- Spring convocation
- New hours for CommLab
- Experiment Station funding '94
- FFA Breakfast Feb. 22
- Creative environments: Upcoming program
- Talking to the media
- Ag, environment, food safety survey
- The International Community College
- Hunkering down
- Power e-mail
C O L L E G E N E W S
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 email@example.com)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
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
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.