Regents meet July 20-21
The state Board of Regents will meet July 20-21 at the board office in Urbandale to conduct annual evaluations of institutional heads and the board's executive director, in closed session. The next regular meeting of the board is Wednesday, July 29, a telephonic meeting also originating from the board office.
UHR provides employee leave guidance for Labor Day
Due to an adjusted fall calendar, the university will be open and classes will be in session on Labor Day (Sept. 7). Faculty and staff with instructional or student support responsibilities are expected to work. University human resources developed an FAQ -- including guidance for nonexempt, exempt and merit employees -- with time off and leave information.
CyRide fares and front-door boarding resume July 15
On Wednesday, July 15, CyRide will resume collecting fares and riders will board at the front doors of buses. CyRide's Dial-A-Ride service for individuals with disabilities also will resume fare collection on July 15. CyRide is not selling a summer pass this year. July monthly passes will be sold at half price ($17 regular; $8 reduced) at CyRide pass sale outlets.
Wintersteen statement in support of international students
In a July 7 statement, President Wendy Wintersteen shared her concern for Iowa State's international students, specifically the anxiety caused by a federal rule earlier this week that international students whose fall coursework is all online may not stay in the U.S. She said Iowa State leaders are coordinating with national higher education organizations on the issue. "We are advocating for our international students to have maximum flexibility to continue their education at ISU as we prioritize health and safety during the COVID-19 crisis," Wintersteen wrote.
Outdoor sculpture exhibit opens in Reiman Gardens
"Ribbit the Exhibit," an outdoor collection of human-scale frog sculptures, opened this week at Reiman Gardens and will run through early October. Artist J.A. Cobb crafted the pieces from copper and gave each one personality and interests, including frogs modeling the Grant Wood classic, "American Gothic." The outdoor areas of Reiman Gardens are open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily; buildings remain closed.
New ISU policy covers parcels shipped out of the country
In response to new federal rules on export and trade that took effect June 29, Iowa State has a new policy on shipping international parcels. To avoid customs delays, seizure of goods or inadvertent violation of the new rules, ISU parcels leaving the country require the office of research ethics' international shipping form (downloadable on the policy website) and must be shipped through ISU postal and parcel services. Bypassing these requirements makes shipping costs ineligible for reimbursement. The university policy covers parcels; letters, postcards and flat envelopes don't apply.