Inside Iowa State for faculty and staff
Aug. 4, 2022
Inside news
The first systemwide market review of job profiles since the P&S classification and compensation system launched moved 178 profiles -- roughly 30% of the profiles in the system -- to a higher pay grade. The moves increase the earning potential for about one-third of the university's 3,400 P&S employees.

This spring, Iowa State began a two-year process to convert its last two coal boilers to burn natural gas. Here's an update on the university's migration to renewable fuels.

About 140 faculty and staff are volunteering their time during one of the busiest weekends of the year to welcome students to campus in the inaugural Cyclone Welcome Weekend -- healthy, community-building activities for students before classes begin.

Most of the $25.4 million in new revenue in the FY23 operating budget comes from increased tuition ($21.8 million). Additional state appropriations ($2.1 million) and additional recovery of research-related indirect costs ($1.5 million) are the other two pieces.

Senior associate director Chad Olson is serving as director of student financial aid operations until next summer, when executive director Roberta Johnson plans to retire from Iowa State.

Combined with an increase to the mandatory student fee, most students will see between a 4.5% and 5% increase this year for their tuition and fees.
The following announcements were added this week:
  • City-university rummage sale concludes Saturday
  • Summer office hours conclude by Aug. 12
  • Chinese Faculty Staff Association picnic is Aug. 13
  • Summer undergraduate research event is Aug. 4
  • Leave a retirement note for senior VP Pam Cain
  • Expect move-in traffic Aug. 16-19
  • Four TIAA webinars offered in August
Around campus
Alumni Alan and Terri Krysan's new endowment in the College of Design supports an existing program that provides new, gently used or recycled supplies and materials to Design students with a financial need. The Design Closet primarily serves first-year students but is open to all.

In a partnership with John Deere, faculty in the English department are helping high school apprentices sharpen their writing and speaking skills through a four-week communications training. 

A research team that includes Young Woong Park, assistant professor of information systems and business analytics, studied ​​how factors such as marketing, location and funding affected audience diversity for nonprofit performances of ballet, opera, theater and symphonies.

With help from a student and funding from state and national arts organizations, assistant teaching professor of English Emma Murray is launching a podcast that explores the stories of people who requested song dedications during Casey Kasem's "American Top 40," a popular weekly radio show that aired 1970-88. The first episode will be released at the end of August.

August's arrival means the window for summer construction projects will close soon. Here's an update on a few.
  • Eric Weber, professor of mathematics, to a five-year term as department chair, effective July 1
  • Sharon Wohl, associate professor and undergraduate coordinator in architecture, to interim associate dean for faculty in the College of Design, effective Aug. 1
  • Dr. Rachel Derscheid, associate professor of veterinary diagnostic and production animal medicine, to equity advisor for the College of Veterinary Medicine 
  • Scott Johnson, professor of management and entrepreneurship, to associate dean for research and academic personnel, Ivy College of Business 
  • Kevin Scheibe, Union Pacific Professor of Information Systems, reappointed as chair of the department of information systems and business analytics
  • Deidra Schleicher, John and Deborah Ganoe Professor in Business, reappointed as chair of the department of management and entrepreneurship
This week
  • Retirement, Thomas Finestead, building services, Parks Library (no public reception), Aug. 5

Next week
  • Memorial service, Robert Martin, formerly agricultural education and studies, Aug. 13 (3 p.m., Rasmusson-Ryan Funeral Home, 1418 Fawcett Parkway, Nevada)

  • Come-and-go reception, Donald Lewis, Joel Coats, Rick Hellmich, entomology, who retired earlier, Aug. 30 (2-4 p.m., MU Campanile Room)
Arts and events
Cyclones get ball rolling for fall athletics
The volleyball and soccer teams are holding public preseason exhibitions in early August to prepare for their fall seasons. The soccer team will play an exhibition match of three 30-minute periods against Northern Iowa Saturday, Aug. 6 (11:30 a.m., Cyclone Sports Complex practice field). Volleyball’s intramural Cardinal and Gold scrimmage is Saturday, Aug. 13 (11 a.m., Hilton Coliseum). Both events are free.

Everyday items like your cell phone and future refrigerator are shaped by research at the Ames National Laboratory, which will demonstrate its innovation in action at the Iowa State Fair Aug. 11-21. The university's main exhibit will include three interactive stations for attendees to learn about research at Ames Lab, which is celebrating its 75th anniversary. The exhibit is open 9 a.m.-8 p.m. daily.
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