Issue: 10

COLLEGE NEWS

- Spring convocation

- New hours for CommLab

- Experiment Station funding '94

- FFA Breakfast Feb. 22

- Creative environments: Upcoming program

COMMUNICATIONS KIOSK

- Talking to the media

INFOGRAZING

- Ag, environment, food safety survey

- The International Community College

EXTERNAL VOICES

- Hunkering down

MARGINALIA

- Power e-mail

C O L L E G E N E W S

SPRING CONVOCATION

The College of Agriculture Spring Convocation will be held at

4 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 1, Lush Auditorium in Kildee Hall. Faculty

and staff awards will be presented and others recognized for awards

they received during the past year.

NEW HOURS FOR COMMLAB

The Communications Laboratory, 213A Curtiss, has new office hours:

8 a.m.-noon, Monday through Friday, or by appointment. CommLab

helps agriculture undergrads with oral, written and visual communication

skills. It offers individual tutoring, short lessons for undergrad

classes on communication topics and TA training sessions for graduate

students. CommLab director Lee-Ann Kastman (294-7550 or lkastman@iastate.edu)

is available to present brief explanations of the lab's services

to undergrad classes.

EXPERIMENT STATION FUNDING '94

Experiment Station funding reached $69.3 million in fiscal year

(federal) 1994, up 12.5 percent from FY 93. The total reflects

increases in state appropriations, non-USDA federal grants, industry

grants and product sales. State appropriations rose 17 percent

to $29.3 million, mainly due to the college's "3 X 5"

program and salary increases. Grants from industry, USDA and other

federal agencies totaled $28.5 million. USDA appropriations --

formula funds and grants -- were $14.3 million. Formula funds

(funds allocated to land-grant institutions based on numbers of

farmers and rural people in each state) were up slightly, but

grants were down 15 percent, primarily because facility projects

funded by grants are now complete.

FFA BREAKFAST FEB. 22

College faculty and staff are invited to the FFA Breakfast, 7:30

a.m.-8 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 22, second floor of Curtiss Hall.

The continental breakfast recognizes FFA students.

CREATIVE ENVIRONMENTS: UPCOMING PROGRAM

Human relations skills to support creative learning and working

environments is the focus of an upcoming professional development

program for agriculture faculty and staff. The program will be

held 4-8 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 28. More details in the next Ag Online.

C O M M U N I C A T I O N S K I O S K

TALKING TO THE MEDIA

People are usually passive or angered by what they read, hear

or see in the media. Communicating with the media is often overlooked.

A couple tips: Offer specific suggestions for how news coverage

and opinion forums could improve. Provide names, numbers and backgrounds

of sources or commentators who deserve a hearing. Remember: your

goal is not to persuade a media professional that your views are

the correct ones. Emphasize that a broad spectrum of views is

essential to healthy media discourse. (From "How to Talk

Back to Mass Media," Jeff Cohen and Norman Solomon, River

City Reader, December). Also, the College of Agriculture Information

Services can help you work with reporters and editors.

I N F O G R A Z I N G

AG, ENVIRONMENT, FOOD SAFETY SURVEY

Agriculture and the environment and food safety were topics of

a December 1993 nationwide survey conducted by Gallup, Inc., and

sponsored by the Experiment Station Committee on Policy-Cooperative

State Research Service and Extension Service-USDA. Some results:

46 percent agreed the ag industry is causing irreversible damage

to the environment; 76 percent agreed pesticide residues on food

are a substantial health danger; 75 percent agreed government

policies should specify a reduction in farm pesticides, even if

it means higher food costs; 51 percent agreed protecting the environment

was more important than protecting jobs dependent on agriculture

and forestry. For full survey results: Dave King, Purdue University,

38396 or kingd@ecn.purdue.edu.

THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY COLLEGE

The League for Innovation in the Community College and Jones Education

Networks have formed the International Community College, offering

baccalaureate degrees via cable TV and satellite broadcasts. The

ICC also plans to provide corporate training programs to clients.

(Chronicle of Higher Education, Jan. 20)

E X T E R N A L V O I C E S

HUNKERING DOWN

The inability of many young people today to get permanent jobs

seems to have made them cautious rather than revolutionary. The

common response is "to hunker down and wait it out, watching

for yourself and no one else. Irony and detachment become the

prevailing poses," says Jon Meacham, an editor of The Washington

Monthly in its Jan./Feb. issue. "It's not nihilism, but there

is a certain coolness in elite circles, and currency is placed

on not getting caught believing too much in any one thing."

M A R G I N A L I A

POWER E-MAIL

Several Internet-related articles in December's Esquire included

a sidebar entitled "E-mail Power Addresses." It lists

addresses for The Dalai Lama, Bill Gates, Newt Gingrich, Al Gore,

Rush Limbaugh, Ross Perot, Noam Chomsky, Barry Diller, Michael

Spindler, George Soros, Keith Richards, Billy Idol, Butthead (of

MTV's "Beavis and Butthead") and Robert Stack.