Inside Iowa State for faculty and staff
April 23, 2020
Inside news
In a late March survey, Iowa State employees had generally positive outlooks on how the crisis was impacting them. Their responses helped shape the university's support for faculty and staff.

President Wendy Wintersteen shared the current budget picture with university employees, which includes another similar reduction for FY22.

Proposal would eliminate GPA from consideration when the admissions office awards automatic scholarships to incoming home-schooled freshmen. ACT or SAT scores would be the sole criterion.

After a monthlong crash course, most employees working from home have the basic etiquette for virtual meetings down pat. Camera on, microphone off. But as the "new normal" morphs into just "normal," consider how to make virtual meetings better.

Bundled into every P&S employee's title in the new classification/compensation system will be a job classification, level category and level. Together, they reveal information about the complexity and responsibility of that job.

For faculty and P&S employees, only the employee's rating and confirmation of a completed evaluation will be logged in Workday this year. For merit employees, the entire process has been in Workday since July.

A complete catalog of products and services offered by information technology services is now available via the new IT portal.

Some instructors are holding classes in real-time to create a better learning environment and give students structure in a time they are asked to do more on their own.
The following announcements were added this week:
  • Pass/not pass policy expanded to all spring courses
  • Length of no-ad post-docs extended for recent ISU grads
  • Initiative launched April 21 to assess health of state population
  • Bookstore T-shirt sale supports 'Cyclone Strong' fund
  • 4-H stitchers surpass face mask goal in nine days 
  • Startup Factory extends application deadline
Around campus
Starting this week, Iowa State students, faculty and staff can have library resources delivered to their front doors. The library launched two services -- tech lending delivery for students and library material delivery for the university community.

When the Barilla company donated eight pallets of pasta for use at area food pantries, Story County Emergency Management asked for help with transportation and ISU Dining answered the call. In a campus warehouse, staff sorted and repackaged the boxes of pasta for redistribution to 18 locations.

Staff specialists from the environmental health and safety department offer easy-to-implement ergonomic principles to practice in your at-home workspace.  

Iowa State scientists are part of a research group developing a viral testing platform that could function inexpensively in rural areas. The research has the potential to address the current pandemic and could make a big difference in future viral outbreaks.

An education and outreach partnership between Iowa State and Des Moines Area Community College faculty was the launchpad for a series of free 15-minute videos, "I'm Working From Home. Now What?"

A new study by the Center for Agricultural and Rural Development projects the economic impact of COVID-19 will be steep for Iowa agriculture, including losses of more than $2 billion each for the hog and ethanol sectors.

County-level assessments of coronavirus risk would help clarify the dangers rural counties face and prevent them from becoming statistically invisible, which creates a false sense of immunity in rural areas, according to ISU sociologist David Peters.
  • Heather Paris, Greene County Medical Center, Jefferson, to associate vice president for finance and support services, division of operations and finance, effective April 27 (finance managers Karen Cline and Jenni Winter, who will report to Paris, assumed these duties on an interim basis while the position was vacant)
Next week
  • Retirement, Bruce Allen, LAS student academic services, May 1
  • Retirement, Dee Erickson, custodial services, facilities planning and management, May 1

  • Retirement, Sue Dekkers, travel/allergy department, Thielen Student Health Center, May 5
Arts and events
Iowa Staters with commencement roles are taking turns on the Stephens stage this week prerecording pieces of a typical ISU graduation event, aided by IT and facilities staff. The segments will be used in virtual commencement celebrations for this spring's undergraduate, Graduate College and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine classes.

Memorial Union hosts trivia contest Thursday night
CyBowl and Billiards manager Dustin Smothers will host a '90s trivia event Thursday, April 23 (7-8 p.m. in Zoom), with prizes donated by the ISU Book Store. Sign up after 6 p.m. with the link on the MU's Facebook event page.
Professional development
Vice president for research programming

Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) programming
These events will be held via Webex; register in advance.
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