President Wendy Wintersteen and senior leaders held a virtual town hall for faculty and staff May 4. They shared information about what's next for Iowa State, though much is still up in the air.
Nearly 5,100 students are completing ISU degrees this month. All-university and college virtual events will help them celebrate their feat wherever they are in the world.
Senators agreed to convene this summer if important issues arise before Faculty Senate meetings resume Sept. 15.
With financial predictability for students and universities the goal, the state Board of Regents has proposed holding 2020-21 tuition and fee rates at current levels. Board members also will try to find opportunities for efficiencies and savings among the three regent universities.
One customary aspect of an Iowa State graduation ceremony to come through loud and clear in the virtual version is the voice of Hollis Monroe, the former on-air producer at WOI Radio who has been the university's primary commencement announcer for 25 years.
Associate vice president for research Guru Rao will serve as interim VP for research, effective July 1, until the national search interrupted by the pandemic can be completed.
For the temporarily larger team of ISU Extension and Outreach staff answering hotlines, calls have come more frequently during the coronavirus pandemic and are more intense than usual. Though stressful, it's fulfilling to be able to help Iowans in need.