Colorful banners line the central campus sidewalk

Homecoming fun

Daily lunch for thousands, festive homecoming banners and an events stage gave warmth to a chilly central campus this week. The homecoming celebration continues through Saturday.

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The Undergrowth

A mustache keys learning about pest management

Two plant pathology, entomology and microbiology employees devised a YouTube series about crop pests that combines expertise and humor. It offers a template to interject niche topics into the mainstream.

New fall faculty reflect range of department objectives

Iowa State welcomed 72 new faculty to campus this semester, a diverse group of nearly a dozen already tenured faculty members and the rest distributed among term and tenure-track appointments.

Enrich helps employees understand their finances

The online program in Adventure2 provides insight to topics such as retirement, budgeting, mortgages and student loans. It's another useful tool for employees to use during the benefits enrollment window.

Sustainability committee takes new approach to its work

A subcommittee structure lets University Sustainability Committee members focus on categories in the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education's STARS assessment tool. The goal is a more accurate and complete data set for the next submission in 2025.

Planning underway for student mental health strategic plan

Iowa State's four-year partnership with the Jed Foundation began Aug. 1. The first year is about developing the strategic plan; subsequent years are for implementation and, later, regular planning to keep its content relevant.