Inside Iowa State for faculty and staff
May 23, 2024
Inside news
The recognitions, which include a cash award funded by an anonymous donor, are the fourth in a series by the provost's office and recognize exemplary work by recruiting and enrollment management professionals.

An estimated 5,900 first-year students and 800 transfer students are registered for Iowa State orientation (in person and virtual), which kicks off May 29.

If you missed Tuesday's announcement, Jason Keith, who served for 10 years as dean of Mississippi State University's College of Engineering, was named Iowa State's next senior vice president and provost. He'll start Aug. 1.

The state Board of Regents held a first reading of proposed tuition increases for the 2024-25 academic year at its May 10 meeting. As proposed, resident undergraduates would pay $10,787 in tuition and mandatory fees, an increase of $290 (2.8%) over this year.

Summer typically brings a noticeable uptick in construction and maintenance projects. Read about some of the work starting, ending and continuing over the next few months.

Beginning Oct. 1, all ISU employees and postdocs in salary nonexempt positions will change to hourly compensation and be paid twice a month. These changes won't impact their overall compensation.

As of May 13, approximately 20,380 returning students completed onboarding tasks and nearly 19,000 students registered for fall classes, with 87% of undergraduates registering for 12 or more credits. 

The change takes effect July 1. The cost isn't charged to the unit; rather, UHR's talent acquisition team will manage the background checks during the hiring process.
The following announcements were added this week:
  • May 27 is a university holiday
  • Mindfulness virtual workshop is June 12
  • North campus sidewalk will close for two weeks
  • Community radio's summer concert is June 18
  • Presenters sought for high school STEM camp in July
  • Football packages announced for Ireland in August 2025
  • Summer office hours window runs through Aug. 16
Around campus
From orientation to the Iowa Summer games, thousands of guests will attend events at Iowa State facilities in the coming weeks. Inside staff assembled a list of events expecting at least 100 attendees. Let us know if we missed any and we'll add them to the list.

3D-printed concrete planters and furniture, projects from a capstone interdisciplinary studio in the College of Design, were delivered to several areas of Reiman Gardens this month. This concrete recipe includes decommissioned wind turbines and corn stover ash.

Researchers found correlations between hard water and bone health, digestion health and a decrease in cardiovascular disease-related deaths. But hard water also is likely to leave hair and skin drier. Bottom line: Water treatment plants exist to ensure water is safe for their communities, write two Iowa State engineers in an essay for The Conversation.
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This week
  • Tammy Blakely, student services, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, May 23 (2-4 p.m., 102 Catt)

Next week
  • Mark Wyant, facilities maintenance, facilities planning and management, May 30 (1-3 p.m., 206 Durham)
  • Kris Bell, agricultural and biosystems engineering, May 31 (no public event)
  • Denise Wagner, National Concrete Pavement Technology Center at Institute for Transportation, May 31 (no public event)

  • Allen Clague, chemistry, June 3 (12:30-2 p.m., 2140 Hach)
  • Rita Knight, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences administration, June 3 (3:30-5 p.m., 142 Curtiss)
  • Thomas Bobik, biochemistry, biophysics and molecular biology, June 30 (no public event)
Ending a 25-year concert void, country music icon George Strait and Grammy Award winners Chris Stapleton and Little Big Town will perform in Jack Trice Stadium on Saturday, May 25 (5:45 p.m.). Some tickets, starting at $90, are still available on Ticketmaster.

The ISU Retirees Association's annual Memorial Day ceremony begins at 9 a.m. Monday, May 27, in the Alumni Center and via Zoom. The event honors ISU retirees, their spouses or partners, and current faculty or staff whose passing the association received notice of since May 1, 2023. This year's honorees are listed online.
Learning opportunities
Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) programming
Register online.

University human resources programming 
Leadership skills certificate series for supervisors, register in Workday Learning (topics: university human resources, managers at ISU)
  • Communicating in Challenging Situations, June 6 (10-11 a.m., via Microsoft Teams)
  • Knowing How to Use EAP as a Supervisor, June 11 (1-2 p.m., via Microsoft Teams)
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