A small army is tackling a not-small task this week: Preparing fall semester textbook orders for more than 5,900 students, about 20 percent of whom placed their orders in the last two days before the Aug. 1 deadline.
ISU's Smithsonian Folklife exhibit, on display on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., only few weeks ago will be part of the university's state fair exhibit. Other Cyclone fare at the fair: Tattoos, trophies, 4-H robot designers and chefs, a scavenger hunt and ISU veterinarians and students tending all those animals. Wear your Cyclone colors Aug. 11.
In a multiyear project, facilities staff will upgrade old fluorescent lights with new more energy-efficient lights in about 50 university buildings. The light replacement project is expected to yield substantial energy savings.
Iowa State will invest new and reallocated dollars this year to bolster the educational experience for students, its research enterprise and compensation for faculty and staff.
Also approved were naming proposals for athletics facilities, FY13 salaries for regent university presidents, purchase of YMCA property north of campus.
The Professional and Scientific Council kicked off the academic year at its Aug. 8 meeting. Work on professional development opportunities -- one of the council's top five priorities -- is well under way.