New strategic plan era begins
The new strategic plan, which went into effect this month, is more measurable and more of a living document than its predecessors, says the leader of the plan's steering committee.
Fountain plaza work is wrapping up
The area surrounding the Fountain of the Four Seasons will have a new look in early August, complementing the statement wall constructed across the street last year.
Pammel will reopen next week as a two-lane road
A five-week project to repair, resurface and restripe Pammel Drive as a two-lane road with center turn lanes and painted medians is in the home stretch. Two final pieces remain: painting pedestrian crosswalks (underway) and striping Pammel Drive east of Stange Road and west of Bissell Road to align vehicles with the new traffic pattern. This painting project is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 6. Most of the traffic cones will be removed early next week. Drivers are asked to be attentive to the new two-lane format, with the center of the road reserved for turning vehicles. Pedestrians may pause on the striped medians as they cross Pammel Drive.
Marston tenants: Where you'll find them
College of Engineering employees displaced by a two-year renovation of Marston Hall have returned during the last two weeks. Here's where you can find these college units:
- Student services, Suite 1300
- Career services, Suite 3200
- Dean's staff, Suite 4100
- College relations, Suite 4200
- Development staff, Suite 4300
Access Reiman Gardens via Beach Avenue
Construction work on the green space south of Jack Trice Stadium has closed Reiman Gardens access at the intersection of University Boulevard and South 16th Street. The closure of Mortenson Road at University Boulevard further complicates the logistics. Instead, visitors are reminded to use the gardens driveway on Beach Avenue (near Greenbriar Circle). Barring delays, the University Boulevard entrance should reopen on Aug. 15. Updates are available on the Reiman Gardens website.
Bessey north entrance closed through Aug. 8
The north lobby entrance to Bessey Hall will be closed from July 25 to Aug. 8 for utility installations on the Bessey Hall addition. Access to Bessey Hall will remain available through the northwest, west and south entrances.
The first of Marston Hall's tenants are moving in this week, with complete occupation expected by the end of July. The 113-year-old building underwent a two-year, $27.1 million renovation
Iowa State tops external funding record in FY16
Iowa State attracted $425.8 million in external funding for the fiscal year that ended June 30, including $252.5 million to support research projects. Those projects include work in data-driven science, resilience of plants and animals in response to climate change, next-generation education programs and advanced manufacturing.
Regents approve tuition increases
The Board of Regents recently approved tuition increases, including a $250 hike for resident undergraduates who previously were looking at a tuition freeze.
Rent art at Aug. 2-3 open house
The Memorial Union will host its annual art lending open house Aug. 2-3 (10 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday and 10 a.m.-noon Wednesday) in the browsing library on the first floor. The collection includes nearly 175 framed posters, prints and paintings, including new pieces for 2016. Art may be rented for a half or full year and be used in an office or home. Patrons may take selections from the art-for-rent collection with them that day. Rentals typically range from $10 to $25 per year. Proceeds from rentals support MU art programs.