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Nov. 18, 2021
Inside news
Thrive@ISU is a peer-to-peer program that lets students talk with a trained graduate student about well-being issues they're struggling with before developing an action plan for improvement.

Jan Lauren Boyles, associate professor and director of graduate education in the Greenlee School, will provide leadership for high impact educational practices, known as HIPs, across campus.

University employees' fall and winter breaks got a little longer with this week's confirmation of two additional paid holidays awarded Nov. 9 to all state employees by Gov. Kim Reynolds. Iowa State will implement them Wednesday, Nov. 24, and Thursday, Dec. 23.

The growing workload in the position previously called a multicultural liaison officer focuses on college-based student support. But directors of multicultural student success also contribute to diversity, equity and inclusion efforts throughout campus. 

A new initiative that touches every corner of campus hopefully will never be needed. ISU Police and EHS partnered to bring the national Stop the Bleed campaign to Iowa State, installing nearly 140 bleeding control kits in locations across campus. 

Winter weather will impact campus soon. Here are a few tips on where to park after significant snowfall, how to deal with troublesome ice spots and moving safely across campus.
The following announcements were added this week:
  • COVID-19: By the numbers
  • No 'Inside' on Nov. 25
  • President's Dec. 3 Winter Fest open house moves to Beardshear
  • Reminder about COVID-19 vaccination status in Workday
  • WorkFlex requests are due Nov. 26
  • Dec. 15 is deadline for spring professional development funds for term faculty
  • Reminder: CyThx submission deadline in Nov. 30
  • Forestry Club's Christmas tree sale begins Nov. 27
  • Meat Science Club taking holiday ham orders
  • Silent auction through Dec. 1 benefits food/nutrition clubs
  • Poinsettia sale is Dec. 1-4
  • Eagle's Loft has child care openings 
  • Food pantry seeks volunteers for December, January shifts
Around campus
The campus services team is corralling lots of leaves this time of year -- several tons each day. Where do they all go?

The Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities recognized ISU's ongoing efforts to support small businesses and innovators across Iowa with its 2021 Innovation and Economic Prosperity Place award.

Iowa State is the No. 11 school in the nation for undergraduate entrepreneurship studies and No. 3 in the Midwest, according to The Princeton Review's annual rankings, released this week. The rankings were based on a summer 2021 survey of administrators at nearly 300 undergraduate and graduate schools offering entrepreneurship studies.

ISU researchers evaluated 17.5 million possible strategies the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention could have recommended for COVID-19 vaccine rollouts. The research validates the CDC's plan and could help inform future vaccination strategies. 
  • Amy Kaleita, professor and interim chair of agricultural and biosystems engineering, to chair, effective Dec. 1
Arts and events
Approaching the Dec. 2 50th anniversary of Cyclone athletics in Hilton Coliseum, the men's and women's basketball teams compete at home Sunday, Nov. 21, against opponents from Louisiana. The Cyclone women host Southern University at noon; the men tip off against Grambling State at 5 p.m. Tickets remain for both games.
Learning opportunities
Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) programming

Student Innovation Center programming
  • Professional Practices Forum, How Engineering Thinking Promotes Innovation Mindset, Mani Mina, industrial design and electrical and computer engineering, Nov. 19 (2-3 p.m., via Zoom), register
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