Happy Monday! Here are five things to put on your Cardinal & Gold radar this week:
1) Changes will be coming in Iowa higher ed, and not just in the wake of recent budget news or this week’s expected vote that could have an impact on collective bargaining agreements for state employees. Iowa Board of Regents president Bruce Rastetter announced Friday that he will not seek reappointment to the board following his current term. The board will nominate a successor later this term.
2) Last Monday’s USA Today included a feature about the growing levels of interest among women across the U.S. in running for office. The article features ISU Carrie Chapman Catt Center director Dianne Bystrom, who says the university has experienced unprecedented levels of interest this year for the Catt Center’s “Ready to Run” workshop, the first of which will be held this week.
3) The spring term of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at ISU starts March 20, but the first opportunity to preview spring courses and start registering is this Thursday, Feb. 16 at the spring open house (1:30-2:30 p.m., ISU Alumni Center). OLLI at ISU courses are available to all lifelong learners age 50 or over. To take a class, you must simply meet the age qualification and become an OLLI at ISU member. If you’ve never given it a try, this spring just might be the right time. You can get all your questions answered this Thursday.
4) This weekend at the ISU Classic, Cyclone sophomore Jasmine Staebler broke the school record in the women’s 800-meter run at the Lied Recreation Athletic Center. The Guttenberg, Iowa, native recorded a time of 2:03.08, taking down the three-year-old record held by Ejiro Okoro and moving into the nation’s top 10 in the event. Several Cyclones are literally hitting their stride as the indoor track season winds down; ISU travels to the UCS invitational in Winston-Salem, N.C., Saturday, before heading to the Big 12 championships Feb. 24.
5) Col. (Ret.) Lawrence Wilkerson, the former chief of staff to U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell, will be on campus Wednesday to deliver a lecture on “Redefining Global and National Security” in the MU Great Hall (8 p.m., free and open to the public) Wilkerson, a decorated veteran and past recipient of the Distinguished Flying Cross and Bronze Star, among many other honors, has been an outspoken critic of U.S foreign policy.