Inside Iowa State for faculty and staff
Nov. 17, 2022
Inside news
The new timing for performance-based salary increases better aligns with a shifting budget development window. The change takes effect in 2024, and ISU leaders have shared a transition plan for 2023.

Unlike some states, Iowa has plenty of high school graduates. For a variety of reasons, they're continuing on to college at a lower rate.

University leaders chose to implement the paid holidays for ISU employees on Wednesday, Nov. 23, and Friday, Dec. 23, extending the Thanksgiving and Christmas weekends.

After 19+ years of dedicated service, mute swan Elaine will be moved next week to a pond on an acreage owned by Iowa State alumni.

CELT executive director Sara Marcketti said Iowa State Online will add a lot of opportunities for student learning, but CELT staff will not be involved in developing the curriculum. That responsibility remains with the departments and colleges.

At its Nov. 9-10 meeting, the state Board of Regents approved two more renovation projects at the Memorial Union for student services; infrastructure and parking lot improvements as a first phase of the proposed CYTown development at the Iowa State Center; and faculty professional development requests for next year.

Diversifying the group's membership to more closely match the overall faculty makeup is a goal of Faculty Senate leaders. With elections coming in the spring, they urge faculty from all corners of campus to consider running for a seat.

Student health and wellness has gathered information for more than a year on ways to improve students' health and well-being. The information will inform health promotion efforts and a health and wellness strategic plan. 
The following announcements were added this week:
  • Save the date: First annual George Washington Carver Day is Feb. 1
  • Application deadline is Dec. 2 for spring Startup Factory cohort
  • Forestry club tree and wreath sale starts Nov. 26
  • No Inside on Thanksgiving Day
  • Postal and parcel service update for holiday breaks
  • Reminder: Benefits open enrollment closes at 5 p.m. Friday
  • You can help Iowa State students in need on Giving Tuesday
  • Chicago will play at Stephens in May
  • GoldSheet, Cardinal Sheet to phase out next summer
  • Package delivery service update for holiday breaks
  • Researchers sought for Research Experience for Teachers program
  • Last employee walk of the semester is Friday
  • Thankful? Submit your CyThx now
  • Presentation proposals for ISCORE '23 due Dec. 2
Around campus
World-renowned Italian glass artist Davide Salvadore spent more than a week in the Student Innovation Center demonstrating and teaching glass blowing techniques to appreciative students. (Video story)

Bobby Gipe, a former Army pilot, had to make an abrupt career change after his medical retirement from the military. Now he is on track to earn graduate business degrees from Iowa State with the support of the university’s Military-Affiliated Student Center.

Frank Montabon, supply chain management, and Kristin Rozier, aerospace engineering, have received the university's Bridging the Divide grant for 2022 to explore ways to detect and eliminate forced and slave labor in supply-chain networks. The team will receive $50,000 over two years.

Abigail Schulte, who's completing a bachelor's degree in biological systems engineering this year while starting a master's program, bested seven other finalists in the Graduate College's annual Three Minute Thesis competition last week. Chemical engineering doctoral student Abigail Koep received the People's Choice Award.
Open houses and retirements
This week
  • Latte and Learn, for faculty and staff, ISU Alumni Association's new Iowa Stater magazine, Nov. 17 (8 a.m., 3580 MU), registration requested
  • Cider Social open house, student engagement office, Nov. 17 (2-4:30 p.m., 1560 Memorial Union), RSVP requested
  • Dedication, Off-Highway Vehicle Chassis Dynamometer Lab, agricultural and biosystems engineering department, Nov. 17 (3:30-5 p.m., BioCentury Research Farm, 1327 U Ave., Boone)

  • Retirement, Linda Galvin, landscape architecture, Dec. 2 (no public event)
  • Retirement, Tom Swartwood, Ivy College of Business and Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship, Dec. 8 (3:30-5:30 p.m., remarks at 4 p.m., Core Facility atrium, ISU Research Park, 1805 Collaboration Pl.)
  • Retirement, Jana Stenback, ecology, evolution and organismal biology, Dec. 9 (10 a.m.-noon, 248 Bessey)

Employees, their colleagues or supervisors are invited to submit retirements and departures to University human resources doesn't provide them for publication.
Open forums
A feedback form is on the search website. Video of all five candidate forums will be viewable from the search website Nov. 18-23.
  • Gregg Hadley, Kansas State University, Manhattan, Nov. 17, 3 p.m., 202 Carver (and livestreamed)
Arts and events
Twenty years after Cyclone quarterback Seneca Wallace scrambled 140 yards to carry the football from the 12-yard line to the end zone and help secure an Iowa State win over Texas Tech, he returns to campus to commemorate that feat. He'll attend two merchandise signing events Friday in Ames and be introduced at Saturday night's game with . . . Texas Tech.

Treat your holiday houseguests to Cyclone volleyball
The Cyclone volleyball squad hosts Oklahoma in its final regular-season match Wednesday, Nov. 23 (6:30 p.m., Hilton Coliseum). As part of the season-long Wacky Wednesday promotion, tickets are $3.

Students from the Honors Program's "Comedy College" class take the stage for their final presentations on Monday, Nov. 28 (7 p.m., Maintenance Shop, Memorial Union). Admission is free.
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