 (1-2 p.m., Kildee Hall atrium)
  • Farewell: Patrick Gunn, animal science, May 25 (3-4 p.m., Kildee Hall atrium)
Details about these events are on the university calendar.

Open forums
Associate vice president for facilities (1 of 2 finalists)
Two finalists have been selected for the associate vice president in facilities planning and management and are interviewing this week on campus. Open forum details are:
  • Jeff Witt, interim associate VP, May 4, 2:15-3:15 p.m., MU Cardinal Room
Arts and events
It's graduation weekend
A record number of students -- more than 5,000 -- are expected to receive Iowa State degrees this semester. Three commencement ceremonies (Thursday and Saturday) and dozens of college receptions will help them mark the occasion.

More campus events
Talks, performances, athletic contests and other campus events are listed on the university calendar.

Professional development
Provost office programming
These sessions are hosted by the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity. Register online with your  ISU sponsored membership.
Vice president for research programming
Register via Learn@ISU (but you're welcome to attend if you don't get registered)
CELT programming
Register via Learn@ISU.
University human resources programming
Register via Learn@ISU.
  • Class, ISU and State of Iowa Benefits Session for Non-supervisory (organized) Merit Staff, June 8 (9-11 a.m.)
  • Class, ISU Plan Benefits Session for Faculty, P&S, Supervisory, Confidential Merit and Contract (K-base) Staff, June 14 (1:30-3:30 p.m.)
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