Inside Iowa State for faculty and staff
Nov. 17, 2023
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Following vigorous discussion at its Nov. 16 meeting, the State Board of Regents approved 10 recommendations to limit or clarify policies and programming about diversity, equity and inclusion at the three regent campuses. By April, the universities must develop plans for how they'll comply with the recommendations.

Withers, who has led the College of Liberal Arts at Colorado State University since 2016, will begin serving as dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences in April. 

Microsoft Copilot is available to faculty and staff and includes commercial data protection that complies with key privacy acts. Unlike other generative artificial intelligence such as ChatGPT, Microsoft Copilot protects personal and company data.

Iowa State received the top Innovation and Economic Prosperity university award from the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities this week. The university has received category-specific IEP awards in recent years; this is the first time it captured the top award, the Economic Engagement Connections Award.

Also on the state Board of Regents agenda this week: Phase two proposals for the Veterinary Diagnostic Lab, veterinary cancer center and CYTown infrastructure, faculty professional development assignments for next year and an incentive plan for Business faculty who develop customized education services for corporate clients.

Despite a lack of course credit, a four-afternoon bootcamp about off-road vehicle technology this fall had nearly twice as many applicants as seats. The bootcamp resulted from a collaboration among John Deere, agricultural and biosystems engineering department, ISU Research Park and the Digital Ag Innovation Lab.

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The following announcements were added this week:
  • Nomination window open for two awards: student employee and student employee supervisor of the year
  • Forestry club's Christmas tree sale begins Nov. 25
  • Reiman Gardens' Winter Wonderscape tickets on sale
  • Agronomy club popcorn orders due Nov. 30
  • Gymnastics season tickets on sale
  • CyCash will sunset at end of spring semester
  • Reminder: Benefits enrollment closes at 5 p.m. Friday
  • Employee volunteers needed for SHOP during breaks and final exams
  • Suicide prevention training for faculty, staff is Nov. 17
Around campus
Work on several Iowa State Center parking lots will resume Nov. 20 for four to five weeks to get a head start on the CYTown development's spring schedule. It won't impact events this weekend, including the Cyclones' final home football game or high school all-state music festival.

Iowa State's Educational Materials Policy, which confirms ownership and use of educational materials, is being updated for the first time since 1976. Proposed changes recognize different formats and delivery methods, how educational materials are produced and who's producing them.

In the third edition of the Iowa State University/Civiqs poll, collected Nov. 10-15, 54% of likely Republican caucus-goers picked Donald Trump as their top choice. Candidates Ron DeSantis and Nikki Haley each gained one percentage point, to 18% and 12%, respectively.

Students who take part in the Good Earth Student Farm receive produce in exchange for growing and harvesting fruits and vegetables. The remaining produce is donated to SHOP, the campus food pantry. Over the past two years, the farm donated two tons of produce.

Iowa state entrepreneurship junior Christopher James founded a company that uses virtual reality technology to make fans feel like they're on the field. The company is offering Cyclone fans cardboard VR headsets that are affordable and as easy to use as scanning a QR code. 
  • Gary Van Loon, building structural services, facilities planning and management, Nov. 30 (1-3 p.m., shop breakroom, 168 General Services Building)
  • William Jenks, chemistry, Nov. 30 (2-4 p.m., Thiel north atrium, Hach Hall)
  • John Wagner, academic advising, mechanical engineering, Nov. 30 (2:30-4:30 p.m., 2004 Black Engineering)
  • Diane Maxwell, Team Sycamore, finance service delivery, Dec. 1 (no public event)
  • Nancy Sizemore, campus services, facilities planning and management, Dec. 1 (no public event)
  • Julia Sullivan, student financial aid, Dec. 1 (no public event)
  • Jeff Ames, Diane Bugeja and Jay Newell, Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication, Dec. 8 (4:30-6 p.m., Cardinal Room, MU), RSVP requested by Dec. 4 (share stories, photos in the form)

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Arts and events
The Cy-Hawk series moves to the wrestling mat in Hilton Coliseum on Sunday, Nov. 26 (2 p.m.) in a matchup of two top-10 teams. General admission tickets ($25) are still available; the dual will be broadcast on ESPN.

The annual holiday Art Mart at the Memorial Union Art Gallery, featuring pieces created by campus artists and members of the ISU Gaffers' Guild, opens Tuesday, Nov. 28, and continues through Friday, Dec. 1. Hours are: Tuesday (4-7 p.m.), Wednesday (11 a.m.-4 p.m.) and Thursday-Friday (11 a.m.-7 p.m.); the art gallery is located on the first floor.

Music and theatre faculty Amanda Petefish-Schrag's adaptation of the children's classic, "The Velveteen Rabbit," features shadow puppetry and original music by collaborator Ben Schrag. It will be presented as a touring production, seven performances at six locations over 11 days. The first is Wednesday, Nov. 29 (7 p.m., MU Cardinal Room). Admission is free at all locations. 
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