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March 1, 2018
Inside news
How will Workday change what you do?
Employees are encouraged to familiarize themselves with Workday basics through the Ready, Set, Learn initiative.

Regents wait on legislative process
Messages are mixed regarding changes to this year's budget. Board president Michael Richards also shared early intentions regarding tuition increases.

New training: Preventing sexual misconduct, discrimination
All employees -- full-time, part-time and student employees, regardless of previous training -- are required to complete it by April 30.

ISU faculty and staff increasingly diverse, most among regent schools
The percentage of faculty and staff of color has increased in the past decade at Iowa State, which has the most diverse workforce of any of the state's three public universities.

Welch, Stanton intersections with Lincoln Way targeted for changes
City council directs traffic staff to develop a budget for physical modifications intended to improve safety. New timing cycles for traffic signals all along Lincoln Way also are part of a consultant's recommendations.

Campus climate survey results to be shared in May
A summary of results from a survey evaluating perceptions of the living, learning and working environment at Iowa State will be shared during two town hall meetings May 9.

More news
The following announcements were added this week:
  • Memorial service for Edwin Lewis is March 3
  • Nominate student ambassadors by March 26
  • Registration open for girls STEM camp
  • LGBTQA+ faculty staff association seeks co-chairs
  • Pretenders concert tickets go on sale March 2
  • Nominations for P&S Council are due March 2

Around campus
CELT, library promote increased use of open educational resources
New mini-grant program is open to instructors in all disciplines who want to incorporate these materials in their courses. Learn more at a March 5 workshop.

How birds help produce rare wild chili peppers
If you've enjoyed some spicy food lately, you might have a bird to thank. A new study involving Iowa State scientists explores how birds in the Mariana Islands help to disperse the seeds of a wild chili plant. The research highlights the unique ways different species help one another, a concept known as mutualism.

Open houses and receptions
This week
  • Retirement: Linda Ritland, human development and family studies, March 2 (no public event)
Upcoming seminars and conferences
  • 2018 Midwest Big Data Summer School, hosted by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, May 14-17, Memorial Union, registration is $100 (students $75) through March 14; $125 (students $100) after
Open forums
Open forums will begin at 3 p.m. in the Memorial Union.
  • Candidate 3: Monday, March 5, Sun Room
  • Candidate 4: Tuesday, March 6, Gallery
Arts and events
Campus discussion will focus on immigration questions
The campus and Ames communities are invited to a panel forum that will address rights for residents navigating DACA concerns, including legal and community support resources at ISU and in the state, on  Tuesday, March 6 (2-3:30 p.m., MU Sun Room). Panelists include Sonia Reyes-Snyder, Office of Latino Affairs in the Iowa Department of Human Rights; Erica Johnson, immigration program director in Iowa for the American Friends Service Committee; and university administrators.

'Movement' inspires gardens
Kinetic sculptures that respond to nature's elements are part of the exhibits and displays planned for Reiman Gardens' "Movement" theme year

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

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