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- Groundbreaking for Kildee-Meat Lab addition Oct. 12
- Goal: More ag students studying abroad
- Four receive Ag Alumni Society awards
- Ag Development office returns to Curtiss
- Annual 4-H breakfast Oct. 11 in Curtiss Hall
- Students plan Ag Week events, Oct. 27-Nov. 2
- World Food Prize ceremony open to the public
- Deadlines & Reminders
- Cyberspace: Useful tool or pet rock?
- Mentors for ISU female faculty, staff, students
- Report on future of ag colleges on the Web
- Do corporate and academic cultures mix?
- Stressed? Grumpy? Join the (laughing) club
C O L L E G E N E W S
GROUNDBREAKING FOR KILDEE-MEAT LAB ADDITION OCT. 12
Faculty, staff and students are invited to the groundbreaking
ceremony for the Kildee Hall-Meat Laboratory addition, 10 a.m.,
Saturday, Oct. 12, in Lush Auditorium of Kildee Hall. The $18.7
million project will provide more space for animal science teaching
and research programs. Gov. Terry Branstad, Regent Ellengray Kennedy
and President Jischke are among the speakers. Construction will
begin this fall and is scheduled for completion in 1998.
GOAL: MORE AG STUDENTS STUDYING ABROAD
The 1996-97 theme for the college's International Agriculture
Programs (IAP) is "Internationalizing Undergraduate Education."
Just over 1 percent of ISU ag undergrads studied abroad in 1995-96,
compared with 12 percent at Purdue. This year, 12 study-abroad
opportunities are available, compared with six last year. The
key to success is faculty involvement. IAP can help find sources
of money to defray costs for students and faculty, and handle
much of the administrative work. Ag faculty are leading courses
this year in Costa Rica, Belize, Ecuador, Mexico, Slovakia, Philippines
and other countries. For more information: 4-8454.
FOUR RECEIVE AG ALUMNI SOCIETY AWARDS
Four alumni were honored by the College of Agriculture Alumni
Society at the Reiman Gardens on Sept. 12. Gene Wiese of Manning
(Animal Science '51) received the Production Agriculture Award.
Peg Armstrong-Gustafson of Waukee (Animal Science '81) received
the Professional Agri-Business Award. Lee Kline of Des Moines
(Ag Journalism '51) received the Meritorious Award in Agriculture.
Neil Hamilton of West Des Moines (Forestry and Economics '76)
received the Innovator in Agriculture Award.
AG DEVELOPMENT OFFICE RETURNS TO CURTISS
The Agriculture Development office has moved back into 115 Curtiss
Hall from temporary quarters in Agronomy Hall. The phone number
remains the same: 4-7677.
ANNUAL 4-H BREAKFAST OCT. 11 IN CURTISS HALL
College faculty and staff are invited to the annual 4-H breakfast
to recognize ISU students who are state 4-H leaders or award winners.
The breakfast, with a brief program, begins at 7:30 a.m., Friday,
Oct. 11, on the second floor of Curtiss Hall. For more information:
Gaylan Scofield, 4-0045 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
STUDENTS PLAN AG WEEK EVENTS, OCT. 27-NOV. 2
Students are planning special activities for Ag Week, Oct. 27-Nov.
2. (Ag Career Day will be held Nov. 12.) Ag Week is coordinated
by the Ag Council, and features events sponsored by student clubs,
including: an Oct. 30 symposium on risk management for farmers,
sponsored by the Collegiate Farm Bureau Club; mock interviews
and resume building, sponsored by the Ag Business Club; a costume
party and dance, sponsored by the Dairy Science Club; a volleyball
tournament, sponsored by the National Agri-Marketing Association;
and a hayride and barbecue, sponsored by the Ag Education Club.
For more information: Dan Belzer, 292-1876.
WORLD FOOD PRIZE CEREMONY OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
The winners of the 1996 World Food Prize will be announced Oct.
15 in Washington, DC. On Friday, Oct. 18, the public is invited
to the award ceremony at the Des Moines Civic Center, starting
at 4 p.m. The ceremony also will feature singer-songwriter John
Denver and Nobel Peace Prize winner Norman Borlaug. The College
of Agriculture is secretariat for the prize. For more information:
DEADLINES & REMINDERS
Oct. 12 -- Kildee -Meat Lab addition groundbreaking, Lush Auditorium,
Oct. 18 - World Food Prize ceremony, Des Moines Civic Center,
Oct. 27-Nov. 2: Ag Week at ISU
Nov. 12: Ag Career Day, Memorial Union
C O M M U N I C A T I O N S K I O S K
CYBERSPACE: USEFUL TOOL OR PET ROCK?
According to Yankelovich Partners' second annual "Cybercitizen"
survey, Internet users say the online services they value the
most provide frequent updates, quick downloads and fast searches.
The least useful sites included pictures, sound and bulletin boards.
The survey reports a drop in average online time from 16 to 12
hours a month. "There are widespread complaints about reliability,
value and usefulness. People are looking for a reason to stay,"
said a Yankelovich partner. Another said, "The long-term
viability of the medium is driven by the ability to provide people
with something beyond a novelty. Otherwise it will be like a pet
rock or something you get tired of and put on the shelf."
(Tampa Tribune, Sept. 30)
I N F O G R A Z I N G
MENTORS FOR ISU FEMALE FACULTY, STAFF, STUDENTS
Mentoring Networks is looking for mentors for ISU female faculty,
staff and students. The male or female mentors and their protégés
work together toward solutions for common time management, school
and career problems. Informational meetings will be held noon-1
p.m., Oct. 15, at 2532 Vet Med, and noon-1 p.m., Oct. 24, at the
Margaret Sloss Women's Center. Lunch is provided for those making
reservations by Oct. 11. Mentoring Networks is sponsored by the
Association of Women in Science, the Program for Women in Science
& Engineering and the Margaret Sloss Women's Center. For more
information: 4-4317 or 4-0886.
REPORT ON FUTURE OF AG COLLEGES ON THE WEB
For the past three years, a National Research Council committee
has looked at the future of colleges of agriculture in the land
grant university system. The committee's final report is now available
on the Web:
E X T E R N A L V O I C E S
DO CORPORATE AND ACADEMIC CULTURES MIX?
A Disney University executive says: "Everything today is
10 percent product and 90 percent service. It doesn't make any
difference what you're talking about, widgets or theme parks or
college campuses . . . How you market your classroom 'product'
to your consuming public has become essential." Not surprisingly,
many faculty think the corporate style is the wrong model for
the academic life and conformance to a set of rigid requirements
is an inappropriate goal where variation and experimentation are
important for their own sakes. (Lingua Franca, Sept.-Oct.)
M A R G I N A L I A
STRESSED? GRUMPY? JOIN THE (LAUGHING) CLUB
More than 100 laughing clubs have sprung up across India since
an enthusiastic doctor, Madan Kataria, popularized an ancient
yoga breathing and laughing posture. The laughers line up in neat
rows. They stretch, then try a warm-up laugh, building slowly
to steady "ha ha ha's" and "ho ho ho's" to
stimulate deep breathing. Soon the serious laughing begins, with
participants cavorting about, slapping each other's palms, laughing
hard enough to break a sweat. "No other activity exercises
the 32 muscles in your face," says one laugher. Devotees
say the exercises can help improve physical and mental health.
(Wall Street Journal, Sept. 12)