May 2021

College Creek cleanup is scheduled for June 12

To help estimate supply needs, online registration is requested for cleanup of College Creek in campus and campustown locations Saturday, June 12 (10 a.m.-2 p.m.). Volunteers should dress for the weather and wear closed-toe shoes. Supplies (bug repellent, sunscreen, gloves, bags and trash grabbers) will be provided at check-in at the Forker Building parking lot; volunteers are welcome to bring their own supplies, too. Refreshments will be provided. More information is online.

Cardinal Women* applications due May 31 for fall cohort

Applications are being accepted online through May 31 for this fall's Cardinal Women, a growth opportunity for faculty and staff who identify as women* or womxn (including individuals who are cisgender, trans, or of trans experience, and individuals who identify as gender non-binary or gender queer who seek this community). Participants will engage in discussions designed to foster leadership, goal orientation and purpose in their personal and professional spheres. The curriculum involves short written and video resources previewed prior to a monthly (August-December) 2-hour gathering that will include large and small group discussions. 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 women* in our community. Questions may be directed to Tera Lawson or Denise Williams-Klotz, Cardinal Women co-founders and co-facilitators.

Employee focus groups invited to provide input on current student data systems

Staff and faculty focus groups are meeting this month to provide input on, in their experience, what works and doesn't work with current student systems. It's part of the WorkCyte Phase 2 project to implement student information and receivables in Workday. Sign up online to participate in a one-hour session with 6-10 other employees.

Changes to events, gatherings guidance take effect May 10

Face coverings are still required, but allowable crowd densities move to 75% of a room's rated capacity in new (non-classroom) large events guidelines for the time period May 10-Aug. 1. The goal is to tranition to 100% capacity for fall semester. However, classroom capacities for summer session remain at 50%. Physical distancing indoors still is recommended, for example in lines or around a beverage bar.

Lab school has openings for preschool children

The Child Development Laboratory School has spots available for preschool children who will be four years old by Aug. 15, with enrollment starting Aug. 19. The lab school offers full-day child care throughout the year for infants, toddlers and preschoolers in the Palmer Building on the north edge of central campus. It is operated by the human development and family studies department. Enrollment is not limited to families affiliated with Iowa State. The program has been operating on the ISU campus since 1924 and provides hands-on experience for students preparing to be early childhood teachers, administrators, and child and family specialists. It also serves as a research site. Apply online or contact school staff by phone (294-3040) or email for more information.

Second-dose clinics announced; J&J vaccine available May 18-19

Employees and students interested in receiving their second dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine on campus can schedule an appointment for clinics May 12-13 and May 18-20. Appointments are also available May 18-19 for the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

Faculty-Staff Inspirations winners to be honored June 4

A virtual ceremony June 4 (noon-12:30 p.m.) will honor the three 2021 winners of the ISU Alumni Association's Faculty-Staff Inspiration Award, which recognizes current or former ISU faculty and staff who have had a significant influences on students' lives. Winners this year are Brianna Burke, asssociate professor of English; Manju Reddy, professor and Doris A. Adams Endowed Chair of food science and human nutrition; and Giles Fowler, associate professor in the Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication (awarded posthumously). Click here to register for the event and leave a note of congratulations for one of the recipients.  Registration closes at noon on June 3. The event will be livestreamed on the Alumni Association's Facebook page.

Virtual spring Honors poster sessions are available now

The University Honors Program invites the campus community to visit its Spring 2021 virtual poster session. The online platform features the capstone research projects of 109 Honors students and spring graduates and includes recorded presentations.

Testing site, contact tracing operations are shifting

The COVID-19 testing site at Johnny's lounge in Hilton Coliseum will close May 6. On-campus testing for faculty, staff and students will continue to be available this summer at Thielen Student Health Center, though employees are encouraged to seek testing through their health care provider, local pharmacies or Test Iowa. Contact tracing and case investigation for cases of COVID-19 on campus, which have been handled by ISU staff since last summer, will shift soon to the Iowa Department of Public Health. Both changes were announced in a May 5 campus message sent to faculty, staff and students.

No changes to face covering policy, for now

University policy on when and where face coverings must be worn due to the risk of transmitting COVID-19 have not changed, according to a May 5 campus message from President Wendy Wintersteen, chair of the Moving Forward Coordinate Committee John Lawrence and associate vice president for student health and wellness Erin Baldwin. With some specific exceptions, the policy mandates wearing a face covering inside all university buildings and outdoors on university property when in spaces where staying 6 feet from others may not be possible, such as sidewalks and parking lots. Senior leaders are monitoring the situation daily, and their decisions will remain rooted in science-based information and public health guidance, the campus message said. More information about the face covering policy for the fall semester will be released in mid-July.

Sign of the times: Symptom checker will cease May 7

The final Cyclones Care Symptom Checker of the semester will go out Friday morning, May 7. The daily communication -- sent via email or text -- launched last August to remind employees and students to self-check for COVID-19 symptoms before coming to campus or participating in university activities. Even without the daily check, as a good health practice, students, staff and faculty are encouraged to self-monitor for symptoms of illness and stay home if they're sick.

Summer office hours can begin May 10

Units may choose to use summer hours May 10-Aug. 13. During the transition to pre-pandemic levels of campus operations this summer, offices will start to reopen to the public and an increasing number of services will be offered in person. Depending on how that shift develops, the summer hours schedule of 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. with a shorter lunch break may be observed as office hours or an employee's working hours. Summer schedules need to maintain service for students, customers and clients, including summer orientation participants, and support daily operations -- for instance, ongoing research, public service programs, public safety and utilities management. To adopt a summer schedule, units need approval from the appropriate senior leader.

More volunteers needed at State Gym clinic

Additional volunteers are need for nonclinical shifts to operate the State Gym mass vaccination clinic May 11-14 and May 13-18. The times vary and are noted by each day on the signup webpage. Volunteers are need for wayfinding/observation (directing and observing patients while standing) and registration (checking in patients while sitting). Training will be provided at the start of shifts. Faculty, staff, postdocs and graduate assistants should contact their supervisor before signing up. Dates and times are subject to change based on demand. For more information, see the vaccination clinic support webpage. 

Innovative teams sought for LEGO competition

ISU teams of two or three students, staff, faculty or alumni are invited to participate in a LEGO™ brick-building challenge during the Iowa State Fair (Aug. 12-22) around the theme of "Innovate at Iowa State." Register your team by June 1, submit your concept by July 1 and then build it during a two-hour time slot during the fair (LEGO™ bricks provided). Five prizes ($500-$3,000) will be awarded.

P&S seminar continues dialogue on DEI efforts

The next event in the Professional and Scientific Council Seminar Series is set for May 11 (2-3 p.m. online). It will continue the dialogue begun during a fall seminar on the topics of diversity, equity and inclusion and feature an update on campus DEI efforts. Panelists are representatives from the office of diversity, equity and inclusion, office of equal opportunity, and ISU Extension and Outreach. To make the most of this session, organizers ask participants to pre-register and submit a question for the panel. All questions may not be answered directly, but the intent is to cover a range of topics. 

All seminar series events this spring are livestreamed and the recorded session will be posted in Learn@ISU approximately one week later. 

Inside shares summer schedule

Inside Iowa State will experiment with an every-other-week summer publication schedule during the next three months. Scheduled publication dates are:

  • May 20
  • June 3
  • June 17
  • July 1
  • July 15
  • July 29
  • Aug. 12

Weekly publication resumes Aug. 19. The submission deadline will remain noon on those Wednesdays preceding a Thursday publication date; send items to