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April 4, 2019
Inside news
Hiring to wrap up for HR, finance service teams
The new service delivery teams for human resources and finance that launch July 1 won't be quite as large as planned, at least at first.

Five questions for ISU's sensory services coordinator
Megan Johnson helps ensure that students with hearing and vision impairments are able to learn and communicate.

Next merit contract includes two pay increases
On July 1 (2019 and 2020), ISU merit employees not at the top of their pay grades will receive a 2.1% pay increase.

Hiring system will phase out during June transition
PeopleAdmin, the university's hiring and classification system, is among those functions that will run on the Workday platform July 1.

Extension able to prioritize issues with listening sessions
Vice president for extension and outreach John Lawrence held 62 listening sessions across the state to help identify the biggest concerns in Iowa communities.

More news
The following announcements were added this week:
  • Graduate student research conference is April 10
  • Candidate forums planned for student counseling director finalists
  • Tickets for 'PJ Masks' live show go on sale April 5
  • April is Earth Month
  • Forever True week planned for April 8-12
  • ISU Dining's customer appreciation event is April 10
  • Student wellness expands mental health efforts
  • Annual breakfast for student employees is April 17
  • Procurement services wants to hear from you
  • Reminder: April 5 survey deadline for provost's office review
  • ISU Extension and Outreach Week is April 8-13
  • Stash the Trash is April 6
  • Next Goldfinch Room performances are set for April 20
  • Learn about national-level student grants and fellowships at info sessions
  • April 26 event celebrates World Intellectual Property Day

Around campus
Inaugural Design Week planned for next week
The College of Design will hold its first-ever Design Week April 8-12, a celebration that coincides with the college's 40th anniversary.

ISU astronomers assist in analysis of new planet
Professor of physics and astronomy Steve Kawaler and undergraduate Miles Lucas contributed to the analysis of a planet discovered by NASA's new TESS Mission. It's the first planet identified by TESS for which the oscillations -- "starquakes" -- of the planet's host star could be measured.
  • Monic Behnken, associate professor of sociology, to director of the leadership studies program, effective March 1
  • John Levis, professor of applied linguistics, to the Angela B. Pavitt Professorship in English
Open houses and receptions
This week
  • Reception, Gayle Brown, recipient of the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges' 2018 Distinguished Teacher Award, April 5 (noon, Alumni Room, College of Veterinary Medicine)
  • Retirement, John Craven, facilities services, facilities planning and management, April 5 (no public event)
Next week
  • Reception, Focus and Apex exhibits and artists, April 10 (6:30-8:30 p.m., comments begin at 6:45 p.m. in Pioneer Room and move to Gallery, MU Pioneer Room and Gallery, respectively)
  • Retirement, Joyce White, public safety, April 10 (2-4:30 p.m., Spear Room, Reiman Gardens)
  • Open house, university museums, April 13-14 (1-4 p.m., Farm House and Christian Petersen Art museums)
  • Retirement, Jim Aanstoos, geological and atmospheric sciences, April 15 (2-4 p.m., Agronomy Hall commons)
  • Retirement, Jill Euken, Bioeconomy Institute, and opening reception for the 2019 biorenewables art competition, April 22 (3-5 p.m., program at approximately 4 p.m., Biorenewables Research Laboratory lobby)
  • Retirement, Jane Jacobson, Liberal Arts and Sciences student academic services, April 23 (3-5 p.m., remarks at 3:30 p.m., MU Campanile Room)
  • Retirement, Sally Evans, Virtual Reality Applications Center, April 24 (2-4 p.m., Howe Hall atrium)
Details about these events are on the university calendar.

Upcoming seminars and conferences
Arts and events
Celebrate spring at Design on Main gallery
The College of Design's Design on Main gallery will host a family-friendly celebration of multiple spring festivals -- Holi, Mardi Gras, May Day -- Friday, April 5 (6-8 p.m., 203 Main St.). An 8 p.m. fashion show, featuring the spring garments of apparel, merchandising and design alumni Janae Smith (2016) and Basilia Koster (2017), will be followed by a silent auction of the clothing (8:30-9:30 p.m.). Both events are free and open to the public.

A day with animals
The Block and Bridle Club's annual Animal Learning Day is Saturday, April 6 (9 a.m.-1 p.m., Hansen Agricultural Learning Center). The free, family-friendly event includes hands-on activities, food samples, displays and demonstrations.

Swinging into spring
This weekend's three-game series with Georgia Tech -- Saturday doubleheader, one game Sunday -- is among the 13 home games left on Cyclone softball's regular-season schedule that ends May 5. Admission is free. Game times are subject to change due to weather.

First Amendment events span next week
The Greenlee School is hosting its 17th annual First Amendment Days celebration April 8-12, including midday and evening activities. Simon Tam, founder of The Slants Asian American band, will discuss the band's eight-year legal battle over its name during an April 9 lecture (8:15 p.m., MU Great Hall). All events are free and open to the public.

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

Professional development
Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching programming
Register via Learn@ISU.
Veterans Center programming
  • Gold Star Training for faculty and staff, tips and strategies for serving student veterans, military personnel and their families, April 11 (1-2 p.m.), register online
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