At the close of the nine-year "Forever True, For Iowa State" campaign on June 30, more than 96,000 donors had made 532,377 gifts and commitments totaling $1.542 billion.
As part of a 2020 campaign, nine students who left Iowa State without a degree earned diplomas through additional coursework or paperwork, with four others on track to graduate. Though labor-intensive, encouraging near-graduates to return and finish can have an enormous personal impact.
The second year of inclusive classroom training emphasizes a sense of belonging for students. It helps instructors be ready to assist students in need or point them to the right university resources.
Jacy Johnson, who has served as interim associate vice president for strategic relations and communications since July 2019, transitions on Sept. 1. She will provide leadership and strategy for university communications, marketing and public relations.
Employees will have up to two extra weeks of sick leave to use over the next year for absences related to COVID-19, and faculty and staff who have specific conditions that lower immunity levels may have an option to work remotely during the fall semester.
With help from a few campus partners, FPM's design services team is seeding the former Insectary and Genetics Lab sites with pollinator habitat. The half-acre plots join a multi-state effort to restore feeding habitat for monarchs, bees and other pollinators.
Parks Library opened its family-friendly room this week. The former group study room on the lower level helps fill a need for areas on campus where student parents can bring children.
University leaders and local public health experts addressed vaccinations, masking, COVID-19 testing, petitions and other topics during the Aug. 19 virtual event.