CELT has a solution to "bombers" in Zoom, Webex
Some Zoom users are experiencing "Zoombombing," where non-students join your Zoom session to disrupt a class or a meeting. These disruptions may involve sharing of racist, misogynistic or vulgar content. This also is possible for those using WebEx outside its Canvas integration. The Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching has posted a workaround for both Zoom and WebEx to prevent these interruptions.
Harmon accepts leadership post at Michigan
Senior vice president for student affairs Martino Harmon has accepted the position of vice president for student life at the University of Michigan, effective July 1. Harmon arrived at Iowa State in September 2013, serving first as associate vice president for student affairs before being promoted to his current role in 2016. His last day at Iowa State will be June 5.
"Martino has excelled at leading the division of student affairs, building a strong team that is committed and cares deeply about our students," said President Wendy Wintersteen. "He has been a key member of my leadership team, bringing personal insight, wisdom and analytical skills to every discussion about the critical issues of the university."
Harmon said the decision to leave Ames was difficult, but influenced by the chance to be closer to his family.
"I have loved every moment of my time at Iowa State University. I am so proud of how our student affairs team cares for our students and enhances their Iowa State experience. I will deeply miss my team, our students, and all of my campus and community colleagues," he said.
Wintersteen said she will begin the search for Harmon's successor in the very near future.
COVID-19 wellness campaign launches for students and employees
Student Health and Wellness and ISU WellBeing have launched a campaign to help students and employees navigate the changes caused by virtual instruction, remote work and social distancing. The website for the "Keep Community, Stay Informed, and Be Well" campaign offers work groups an employee action plan to fill out collaboratively. Daily tips also will be shared on social media emphasizing one of the campaign's three pillars.
VP for research search is suspended
The search for Iowa State's next vice president for research has been suspended until the COVID-19 outbreak has passed. Information about campus visits for the finalists, which had begun, will be shared at a later date.
Local hospitals ask for blood donations
The COVID-19 pandemic has increased the need for blood donations at most hospitals, including Mary Greeley Medical Center in Ames. LifeServe Blood Center, 819 Wheeler St. in the Northern Lights Center, is the donation center servicing MGMC. To donate, call 800-287-4903 or go online to make an appointment -- so social distancing can be maintained (walk-ins are discouraged for this reason). You will be asked screening questions about travel and health.
New name: Office of Student Financial Success
The Student Loan Education Office, a unit within student financial aid, is changing its name to the Office of Student Financial Success, effective March 30. The rationale for the change is:
- We discuss much more than just student loans in our conversations with students, and we need to share that message.
- Students who do not or can not borrow don't seek our expertise because the name implies we only discuss student loans.
- We believe this title will broaden our reach and have a wider impact on campus.
City bike trail to Vet Med campus closes March 16
The city trail from near South Third Street to South 16th Street closed March 16 and will remain closed for 16-18 months as part of the road project to extend South Grand Avenue to South 16th Street. The trail, which helps connect central Ames to the Veterinary Medicine campus, will be closed for the entire project because the existing pedestrian bridge will be removed and replaced with a new pedestrian bridge.