Inside Iowa State for faculty and staff
May 9, 2024
Inside news
These 80 Iowa State faculty and staff -- 63 individuals and two teams -- were selected for a 2024 university honor. They'll be recognized at a campus celebration Sept. 25.

Graduating members of the mascot squad may wear Cy's feet as part of their academic regalia, a special recognition since the students' names are kept secret for the duration of their time appearing as Cy. Industrial design senior Crayton Mitchell will start the tradition Saturday afternoon.

Spalding, vice president for economic development and industry relations and Iowa State's longest serving Business dean, will retire during the summer of 2025. Searches for his successors will begin in the coming months.

It's been an active semester for members of the Employee Benefits Advisory Committee and university human resources staff. They share four summaries of recent discussions and steps taken on future considerations for employee benefits.

ISU's benefits team shares a few strategies for holding down prescription costs for both routine and specialty medications.

The unanimous vote to support a name change, to the College of Health and Human Sciences, awaits approval from senior vice president and provost Jonathan Wickert and President Wendy Wintersteen before moving to the state Board of Regents. 

Inside Iowa State will post every other week during summer session. Publication dates are: May 23, June 6, June 20, (Wednesday) July 3, July 18, Aug. 1 and Aug. 15. Weekly publications resume Aug. 29. The deadline for announcement, retirement and event submissions remains noon the day before.
The following announcements were added this week:
  • Summer schedules begin May 13 in campus dining locations
  • Proposal would increase P&S pay grade structure by 3%
  • Reminder: Graduating students can recycle their regalia
  • Phasing in: All-inclusive CyHire student job board
  • Employee volunteers needed for SHOP pantry this summer
  • Academic Success Center to partner with Knack for undergraduate tutoring
  • Employee sand volleyball league is back for summer
  • Tickets on sale Friday for humorist David Sedaris' October show at Stephens
  • Athletics' 'tailgate tour' runs May 13-22
  • Regents will review tuition proposal at May 10 meeting
  • Reiman Gardens hosts plant sale May 11-12
  • Alumni association's 2025 travel preview is May 23
Around campus
Cyclones who make the most of their opportunities
Graduating seniors reflect on their Iowa State years and experiences -- and talk about what's next -- with news service's Fred Love and Dave Olson. Meet:

Last week, the staff at Stephens Auditorium unveiled its Performing Arts Series for the 2024-25 season -- 13 shows between October and April. Subscription packages -- tickets to four or more performances -- are available now. Remaining tickets for individual shows will go on sale in August. 

Chelsea Harbach, a diagnostician in the Plant and Insect Diagnostic Clinic, ISU Extension and Outreach, shares tips for determining whether a wild mushroom is edible or inedible.

English professor Matthew Sivils explains how the first board game printed in the U.S. reflects how a young nation viewed itself, in an essay for The Conversation.
Retirements and receptions
Employees, their colleagues or supervisors are invited to submit retirements and departures to Inside doesn't receive this information from a central source.

This week
  • Open house, Central Stores appreciation event for faculty and staff, May 9 (11 a.m.-2 p.m., lot 47 east of General Services Building)
  • Retirement, 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

Next week
  • Retirement, Mike Anderson, agricultural and biosystems engineering, May 15 (no public event)
  • Retirement, John Cunnally, art and visual culture, May 15 (no public event) 
  • Retirement, Jane Dawson, geological and atmospheric sciences, May 15 (no public event), post well wishes to Dawson's Kudoboard
  • Retirement, Bill Gutowski, geological and atmospheric sciences, May 15 (no public event), post well wishes to Gutowski's Kudoboard
  • Retirement, Neal Iverson, geological and atmospheric sciences, May 15 (no public event), post well wishes to Iverson's Kudoboard
  • Retirement, Charles (Chuck) Richards, art and visual culture, May 15 (no public event)
  • Retirement, Paul Spry, geological and atmospheric sciences, May 15 (no public event), post well wishes to Spry's Kudoboard
  • Retirement, Nancy Thompson, art and visual culture, May 15 (no public event)

  • Retirement, Mark Ludwig, ISU Surplus, May 22 (10 a.m.-1 p.m., Surplus Facility, 925 Airport Rd.)
  • Retirement, Tammy Blakely, student services, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, May 23 (2-4 p.m., 102 Catt)
  • Retirement, Rita Knight, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences administration, June 3 (3:30-5 p.m., 142 Curtiss)
Arts and events
Iowan Royce Johns and Natchitoches, Louisiana, native Caleb Elliott will do a Mother's Day concert in the Goldfinch Room, Stephens Auditorium, on Sunday, May 12 (5 p.m.). Tickets can be purchased online: $40 for a table for four or $15 for general admission seats. Comfort Foods from Huxley will offer a limited menu beginning at 4:15 p.m. 

Ending a 25-year lapse, country music icon George Strait and Grammy Award winners Chris Stapleton and the band, Little Big Town, will perform at the football stadium on Saturday, May 25. Tickets (starting at $90) are available on Ticketmaster.
Learning opportunities
Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) programming

WorkCyte Phase II programming
  • Webinar, Workday Wednesday: Accounts Receivable Billing in Workday, topics, changes and processes related to billing report information and student and customer billing, May 22 (3:10-4 p.m., via Webex)

P&S Council programming
Seminar series, preregister in Workday Learning
  • Developing Your Leadership Skills, with Chad Olson, office of student financial aid, May 14 (2-3 p.m., virtual)
  • Understanding the University's Budget Model, with Rachel Boenigk, administrative services, division of student affairs, June 11 (2-3 p.m., virtual)
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