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April 7, 2022
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Meeting today in Ames, the state Board of Regents also greenlighted a retirement incentive program for tenured faculty in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and six departments jointly administered with the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

Creating a welcoming community is everyone's job on campus, but for a growing number of college leaders, it's the focus of their role. Inside caught up with the five women who serve as an associate or assistant dean for DEI -- three appointed last summer -- to talk about their work.

The project began last spring with a plan and discovery stage and will deploy in segments from December 2022 to November 2024 with first uses beginning in June 2023. Senators also received a resolution about student voting.

Thirteen faculty teams are sharing more than $225,000 in funds for projects aimed at improving undergraduate student learning.

Hundreds braved a cool, wet afternoon April 3 to help open the National Pan-Hellenic Council Plaza on the northwest lawn of the Memorial Union. Eight of the nine historically Black fraternities and sororities honored in the plaza have chapters at Iowa State.
The following announcements were added this week:
  • COVID-19: By the numbers
  • New P&S election planned due to tech issue
  • Nominations sought for Research Collaboration Catalysts cohort
  • Extended-loan library materials can be renewed April 12
  • Register your unit or student org for Destination Iowa State picnic
  • Wedding expo at the MU is April 24
  • Celebrate your student employees April 11-15
  • Campus 4K walk will raise awareness, funds for suicide prevention
  • Donate socks and gloves to residents of Iowa's Ukrainian sister state
Around campus
This week, News Service launched a series of stories, photos, video and audio that highlights new approaches Iowa State is taking to challenges affecting Iowa's communities and landscape. A new entry will post every Tuesday through May 3.

Gül Kremer, Wilkinson Professor in Interdisciplinary Engineering who has served since September as President Wendy Wintersteen's senior director of presidential projects, will leave the university this summer to become dean of the School of Engineering at the University of Dayton, Ohio.

In a Q&A with The Conversation, veterinary diagnostic and production animal medicine associate professor Yuko Sato discusses the bird flu outbreak that has spread across the U.S. since early February.

When Nathan Stoufer graduates in May, he will continue a long legacy. Nearly a dozen Stoufers have studied at Iowa State, including 1908 alumna Florence Kimball Stoufer, the first woman to earn a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering at ISU, the same degree her great great grandson is pursuing.
This week
  • Randy Larabee, utilities distribution, facilities planning and management, April 8 (no public event)

  • Donna Donald, education extension, Human Sciences Extension and Outreach, April 27 (2:45-4 p.m., comments at 3:15 p.m., second floor lobby, Scheman Building), instructions for keepsake book

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
Playing in Ames for just the second time this season, Cyclone softball has a scheduled three-game homestand with Oklahoma State this weekend. Games start at 4 p.m. Friday, 1 p.m. Saturday and noon Sunday, all at the Cyclone Sports Complex. Admission is free.

The ISU Book Store will host a story time, featuring books from the Pete the Cat series, on Saturday, April 9 (10:30-11:15 a.m.). Pete will be there for photos with children after the reading, and books and plush toys from the series will have special pricing.

Craig Hill, Ackworth farmer and past Iowa Farm Bureau president (2011-21), will present the 2022 Carl and Marjory Hertz Lecture on Emerging Issues in Agriculture, "The Future of Agriculture: A Reflection and Discussion on Emerging Trends and Issues," April 12 (7 p.m., auditorium, Curtiss Hall). It is free and open to the public.

As part of the Greenlee School's 20th annual First Amendment Days, Suzanne Nossel will present "Dare to Speak, Dare to Listen: Protecting Free Speech on the Frontlines" Wednesday, April 13 (6 p.m. via Webex). Nossel serves as chief executive officer of PEN America, a human rights and free expression organization, and is the author of the 2020 book, "Dare to Speak: Defending Free Speech for All."
Learning opportunities
Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) programming

Center for Communication Excellence, University Library programming
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