Inside Iowa State for faculty and staff
Sept. 21, 2023
Inside news
Four finalists in the search for the next dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences will interview on campus in early October. Their interviews will include an open forum.

Projects include renovations at Scheman, Seasons dining center and athletics' west side tennis complex, and demolition of LeBaron Hall on central campus. The state Board of Regents meets Sept. 27-28 in Iowa City.

Employees whose most recent performance review is at least satisfactory will be eligible for a discretionary salary increase of up to 3%. The timing of salary increases for Merit employees is not changing.

A11y Bytes uses a Microsoft 365 group to deliver monthly webinars and weekly tips about digital accessibility. The series will help employees prepare before the digital accessibility policy takes full effect July 1, 2026.

Learn more about which Fulbright award might be the right one for you at Iowa State's first Fulbright Day, Sept. 27 (10 a.m.-4 p.m., central campus).

Iowa State's participation in a rotating transatlantic summer school has its roots in a 2019 Fulbright experience. The lesson? Be open to opportunities -- even nontraditional ones -- when you get the chance to work overseas for even a short time.
The following announcements were added this week:
  • New tools assist employees with medical insurance terminology
  • Ag/Life Sciences study abroad fair is Sept. 26
  • Apply to spring Honors mentor program by Sept. 28
  • Spirits in the Gardens tickets are on sale
  • Children in grades K-3 invited to learn about 4-H Kids Club
  • Deal lecture focuses on importance of innovation in agriculture
  • Proposals are due Nov. 3 for spring P&S conference
  • Culinary club offers coffee and scones workshop
  • Staff will return to environmental health/safety building on Oct. 1
  • Student poster abstracts due Sept. 25 for Borlaug competition
Around campus
The latest version (2024) of a once-a-decade Iowa State University poll that surveys rural Iowans about quality-of-life issues will focus on how small towns manage their demographic changes.

ISU researchers are leading training for a process to measure and monitor soil carbon stocks as part of a national program that could provide a basis for financial assistance to farmers and landowners who adopt climate-smart conservation practices. The project includes developing a quantitative tool to assess soil health and the potential for soil organic matter sequestration.

Iowa Corn Endowed Chair in Genetics and Plant Sciences Institute director Patrick Schnable and his son are developing proso millet as a crop of the future. Its management is similar to corn, but it's hardier, requiring about half the water corn needs per bushel of grain produced. Plus, it can be grown in the Midwest without the expense of nitrogen fertilizer.

Linguistics doctoral student Andrea Flinn will spend six months in Jordan with the Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad program. Flinn's dissertation could help develop educational tools that teach Levantine Arabic, a dialect spoken from Syria to Jordan.

Horticulture assistant professor Adam Thoms offers advice for fall lawn management, including seeding and aerating, to help grass recover from summer stresses and be ready to thrive in the spring.
Retirements and receptions
Next week
  • Retirement, Dan Loy, animal science, Sept. 25 (3:30-5 p.m., Jethro's BBQ, 1301 Buckeye Ave.), RSVP requested (or email
  • Open house, Fulbright Day, Sept. 27 (10 a.m.-4 p.m., central campus)
  • Farewell, Marcia Anderson, university marketing and promotions, Sept. 28 (5-7:30 p.m., program at 6 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 Herrman, facilities and engineering services, Ames National Laboratory, Oct. 2
  • Retirement, Richard Malmquist, facilities and engineering services, Ames National Laboratory, Oct. 2
  • Ceremony and reception, Patterson Hall Naming Dedication, College of Veterinary Medicine, Oct. 4 (4 p.m., Gentle Doctor Plaza, reception with mural unveiling follows in The Commons)

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Open forums
  • Town Hall, Human Resources Benefits, Oct. 4 (9-10:30 a.m., virtual event, link TBA), 2024 changes to ISU Plan
Arts and events
The Cyclone softball team hosts University of North Dakota (10 a.m.) and North Iowa Area Community College (3 p.m.) Sept. 24 in round-robin play at the Cyclone Sports Complex as part of the team's fall schedule. Admission is free.

The Story County Mental Health Expo will feature Kai Roberts' keynote address, "Escape: Overcoming Anxiety and Intrusive Thoughts," and a panel Q&A. The free event on Sept. 25 (6-8:30 p.m., Great Hall, MU) begins with a local provider fair featuring on-campus and community mental health services. Free food will be available.

The Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship will host the fall installment of its Startup Pitch competition for students Sept. 25-27 (first rounds in room 3231) and Sept. 28 (finale in the Launch Pad) at the Student Innovation Center (3-5 p.m. daily). In a 90-second pitch, students compete for cash prizes in one of two categories, new idea or existing business idea.

Distinguished Professor of history Pamela Riney-Kehrberg will give a lecture based on her 2022 book, "When a Dream Dies: Agriculture, Iowa and the Farm Crisis of the 1980s," on Tuesday, Sept. 26 (6 p.m., 2630 Memorial Union). It will be recorded and archived on the lectures program website. 
Learning opportunities
Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) programming

ADVANCE Midwest Partnership programming
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