Inside Iowa State for faculty and staff
Aug. 3, 2023
Inside news
Mary Howell Sirna, administrative advisor and attorney on staff for ISU police, is serving for a third time as interim director of equal opportunity and Title IX coordinator. The appointment began this week.

Standing tall between the university power plant and CyRide facility on the northeast corner of campus, the turbine has become increasingly unreliable over the years and stopped operating last August.

Faculty and staff showed their commitment to improving mental health among students and employees with their dedication to RESPOND training this summer. Individuals in need often turn to people they trust to guide them to the support they seek.

"Click here" doesn't cut it when it comes to ensuring websites and digital course materials are accessible. Tested tools that work and a reminder about what's in the digital accessibility policy can help.

CyRide added two electric buses to its fleet this summer. The 40-foot buses can cover a daylong route on a single charge. Afterward, they're plugged into two stations at the CyRide facility and fully recharge in about four hours.
The following announcements were added this week:
  • Welcome Weekend volunteers needed
  • Summer Undergraduate Research Symposium is Aug. 3
  • Next 'Goldfinch' series lawn concert is Aug. 22
  • Nominate students for 2023-24 student affairs advisory board
  • Summer session concludes this week
  • Thank you, creek cleanup volunteers
  • Commuter lots, CyRide stop relocate next week as part of CYTown development
  • Rec services offers group swimming lessons this fall
  • City-university rummage sale runs through Aug. 5
  • National speaker highlights CELT's teaching symposium this month
  • Tickets on sale for Mannheim Steamroller Christmas concert
Around campus
More than 50 volunteers helped the Iowa Soybean Research Center kick off Soybean Month in Iowa at a Meals from the Heartland food packaging event Aug. 2 on campus.

The spring 2020 semester provided a unique opportunity to research the validity of online, unsupervised exams for student evaluations. Across academic disciplines, course levels and test formats, an ISU research team found the online option produced scores very similar to in-person, proctored exams.

Two faculty are part of a federal research project aimed at boosting sweet corn quality, using the same innovative genetic tools that have led to advancements in field corn. It comes as Americans have been eating less sweet corn over the past several decades.

Twenty-five years ago, the Master of Science in agronomy program became a trailblazer in distance education at ISU. It allowed working professionals to attend classes during their nights and weekends while protecting their financial stability.

The ISU Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship has begun a 15-part series highlighting student entrepreneurs pursuing business ventures as members of the 2023 CYstarters summer cohort. Meet Maddy Ladehoff, owner of Dancing With Miss Maddy.
  • Laura Greiner, assistant professor of animal science, to director of the Iowa Pork Industry Center, effective July 1 (interim director Chris Rademacher returns to his associate director role)
  • Seda McKilligan, professor of industrial design and associate dean for academic programs, to senior associate dean for academic personnel success and strategic success, College of Design 
Retirements and receptions
This week
  • Retirement, Libby Franke, kinesiology, Aug. 4 (no public event)

Next week
  • Farewell, Kristen Clark, student wellness, Aug. 7 (2:30-4 p.m., 2030 Student Services Building)

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Arts and events
The Memorial Union's Art-for-Rent three-day open house wraps up Aug. 3 (10 a.m.-1 p.m., MU Art Gallery, ground level). Most rentals are $10 to $25 per year, and patrons may take rented pieces with them.

The university's main exhibit at the 2023 Iowa State Fair highlights the legacy of Iowa State's first Black athlete, who died in 1923 from game injuries. The 11-day fair, which always includes a notable ISU presence, opens Thursday, Aug. 10.

The Iowa State volleyball squad will hold its preseason Cardinal and Gold intrasquad scrimmage on Saturday, Aug. 12 (1 p.m., Hilton Coliseum). Admission is free, and there is no reserved seating. Spectators should enter through Hilton's south or lower west doors.
Learning opportunities
University human resources programming 
Employee Assistance Program, register online

University library programming

Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) programming
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