Inside Iowa State for faculty and staff
June 22, 2023
Inside news
Also approved June 14 by the state Board of Regents: tuition and fee increases for fall, presidential compensation, an extension to a faculty incentive pilot in the College of Veterinary Medicine and a name for the Vet Med complex.

Congratulations to Jeff Bremer, April Eisman and Javier Vela, who will work abroad for a period during the 2023-24 academic year. Here's a quick look at their plans.

Inside provides its annual look at a dozen or so building projects starting, finishing -- or both -- this summer.

An update on preparations by the Ames and Iowa State communities to host tens of thousands of bicyclists on Tuesday, July 25, when RAGBRAI overnights in Ames. Many volunteers still are needed.

If you missed it, the first edition of Inside Impact hit inboxes last week with stories about a few of the hundreds of employees who make new student orientation so worthwhile for our newest Cyclones each summer.
The following announcements were added this week:
  • New out-of-state employment policy takes effect July 1
  • Concert tickets for The Guess Who go on sale June 23
  • Streamlyne launch moves to Aug. 1
  • Some faculty, staff volunteer spots open for ISU exhibit at state fair
  • Workday Student info series starts in July
  • Extension webinar will answer questions about raw milk sales
  • Mental health response training for employees is July 12
Around campus
Community and region planning associate professor Carlton Basmajian answers the question of what the world would be like if everyone suddenly disappeared in an essay for The Conversation.

In a two-week experiment with 230 college students, ISU researchers found that the subset that limited their social media usage to 30 minutes a day and received daily reminders scored significantly lower after two weeks for anxiety, depression, loneliness and fear of missing out, compared to the control group.

A partnership with the ISU Research Park and Ames Racquet and Fitness will expand an existing four-court indoor facility to six courts and add six outdoor courts and a team building for the Cyclone tennis team, which made its third straight appearance in the NCAA tournament this spring. 

American religions assistant professor Sarah Dees explores how the Kickapoo Indian Medicine Company pushed stereotypes and claimed authority on Indigenous culture in the 1800s to sell products. Companies continue to profit from Indigenous cultures and healing practices, but there's more interest in finding the line between cultural appreciation and cultural appropriation.

Camps, conferences and large events like RAGBRAI will bring guests to campus this summer. Inside staff compiled a list of events with an anticipated attendance of 100+ people. Take a look, make a note if an event will affect your area (or commute) -- and let us know if we missed something scheduled prior to fall semester.
  • Mike O'Donnell, director, Manufacturing Extension Partnership program, Center for Industrial Research and Service, to CIRAS director, effective June 16
  • Abram Anders, associate professor of English and director of communication innovation in the English department, as the inaugural associate director of the Student Innovation Center, an interim appointment effective July 1
Retirements and open houses
Next week
  • Retirement, Tim Hauber, transfer recruitment, admissions, June 29 (10:30 a.m.-noon, remarks at 11 a.m., MU Pioneer Room), post well wishes to his Kudoboard
  • Open house and ribbon cutting, Gateway Hotel and Conference Center, June 29 (3-6 p.m., 2100 Green Hills Dr.), celebrating its newly renovated guest rooms, RSVPs requested
  • Retirement, Pam Boehm, budget and finance, College of Design, June 30 (no public event)
  • Retirement, Meifen Wei, psychology, June 30 (no public event)
  • Retirement, Gary Wells, psychology, June 30 (no public event)

  • Retirement, Mark Gilbertson, records, admissions, July 5 (no public event), post well wishes to his Kudoboard

Employees, their colleagues or supervisors are invited to submit retirements and departures to Inside doesn't receive this information from a central source.
Open forums
  • Town halls (2), Cycling Fun and G"Ames," RAGBRAI bicycle ride July 25 overnight stop in Ames, Thursday, June 22, (1 p.m. and 6 p.m., Ames City Hall council chambers, 515 Clark Ave., and livestream options)
Arts and events
Join the National Pollinator Week celebration at Reiman Gardens Saturday, June 24 (10 a.m.-2 p.m.). Observe live pollinators and plants, participate in activities and enjoy informative displays. Gardens admission rates apply.

Recognize National Rivers Month by volunteering at the annual College Creek Cleanup on Saturday, June 24 (10 a.m.-2 p.m.) Small groups will walk through assigned sections of the creek and pick up trash along the banks. Check-in begins at 9:30 a.m. in the Forker Building parking lot. More information, including a registration link, is online.

Margaret Pan, a Boston-based freelance carillonneur, visits campus Tuesday, June 27 (7 p.m., central campus), for the second installment of ISU's summer concert series. Her performance will include the winning composition from the 2022 ISU Carillon Composition Competition and two selections from the "Sesamuppets" suite for children, "I Love Trash" and "The Rainbow Connection."
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