Inside Iowa State for faculty and staff
Jan. 13, 2022
Inside news
Senior leaders approved funding to add 14 positions to the 127 custodians budgeted for the current fiscal year. Including current vacancies, ISU needs to hire about 20 custodians to be fully staffed for the new cleaning coverage.

About 15% of eligible staff requested a flexible work arrangement under the new WorkFlex program, and nearly 95% of the requests were approved, according to data UHR leaders shared at the Professional and Scientific Council's Jan. 6 meeting.

When the semester begins Tuesday, registrar staff will receive walk-in clients at 2157 Hixson-Lied Building, admissions staff will serve walk-in guests at 2630 Memorial Union (office of new student programs).

About 50 faculty are leading a course in Iowa State's second winter session pilot, which concludes Friday. Inside caught up with one of them.

Faculty, staff and students will have another opportunity to get vaccinated on campus soon, one of many spring semester public health measures that will resemble those in the fall, with one key exception.

Extension will recruit among its staff, faculty, council members and administrators for diversity ambassadors, front-line representatives to ensure the organization is meaningfully accessible to the widest range of Iowans.

The pandemic compelled the state Board of Regents to stop requiring a national standardized test score for admission to a regent university. Now they'll make that change permanent -- but automatic admission still is calculable with it.
The following announcements were added this week:
  • COVID-19: By the numbers
  • Health and Wellness Symposium postponed to 2023
  • Survey will help gauge WorkCyte Phase II awareness
  • Differential pay will go up for merit staff working evening, night shifts
  • McFarland Clinic shares COVID-19 care guide
  • Submissions sought for sustainability symposium in February  
  • Jan. 17 is a university holiday
  • Undergraduate 'Research at the Capitol' applications due Jan. 25
  • MU poster sale runs Jan. 24-28
  • Reception for calendar honorees is Jan. 25
  • Student employee award nominations due Feb. 2
  • Art rental available Jan. 19-20 at the MU
  • Annual CyThx campaign recognizes 342 winners
Around campus
Human sciences specialist Barb Wollan, Extension and Outreach, provides insight for families who benefited from COVID-19 relief funds before they file their 2020 tax returns.

ISU researchers found college graduates between 34 and 43 years of age were more likely to return to the rural communities where they grew up based on three key factors: public schools, population density and other college-degree-holders in the community.

Psychology associate professor Alison Phillips discusses in The Conversation how regular weightlifting during the pandemic became a habit and helped her in more ways than just building muscle.

A gift from Kiewit Corp., an Omaha-based construction and engineering company, will establish a scholars program in the College of Engineering, eventually supporting up to 50 students with an interest in the construction industry.
This week
  • Scott Sankey, facilities design and construction, facilities planning and management, Jan. 14

  • Max Rothschild, animal science, Jan. 28 (3:30-5 p.m., program at 4 p.m., Kildee Hall atrium), official retirement was in June 2020
Arts and events
The annual ISU-Ames community observance of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday kicks off Monday, Jan. 17, with a birthday celebration at City Hall. And ISU carillonneur Tin-shi Tam's Jan. 19 noon concert, "Let Freedom Ring," will include hymns and spirituals inspired by the civil rights leader.
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