Inside Iowa State for faculty and staff
March 10, 2022
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Faculty and Staff Appreciation Week, March 28-April 1, is a lineup of special events and experiences to thank faculty and staff for their hard work and dedication to Iowa State during a couple of challenging years.

During the March 8 Faculty Senate meeting, dean Beate Schmittmann outlined some of the reasons for the college's deficit. To address it, LAS strategies will include reductions to both the college's central programs and services and 19 academic department budgets.

Inside takes one last peek at the renovation of floors 4, 5 and 6 at the Memorial Union, in anticipation of student services offices moving in by the end of the semester.

Through various program offerings, Jeannette Mukayisire helps people in northeast Iowa improve their financial situation. And she uses her fluency in four languages to better communicate with the immigrant clients she serves.

A plan is in the works to launch a peer expert community, providing discussion boards in Canvas where staff can learn from each other. Also, the council approved its annual salary recommendation and elected officers for 2022-23.

Professor of agricultural and biosystems engineering Michelle Soupir has been appointed to a two-year, half-time appointment as an interim associate dean in the Graduate College, starting April 4.
The following announcements were added this week:
  • COVID-19: By the numbers
  • Masks not required but welcome: CDC community levels
  • Vaccine and tests remain available on campus
  • No 'Inside' next week
  • Deadline to complete P&S performance evaluations is June 1
  • Celebration of Life for former Design dean is April 1
  • Daylight saving time returns Sunday
  • Learning Community award nominations due March 28
  • You're invited: Lunch and learn with the alumni association
  • New initiative asks employees to log March volunteer hours
  • Second Workflex application window is open until April 1
  • Register for faculty/staff Research Day on March 30
  • Merz Trio concert is March 22
  • Presentation proposals sought for Youth Programs Symposium
  • Irish dance tour stops at Stephens March 24
Around campus
Twelve ISU graduate students each will receive a $10,000 Brown Graduate Fellowship to support strategic university research over the next year. The internal funding advances research in areas designated by the Brown family trust: science, agriculture and space science. 

In an essay for The Conversation, School of Education Ph.D. candidate Stephanie Sowl explains three reasons some rural communities are seeing their college graduates return, reversing the trend of rural brain drain.

ISU researchers are giving ISU Police, criminal justice students and rural law enforcement simulated scenarios to practice techniques to diffuse volatile situations. Officers learn and develop new skills that help them better respond to behavioral health issues.

Initial findings from a yearlong ISU study suggest resistance exercise may be superior to aerobic exercise for getting better sleep.
This week
  • Meet and greet with P&S Council members, March 10 (3-5 p.m., CyBowl and Billiards, Memorial Union)
  • Farewell, Carly Miller, Program for Women in Science and Engineering, March 11 (moving to admissions office), cards can be sent to 218 Carver

  • Celebration of Life, Mark Engelbrecht, former professor of architecture and dean of the College of Design, April 1 (4-6 p.m., College of Design atrium)
Seminars and conferences
  • Retail Ready Summit, March 24 (3-6:30 p.m., stepatorium, Student Innovation Center), register, in-person attendance limited to 120; subsequent guests will receive a Zoom link
  • Flagship Friday, Interconnect Opportunities, linking similar businesses to create sustainable markets, alliances and relationships, Charles Saleh, former CEO of Beta, March 25 (noon-12:55 p.m., 2206 Student Innovation Center), register
  • Research Day 2022, for ISU faculty and staff, March 30 (8:45 a.m.-3:25 p.m., Memorial Union), register
Open forums
Forums begin at 3 p.m. in the Memorial Union
  • Candidate 2, March 22, Cardinal Room
  • Candidate 3, March 24, Campanile Room
Arts and events
Comedian and political commentator Hasan Minhaj will bring his "The King's Jester" tour to Stephens Auditorium March 23. Minhaj was a correspondent for four years on Comedy Central's "The Daily Show," which led to a three year-run (2018-20) hosting his own comedy show on Netflix, "Patriot Act." Tickets for the 7 p.m. performance are $42.50 plus fees.  

Christian Petersen's sculptures often dealt with productive, peaceful endeavors. But the ISU artist-in-residence (1934-55) didn't shy away from addressing the tragic toll of war. An exhibition on display in Morrill Hall through July 22, "All the Evils… Christian Petersen and the Art of War," explores his war-related work. It's in the Reiman Gallery of the Christian Petersen Art Museum, open weekdays 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and closed during university breaks, including spring break March 14-18.
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