Inside Iowa State for faculty and staff
Sept. 8, 2022
Inside news
Iowa State's fall enrollment of 29,969 students includes 5,728 new first-year students, 1,383 new transfer students and 1,195 new graduate and professional students.

In a new role as senior advisor to the president, Magill will lead strategic initiatives as well as federal relations.

Five questions with accounting associate professor Jon Perkins.

The ISU police department added public safety officers and campus safety ambassadors who respond to some nonenforcement calls for service. They provide more security to campus, and the two programs help lead some people into a career in law enforcement.

Carolann Jensen outlined the legislative budget-setting process at the Professional and Scientific Council's Sept. 1 meeting. The council also got an update on hiring for Iowa State Online, the central unit for online instruction support that will launch Jan. 1. 

Iowa State is asking for two increases in operating support next year: a $12 million increase to its general university appropriation and $376,519 in additional biosciences innovation support. The board meets Sept. 14-15 in Cedar Falls.
The following announcements were added this week:
  • Student poster abstracts due Sept. 26 for Borlaug competition
  • Business attire pop-up shop needs your help
  • Reiman Gardens hosts succulents, cacti event this weekend
  • Share your message in campus 'Field of Memories' Sept. 9
  • Passport service available at Study Abroad Fair
  • Student financial aid conference for faculty and staff is Sept. 23
Around campus
Iowa State researchers are working to learn more about the endangered rusty patched bumble bee and threatened American bumble bee's habitats and health. The information could help reverse their decline in support of other pollinators.

A new cybersecurity faculty fellows program in the College of Engineering will help broaden instruction in cybersecurity concepts. Doug Jacobson, University Professor of electrical and computer engineering and the director of the ISU Center for Cybersecurity Innovation and Outreach, will work with nine engineering faculty to integrate customized cybersecurity modules into their courses.
Next week
  • Retirement, Joe Sebranek, animal science, Sept. 17 (10 a.m.-2 p.m., MU Campanile Room)

  • Grand opening, Memorial Union floors 4-6 renovation, Sept. 23 (11 a.m.-1:30 p.m., starts in MU Campanile Room)

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
The music and theatre department is hosting an Iberian music festival Sept. 8-10 on campus. "A Woven Tapestry" features daily workshops, lectures and recitals by guest artists and faculty and students.  

A fanfest will be held before the Cyclone-Hawkeye volleyball match Friday, Sept. 9 (5-6 p.m., Scheman courtyard) with a bounce house, yard games, photo booth, face painter and balloon artist. The match begins at 6:30 p.m. in Hilton Coliseum; purchase five general admission tickets for $5. ISU fans are encouraged to wear cardinal.

Certified bitcoin professional and former CIA member Charles Finfrock will share information about cryptocurrency -- what it is, how it works, why it's always in the news -- during a campus lecture Thursday, Sept. 15 (6 p.m., MU Great Hall). It will be recorded and archived for two weeks on the lectures program website.
Learning opportunities
Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) programming
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