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Sept. 12, 2019
Inside news
Enrollment sits above 33,000
Iowa State welcomes the state's largest freshman class (5,597) as part of its fall enrollment total (33,391). The class of 2023 set records for average high school rank, average GPA and top 10 percent ranking in their class.

Wintersteen celebrates successes, emphasizes innovation in annual address
In her first state of the university address, President Wendy Wintersteen celebrated Iowa State's accomplishments and looked ahead to its coming challenges and opportunities. In a speech highlighting a wide range of topics, she emphasized innovation as an essential institutional initiative.

Leaders present improvement plans for Workday, service teams
In a presentation last week to the Professional and Scientific Council, top administrators overseeing the shift to Workday and service delivery teams outlined plans for improving the systems. 

Update on P&S classification/compensation project
Work is progressing on a new classification and compensation structure for P&S employees, but an implementation timeline hasn't been set yet. Leaders want to give employees more time to adjust to this summer's Workday rollout.

Senators review faculty investigation process
A review of the faculty investigation process and a Workday update were part of the first Faculty Senate meeting of the new academic year.

Regents meet next week in Council Bluffs
Items on the Sept. 18-19 agenda include state funding requests for the year that begins next July, a $55 million replacement/renovation proposal for LeBaron and MacKay halls, and discontinuation of a 4-year-old shared student application portal.

New post in the provost's office: Faculty fellow for online learning
The administrative appointment is half time for two academic years. Faculty applicants must be tenured, full-time employees with experience or a demonstrated interest in online learning. The application deadline is Oct. 1.

More news
The following announcements were added this week:
  • I-35 flyover bridge to Ames could open Thursday morning
  • Memorial Union bridal expo is Sept. 22
  • ClubFest postponed to Sept. 13
  • Registration open for Sept. 27 campus summit on sexual misconduct
  • Cyclone Aide recruiting runs through Oct. 13
  • Tickets for Bob Dylan concert go on sale Sept. 13
  • Study Abroad Fair is Sept. 19
  • Nominate a student for a national scholarship

Around campus
FY19 fundraising is among foundation's top years
During the 2019 fiscal year, which ended June 30, the Iowa State University Foundation raised $182 million to support the students, faculty, facilities and programs of the university. It was the third-largest fundraising year in the foundation's history.

ISU moves up in U.S. News 'Best College' ranks
Iowa State tied for 55th among public universities in the 2020 U.S. News and World Report's "Best College" undergraduate rankings, up one spot from last year. ISU's undergraduate agricultural and biosystems engineering program ranked second overall. Among public universities, the engineering program tied for 25th, and business tied for 48th.

Machine learning may help better understand thunderstorms
Machine-learning tools will help Iowa State researchers clean up thunderstorm reports with the hope of eventually being able to better predict when a thunderstorm will produce severe winds.

Architecture students capture national concrete masonry crown
College of Design students earned first place in a national contest for a new concrete masonry or hardscape unit that could be mass produced and have multiple uses. The team's winning "Purablock" could be used in structural or screen walls, paved patios and more.

  • Michael Dahlstrom, professor in the Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication, to interim school director, effective Aug. 16
  • Kristine Heflin, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, to associate director of student activities, Memorial Union, effective Sept. 23
  • Reuben Peters, professor of biochemistry, biophysics and molecular biology, as a Roy J. Carver Professor of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology
  • Reza Zoughi, Missouri University of Science and Technology, Rolla, to the Kirby Gray (Battelle) Chair in Engineering, electrical and computer engineering
Open houses and receptions
This week
  • Retirement, Deb Coates, ISU Extension and Outreach, Sept. 12 (2-4 p.m., WOW Center, Extension 4-H Building)
Next week
  • Brunnier Art Museum reopening, "Beyond the Glass," Sept. 19 (7-9:30 p.m., Scheman Building), RSVP requested but not required
  • Retirement, Nancy Guthrie, study abroad program, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Sept. 26 (3:30-5 p.m., program at 4 p.m., 302 Catt)
  • Retirement, Craig Wirth, building maintenance, facilities planning and management, Oct. 1 (no public event)
Details about these events are on the university calendar.

Upcoming seminars and conferences
  • 25th Anniversary Symposium, U.S. Latino/a Studies program, Saturday, Sept. 28 (8:30 a.m.-6:45 p.m., MU Sun Room), Tapas celebration follows (6:40-9 p.m.), free, register online
Arts and events
ESPN GameDay: What Cyclone fans should know
The national football pregame show's festivities begin Thursday around 1 p.m. when the College GameDay bus rolls up to the south side of Jack Trice Stadium and continue all day Friday into the Saturday morning show on ESPN.

Concert series opens Sept. 20 in Goldfinch Room
Fall dates and the opening performance have been announced for the Iowa Songwriter Showcase in the Stephens Auditorium Goldfinch Room. Society of Broken Souls, the folk duo of Dennis James and Lauryn Shapter, will perform Sept. 20. Performers will be announced later for Oct. 11 and Nov. 8 shows. Tables can be reserved with seating for two ($25) or four ($40) people. Food and drinks will be available for purchase.

Former Cyclone star to speak about mental health
Cyclone basketball legend Jake Sullivan returns to campus to deliver a lecture on how he has navigated his mental health. "My Battle with Mental Illness: Finding Hope in the Midst of Suffering" begins at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 16, in the Memorial Union Great Hall. It's 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
Provost office programming
ISU has an institutional membership with the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity. To register, sign in if you already are a member or click "Become a Member," select "Iowa State University" and create your profile.
Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) programming
Register via Learn@ISU.
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