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This Week in the College of Design

This is a weekly listing of announcements and news sent via e-mail on Mondays (except holidays) to all College of Design faculty and staff. To have information included in the weekly update, please forward all materials to Heather Sauer ( by 9 a.m. on Monday of the week they should appear. Announcements will be updated here throughout the week.

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This Week in the College of Design


Strategic Planning Open Forums

The College of Design is beginning to develop a new strategic plan for 2020-2027. To facilitate this process, we will host a series of open forums to gain input on four main topics: budget and compensation; enrollment trends and implications; college structure for programs and support; and facilities. The first open forum will be from 12–1 p.m. next Monday, Sept. 23, in 130 Design. Working meetings on interdisciplinary activities also will be scheduled. Read more

Inclusive Community Activities

The College of Design's Multicultural Student Success Office will host a series of pop-up events on several Wednesdays this fall in the Lightfoot Forum. These #inclusivebydesign events are intended to encourage empathy and further develop a culture of inclusion in the college. You're invited to watch for and participate in these activities to help build our inclusive community!

New Faculty Learning Community

College of Design faculty are invited to join the new CEAH Faculty Learning Community on Community-engaged Research and Coursework in Perry. This interdisciplinary working group will meet four–five times throughout the 2019–2020 academic year, both on campus and with community leaders and organizers in Perry. The first learning community meeting will be from 4:30–5:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 23, in the Lightfoot Forum. Contact Megan Myers or Ben Shirtcliff with questions.

OVPR Brown-Bag Session

Researchers considering submitting proposals to the Presidential Interdisciplinary Research Initiative (PIRI), the Presidential Interdisciplinary Research Seed Grant Program (PIRS) or the Presidential Cost-Sharing Program for Research Tools (CoSPRT) are encouraged to attend the Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) brown-bag session scheduled from 12–1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19, in 1110 Marston. Associate vice presidents for research Guru Rao and Jim Reecy will be available to answer your questions about all three programs.

Student Absences for Extracurricular Activities

With fall semester in full swing, faculty are reminded of the policy regarding student absences for extracurricular activities scheduled by academic or athletic units of the university at times that conflict with scheduled classes. Faculty are specifically reminded of the need to excuse student athletes who must miss class for travel. Student athletes will provide instructors with an official letter from the Athletics Department that lists travel dates; faculty need to allow for those absences, but that is the extent of your responsibilities. See the Faculty Handbook – August 2019, Section For questions about absences for intercollegiate athletic activities, contact Mindy Cooper, who works with all student athletes in the College of Design.

Separation of Personal vs. Institutional Political Activity

As we prepare for the 2020 Iowa Presidential Caucuses as well as the upcoming legislative session, it is important to remember Iowa State's policies regarding political advocacy and prohibition of using university resources for political purposes. As citizens, all Iowa State employees have full rights to participate in the political process, including voicing support for, or opposition to, candidates, state and federal legislation and legal issues involving government entities. However, employees — especially faculty members and administrative leaders — should not imply that their personal views represent those of the university. Use of university computers, email accounts or telephones for political advocacy purposes is prohibited, and faculty should take special care to ensure any classroom political discussions are germane to the course curriculum. Read more

Reminder: Honors Program Proposals Due Friday

The University Honors Program seeks proposals for spring 2020 Honors seminars. These one- or two-credit courses explore various topics of current or special interest. Seminars are pass/not pass, with enrollment usually limited to 17 students. A grant of $500 per seminar supports the professional development of the instructor(s). More information, about seminars as well as guidelines for teaching one, is online. Proposals are due Friday, Sept. 20; the proposal submission form also is online. Questions may be directed to Honors director Laurie Law.

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Gallery Chat

"It Starts with Us: Civility and the 21st-Century Land-Grant Mission," Ruxandra Looft, director, Margaret Sloss Center for Women and Gender Equity, ReACT Gallery Exhibit, 12–12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17, Christian Petersen Art Museum. Read more

Architecture Public Program

"Ecologies of Elsewhere," Kim Karlsrud and Daniel Phillips, Commonstudio, 4:30–5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18, Kocimski Auditorium. Read more

Reopening Gala

"Beyond the Glass Reopening Gala," 7–9:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19, Brunnier Art Museum. RSVP requested. Read more

National Portfolio Day

"National Portfolio Day" co-hosted by ISU College of Design and Minneapolis College of Art and Design, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 22, College of Design. Read more

Art Festival

"Octagon Art Festival," including College of Design student and alumni artists, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Sunday, Sept 22, downtown Ames. Read more

Community Engagement Activity

"Build Your Own Blanket Fort," part of the Hide and Seek exhibition by Julia Frankin, noon–2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 22, Design on Main Gallery. Read more

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Box, Book & Board Exhibition

Box, Book and Board, a group exhibition by four Ames artists, will be on display Oct. 2–25 at the Iowa State University Design on Main Gallery in downtown Ames. The show will feature work by Deb Anders-Bond, Molly Ethridge, Eduardo Garcia and Kathy Svec, who explore avenues of expression that include and sometimes combine hand bookbinding, papermaking, digital and paper collage, assemblage and the use of selected text that creates a storytelling element. Read more

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Honors, Awards & Publications

Biswa Das, Bailey Hanson, Ellen Mullenix, Christopher Seeger & Rakesh Shah

The Annual Fiscal Conditions Report, FYE 2018, for all cities in Iowa is now available on the Iowa Government Finance Initiative (IGFI) website. In addition to current data, the report has an expanded legislative updates section to help users understand how state-mandated legislations are impacting municipal budgets. Biswa Das, associate professor of community and regional planning and IGFI program leader; Christopher Seeger, professor of landscape architecture; and ISU Extension and Outreach GIS systems analyst Bailey Hanson, data analyst Ellen Mullenix and systems analyst Rakesh Shah are co-authors of the report.

Daniel Kuhlmann

Daniel Kuhlmann, assistant professor of community and regional planning, was a guest on Iowa Public Radios' "River to River" program Monday, Sept. 9, to talk about his study of housing satisfaction. Read/listen online

Ulrike Passe

Ulrike Passe, associate professor of architecture, presented "Climate and Occupancy-based Investigation of Air Pollutants in Office Spaces," co-authored with Farzad Hashemi, at the 10th International Conference on Air Quality, Ventilation and Energy Conservation in Buildings Sept. 5-7 in Bari, Italy; and "Development of a Modelling Framework for Refined Residential Occupancy Schedules," co-authored with Diba Malekpour Koupaei, Farzad Hashemi and Vinciane Tabard-Fortecoëf, at the 16th IBPSA International Conference & Exhibition Building Simulation 2019 Sept. 1-4 in Rome.

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This Week in the College of Design is published Monday mornings by the Office of the Dean, College of Design. Send news to Heather Sauer,, or submit your information online. You can also submit awards and publication information online. Announcements and honors will be posted as they are received and may be viewed anytime via the College of Design Dashboard.
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