Inside Iowa State for faculty and staff
Aug. 27, 2020
Inside news
Last week represented the first in-person classes on campus in 150 days since their suspension as a result of the pandemic. Both instructors and students were enthusiastic to be back in the classroom.

The return of in-person learning this fall isn't limited to the classroom. Activities such as joining or leading one of Iowa State's hundreds of student organizations are essential opportunities. Faculty and staff advisers can help guide students in safely achieving group goals.

Iowa State's new e-Budget website debuts for the fiscal year that began July 1. It's available on the operations and finance division website.

Some definitions narrow under the federal Title IX, but by revising other campus policies, handbooks or conduct codes, ISU's commitment to responding to alleged incidents won't change.

Back-to-campus and back-to-school demands on P&S staff and managers' time will postpone the go-live date three weeks.

Faculty, staff and students can order food on campus through ISU Dining's GET app. The mobile app allows anyone to order from select ISU Dining locations, use contactless payment and skip the line.

Adventure2 begins its fourth year on Sept. 1 with a new way to communicate with participants and increased emphasis on mental and emotional support as people deal with the pandemic.

Following an Aug. 21 grand opening, the ISU Creamery is open in the Food Sciences Building to help Cyclones beat the heat four days a week.
The following announcements were added this week:
  • Library launches remote print queue system
  • Town hall with senior leaders set for Sept. 1
  • Test Iowa clinic to open Aug. 31 in the research park
  • Voter registration reminders for ISU students
  • Extension offers new resources on child care in a pandemic
  • Check with your supervisor about working on Labor Day
  • Register through Sept. 11 for year 4 of The Spark email
  • ISU veterinarians share their COVID-19 roles during webinar
  • After Hours at Reiman Gardens is Sept. 4
  • Proposals sought for virtual girls STEM career conference this fall
Around campus
Senior leaders approved a new policy effective Aug. 21 for student social gatherings. Whether on- or off-campus, students attending social gatherings must comply with the university's face covering mandate and physical distancing guidelines. It will be enforced through the student code of conduct; violators will be subject to university discipline, including suspension.

Information technology has added an email notification for university Microsoft Outlook accounts only (not CyMail) for mail originating at free services like Hotmail, Gmail and others. It warns recipients and provides a link to information about phishing (cyber attack) attempts.

The Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, a guiding light for disease surveillance of U.S. food animals, is shining in new ways after adding COVID-19 testing to the services it offers. Access to quick testing, with results available within 24 hours, has been key to the university’s pandemic response.

From Aug. 1 to Aug. 23, Thielen Student Health Center tested 1,849 people with symptoms or contact with individuals with COVID-19, with 8.8% testing positive. During the first week of classes, 13.6% of the 957 students, faculty and staff tested were positive. Among the 10,683 tests July 1-Aug. 23, including move-in testing of all on-campus students, the positivity rate was 3.4%. Weekly reports will be released every Monday.

ISU alumna Lisa Bulkow played a key role in helping Alaska, her home state, respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. She was part of a team that helped advise the Alaskan governor on measures to save lives and flatten the curve.
  • Darcie Sprouse, ISU fellow, University Innovation Alliance, to director of the TRIO Educational Talent Search and Upward Bound programs, effective Sept. 7
  • Carol Heaverlo, director of professional development, ISU Extension and Outreach, to director of extension operations, effective Sept. 8.
Open houses and receptions
Next week
  • Retirement, Jane Agyeman, TRIO Educational Talent Search and Upward Bound programs, Sept. 1
  • Virtual ceremony and conversation, Ivy Women in Business Awards, the three alumni/recipients will share their stories and respond to audience questions, Sept. 2 (5:30-6:45 p.m., via Webex), RSVP to receive the link
Open forums
Arts and events
The Brunnier Art Museum in the Scheman Building, Christian Petersen Art Museum in Morrill Hall and the Farm House Museum on central campus are open, observing modified hours, required face coverings and physical distancing. University museums programs are being offered both virtually and in-person.
Professional development
Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) programming
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