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Oct. 21, 2021
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With the release of guidelines and a live seminar this week, employees got a closer look at a new program that offers ISU staff flexibility in when, where and how they work.

Iowa State's next strategic plan likely will cover a nine-year period, 2022 to 2031, and may be realized more as a strategic "process" than a "plan" in order to better respond to opportunities and challenges as they arise.

Mary Howell Sirna, administrative advisor and attorney on staff for ISU Police, will serve as the university's interim director of equal opportunity and Title IX coordinator, effective Oct. 25. She served previously in the role during the 2015-16 academic year.

Returning to campus, in-person instruction and more frequent social interactions have added stress for students on top of challenges the pandemic presents. Faculty and staff can support student mental health by creating a community of care.

The combination of college-specific programs in the Start Something network and universitywide resources, such as the Student Innovation Center and Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship, will support and encourage student creativity.

Before the pandemic, only 17 of Iowa State's largest classrooms were outfitted to record and livestream audio and video. As of this fall, all 214 general university classrooms have the lecture capture technology that's especially useful for hybrid and virtual instruction.

Unused funds in a dependent care flex account from 2020 that carry over into 2021 -- or unused funds from 2021 that carry over into 2022 -- will not count toward the annual maximum that may be reimbursed on a tax-favored basis.
The following announcements were added this week:
  • COVID-19: By the numbers
  • Comments due Oct. 29 on digital accessibility draft policy
  • Save the date: ISCORE 2022 is March 2-4
  • Sick time off can be used for vaccinations
  • Greek trick-or-treat for families is Oct. 31
  • Apply to be a WorkCyte change liaison for your unit
  • 'Nutcracker Ballet' tickets go on sale Oct. 20
  • Comedian Ron White returns to Stephens on Thursday
  • Winter, spring instructors: Submit class materials lists (and no-lists, too)
  • Immunocompromised protocol extend through spring semester
  • Nominations due Dec. 1 for alumni awards
  • Library lineup celebrates open access week
Around campus
Tom Vilsack and Víctor Manuel Villalobos Arámbula held a bilateral meeting and toured several university research facilities Oct. 20 as part of an Iowa visit for World Food Prize events.

The full reports from the independent investigation and internal review following a boating accident March 28 that resulted in the deaths of two crew club students are now available. Both have been reviewed and information redacted to protect student privacy.

As part of "Cy of the Storm" festivities, some officemates are decorating this week to share their Cyclone spirit.
  • Steve Gilliland, facilities, Ames Laboratory, Nov. 1
Arts and events
Three former ISU Honors students who became best-selling book authors will share their journeys during a public lecture Thursday, Oct. 21 (6 p.m. MU Sun Room and via livestream). One of them is Denise Williams-Klotz, assistant director of multicultural student affairs.

Recipients of Iowa State's most prestigious awards for faculty and staff will be honored during a ceremony Monday, Oct. 25 (3:30 p.m., doors open at 3 p.m., MU Great Hall). The ceremony also will be livestreamed. A reception follows in the South Ballroom.

Famed baseball data analyst Bill James and his daughter will share their research into an overlooked serial killer in the early 20th century who committed ax murders across the U.S. -- possibly including two in Iowa -- in a public lecture Wednesday, Oct. 27 (7 p.m., MU Great Hall and via livestream).
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