Dec. 12, 2019
Inside news
Several dogs recruited for Barks at Parks -- a library event to help students decompress while studying for final exams -- have owners who are faculty or staff. Dog owners said the event allows them to connect with students in a different and pleasant way.

A tool for creating budgets in Workday is being developed, with a spring rollout expected in time for fiscal year 2021 planning.

A member of the registrar's team since 2015, Jennifer Suchan had been serving as interim registrar since mid-June.

Last month, President Wendy Wintersteen outlined 10 actions to address racism and discrimination on campus. Among them is annual training for faculty in each academic department on creating an inclusive classroom environment.

As ISU Extension and Outreach restructures, counties will make a decision in the next two months about which of three operational models they want to adopt. The models go into effect July 1, 2020.

An emerging best practice among universities is to train deputy Title IX coordinators. As of this fall, Iowa State has a deputy team of seven, double what it was three years ago.

The Professional and Scientific Council would propose a standard performance-based P&S staff pay raise for fiscal year 2021 as high as 2% above inflation, under a recommendation discussed at its Dec. 5 meeting.

Much of the growth is due to more interest in "batch" audits -- covering a few dozen to a few thousand students -- for comparison and research purposes.
The following announcements were added this week:
  • Submit pickup request for book recycling
  • CELT staff are hosting Canvas open labs
  • Alison Krauss concert tickets go on sale Dec. 13
  • Commencement volunteers needed
  • Volunteers sought for LEGO state competitions in January
Around campus
Interior design students are responding to changing beliefs and traditions surrounding funerals and burials in the United States by studying cemeteries, funeral homes, mortuaries and interment practices.

An ISU associate professor was part of a study showing multiple opioid epidemics are occurring throughout the country. There is no single solution to fix it; different policy responses are needed to curb the issue.

Seeing Hurricane Harvey hit her Texas home helped Melissa Piper chose her field of study and led her to Iowa State. Hands-on experiences help the meteorology major get the most out of her education.

Artificial intelligence would use sensors and machine learning to make real-time suggestions on the safest evacuation plan for students, teachers and staff during a school shooting, under a system an ISU research team is helping build. 

Integrated studio arts sophomore Lorena San Elias, a member of the first cohort of ISU 4U Promise, aims to connect her heritage and culture in her work and to serve as a role model in her studies.
Open houses and receptions
Next week
  • Retirement, Denise Bjelland, global programs, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Dec. 18 (2-4 p.m., 0111 Curtiss), share messages, memories or photos online
  • Farewell, Kate Bruns, alumni association, Dec. 20 (no public event)

  • Retirement, Paul Craig, utility services, facilities planning and management, Dec. 31 (no public event)
  • Retirement, Sandy Sparrow, custodial services, facilities planning and management, Jan. 2, 2020 (no public event)
  • Retirement, Paula Voga, accounts receivable office, Jan. 2, 2020 (no public event)
Arts and events
Support the work of integrated studio arts students at the College of Design Art Club's fall sale in the College of Design foyer today and Friday (10 a.m.-4 p.m. daily) Work may include ceramics, prints, photos, woods and textiles; most items are priced between $5 and $150.

The Forestry Club wraps up its Christmas tree and holiday wreath sales this weekend in the Reiman Gardens parking lot. Balsam fir, white pine and a new hybrid -- Canaan fir -- trees are available and priced from $30 to $70.

A central Iowa dance tradition since 1981, the Nutcracker Ballet at Stephens Auditorium will have three performances this weekend: Saturday and Sunday at 1:30 p.m. and a Saturday evening show at 7:30 p.m. The production features more than 200 local dancers and two professionals in the roles of the Sugar Plum Fairy and her cavalier. Tickets , still available for all three performances, are $30 ($25 for seniors, youth and groups of 10 or more) from Ticketmaster or the Stephens ticket office.

Cyclone fans are invited to the football program's Cyning Day Celebration Wednesday, Dec. 18 (6-7:30 p.m., social hour and autograph session at 5:30 p.m., Sukup End Zone Club, Jack Trice Stadium). Head coach Matt Campbell will introduce the 2020 class. The event is free and open to the public.
Professional development
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