The fall semester begins Aug. 21. If you were away from campus this summer, here's a quick summary of what you missed:
- Nineteen teams will share a $3.9 million investment this year in Iowa State's 2022-2031 strategic plan. The projects range from expanding student academic services to helping Iowa communities.
- The committee considering requests to remove Carrie Chapman Catt's name from a campus building is preparing a draft recommendation for public review in the fall.
- In July, faculty, P&S and contract staff and post-docs with satisfactory performance evaluations received a 1% salary increase. In September, parameters for additional salary increases will be announced. Those increases take effect Jan. 1, 2024.
- The state Board of Regents approved increases to tuition and mandatory student fees for 2023-24. Resident undergrads will pay 3.5% more, and nonresident undergraduates and graduate students have a 4% increase.
- A new publication, Inside Impact, debuted during June's new student orientation, and highlights faculty and staff doing excellent work every day.
- The Benefits and Pay Hub launched June 1. The Workday feature provides a single location for employees to review benefits, compensation and pay information.
- The ISU Internal Careers Hub in Workday helps employees looking for internal job opportunities.
- Eligible employees interested in a WorkFlex arrangement no longer need to wait for scheduled request windows to apply for the flexible work program or alter an agreement.
- Employees verified dependents on their health care plan. Any changes go in effect on Jan. 1, 2024.
- Summer enrollment increased slightly to 8,468 following five summers of declining numbers.
- Iowa State Online continues to adjust to give online learners the best experience possible.
- ISU researchers topped $300 million in research funding for experiments and projects for the 2023 fiscal year. It set a record for annual, external, sponsored research funding.
- Three faculty members received Fulbright fellowships for the 2023-24 academic year.
- Lots of building projects began, continued or wrapped up across campus.
- CyRide added two electric buses to its fleet.
- The Sloss Resource Room is open to all on campus and stocked with nonperishable food, personal care items, parenting supplies and more.
- Recreation services became the second unit, after ISU Dining, to go to cash-only transactions in June.
- In athletics, the Big 12 Conference officially added four new members on July 1. Four others will join next summer and the universities of Oklahoma and Texas will depart.
- Seda McKilligan, to senior associate dean for academic personnel success and strategic success, College of Design
- Cris Schwartz, to assistant dean for student success in the College of Engineering
- Rob Whitehead, to associate dean for academic programs and student success, College of Design
- Laura Greiner, to director of the Iowa Pork Industry Center
- Michael Harwood, to associate vice president for campus life and director of residence
- Melea Licht, to assistant director of communications, university library
- Mike O'Donnell, to CIRAS director
- Jeremy Paul, to director of transportation services
- Peter Ralston, to director of the Ivy Supply Chain Forum
- Jonathan Kelly, to chair of the psychology department
- Kotaro Nakamura, to chair of the interior design department
- Nigel Reuel, to the Stanley Chair in Interdisciplinary Engineering
- Kristin-Yvonne Rozier, to the aerospace engineering department's Dennis and Rebecca Muilenburg Professorship
- Kim McDonough, to strategic initiatives project specialist, president's office
- Abram Anders, to the inaugural interim associate director of the Student Innovation Center
- Wendy Kisch, to interim associate vice president for facilities planning and management
- John Netwal, to interim associate director for facilities services
- Mary Howell Sirna, to interim director of equal opportunity and Title IX coordinator