Inside Iowa State for faculty and staff
May 7, 2020
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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.
The following announcements were added this week:
  • Library users will need Okta sign in to access online resources
  • Enjoy virtual exhibition by Focus grant recipients through May
  • 'Parenting during COVID-19' Friday webinar series offered during May
  • Museums requests faculty, staff interpretations of works of art
  • Campus creamery sponsors 'college flavors' ice cream contest
  • Student health center is county site for sexual assault exams
  • ISU emergency aid available for students
  • Seven-month project on Welch Avenue began May 4
Around campus
As construction continues on the athletics department's new Sports Performance Center, a team lifted a 92-ton steel truss into place last week.

"You are not Alone" is this year's theme for national mental health month. Extension and Outreach behavioral health specialist David Brown provides advice and resources for individuals struggling with mental health issues.

The COVID-19 Stories Project, launched by the department of special collections and university archives, will help capture the reality of a global pandemic through the lens of all kinds of Iowans. 

Four stories of graduating Cyclones
Check out the students featured in these News Service graduation features:

This week
  • Marshall Ruble, Hansen Agriculture Student Learning Center, May 8 (4 p.m., drive-by farewell parade, Hansen Center)

Next week
  • Steven Herrnstadt, industrial design, May 15
  • Connie Ringlee, speech communication program, English, May 15
Arts and events
Student artists who love science
Twelve seniors are completing the biological/pre-medical illustration bachelor's program this spring or summer. Check out their talent on the program's senior showcase website. The program is housed in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and shared with the College of Design.
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