Issue: 110

COLLEGE NEWS

- Convocation for fall ag graduates on Saturday

- Beitz to give address at graduate commencement

- ISU researchers compete successfully for USDA grants

- Riney to retire from Experiment Station

- World Bank funding workshop rescheduled

- President Jischke forum to be held in CCUR Theatre

- Minority student interns sought for summer program

- International research, study-abroad grants given

- Number of visitors to ISU farms up from last year

- Jan. 15 proposal deadline for Leopold Center grants

- Tour of three community colleges in February

- International Opportunities Fair for students Jan. 14

- Deadlines & Reminders

COMMUNICATIONS KIOSK

- Why good English, written and oral, is important

INFOGRAZING

- Twenty learning communities in college this fall

- Find ISU and other ag economics papers online

- Plant transformation workshops next semester

EXTERNAL VOICES

- When students fail, examine ourselves first

MARGINALIA

- Holiday gift tip: College of Agriculture shirts

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C O L L E G E N E W S

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CONVOCATION FOR FALL AG GRADUATES ON SATURDAY

About 200 graduates will be recognized at the college convocation, 9:30 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 19, C.Y. Stephens Auditorium. Refreshments precede the event at 8:45 a.m. Arianne Oudekerk, agricultural business, will give the address. Andrew Schmitz, horticulture, will receive the Academic Achievement Award; Grant Belden, agricultural business, the Distinguished Service Award; Adam Obrecht, agricultural business, the Leadership Excellence Award; and Stacia Piggott, dairy science and public service and administration in agriculture, the Outstanding Senior Award.

BEITZ TO GIVE ADDRESS AT GRADUATE COMMENCEMENT

Don Beitz, distinguished professor in animal science and in biochemistry, biophysics and molecular biology, will be the speaker at the graduate student commencement tonight (Friday) at C.Y. Stephens Auditorium.

ISU RESEARCHERS COMPETE SUCCESSFULLY FOR USDA GRANTS

In 1998, ISU-led projects were awarded $2,484,238 in USDA competitive research grants. The grants include 12 from the National Research Initiative (NRI) program totaling $1,444,238 and three from the Fund for Rural America program totaling $1,040,000. NRI funds research on key national and regional problems in agriculture, food and the environment. The Fund for Rural America supports activities to improve quality of life in rural areas. The 15 projects involve 32 scientists in economics, botany, plant pathology, food science and human nutrition, agronomy, entomology, veterinary medicine, animal science, forestry, National Soil Tilth Lab, geological and atmospheric sciences, agricultural and biosystems engineering, and agricultural education and studies.

RINEY TO RETIRE FROM EXPERIMENT STATION

At the end of December, Shirley Riney will retire as the Experiment Station’s research program coordinator. Colin Scanes, executive associate dean, commended Riney for eight years of service in the job. She will continue to work part-time in the new year to finish pending reports. Cathy Good, administrative specialist in the executive associate dean’s office, will move to the Experiment Station office to assume Riney’s duties. Deanne Brill, budget and finance office, will coordinate the Successful Grantsmanship Workshops, which Riney had handled.

WORLD BANK FUNDING WORKSHOP RESCHEDULED

The date has changed for the Experiment Station’s next Successful Grantsmanship Workshop. Originally scheduled for Jan. 14, the workshop on World Bank funding opportunities is now tentatively set for Feb. 18. More details will be coming.

PRESIDENT JISCHKE FORUM TO BE HELD IN CCUR THEATRE

The Jan. 28 open forum with President Jischke will be held in 1951 Food Sciences (Center for Crops Utilization Research Theatre), 11 a.m. to noon. The forum is open to all agriculture faculty and staff.

MINORITY STUDENT INTERNS SOUGHT FOR SUMMER PROGRAM

Do you know minority students in high schools or other colleges who have interests in agriculture? If so, let them know about the college’s summer research internship program, sponsored by Ag Minority Programs. Last summer eight students completed internships. Application deadline is Feb. 1. For more information: Nina Neubert, 4-1701 or nina1@iastate.edu. Or check the web: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/student/minority.html

INTERNATIONAL RESEARCH, STUDY-ABROAD GRANTS GIVEN

Fifteen grants totaling $40,402 have been awarded in the 1998-99 Dean of Agriculture International Research Grants Program. The grants, which were awarded to 14 faculty members in 10 departments, are given to strengthen research collaborations in other countries. Also, International Agriculture Programs has awarded $10,000 in study-abroad scholarships to 64 students. The scholarships ranged from $100 to $300.

NUMBER OF VISITORS TO ISU FARMS UP FROM LAST YEAR

The Research and Demonstration Farms attracted 11,460 visitors from Oct. 1, 1997 to Sept. 30, 1998, exceeding the previous year's total of 8,365. The number includes attendance at 30 field days, up from 22 the year before, and visitors during other times. The Armstrong/Neely-Kinyon farms in southwest Iowa had the most visitors -- 3,575.

JAN.15 PROPOSAL DEADLINE FOR LEOPOLD MEETING GRANTS

Jan. 15 is the proposal deadline for conference, workshop or special event support from the Leopold Center. Check the web at: http://www.leopold.iastate.edu/centers/leopold/edprograms.html

TOUR OF THREE COMMUNITY COLLEGES IN FEBRUARY

A Vision 2020 bus tour to three northwest Iowa community colleges is set for Feb. 11-12. ISU faculty and staff are invited. Also invited are members of the Board of Regents and community college officials. The tour will visit Iowa Lakes Community College, Northwest Iowa Community College and Western Iowa Tech Community College. For more information: Roger Swafford, 4-2698 or swafford@iastate.edu.

INTERNATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES FAIR FOR STUDENTS JAN. 14

Agriculture students can learn about upcoming exchanges, travel courses and internships at the International Opportunities Fair, Jan. 14, 3 to 5 p.m., on the ground floor of Curtiss Hall. Faculty members who lead the programs will on hand to answer questions. For more information: 4-3972 or 4-8447.

DEADLINES & REMINDERS

Dec. 19: College convocation for graduating seniors, 9:30 a.m., Stephens Auditorium.

Jan. 4: Foreign travel grant applications due, 138 Curtiss.

Jan. 14: International Opportunities Fair, ground floor, Curtiss Hall, 3 p.m., 4-3972.

Jan. 15: Deadline, conference/workshop proposals, Leopold Center, 4-3711.

Jan. 28: College of Agriculture open forum with President Jischke, 11 a.m., 1951 Food Sciences.

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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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WHY GOOD ENGLISH, WRITTEN AND ORAL, IS IMPORTANT

Washington Post columnist William Raspberry says, "Misused words, haphazard sentences and failed subject-verb agreement can distract people from our ideas and get them concentrating on our inadequacies. Good English, carefully spoken and written, can open more doors than a college degree. Bad English can slam doors we don't even know about."

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I N F O G R A Z I N G

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TWENTY LEARNING COMMUNITIES IN COLLEGE THIS FALL

More than 245 students in the College of Agriculture were active in 20 learning communities this fall. The groups, which have similar interests and academic goals, involved students in ag business, ag education and studies, ag systems technology, agronomy, agronomy/English, animal science, pre-vet, horticulture and microbiology. One group, Agriculture Community Encourages Success (ACES), lived in the same residence hall.

FIND ISU AND OTHER AG ECONOMICS PAPERS ONLINE

AgEcon Search (http://agecon.lib.umn.edu) is a web site that indexes reports of scholarly research in agricultural and applied economics. Statistics from the site show that from Jan. 1 to Nov. 24, ISU Department of Economics papers were accessed 2,938 times. ISU’s most frequently "hit" paper: "Cost Structures of Pork Slaughter" by Marvin Hayenga, which was accessed 288 times.

PLANT TRANSFORMATION WORKSHOPS NEXT SEMESTER

A series of hands-on workshops on plant transformation will be offered during spring semester for graduate students, faculty and staff. Each workshop consists of two three-hour sessions, to be held on Mondays and Fridays. The first workshop is Feb. 5 and 8. For more information: Gary Polking, 4-1813 or polking@iastate.edu, or Kan Wang, 4-4429 or kanwang@iastate.edu.

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

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WHEN STUDENTS FAIL, EXAMINE OURSELVES FIRST

"Our real goal is to graduate students; not to recruit, not to enroll, but to graduate. All of us, faculty and staff, can help by being students of learning. We’re not starting from scratch, but we’re not using all that is known. When students fail, we should examine ourselves before we look for fault in the students." Howard Shapiro, ISU vice provost for undergraduate programs, from remarks at the Dec. 8 campus environment conference and remarks to Ag Cabinet today.

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M A R G I N A L I A

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HOLIDAY GIFT TIP: COLLEGE OF AGRICULTURE SHIRTS

ISU College of Agriculture polo shirts are still available. Remaining are eight red shirts (all size XL) and 25 navy blue shirts (sizes L, XL and XXL). Ag faculty and staff can buy the shirts at cost, $22. Come to Ag Information, 304 Curtiss, to check them out or call Susan Thompson, 4-0705.

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