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May 3, 2018
Inside news
Senate approves term faculty tracks
Changes two years in the making became a reality at the May 1 Faculty Senate meeting. A new professor of practice track and revised ranks for instructional positions were among the approved changes for term faculty.

Second largest class is set to graduate this weekend
An estimated 5,047 students are completing degrees from Iowa State this semester, and many of them will participate in graduation festivities May 3-5, including two Saturday undergraduate events at Hilton.

Simpson named registrar
Mark Simpson will begin his duties as university registrar May 21. He comes to Iowa State from the University of Utah, where he serves as director of enterprise student systems.

Results are in on the first 60 completion grants
Of 60 ISU seniors who received the first 'completion' grants in November, 54 enrolled for spring semester and three graduated in December. The average grant to keep them in school? $530.

Faculty and staff named to university awards
The list includes the newest Distinguished, University and Morrill Professors.

Hilton gaining more parking, direct access to Lincoln Way
Visitors to Hilton Coliseum for commencement this weekend may notice the beginnings of a project to reconstruct the arena's sidewalks and parking lots, adding both vehicle capacity and a new driveway to Lincoln Way.

More news
The following announcements were added this week:
  • Sixth Street closure at Brookside Park continues Thursday
  • Library restroom renovations begin May 7
  • Forums set for city health center planned on ISU land
  • Guidelines for setting up summer, fall courses in Canvas
  • Grades due May 9; follow Canvas end-of-semester checklist
  • Nominations are open for 2019 'Women Impacting ISU' calendar
  • Training for youth program leaders is May 9
  • Reminder: Some CyRide changes take effect May 5
  • Open forums set for Graduate College associate dean candidates
  • Plant sale/fundraiser for campus groups is May 12-13 at Reiman Gardens
  • New contracted travel agency offers orientation sessions

Around campus
Successful Cyclones
A News Service series recognizes the accomplishments of graduating seniors:
$5 million gift will support students, facilities and faculty
The Land O'Lakes Foundation has committed $5 million in support of the Student Innovation Center, student scholarships and an endowed professorship in the Ivy College of Business' supply chain management program.

Smartphones could be a tool for gauging crop health
New technology developed by an interdisciplinary team of Iowa State scientists could allow anyone with a smartphone to see crops much the same way trained plant breeders and scientists do.

  • Jeffrey Vaske, Maryville University, St. Louis, Missouri, to assistant director of the Veterans Center, effective April 2
  • James (Jamie) Brown, Kingland Systems MBA Professor and Dean's Professor in Finance, to chair of the finance department, effective July 1
Open houses and receptions
This week
  • Retirement: Don (Harold) Nielsen, facilities planning and management, May 4 (1-3 p.m., 0162 General Services Building)
  • Retirement: Steve Heideman and Carla Holbrook, chemistry, May 4 (2-3:30 p.m., Hach Hall lobby)
  • Retirement: Gene Takle, agronomy, May 4 (3-5 p.m., program at 3:30 p.m., MU Campanile Room)
Next week
  • Celebration of life: Warren Kuhn, former dean of library services, May 7 (1:30-3 p.m., remembrances at 2 p.m., staff lounge, third floor Parks Library)
  • Retirement: Forrest Nutter, plant pathology and microbiology, May 7 (2-4 p.m., 248 Bessey)
  • Retirement: John Bowler, electrical and computer engineering, May 8 (2-4 p.m., program at 2:30 p.m., MU Cardinal Room)
  • Retirement: Lana Ragaller, Thielen Student Health Center, May 9 (no public event)
  • Retirement: Lisa Sharp, human development and family studies, May 11 (no public event)
  • Retirement: Jacqueline Krogh, human development and family studies, May 15 (no public event)
  • Retirement: Jane Cox, music and theatre, May 15 (no public event)
  • Retirement: Charyl Winterink, facilities planning and management, May 18 (no public event)
  • Retirement: Doug Swanson, Memorial Union, May 21 (1-4 p.m., MU CyBowl & Billiards)
Details about these events are on the university calendar.

Upcoming seminars and conferences
Open forums
Catt Center for Women and Politics director finalists (1 of 4)
  • Nichola Gutgold, Penn State University, Lehigh Valley, May 3 (noon, 302 Catt)
Graduate College associate dean finalists
All forums will be held in 2200 Marston.
  • Annette O'Connor, veterinary diagnostic and production animal medicine, May 7 (1-1:50 p.m.)
  • Carolyn Cutrona, psychology, May 8 (1-1:50 p.m.)
  • Carlton Basmajian, community and regional planning, May 10 (8:30-9:20 a.m.)
  • Daniela Dimitrova, Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication, May 11 (8:30-9:20 a.m.)
Campus climate survey results
A summary report will be posted on the campus climate survey website prior to the May 9 forums in the MU Gallery.
Arts and events
Kansas, the rock band, is at Stephens tonight
Kansas performs at Stephens Auditorium Thursday, May 3 (7:30 p.m.). With more Top 100 hits in the set than ever, the band also will play fan favorites and material off its latest studio album, "The Prelude Implicit." Tickets, $35-$95, are available via Ticketmaster and the Stephens ticket office.

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

Professional development
Vice president for research programming
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