Inside Iowa State for faculty and staff
Sept. 14, 2023
Inside news
The partnership supports the state's workforce development. The Iowa State Online team also is working with departments and colleges to develop new degree programs, some of which are in the university's Degrees of the Future initiative.

This fall's student body exceeds the May projection by about 300 students. And direct-from-high-school enrollees climbed to 5,859, a 15% increase from fall 2020.

The Best Next Steps pilot program -- part of a universitywide effort to strengthen student success and retention -- began this fall. Cross-campus collaboration is key to its success.

Sushi Do will open in October with a menu of sushi and boba tea options. Find it on the MU ground floor just east of Panda Express.
The following announcements were added this week:
  • Statistics department hosts research conference to celebrate 75 years
  • Monday Monologues lineup announced 
  • Faculty, staff sought to assist at Three Minute Thesis prelims
  • Workshop: Understanding bias in external P&T review letters
Around campus
The 2023 recipients of about 30 university awards for faculty and staff will be honored during the annual university awards ceremony Wednesday, Sept. 20 (3:30 p.m., Great Hall, Memorial Union). This week's Inside Impact shared accomplishments of all the recipients.

Former President Donald Trump has a commanding lead over other Republican presidential nominees in an Iowa State University/Civiqs poll, the first in a five-part, monthly poll leading up to the 2024 Iowa Republican Caucuses. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is in second place.

New learning spaces at Parks Library
University Library shared two recent remodel projects that are serving the ISU community this semester:
  • The Catalyst collaborative space for researchers (and staffed) on first floor
  • Flexible study space on second floor
Retirements and receptions
This 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
  • Farewell, Marcia Anderson, university marketing and promotions, Sept. 28 (5-7:30 p.m., Sweet Caroline's, 316 Main St.), post well wishes to Marcia's Kudoboard
  • Retirement, Barbara Woods, Human Sciences Extension and Outreach, Sept. 29 (3-5 p.m, program at 3:30 p.m., MU Campanile Room), contribute to a keepsake book, in lieu of gifts donate to an extension program fund
  • Retirement, Terry Herman, facilities and engineering services, Ames National Laboratory, Oct. 2
  • Retirement, Richard Malmquist, facilities and engineering services, Ames National Laboratory, Oct. 2

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Arts and events
Experience the impact of a thousand-plus flags during the second annual Field of Memories exhibit Friday, Sept. 15 (9 a.m.-3 p.m., Parks Library south lawn). Each yellow flag represents a suicide on a university campus in this country every year. Students, faculty and staff may participate by personalizing a flag, honoring a life lost to suicide or encouraging those who struggle with depression.

In its final prep for the Big 12 conference season, Cyclone volleyball hosts a four-team round-robin invitational Thursday-Saturday, Sept. 14-16, at Hilton Coliseum that features two matches daily. Iowa State plays University of California, Santa Barbara, on Thursday and Ohio University, Athens, on Friday, both at 6:30 p.m., and Drake University in the event's final match on Saturday (2 p.m.) Admission is $5; non-Cyclone matches have free admission.

Charity Nebbe, host of Iowa Public Radio's "Horticulture Friday," will visit ISU's Horticulture Research Station north of Ames for a field day Sept. 16 (1-4 p.m., 55519 170 St., "Hort Day Live" program starts at 2:30 p.m.). Guests may join tours led by faculty and see research stations for fruits, vegetables, ornamentals, turtles and bees.

Iowa native James Kibbie, University of Michigan, will perform at the music and theatre department's 35th annual Organist of Iowa concert on Saturday, Sept. 16 (1:30 p.m., Tye Recital Hall, Simon Estes Music Hall). Admission is free.

Karen Kedrowski, director of the Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics, will present Iowa State's 2023 Constitution Day lecture on Thursday, Sept. 21 (6 p.m., 2630 Memorial Union). Titled "It's Not Done: Women's Constitutional Equality," the lecture is free and open to the public. Constitution Day is Sept. 17, the day in 1787 the U.S. Constitution was signed in Philadelphia.
Learning opportunities
Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) programming

ADVANCE Midwest Partnership programming

University library programming
Register. Location is 199 Parks Library unless noted.

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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