Inside Iowa State for faculty and staff
Oct. 26, 2023
Inside news
Much has been shared in recent weeks. Here are a few more ideas to help you prepare to make your benefits selections for calendar year 2024. If you'd like to talk with a benefits specialist, don't delay in making an appointment.

An Oct. 20 fire, while quickly extinguished, caused smoke and water damage that will take an estimated six to eight weeks to repair.

It's National Cybersecurity Awareness Month -- a timely reminder that strong passwords, multi-factor authentication and updated software are keys to keeping information safe. Remember, IT services will never ask for your password or MFA code.

TIAA financial consultants in the Somerset office also offer a regular schedule of on-campus meetings four days each month. Appointments can be booked online.
The following announcements were added this week:
  • Alumni association's Honors & Awards ceremony is Nov. 3
  • Reminder: United Way pledges requested by Oct. 27
  • Memorial Union's wedding expo is Oct. 29
  • Peppa Pig story time at the bookstore is Oct. 28
  • Federal student aid application opens later this year
  • CyRide stop in commuter lots relocates temporarily 
  • Two-day course for food entrepreneurs is about product development and safety
Around campus
Employees or offices that receive a notice about a tax refund credit are asked to route the information to the university's tax office. Don't respond to the inquiry.

The Iowa Cyber Hub, based at Iowa State, announced plans to recruit cybersecurity ambassadors around the state who will remind -- or train -- friends, families, businesses and communities to take measures to keep their online information secure.

Senior Braden Lewis is making progress on developing a technique to kill microbes that cause people to get ill from salmonella bacteria. His method includes cold plasma, an extract from cinnamon oil and 70,000 volts of electricity.

Iowa State athletics director Jamie Pollard shared plans last week for a standalone wrestling facility in southwest Ames. The proposed location is the All Iowa Attack basketball fieldhouse next to the Sukup Basketball Complex. Fundraising is underway to purchase the building, with a target opening of fall 2025.
Arts and events
Organ students of Miriam Zach and euphonium and tuba students of Christian Carichner in the music and theatre department will play some spooky, some just fun, classics during a free, 90-minute concert Thursday, Oct. 26 (7:30 p.m., Tye Recital Hall, Simon Estes Music Hall).

Wynonna Judd's "Back to Wy" tour will be at Stephens Auditorium Friday, Oct. 27, for a 7:30 p.m. show that features the songs off her first two solo albums -- Wynonna and Tell Me Why -- performed track by track, front to back. Tickets ($49.50-$159.50 plus fees) are available through Ticketmaster.

Iowa State is hosting the Big 12 Conference cross country championships on Saturday, Oct. 28, at its course on Mortensen Road. The men's 8-kilometer race begins at 10 a.m.; the women's 6-kilometer race starts at 11 a.m., with awards to follow at noon. Admission is free, and spectator parking is in the lots east of Wallace and Wilson residence halls or at the Hansen Agriculture Student Learning Center. 

"Carnival and Gold" homecoming events kick off Sunday, Oct. 29, including a family-friendly fair, and continue through Saturday, Nov. 4. Lunch on central campus is back, as are Friday's awards ceremony and evening pep rally, with special invitations to faculty and staff.
Learning opportunities
Provost office programming
  • Faculty development workshop, Navigating Student and Faculty Crisis, insights and strategies to prepare and respond, Nov. 8 (10-11:30 a.m., MU Cardinal Room), register

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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