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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


Promotion & Tenure

The Board of Regents approved promotion or promotion with tenure for seven College of Design faculty members, effective in August. Associate professors Seda McKilligan, industrial design, and Kimberly Zarecor, architecture, were promoted to full professors (already tenured). Assistant professors Biswa Das, community and regional planning, Julie Stevens, landscape architecture, Austin Stewart, art and visual culture, and Andrea Wheeler, architecture, were promoted to associate professor with tenure. Mike Jackson, art and visual culture, was promoted from lecturer to senior lecturer.

Dean's Reappointment

Vice President and Provost Jonathan Wickert announced he has reappointed Luis Rico-Gutierrez to a third five-year term as dean of the College of Design. Read more

April Katz Retirement

April Katz, Morrill professor of art and visual culture (printmaking), retires this month after 20 years at Iowa State. She joined the College of Design faculty as an assistant professor in 1999; she was promoted to associate professor with tenure in 2004 and full professor in 2013. She received the Morrill professor designation in 2017. For the past 19 years she has organized the University Print Society's annual international postcard print exchange.

In celebration of her contributions to the printmaking community locally, nationally and internationally, the Octagon Center for the Arts in Ames is hosting Printfest 2019, which includes two concurrent exhibitions of work by Katz, her current and former students, as well as panel discussions and printmaking demonstrations. A retirement reception will be held in conjunction with a reception for Katz's Measured Perceptions solo exhibition on Thursday, May 30, in the Octagon's Community Gallery. College of Design faculty, staff and students are invited to attend.

Workday Training

Workday training is available. Messages have gone out that highlight how to find the training you may need depending on your role at the university. Most training modules are computer based (some, more advanced courses are instructor led), available online 24/7 and take less than 30 minutes to complete. Visit the WorkCyte website and click on "Ready, Set, Learn!" to find the courses recommended for you, and register through Learn@ISU. Be sure to complete training prior to the July 1 go-live date if you need to access and navigate the system right away in July. Otherwise, be sure to do so before fall classes start in August.

Wellmark Foundation Small MATCH Grant

The Wellmark Foundation is accepting applications for its small Matching Assets to Community Health (MATCH) grants. The small MATCH grants are for up to $25,000 and must be matched at 50 percent with cash or in-kind contributions (at least one-half of the matching support must be in cash). Projects should help create safe and healthy environments that encourage physical activity and access to and consumption of nutritious foods now and for generations to come. Applications are available online and must be submitted by Friday, June 7. View previous MATCH grant project online.

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Artist Talk & Retirement Reception

"Measured Perceptions," artist talk with April Katz, Morrill professor of art and visual culture, 6 p.m. Thursday, May 30, Community Gallery, Octagon Center for the Arts, Ames; panel discussion with Dawn Bratsch-Prince, professor of Spanish and associate provost for faculty, and Daniel Klass, world languages and social studies teacher at Ames High School, 6:30 p.m., Octagon Main Gallery; retirement reception for Katz, 7 p.m., Octagon Community Gallery. Read more

Alumni Event

"Zoo Brew," 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 5, Blank Park Zoo, Des Moines. Read more


"AIA Conference on Architecture Alumni and Friends Reception," 6:30–8:30 p.m. Thursday, June 6, with 7 p.m. remarks by Luis Rico-Gutierrez, dean of the College of Design, and Thomas Leslie, Morrill professor of architecture, Alsace 2, Wynn Las Vegas, Las Vegas, Nevada. Read more


"Measured Perceptions," work by April Katz, Morrill professor of art and visual culture, and "Twenty Years: April Kaz and the Expanded ISU Printmaking Community," retrospective exhibition of work by Katz and 13 current students and alumni, 5–9 p.m. Friday, June 7, Main Gallery, Octagon Center for the Arts, Ames. Read more

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Remembering Cal Lewis

"Manifesto and Memories: Celebrating the Life of Cal Lewis, FAIA (1946–2018)," an article by architecture associate professors Rob Whitehead and Cameron Campbell, is published in the Spring 2019 issue of Iowa Architect (pp.8–9).

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Honors, Awards & Publications

Biswa Das

“Economic and Fiscal Impacts of Refugees in Central Iowa: Opportunities for University Extension,” an article co-authored by Biswa Das, assistant professor of community and regional planning and extension community development specialist, and Anindita Das, extension youth and 4-H program coordinator, was published in the Journal of Extension, Volume 57, Number 2, April 2019.

Shelby Doyle & Nick Senske

Shelby Doyle and Nick Senske, assistant professors of architecture, have received a $14,300 Upjohn Research Initiative Grant from the American Institute of Architects for their project "Polycasting: Multi-material 3D Printed Formwork for Reinforced Concrete." The project explores dual-extrusion 3D printed formworks for casting concrete, simultaneously printing a combination of water-soluble PVA containment as well as integrated steel reinforcement. The goal is to help produce a new generation of non-standard concrete formworks that are structurally efficient, reduce material and labor costs and expand the expressive design potential of concrete.

Jennifer Drinkwater

Jennifer Drinkwater, assistant professor of art and visual culture and extension community arts specialist, received a research grant from the Center for Excellence in the Arts and Humanities to creatively archive assets in 10 Mississippi Delta counties through a series of drawings and paintings.

Carol Faber

Carol Faber, associate professor of graphic design and president-elect of the Faculty Senate, has been chosen for the 2019-20 cohort of Iowa State's Emerging Leaders Academy.

Daejin Kim

“Emerging themes on aging in place from low-income older renters,” an article co-authored by Daejin Kim, assistant professor of interior design, has been published in the Journal of Housing and Society.

Seda McKilligan

Seda McKilligan, associate professor of industrial design and associate dean for academic programs, has been chosen for the 2019-20 cohort of Iowa State's Emerging Leaders Academy.

Chuck Richards

Chuck Richards, professor of art and visual culture, received the Exemplary Faculty Mentor Award for going above and beyond the formal expectations of Iowa State's mentoring program.

Ivonne Santoyo-Orozco

Ivonne Santoyo-Orozco, assistant professor of architecture, received a Center for Excellence in the Arts and Humanities research grant to continue her research into the architecture of housing rights in the Global South.

Austin Stewart

Austin Stewart, assistant professor of art and visual culture, will receive the award for Early Achievement in Research at the university's annual awards ceremony Monday, Sept. 23, in the Memorial Union Great Hall.

Kimberly Zarecor

Kimberly Zarecor, associate professor of architecture, received a symposium grant from the Center for Excellence in the Arts and Humanities to organize an event examining assumptions about the successes and failures of state socialism that emerged in the post-Cold War era.

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