Climber on the Lied Center bouldering wall.

Hold tight

A new bouldering wall, which does not require ropes or harnesses, opened in the Lied Center this month. Recreation services offers three indoor climbing options -- one at Lied and two at State Gym.

Changes intended to improve students' graduation experience

A key change assigns time in Hilton Coliseum to four undergraduate colleges whose recognition events outgrew their former spaces. Additionally, several graduation traditions -- for example, caps and gowns -- are reserved for all-university ceremonies.

P&S staff: Check your position description

Professional and scientific staff are encouraged to review their position descriptions with their managers. Standard job factors for each classification were added and previous job factor language -- often written for specific positions -- will disappear in the coming months.


Erin Baldwin


Erin Baldwin joined Iowa State on Jan. 4 as director of the Thielen Student Health Center. 

Senate considering department merger

A reorganization plan introduced to the Faculty Senate merges the anthropology and world languages and cultures departments. Senators will vote next month on the proposal.

Rao named associate VP for research

His responsibilities will include developing interdisciplinary research teams in response to emerging federal priorities.

Talk safety at your next staff meeting

Periodic safety discussions are one of the most important ways to prepare for a crisis in the office or the classroom.