Inside Iowa State for faculty and staff
March 31, 2022
Inside news
The employee application window closes at the end of the week for the next round of WorkFlex arrangements, which can begin May 16. Friday also is when ITS and admissions can begin recruiting for full-remote positions, after successful trials in the units.

Next week the state Board of Regents will consider faculty promotion and tenure recommendations for 2022-23 and a retirement incentive program for tenured faculty in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

By trial and adjustment, ISU Creamery intern and May graduate in culinary food science Lucy Slizewski developed a non-dairy frozen dessert for creamery customers.

Several changes will take effect April 1, including a smoother process for retaining graduating hourly student employees, more flexible classifications for temporary merit staff and direct supervisor approval for hiring temporary workers.

Despite a relatively dry fall and winter, campus should be in full bloom this spring as facilities planning and management prepares for a busy summer of landscaping around the new pedestrian bridge leading to Jack Trice Stadium.

Faculty, staff and students will hear a lot about "change impacts" during WorkCyte Phase II, the multiyear project to implement Workday Student and Receivables. A running catalog of change impacts will be available online. The first three have been posted. 

The university community is invited to a ceremony and ribbon-cutting Sunday afternoon for a plaza on the Memorial Union lawn that honors the nine Black fraternities and sororities of the National Pan-Hellenic Council.
The following announcements were added this week:
  • COVID-19: By the numbers
  • Former architecture faculty, Gregory Palermo, has died
  • Register for Project LEA/RN workshop in May
  • MU to host Ames housing fair April 12 
  • Apply for 2022-23 faculty professional development
  • Where to park if you're going to Scheman Building
  • Register for symposium on youth programming
  • 'Feed the Future' collaborator to present seminar
  • Bookstore hosts appreciation event April 7
  • Country musician Aaron Lewis to perform at Stephens
  • Shivvers lecture looks at climate change and food
  • You're invited: Cookout celebrating addiction recovery
  • Lawn mower service days return April 8-9
Around campus
Utility services' steam tunnel tour proved to be the elusive Willy Wonka golden ticket among Faculty and Staff Appreciation Week events, filling quickly. Through Wednesday, about 930 employees registered for one or more experiences.

Junior chemistry major Nethmi Hewage has been named a 2022 Goldwater Scholar. The scholarship is the premier U.S. undergraduate scholarship in mathematics, natural sciences and engineering, covering up to $7,500 per year for tuition, fees, books and living expenses.

Kinesiology professor Jacob Meyer's research found exercising for 30 minutes could reduce symptoms of depression for at least 75 minutes after and amplify the benefits of therapy.

Iowa State's graduate program in agricultural and biosystems engineering maintained its No. 2 spot in the annual rankings by U.S. News and World Report magazine. Other highlights for Iowa State, among public universities only, include top 15 rankings for programs in statistics and higher education administration and top 25 rankings for eight engineering programs.

Julie Stevens, associate professor of landscape architecture, is a leader in the emerging field of trauma-informed environmental design, in which designers work to understand their clients deeply and how their life experiences affect how they encounter various environments.
Retirements and receptions
This week
  • Retirement, David Popelka, office of the CIO, IT services, April 1 (no public event)
  • Celebration of Life for Mark Engelbrecht, professor emeritus of architecture and Design dean emeritus, April 1 (4-6 p.m., College of Design atrium)
  • Ribbon-cutting ceremony and reception, National Pan-Hellenic Council Plaza, April 3 (1-2:30 p.m., MU Great Hall and northeast lawn)

Next week
  • Retirement, Randy Larabee, utilities distribution, facilities planning and management, April 8 (no public event)

Employees, their colleagues or supervisors are invited to submit retirements and departures to University human resources doesn't provide them for publication.
Arts and events
ISU's Rodeo Club will host three runnings of the Cyclone Stampede indoors at the Hansen Agriculture Student Learning Center April 1-2. Teams from the Great Plains region of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association will compete at 7 p.m. Friday and 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $15 (youth $5, children 4 years and younger, free) at the door; cash or check only.

As part of a monthlong spring schedule, the Cyclone volleyball team will face the three Division I in-state opponents in its annual spring tournament Saturday, April 2, in Hilton Coliseum. In shortened three-set matches, ISU will play Drake (10 a.m.), Northern Iowa (11:15 a.m.) and Iowa (1:30 p.m.). Admission is free.

Innovate 1858, the student-operated retail store in the Student Innovation Center that features ISU Tartan products, is celebrating International Tartan Day April 6 with in-store specials. Iowa State has had its own registered Tartan since 2019. An online special will run all week, April 4-9. 

For the first time, ISU Theatre is workshopping -- developing and improving its material before full production -- the musical "BABA," this spring. Performances begin at 7:30 p.m. April 7-9 and 2 p.m. April 10. Tickets ($25 for adults, free for Iowa State students and youth) can be purchased at the door, through the Stephens Auditorium ticket office or Ticketmaster.
Learning opportunities
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