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Sept. 7, 2023
Inside news
Fall enrollment is up 208 students from last year. The student body includes 25,332 undergraduate, 4,210 graduate and 635 professional veterinary medicine students. The first-year class of 5,859 students represents a 2.3% increase from last year, 8.8% above two falls ago.

If you're waiting for a sign to finally change the computer passwords you've had since high school, this is it. 

Five questions with the apparel, events and hospitality management teaching professor ahead of the senate's opening session Sept. 12.

The Ames-based, multi-specialty medical clinic is expected to break ground on a 60,000-square-foot facility next summer and offer primary, specialty and urgent care at CYTown.

A key change for instructors introduces RegisterBlast, accessed in Canvas, for scheduling and managing exams. The test center in Durham Center will move to the Hixson-Lied Student Success Center.

Eight grant recipients will share nearly $31,000 in awards to expand access to education by creating or adapting open education resources.

The Iowa Economic Development Authority designated ISU as a 2023 recipient, a recognition of the university's support for its employees with family-friendly policies and practices.

Ahead of the Sept. 20 ceremony celebrating this year's award recipients, Inside Impact will share highlights about the honorees. Check your inbox Sept. 12 for the special edition.
The following announcements were added this week:
  • Financial wellness workshops offered this fall
  • Judges needed for Homecoming events
  • Ames Town & Gown announces 2023-24 chamber music lineup
  • Local foods festival is Sept. 20 on central campus
  • RSVP for Sept. 27 Women in Business Awards ceremony
  • Reiman Gardens seeks volunteer pumpkin carvers in October
  • Student financial aid update for campus partners is Sept. 22
  • Sept. 15 flag display spotlights suicides on college campuses
  • Study Abroad Fair on Sept. 14 includes passport service
  • Voorhees Supply Chain Conference is Oct. 12
Around campus
Iowa State's year-long centennial commemoration of former student athlete Jack Trice continues this month and concludes with a closing ceremony on Oct. 8, the date Trice died in 1923. See what's planned.

Research by marketing associate professor Hui (Sophia) Feng showed crowdsourcing contests for promotional content are associated with high returns -- but also high risks. Letting a crowd vote on professionally created content that's more in line with the company's objectives can reduce volatility and put investors at ease.
Retirements and receptions
This week
  • Retirement, Anne Long, Thielen Student Health Center, Sept. 7 
  • Closing reception, "Currents," artwork by 30 art and visual culture department faculty, Sept. 7 (4:30-6 p.m., Gallery 181, College of Design)
  • Open house, Be Well Space of the Collegiate Recovery Program, Sept. 8 (3-5 p.m., 2030 Student Services Building)

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

  • Retirement, Dan Loy, animal science, Sept. 25 (3:30-5 p.m., Jethro's BBQ, 1301 Buckeye Ave.), RSVP requested (or email

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Arts and events
Distinguished Professor of criminal justice Matt DeLisi will deliver a lecture Sept. 11 (6 p.m., 2630 Memorial Union) connecting serial killer Ted Bundy with the wider problem of unsolved murders in the United States. In a book released this year, DeLisi built the argument that Bundy's murder count was 100 or more, much higher than the official count of around 30 young women.

Bonnie Stabile, Schar School of Policy and Government and the Gender and Policy Center at George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia, will give a presentation on the topic of her 2022 book, "Women, Power and Rape Culture: The Politics and Policy of Underrepresentation," on Tuesday, Sept. 12 (6 p.m., South Ballroom, Memorial Union). The next day, join a discussion (noon-12:45 p.m., Sloss House, bring your lunch) to share questions and lecture takeaways.
Learning opportunities
Provost office programming
  • Workshop, "Financial Well-being and You," for newly appointed faculty, ISU policies/practices on retirement and benefits, SMART financial goals, Sept. 21 (9-10:30 a.m., 3560 Memorial Union), register
  • Workshop, "Accelerating Faculty Success: Navigating the NCFDD Faculty Success Program," Sept. 28 (2-3:30 p.m., 3560 Memorial Union), gain insights from ISU participants in the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity's 12-week program that promotes productivity and work-life balance, register

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)

WorkCyte Phase II programming
Workday Wednesday series: High-level overview of Workday Student functions, register.
  • Webinar, Graduate academic plans, supporting graduate students in Workday Student, Sept. 13 (2-3 p.m., via Webex)
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