Inside Iowa State for faculty and staff
June 23, 2022
Inside news
Student recruitment is priority one for the university's new homepage, which moves most of the admissions website to A portal-style page for faculty and staff is designed to make it easy and convenient to access what's needed for daily online work.

With proposed increases to four fees, students' mandatory fees package would increase $145, to $1,455. The board will vote on tuition and fee rates at its July 27 meeting.

University Boulevard traffic adjacent to Jack Trice Stadium will be restricted to one lane in each direction for about four weeks while crews install the pedestrian bridge sections over the road. The street will be closed overnight for four nights next week.

Debbie Roberts knows that talking about limb loss and limb difference helps everyone.

Steve Kohtz started June 1 as the recycling and special events coordinator, a position in facilities planning and management that leads the university's waste reduction efforts.

Public Service Loan Forgiveness, a federal program designed to eliminate student loan debt for borrowers who work 10 years in a government job, is easier to use under temporary rule changes in place through October. But guidance is helpful -- and available through a service offered to ISU employees.

As part of an ISU Extension and Outreach pilot project to improve financial wellness, an Ames-based credit union is offering a new program that ensures Iowa State faculty and staff a choice when facing short-term financial difficulty.

Today is the 50th anniversary of President Richard Nixon signing amendments to the Higher Education Act of 1965 -- one of which created the federal Basic Educational Opportunity Grant (known today as the Pell grant), changing college access for low- and moderate-income students.

Paul Richmond, director of environmental health and safety, will be promoted to assistant vice president for environmental health and safety, the top leadership role in the unit responsible for injury prevention, environmental protection, safety and preparedness.

One of the Lake LaVerne swans has died. The surviving swan will remain on the lake while a facilities team investigates best options for introducing one or two swans. A pair of swans, always named Elaine and Lancelot, has lived on the lake going back to 1935.
The following announcements were added this week:
  • Register by July 5 to assist at ISU's state fair exhibit
  • Order ISU calendars in time for the academic year
  • Spencer Award nominations due July 5
  • Monday 'Yoga in the gardens' starts next week
  • SBDC Iowa to receive Impact Award during June 23 livestream
  • Information to recover from a flood
  • Aug. 13 memorial service planned for former department chair Robert Martin
Around campus
Gov. Kim Reynolds signed a bill June 16 designating Feb. 1, the start of Black History Month, as George Washington Carver Day in Iowa every year. Iowa Staters supported the effort to honor an alumnus.

Distinguished Professor of psychology Douglas Gentile weaves Buddhist philosophy and psychological science with personal anecdotes in his book, "Finding the Freedom to Get Unstuck and Be Happier." The intent is to help people break out of negative patterns, engage with the present and trust that whatever comes next is truly workable.

The team at the Midwest Grape and Wine Industry Institute, since 2006 instrumental in advancing the quality of wine produced across Iowa and surrounding states, has produced its first batches of wine using grapes grown at the Horticulture Research Station. Primarily, the wines will be available at campus venues.

In her seven years with ISU Extension and Outreach, human sciences specialist Shannon Coleman's efforts have gone a long way toward educating small-scale producers and food vendors about state licensing, federal requirements and best practices in food safety.

Over 12 years as head coach, Dan McCarney turned the Cyclone football program around, inspiring lasting devotion along the way. At a reunion June 10, more than 100 former players and staff surprised McCarney with a $100,000+ endowment to name the Stark Performance Center's suite for student-athlete and letterwinner engagement for him.
  • Leana Bouffard, professor of criminal justice, reappointed as chair of the sociology and criminal justice department, effective July 1 for a five-year term
  • Lynn Clark, professor of botany, reappointed as interim chair of the ecology, evolution and organismal biology department, for two years, through June 30, 2024
  • Beth Foreman, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences student services, to College of Human Sciences undergraduate recruitment director, effective June 15
  • Mark Hargrove, Morrill Professor in biochemistry, as chair of the Roy J. Carver department of biochemistry, biophysics and molecular biology, effective July 1 for a five-year term
  • Kendra Simpson, assistant cheerleading coach, to spirit squad coordinator and head cheerleading coach
Next week
  • David Inyang, environmental health and safety administration, June 28 (2-4 p.m., Reiman Ballroom, Alumni Center, RSVP to Clayton Chapman), post well wishes to his Kudoboard
  • Sheri Alcott, ISU Foundation donor compliance services, July 1 (no public event), post well wishes to her Kudoboard
  • Lisa Eslinger, ISU Foundation administration, July 1 (event was June 22), post well wishes to her Kudoboard
  • Mary Ullestad-Heneke, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences administration, July 1 (no public event), post well wishes to her Kudoboard

  • Stephen Simpson, emergency management and outreach, environmental health and safety, July 5, post well wishes to his Kudoboard
Arts and events
Celebrate National Pollinator Week with a fun, educational event at Reiman Gardens Saturday, June 25 (10 a.m.-2 p.m.). The Iowa Regional Lily Society's annual show also will be held 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Regular garden admissions rates apply. The gardens are open until 6 p.m.

The mines and minerals bureau chief in the state Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship will discuss the department's efforts to reclaim 12,000 acres across 300 abandoned surface coal mine sites in Iowa during a webinar Wednesday, June 29 (noon, via Zoom). ISU Extension and Outreach's Iowa Learning Farms serves as host.

See who's coming to campus on this list of events expected to draw 100 or more visitors.
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