Students climb the west steps of Curtiss Hall Monday morning, the first day of fall semester.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
University leaders and local public health expert addressed vaccinations, masking, COVID-19 testing, petitions and other topics during the Aug. 19 virtual event.