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July 29, 2021
Inside news
Resident undergraduates will pay $318 more this year than last. Nonresident undergraduates and all upper-level students in higher-cost programs with differential tuition will see higher increases.

Last year's retirement incentive option program created $14.6 million in savings to reallocate this year across the university, about 70% of it in the general fund units.

The new opportunities to financially benefit from their name, image and likeness is a win-win for student-athletes, who also will learn valuable lessons about entrepreneurship, brand management and contracts, ISU's faculty athletics representative told the state Board of Regents.

By year's end, a projected $33.4 million loss in tuition revenue turned out to be closer to a $13 million deficit, and an estimated $41 million revenue gap was closer to $19 million.

Increased outreach and restructured membership fees aim to make joining more appealing to employees. The ultimate goal is to better serve students by improving faculty and staff well-being.

The university's department directory runs on an outdated system that requires manual updates. The individual directory, which updates automatically, will not be affected.
The following announcements were added this week:
  • Update underway for guest Wi-Fi network
  • Transition to fall with ISU WorkLife events
  • U.S. postal rates are going up Aug. 29
  • Register by Sept. 1 for 4-H quiz bowl, skillathon competition
  • Memorial Union's art lending open house is Aug. 4-5
  • State fair volunteers still needed
  • Pandemic forms eliminated for employee international travel
  • Supply chain issues delay Haber Road intersection improvements
  • City-university rummage sale starts July 31 at parking ramp
Around campus
President Wendy Wintersteen and athletics director Jamie Pollard released a video message July 26 about the future of ISU athletics and the Big 12 Conference after two universities announced they won't renew their Big 12 contracts when they expire in 2025. Though college athletics is an industry in flux, it's not a time to panic, Pollard said.   

Five Iowa State researchers were selected to receive 2021 Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER) awards from the National Science Foundation. The awards total more than $4 million in federal funding earmarked for research. 

Demolition of the former hotel and laundry spaces on floors 4-6 of the MU is complete, and the sixth-floor ceiling also was removed, revealing the original peaked ceiling. Wall framing on floors 4 and 5 is complete, with electrical and HVAC work underway. Read more about the renovation project in this quarterly update.

Prolonged screen viewing or exposure to virtual and augmented reality environments causes some people to develop cybersickness, a cluster of symptoms that includes severe headaches, eye strain and dizziness. Researchers are working to better understand, manage and prevent cybersickness, an ISU doctoral student wrote in an essay for The Conversation.

All 17 U.S. national laboratories, including Ames Laboratory, are partnering with prominent academic publishers to support name change requests from researchers on previously published papers. The new agreement allows researchers who wish to change their names to more easily claim work from all stages of their careers.
Arts and events
The 14 teams in the Pappajohn Center's sixth summer class of entrepreneurs will pitch their business plans during a demo event July 29 (3-5 p.m., Core Facility atrium, 1805 Collaboration Pl.). RSVPs are requested.

Reiman Gardens will host another Picnic in the Gardens Aug. 6, remaining open until 8 p.m. so visitors can enjoy the gardens at dusk. Guests may bring blankets, chairs, food and drinks. Table and bench seating will be available in many areas of the gardens. No preregistration is required. Regular admission fees apply (free for members and ISU students with ID).

Singer/songwriters Reggie Greenlaw of Ames and John Richardson of Coon Rapids will perform together at Stephens Auditorium's Goldfinch Room summer series Tuesday, Aug. 10 (6:30 p.m., Stephens front lawn). Tickets are $10, and guests should bring their own blankets or lawn chairs. 
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, Cultivating Your Network of Mentors, Sponsors and Collaborators, with Erin Furtak, University of Colorado, Aug. 12 (1-2 p.m.)
  • Webinar, Supporting Trans* Scholars, with D-L Stewart, Colorado State, Aug. 24 (1-2 p.m.)
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