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March 22, 2018
Inside news
Wickert to senate: State cuts affect resident students
At the March 20 Faculty Senate meeting, senior vice president and provost Jonathan Wickert said the state legislature's likely $11 million budget reversion for higher education disproportionately affects Iowans at regents institutions. Nearly 20,000 resident students attend Iowa State, more than at any other school in the state.

New P&S pay and classification system may wait for Workday
Revamped classification and pay structures for professional and scientific positions, the result of an in-depth review that began last summer, might not be implemented until mid-2019.

Applying for scholarships will get simpler for undergraduates
Iowa State undergraduate students will have a one-stop shop for university scholarships, starting with applications for the 2019-20 school year.

University budget oversight moves to finance division
A six-member working team, representing all five university divisions, will spearhead the budget-building process. The group is multitasking this spring.

Save the date: Wintersteen installation is set for Sept. 21
A planning committee has begun its work and will keep the university community informed as details take shape.

Student spring events evolve in post-Veishea years
Student organizations are planning outdoor April events independent of each other and with administrators' approval.

More news
The following announcements were added this week:
  • Open forums begin March 22 for university registrar finalists
  • Campus visits scheduled for School of Education director finalists
  • ISU Innovation Prize competition set for March 30-31
  • Procurement services' employee survey concludes April 4
  • Vet Med dean search will continue this fall
  • 2nd annual campus research day is March 27
  • LGBTQIA+ community dinner is April 3
  • Spring egg hunt is March 31 at Reiman Gardens
  • Registration is open for youth TAG summer camps
  • Reminder: Submit 2017 flexible spending claims by April 30
  • Comment period closes April 30 for ISU authorship policy draft
  • Free digital access available to Wall Street Journal
  • March 24 chess challenge will benefit campus food pantry

Around campus
Listening sessions planned in CALS dean search
The search committee for the next dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences will host two open forums next week to solicit input from university community members on characteristics they would like to see in the college's next leader.

Agriculture, veterinary medicine, statistics, engineering top campus graduate rankings
Iowa State's graduate program in agricultural and biosystems engineering is still one of the country's best, according to the latest rankings of graduate programs by U.S. News and World Report magazine.

Researchers use blood donor scraps to study immune system
A team of Iowa State researchers has discovered new insight into the human immune system from an unlikely source, the leftover material from blood donation banks.

  • Brad Dell, music and theatre, to director of ISU Theatre, effective mid-May
Open houses and receptions
Next week
  • Reception: "Resurrection" exhibit by integrated visual arts graduate student Robert Jinkins, March 30 (6-8 p.m., Design on Main Gallery, 203 Main St.)
  • Open house: "In Focus" and "Ambiguity, Mystery and Allure" exhibits, March 31-April 1 (1-4 p.m. daily, Farm House Museum and Christian Petersen Art Museum)
  • Retirement: Rebecca Foster, registrar's office, April 2 (2-4 p.m., remarks at 2:30 p.m., 136 Union Drive Community Center)
  • Retirement: Debbie Hurley, facilities planning and management, April 2 (no public event)
  • Retirement: Peggy Deaton, facilities planning and management, April 6 (10-11:30 a.m., program at 10:30 a.m., 0162 General Services Building)
  • Reception: "Traces: A Family Farm in Eastern Iowa" photo exhibition, April 6 (6-8 p.m., Design on Main Gallery, 203 Main St.)
Details about these events are on the university calendar.

Upcoming seminars and conferences
  • Science policy talk, "The Lion in the Path: U.S. Science Policy in an Era of Political Polarization and Alternative Facts," Tobin Smith, Association of American Universities, April 3 (4:10-5 p.m., MU Cardinal Room)
  • 29th annual Staniforth Lecture, "Will Genetically Engineered Pests Protect Health, Biodiversity and Crop Production?" Fred Gould, North Carolina State University, April 3 (4:10 p.m., 0127 Curtiss)
  • Two-day course, Essentials of ArcGIS 10.4, ISU Extension and Outreach, April 5-6 (8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. daily, Research Park location), register online by April 2, half-price ($250) for ISU employees and students
  • First Amendment workshop, "Talk is Cheap, Free Speech Isn't: Expert Training for First Amendment Champions," hosted by the Greenlee School, April 13 (8:30 a.m.-4 p.m., ISU Daily suite, 2420 Lincoln Way), registration is free but required by April 2
  • 2018 SLAMM (St. Louis Area Methods Meeting) political science conference, April 20 (8 a.m.-5 p.m., Reiman Gardens), registration is free but required by March 23
Open forums
  • Jian Wang, Texas Tech University, March 22, 2:30-3:30 p.m., W0262 Lagomarcino
  • Cecil Smith, West Virginia University, March 28, 4-5 p.m., W0262 Lagomarcino
  • Corey Drake, Michigan State University, March 29, 4-5 p.m., 0152 Science
  • Susan Faircloth, University of North Carolina, Wilmington, April 3, 2:30-3:30 p.m., W0262 Lagomarcino
All forums will be held from 11 a.m. to noon in 136 Union Drive Community Center.
  • Shawna Saad, registrar's office, March 22
  • Mark Simpson, University of Utah, March 30 
  • Heather Chermak, University of Idaho, April 2 
Arts and events
13th Global Gala is Friday night
Global Gala, an annual university celebration of the cultures present on campus, will be held Friday, March 23 (7 p.m., doors open at 6 p.m., Memorial Union Great Hall). Student organizations will showcase their cultural heritage through dance, music and fashion. Admission is free; limited quantities of light refreshments will be served.

'Me Too' activist's lecture is Monday
Activist Tarana Burke, of Girls for Gender Equity in Brooklyn, New York, and a two-decade user of the expression "Me Too," will give a campus lecture March 26 (8 p.m., Stephens Auditorium). The lecture is free; seating is general admission.

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

Professional development
CELT programming
Register via Learn@ISU.
University human resources programming
Register via Learn@ISU.
  • Class, Prepare for Retirement/Insurance/Medicare, April 3 (9-11 a.m.)
  • Class, Emotional Intelligence, two-part series begins April 18 (8:30-11:30 a.m.)
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