Inside Iowa State for faculty and staff
July 6, 2023
Inside news
Nineteen projects, selected from more than 70 proposals, will share a $3.9 million investment this year.

In this transition year, July 1 and Jan. 1 salary increases are possible for faculty, P&S and contract staff, and post-docs. In subsequent years, salary increases will be implemented on Jan. 1.

Summer session enrollment is a strong 8,468 students this summer, up 65 from a year ago. The student body includes 5,718 undergraduates, 2,589 graduate students and 161 members of the fourth-year Doctor of Veterinary Medicine class.

The multipronged attack targeted new students to gain access to their email accounts, offer employment and send a fake check to have them purchase gift cards for the scammers.

Created with the Iowa Coalition Against Domestic Violence, the College of Human Sciences' dating violence prevention program, ADMYRE, uses stories to teach students about relationships and offers guidelines for instructors.

The city of Ames renamed its municipal airport last month for former resident and Iowa State electrical engineering student James Herman Banning, half of the first African American duo to fly cross-country.
The following announcements were added this week:
  • Workday now uses Google Maps to calculate employee travel
  • Learn@ISU will shut down on Aug. 1
  • Newest hub in Workday contains expense tasks
  • Fewer than 20 faculty, staff volunteers needed for ISU exhibit at state fair
  • FundISU campaign to support Ugandans' education extended to July 8
  • Mental health response training for employees is July 12
  • Nominations are due Aug. 1 for two alumni awards
Around campus
Faculty, staff and students are developing a cover crop that would need to be planted just once every five to 15 years alongside annual crops. It would help reduce the unintended consequences of conventional cropping systems at a low cost to farmers.

At the ISU Creamery, one of only 20 or so creameries on a university campus, students can learn about product development, finances, inventory and social media, in addition to dairy science.

The first flock of turkeys raised at Iowa State's Stanley L. Balloun Turkey Teaching and Research Facility south of Ames recently was processed at West Liberty (Iowa) Foods. This fall, students, faculty and staff will enjoy the resulting roasted turkey breast in ISU Dining locations.

Researchers in archaeology and genetics received the 2023 Bridging the Divide seed grant from the office of the vice president for research to tackle questions about the evolution of maize and the ancient societies that farmed it.

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.
  • Abbey Elder, open access services, university library, to statewide open education coordinator, Iowa Open Education action team (on behalf of the state Board of Regents), through July 2024
  • Melea Licht, senior director of communications, ISU Alumni Association, to library assistant director of communications, university library, effective July 5
  • Jaron Maestas, University of Kansas, to Cyclone head women's tennis coach
  • John Netwal, facilities project manager, facilities planning and management, to interim associate director for facilities services
  • Peter Ralston, associate professor of supply chain management, to director of the Ivy Supply Chain Forum 
  • Nigel Reuel, associate professor in the chemical and biological engineering department, as the Stanley Chair in Interdisciplinary Engineering
  • Rob Whitehead, associate professor of architecture, to associate dean for academic programs and student success, College of Design, effective July 1
  • Libby Franke, kinesiology, Aug. 4 (no public event)

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Arts and events
Reiman Gardens will host its annual Garden Art Fair on Sunday, July 9 (10 a.m.-4 p.m.). View and shop from more than 60 artists offering garden- and nature-inspired art, including jewelry, watercolor, oil, pottery, woodwork, metal, photography and glass. Guests pay gardens admission ($11, youth $5, seniors $10, free for members and ISU students with ID).

Alumna Rebecca Klemm, who established the NumbersAlive!® Foundation, worked with University Museums to design and publish a book that uses Iowa State's Art on Campus collection to teach STEM concepts. Klemm will read and sign books Sunday, July 9 (2-4 p.m., Anderson Sculpture Garden, south of Morrill Hall; rain location is inside Morrill).

Due to inclement weather on its planned June date, the annual trash removal along the banks of several campus sections of College Creek moved to Saturday, July 15. Logistics remain the same: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. (no time commitment required), register online and check in at table in the Forker Building parking lot, supplies and refreshments provided.
Learning opportunities
P&S Council programming

University human resources programming 
Workshops, Leadership Skills certificate series for supervisors, register in Workday Learning (topics: university human resources, managers)
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