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March 21, 2024
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Meeting March 19, faculty senators also approved an interdisciplinary minor in applied artificial intelligence and took a first look at a proposed 20-credit certificate in health care management.

Friday marks 166 years since Iowa legislators established the Iowa State Agricultural College and Model Farm in 1858. What happened between then and the opening day of classes in March 1869?

The receiving/accessioning, sample processing, necropsy, pathology, histopathology and bacteriology units, client services and the incinerator opened March 11 in the new facility at the College of Veterinary Medicine campus.

The meeting also included officer elections for Professional and Scientific Council terms that begin July 1.

The Iowa's Living Roadways Community Visioning Program brings together experts, including ISU Extension and Outreach specialists, and community participants to identify local challenges and opportunities. Each town receives research and design services equivalent to $100,000 -- and access to state and federal grants that can turn concepts into reality. This feature is the first in the news service team's 2024 Innovation at Work series.

All students received an email from the WorkCyte team in advance of fall semester course registration, which begins next week. Students must complete Workday onboarding before they can register.
The following announcements were added this week:
  • Outstanding student employee supervisor, student employee honored
  • Undergraduate research showcase at Capitol is Monday
  • Campus partners sought for fall Cyclone Family Weekend
  • Donate professional clothing to free shop for students
  • Guild's glass paperweight sale is March 27
  • Campus association supports military-affiliated faculty and staff
  • Sabtu-Schaper named interim finance leader for academic division
  • 24th Street reconstruction north of campus resumes Monday
  • Annual 'Day of Insects' is March 23 at Reiman Gardens
  • Barenaked Ladies tickets on sale March 22 for fall concert
  • Friday Walk and Talks for employees resume March 22
  • Application deadline is May 1 for term faculty development funds
  • College help rooms opened this week for course registration
  • Applications available for Innovation Acceleration Fund grants
  • Goldfinch Room show is March 24
  • SBDC's Shimkat is featured at March 22 lunch
  • Fulbright Scholar information session is March 27
Around campus
Construction of Therkildsen hall, the future home of the industrial and manufacturing systems engineering department, has cleared the halfway mark and remains on schedule for completion late in the fall semester, with equipment, IT and furniture installation to follow. A March 8 tour gave campus leaders a look at the progress.

A new portal gathers research data resources and training -- everything from storage to sharing to compliance -- in one spot for ISU researchers. University library, IT services and the office of the vice president for research led the effort to create the website.

Iowa State researchers are leading a project to determine the benefits and impact of organic farming at three sites across the state. The goal is to answer farmers' questions about financial risks and returns.
Open houses and retirements
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This week
  • Open house, Studio 2B, March 22 (11 a.m.-2 p.m., lower level, Parks Library)

Next week
  • Retirement, Thelma Harding, Graduate College, March 28 (3-5 p.m., MU South Ballroom), post well wishes to Harding's Kudoboard
  • Open house, Studio 2B, March 29 (11 a.m.-2 p.m., lower level, Parks Library) 
  • Retirement, Al Miller, physical infrastructure, IT Services, March 29 (11 a.m.-2 p.m., 1310 Communications)

  • Retirement, Sharon Rink, Reiman Gardens, March 31 (no public event)
  • Retirement, Kathi Cunningham, budget and finance, Lloyd Veterinary Medical Center, April 1 (no public event)
  • Retirement, Ellen Reints, academic business unit, provost's office, April 1 (no public event)
  • Retirement, Ross Vanmarel, facilities, Ames National Laboratory, April 2 (no public event)
Arts and events
The Student Union Board-hosted annual Global Gala is Friday, March 22 (7 p.m., MU Great Hall, doors open at 6 p.m.). At this free celebration of the cultures present on campus, student and campus organizations showcase their cultural heritage through dance, music, fashion and more. A sampling of diverse foods will be featured; quantities are limited. All are welcome.

Big 12 Conference opponent Texas Tech comes to Ames for three games this weekend, March 22-24. Weather permitting, games begin at 4 p.m. Friday, 1 p.m. Saturday and noon Sunday at the Cyclone Sports Complex. Admission is free.

The Block and Bridle club's Animal Learning Day is Saturday, March 23 (9 a.m.-1 p.m., Hansen Agricultural Student Learning Center). It's a free educational event for the campus and Ames communities to learn more about modern agriculture practices.
Learning opportunities
Provost office programming
  • Faculty development workshop, Preparing for a Successful Promotion and Tenure, for tenure-eligible faculty, faculty mentors and college and department leaders, with associate provosts Dawn Bratsch-Prince and Ann Marie VanDerZanden, assistant provost Tera Jordan, and associate vice president for research Surya Mallapragada, March 28 (9:30-11 a.m., MU Campanile Room), register

Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) programming

WorkCyte Phase II programming
  • Webinar, Workday Wednesday: Graduate Assistantships, processes related to tuition award and approval, April 24 (3:10-4 p.m., via Webex)

University library programming
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