Inside Iowa State for faculty and staff
Jan. 20, 2022
Inside news
Beginning Jan. 20, COVID-19 symptomatic employees and students can pick up a free rapid antigen test at five campus locations, one of many testing options available as COVID-19 cases rise. Also, three more vaccine clinics are scheduled in State Gym.

Sharon Perry-Fantini, Iowa State's new vice president for diversity, equity and inclusion, started in her new post this week.

President Wendy Wintersteen has renewed Jonathan Wickert's appointment as senior vice president and provost through June 2027.

Because students continue to struggle with their mental health, student affairs launched a new campaign last fall. Cyclone Support is one way students are met online and directed to on-campus resources.

The three online clinics are intended for Faculty Senate and P&S Council members, but they are open to all faculty and staff. Skills learned can be applied in roles across campus.

Employees thinking about their retirement planning have a more convenient and consistent option for getting a personalized financial check-up.

If you were away from campus for part or all of the winter session, here's a quick review of news you might have missed.
The following announcements were added this week:
  • COVID-19: By the numbers
  • Donate business attire for student use at career fairs
  • Campus vaccination clinic scheduled for Jan. 26
  • Food science club's fudge preorders close Jan. 28
  • Extension offers personal finance sessions to faculty, staff
  • Reminder: WorkCyte survey responses due Jan. 26
  • CELT offers additional inclusive classroom training sessions
  • On-campus counseling option resumes
  • Male faculty: Learn how to be an ally for gender equity
  • Athletics' equipment sale is Feb. 5
  • Classroom tents will be back in March
  • Memoriam page built for former Design dean Mark Engelbrecht
  • $1K scholarships available for CALS undergraduates
Around campus
Iowa State's startup accelerator announced the 10 companies that begin an intensive 52-week stint in the program this month. It's the 11th group of companies accepted by the program, which launched in 2016. 

Assistant professor of animal science Rodrigo Tarté is a leading innovator in the search for new fats that offer choices to health-conscious consumers. He's looking for alternatives to saturated animal fats that retain desirable taste, texture and appearance.
Next week
  • "Women Impacting ISU" 2022 calendar honorees, Jan. 25 (3:30-5 p.m., program at 4 p.m., MU Sun Room)
  • Retirement, Connie Rasmusson, accounts receivable, Jan. 27 (2:30-4:30 p.m., 3150 Beardshear)
  • Retirement, 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

  • Retirement, Marty Rasmusson, building security systems, facilities planning and management, Feb. 1 (no public event)
Seminars and conferences
Arts and events
The Iowa Songwriter Showcase at Stephens Auditorium's Goldfinch Room resumes Sunday, Jan. 23, with a 5 p.m. concert by Des Moines native Joshua Sinclair. During the pandemic, the spacious Stephens stage has become the Goldfinch Room, with the audience seated in the theater house. Admission is $10 at the door.

Lied Recreation Athletic Center is the site for the men's and women's Cyclone Open track meet Saturday, Jan. 22. Field events begin at noon and running events at 1 p.m. Fans are asked to park at the Iowa State Center and take CyRide's orange route to Lied. Admission is free.
Learning opportunities
Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) programming
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