Biology and design learning community freshmen collaborated on this fall's Skunk River trash collection effort -- and on a subsequent project to turn some of that trash into treasures (in the form of art). The work, unveiled in a Dec. 1 Hach Hall reception, is on display in Bessey Hall.
Beate Schmittmann, physics professor and department chair at Virginia Tech University, will become the next dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences in April.
David Trainor, associate vice chancellor for human resources and labor relations for the Connecticut State University system, has been named associate vice president for human resource services.
Before year's end, human resource services staff suggests you do some benefits housekeeping: submit 2011 flexible spending account claims and decide if you want long-term care insurance before it goes away.
Meeting by telephone Dec. 8, the state Board of Regents approved the School of Education for Iowa State, faculty professional development assignments for FY13 and student tuition and fees for 2012-13.
Mental Health first aid
Student Counseling Service's new mental health first-aid training program teaches faculty and staff how to identify and help distressed students until appropriate treatment and support can be provided.
Professional and Scientific Council members endorsed a draft research misconduct policy and a resolution acknowledging president Gregory Geoffroy's service at their Dec. 1 council meeting
Faculty Handbook changes, including one that links tenure to new professor appointments, were among the items endorsed at the Dec. 6 Faculty Senate meeting. A new minor in U.S. Latino/a studies also was approved.
The Nutcracker Ballet
Several professionals perform with central Iowa youth and adults in this holiday dance classic.