Campus visits scheduled for School of Ed director finalists

The first of four finalists in the search for the next director of the School of Education will interview on campus March 22-23. Jian Wang, the Helen DeVitt Jones Chair in Teacher Education at Texas Tech University, will present during an open forum on Thursday, March 22 (2:30-3:30 p.m., W262 Lagomarcino). Other finalist campus interviews are scheduled on March 26-27 and 28-29, and April 3-4. Candidate names will be shared publicly when travel arrangements are finalized. Updates and information will be posted on the College of Human Sciences' search page.

Comment period for authorship policy draft closes April 30

A draft of the university's authorship policy, which applies to all ISU individuals who publish about their research and creative work, is available in the online policy library. Accompanying it is a draft of applications and guidance (PDF). Members of the university community are invited to read the drafts and submit any comments or questions to by April 30. The target effective date for the policy is June 1. The Faculty Senate's governance council has found no conflicts between the draft policy and the "Faculty Handbook."

Free digital access to Wall Street Journal available

Faculty, staff and students can sign up for a free digital subscription to the Wall Street Journal, adding another free national newspaper to the already available New York Times. After student government leaders decided against renewing the one-year Times subscription, the library decided to support the campuswide subscription to the Times and the Journal, which cost $35,000 each per year. To instruction on how to sign up to either newspaper, go online to the library's newspaper guide.

Chess challenge will benefit SHOP student pantry

David Jiles, Distinguished Professor of electrical and computer engineering, challenges all to a game of chess (as many as 12 contests simultaneously) on Saturday, March 24 (noon-4 p.m., Parks Library lobby). The event is a fundraiser for Students Helping Our Peers (SHOP), 2616 Food Sciences; the suggested donation is $5 per game to challenge Jiles. Participants also are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items (no damaged packaging or expired use dates) for the student-run pantry. 

Nominations for Honors award for teaching, advising, mentoring are due April 2

The University Honors Program gives two annual awards of $500 for excellence in:

  • Teaching Honors courses, contracted courses or seminars
  • Advising or mentoring Honors students academically, in first-year research or in final projects

Anyone who has taught or mentored in Honors at least once may be nominated. Nominations, including self-nominations, and supporting materials are due to the Honors program office, 2130 Jischke, by 5 p.m. Monday, April 2. The University Honors Committee will evaluate the nominations; recipients will be recognized at the Honors convocation April 25.

Computer science hosts K-12 competition April 14

The computer science department will host its annual computational thinking competition for students in grades kindergarten-12 Saturday, April 14 (11 a.m.-5 p.m. Durham Center). Students will compete in four age categories with prizes awarded to the top three in each category (grades K-3, 4-6, 7-9, 10-12). Projects can come from any school subject, but must present a problem or task that can be solved using computational thinking (complete with abstraction, an algorithm and computational model). Registration is free; the deadline is April 7. Individuals and teams are welcome. Questions may be emailed to

Library is adding electric outlets

In response to student requests, areas on the second and third floors of Parks Library are getting additional outlets during and immediately following spring break. Last year, the library began installing Thread, a system that allows power outlets where they are needed. Once complete, 1,305 seats in Parks Library will have direct access to an outlet, and the total number of outlets in the library will increase 20 percent.

Kinesiology department chair interviews start March 5

Campus interviews have been scheduled for three finalists in the search for the next department of kinesiology chair. Candidates will meet with faculty, staff and students during their two-day campus visits. Finalist names will be made public just prior to each campus visit. Candidate forums are open to the public and will be held from 4 to 5 p.m. in 279 Forker Building. Interview dates are:

  • March 5, Warren Franke, ISU kinesiology
  • March 19
  • March 21

Modified hours at Parks Library during spring break

Parks Library will be open modified hours March 9-17 for spring break. The library will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, March 9, and Monday through Friday, March 12-16. It will closed the weekend days of March 10, 11 and 17. Normal library hours resume on Sunday, March 18. Information about other library facilities is online.

Memorial service for Colleen Jolly is March 10

A memorial service for Colleen Jolly, former Extension program specialist in the department of human development and family studies, will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 10, at First United Methodist Church, 516 Kellogg Ave. A visitation will be held Friday, March 9 (5-7 p.m.), also at the church. Jolly died Sunday, Jan. 21, at a Des Moines hospital. She worked in ISU Extension and Outreach for nearly 20 years, retiring in 2007. Obituary.

Online tool helps determine 2018 tax withholdings under new federal law

In response to the federal Tax Cut and Jobs Act, the Internal Revenue Service released a withholding calculator Feb. 28 to help employees determine how much tax to have withheld from their paychecks in 2018. Employees who determine they need to adjust the amount of tax withheld from their Iowa State paychecks should submit a new W-4 form to the university. The electronic W-4 is available via AccessPlus (under the employee tab, find W-4), or employees may stop by the payroll office, 1560 Administrative Services Building, to fill out a paper form.

Registration is open for Friday afternoon STEM camp for girls

Spring Science Explorations, an after-school camp sponsored by the Program for Women in Science and Engineering for girls in grades 3-6, will be held Friday afternoons, March 23-April 13 (4-6 p.m., Carver Hall). Camps are led by Iowa State students and teach girls about science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) by engaging them in hands-on activities. Register online or via email by March 19.

LGBTQA+ faculty staff association seeks new co-chairs

The two-year terms of the current co-chairs of the LGBTQA+ Faculty and Staff Association end this spring, and nominations and applications for new co-chairs are being accepted through 5 p.m. Friday, March 23. The term is May 2018-May 2020. More information about the positions, including the application form, is online; questions may be directed to search committee member Tara Fisher.

Faculty and staff looking to connect with the LGBTQA+ Faculty and Staff Association are invited to send their email address to to receive information and updates about group activities. The group also has Facebook and Twitter accounts.

Tuesday orchestra matinee canceled due to weather

Due to forecasted weather conditions, the ISU Symphony Orchestra concert scheduled for 10 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 20, at Stephens Auditorium has been canceled. The concert, part of the Iowa State Center's Youth Matinee Series, will not be rescheduled. Ticket buyers may receive a full discount at their point of purchase. Questions may be directed to 294-4608 during business hours.

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