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June 22, 2017
Inside news
Mirroring national trend, international enrollment may dip this fall
In the wake of last fall's presidential election, many U.S. universities have seen a drop-off in interest from international students. Iowa State is no exception, though the numbers won't be clear until this fall.

License plates with heart
Iowa State employees are among the best at expressing themselves on Cyclone specialized plates. Take a look.

Inside welcomes a new staff writer, alumnus Dave Roepke.

Chipping away at student debt
The regent universities' annual presentation to the state Board of Regents on June 7 showed positive trends in reducing student debt at graduation.

More news
The following announcements were added this week:
  • Mental health training offered in July at no charge to participants
  • Hort farm weekly produce sale is operational
  • PeopleAdmin system adds mobile-friendly portal
  • Arthropod, nematode research proposals sought

Around campus
Library mall
A new pedestrian-friendly area south of the library will include tables and seating, colorful planters and, eventually, shade trees.

Fighting food waste
Researchers offer advice on ways consumers can help keep about 40 percent of food produced in the United States from going to waste.

Can prairies help bee hives keep the weight on?
A three-year grant will allow an ISU entomology team to study whether prairie may offer honey bees a suitable source of forage later into the year so hives don't lose as much weight and stay viable through the winter.

  • Carlton Basmajian, associate professor and director of graduate education in the community and regional planning department, to director of the Center for Excellence in the Arts and Humanities, effective July 1
  • Christina Bloebaum, Dennis and Rebecca Muilenburg Professor of Aerospace Engineering, to interim department chair, effective Aug. 1
  • Leana Bouffard, Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, Texas, to professor of sociology and department chair, effective July 17
  • John Nason, professor of ecology, evolution and organismal biology, to department chair, effective July 1
Open houses and receptions
This week
  • Retirement: Shirley Huck, Center for Survey Statistics and Methodology, June 22 (2-4 p.m., 115 Office and Lab)
Next week
  • Retirement: Dave Holger, Graduate College and senior vice president and provost's office, June 30 (2-4 p.m., remarks at 2:30 p.m., Beardshear first floor atrium)
  • Retirement: Diane Wright, IT services, June 30 (no public event)
  • Farewell: Cynthia Jenks, USDOE's Ames Laboratory, July 6 (2-4 p.m., 301 Spedding)
  • Retirement: John Hauck, IT services, July 7 (no public event)
  • Retirement: Diana McLaughlin, economics, July 7 (no public event)
  • Retirement: Teresa Wilcox, facilities planning and management, July 11 (no public event)
Details about these events are on the university calendar.

Arts and events
Free family fun at Reiman Gardens
Visitors can enjoy free admission on Saturday, June 24, for two events at Reiman Gardens. Family-friendly activities are planned for Pollinator Fest, and hundreds of varieties will be on display for the annual lily show.

Make a difference
The university's annual College Creek cleanup, powered by volunteers, is Saturday, June 24 (10 a.m.-2 p.m., check in at the Forker Building parking lot). All help is appreciated; there is no minimum time requirement.

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

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