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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 Workshop

Please join us for the college's first strategic planning virtual workshop for the 2021–2028 plan from 1–3 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 15, via Webex. Please come to the workshop ready to share and discuss three ideas, directions or areas of focus that are really important to you. We'll be using Miro as a virtual whiteboard to add content and comment during the workshop. We look forward to frank and productive discussions and hope to see you there.

Youth Engagement Workshop

The College of Design and City of Des Moines will host the first of two virtual workshops on engaging youth to promote justice and equity in design from noon–1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 16, via Zoom. The workshops are part of the Mayors' Institute on City Design, a National Endowment for the Arts leadership initiative in partnership with the United States Conference of Mayors.

Presenters and panelists include Benjamin Shirtcliff, associate professor of landscape architecture; Angela Kyle, co-founder and executive director of PlayBuild; and Manisha Paudel, equity coordinator with the City of Des Moines, with Tiffanie Stone, graduate student in natural resource ecology and management, and Elijah Williams, senior in interior design. Dean Luis Rico-Gutierrez will serve as the moderator. Read more and register for this free virtual event.

Virtual Holiday Party

Those who selected cocktail kits for the college's virtual holiday party may pick them up anytime Tuesday, Dec. 15–Thursday, Dec. 17 in 158 Design. Remember to bring your ISU Card to access the building and be sure you know your code to enter 158 Design. If you've forgotten your code, you can look it up in D-TRAK under "Update Your Information > Update your faculty info." Please note that the holiday party will now be available through Zoom rather than Webex. Join us from 5:30–7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 17, at

If you prefer to skip the cocktail and simply join the party, please do so! Contact Rachel Moylan, (515) 294-5791, with any questions.

College & University Award Nominations

Nominations for College of Design and Iowa State University awards originally were due Nov. 22. As this deadline coincided with finals and the end of the semester, we want to provide more time for submissions. The extended nomination deadline is now 5 p.m. CST Wednesday, Dec. 16. Completed nominations should be emailed to Virgene Monthei. College award descriptions and nomination forms may be found under Faculty & Staff Resources > Awards & Recognition on our website. See the University Honors & Awards on the Provost's website for university award information and nomination forms.

Voting Results

The results of the two electronic ballots that closed prior to Thanksgiving are as follows. The front-of-catalog changes were approved with a vote of 49 yes, 0 no, 0 abstain. The governance document changes received 64 yes votes, 0 no votes and 4 abstentions. A simple majority of college faculty and staff (50% + 1) were required to approve the governance document changes, and we did not have enough people participate. The Liaison Council will need to bring the changes to a vote again in the spring.

Posters on the Hill Reviewers

If you are currently mentoring undergraduate researchers, please encourage them to submit an abstract to the National Council on Undergraduate Research's Posters on the Hill (POH) 2021 symposium. Submissions are due no later than Friday, Jan. 22. Faculty, mentors, advisers, administrators and graduate students also are asked to consider signing up to review submitted abstracts. The review period will be between late January and mid-February.

Final 'This Week' until 2021

This is the final "This Week in the College of Design" of 2020. We will resume distribution in mid-January.

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In Memoriam

Richard Heggen

Richard Heggen, 89, of Ames, distinguished professor emeritus of art and design, died Thursday, Dec. 3, at his home. Heggen taught at Iowa State from 1966 until his retirement in 1996. A celebration of life service took place Friday, Dec. 11, at Calvary United Methodist Church in Ames. Online condolences may be left for Heggen's family on the Adams Funeral Home website. Memorials can be made to Calvary United Methodist Church. Read obituary

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"College of Design Strategic Planning Workshop," 1–3 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 15, via Webex. Read more

Mayors' Institute on City Design Workshop

"Engaging Youth to Promote Justice and Equity through Planning and Design: Workshop 1," Benjamin Shirtcliff, associate professor, landscape architecture; Angela Kyle, executive director, PlayBuild; Manisha Paudel, equity coordinator, City of Des Moines; moderated by Luis Rico-Gutierrez, dean, College of Design, noon–1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 16, via Zoom. Read more and register

Panel Discussion

"Expert of My Experience Series: How to Be an Anti-Racist Book Club," Kirsten Abel, Provost's Office; Peter Cruz, Study Abroad Center; Sarah DuBois, WiSE Program; Paul Hengesteg, CELT; and Amanda Knief, Lectures Program, noon–1 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 16, via Webex. Read more and register

Holiday Party

"College of Design Virtual Holiday Party," 5:30–7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 17, via Zoom.

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Graphic design students in assistant professor Taekyeom Lee's advanced studio this fall had a chance to experiment with three-dimensional modeling, printing and mold-making in a "tangible typography" project. Read more

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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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