New hours at COVID-19 testing site begin Sept. 28

Beginning Monday, Sept. 28, the university's primary COVID-19 testing site at Johnny's in Hilton Coliseum will have new service hours. They are:

  • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Wednesday: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Saturday: 9 a.m.-noon

Students, faculty and staff should continue to call (515) 294-5801 (option 9) to schedule an appointment, or make an appointment online at

Weekly snapshot added to COVID data website

A new feature added to the top of the COVID-19 Testing site is a weekly snapshot that provides a few takeaways on the current dashboard data. The snapshot will be updated every Monday when the new weekly numbers are posted.

Pick a day to celebrate Green Dot Action Month in October

As part of Green Dot Action Month in October, Student Wellness is asking faculty, staff and students to lead their offices or student organizations in promoting Green Dot, the university's personal violence prevention initiative. Go to the online sign-up sheet to select a proactive Green Dot action for an office or organizations and a specific day. On the day of your group's event, celebrate by decorating and wearing green. Post photos of your virtual or in-person gathering with #GreenDotActionMonth to enter a drawing for gift cards.

Nominations due Dec. 1 for alumni association awards

Nominations are due Dec. 1 for three awards presented annually by the ISU Alumni Association. Questions about any of the awards may be directed to Katie Lickteig. The awards are:

  • Faculty/Staff Inspiration Award (nominators must have been ISU students), recognizes an employee who had a significant impact on a student's professional or personal life while at Iowa State.
  • Iowa STATEment Maker, recognizes alumni 34 years and younger who reflect the spirit of ISU with accomplishments in any of these categories: scholastic, career achievement, personal achievement, entrepreneurial spirit or service.
  • Wallace E. Barron All-University Senior Award, recognizes outstanding senior students (90+ credits) who display high character, achievements in academics and university/community activities, and promise for continuing these exemplary qualities as alumni. Seniors graduating this December are eligible.

Reminder: TIAA match goes down in September

University employees who participate in the TIAA mandatory retirement plan are reminded the reduction in the university's match takes effect this month and will show up for the first time in the "employer paid benefits" section of September payslips. Announced in July as part of a broad budget-reduction plan, the university is reducing its TIAA match 2 percentage points (from 10% to 8%) for 10 months, September through the end of the fiscal year in June. This change does not impact an employee's pay. The reduction will save the university an estimated $4.8 million.

University faculty, staff awards ceremony won't be held

Iowa State's annual faculty-staff awards ceremony, which honors the recipients of 27 university-wide awards for excellence in teaching, research, outreach, service and professionalism, won't be held this fall due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Award plaques will be delivered to all recipients later this semester. The list of award recipients was shared with the campus community in the April 30 Inside Iowa State.

Register for Oct. 1 'Picture a Scientist' screening, discussion

ISU ADVANCE will host a screening of "Picture A Scientist" Oct. 1 (6 p.m., via Webex). The 93-minute documentary chronicles the careers of three women scientists who overcame harassment, institutional discrimination and years of subtle slights to revolutionize the culture in science. After the screening, there will be a panel discussion of representatives of the ADVANCE Midwest Partnership: Iowa State, North Dakota State, Western Michigan and Michigan Tech. Register in advance to receive a Webex link for the event.

Reiman entrepreneurial speaker is Sept. 29

Alex Timm, CEO and cofounder of Columbus, Ohio-based Root Insurance, will present the Pappajohn Center for Entreprenuership's next Reiman series address Tuesday, Sept. 29 (noon-1 p.m., via Zoom). Register online to receive the Zoom link. Timm altered the insurance industry when he founded Root Insurance on the principle that rates should be based on driving behaviors, not demographics. His talk is titled, "Using Data and Technology to Disrupt."

View John Lewis documentary, support Stephens Auditorium

Stephens Auditorium patrons can unlock access to the 2020 documentary, "John Lewis: Good Trouble," join a nationwide watch hosted by 60+ cultural sites and support Stephens. The $12 rental fee includes a $5 donation to Stephens, and the movie link is good for 30 days after purchase. This rental includes access to Lewis' interview with Oprah Winfrey shortly before his July 17 death and a one-hour panel discussion, recorded in July, between the film's director and two of Lewis' fellow Freedom Riders, Bernard Lafayette and Rip Patton. You also may take part in a live virtual conversation about Lewis' legacy Sept. 21 (6 p.m.)

P&S class/comp system goes live in Workday this weekend

As announced last month, Sunday, Sept. 20, is the go-live date in Workday for the new classification and compensation system for the university's professional and scientific (P&S) employees. Information relevant to the new system -- including final job title, pay grade, the new 16-level pay matrix and exemption status under the federal FLSA -- will be available in Workday. Last week and this week, supervisors of P&S employees received email notification of their employees' placement in the compensation structure, the final piece to implementing the new system. Supervisors were invited to share this news with their employees prior to Sept. 20. P&S employees are encouraged to review their profiles in Workday starting next week; see the new headline in the announcements section when you log in.

Cardinal Women* announces 2020-21 cohort

The third cohort of Cardinal Women*, a personal and professional leadership development program for ISU faculty and staff who identify as women, kicked off this month. The 60-person roster is split into fall and spring participants, with each 30-person group holding five two-hour in-person sessions with 10 small group leaders, following Cyclones Care safety protocols, and continuing the discussion on Canvas between meetings. Program topics include identifying and silencing the inner critic, discovering and utilizing your inner mentor, communication style strategies, approaches to negotiation, and how to support and affirm community members who identify as women. Tera Lawson of procurement services and Denise Williams-Klotz of Multicultural Student Affairs developed and lead the program.

Fall deadlines extended for student tuition adjustments

Recognizing that the COVID-19 pandemic may be causing challenges or hardships for students and their families, Iowa State is extending the deadlines for withdrawals and tuition adjustments for fall 2020 semester. 

  • The deadline to withdraw and pay 50% of fall tuition has been extended from Friday, Sept. 4, to Friday, Sept. 25. 
  • The deadline to withdraw and pay 75% of fall tuition has been extended from Friday, Sept. 11, to Friday, Oct. 9. 

The university's objective during this time has been to help all students make academic progress toward their degrees by balancing in-person learning and virtual classes. These circumstances are not ideal and may not be sustainable for all students.

CELT will hire an inclusive classroom faculty fellow

The Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) invites tenured and term faculty at the rank of associate or full professor to apply for a half-time, three-year position as an Inclusive Classroom Faculty Fellow, beginning no later than January 2021. The fellow will be provided with 50% release time. More information, including application instructions, are on the CELT website.

Homecoming week will go virtual Oct. 4-10

The 108th homecoming celebration at Iowa State will be a first of its kind, with all activities and events held virtually. The Oct. 4-10 homecoming week, Cardinal and Bold, will include a look at the alumni band's 40th anniversary, a live Cyclone Power Hour with alumni association president and CEO Jeff Johnson and a paint victory lane contest for Cyclone fans everywhere. Find details about more events at the homecoming week website. Homecoming buttons will still be available at the ISU Book Store for $2.

GEAR UP student success program arrives at Iowa State

Iowa State's freshman class includes 330 students from 12 Iowa school districts that participated in the federal GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs), which expands college access for underrepresented students in grades 7-12. In Iowa, it's administered by Iowa College Aid. Iowa State received grant funding this year for resources that support the students' transition to college. That assistance could be book vouchers for the bookstore, tutoring funds for the Academic Success Center, emergency grants, peer mentoring and advising with ISU's GEAR UP coordinator, Samantha Secor. Participating students have a GEAR UP tag in EAB Campus, and their academic advisers may either recommend GEAR UP services to them or contact Secor. The students have been receiving regular emails from Secor that explain resources available to them. National GEAR UP week is Sept. 21-25.

Tell us about your United Way fundraiser

The university's 2020 United Way fundraising campaign is underway, with a goal of $400,250. Pledges are requested by Oct. 15; donations via payroll deduction this fall should be requested in Workday; click on the "Donate to the United Way" announcement on your Workday homepage to get started. University campaign leaders include vice president for extension and outreach John Lawrence (campaign chair) and College of Veterinary Medicine dean Dan Grooms (leadership gifts chair).

If it's open to the university community, send details about your unit's United Way auction site or fundraiser event to, and the staff will post a list.

Happy Constitution Day

Sept. 17 is Constitution Day and Citizenship Day in the United States, commonly shortened to Constitution Day. It commemorates the signing of the U.S. Constitution in Philadelphia on Sept. 17, 1787, the final day of the Constitutional Convention, by 39 men representing 12 states. (The 13th state, Rhode Island, didn't send a delegate because its leaders cautioned against laws that gave additional powers to a national government). In 1911, Iowa became the first state to recognize the anniversary as Constitution Day. Constitution Day is a national observance, though not a public holiday.

Language in the federal Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2005, requires educational institutions that receive federal funding to observe the day, celebrating the enduring strength of the Constitution. The National Constitution Center, Philadelphia, is providing online programming this year. More.

Study abroad fair is Sept. 23 at the MU

The Study Abroad Center will host its fall study abroad fair Wednesday, Sept. 23 (10 a.m.-3 p.m., MU Sun Room and South Ballroom). "Dream now, plan next, travel soon" is a one-stop place for students to learn about future opportunities, including internships and study options from one week to one year. Masks are required and social distancing measures will be in place. A decision about ISU spring semester study abroad programs is pending.

Senior VP Younger urges students to hold safe football parties

In a Sept. 9 letter to the Cyclone student body, senior vice president for student affairs Toyia Young encouraged students to party smart and stay committed to the Cyclones Care behaviors on opening football weekend -- and the fall weekends to follow. She reminded them to limit guests to 10 (and have a plan if uninvited others show up), wear face coverings and avoid sharing food or beverage containers.

How to cite presentations at conferences canceled by the pandemic

It's a question many researchers ponder: When my paper was accepted for a conference that later is canceled, is there still a place for it in my vitae? In this short article, library interim associate dean and head of the research services department Lorrie Pellack summarizes style recommendations from the Modern Language Association and American Psychological Association.

'Women Impacting ISU' calendar nominations due Sept. 25

The Catt Center is accepting nominations for its 2021 "Women Impacting ISU" calendar through 11:59 p.m. Friday, Sept. 25. The calendar is open to all individuals who identify as a woman, inclusive of cisgender and transgender identities. Faculty and P&S or merit staff must be employed by Iowa State during the 2021 calendar year to be eligible for nomination. Students graduating in May 2021 may be nominated. Nominators do not need to be employees or students at Iowa State. Nomination instructions are on the Catt Center's website; questions about the process may be directed to Sue Cloud, 294-3181.

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