Inside Iowa State for faculty and staff
Sept. 28, 2023
Inside news
The clinic will be offered Oct. 9-20 (9 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays, fitness studio, 1218 State Gym). No appointment is needed; just walk in.

The changes include higher monthly premiums and some new shared costs for medical services. The range of services covered in the plans is not changing.

Responses to some common questions among faculty and staff about the 2024 changes to the university's health care plans.

Dan Grooms, Stephen G. Juelsgaard Dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine, has been appointed to a second five-year term, beginning Oct. 1.

Two finalists in the search for the next director of the U.S. Department of Energy's Ames National Laboratory will interview on campus the week of Oct. 2. Their visits include a public forum. 

The College of Veterinary Medicine commemorates one of its most accomplished graduates Wednesday afternoon, when it celebrates naming its building for Frederick Douglass Patterson, founder of Tuskegee's veterinary college and its famous airmen, as well as the United Negro College Fund. The campus community is invited.

Sharon Perry Fantini, vice president for diversity, equity and inclusion since January 2022, will leave the university Oct. 6. Associate provost for faculty Dawn Bratsch-Prince will serve in an interim role.
The following announcements were added this week:
  • Registration is open for anaerobic digestion on the farm conference
  • Ames Lab institute has new name, focus
  • Reiman Gardens relies on volunteers in October
  • Stadium concert tickets on sale Sept. 22
  • Dance Marathon hosts pancake breakfast Oct. 1
Around campus
The office of the vice president for research has scheduled the next Research & Innovation Roundtable for Tuesday, Nov. 7 (9 a.m.-4 p.m., Memorial Union), around the general topic: Energy Solutions for Iowa and Beyond. Register by Oct. 10. Launched in 2022, the roundtables are designed to pool many perspectives on a topic from around campus, ultimately assembling a multidisciplinary team to explore solutions.

Crews are making progress this month on replacing the fountain pool on the north lawn of the Memorial Union. It's part of a larger project to replicate Christian Petersen's 80-year-old Fountain of the Four Seasons sculpture.

Aerospace engineering adjunct assistant professor Sara Nelson explains why a plane appears to be going so much slower than it is to those watching on the ground, in an essay for The Conversation.

Management assistant professor Kristie Moergen's research found companies who want to recruit a diverse workforce benefit from going beyond just telling prospective employees it is embraced by showing it with their actions.

Extension fruit crop specialist and assistant professor of horticulture Suzanne Slack provides timely advice on selecting and storing apples this fall.
Retirements and receptions
This week
  • 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

Next week
  • 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, College of Veterinary Medicine, Oct. 4 (4 p.m., Gentle Doctor Plaza at south entrance, reception with mural unveiling follows in the Commons)

  • Closing ceremony, Jack Trice centennial commemoration, Oct. 8 (noon, lawn south of the campanile on central campus)

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Open forums

Candidate 1, Oct. 2
Candidate 2, Oct. 4
Candidate 3, Oct. 9
Candidate 4, Oct. 11

Candidate 1, Oct. 2
Candidate 2, Oct. 4
Arts and events
Composer and visual artist Kyong Mee Choi will team with faculty pianist Mei-Hsuan Huang and saxophonist Mike Giles for an electroacoustic and visual concert on Saturday, Sept. 30 (7:30 p.m., Tye Recital Hall, Simon Estes Music Hall). An interview with Mee Choi begins at 7 p.m. Admission is free.

Big 12 Conference opponent and No. 18 Baylor University is in town this weekend for volleyball matches Saturday and Sunday (2 p.m. both days, Hilton Coliseum). The Cyclones are 2-0 in conference play and 11-2 overall. Reserved seats are $5; general admission $3.

Jaime Schultz's Oct. 3 (6 p.m., MU Sun Room) lecture will shine a spotlight on the stories of Jack Trice and two other Black college football players at Iowa schools who sustained serious injuries from foul play on the gridiron. Schultz, a kinesiology professor at Penn State, wrote a book that focuses on Trice's life and influence on Iowa State University through the 1990s.

The College of Design will host the inaugural United States International Poster Biennial exhibition Oct. 5-26 (weekdays 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Gallery 181, Design building). The traveling juried exhibition features 260 posters in five categories selected from more than 7,000 entries by professional and student artists in 75 countries. An opening reception is Oct. 4 (4-6 p.m., program at 4:30 p.m.)
Learning opportunities
Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) programming

University human resources programming
Employee Assistance Program workshops, register in Workday Learning
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