Late tuition change surfaces for second year
Declining state support has spurred the outgoing regent president to call for a tuition adjustment before fall. Other board decisions: 2017-18 faculty P&T requests, salary appeals from employee representatives, flat parking permit rates and student housing/dining rate increases.
Two ISU centers await governor's decision
An overview of 2017 legislative action on state support for Iowa State, including a building projects update and two centers that could lose their direct appropriations.
Presidential search timeline will match the 2011 search
Goal is to introduce finalists to the state Board of Regents the first week in October.
MU renovation proposal won't be abandoned
Interim director says short-term space crunch, deferred maintenance issues are too critical to ignore.
Nominations sought for 2018 'Women Impacting ISU' calendar
The Catt Center will accept nominations for its 2018 "Women Impacting ISU" calendar through Sept. 29. Any woman who is currently employed by the university (must still be employed for the 2018 calendar year) or is a current student at Iowa State is eligible to be nominated. Self-nominations will not be considered. Those selected for the 2018 calendar will be notified in November. More information, including the nomination form, is online.
Jr. Cyclone Club memberships are open
Memberships for the 2017-18 Jr. Cyclone Club are now available for $59. The club is open to kids in 12th grade and under. Members receive an official club T-shirt, lanyard, personalized membership card, invitations to exclusive events and admission to more than 70 sporting events at Jack Trice Stadium and Hilton Coliseum. Visit jrcycloneclub.com for more information or email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
Undergraduate minor in pharmacology and toxicology starts this fall
The interdisciplinary pharmacology and toxicology undergraduate minor will be offered for the first time in fall 2017 through the biomedical sciences department. The minor has three required courses; additional credits may be fulfilled by any of 30 electives. Questions may be directed to email@example.com.
Reiman Gardens open late during peak tulip time
The staff at Reiman Gardens planted nearly 50,000 tulip bulbs in seasonal beds and a variety of colors, titled "Springtime Swirl." To take full advantage of the flower canvas, the gardens will stay open until 7 p.m. on April 29-30 and May 4-7. The butterfly wing will continue to close at 4:30 p.m. on those days. Regular admission rates apply.
Summer hours at the gardens begin Monday, May 1, and run through Saturday, Sept. 30. The outdoor gardens, indoor conservatory and gift shop will be open 9 a.m.-6 p.m. daily. The butterfly wing will be open 9 a.m. to 4:30 daily.
Welcome, Ben Allen
Former Iowa Stater Ben Allen returned to campus this week as the presidential transition begins. Allen is serving as a senior policy adviser to President Steven Leath through May 8 and receives the interim president role on May 9.
New platform will provide portal to multiple applications
Iowa State's contract with Okta, an identity and access technology company, will eliminate the need for multiple passwords and provide a secure, single sign-on portal to university systems such as Outlook, Cybox and CyMail.
Training helps faculty, staff assist military students
Iowa State students with military connections have unique needs. The Veterans Center has created a training session to help faculty and staff better assist them.
Volunteers sought to facilitate violence prevention program
Faculty and staff volunteers are needed to help facilitate campus workshops and initiatives as part of a national violence prevention program developed by Green Dot etc. A free weeklong training program will be provided for volunteers, July 10-14.
Four finalists selected for VP for human resources post
The search committee tasked with finding Iowa State's next vice president for human resources has identified four finalists who will visit campus in the next few weeks. During their visits, the finalists will meet with representatives from all senior administrative offices, Faculty Senate, P&S Council, Student Government and Merit staff. They also will meet with leaders and staff in the office of university human resources.
The search committee is co-chaired by Michael Norton, ISU general counsel; and Beate Schmittmann, dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. The four finalists and their interview dates are:
- April 24: Jay Stephen, associate vice president for human resources, Boise State University
- April 26: Laurie Textor, chief human resources officer, University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh
- May 1: Kelli Shuman, vice president of human resources and Title IX coordinator, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, Rapid City
- May 3 or TBD: Stephen Ferber, assistant vice chancellor of human resources, University of Pittsburgh
Library expands hours, brings back dogs for semester's end
Parks Library is gearing up for the last two weeks of the semester with expanded hours and, arguably, its most popular event. Barks@Parks returns during dead week, April 24-28 (1-4 p.m., upper rotunda), giving students the opportunity to interact with certified therapy dogs to relieve stress. The library also will be open 24 hours daily, April 23-May. Healthy snacks will be available overnight and Bookends Café will extend its operating hours. More information is available on the library website and social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter).
United Way food drive is April 24-May 4
Iowa State will participate in United Way of Story County's 9th annual food drive April 24-May 4. Non-perishable items and monetary donations will go to food pantries in Story County to help ensure children have food during the summer months. Currently, 25 percent of Story County children are eligible to receive free/reduced lunch. A wish list of needed items and a list of campus dropoff sites (including contact people if your donation is monetary) are online. Questions may be directed to the food drive campus co-chairs Tara Fisher or Haley Cook.
Veterinary Medicine, Extension searches to launch this fall
Senior vice president and provost Jonathan Wickert confirmed this week that two leadership searches will launch in the fall. The searches for the next Veterinary Medicine college dean and extension and outreach vice president will follow the presidential search so that Iowa State's next president can be involved in those searches. Wickert noted that candidates for those posts also will want to know who the next president is. In the meantime, Wickert said, his office will appoint broadly representative search committees and select search firm(s) so work can begin in the fall.
Finalists, forums announced for MU director post
Four candidates will participate in public open forums during campus their interviews to become director of the Memorial Union. The position oversees all programs, activities, services and facilities within the MU. Résumés and candidate evaluation forms are available online. Finalists and forums are:
- April 19: Kim Jacobs, Bowling Green State University, Ohio (11 a.m.-noon, MU Soults Family Visitor Center)
- April 21: Steve Winfrey, North Dakota State University, Fargo (11 a.m.-noon, MU Cardinal Room)
- April 24: Benjamin Perlman, Emory University, Atlanta (11 a.m.-noon, MU Gallery)
- April 26: Lisa Kratz, University of Wisconsin, Platteville (11 a.m.-noon, 136 Union Drive Community Center)