Inside Iowa State for faculty and staff
May 28, 2020
Inside news
Updated guidance will assist the supervisors and limited staff who will return to their usual workplaces June 1 to begin developing local plans for safely resuming on-campus operations.

As units plan for increased campus operations this summer into the fall and purchase supplies to keep workspaces clean and employees safe, they should place their orders with ISU's central stores.

Leslie Ginder, employee leave and accommodation coordinator for university human resources, talks to Inside about mental health and the resources available to Iowa State employees.

Thousands of incoming Cyclones will take a step closer to fall semester when they begin their student orientation next week online. Orientation runs June 1-26.

CELT staff, in consultation with others across campus, constructed the easy-to-use process, which is meant to keep instructors focused on creating meaningful learning experiences instead of hashing out technical details.
T he following announcements were added this week:
  • Fall course material reminders from ISU Book Store
  • ISU Book Store will reopen June 1
  • Legislature scheduled to resume June 3
Around campus
Doctor and staff efforts to provide safe, compassionate animal care at the Lloyd Veterinary Medical Center during the pandemic are appreciated by pet owners -- even when they can't be a part of it.

More than 7,300 students applied for hardship assistance due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which will likely exhaust $10.8 million in federal funding, $40,000 in private donations and $134,000 in completion grants from the athletics department. The average grant from $7.8 million distributed so far is about $1,400.

Athletics director Jamie Pollard penned an open letter to fans outlining possible mitigation measures planned for the 2020 Cyclone football season.

A new study applied a fresh perspective to vast amounts of data on rice plants to find better ways to predict plant performance and new insights about how plants adapt to different environments.
  • Katharinna Bain, ISU Extension and Outreach, to regional director, region 19 (Iowa, Johnson, Keokuk and Washington counties)
Next week
  • Steph Sayre, university library, June 3
  • Jan Larson, Center for Survey Statistics and Methodology, June 5 (video congratulatory messages of 30 seconds or less may be sent to
Arts and events
When it reopens to the public June 8, Reiman Gardens will share some of the projects completed during the quiet months of its closure, including additional paved pathways, an updated front entrance and the nearly complete Sycamore Falls garden in the southwest corner of the complex.
Professional development
Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) programming

Center for Communication Excellence programming
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