Inside Iowa State for faculty and staff
Aug. 26, 2021
Inside news
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.
The following announcements were added this week:
  • Service delivery performance detailed in annual report
  • COVID-19 positive cases updated on Moving Forward website
  • Single tickets to Stephens events now available
  • Cardinal Women* kicks off its fourth year
  • Talent Search receives five more years of federal funding
  • Freshman Honors research program seeks faculty mentors for spring 
  • Smile and Write program resumes this semester
  • New name: Memorial Union Student Engagement
  • Campus vaccination clinics serve employees and students
Around campus
Geological and atmospheric sciences professor William Gutowski believes if climate change information can be related to people's communities they are more likely to act. Gutowski helped author a chapter in the most recent report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

Associate professor of entomology Ryan Smith's study focuses on the cells of a mosquito's immune system. It helps understand how they transmit pathogens to humans through their bite.

A $6,000 grant will help the College of Veterinary Medicine cover expenses for a free three-day clinic it offers annually at the Crow Creek Indian Reservation in South Dakota, part of its clinical rotations.
  • Karen Kerns, entrepreneur in residence, to director of innovation programs, effective July 1
  • Brooke Rogers, university museums, to innovation program coordinator, effective Aug. 16
  • Matt Groves, Tri-County Steer Carcass Futurity Cooperative, Lewis, to superintendent of the Armstrong and Neely Kinyon memorial research farms, effective Aug. 16
  • Scott Johnson, associate professor in management and entrepreneurship and the Thome Professor in Business, to interim associate dean for research, Ivy College of Business 
  • Valentina Salotti, associate professor of finance and the Iowa Bankers Association Fellow, to associate dean for academic affairs and diversity, Ivy College of Business
This week
  • Retirement, William Simpkins, geological and atmospheric sciences (retired May 15), Aug. 27 (2-4 p.m., program at 3 p.m.,Thiel atrium, Hach Hall)

Next week
  • The Sept. 2 retirement reception for professor of statistics and former vice president for research Sarah Nusser, who retired June 30, has been postponed to spring.

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
University museums staff will lead a series of free 30-minute tours on eight Sunday afternoons (2 p.m. start) this fall. The first, Aug. 29, takes participants through a new fall exhibit, "Arte Cubano," at the Brunnier Art Museum, Scheman Building. The "highlights" tours will provide insight to university museums' collection.

Distinguished Professor of Liberal Arts and Sciences Debra Marquart will read from her 2021 book of essays, "The Night We Landed on the Moon: Essays Between Exile & Belonging," on the south steps of Parks Library Monday, Aug. 30 (noon-12:45 p.m.). It's the first installment of the library's fall Monday Monologues series.
Learning opportunities
Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) programming

Writing and Media Center programming
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