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Feb. 15, 2024
Inside news
Iowa State is asking the 2024 Iowa Legislature for $14.5 million in new funding for the fiscal year that begins July 1. The request includes $10 million above this year's $2.8 million support for STEM innovation and workforce development and $4.5 million for general operating support.

Before new investments are made, university leaders will consider several budget planning variables, including opportunities for faculty and staff salary increases, health care costs paid by the university and appropriations decisions by the Iowa Legislature this spring.

The changes would clarify and streamline processes for term faculty in position reviews, term renewals and advancement. Senators also will vote next month on a resolution to encourage students to vote in the 2024 general election.

Moving all student data into a single system, coupled with Workday's capacity to automate some processes, will mean better service to students and less staff time spent monitoring records when the third Workday Student rollout goes live March 4. A few examples illustrate this. 

The series includes eight virtual courses offered by LinkedIn Learning and six courses led quarterly by staff at Employee and Family Resources, the provider for Iowa State's Employee Assistance Program. There isn't a specific order or timeframe for completing them.

Iowa State has an institutional membership with the NCFDD. All faculty, staff, graduate students and post docs automatically are enrolled in the program and receive weekly emails and notices of seminars and other programming.
The following announcements were added this week:
  • Four Goldfinch Room shows scheduled for spring
  • Registration opens for spring faculty conference
  • Reminder: Register by Feb. 20 for P&S conference
  • Registration for March research roundtable extended to Feb. 23
  • Reminder: Abstracts due Feb. 20 for undergrad research event at Capitol
  • Learn more about economic development at lunch series
  • Reminder: Avoid large projects, reports in Workday through Feb. 18
  • Co-host an event during Sexual Assault Awareness Month
  • Dating violence awareness simulation is Feb. 19
Around campus
Eighteen ISU programs were selected for this annual event to demonstrate to legislators how the university is meeting state priorities, preparing students for the workforce and contributing to the state's economy and quality of life.

Responding to a lack of snow and abundance of sunshine, Inside offers a few February suggestions for enjoying the outdoors and exploring campus.

University museums has created a faculty affiliate position in the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching to help faculty promote critical thinking and integrate learning with museums' works of art. Learn more at a Feb. 21 workshop.

Iowa State's Amanda Weinstein helped set the priorities for the country's particle physics research agenda. The panel's plan will guide hundreds of millions in investments by the U.S. Department of Energy and U.S. National Science Foundation.

A ROTC cadet has received the Air Force's Gold Valor Award, which recognizes an act of heroism involving personal risk of life. Cadet Aleksyia LeClere helped a friend dealing with a severe mental health episode. 
This week
  • Janell Meyer, Team Birch, finance service delivery, Feb. 16 (no public event)
Arts and events
The Cyclone men's basketball team, currently ranked in the top 10 nationally, hosts Texas Tech in front of a sellout crowd Saturday (11 a.m., Hilton Coliseum), looking for its fourth straight Big 12 Conference win. Resale tickets are available.

The student ensembles jazzONE and ISU Jazz Combos will be featured in the music department's next Jazz Night performance on Wednesday, Feb. 21 (7:30 p.m., Tye Recital Hall, Estes Music Hall). They'll perform pieces by Billy Strayhorn, Yusef Lateef, Wynton Marsalis, Duke Ellington, Radiohead and more. Tickets are $5 (cash or check) at the door.
Learning opportunities
Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) programming
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