Inside Iowa State for faculty and staff
July 1, 2021
Inside news
Sixteen years ago this summer, an Iowa State graduate student knew exactly how he'd like the campus to respond to a hateful graffiti attack. The Principles of Community he envisioned and helped develop eventually became ubiquitous on the ISU campus.

A system that launched July 1 will allow all faculty and staff to submit online service requests to facilities planning and management and environmental health and safety.

The three-year plan to align differential tuitions into just two levels, stalled by last year's tuition freeze, would be completed during 2021-22, with one exception.

An IT survey asks members of the campus community to share how they're using electronic data storage, what they need it to do and what they want it to do.

As pandemic precautions lift, international travel plans are bound to become more common for faculty, staff and students. Anyone who has "securing a valid passport" on their travel to-do list should apply now.

IT services offers a few tips, reminders and resources to get your technology tools back in action if you're returning to a campus office this month.
The following announcements were added this week:
  • ITS tool shortens links but keeps 'iastate'
  • July 5 closings on university holiday
  • City's bookmobile returns to campus this month
  • Salary parameters for new fiscal year are online
  • Summer volunteers sought for campus food pantry
  • Meat Lab has holiday week specials
  • Watch the Ames fireworks July 3 from Reiman Gardens
  • West Highway 30 vanpool starts July 1
Around campus
The new Bergstrom Achievement Scholarship program in the Ivy College of Business will support six new undergraduates each year who are first-generation students, U.S. military veterans or otherwise contribute to the diversity of the student body. Of the six, one will be a graduate of Des Moines East High School, the alma mater of ISU alumnus Kelley Bergstrom.

An Iowa State team will lead a $16 million project funded by a federal grant and industry investment to establish a "wireless living lab" in Story, Boone and Marshall counties in central Iowa. ARA Wireless Living Lab will test technologies for offering affordable, universal and high-performance broadband, and service will be available to researchers, schools, farms and communities.

A new federal grant will help ISU researchers explore how microorganisms that live inside and on humans affect immunity and vaccine effectiveness. They're searching for ways humans can adjust their microbiomes to optimize vaccine response.

A new study of small Iowa towns found that vulnerable populations within those communities face significantly more public health risks than statewide averages.
  • Ann Lelis, city of Ames, to policy administrator and public records officer and paralegal, office of university counsel, effective June 7
  • Catherine DeLong, Conservation Districts of Iowa, to water quality program manager, ISU Extension and Outreach, effective June 14
  • Celine Beggs, 4-H youth development, to AmeriCorps 4-H outreach program director, ISU Extension and Outreach, effective June 21
  • Patrick Klepcyk ("KLEP-chick"), University of Virginia, to director of the office of innovation commercialization and president of the ISU Research Foundation, effective June 28
  • Chris Cornelius, chair of the materials science and engineering department, as the inaugural holder of the Dr. Thomas D. McGee and Dr. Ick-Jhin Rick Yoon Department Chair in Materials Science and Engineering
  • Stephen Dinsmore, chair of natural resource ecology and management, to interim director of the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, effective July 1
  • Ruth MacDonald, professor and chair of the department of food science and human nutrition, to associate dean for personnel and finance in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, effective July 1
  • Lorraine Lanningham-Foster, associate professor of food science and human nutrition, to interim chair of the department of food science and human nutrition, effective July 1
Retirements and farewells
This week
  • Retirement, Brian Cox, office of innovation commercialization/ISU Research Foundation, June 30
  • Retirement, Marisue Hartung, 4-H youth development, ISU Extension and Outreach, June 30
  • Retirement, Sarah Nusser, statistics, June 30, reception Sept. 2 (3:30-5:30 p.m., program at 4:30 p.m., Garden Room, Reiman Gardens)
  • Retirement, Dana Rewoldt, office of innovation commercialization/ISU Research Foundation, June 30
  • Retirement, Marlene Tjernagel, statistics, June 30
  • Retirement, Becky Zama, international students and scholars office, June 30
  • Retirement, Jody Danielson, business services, facilities planning and management, July 1, send congratulations to her Kudoboard
  • Farewell, Jenn Wiederin, HR delivery (Juniper team), July 2 (8:30-10 a.m., Kingland Hub, Gerdin Business Building), post well wishes to her Kudoboard

Employees, their colleagues or supervisors are invited to submit retirements and departures to University human resources doesn't provide them for publication.
Seminars and conferences
Arts and events
Five 45-minute tours on July 9 with a university museums staff member or docent each considers a different theme and highlights one of the country's largest public art collections. Tours are free; registration is requested.

Reiman Gardens will host its annual Garden Art Fair Sunday, July 11 (10 a.m.-4 p.m.). Artists will sell nature- and garden-inspired jewelry, paintings, pottery, woodwork, glass, home décor, photography, sculpture, fabric arts and more. Garden admission rates apply.
Learning opportunities
Provost office programming
ISU has an institutional membership with the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity. To register, sign in if you already are a member or click "Become a Member," select "Iowa State University" and create your profile.
  • Webinar, The Art of Saying No, with Ndidiamaka Amutah-Onukagha, Tufts University School of Medicine, July 8 (1-2 p.m.)
  • Webinar, Supporting Faculty During and After the COVID-19 Pandemic, with Leslie Gonzales, Michigan State University, July 20 (1-2 p.m.)
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