Students and faculty are cruising toward end-of-semester deadlines this week. Final exams begin Saturday and continue Nov. 23-25.
As a show of appreciation for state employees' hard work and perseverance through a pandemic and the August derecho storm, Gov. Kim Reynolds awarded them two additional paid holidays. Iowa State will use the holidays Nov. 30 and Dec. 1.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, virtual meetings have changed how many Iowa State faculty and staff do their jobs. Same goes for Spencer Braly, though in his case it's also changed what he does.
With the end of the fall semester, senior leaders are preparing to review several COVID-19-related actions taken to help employees manage their work and home lives throughout the pandemic.
An estimated 2,171 students are completing Iowa State degrees next week. The university is preparing celebratory videos for viewing at home Thanksgiving weekend.
Also on the Nov. 18 agenda: ACT/SAT waiver for another admissions cycle, spring tuition and a name for the athletics department's under-construction sports performance center.
Looking for a way to help students who may miss class, history professor Stacy Cordery had them form triads at the beginning of the semester. Students who miss the in-person class can get notes and help from their pod members to stay connected and up to date.
Previously a resource for faculty professional development, the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity's programming has been extended to staff, graduate students and postdoctoral scholars.