Inside Iowa State for faculty and staff
March 9, 2023
Inside news
Iowa State's three therapy dogs have seen their role on campus increase over the past four years. They assist at freshman orientation, visit staff at the hospital, go to class to help conduct mental health presentations and often are available to students when they seek out the police department for assistance.

The sixth annual college-by-college pitch off wrapped up last week, capping two weeks of students stepping up to make the case for their innovative ideas.

Federal aid's capacity to cover tuition has declined steadily since 2011, and state grants remain a very small piece of the equation, less than 1% of undergraduate aid. Iowa State is the largest source of scholarships and grants for its undergraduates.

The new and reelected Professional and Scientific Council officers will begin their term on July 1.

Iowa State has a new enterprise agreement with Top Hat's creator, eliminating the need for student subscriptions. The app offers live polling, discussion topics and quizzes, and instructors can assign group work to be submitted online.
The following announcements were added this week:
  • Third Workday survey helps gauge campus understanding of project
  • Inside won't publish during spring break
  • City snow ordinance takes effect March 9
  • Virtual 'State Day' event is March 22
  • Next Workday readiness workshop: registration and course management
  • Language and communication justice series continues March 29
  • Math workshop for middle school girls is April 1
  • Daylight saving time returns March 12
  • Learn to swim this spring
Around campus
Proposals are due March 31 for projects that contribute to a sustainable infrastructure to support low-cost and no-cost course materials for students -- one of the nine Jump Start initiatives in the university's strategic plan. A second round of funding will address course content. Criteria and submission guidelines submission are online.

Plant pathology, entomology and microbiology professors Mark Gleason and Leonor Leandro developed a course to help graduate students improve their public speaking skills. It's designed to help them make technical information more understandable and relatable to a broader audience.

The first of two Research and Innovation Roundtables returned three interdisciplinary research proposals that are receiving strategic plan Jump Start funds to address the broad topic of climate smart. The roundtables focus on collaboration in research ideas where ISU faculty have a competitive advantage. The second roundtable is March 10.

Researchers are looking to small towns in Iowa to understand how some support aging in place better than others. Their findings could help communities plan for the future and preserve a high quality of life for all residents.
Retirements and receptions
  • Meet and greet, with members of the Professional and Scientific Council, all P&S staff invited, March 24 (3-5 p.m., CyBowl and Billiards, Memorial Union), RSVPs not needed
  • Retirement, Jodi O'Donnell, editorial services, ISU Foundation, April 3, post well wishes to her Kudoboard

Employees, their colleagues or supervisors are invited to submit retirements and departures to Inside doesn't receive this information from a central source.
Arts and events
For those working or staying in town during spring break week, the Inside team gathered a few suggestions for things to do.
Learning opportunities
Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) programming

University library programming
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