Inside Iowa State for faculty and staff
July 30, 2020
Inside news
To recap the onslaught of plans made this summer, Inside summarized some of the need-to-know essentials for employees returning to their campus workplaces next week.

Iowa State's general fund operating budget for the new fiscal year is $41.2 million -- or 5.6% -- leaner than a year ago. Anticipated tuition losses make up a majority of the reduction.  

Associate vice president for student affairs and dean of students Sharron Evans has been on the job since May 18, safely arriving on campus earlier this month.

With the state Board of Regents' approval Wednesday afternoon, the window for Iowa State's retirement incentive plan will open Monday, Aug. 3. Eligible employees have until March 1, 2021, to express their interest and until June 30 to retire from the university.

Policy changes set to go into effect Aug. 1 will allow faculty and staff traveling on university business to be reimbursed for meals and incidental purchases at a set rate without submitting receipts.

The residence department is one of many whose staff are putting in extra hours to prepare for the start of fall semester. Move-in for students living in university housing is spread over two weeks, Aug. 3-16. 
The following announcements were added this week:
  • Fall student employment is open in Workday
  • UHR service center reopens to walk-ins Aug. 10
  • Employees asked to fill support roles at student testing/check-in site
  • Tuition reimbursement policy change gets a temporary tweak
  • MU's Art for Rent open house is Aug. 5-6
  • Memorial Union book sale is Aug. 4-5
  • Watch for move-in congestion Aug. 3-16
  • CYstarters to hold virtual demo day July 30
Around campus
Bees in 20 Cyclone-colored hives at the horticulture research station north of Ames will provide learning opportunities for students, faculty and extension program participants. Plus, the first honey should be ready for harvest this fall.

Iowa State scientists continue work on a new testing platform that could detect coronavirus particles in saliva or blood samples -- or even the air -- without the necessity of a laboratory to process the results.

New research co-authored by associate professor of marketing Wei Zhang shows that selecting a targeted retirement fund that ends in a zero could negatively impact your retirement savings.
Anti-Asian hate crimes during health crises are unfortunately not new, according to a new paper from a research team that includes assistant professor of criminal justice Shannon Harper.
  • Michael Dahlstrom, Liberal Arts and Sciences Dean's Professor and interim director of Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication, to director, effective July 1
Next week
  • Jon Grove, campus services, facilities planning and management, Aug. 5
Open forums
  • July 30 (3-4:30 p.m., via Webex), President Wendy Wintersteen and senior leaders will discuss plans to support a safe and healthy fall semester
Arts and events
University museums announced last week its three indoor locations will open the week of Aug. 17, with modified hours and programming.
Professional development
Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) programming
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