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Sept. 13, 2018
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New position is among efforts to streamline student onboarding
A collaborative project between student affairs and academic affairs will improve and centralize the processes for welcoming and acclimating students new to Iowa State.

Wintersteen welcomes faculty at first senate meeting
President Wendy Wintersteen touched on several topics at the Sept. 11 Faculty Senate meeting, including enrollment, funding, campus climate, and diversity and inclusion.

Engineering dean search is underway
The process begins with the nomination of candidates, followed by a review of applications and interviews with semifinalist and finalist candidates in early 2019. Design dean Luis Rico-Gutierrez and professor of industrial and manufacturing systems engineering Gary Mirka will lead the search committee.

ISU WellBeing will offer flu shot clinic Oct. 1-12
The annual flu shot clinic for university employees will introduce a one-stop, paperless registration process. Employees will check in on an electronic tablet with the nurse who administers the vaccination.

Deferred maintenance is a mounting concern
The ever-growing cost of deferred maintenance in campus buildings reached $436 million in FY18, a backlog that's difficult to address, associate vice president for facilities Paul Fuligni told the Professional and Scientific Council last week. It's a common problem for universities, he said.

Emerging leaders class named
Twenty-eight faculty and staff will participate in the Emerging Leaders Academy this year. The initiative helps prepare employees serving -- or aspiring to serve -- in leadership roles for the next challenge.

More news
The following announcements were added this week:
  • Faculty, staff volunteers sought to judge Homecoming student activities
  • Consent message added to campus sexual misconduct initiative

  • Kenny G holiday concert tickets go on sale Sept. 14

  • Faculty applicants sought for two fellow posts in CELT
  • Tour Stephens during Sept. 21 anniversary event
  • Meet staff from assault care shelter at Sept. 20 reception
  • Order Homecoming shirts, sweatshirts by Oct. 8
  • Register to be in the audience for Oct. 16 taping of 'The Story Collider'
  • Tickets on sale for Oct. 21 KURE Fest in the MU

Around campus
Iowa State is part of $10 million effort to encourage diverse faculty in STEM fields
Iowa State's part in the National Science Foundation project focuses on working with community colleges to recruit and prepare a diverse group of graduate students for teaching careers at community colleges.

U.S. News rankings: ISU third in ag/bio engineering
Iowa State is tied for 56th among 132 public national universities in U.S. News and World Report's "Best Colleges" undergraduate rankings released Sept. 10.

Football team schedules makeup game
Iowa State's football team will host the University of Incarnate Word, San Antonio, for a Dec. 1 game, replacing the Cyclones' Sept. 1 season opener against South Dakota State, which was canceled during inclement weather.

From glass walls to towering cranes, new building taking shape
When it opens in 2020, the Student Innovation Center will be a destination for collaboration on campus. Constructing it takes precision teamwork, too.

  • John Crespi, professor of economics, to interim director of the Center for Agricultural and Rural Development, effective Aug. 16 for one year
Open houses and receptions
This week
  • Welcome: Sarah Merrill, director of new student programs, Sept. 14 (12:30-2 p.m., 2630 Memorial Union)
Next week
  • Reception: ACCESS director Tess Cody and campus advocate Tricia Ingram Williams, Sept. 20 (4-6 p.m., MU Cardinal Room)
  • Closing reception: "Under (Printed) Construction" exhibit, Sept. 21 (7:30-9 a.m., Design on Main Gallery, 203 Main St.)
  • Open house: student-managed Ag 450 Farm 75th anniversary, Sept. 22 (7-11 a.m., 52097 260th St.)
  • Retirement: Mary Jo Beckman, human development and family studies, Sept. 28 (10-11:30 a.m., remarks at 10:30 a.m., east entrance atrium, Palmer Building)
Details about these events are on the university calendar.

Upcoming seminars and conferences
Open forums
Dean finalists: College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (2 of 3)
Open forums will be held from 3 to 4 p.m. in the Memorial Union. Candidates will be announced one business day prior to arriving on campus.
  • Candidate 2: Monday, Sept. 17, Cardinal Room
  • Candidate 3: Thursday, Sept. 27, Pioneer Room
New student onboarding committee
Learn about a collaborative effort to streamline procedures for onboarding new students. A Q&A will follow an overview of the committee's recommendations.
  • Thursday, Sept. 20 (9-10 a.m., MU Gold Room)
  • Wednesday, Sept. 26 (3-4 p.m., MU Gold Room)
Details about these events are on the university calendar.

Arts and events
You're invited
Nearly 60 Iowa State faculty and staff will be honored at the annual university awards ceremony Friday, Sept. 14 (3 p.m., MU Great Hall). A reception in the South Ballroom follows the ceremony.

Monks will construct sand mandala at MU next week
A group of Tibetan monks will construct -- and eventually disperse -- a sand painting in the Memorial Union main lounge Sept. 24-28. Activities are planned daily in conjunction with their work.

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.
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