Inside Iowa State for faculty and staff
Aug. 25, 2022
Inside news
Room 3204 in the Student Innovation Center is a one-of-a-kind general university classroom, built in the style of an in-the-round theater stage. Instructors who taught there last year share some observations about teaching while encircled by students.

The third year of inclusive classroom training is underway, focused on supporting students through the syllabus. After two years, 94% of instructors identified course-specific improvements to foster inclusive teaching.

As part of a study that concludes this fall, the lake has not received its usual treatment to reduce algae growth.

ISU Extension and Outreach partnered with Utah State to offer a remote work certificate to Iowans. When they've complete the course, extension staff help individuals with their job search and further development of desired skills.

More than 135 Iowa State faculty, staff, students and ISU Extension and Outreach specialists will be at the Farm Progress Show in Boone Aug. 30-Sept. 1 to present on nine content areas. The pandemic prevented central Iowa from hosting the event since 2018.
The following announcements were added this week:
  • Employees and students have free access to NYT, WSJ newspapers
  • Open house at Student Innovation Center is Sept. 1 
  • Library announces topics for fall workshop series
  • Nutrient research center hosts anniversary seminars
  • Three faculty join Biotechnology Council
  • Sept. 5 is proposal deadline for girls' STEM career conference
  • Admissions will share student recruitment campaign at Aug. 30 town hall
  • CyBowl & Billiards announces upgrades
  • UHR virtual office hours scheduled for Aug. 25
  • City-university garage sale sets records
Around campus
The event recognizes recipients of Iowa State's awards for faculty and staff excellence.

Iowa State researchers will study which factors determine successful integration of Ukrainian refugees into Midwestern communities. Their primary focus is on improving housing conditions.

Calli Sanders, the senior woman administrator for ISU athletics, reflects on her experiences as an athlete and athletics administrator in the latest installment of the athletics department's series celebrating the 50th anniversary of Title IX.

Through an exchange program sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, eight African veterinary faculty are embedded in the College of Veterinary Medicine through early December. The program helps developing countries in Africa improve their university agricultural education, research and extension by training at U.S. land-grant universities.
Retirements and open houses
Next week
  • Retirement, Donald Lewis, Joel Coats, Rick Hellmich, entomology, come-and-go reception, Aug. 30 (2-4 p.m., MU Campanile Room)
  • Open house, risk management office, Sept. 1 (3-5 p.m., 1700 Administrative Services Building)
  • Open house, Student Innovation Center, Sept. 1 (4-6 p.m.)

  • Retirement, Pam Cain, division of operations and finance, Sept. 6 (no public event), post well wishes to her Kudoboard
  • Retirement, Ann Wessman, office of student financial aid, Sept. 6 (no public event), post well wishes to her Kudoboard
  • Retirement, Joe Sebranek, animal science, Sept. 17 (10 a.m.-2 p.m., MU Campanile Room), retiring Aug. 31

Employees, their colleagues or supervisors are invited to submit retirements and departures to University human resources doesn't provide them for publication.
Open forums
  • Town hall, "A Cyclone in the Making," admissions staff will share ISU's new student recruitment campaign, Aug. 30 (9 a.m., 101 Carver), seating is limited, RSVPs requested via Qualtrics
Arts and events
ISU's Insect Zoo will host a Bug Village open house Saturday, Aug. 27 (10 a.m.-2 p.m., Advanced Teaching and Research Building, public parking in lots 30, 33 and 35). That evening (6-10 p.m.), an insect collecting event will be held at Carr Park, Meadowlane Ave. in east Ames); wear bug spray and bring bug collection jars. Both events are free, and the public is welcome.

Reiman Gardens and the Iowa Quilters Guild will host the 12th annual Garden Quilt Fair Aug. 26-27 (10 a.m.-6 p.m.) and Aug. 28 (10 a.m.-4 p.m.) indoors at Reiman Gardens. The event includes a juried show of garden-themed quilts, quilt demonstrations for novice and experienced quilters and a vendor fair. Guests pay regular gardens admission.

Music faculty members will open the academic year with their annual fanfare concert Sunday afternoon (3 p.m., Martha-Ellen Tye Recital Hall, Estes Music Hall). Admission is free.

To introduce the university's new state-of-the-art, off-road vehicle chassis dynamometer, Iowa State faculty will host preview days Aug. 30, 31 and Sept. 1 (3-5 p.m. daily, BioCentury Research Farm, 1327 U Ave.). The dynamometer is in its final stage of commissioning.
Learning opportunities
Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) programming
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