Inside Iowa State for faculty and staff
Dec. 15, 2022
Inside news
Nearly 2,100 students are completing degrees at Iowa State this semester. Their achievements will be celebrated during two graduation events this weekend in Hilton Coliseum. The ceremonies will be livestreamed.

ISU's graduate council seeks department feedback by Feb. 1 on the possible addition of a master of science degree requiring only coursework. Some departments believe it will help attract applicants, but some Faculty Senate members said Dec. 13 it could lessen the prestige of a master of science degree.

In the newest entry of a video series highlighting faculty innovators, President Wendy Wintersteen visits with Balaji Narasimhan, director of the Nanovaccine Institute, about research that aspires to revolutionize how we prevent and treat devastating human diseases. Check out the series playlist.

Employee accounts face a 3GB cap and total university data storage in Google Drive needs to drop under 100 TB to avoid read-only status when the new year arrives. Here's what you can do in the next 20 days to help.

A look at winter break hours for some university offices, services and facilities.
The following announcements were added this week:
  • Inside returns on Jan. 5
  • Ukrainian orchestra will perform at Stephens March 3
  • Iowa State wine available for purchase this weekend
  • January WorkCyte readiness workshop looks at student records
  • Recycle greeting card fronts through mid-January
  • Explore the legacy of Human Rights Day
  • SHOP seeks volunteers to keep pantry open during winter break
  • Vaccine clinic for employees is Dec. 16 at State Gym
  • Central stores' new online system goes live Dec. 28
  • ISU police fundraiser benefits SHOP
  • Suicide prevention training for employees is Jan. 12
  • Submit requests now for winter and spring course reserves at library
  • Holiday schedule at postal and parcel services
Around campus
Seven years in, the work of the Iowa Monarch Conservation Consortium -- of which Iowa State is a member -- shows largely positive results. It estimates that the state's monarch conservation plan will increase the monarch population by 10-25% per generation.

So far in 2022, the library's tech lending counter has logged 8,302 bookings for 3,387 students. From its 1,100+ piece inventory, here's what students used the most.

Graduating students' stories:
During the 3.5 years she worked toward a master's degree in family financial planning, Brittany Whitehead completed coursework during hurricanes, while on military deployment in the Middle East and from a hospital bed. She plans to use her new degree to help service members make smart financial decisions.
Adversity struck not once but twice during Yusuf Shehata's final semester, in the form of COVID-19 and a car crash. Some suggested he delay graduation another term, but he leaned into persistence, consistency and grit to complete his degree. 

Khushi Kapoor's childhood fascination with flying eventually led her to Iowa State's aerospace engineering program, where the senior pursued all sorts of opportunities. After she starts her career at Boeing, Kapoor wants to come back to help students the way she's been helped at Iowa State. (Video story.)
  • Jody Burdick, kinesiology, Dec. 30 (no public event)
  • Venita Currie, fiscal operations, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Dec. 30, wish her well with a message to her Kudoboard
  • Betty Dobratz, sociology and criminal justice, Dec. 31, post congratulations to her Kudoboard
  • Jane Stowe, student services, College of Engineering, Jan. 4 (2-4 p.m., 3155 Marston)

Employees, their colleagues or supervisors are invited to submit retirements and departures to University human resources doesn't provide them for publication.
Seminars and conferences
Arts and events
Central Standard Time, a singer-songwriter duo from Iowa City, will be joined by cellist Patrick McAlpine for an evening of Christmas hymns and carols Sunday, Dec. 18 (5 p.m., Goldfinch Room, Stephens Auditorium). Tables (seating up to four) are $40; general admission seats are $15.

Winter break basketball
There's plenty of basketball at Hilton Coliseum in the next few weeks. The Cyclone men's squad is home Dec. 18 (Western Michigan), Dec. 21 (Omaha) and opens its conference schedule Dec. 31 against Baylor. The Cyclone women host Drake on Dec. 22 and open their home conference schedule against West Virginia on Jan. 4. Men's tickets start at $10 (resale prices higher); women's tickets are $10 (youth $5).
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