Inside Iowa State for faculty and staff
Aug. 31, 2023
Inside news
After two-plus years, a committee studying whether to remove Carrie Chapman Catt's name from the central campus building is recommending the name remain. But it's only a preliminary vote, and up next in the process is a 60-day public comment period for the group's report.

David Spalding, who also leads the Ivy College of Business, has served as interim vice president for economic development and industry relations since May 2018. On Sept. 1, the "interim" goes away.

Faculty and staff may participate fully in political activities if they're acting on their own behalf and using personal time and personal resources.

Located in the Communications Building, the room will serve as the primary operations center during a couple of football games this fall. It enhances ISU's ability to respond to major events and provides important security redundancies.

Heather Smith, associate general counsel in the office of general counsel, is leading a campus committee that will support the recruitment and selection process.

Five questions with Patrick Wall, beef field specialist for ISU Extension and Outreach, who will lead the Professional and Scientific Council this year.

The audiovisual experience team's here-to-help mission earned it the 2023 Higher Ed AV Team of the Year award. Learn more about how this IT Services unit can help you.
The following announcements were added this week:
  • Monday is a university holiday
  • Explore opportunities at National Endowment for the Humanities workshop
  • Virtual presentation explores fairness, validity in faculty promotions
  • Proposals requested by Sept. 8 for fall STEM conferences for girls
  • Nominations open for 2024 Women Impacting ISU calendar
  • Pop-up shop for business attire is Sept. 6-7
  • Substance-free football tailgates are back this fall
  • Regents disability awareness summit is Oct. 26
  • A reminder of fall opening events
Around campus
Fans at the first home football game of the year this Saturday are asked to allow extra time and be patient as they navigate road construction leading to the stadium and a new parking lot grid.

The conversation practice program connects volunteer conversation leaders with students, scholars and community members to help participants feel more confident in their English communication skills.

Wines bottled on campus in March with grapes from the horticulture farm were put to the test this summer -- and brought home awards from international, regional and Iowa State Fair competitions.

With some Ukrainian grain farmers raising hogs for the first time, veterinary diagnostic and production animal medicine assistant teaching professor Justin Brown has been holding monthly online workshops to share information and answer questions.
  • Lingyao Yuan, associate professor in information systems and business analytics, to the Kingland Director of Graduate Education for Business Analytics, Ivy College of Business, effective July 1
  • Ju-Yeon Lee, associate professor of marketing, to the John and Deborah Ganoe Faculty Fellowship, Ivy College of Business, effective July 1
  • Asheesh (Danny) Singh, professor of agronomy, to the George Sprague Professorship in Agronomy
Retirements and open houses
This week
  • Retirement, Sherri Paul, service desk, facilities planning and management, Aug. 31 (2-4 p.m., program at 2:30 p.m., 168 General Services Building)
  • Fall open house, Student Innovation Center, Aug. 31 (3-6 p.m.)
  • Retirement, Brad Dye, treasurer's office, Sept. 1, post well wishes to Brad's Kudoboard
  • Retirement, April Franksain, civil, construction and environmental engineering, Sept. 1, post well wishes to April's Kudoboard

Next week
  • Last lecture, Greg Miller, agricultural education and studies, Sept. 5 (3 p.m., 0013 Curtiss), reception follows (4-5 p.m., Harl Commons, Curtiss Hall), post well wishes to Greg's Kudoboard
  • Open house, Be Well Space of the Collegiate Recovery Program, Sept. 8 (3-5 p.m., 2030 Student Services Building)

  • Artist's reception, Serious Play, Alexandra Ackerman, Sept. 14 (5-7 p.m., Memorial Union Gallery)

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Arts and events
The fall open house at the Student Innovation Center is Thursday, Aug. 31 (3-6 p.m.). Students, staff and faculty are invited to tour the Makerspaces and enjoy floor-by-floor innovation games, house-made giveaways and tasty treats.

The soccer squad plays at home twice this week, hosting No. 16 University of Memphis on Aug. 31 (6 p.m.) and University of California, Santa Barbara, on Sept. 3 (1 p.m.), both at the Cyclone Sports Complex, where the competition surface was switched to grass this summer. Admission is free.

Tyler Cowen, economics professor at George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia, will discuss the benefits and dangers of artificial intelligence (AI) during the ISU Lectures program's first event of the year Thursday, Sept. 7 (6 p.m., MU Great Hall). Cowen thinks that those worried about AI are too willing to empower governments to reduce an uncertain risk.
Learning opportunities
Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) programming
Register online.

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