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May 6, 2021
Inside news
An ISU faculty member since 2003, Seo has served as interim library dean since July 2019. She begins her tenure as dean Monday.

Two projects that provide more support for students and employees with children -- an expansion of infant care capacity at University Community Childcare and a new study room at Parks Library designed for parents with kids in tow -- are set to open this fall.

In the second year of a new classification system for Iowa State's term faculty, 45 of 46 promotion cases were approved for the 2021-22 academic year.
Provost Jonathan Wickert told the Faculty Senate 2020 graduates will have a chance to celebrate at a campus ceremony this fall. Senators approved changes to the U.S. diversity course requirements and policies on term faculty advancement and winter session effort. 
The vaccinations and preparations that will pave the way for a campus bustling with students, faculty and staff this fall were the focus in an April 29 town hall with senior university leaders and medical experts.

On the heels of a successful data storage cleaning project in CyBox, a second storage provider, Google, has given Iowa State a lower quota -- and a July 2022 deadline.
Maryland-based consultants History Associates Inc. will spend the summer researching, collecting and organizing factual evidence on Carrie Chapman Catt, and deliver its results to the university's standing committee during fall semester. 
The following announcements were added this week:
  • COVID-19 testing site, contact tracing operations are shifting
  • No changes to ISU face covering policy, for now
  • Sign of the times: Symptom checker will cease May 7
  • Summer office hours are an option May 10-Aug. 13
  • Innovative teams sought for state fair LEGO™ competition
  • Inside shares summer schedule
  • P&S Council seminar continues dialogue on diversity efforts
  • Summer hours shared for campus art museums
Around campus
Graduating Cyclones set their sights
Check out the News Service stories on three graduating seniors who followed their passions:
As they prepared to mail thousands of 2021 Iowa State diplomas, registrar staff also were working hard to find a home for one that arrived this spring in the mail, dated May 1961 bearing President James Hilton's signature.

Iowans who want to see or hear the emergence of the 17-year periodical cicada will need to go on a road trip. While the fascinating, long-lived insect will indeed emerge this year, it will do so only in select parts of the Midwest and the east coast. The closest place for Iowans will be northern Indiana.

A new supply chain management course in the Ivy College of Business aims to teach students the impact the supply chain can have on human well-being.
  • Adriana Gonzalez-Elliott, Academic Success Center, to director of student accessibility services, dean of students office, effective May 14
  • Cathy Miller, interim chair of veterinary microbiology and preventive medicine, to department chair
Retirements and farewells
This week
  • Retirement, Max Morris and Steve Vardeman, statistics and industrial and manufacturing systems engineering, May 6 (3-5:30 p.m., Hunziker House, Reiman Gardens)
  • Retirement, Kevin Gibbons, printing services, May 7
  • Retirement, Cindy Hemingway, printing services, May 7

Next week
  • Retirement, Lisa Larson, psychology, May 10 (4-6 p.m., program at 4:30 p.m., Garden Room, Reiman Gardens), contact for the optional Zoom link
  • Retirement, Max Noack, Microelectronics Research Farm, May 10
  • Retirement, Dan Crosman, ISU research and demonstration farms, May 14
  • Retirement, Danny Johnson, supply chain management, May 14 (3-5 p.m., Kingland Hub, Gerdin Business Building), retiring June 30
  • Retirement, Russell Laczniak, marketing, May 14 (12:30-2 p.m., Kingland Hub, Gerdin Business Building), retiring June 30
  • Retirement, Gloria Oberender, physics and astronomy, May 14
  • Farewell, Amanda Quinn, apparel, merchandising and design program, May 14
  • Retirement, Ann Thye, apparel, merchandising and design program, May 14
  • Retirement, Lisa Enloe, human development and family studies, May 15, send congratulations to her Kudoboard
  • Retirement, Gayle Luze, human development and family studies, May 15, send congratulations to her Kudoboard
  • Retirement, Al Murdoch, kinesiology, May 15
  • Retirement, William Simpkins, geological and atmospheric sciences, May 15, gathering: Aug. 27 (2-4 p.m., program at 3 p.m., Hach Hall atrium)

  • Retirement, Cosette Scallon, Thielen Student Health Center, May 26 (2:30-4 p.m., remarks at 3 p.m., 0185 State Gym)
  • Retirement, Melinda Howard, LAS student academic services, May 27
  • Retirement, Donna Little-Bear, custodial services, facilities planning and management, May 28
  • Retirement, Dennis Paul, custodial services, facilities planning and management, May 28
  • Retirement, Pat Anderson, university information services, IT services, June 1
  • Retirement, Deb Gabrielson, admissions, June 1
  • Retirement, Jennifer Corbin, admissions, June 1
  • Retirement, Jane Walter, benefits, university human resources, drive-thru reception June 2 (2-4 p.m., Lot B4, east of Alumni Center), send congratulations to her Kudoboard 
Seminars and conferences
Arts and events
Iowa State is preparing to host in-person graduation events this weekend for an estimated 5,094 students completing degrees this month. Traditional indoor commencements at Hilton Coliseum Friday afternoon and evening will honor professional veterinary medicine students and doctoral students, respectively. Outdoor graduation celebrations at Jack Trice Stadium are planned for master’s students Friday morning and undergraduates, by college, Saturday morning and afternoon.

Midwest singer/songwriters Chad Elliott and Bo Ramsey will perform Sunday, May 9 (5 p.m., Stephens Auditorium) to kick off KHOI Community Radio's spring membership drive. In-person tickets are $25 or $50 for VIP seats (first 11 rows). Livestreaming is available for $15/single and $25/group.
Learning opportunities
Provost office programming
Smile and Write, the program that leverages peer accountability for progress on participants' writing projects, will continue this summer via Zoom. A standing session will be held Tuesdays, May 11-July 6, Aug. 3 and 10 (11 a.m.-1 p.m.). Nearly a dozen sessions on other weekdays also are scheduled through Aug. 12. Register to receive the Zoom link.

Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) programming

ISU WorkLife programming
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