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Dec. 13, 2018
Inside news
Staff invited to explore specialist jobs at Jan. 8 event
Employees interested in learning more about improved service delivery roles in finance and human resources are encouraged to attend the job showcase.

Candidate forums set for associate VP posts in HR, finance
Finalists will interview next week for top positions in the improved service delivery structure.

Wintersteen, Cain and Darr give P&S Council update on service team proposal
Focus groups of front-line finance staff are helping map out in more detail what tasks will remain local and what will be handled by specialists under the improved service delivery reorganization.

P&S Council considers requests for salary hikes, improved performance evaluations
For the second straight year, the Professional and Scientific Council is considering recommending an average salary increase of 3 to 5 percent in FY 2020 for P&S staff.

Senate closes out the fall with term faculty teaching report and policy proposals
In an annual report to the Faculty Senate, data showed a slight increase in the percentage of instruction done this fall by term faculty and staff.

Semester break serves multiple purposes
A partial shutdown over the holidays could provide up to an 11-day break for faculty and staff while also helping the university save money.

What is open and closed during winter break
A list of reduced hours for buildings, offices and services around campus.

More news
The following announcements were added this week:
  • Registration opens for February P&S professional development conference
  • ISU Police phone test scheduled for Dec. 20
  • Dane Cook comedy tour tickets go on sale

Around campus
Reminder: Spend remaining flex money by Dec. 31
Reviewing your flexible spending account balances is a good addition to your end-of-year to-do list.

Use a trailer at work? This is for you
New guidelines that take effect Jan. 1 will require an annual certified inspection and department sponsorship of trailers for student organizations.

Where science and art meet
Olivia De Kok came to Iowa State as an uncertain freshman, but graduates Saturday with a degree in biological and pre-medical illustration. Iowa State is one of a handful of universities to offer the major where De Kok found her calling.

Education opens up possibilities
A first-generation student was indifferent to school until a little success helped him realize the possibilities. Now, Alejandro Martinez is set to graduate from Iowa State and is readying for graduate school.

ISU study assists with monarch recovery efforts
A study by Iowa State doctoral student Victoria Pocius may help efforts to restore monarch butterfly populations by identifying plants female monarch prefer for egg-laying.

Open houses and receptions
This week
  • Open house, Center for Statistics and Applications in Forensic Evidence, Dec. 13 (2-4 p.m., 195 Durham)
  • Retirement, Jerilyn Rasmusson, university human resources, Dec. 14 (2:30-4:30 p.m., no formal program, 3150 Beardshear)
Next week
  • Retirement, Rhonda Hill, Ames Laboratory, Dec. 18 (2:30-4 p.m., no formal program, 140 TASF)
  • Retirement, Debra Pospisil, ISU Extension and Outreach finance, Dec. 31 (no public event)
  • Retirement, Phil Quick, facilities planning and management custodial team 11, Jan. 2, 2019 (no public event)
  • Retirement, Lynne Baldwin, IT services, Jan. 4 (2-4 p.m., 1230 Communications)
  • Retirement, R. Samuel Houk, chemistry and Ames Laboratory, Jan. 10 (2-3:30 p.m., Hach Hall lobby)
Details about these events are on the university calendar.

Upcoming seminars and conferences
  • Workshop, Essentials of ArcGIS, Jan. 10-11, 2019 (8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. daily, 2321 N. Loop Dr., Suite 121), half price ($250) registration fee for ISU staff, faculty and students, register online
Open forums
Candidate names will be announced one day prior to their interviews.
  • Dec. 17, 11 a.m.-noon, 2019 Morrill
  • Dec. 18, 1:30-2:30 p.m., MU Gallery
  • Dec. 19, 1:30-2:30 p.m., MU Gallery
Candidate names will be announced one day prior to their interviews. Forums will be held from 10 to 10:45 a.m. in 2019 Morrill and livestreamed.
  • Dec. 19, Candidate 1
  • Dec. 20, Candidate 2
Arts and events
It's commencement weekend
Commencement ceremonies Friday evening and Saturday afternoon will honor more than 2,300 graduate and undergraduate students completing degrees this semester.

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

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