Inside Iowa State for faculty and staff
Sept. 29, 2022
Inside news
With assistance from the provost's office and one of the strategic plan's nine jump-start projects backed by President Wendy Wintersteen, students who need additional help with homework are receiving it. The Academic Success Center and the colleges are providing more academic support to increase student retention.

Sharon Perry Fantini talks about initial accomplishments and upcoming projects.

The 2023 plan year marks a third year of incremental premium increases, following seven years of flat employee contributions. Iowa State continues to pay almost 90% of the health care costs of the plans.

The free flu shot clinic for employees begins Monday, Oct. 3, and continues through Friday, Oct. 14 (9 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays, State Gym south court). Please use the south doors to State Gym.

Most employees know Iowa State's benefits package includes substantial retirement plans, ample time off, and affordable and high-quality health, prescription and dental insurance. But faculty and staff also are eligible for numerous deals and programs that aren't as well-known.

The 44-year-old ribbon windows on the exterior of the College of Design will be replaced this fall, floor by floor.
The following announcements were added this week:
  • Lunch hour workshops tackle personal finance topics
  • Register your research by Oct. 29 to add Honors students to your team
  • Lunch info session on internally funded research programs is Oct. 6
  • Faculty, staff invited to Hispanic heritage celebration Oct. 4
  • Resource alert for international students impacted by disasters
  • Football game times announced
  • Wintersteen establishes Institutional Council on Diversity
  • Postal station at the MU closes
Around campus
The university community honored the faculty and staff recipients of nearly 60 Iowa State awards during a Sept. 21 ceremony. 

An ISU team is part of an $80 million federal grant to show how generating renewable natural gas from cover crops and prairie grass could give farmers a market-based motivation to use conservation practices that sequester carbon dioxide and improve water quality.

In an essay for The Conversation, political science associate professor Amy Smith writes about how religion is shaping Brazil's presidential election, but evangelicals there have different views than their American counterparts.

ISU students are part of a research team testing structures that could help patients recover from traumatic nerve injuries. Without structures for guidance, the nerve ends ball up and form scar tissue.

The Iowa Monarch Conservation Consortium, of which Iowa State is a member, reports that in the six years up to and including 2020, more than 430,000 acres of monarch butterfly habitat were planted in the state. That's more than halfway to the consortium strategy's low-end goal of 790,000 acres by 2038.
This week
  • Val Evans, Fir team, finance service delivery, Sept. 30 (no public event)
  • Glenda Webber, office of biotechnology, Sept. 30 (no public event)

Next week
  • 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
Head to the front steps of Parks Library Monday at 12:15 p.m. for "Singing in Steps," a performance by the Iowa State Cantamus, Lyrica, and Count Me In choir ensembles. It's the first in the library's fall "Monday Monologues" lunchtime series. 

Support Green Dot's mission of ending sexual assault and violence -- and get your Saturday off to a great start at the 4-kilometer Green Dot Trot Oct. 1 (9 a.m., Marston east lawn, registration opens at 8 a.m.). Free breakfast follows; joggers and walkers welcome. Registration is free, but nonperishable food donations for The SHOP food pantry are encouraged.

The lectures program will sponsor a panel discussion Oct. 5 (6 p.m., MU Sun Room) on a proposed amendment to the Iowa Constitution that would add the right to own and bear firearms. The proposal will be on the November ballot.
Learning opportunities
Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) programming
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