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ISD hiring is complete, for now

Staffing for the service delivery teams is complete for now, according to an April 10 email update about improved service delivery (ISD). The remainder of the human resources and financial specialists will be added as needed after the July 1 implementation date. More information, including a timeline and “fact check” resource to address common questions, is available on the ISD website. Questions may be sent to

Search to continue into summer

The search for the next director of the office of institutional research will continue into the summer. The decision to continue the search was made after considering potential changes that would elevate the role. Additional updates will be shared in the coming weeks.

Alumni association to honor faculty, staff May 17

The university community is invited to help honor the ISU Alumni Association’s 2019 Faculty-Staff Inspiration Award recipients Friday, May 17 (6:30 p.m., Alumni Center). Preceding the program, heavy appetizers and a cash bar will be available from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Register online by noon May 10.

New name for merged ag extension programs

Farm, Food and Enterprise Development is the new program name for the former Local Foods and Value Added Agriculture programs in ISU Extension and Outreach. Program manager Craig Chase and staff are housed at the ISU Research Park, 2625 N. Loop Dr., Suite 2430. The contact email is .

Stanford political scientist to speak about partisanship

Political scientist Shanto Iyengar, a Stanford University professor, will speak about the intensification of partisan effect in a seminar in 368A Heady Hall from 3:40 to 5 p.m. April 26. Iyengar’s teaching and research address the role of the news media and mass communication in contemporary politics. The seminar is presented by the economics and political science departments.

Graduate student research conference is April 10

The Graduate and Professional Student Senate will hold its annual student research conference Wednesday, April 10 (9 a.m.-7 p.m., Memorial Union). The event will include research posters and presentations, a three-minute thesis competition and a keynote address on human mating strategies by David Buss, a professor of psychology at the University of Texas, Austin. Registration is free, email with questions.

Candidate forums planned for student counseling director finalists

Three finalists will interview April 9-12 in the search for the next director of student counseling services. Open forums are scheduled as part of the campus interviews. Student counseling services include assessment, crisis intervention, short-term individual therapy, referral services, outreach programming and student support groups. More information, including resumes and candidate evaluation forms, is available on the student affairs search website. Open forum dates and finalists are:

  • April 9, Jerrod Koon, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Virginia (11 a.m.-noon, Soults Family Visitor Center, MU)
  • April 11, Kathryn Kominars, Florida International University, Miami (11 a.m.-noon, Soults Family Visitor Center, MU)
  • April 12, Chris Hanes, University of Cincinnati (11 a.m.-noon, 3228 MU)

‘PJ Masks’ tickets go on sale April 5

Tickets for a May 30 musical production, “PJ Masks Live: Save the Day!” in Stephens Auditorium go on sale to the public at noon Friday, April 5. The tour is based on the animated superhero characters in Entertainment One’s series for preschoolers, which airs daily on the Disney Junior channel. The Stephens show begins at 6 p.m. Tickets, $29-$59, will be sold via Ticketmaster, including the Stephens Auditorium ticket office (noon-6 p.m. Monday-Friday).

April is Earth Month

The office of sustainability has compiled a broad list of opportunities to help members of the campus community celebrate Earth Month in April.

Forever True Week planned for April 8-12

The ISU Foundation will celebrate its historic $1.5 billion fundraising campaign, Forever True, For Iowa State, on campus April 8-12 with Forever True Week. Booths with snacks, games and giveaways will be stationed throughout campus during the week, and outside Parks Library every day, from 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Check out the schedule online.

ISU Dining will host April 10 customer appreciation event

ISU Dining will host a customer appreciation event on central campus Wednesday, April 10 (10:30 a.m.-1 p.m.) Culinary staff will compete in a Top Chef challenge, where teams create a special dish visitors can sample, then vote for a favorite. Visitors can enter a drawing for prizes that include a dinner for 10 prepared by ISU chefs, Fitbit watch, wireless speaker, bluetooth headphones and Nintendo Switch Kit with Super Mario.

Student wellness expands mental health efforts

Student Health and Wellness expanded its efforts in mental health promotion and suicide prevention this year, hiring program coordinator Carrie Giese and assembling a 25-member mental health task force of staff, therapists, police officers and students. This fall, employees and students will be invited to choose from among a mix of training formats — online modules, shorter sessions and daylong workshops — all with a focus on mental health promotion and suicide prevention.

Student employee breakfast is April 17

All students employed on or off campus are invited to a breakfast on the go Wednesday, April 17 (7:30-10:30 a.m., ground floor of Beardshear Hall) in celebration of National Student Employment Week. Register for door prizes while you’re there. Congratulations to Iowa State’s 2019 Student Employee of the Year Thomas Polzin and to Students of Distinction Crystal Brandenburgh, Benjamin Escobar and Nicholas Oppedal.

Resiliency expert is on campus this week

Luke Seaward, executive director of the Paramount Wellness Institute, Boulder, Colorado, adjunct faculty member at the universities of Colorado (Boulder) and Norther Colorado (Greeley), and expert in stress management, will give two campus presentations this week. The first, “Mindfulness in the Workplace” is for university employees and students only and begins at 3:30 p.m. April 3 in the Carver auditorium. This presentation examines the concept of mindfulness and navigating distractions, explores the science behind neuroplasticity and concludes with several mindfulness exercises to help attendees harness their concentration skills for better work performance and optimal health. On April 2, he will present a public lecture, “Getting a Good Night’s Sleep: Rest, Resiliency and the Art of Digital Detox” (7 p.m., MU Sun Room).

ISU Extension and Outreach Week is April 8-13

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Week is April 8-13. Iowa’s 100 county extension offices will host activities throughout the week that celebrate extension’s presence across the state. Each year, more than 1 million people directly benefit from Extension and Outreach educational programs for economic growth, healthy families, thriving communities and sustainable environments; millions more connect online.

Next Goldfinch Room performances set for April 20

The next Iowa Songwriter Showcase in the Goldfinch Room, Stephens Auditorium, is scheduled for Saturday, April 20. Iowa songwriters and artists Ben Schrage and Kelli Rae Powell will have two shows: 5 and 8 p.m. Reserved tables cost $40 (4 people) and $25 (2 people). Purchase tickets online.

April 26 event celebrates World Intellectual Property Day

The ISU Research Foundation and the Office of Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer are hosting a World Intellectual Property Day celebration Friday, April 26 (11 a.m.-1 p.m., Parks Library lawn). The worldwide goal is to raise awareness of how patents, copyright, trademarks and design impact daily life. ISU’s event highlights innovations developed by Iowa State researchers and includes samples of food products developed with ISU inventions. Meet faculty who are an important part of ISU’s intellectual property engine.

Reminder: 2018 flexible spending claims due April 30

Employees have until April 30 to submit claims to their flexible spending accounts for qualified health and child care expenses incurred in 2018. Up to $500 of unclaimed 2018 health care funds can be carried over and added to an employee’s 2019 contributions for current-year claims. However, 2018 dependent child care funds not claimed by April 30 will be forfeited. Dependent child care funds can’t be carried over to the next year. More information is online. Direct any questions to university human resources, 294-4800.


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