Inside Iowa State for faculty and staff
Sept. 15, 2022
Inside news
The free vaccine will be available weekdays at State Gymnasium for university employees and some affiliated organizations. No appointment or registration is needed.

Assistant provost for faculty development Tera Jordan joins faculty success coordinator Katharine Hensley as co-director. Monthly sessions return to in-person this fall.

The Miller Open Education Mini-Grant projects this year are ambitious and geared toward improving instructional quality. The mini-grants have helped expand use of freely licensed course materials, an effort also supported by the new strategic plan's jump-start funds. 

At the Faculty Senate's first meeting of the academic year, CELT director Sara Marcketti outlined several university-level changes that have been implemented for students' instructor ratings and local-level decisions still to be made.

The Writing and Media Center merged with the Academic Success Center at the Hixson-Lied Student Success Center; Student Accessibility Services also moved over the summer.
The following announcements were added this week:
  • Fee assistance available for national faculty training
  • English conversation program seeks volunteers
  • Learn more about Hispanic heritage in the next month
  • Thielen health center has some monkeypox vaccine
  • Herbarium tour featured in Sept. 21 art walk
  • Practice fire safety at Sept. 21 event
  • MU wedding expo is Sept. 25
  • Judges sought for student Homecoming events
  • Cyclone small business fair set for Sept. 22
Around campus
Alumnus Rick Burnett Jr. donated the lead gift for a U.S. Marine Corps obstacle course at the Southwest Athletic Complex to be used by the Navy, Army and Air Force ROTC programs. The course will be named after Burnett Jr.'s father, a fellow Iowa State graduate.

Materials science and engineering assistant professor Sid Pathank and professor Ralph Napolitano were selected for a NASA-sponsored project to test the durability of metal joints in the extreme conditions of outer space. Their research could be instrumental in future space missions.
  • John Lajoie, professor of physics and astronomy, as the inaugural holder of the Harmon-Ye Endowed Professorship in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Open houses and receptions
This week
  • Retirement, Joe Sebranek, animal science, Sept. 17 (10 a.m.-2 p.m., MU Campanile Room)

Next week
  • University awards ceremony and reception, Sept. 21 (3:30 p.m., MU Great Hall)
  • Grand opening, Memorial Union floors 4-6 renovation, Sept. 23 (11 a.m.-1:30 p.m., starts in MU Campanile Room)

  • Retirement, Val Evans, Fir team, finance service delivery, Sept. 30 (no public event)
  • Retirement, Camie Stockhausen, office of biotechnology, Oct. 3 (no public event), post well wishes to her Kudoboard

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
Former Cyclone women's basketball player, central Iowa businesswoman, mental health advocate and Ames resident Lyndsey (Medders) Fennelly will give a talk Sept. 20 (7 p.m., MU Great Hall) as part of the annual Story County Mental Health Expo in the Memorial Union. Her presentation, "You Can't Coach Yourself Out of Mental Illness," will be archived on the lectures program website for two weeks.

The four-woman Finnish band, Kardemimmit, will present a 7 p.m. concert at Stephens Auditorium Tuesday, Sept. 20. General admission tickets are $20. Band members compose and produce their own music, playing Finland's national instrument, the kantele – a variety of lap harp – and singing harmonies. Iowa State's Cantamus treble-voice choir will join Kardemimmit for two pieces.

Returning after a two-year pandemic hiatus, the Local Food Festival will be held on central campus Sept. 21 (9 a.m.-1:30 p.m.). The free event features educational displays, recipe samples using fresh-picked produce from the Horticulture Research Station, and area vendors and student organizations selling products locally grown or produced.
Recipients of the 2022 universitywide awards for faculty and staff, including the new Morrill, University and Distinguished professors, will be honored during the annual awards ceremony Wednesday, Sept. 21 (3:30 p.m., MU Great Hall). Award recipients were first announced in April.

University Museums staff are hosting a series of free, Friday evening "date night" events this fall to introduce more people, outside of the workday, to its facilities and exhibitions. The first is next week, Sept. 23. 
Learning opportunities
Provost office programming 
  • Workshop, Term Faculty Building Community, with Sarah Bennett-George, apparel, events and hospitality management, Sept. 16 (10:30 a.m.-noon, MU Campanile Room, breakfast provided), registration encouraged
  • Workshop, COACHE Data Highlights About the ISU Faculty Experience, with assistant provost for faculty development Tera Jordan and executive director Karen Zunkel and data analyst Susan Ray, institutional research, Sept. 27 (10 a.m.-noon, MU Sun Room), registration 

Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) programming
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