students climb the front steps of Curtiss Hall

Welcome to fall semester

Students climb the west steps of Curtiss Hall Monday morning, the first day of fall semester. 

Alumni and friends make lasting impact through 'Forever True, For Iowa State' campaign

At the close of the nine-year campaign on June 30, more than 96,000 donors had made 532,377 gifts and commitments totaling $1.542 billion.

COVID-19 sick leave continues, flexibility offered to immunocompromised

Employees will have up to two extra weeks of sick leave to use over the next year for absences related to COVID-19, and faculty and staff who have specific conditions that lower immunity levels may have an option to work remotely during the fall semester.

Degree completion outreach may become ongoing effort

As part of a 2020 campaign, nine students who left Iowa State without a degree earned diplomas through additional coursework or paperwork, with four others on track to graduate. Though labor-intensive, encouraging near-graduates to return and finish can have an enormous personal impact.

Johnson named associate VP for strategic relations and communications

Jacy Johnson, who has served in an interim capacity in the role since July 2019, transitions on Sept. 1. She will provide leadership and strategy for university communications, marketing and public relations.

Inclusive training

Inclusive training

Faculty focus on student perspective in inclusive classroom training

The second year of inclusive classroom training emphasizes a sense of belonging for students. It helps instructors assist students in need and point them to university resources for assistance.

A study room for the family

Parks Library opened its family-friendly room Monday. The former group study room on the lower level helps fill a need for areas on campus where student parents can bring children.

pollinator habitat along Pammel Drive

Pollinator garden

Pollinator plots along Pammel tie in to larger network

With help from a few campus partners, FPM's design services team is seeding the former Insectary and Genetics Lab sites with pollinator habitat. The half-acre plots join a multi-state effort to restore feeding habitat for monarch butterflies, bees and other pollinators.

Town hall focuses on strategies for a safe Cyclone community

University leaders and local public health expert addressed vaccinations, masking, COVID-19 testing, petitions and other topics during the Aug. 19 virtual event.