Issue: 479

College News

Cattle Moving to New Dairy Farm This Week

The animal science department began moving livestock to the new ISU Dairy Farm today, Nov. 26. Dan Morrical, animal science, said younger cattle were being moved today with the milking cows expected to move on Tuesday. Livestock are coming from the Ankeny Dairy Farm and the Northeast Iowa Dairy Farm to the new farm south of campus. There will be about 1,000 head of dairy cattle at the 27-acre farm, with 450 of those milking cows. 

Modern Marvels Show on Pigs Features ISU Researchers

Iowa State researchers are featured in a pig edition of the History Channel's "Modern Marvels" program (Mediacom channel 45 in Ames and Des Moines). The show will air Tuesday, Nov. 27, at 7 and 11 p.m. with Max Rothschild, C.F. Curtiss Distinguished Professor in Agriculture and director of the Center for Integrated Animal Genomics, and Ken Prusa, food science and human nutrition professor. 

Economist Retiring After More Than 40 Years ISU 

Economist Robert Wisner, who has provided grain marketing information and advice to Iowa producers for nearly 41 years, will retire Dec. 3. 

Agronomy's Lubberstedt Named PSI Center Director

Thomas Lubberstedt has been named the new director for the Raymond F. Baker Center for Plant Breeding in the Plant Sciences Institute. He succeeds Kendall Lamkey as center director, who served from 2002-2007. 

Bulgarian University Honors Kanwar

Ramesh Kanwar, chair of the agricultural and biosystems engineering department, was presented the Doctor Honor Causa award by Trakia University on Nov. 21. Kanwar has been working with the Bulgarian university for the past four years. It was established in 1995 and has five colleges including a College of Agriculture. 

New Learner Outcomes Approved

A revised list of learner outcomes for College students graduating with a baccalaureate degree has been approved. The College's Student Outcomes Assessment Committee spent the last two years reviewing outcomes and seeking faculty and stakeholder input necessary to develop the newly approved set. This spring the College's SOAC and Curriculum committees will begin discussing how to help students achieve the new outcomes and how to help the College and departments assess the level of student achievement. 

Science with Practice Students to Display Posters Dec. 5

Science With Practice poster presentations will be held Dec. 5 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Students who participated in the program this semester will display their posters in the Kildee Hall atrium. Contact: Elizabeth Gaskins, 4-4349 or

50 Points: Noted Animal Scientists in the Spotlight

As part of Iowa State's sesquicentennial celebration, 150 points of pride related to the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences are being posted online to coincide with 150 days of the 2007-2008 academic year. This week's posting features five animal scientists: E.L. Quaife, Lanoy Hazel, Maurice Helser, Leslie Johnson and Max Rothschild. 

Iowa Learning Farm Column to Run in Wallaces Farmer

The Iowa Learning Farm will have a column published in Wallaces Farmer each month beginning in December. The Iowa Learning Farm stories will feature different aspects of conservation farming and will include advice from ISU experts, ILF farmer cooperators and partner agency representatives. The first article will give an overview of the project. The Iowa Learning Farm helps strong conservationist farmers teach other farmers about systems that will improve the quality of the soil and water on their farms, while remaining profitable and sustainable. The Iowa Learning Farm is a partnership of the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship - Division of Soil Conservation, ISU Extension, Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, Iowa Natural Resources Conservation Service and Iowa Department of Natural Resources. 

Deadlines and Reminders

Nov. 28-29: Integrated Crop Management Conference and the Agribusiness Association of Iowa Agribusiness Expo 

Nov. 30: Forestry Club Christmas tree sale, 3 p.m. to 8 p.m., Reiman Gardens' parking area 

Dec. 1: Forestry Club Christmas tree sale, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Reiman Gardens' parking area 

Dec. 2: Forestry Club Christmas tree sale, noon to 6 p.m., Reiman Gardens' parking area 

Dec. 4: Surplus equipment sale, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Ankeny Dairy Farm 

Dec. 7: Forestry Club Christmas tree sale, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., Reiman Gardens' parking area 

Dec. 8: Forestry Club Christmas tree sale, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Reiman Gardens' parking area 

Dec. 9: Forestry Club Christmas tree sale, noon to 6 p.m., Reiman Gardens' parking area 

Dec. 15: College Convocation, 9:30 a.m., C.Y. Stephens Auditorium 

Communications Kiosk

Your Message: Relevancy More Important than Brevity

Bryan Eisenberg, a marketing consultant and cofounder of Future Now, writes in a column for The ClickZ Network, "It's not about the length but the relevance of the copy. If you're still having the long/short copy argument, you're confusing the vehicle for the message. I'd sum up by encouraging each side to focus more on what was actually said rather than word count." He says to follow these principles to get your message across: It must be relevant. It must be credible. It must be as short as possible (not just short). More:


Reiman Gardens Celebrates the Season Nov. 30

Reiman Gardens' annual Blossoms of Light Festival begins Friday, Nov. 30, from 5 to 8 p.m. The Gardens will be lit with thousands of twinkling lights for a winter walk. Indoor activities will include live musical performances, a visit with Santa, viewing of the ISU Sesquicentennial display and family craft activities including writing letters to Santa. The butterfly wing will be open offering the unique opportunity of observing the butterflies while they sleep. A display of the history, architecture and romance of the Campanile will conclude Reiman Garden's yearlong tribute to Iowa State's 150th Birthday. In addition, the ISU Horticulture Club will be selling poinsettias, the Forestry Club will be selling Christmas trees and the CoHorts will be selling their note cards, books and memberships. Entrance is free for members and ISU students with guests charged $7 for adults and $3 for children under 17.

Internal Voices

Kaleita on Helping Build a Lifelong Passion for Learning

"I believe that as educators, our task is to help students build a foundation of knowledge upon which they will build not only a career but also, hopefully, a lifelong passion for learning and contributing to the advancement of food, agricultural and life sciences. The challenges of sustainable energy, food and water are those that today's college students will be asked to play a large role in addressing, and thus the strength of our colleges of agriculture has become even more crucial." --Amy Kaleita, agricultural and biosystems engineering, in her comments this month in accepting the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food and Agricultural Sciences Excellence in Teaching Award.


ABE Department Contest to Determine What is It?

The Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering newsletter is holding a contest to see who can identify a device found in Industrial Education II. A picture and a few clues are online. Sorry, there's no prize for right answers. 

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