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April 25, 2024
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The provost's office has shared promotions for the 2024-25 academic year for 122 Iowa State faculty -- 56 term faculty and 66 tenured faculty.

On the heels of a six-month study of the lake, a plan to restore Lake LaVerne would remove decades of sediment buildup, stabilize the erosion-prone shoreline and address the area surrounding the lake, where runoff contributes to poor water quality.

Five more Iowa State researchers have been named AAAS Fellows for their individual contributions to physics, agriculture, chemistry and engineering.

A U.S. Department of Labor rule change increases the minimum salary threshold for overtime pay to $43,888, from the current $35,568. University leaders are reviewing the change and will make plans to be in compliance when the change takes effect July 1.

The initiative helps students with a range of issues -- for example, in academics, mental health or food insecurity. It also helps faculty and staff understand reporting responsibilities and direct students to the appropriate resources.

At a March 26 ceremony, 47 professional and scientific employees received the CYtation Award for exemplary work in calendar year 2023.

Key data points illustrate how Iowa State's focus on innovation and economic prosperity for Iowa extends to all 99 counties. This is the final entry in the news service team's 2024 Innovation at Work series.
The following announcements were added this week:
  • Aerospace student project expo is May 1
  • 'Inside' summer schedule is set
  • Classrooms reserved for evening study during prep week
  • Showcase by Start Something LAS Academy students is April 30
  • Sales innovation conference is May 14
Around campus
Two Iowa State students and one recent graduate will work or study abroad with their prestigious awards. Five of Iowa State's six semifinalists either received a grant offer or were named alternates.

This is the 10th anniversary of the first Barks at Parks, when certified therapy dogs come to Parks Library's upper rotunda for some attention -- and to help students relax during prep week.

Two Iowa State students received the top prize in a design challenge for students for a critical access hospital in a rural, medically underserved community, sponsored by the American College of Healthcare Architects. The projects were part of a fall 2023 studio course created for the competition.
  • Natallia Gray, management and entrepreneurship associate teaching professor, to Ivy College of Business assistant dean, effective Jan. 1
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This week

Next week
  • Dave Ross, student services, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, April 29 (2-4 p.m., remarks at 3 p.m., Harl Commons, Curtiss Hall)
  • Beate Schmittmann, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, April 30 (4-6 p.m., program followed by reception, Sun Room, Memorial Union), post well wishes to Schmittmann's Kudoboard
  • Lisa Ingalls-Hurley, student wellness, May 1 (no public event)

  • Lisa Fontaine, graphic design, May 5 (5-8 p.m., Alluvial Brewing, 3715 W. 190th St.)
  • Carmen Fuchs, Iowa Space Grant Consortium, May 7 (3-4:30 p.m., 1235 Howe), post well wishes to Fuchs' Kudoboard
  • Jim Nespor, physical therapy, Thielen Student Health, May 7 (3-5 p.m., Patterson Library, second floor of Thielen Student Health Center)
  • Carolyn Cutrona, psychology, May 10 (4-6 p.m., program at 4:30 p.m., MU Campanile Room), post well wishes to Cutrona's Kudoboard
  • Jane Dawson, geological and atmospheric sciences, May 15 (no public event), post well wishes to Dawson's Kudoboard
  • Bill Gutowski, geological and atmospheric sciences, May 15 (no public event), post well wishes to Gutowski's Kudoboard
  • Neal Iverson, geological and atmospheric sciences, May 15 (no public event), post well wishes to Iverson's Kudoboard
  • Paul Spry, geological and atmospheric sciences, May 15 (no public event), post well wishes to Spry's Kudoboard
Open forum
  • April 29 (3 p.m., Alliant Energy-Lee Liu Auditorium, Howe Hall), name and vita will be posted Friday
Arts and events
The final round of Cyclone Voice, a singing competition open to all ISU students, is Saturday, April 27 (7 p.m., MU Great Hall). The Chicago quartet and 2008 Grammy-nominated rock band Plain White T's ("Hey There Delilah") will host and give a short concert during the judges' deliberation. This weekend's finalists emerged from an April 15 preliminary round. Admission is free and all are welcome. 

The music and theatre department will present its Masterworks concert on Saturday, April 27 (7:30 p.m., Stephens Auditorium). The ISU choirs and ISU Symphony Orchestra's final performance of the year will feature composer Francesco Durante's "Magnificat" and two works by Minneapolis composer Jake Runestad. Tickets ($10, $5 for children 18 and under, ISU students and 65+ seniors) can be purchased at the door or the Stephens ticket office.

The annual IGNITE Innovation Showcase (April 30-May 3, Student Innovation Center) features displays, exhibitions, panels and presentations that highlight innovative student work happening across campus. A daily schedule is online. An interactive expo on May 2 (2-5 p.m.) includes hands-on activities, including a glassblowing demonstration, digital textile printing, musical performances, floral creativity, laser engraving and more.
Learning opportunities
Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) programming
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