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July 18, 2019
Inside news
Workday: There's an app for that
Workday offers a free mobile app that gives users on-the-go access, including transaction approvals, time-off requests and travel expense submissions.

New College of Engineering dean (and alumnus) Sam Easterling arrived in Marston Hall this week.

FY19 sets record for external research funding
Iowa State's $469 million in total external funding for the year ending June 30 included a record $260.9 million of external research support.

Five questions for the sustainability director
Merry Rankin, director of Iowa State's Live Green initiative, reflects on a decade of assisting, leading and championing.

Updated hiring and employment policy offers more flexibility
An updated university policy on hiring and employment went into effect July 1, providing more flexibility and best practices for job searches, hiring and employee movement within the university.

Have a Workday concern? Check out rundown of known issues
In a presentation to the P&S Council, interim vice president and CIO Kristen Constant highlighted an online list of known issues with Workday. Overall, project leaders are cautiously optimistic about the transition to the new system. 

More news
The following announcements were added this week:
  • Rummage RAMPage starts next week
  • 2019-20 Stephens ticket packages are on sale
  • Timekeeping options during weekly Workday maintenance
  • Gardens' gift shop 'yard sale' is July 26-28
  • Workday user lab at library will continue through Aug. 1
  • Avett Brothers concert tickets go on sale July 19
  • Thesis writing retreat for graduate students is July 19

Around campus
ISU scientists call for broad ag collaboration
ISU researchers hope to connect the "silos" of various disciplines by encouraging wide collaboration to address agricultural challenges. The effort is part of the Genomes to Fields Initiative, which began in 2014 to make genomic data related to corn as widely available as possible.

  • Scott Grawe, Robert and Jane Sturgeon Fellow in Business, to chair of the supply chain management department, effective July 1
  • Kevin Scheibe, Kingland Faculty Fellow in Business Analytics, to chair of the information systems and business analytics department, effective July 1
  • Deidra Schleicher, professor of management, to department chair, effective July 1
  • Sara Nelson, interim STEM program specialist for the 4-H youth development program, ISU Extension and Outreach, to 4-H STEM program specialist
  • Eliot Winer, associate director of the Virtual Reality Applications Center and professor of mechanical engineering, to director of VRAC, effective July 1
Open houses and receptions
This week
  • Retirement, Sue Hudson, controller's department, July 19 (no public event)
  • Retirement, Bill Cahill, controller's department, Aug. 2 (2:30-4 p.m., 1155 Administrative Services Building)
Details about these events are on the university calendar.

Arts and events
Iowa Games continue this weekend
July 19-21 marks the second, though perhaps largest, weekend of the summer Iowa Games, with many venues on campus and around Ames. The games' opening ceremony is Friday, July 19 (8 p.m., Jack Trice Stadium, enter at gate 3). Admission is $5 (12 years and under $2, free for athletes and coaches), with proceeds benefiting Adaptive Sports Iowa, which specializes in sports opportunities for Iowans with physical disabilities. The Iowa Games conclude, with fewer competitions, next weekend.

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

Professional development
Center for Communication Excellence programming
Register online.
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