Inside Iowa State for faculty and staff
Nov. 19, 2020
Inside news
Iowa State will implement the two additional paid holidays granted to state employees Nov. 30 and Dec. 1. Gov. Kim Reynolds announced the thank-you gift Nov. 13.

An estimated 2,171 students are completing their Iowa State degrees this month. The university created a series of commencement videos that will be posted for online viewing and home celebrations Nov. 28.

With the end of the fall semester, senior leaders are preparing to review several COVID-19-related actions taken to help employees manage their work and home lives throughout the pandemic. 

During the pandemic, virtual meetings have changed how many Iowa State faculty and staff do their jobs. Same goes for Spencer Braly, though in his case it's also changed what he does.

Also on the Nov. 18 agenda: ACT/SAT waiver for another admissions cycle, spring tuition and a name for the athletics department's under-construction sports performance center.

Looking for a way to help students who may miss class, history professor Stacy Cordery had them form triads. Students who miss the in-person class can get notes and help from other members of the group to stay connected.

Previously a resource for faculty professional development, access to the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity's programming has been extended to staff, graduate students and postdoctoral scholars. 

Happy Thanksgiving
The Inside staff extends our wishes for a safe, happy Thanksgiving weekend. Inside won't publish on Nov. 26; the next edition will post Dec. 3.
The following announcements were added this week:
  • CyRide adds morning buses for final exam Saturday
  • FAFSA priority filing date extended to Dec. 20 for 2021-22 applicants
  • CCE seeking writers interested in accountability group
  • Applications for 3-Minute Thesis contest due Dec. 3
  • Reminder: Open enrollment closes Friday at 5 p.m. 
  • Signage available for buildings with limited access
  • Central receiving will offer limited campus delivery during Thanksgiving break
  • Postal and parcel will close for long Thanksgiving weekend
  • ISU Creamery to offer curbside pickup dates over winter break
  • Tickets on sale now for gardens' holiday light show
  • University Museums sites will close Nov. 20 for winter break
  • New fan plan at November competitions
  • Response to concerns about social media post
  • Wanted: More yellow buckets for glass recycling
  • ISCORE proposals are due Dec. 1
Around campus
Iowa State is ranked 11th in The Princeton Review's 15th annual survey of undergraduate schools for entrepreneurship studies. That's up from 26th in last year's rankings. 

Cyclone determination on full display
Sarah Bartlett's ISU adventure has been tested by family health emergencies and her own automobile accident, but the senior is set to graduate with three degrees. Mohamed Shogar wanted to help people and began pursuing a career in medicine. He will graduate with a degree in genetics and is applying to medical schools.

For the first time, Iowa State will serve as home to the national Thanksgiving turkey, following a presentation at the White House next week. The turkey and an alternate bird, raised in Iowa by ISU alumni, will be available for public viewing beginning Dec. 5.

A new conference table in the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture office has a fitting past. It's made of lumber from a red oak tree planted in the 1880s in Burlington by Charles and Marie Starker upon the birth of their first grandchild, Aldo -- the influential conservationist and namesake of the center.

The University Library's Tracing Race program supports digital scholarship on the history of people of color at Iowa State, revealing their under-documented accomplishments and experiences. This spring, an advisory committee will solicit and consider project proposals. 

With dinner and drinks not an option, an ISU study shows how social media networks help businesses maintain and create new relationships with customers.
This week
  • Lester Wilson, food science and human nutrition, Nov. 20 (4-5 p.m., via Webex), registration not needed

  • Renee Harris, chemistry, Dec. 1, send congratulations to her Kudoboard
  • Tammy Hartmann, Thielen Student Health Center, Dec. 1
  • Janet Johnson, dietetic internship program, food science and human nutrition, Dec. 4 (noon-1 p.m., Webex reception), send cards by Dec. 4 to 220 MacKay
  • Carol Yanda, controller's department, Dec. 4
  • Trina Zimmer, ISU Foundation, Dec. 4, send congratulations to her Kudoboard
Learning opportunities
Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) programming

Student Innovation Center programming
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