- Finalists for executive associate dean
- ISU gets biggest cash gift
- Gift-giving for agriculture
- New communications group
- MIPM saving a bundle
- 100 sign up for workshop
- Deadlines & reminders
- ISU facts in Spanish, Russian
- Soil testing lab '94
- Business-university collaborations
- Home cooking, '90s style
C O L L E G E N E W S
FINALISTS FOR EXECUTIVE ASSOCIATE DEAN
Three finalists for the college's executive associate dean position
will be interviewed in March. Finalists and dates they will be
on campus are: Colin Scanes, professor and chair, Department of
Animal Science, Cook College, Rutgers University -- March 9-10;
Dennis LeMaster, professor and head, Department of Forestry &
Natural Resources, Purdue University -- March 14-15; and Michael
Chaplin, professor and head, Department of Horticulture, ISU,
March 20-21. More details in next Ag Online.
ISU GETS BIGGEST CASH GIFT
The largest-ever cash gift to ISU was announced today (Friday).
The $5-million gift from the Lied Foundation Trust will fund the
Christina Hixson Opportunity Awards. The $2,500 scholarships will
be awarded each year to 100 Iowans (one from each county and one
more) who might otherwise be unable to attend ISU. Application
deadline: March 15. The gift kicks off an ISU campaign to raise
$26 million for scholarships. Check local media and the next Inside
Iowa State for more details.
GIFT-GIVING TO AGRICULTURE
Gifts to the College of Agriculture totalled $1,631,627 for the
first half of the fiscal year, according to the ISU Foundation.
Tops in gift activity were the College of Engineering ($5,589,686)
and the Athletic Department ($3,670,375). Other gifts included
Vet Med at $2,874,495 and Family & Consumer Sciences, $1,330,152.
Total ISU gifts from July to January: $30,976,816.
NEW COMMUNICATIONS GROUP
Ag Information Services has formed a communications advisory group
to examine ways to improve college internal communications. If
you have thoughts or ideas, please contact: Barbara Kalsem, ag
& biosystems engineering; Linda Drennan, ag education &
studies; Ina Couture, agronomy; Bruce Menzel, animal ecology;
Renee Knosby, animal science; Deanne Brill, biochemistry &
biophysics; John Schlenker, economics; Donald Lewis, entomology;
Judy Strand, food science & human nutrition; Rose Turner,
forestry; Kim Gaul, horticulture; Anita Nimtz, microbiology, immunology
& preventive medicine; Mary Jo Vivian, plant pathology; Ramona
Wierson, sociology; Doug Bull, zoology/genetics; Marty Behrens,
administration; and Ag Information staff.
MIPM SAVING A BUNDLE
The Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Preventive Medicine
is saving a bundle . . . literally and figuratively. To reduce
costs of paper and making copies, MIPM began a program last summer
encouraging e-mail communication among faculty, staff, collaborators
and students. Examples of e-mail replacing hard copy: meeting
minutes, announcements, information requests, job opportunities,
a newsletter, appointment scheduling. Also, students log on to
the MIPM server to get some course notes and syllabi.
100 SIGN UP FOR WORKSHOP
More than 100 faculty and staff have registered for "Human
Resources: Enhancing the Professional Work Environment in the
College of Agriculture,"the Feb. 28 professional development
workshop. Deadline for signing up was today (Feb. 17). Signups
will still be accepted on Monday, Feb. 20. Questions? Call Robert
DEADLINES & REMINDERS
FEB. 21 -- University Research Grant applications due, 104 Curtiss.
FEB. 22 -- Examples of impacts of research, extension and teaching
from departments and centers due, 304 Curtiss; for report by Joint
Council (U.S. land grants and USDA agencies).
FEB. 22 -- FFA Breakfast, 2nd floor, Curtiss, 7:30 a.m.
FEB. 28 -- College professional development workshop, Scheman,
MARCH 1 -- Instructional Development Project proposals due, 124
MARCH 1 -- P&S Professional Development Grant requests due,
MARCH 1 -- Final deadline, approval of experimental summer-session
C O M M U N I C A T I O N S K I O S K
ISU FACTS IN SPANISH, RUSSIAN
Spanish and Russian versions of "How it Works," the
pocket-size ISU fact book, are available from the International
Agriculture Programs Office, 117 Curtiss. For more information:
Mary de Baca, 294-1851 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
I N F O G R A Z I N G
SOIL TESTING LAB '94
In 1994, the Soil Testing Laboratory in the Department of Agronomy
tested 14,453 soil samples. Forty-six percent were from crop fields,
28 percent from fields where research is conducted and 7 percent
from lawns and gardens. The rest were samples from crop and research
fields tested for soil nitrate or cornstalk nitrate. The lab provides
information and recommendations on soil nutrients, helping people
make decisions on fertilizer and herbicide use.
Businesses that collaborate with universities on projects report
59 percent higher productivity than competitors, according to
a Coopers & Lybrand survey. But more than half of the companies
reported problems, including: a faculty culture not receptive
to business; lack of interest by academicians in designing programs
and resources for business; insensitivity to growth-oriented goals;
and inappropriate course material for employee training. (Investor's
Business Daily, Feb. 6)
M A R G I N A L I A
HOME COOKING, '90s STYLE
Kraft Foods doesn't for a minute believe people are turning into
a nation of health-conscious dieters. "Americans don't change
their habits that fast. It's like a glacier," says Kraft's
executive VP in charge of cheese. A survey found the top three
entrees in American homes in 1994 were pizza, ham sandwiches and
hot dogs. Macaroni and cheese was number six. "Like it or
not, these are the foods of the '90s," says a survey official.
(Wall Street Journal, Jan. 25)