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Term faculty invited to apply for spring professional development funds

November 17, 2021 3:43 pm

The Office of the Senior Vice President and Provost provides funds to support professional development of term faculty — up to $500 to participate in a virtual or in-person activity, such as trainings, workshops or conferences. Applications from faculty with limited professional development support particularly are encouraged.

Applications are due Wednesday, Dec. 15, for opportunities Jan. 1—June 30, 2022. Abstracts for conference presentations don’t need to be accepted at the time of submission. Recipients will be notified within three weeks of the deadline. More information, including submission directions, is online.

Food pantry seeks volunteers for December, January shifts

November 16, 2021 2:45 pm

The SHOP student food pantry is asking university employees to volunteer during prep week, finals week and over winter break to help keep the pantry open three times a week (Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday) for students who remain in Ames. The food pantry, located in 1306 Beyer, will not be open on university holidays.

Volunteers may select their shifts on this sign-up site, and more information is sent automatically in an email. Questions may be directed to SHOP advisor Breanna Wetzler, 294-4875.

GIS Day Celebration is Nov. 17

November 12, 2021 1:17 pm

Join the ISU Geographic Information Systems Support and Research Facility to celebrate GIS Day! Enjoy themed cupcakes and poster and trading card giveaways, and learn more about the Geographic Information Science minor and GIS graduate certificate program administered through the Department of Community and Regional Planning. The event will be from 2–4 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 17, in the foyer inside the main entrance to the College of Design.

RSVP for faculty peer mentor/mentee event

November 11, 2021 11:38 am

College of Design faculty at all levels are invited to attend the College Peer Mentoring event from noon–1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 19, in 116 Design. Organized by graphic design associate professors Carol Faber and Andrea Quam, the event is intended to identify faculty who need help finding a mentor and faculty who would like to be mentors, and cover new and existing resources for mentors and mentees. A light lunch will be served; you’re asked to RSVP to Amy Bannister by noon Wednesday, Nov. 17, to ensure enough food is ordered.

Submit P&S CYtation Award nominations by Dec. 1

November 8, 2021 10:29 am

The university Professional and Scientific Council encourages individuals, programs, departments and colleges to nominate P&S employees by Wednesday, Dec. 1, for an Individual CYtation Award/Woodin CYtation Award, Team CYtation Award or Outstanding New Councilor CYtation Award. Anyone can submit a CYtation nomination.

Awards showcase the many ways P&S employees have gone above their normal duties, done something extraordinarily well or acted in a way to make a real difference at ISU. Email pands-a@iastate.edu with any questions, or visit the P&S Council awards website.

Save the date for Dec. 1 college strategic plan town hall

November 8, 2021 7:25 am

All College of Design faculty and staff are invited to attend the strategic plan town hall scheduled from 3–4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 1, in Kocimski Auditorium. Senior associate dean Cameron Campbell is meeting with individual departments and units within the college to present the existing draft of the plan and gather feedback, which will be incorporated into the town hall presentation. We’re looking at options for a virtual component to the town hall to allow for the greatest possible participation.

The goal at the Dec. 1 event will be to gain consensus on the primary and secondary goals in the plan and move toward a vote to approve those goals, likely at the first college faculty-staff meeting of spring semester.

Foreign travel grant proposals due Dec. 17

November 4, 2021 12:44 pm

Foreign travel grant proposals for the travel period of March 1–Oct. 31, 2022, are due from departments to the Dean’s Office by 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 17Submit the original copy only with department chair signature. This is an internal college deadline to allow the Research, Extension and Outreach Council to review applications prior to submission to the university.

‘Tracing Race’ digital project proposals due Nov. 24

November 3, 2021 10:32 am

The Tracing Race at Iowa State University Advisory Group is seeking proposals for digital projects that reveal the under-documented history of accomplishment and experience of people of color, and engage with the history of race, inequality, racism, and student, faculty and staff activism at Iowa State University. The committee welcomes proposals from students, faculty and staff in all disciplines. Submit proposals by Wednesday, Nov. 24.

WorkFlex staff requests due by Friday, Nov. 26

November 1, 2021 11:24 am

Through Friday, Nov. 26, eligible staff can submit a request for a flexible work arrangement under the new WorkFlex program. Applications are made through Workday. Enter “create request” in the Workday search bar and select “WorkFlex Request Type” to find the online submission form. All fields in the form are required. Detailed instructions for submitting a request are posted in the ISU Service Portal. Please refer to the Nov. 1 email from University Human Resources with the subject line “WorkFlex Application Window Open for Employees: November 1–26.”

New Design Closet crowdfunding campaign under way

November 1, 2021 11:18 am

The College of Design Multicultural Student Success Office has launched a new FundISU campaign to raise money for the Design Closet. The Design Closet provides new and gently used or recycled supplies and materials principally to first-year design students, but it is open to all design students who need support to be successful in their studies. The Design Closet also provides funds for advanced students to participate in professional development activities. Read more and consider making a gift online

New student travel guidelines

October 25, 2021 9:04 am

New guidelines from the University Response Team outline what faculty and staff should consider when external organizations providing educational opportunities for ISU students — internships and study abroad programs, for instance — have COVID-19 vaccine, mask and testing requirements. In some cases, alternative arrangements may be necessary to help students complete course or degree requirements, particularly for required or department-selected experiences. Read more in the Oct. 25 memo from senior vice president and provost Jonathan Wickert

Award nomination deadline extended to Jan. 15

October 25, 2021 8:11 am

The deadline to submit nominations for college and university awards for internal review has been extended to Saturday, Jan. 15, 2022. The College of Design annually presents awards for advising, research and scholarship, teaching, outreach/service and extraordinary performance for faculty, staff and students (both undergraduate and graduate). A number of prestigious university awards for faculty, staff, students and alumni also are presented by various Iowa State units each year. Information and links are available on the Awards & Recognition page of our website.

Please note that nominations for university Professional and Scientific Council CYtation Awards and ISU Alumni Association Faculty & Staff Inspiration Award and Wallace E. Barron All University Senior Award are due to those units by Dec. 1, 2021.

Submit college speaker nominations by Feb. 1

October 18, 2021 8:09 am

The Liaison Council and the Lectures and Exhibitions Committee seek guest speaker nominations from faculty, staff and student groups for 2022-23. Please submit nominations by filling out the online form. The deadline is Feb. 1, 2022.

#InclusiveByDesign Conversations seeks guest participants

October 1, 2021 10:13 am

The College of Design Office of Multicultural Student Success invites you to participate in the new #InclusiveByDesign Conversations initiative. #IBD Conversations is meant to be a space where we discuss issues of social justice, diversity, equity, inclusion, liberation and cultural sustainability manifest in art, design and planning.

This podcast recording will take place virtually or in person and highlight your work, your research, your questions and the ways you believe art, design and planning shape our present and future. If you’re interested in a being a guest, please fill out the online form.

Presenters sought for National Origami Day celebration at Reiman Gardens

September 24, 2021 2:06 pm

Reiman Gardens is seeking people to give a public lecture/presentation or demonstration of origami for a celebration of National Origami Day on Thursday, Nov. 11 in conjunction with the OrigamiintheGarden2 sculpture exhibition. The presentation or demonstration should be 45 minutes to one hour long, and three time slots are available: 10:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m. or 4:30 p.m. If you’re interested and available, email Logan Metzger by Tuesday, Oct. 5.

College, university award nominations due Dec. 1

September 18, 2021 1:37 pm

A number of prestigious awards for faculty, staff, students and alumni are presented by Iowa State University each year. Calls for nominations come from various units (ISU Alumni Association, Office of the Senior Vice President and Provost, P&S Council, ISU Extension and Outreach and the College of Design).

Please submit your nominations for both college and university awards via email to Amy Bannister or deliver hard copies to her in 146 Design by 5 p.m. CST Wednesday, Dec. 1, so the relevant college councils and committees will know who is being nominated and can provide support for your nomination(s). College deadlines are intentionally set earlier than the administering units’ deadlines to allow for internal review, ranking and recommendation.

CELT fall programming schedule

September 13, 2021 9:38 am

The Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching offers a wide range of in-person, hybrid and online programming for faculty. Many workshops and webinars cover course design, conferencing software, other technology tools and strategies, team-based learning, student engagement, accessibility, equity and inclusion, and more. View the PDF flier for a complete list of fall 2021 programming, and register online by searching CELT’s Upcoming Events page or CELT’s channel on the ISU Events Calendar.

Culture, Land and Health faculty learning community meetings

September 13, 2021 8:56 am

Hans Klein-Hewett, assistant professor of landscape architecture, received funding from the Office of the Vice President for Research for a new faculty learning community on “Culture, Land and Health: Improving the Rural Quality of Life.” This interdisciplinary learning community focuses on place-based and culture-first research into the intersection of rural users and the rural landscape with the primary goal of sustaining and enriching rural communities.

The group meets at 9 a.m. the first Wednesday of every month in 1118 Student Innovation Center. The next meeting will be at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 6. Email hansk@iastate.edu to be added to the membership list.

College faculty-staff meeting schedule for fall

September 8, 2021 12:23 pm

The College of Design faculty-staff meetings for fall semester will be from noon–1 p.m. Mondays, Sept. 27, Oct. 25 and Nov. 29. We will continue to hold them virtually via Webex. Agendas and links will be emailed in advance.

Women Impacting ISU calendar nominations due Sept. 24

September 6, 2021 8:33 am

The Catt Center is accepting nominations for its 2022 “Women Impacting ISU” calendar through 11:59 p.m. Friday, Sept. 24. The calendar is open to all individuals who identify as a woman, inclusive of cisgender and transgender identities. Faculty and staff must be employed by the university for the 2022 calendar year to be eligible for nomination. Students graduating in May 2022 may be nominated. More information, including an FAQ and the nomination form, is online. Questions may be directed to cattcntr@iastate.edu, or call 515-294-9867.

Honors program invites spring seminar proposals

September 6, 2021 8:28 am

The University Honors program invites proposals to teach an Honors seminar in spring 2022. These one- or two-credit courses, offered for a half or full term, allow Honors students to examine topics of current or special interest. They are offered on a pass/fail basis, and enrollment typically is limited to 17 students. (See list of past seminars.) Honors allocates $500 per seminar for the professional development (e.g., professional subscriptions, membership fees, travel) of the instructor(s). Details and guidelines are on the Honors website; questions may be directed to Leisha Estep or Laurie Smith Law. Submit proposals via an online proposal form through Friday, Sept. 17.

Foreign travel grant applications due Oct. 1

September 5, 2021 11:39 am

Foreign travel grant proposals for the travel period of Nov. 1, 2021–June 30, 2022 are due from departments to the Administrative Services Office by 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 1. Submit the original copy only with department chair signature. This is an internal college deadline to allow the Research, Extension and Outreach Council to review applications prior to submission to the university.

Liaison Council seeks term faculty representative

September 4, 2021 9:42 am

The Liaison Council seeks a term faculty representative. This representative must be voted on by the term faculty within the College of Design. Nominations will be open until 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 9, and may be emailed to Liaison Council chair Jane Rongerude or to your departmental representative. Self-nominations are welcome.

Academic Affairs Council on hiatus until chair is elected

September 3, 2021 1:08 pm

Because there have been no nominations for the Academic Affairs Council chair position, the Liaison Council has voted to put the AAC on hiatus until someone who meets the criteria for the position outlined in the College of Design’s governance document steps forward to chair the council. Please note that in practical terms, this means that none of our degree programs will be able to submit proposals for experimental classes, new programs or curriculum changes until the AAC is active again. Anyone who has questions about this decision or who meets the criteria and would like to nominate themselves for the position is asked to contact Liaison Council chair Jane Rongerude or your departmental representative.

Drop off donations for Business Attire Pop-Up Shop

September 2, 2021 8:07 am

Career fair season is approaching, and the campus directors of multicultural student success have organized another free Business Attire Pop-Up Shop for students Wednesday–Friday, Sept. 8–10, in 1009 LeBaron. They are in need of gently used professional business attire (suits, jackets, shirts, pants, skirts, dresses, dress coats, etc.) and accessories (belts, ties, scarves, dress socks, jewelry, etc.) in all sizes and styles. You can drop off donations at 1009 LeBaron from 8 a.m.–2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 8. If unable to drop off during that time, contact Carmen Flagge with the subject line “Pop-Up Shop” to make other arrangements.

COVID-19 positive cases added to Moving Forward website

August 26, 2021 11:33 am

A “Campus COVID-19 Cases” item has been added to the right column of the Moving Forward website. Every Wednesday, the totals for the previous week will be updated. The site features two numbers: cases reported at Thielen Student Health Center and self-reports from students living in university housing and Greek housing.

Freshman Honors research program seeks faculty mentors for spring

August 26, 2021 11:32 am

All faculty and scientists are invited to participate in the first-year Honors mentor program. In this spring-semester program, talented first-year students work in some area of research or creative effort. Students can be mentored directly by faculty or by a research team member (e.g., post-doc or graduate student).

Freshmen work three hours/week per credit of HON 290, with a limit of six hours/week or two credits, graded satisfactory/fail. Students may apply for grants of up to $250 ($500 for group projects) in support of their research. Interested faculty and scientists are asked to register their research project(s) on the program website by Monday, Sept. 20. For more information, contact Svitlana Zbarska, 515-294-2064.

Smile and Write program for faculty and staff resumes this semester

August 26, 2021 11:30 am

The Office of the Senior Vice President and Provost will again offer its free Smile and Write online program for faculty and staff this fall. The program connects employees with their peers and leverages peer accountability to offer participants space to work on manuscripts, curriculum, articles and other writing projects.

Smile and Write will meet from 11 a.m.–1 p.m. Tuesdays, Aug. 31–Dec. 7, except for Nov. 23. Fourteen other non-Tuesday sessions with various two-hour meeting blocks are scheduled Sept. 3—Dec. 9. Participants receive the Zoom link by registering in advance for each session they’ll attend. More information is online.

Submit preproposals for BRL Art Innovators Commission by Sept. 24

August 24, 2021 12:14 pm

The deadline for preproposals for the Biorenewables Research Laboratory Art Innovators Commission has been extended. College of Design faculty and university partners are invited to submit preproposals for art to be commissioned for the Biorenewables Research Laboratory (BRL) building lobby/gallery. Awards ranging from $2,000–$6,000 will be provided to successful applicants in this juried competition for works that engage, inspire and educate the public about Iowa State interdisciplinary research to advance the bioeconomy.

Please review the Art Innovators Commission RFP and submit preproposals online by Friday, Sept. 24. Note that CVs can be added in the section where sketches are requested. Final proposals will be due Friday, Oct. 22, with selected project(s) completed by April 8, 2022. Email Jill Euken with questions.

Iowa State fall COVID vaccine clinics

August 6, 2021 8:51 am

All Iowa State University students, staff and faculty are strongly encouraged to get vaccinated against COVID-19. It’s one of the best ways to show Cyclones Care! Fall 2021 COVID vaccine clinics will be held from noon–3 p.m. on the following dates and locations:

  • Aug. 17–20: State Gym basketball court, south entrance
  • Aug. 25: Memorial Union, room 3560
  • Aug. 27: Memorial Union, room 3560
  • Sept. 1: Memorial Union, room 3560
  • Sept. 2: Lloyd Veterinary Medical Center, room 1521
  • Sept. 3: Memorial Union, room 3560
  • Sept. 10: Memorial Union, room 3560
  • Sept. 15: Parks Library, room 140
  • Sept. 22: Parks Library, room 140
  • Sept. 23: Lloyd Veterinary Medical Center, room 1521
  • Sept. 29: Parks Library

Both Pfizer-BioNTech and Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) vaccines will be offered at these clinics. Students, staff and faculty should bring their red ISU card with them to the vaccine clinics. Appointments can be scheduled online and walk-ins also are welcome. Further details and updates will be provided at www.care.iastate.edu.

University welcome and information station volunteers

August 5, 2021 4:13 pm

The Division of Student Affairs plans to provide five welcome and information stations across campus the first two days of classes again this year. The goal is to welcome students to Iowa State and answer their questions as they navigate the start of the fall semester. Three to five faculty/staff/student leaders will be assigned to each location per shift (9:30 a.m.–1:15 p.m. each day). Volunteers can sign up for multiple shifts if interested and available.

A 10′ x 10′ awning will mark each location except for the commuter lot bus shelter. Chairs and a box with materials will be provided. The Q&A sheets used during Destination Iowa State will be available for all volunteers to use as a reference. Bananas, apples, water, flyers about vaccination clinics and flyers about campus resources will be available for distribution. Volunteers are asked to use the provided gloves to distribute materials.

The shift schedule and volunteer sign-up sheet for both days can be found online. Volunteers are asked to sign up by 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 13. A confirmation email will be sent the week of Aug. 16.

Submit requests now for fall course reserves

August 3, 2021 12:58 pm

Instructors who want to place required materials on reserve for fall courses should submit requests now via Canvas. Information and instructions are on the library’s website. If you previously used course reserve and wish to use a list from a prior semester, you may import your earlier list. For questions about reserve materials, their copyright status or how to use them in Canvas, please contact the library’s course reserves staff.

College representation on University Benefits Committee

August 3, 2021 10:45 am

The College of Design has an opening for representation on the University Benefits Committee (UBC). The UBC advises Iowa State through the university’s chief financial officer regarding all matters related to employee benefit programs. The committee:

  • Financially analyzes any proposed changes to employee benefits
  • Makes recommendations regarding benefit programs that meet the needs of the university staff to be competitive with peer institutions
  • Makes recommendations regarding benefits policy, the design of benefit programs and selection of providers
  • Makes recommendations for benefit communication plans
  • Monitors provider and plan performance to ensure coverage and cost equity, balance, compliance and sustainability
  • Receives employee concerns and complaints and may make recommendations with respect to how they should be resolved

If you are interested in representing the college on the UBC, please contact senior associate dean Cameron Campbell, cameronc@iastate.edu.

NEH virtual grant workshops scheduled in April and May

March 29, 2021 9:32 am

The National Endowment for the Humanities will host a series of 10 virtual grant workshops every Thursday at 1 p.m. CT, beginning April 1 and running through June 3. NEH program staff will share grant opportunities, deadlines and application information. Visit the workshop website for direct links to the live workshops. The first workshop, from 1–2:30 p.m. CT Thursday, April 1, will provide a broad overview of the NEH and its grant programs.

In addition to general workshops that will provide overviews in both English and Spanish, targeted workshops also will be offered for digital humanities; individual scholars; archives and libraries; and college and university grants and sponsored research offices, among others. Sign up to receive email updates from NEH on grant programs, funding opportunities, agency news and events.

Submit course materials now for summer and fall

March 25, 2021 12:41 pm

Instructors are asked to submit summer and fall semester course material requirements to the ISU Book Store now, giving bookstore staff as much time as possible to overcome any issues with sourcing or shipping. Materials — which could include textbooks, courseware, eBooks, course packets, manuals, open educational resources or subscriptions — will be listed for the course on AccessPlus. Instructors should submit selections to their department coordinator as soon as possible. Contact Carl Arbuckle, course materials buyer, (515) 294-0236, or John Wierson, digital course materials buyer, (515) 294-3501, with questions.

Save the date: Alumni awards event is April 7

March 25, 2021 12:39 pm

2020 recipients of ISU Alumni Association, Memorial Union and college alumni awards will be celebrated during a virtual event at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 7. Registration closes at noon that day, and those who register will receive an email with a link to view the virtual recognition. You will also have the ability to leave notes of congratulation that will be shared with the awardees.

The College of Design will recognize six alumni at the virtual awards celebration:

  • King (BArch 1982 / MArch 1985 Architecture) and Ann (Wright) Au (BA 1981 Craft Design) are the recipients of the 2020 Christian Petersen Design Award.
  • Susan (Loan) Hoffman (BA 1973 Interior Design) and Rod Kruse (BArch 1974 Architecture) are each recipients of a 2020 Design Achievement Award.
  • Johnny Alcivar (BS 2010 Political Science & International Studies / MCRP 2014 Community & Regional Planning) and Adrienne Nelson (BFA 2009 Interior Design / MArch 2013 Architecture) are the inaugural recipients of the college’s newly established Outstanding Young Professional Award.

Applications due April 18 for Miller OER mini-grants

March 25, 2021 12:27 pm

Iowa State instructors can apply for grants of up to $5,000 to help use open educational resources (OER) in their courses during the 2021-22 academic year. OER are educational materials that are free for students and free for faculty to customize, which can improve learning outcomes and make courses materials more accessible for all students. Using OER saved ISU students more than $500,000 in 2020-21. Miller Open Education Mini-Grants, awarded annually since 2018, provide ISU faculty funds to locate, adopt, adapt, update or create OER. A virtual Q&A for those interested in applying will be held 2–3 p.m. Friday, April 2. Applications are due by Sunday, April 18.

Jennifer Drinkwater to be featured in April 13 Gathering of Artists

March 24, 2021 12:35 pm

The Ames Community Arts Council‘s April Gathering of Artists will feature Jennifer Drinkwater, assistant professor of art and visual culture and ISU Extension and Outreach community arts extension specialist. Participants must pre-register for this free event, which will be at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 13, via Zoom.

Visiting scholars draft policy available for comment

March 22, 2021 10:21 am

A proposed new Visiting Scholars policy with guidelines/FAQ is now available on the Policy Library website for review and comment. Questions and comments should be submitted to policy@iastate.edu by Sunday, April 11.

Call for 2021-22 college speaker nominations

March 20, 2021 2:12 pm

The College of Design Lectures & Exhibitions Committee seeks nominations from faculty and staff for engaging speakers for college-level interdisciplinary events. Please see the online nomination form for details, and submit proposals by 5 p.m. CT Monday, April 5. The committee will internally vet, rank and recommend up to four virtual speakers and two in-person speakers to expend the budget requested from the Dean’s Office.

Pappajohn Center hosts free ‘start something’ workshops in March and April

March 17, 2021 8:07 am

The Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship is hosting a series of “Start Something” free workshops during March and April designed for freelancers doing the “5 to 9” and looking to create a side income. Each week, participants will learn more about developing a skillset — for example, flipping thrift store items, selling your art on Etsy or investing in real estate. Students, faculty, staff and community members are welcome. The virtual events take place from noon–1 p.m. Wednesdays over Zoom.

Registration open for 2021 Iowa Water Conference

March 12, 2021 3:41 pm

Over the last decade, Iowa has faced unprecedented challenges that have tested the resiliency of economic and social systems. COVID-19 has strained water infrastructure, a devastating derecho storm impacted millions of crop acres, and climate change and land-use decisions are exacerbating flooding events and severe droughts. This year’s Iowa Water Conference — which will be held on a virtual platform April 6–8 — will bring together multidisciplinary organizations and institutions to discuss these and other relevant water issues in Iowa. Register online.

Proposals sought for 2021 Faculty Learning Communities grants

March 12, 2021 3:38 pm

The Center for Excellence in the Arts and Humanities (CEAH), in collaboration with the Office of the Vice President for Research, has initiated a program that seeks to bring together potential research collaborators through Faculty Learning Communities. These new learning communities are designed to lay the groundwork for long-term, collaborative, interdisciplinary research partnerships as part of the ongoing national conversation about convergence and integration of the arts, humanities, social sciences and sciences.

Proposals are being accepted from individual faculty or small groups of faculty from any discipline interested in developing and convening a learning community around any potential research topic. Professional development grants of $500 will be awarded to support these efforts, and all learning communities will receive additional support of up to $500 to cover the cost of refreshments for at least four meetings. The deadline for applications is April 1.

College faculty-staff meeting schedule for spring semester

February 14, 2021 1:30 pm

The remaining College of Design faculty-staff meetings for spring semester will be from noon–1 p.m. Mondays, March 1, March 29, April 19 and May 3, via Webex. These meetings have been added to the college’s online calendar. Note that the May 3 meeting will be held only if needed to wrap up business at the end of the semester. Agendas and Webex links will be emailed to all faculty and staff in advance and included in the “This Week in the College of Design” e-blast.

‘Tracing Race at ISU’ seeks digital project proposals

February 10, 2021 12:38 pm

The advisory group for the Tracing Race at Iowa State University initiative seeks proposals for digital projects that reveal the history of accomplishment and experience of people of color, and engage with the university’s history of race, inequality, racism or activism. Undergraduate and graduate students, faculty and staff in all disciplines may submit proposals; undergraduate applicants are asked to identify a faculty/staff advisor for their project.

Submit your proposal online by Wednesday, March 31. Virtual 40-minute Q&A sessions will be held from 10–10:40 a.m. Friday, Feb. 19, and 2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 23, via Webex. You can register for either/both via the links at the bottom of the project webpage. Questions may be directed to project coordinator Erin Anderson.

Alumni award nominations due Feb. 15

January 18, 2021 10:16 am

The ISU Alumni Association is seeking nominations by Monday, Feb. 15, for six awards that will be presented during Homecoming 2021. Award descriptions and nomination forms are online (linked below). Questions may be directed to Katie Lickteig, assistant vice president for constituent engagement.The awards for ISU alumni are:

  • Alumni Medal, recognizes long, loyal service to the university through alumni-related activities
  • Alumni Humanitarian Award (formerly Alumni Merit Award), recognizes humanitarian efforts that transcend professional accomplishments and bring honor to the university
  • Outstanding Young Alumni Award, recognizes alumni age 40 years and younger who excel in their profession and provide service to their community
  • James A. Hopson Volunteer Award, recognizes alumni association members age 40 years and younger who show volunteer leadership in the association or alumni-related activities
  • Impact Award, recognizes individuals, organizations or units whose programs/accomplishments brought recognition to the university and increased the involvement of ISU constituents in the life of the university in the last year
  • Alumni Service Award, recognizes alumni and friends whose service supports the daily work of the alumni association

Reminder: Complete your Workday survey

January 18, 2021 10:13 am

All Iowa State faculty and P&S and merit staff members should have received an email Wednesday, Jan. 13, from “WorkCyte” inviting their participation in a Workday and HR/finance delivery survey. Results from the survey will be incorporated into the work plans of university human resources, the division of operations and finance, and information technology services. Questions about the survey may be directed to institutional research executive director Karen Zunkel or associate director Amanda DeGraff.

Reminder: Research Days proposals due Jan. 29

January 18, 2021 10:11 am

Iowa State’s 2021 “Research Day” was restructured to break out activities over three days (March 23–25) and hold all events online. The schedule of events includes a keynote address by science comedian Brian Malow on how to convey complex topics to people outside of your field, online poster session via iPoster, lightning talks and a networking session to brainstorm with researchers across campus on coming challenges. Registration for presenters is open through Friday, Jan. 29, or until all available spots are filled. Attendee registration also is open.

ISU ADVANCE Term Faculty Workshop Series begins Jan. 28

January 18, 2021 9:17 am

ISU ADVANCE will host a 2021 Term Faculty Workshop Series about advancement, resources and community building for all Iowa State term faculty members, including lecturers, teaching, research, practice, clinical and adjunct faculty. Five workshops will be offered from January through April, including one specific to the College of Design. Workshops will be virtual, recorded, closed-captioned and posted on the ISU ADVANCE website. Register for all workshops through Learn@ISU (login with your Iowa State NetID and search on keyword “term faculty” if you cannot find a direct link). The first workshop, “Launching Your Term Faculty Career at ISU,” will be from 11 a.m.–noon Thursday, Jan. 28, presented by Dawn Bratsch-Prince, associate provost for faculty. College of Design term faculty members will receive additional information via email from Patience Lueth, associate teaching professor of architecture.

New COVID-19 time off options available this year

January 8, 2021 2:13 pm

Faculty and staff will continue to have additional time off options for absences related to COVID-19 under a new set of policies that went into effect Jan. 1.

The university established the time off programs in response to the Dec. 31 expiration of expanded time off and paid leave options created under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, a federal COVID-19 relief bill passed in March, vice president for university human resources Kristi Darr said in a Dec. 18 message sent to employees.

Details on the new program are available in that message and are also outlined in this Jan. 7 Inside Iowa State story. Employees and supervisors in the College of Design with questions about the new time off options should contact human resources delivery team members Jenn Wiederin or Danielle Michel.