Mother and four children picnic next to large tulip beds

A fortnight for spring flowers

Reiman Gardens is open late -- until 8 p.m. -- April 18-20 and 25-27 so visitors can enjoy more than 50,000 tulips, hyacinths and other spring blooms at their peak.

Cyclone 101 aims to boost new student retention

The five-part, summer onboarding course has incoming students complete activity-based lessons in topics such as academic success, help-seeking behaviors, personal wellness and responsible financial decisions. The modules integrate other required training for students, including AlcoholEdu for College, First Amendment, sexual assault prevention and mental well-being.

Micro-credentials beginning to take shape on campus

CELT is leading a campuswide effort to explore and implement micro-credentials. Micro-credentials showcase knowledge, skills or abilities achieved in short-term learning modules or co-curricular activities. A town hall to ask questions and contribute ideas is April 23.

Ben Withers on Catt Hall porch

Benjamin Withers


Benjamin Withers began serving as dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences on April 15. Previously, he led the College of Liberal Arts at Colorado's land-grant university in Fort Collins.

Faculty promotions, diversity updates on regents' agenda next week

Also on the agenda when the state Board of Regents meets in Ames: elections for board leadership, final look at parking permit and student housing increases, and the first of Iowa State's degrees of the future, a Master of Digital Health.

Chad Garland in front of the Memorial Union

Chad Garland


Chad Garland began serving as director of the Memorial Union on April 15. He joins the MU staff from the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs campus, where he had led the University Center since 2015.

Council reviews compensation/benefits draft report

Recommendations include a central salary fund not dependent on state or departmental funding and consideration of additional voluntary employee benefits.

Industry assistance grows local economies

For 60 years, CIRAS has developed solutions to help manufacturers innovate and grow, benefiting local and state economies. Over the past five years alone, CIRAS has helped more than 4,600 Iowa businesses, creating an economic impact of $3.1 billion.