P&S reminder: Job Profile Tool is due this week

The deadline is near for professional and scientific staff to complete their Job Profile Tool, an early data collection piece of the broader review of the P&S classification and compensation system. University human resources staff offer a few reminders:

  • Employee submissions are due Friday, June 30
  • Supervisors have until Friday, July 14, to submit their comments to UHR
  • Even for employees who recently reclassified or updated their position description, UHR would like your input. Some of the fields in the JPT are not encompassed in a position description.
  • P&S employees hired after June 1 who didn’t receive an email about the JPT still may complete one by downloading the Excel document available on the review website (scroll down to Job Profile Tool Information)

GoldSheet has new research category section

Effective June 27, the Office of Sponsored Programs Administration added a section to its GoldSheet, research categories/keywords, for all proposals that declare research as the activity type. The intent is to better track how much of the university's research falls into each of three levels of research.

Memorial service for Mahayni is June 29

A memorial service for former College of Design faculty member Riad Mahayni will be held Thursday, June 29 (5 p.m., Lightfoot Forum, College of Design). Mahayni, professor emeritus and former chair of the community and regional planning department, died June 23. He was buried June 24 in accordance with Muslim tradition. He chaired the department 1979-83 and 1995-2002, and retired from Iowa State in 2012. He also served on Ames' planning and zoning commission and city council. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Riad Mahayni Civic Planning Scholarship in the community and regional planning department. Obituary.

Plan ahead for first-floor access to Marston elevators July 3-14

Floor work in Marston Hall during the first two weeks of July will restrict first-floor access to the building's elevators. The week of July 3-7, individuals who need to use an elevator should enter the east door of Marston. The week of July 10-14, those individuals should enter the building through the north door on the west side to have access to an elevator. The floor work affects only elevator access; throughout the project, all exterior doors will be open and the building's stairwells will be accessible.

Basmajian named CEAH director

Carlton Basmajian, associate professor and director of graduate education in the community and regional planning department, has been named the director of the Center for Excellence in the Arts and Humanities, effective July 1.

Campus mental health training offered in July

In July, the Student Counseling Service will offer the eight-hour training, RESPOND: Partnering for Campus Mental Health, for faculty, staff or administrators who want to learn more about how to respond to students or colleagues experiencing a mental health crisis or developing a mental health problem. ISU Wellbeing is covering registration costs. For more information or to register, go to the RESPOND website. The three July training options are:

  • Tuesday, July 11, and Thursday, July 13 (8 a.m.-noon daily)
  • Tuesdays, July 18 and 25 (1-5 p.m. daily)
  • Wednesdays, July 19 and 26 (8 a.m.-noon daily)

Hort farm strawberries are for sale

The university community produce program at the horticulture farm north of Ames is selling strawberries, Russian kale and garlic scapes this week. Use your NetID to log in and see the weekly offerings, posted each Monday afternoon during growing season. Place your order online by noon Thursday, and pick it up Friday between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. near the east entrance of Curtiss Hall. Cash and check are the acceptable payment forms. More info.

Arthropod, nematode research proposals sought

The Center for Arthropod Management Technologies (CAMTech) announces a call for proposals for research projects that begin Jan. 1, 2018. Proposals are due July 19 and should be for pre-competitive (i.e. not leading to patentable information) research related to arthropod or nematode management. The use of economically relevant organisms is encouraged. More information, including an executive summary template, is online. CAMTech is a National Science Foundation industry-university cooperative research center.

PeopleAdmin system adds mobile-friendly portal

University human resources has added a smartphone-friendly portal for PeopleAdmin 7 that allows users to approve and move items related to position requests, applications and hiring proposals from their mobile devices. It's a simplified version of the standard homepage intended to speed up the approval process. Once they're logged in, users may review and look at postings or actions awaiting approval and move them on. They also are able to view, evaluate and move applicants within a workflow. However, users can't make edits in the mobile device portal; they'll need to log in to the full site to do that. An online guide shows you how it works. An FAQ will answer many of your questions, or email

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