Inside Iowa State for faculty and staff
Sept. 22, 2022
Inside news
The U.S. Diversity Course Requirement Committee is ready to review all courses -- new, modified and unchanged -- to ensure they meet three of the four learning outcomes and can be included in the 2023-24 course catalog. Instructors can submit their course information online.

It's the season. Faculty and staff may want to review how constitutional protections, state law and university policies apply to political activity and expression on campus, whether in their office or a classroom.

Catt Center director and professor of political science Karen Kedrowski offers some guidelines to faculty on encouraging eligible students to vote while staying nonpartisan.

Nominees' information may be sent to Parker Executive Search, the firm assisting the campus search committee.

Also on last week's state Board of Regents agenda: Inflationary adjustments to construction budgets, funding request for phase 2 at the Vet Diagnostic Lab and a long-term facilities plan for the Cyclone tennis team.

CYTown is a planned multiuse district between Jack Trice Stadium and Hilton Coliseum. Over 20 years, part of the revenue it generates would be reinvested in facility improvements at C.Y. Stephens Auditorium, Fisher Theater and the Scheman Building.

Gradescope is an assessment and analytics tool that pairs with Canvas. Instructors can administer, grade and provide feedback on pen-and-paper, bubble sheet and computer programming assignments. A pilot this fall is open to all instructors.

Five ISU Dining cafés are serving the light roast coffee, and you can try it at sampling events Sept. 23-24.

The state Board of Regents' annual free speech online training, required for faculty, staff and students at the three public universities, should be completed by the end of spring semester. Why wait? It takes about 10 minutes to complete.
The following announcements were added this week:
  • 'Spirits in the Gardens' tickets on sale
  • Register for Oct. 5 virtual conversation with young adult author 
  • COACHE survey workshop will share data on faculty experiences
  • 'Baby Shark' live show tickets on sale Sept. 23
  • Grand opening for MU renovated floors is Sept. 23
  • Ames fall housing fair is Sept. 28 in the MU
  • 'Girls Discovering Engineering' day is Oct. 1
  • Session proposals sought for February P&S conference
  • Six-part series assists caregivers for veterans and military personnel
  • Volunteers sought for Three Minute Thesis prelims
  • Iowa Space Grant Consortium seeks half-time faculty director 
  • Volunteers sought for pumpkin stenciling, carving next month
Around campus
The Martin Luther King Jr. Advancing One Community Awards recognize efforts to cultivate an inclusive university community that embraces justice and equity. Nominations in three categories -- employee, student, group -- are due Nov. 1.

Part of a worldwide movement to improve public access to research, the White House recently updated guidelines to require all federally funded research be made available to the public immediately upon publication -- and for free. 

Thirty members of the Cyclone marching band made a quick trip to New York City last week at the invitation of ABC TV's "The View." Producers needed some Iowa musicians to surprise show co-host (and Newton native) Sara Haines with happy birthday wishes.

ISU faculty and students teamed with archaeologists this summer to begin excavating a large suburb of a Mexican city. The four-year project could help unlock clues about the ancient city's mysterious collapse.

ISU researchers are developing nanocarriers that deliver drugs across the blood brain barrier, a high hurdle created by the body to protect the brain from pathogens. Successful nanocarriers could lead to treatments for brain disorders including Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease, ischemic stroke and epilepsy.
Retirements and open houses
This week
  • Grand opening, Memorial Union floors 4-6 renovation, Sept. 23 (11 a.m.-1:30 p.m., start location moved to MU Great Hall)

Next week
  • Retirement, Val Evans, Fir team, finance service delivery, Sept. 30 (no public event)
  • Retirement, Glenda Webber, office of biotechnology, 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
As part of Hispanic Heritage Month Sept. 15-Oct. 15, Iowa State's Hispanic and Latinx faculty staff association, Colegas, is hosting a celebration Tuesday, Oct. 4 (4-6 p.m., Linden Shelter, Brookside Park). All are welcome; registration (with dietary preference) is requested by Sept. 29.

Cyclone fans have two opportunities to root for the ISU soccer team against Big 12 Conference opponents this week: Thursday (6 p.m.) vs Kansas State and Sunday (1 p.m.) vs West Virginia, both at the Cyclone Soccer Complex. Admission is free.
Learning opportunities
ADVANCE Midwest Partnership programming

Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) programming
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