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Currently serving as senior director of University Center, student life and event services at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs campus, Garland will make the move to Iowa State on April 15.

Faculty and staff whose jobs include student processes and information will see additional apps in their Workday menu that morning. Here are a few suggestions for making the most of familiar tasks in a new system.

The candidate's schedule includes a 10 a.m. campus forum on Wednesday, March 6; the candidate's name and curriculum vitae will be shared the preceding day.

Also approved by the state Board of Regents this week: A bond sale to renovate the Scheman Building, sound and video upgrades to athletics competition sites, a new master's in applied statistics via Iowa State Online and first looks at proposed parking permit and residence and dining increases for next year.

The one-step process to request a transportation services driver for official university business has been moved out of the department's vehicle reservation system.

Demolition crews return after spring break. The southwest quadrant of the lots will be completed by mid-August. With favorable weather, a majority of the north lot work also could be completed prior to the fall semester.
The following announcements were added this week:
  • Reminder: Applications due March 1 for undergrad research symposium
  • Nominate a student for Start Something LAS Academy fall cohort
  • Reminder: Nominations due Friday for fall leaders academy
  • 'Golden Girls' stage show stops at Stephens May 1
  • Registration open for debut gardening symposium
  • Register for March 22 arts and humanities AI symposium
  • Registration is open for summer youth fitness program on campus
Around campus
For Danelda Allen, an ISU industrial engineering alumna working in facilities planning and management, the construction manager assignment for the Therkildsen Industrial Engineering Building project is a high-note end to a rewarding career.

Omaha-based Goldenrod Companies, master developer for the University of Nebraska's Innovation Campus, will lead the design, development, financing and construction of the multi-use district between the Iowa State Center and Jack Trice Stadium.

The office of the vice president for research has awarded $100,000 in 2024 Presidential Interdisciplinary Research Seed Grant program funding -- $50,000 each to two teams exploring novel approaches to genomics studies and metabolic dysfunction. Learn about their plans.

Students in the foundational anatomy course in the animal science department use virtual dissection to supplement their hands-on learning in more traditional methods. The technology is common in medical and nursing school, but a rare opportunity for animal science students.

The U.S. Department of Energy will fund an ISU-led proposal to build an electricity microgrid, featuring solar and battery storage systems, for Montezuma Municipal Light and Power. The small-scale network could operate as an independent system or connect to the larger grid.

Extension and Outreach has released its Real Impact 2023 Report, which shares eight examples of the organization's real impact in Iowa. Learn what Iowans say about their experience with extension -- what they've learned and actions they've taken as a result.
  • Jody Larson, interim director of ISU conference planning and management, to director, effective Feb. 26
  • Bruce Bonestroo, design services, facilities planning and management, March 15 (no public event), email best wishes
Open forums
  • Finalist, director of equal opportunity and Title IX coordinator, March 6 (10 a.m., 3512 Memorial Union)
Arts and events
ISU Theatre's "Always Plenty of Light at the Starlight All Night Diner" is staged in the round with the audience seated on the Fisher stage. The production is completely student-designed. Performances are Feb. 29 and March 1-2 (7:30 p.m.) and March 3 (3 p.m.). Tickets are general admission ($20 adults, Iowa State students are free).

The Iowa State Symphony Orchestra presents a concert on Saturday, March 2 (7:30 p.m., Tye Recital Hall, Estes Hall). Tickets ($5, cash or check) are available at the door 30 minutes before the concert begins.
Learning opportunities
Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) programming
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