Campus is photo-ready for the estimated 6,000 new Cyclones expected to visit during this month's orientation activities.
Key changes include a move to the ISU Plan health and dental plans and the end of employee seniority lists.
About 80 percent of limited incremental revenue in the next fiscal year will be invested in student-centered priorities.
The Professional and Scientific Council closed out its 2017-18 docket with an FY18 salary recommendation and a motion stemming from work by a shared governance committee. Council members also heard from Ben Allen, who shared his goals as interim president.
Current employees will be offered the plan on Jan. 1; meetings this month will detail coverage options.
The compost facility takes waste products in many forms -- manure from ISU animal farms, lawn clippings from campus services and food waste from dining centers -- and in 12 to 16 weeks turns it into a product that's used back on campus.
Two- and one-year phased periods would replace the current option of up to five years of phased retirement.
Also on the docket: merit employee step increases, building projects at Vet Med and Sukup Hall and the reintroduction of a public comment period at regular board meetings.
Three finalists have been selected for the assistant vice president for business services post in the university services division. Open forums are scheduled as part of the campus interviews.