Issue: 107

COLLEGE NEWS

- Ag faculty meets today on new catalog

- Ag Week events scheduled Nov. 1-7

- Ag Career Day set for Nov. 10

- Wellness the focus of ag faculty-staff program

- Funds available for distance education materials

- Global food security symposium Nov. 6-7 in Lincoln

- Meet Bosnia-Herzegovina delegation on Nov. 10

- Ag-Link useful for students planning ties to family farms

- Candidates sought for Henry A. Wallace chair

- Deadlines & Reminders

COMMUNICATIONS KIOSK

- Update of campus map for College of Agriculture

INFOGRAZING

- German TV crew films CCUR research

EXTERNAL VOICES

- Informing the public about research, in plain English

MARGINALIA

- Internal voice: Deiter on humor in the classroom

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C O L L E G E N E W S

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AG FACULTY MEETS TODAY ON NEW CATALOG

Agriculture faculty will meet today (Oct. 30) at 3:10 p.m., 118 Horticulture, to vote on the proposed college curricula for the 1999-2001 catalog. For more information: Joe Colletti, chair, ag curriculum committee, 4-4912 or colletti@iastate.edu.

AG WEEK EVENTS SCHEDULED NOV. 1-7

Ag Week at ISU started early this year, with the Collegiate Farm Bureau’s secretary of agriculture candidate forum on Oct. 20, a "success night" workshop on career development on Oct. 27 and a Sigma Alpha resume building workshop on Oct. 28. Events for Ag Week, Nov. 1-7, include:

Nov. 1, ag club displays at North Grand Mall, noon to 5 p.m.; Dairy Science and Rodeo Club costume dance, 8 p.m. to 12 a.m., Hunky Dory’s.

Nov. 2, Alpha Zeta mock interviews, 6:30 to 10 p.m., Agronomy Hall, including ethnic snacks from the International Ag Club.

Nov. 3, ASAE barbecue, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Davidson Hall.

Nov. 4, Block & Bridle hayride and bonfire, 7 to 9:30 p.m., Dairy Farm; scavenger hunt by Ag Ed and Farm Op clubs, 10 p.m. to 12 a.m.

Nov. 5, College of Agriculture T-Shirt Day, wear a college or ag club t-shirt and get free international food from MANNRS, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Curtiss Hall; College of Agriculture Formal Banquet, 6 p.m., Scheman Building, sponsored by Ag Student Council ($15 tickets available in 23 Curtiss).

Nov. 6, Pre-Vet Club faculty coffee, 7 to 8:30 a.m., Brenton Center.

Nov. 7, Ag Tailgate by Agronomy, Sigma Alpha and NAMA clubs, north of stadium, two hours before kickoff.

Nov. 10, Ag Career Day, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Memorial Union, sponsored by Ag Business Club and Ag Career Services.

AG CAREER DAY SET FOR NOV. 10

The 1998 Agriculture Career Day will be held Nov. 10, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., in the Memorial Union. Currently, 135 companies are expected. The day after the event, 14 companies will interview for full-time and internship positions, with others interviewing the rest of the week and the following week. For more information: Mike Gaul, 4-4725.

WELLNESS THE FOCUS OF AG FACULTY-STAFF PROGRAM

Integrating wellness in professional development will be the topic of the College of Agriculture’s fall semester faculty and staff development program. "The Spices of Life" will be held Nov. 23, 9 a.m. to noon. (There are no classes scheduled that date, the Monday before Thanksgiving). Details and location will be forthcoming. For more information: Bill Graves, chair, professional development committee, 4-0034 or graves@iastate.edu.

FUNDS AVAILABLE FOR DISTANCE EDUCATION MATERIALS

The Brenton Center has funds to help faculty develop or improve materials used in distance-education courses taught in ICN/multimedia classrooms. Proposals are due on Nov. 12. A maximum of eight will be selected for the spring semester. The funds are from an Extended and Continuing Education grant. For more information: Gaylan Scofield, 4-0045 or ggs@iastate.edu.

GLOBAL FOOD SECURITY SYMPOSIUM NOV. 6-7 IN LINCOLN

ISU International Agriculture Programs and the University of Nebraska are organizing a symposium entitled "Alternative Perspectives on Global Food Security," Nov. 6-7 in Lincoln, Neb. The symposium is open to anyone with an interest in discussing the World Food Summit goal of reducing by half the number of undernourished people in the world by 2015. Registration is $25, and special lodging rates and transportation are available. For more information: Denise Bjelland, 4-2883 or bjelland@iastate.edu.

MEET BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA DELEGATION ON NOV. 10

Faculty and staff are invited to a Nov. 10 reception for a delegation representing the Federation and Republic of Srpska in the country of Bosnia-Herzegovina. The reception, at 4 p.m. in the Cardinal Room, Memorial Union, will be hosted by the Center for International Agricultural Finance. The center is conducting a two-week training program for the delegation, which is working on changing the country’s tax policy. The program is funded by USAID and coordinated by World Learning. RSVP by Nov. 6 to Ron Prescott, rprescot@iastate.edu.

AG-LINK USEFUL FOR STUDENTS PLANNING TIES TO FAMILY FARMS

Faculty and staff are encouraged to let students know about Ag-Link, the program to help agriculture students and their families make the transition into intergenerational farming. The program will be of interest to students who plan to return to family farms, and to those who don’t plan to farm but will have close ties to family farm business operations. The program, which is in its fifth year, will include presentations on personal and business goal-setting, strategic business planning, farm business transfer and other topics. The two sessions will be held Dec. 11-12 and Feb. 12-13 in the Scheman Building. For more information: Lynn Jones, 4-0898 or x1jones@exnet.iastate.edu.

CANDIDATES SOUGHT FOR HENRY A. WALLACE CHAIR

The Leopold Center is seeking applications for the Henry A. Wallace Endowed Chair for Sustainable Agriculture. The chair holder will lead efforts to develop and implement educational and research programs on the sustainability of agricultural practices. Application deadline is Feb. 1. The chair was established by a $1 million grant from the W. K. Kellogg Foundation and a $500,000 gift from the Wallace Genetic Foundation. Wallace, an ISU alumnus, was vice president of the United States, 1941-45. More information is available at: http://www.leopold.iastate.edu.

DEADLINES & REMINDERS

Oct. 31: Ensminger International Room dedication, Kildee Hall, 2 p.m.

Nov. 1-7: ISU Ag Week.

Nov. 6: Animal Science Career Day, 4-6022.

Nov. 6-7: Alternative Perspectives on Global Food Security, Lincoln, Neb., 4-2883.

Nov. 7: Kildee Hall-Meats Lab addition dedication, 10 a.m.

Nov. 10: Agriculture Career Day, Memorial Union, 9:30 a.m.

Nov. 10: Reception for Bosnia-Herzegovina delegation, Cardinal Room, MU, 4 p.m.

Nov. 12: MIAC informational session, 106 Curtiss, noon, 4-8454.

Nov. 12: Deadline, proposals for Brenton Center distance education materials, 4-0045.

Nov. 23: College of Agriculture faculty and staff development program, 9 a.m., 4-0034.

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

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UPDATE OF CAMPUS MAP FOR COLLEGE OF AGRICULTURE

An updated version of the campus map for the College of Agriculture is on the web. The biggest change is the addition of detailed parking instructions for visitors. The map was enlarged to print on legal-sized paper, but also is legible if shrunk to fit on letter-sized paper. It is available as a PDF at the Ag Information web site, http://www.aginfo.iastate.edu, where there is information about downloading Acrobat Reader, the software needed to view and print the map. For more information: Ed Adcock, 4-2314 or edadcock@iastate.edu.

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I N F O G R A Z I N G

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GERMAN TV CREW FILMS CCUR RESEARCH

On Oct. 23, the Center for Crops Utilization Research hosted a TV crew filming a segment of a documentary to be aired on "Modern People," a news magazine shown on German network television. In the documentary, Manfred Kern of Agrevo Corporation (Hoechst), Germany, showcases new research approaches that may provide healthier food products or more environmentally friendly alternatives to industrial products. In the segment featuring CCUR, Kern and CCUR professor-in-charge Larry Johnson discuss and view ISU research on biodegradable plastics from soy protein, new wood product adhesives from corn and soybeans, and engineered specialty soybean oils.

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

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INFORMING THE PUBLIC ABOUT RESEARCH, IN PLAIN ENGLISH

An excerpt from a report by the House Committee on Science on a new national science policy: Research sponsored by the federal government should be more readily available to the general public, both to inform them and to demonstrate that they are getting value for the money the government spends on research. Agencies that support scientific research have an obligation to explain that research to the public in a clear and concise way. . . . Plain English summaries of research . . . should be widely distributed, including posting on the Internet. (The report is available at: http://www.house.gov/science/science_policy_report.htm)

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M A R G I N A L I A

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INTERNAL VOICE: DEITER ON HUMOR IN THE CLASSROOM

"The main reason for using humor in the classroom," says Ron Deiter, economics professor, "is to improve student learning. The creative development and expression of humor in the classroom deals with ‘how’ to teach, not ‘what’ to teach. The use of humor should be a teaching tool that, if effective, will increase the amount that is actually learned by students . . . Trying to achieve excellence in how to teach, whether it be with humor or something else, requires creativity and can bring some of the challenges back to teaching for those who have mastered the ‘what’ to teach. Watching students who are enjoying listening to you (or at least staying awake) and hearing them laugh is very rewarding." (Deiter will speak on "What’s So Funny About Using Humor in the Classroom?" on Nov. 9, Cardinal Room, Memorial Union, as part of the Center for Teaching Excellence’s Faculty Forum series. For information on attending: http://www.cte.iastate.edu/forum.html#schedule)

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