Issue: 133

COLLEGE NEWS

- Future of the college: strategic plan kick-off Nov. 16

- Future of the college: Dec. 1 strategic plan meeting

- Three open forums remain for dean candidates

- How to write successful grants: a Dec. 3 workshop

- Next summer’s China study-abroad program planned

- Work to begin on new dairy lab in northeast Iowa

- Food science/human nutrition plans open house

- Need help for distance education course materials?

- Students’ community service will beautify campus

- Register for basketball tickets from the college

- Can Iowa take bigger bite of apple market?

- Iowa task force to study phosphorus levels

- Iowa FFA team places second in ag mechanics event

- Next Ag Online a week later than usual

- Deadlines & Reminders

COMMUNICATIONS KIOSK

- Guidelines for citing online sources

INFOGRAZING

- Upcoming bioethics retreat includes GMO issues

INTERNAL VOICES

- Focus distance education on the ‘who’ and ‘why’

EXTERNAL VOICES

- The influence of teachers can be limitless

MARGINALIA

- Till death do they part, and we do mean till

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C O L L E G E N E W S

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FUTURE OF THE COLLEGE: STRATEGIC PLAN KICK-OFF NOV. 16

The College of Agriculture will kick-off its strategic planning process with a seminar on the future of agriculture, to be held Tuesday, Nov. 16, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., in the Great Hall, Memorial Union. Neil Harl, economics, will speak on short- and long-term issues and trends in agriculture, including production and prices, GMOs, concentration and integration, and the implications for ISU. For more information: Karen Bolluyt, 4-3701 or kbolluyt@iastate.edu.

FUTURE OF THE COLLEGE: DEC. 1 STRATEGIC PLAN MEETING

A second college strategic-plan meeting is scheduled for Dec. 1 in the Sun Room, Memorial Union, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Discussions will center on extension programs, community colleges and distance education. The tentative agenda includes presentations by Stan Johnson, vice provost for extension; Wendy Wintersteen, director, ISU Extension for Agriculture and Natural Resources; Gerald Miller, associate dean for industry and extension programs; Carol Bradley, special assistant to President Jischke; and Richard Carter, director of the Brenton Center. For more information: Karen Bolluyt, 4-3701 or kbolluyt@iastate.edu.

THREE OPEN FORUMS REMAIN FOR DEAN CANDIDATES

Open-forum dates for the three remaining dean of agriculture candidates are: Monday, Nov. 15, Joseph Jwu-shan Jen; Nov. 30, Cornelia Butler Flora; and Dec. 7, Alan Bennett. All forums begin at 3 p.m. in the Ensminger Room, 1204 Kildee.

HOW TO WRITE SUCCESSFUL GRANTS: A DEC. 3 WORKSHOP

A grant success workshop will be held Friday, Dec. 3, for agriculture and Experiment Station faculty. The workshop will be held noon to 2:30 p.m. in the Oak Room, Memorial Union. Faculty members will speak on how to write successful proposals for federal, university, commodity and industry funds. Also, there will be a presentation how a federal review panel works. Box lunches will be available. To make a reservation, contact Deanne Brill, 4-2517 or dbrill@iastate.edu, by Friday, Nov. 19. The workshop is sponsored by the college and the Experiment Station.

NEXT SUMMER’S CHINA STUDY-ABROAD PROGRAM PLANNED

Dec. 1 is the deadline for students to sign up for next summer’s China study-abroad program. The program, sponsored by Cargill, lasts six weeks, during which participants will spend time in Beijing, Hangzhou and Shanghai. Students will earn seven credits for the program -- 1 credit at ISU and 6 while participating in classes at the Chinese Academy of Agriculture Sciences in Beijing. For applications, visit 18 Curtiss or call 4-8447. For more information: David Acker, dacker@iastate.edu.

WORK TO BEGIN ON NEW DAIRY LAB IN NORTHEAST IOWA

A groundbreaking ceremony will be held Nov. 19 in Calmar for the Northeast Iowa Dairy Education and Applied Research Laboratory. The new lab is a collaboration of the Northeast Iowa Community-based Dairy Foundation, a grassroots citizens group; ISU; and Northeast Iowa Community College. The foundation bought land near the community college for the lab, which will conduct programs to help ensure the success of the region’s dairy industry. ISU and NICC will expand its dairy management program to a two-year associate degree, with the potential of finishing a bachelor's degree at ISU. The new building will include space for an ISU research farms staff person and an extension specialist. Construction is scheduled to begin next March.

FOOD SCIENCE/HUMAN NUTRITION PLANS OPEN HOUSE

The Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition will hold an open house for invited guests on Nov. 18. The department has invited representatives from the food industry, state officials and others connected with food, nutrition and health industries. The aim of the event is to inform industry on the department’s programs and to promote academic-industry partnerships. Speaking at the event will be President Jischke, Provost Rollin Richmond and Hans Zoerb, director of strategic technology development for the Pillsbury Technology Center in Minneapolis.

NEED HELP FOR DISTANCE EDUCATION COURSE MATERIALS?

Dec. 1 is the deadline for applying for the college's Instructor Assistance Program, which offers help in modifying instructional materials for use in distance education courses. Student workers help faculty in digital slide scanning, Web pages, WebCT course development, Photoshop and PowerPoint programs. For more information on submitting an application: Gaylan Scofield, 4-0045 or e-mail ggs@iastate.edu.

STUDENTS’ COMMUNITY SERVICE WILL BEAUTIFY CAMPUS

Planting perennial flower bulbs has been a chance for a group of Iowa State students to grow as leaders. Cary Trexler, agricultural education and studies, said planning community-service projects helps students become better leaders. The 28 students in Trexler’s Ag Education 315 class raised more than $3,000 to purchase 7,500 bulbs of tulips, daffodils and hyacinths to plant around Curtiss Hall. Students will be planting the bulbs today (Friday) and Saturday.

REGISTER FOR BASKETBALL TICKETS FROM THE COLLEGE

Agriculture faculty, staff, students and alumni are invited to attend the ISU women's basketball game with Western Illinois University on Saturday, Dec. 4. The college is offering free game tickets to students and $1 tickets for everyone else. You must register to receive the tickets, 500 of which are available. A rally is planned from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Stagedoor in Scheman. For more information and registration: Sandi Kellen, 4-7677.

CAN IOWA TAKE BIGGER BITE OF APPLE MARKET?

Once a top apple-producing state, Iowa now provides a fraction of the fresh apples eaten by Iowans annually. More information about changes in Iowa's apple industry, and potential for local sales today, is available in a report on the Leopold Center’s Web site: http://www.leopold.iastate.edu. Written by education program coordinator Rich Pirog and intern John Tyndall, the paper explores the potential to augment Iowa farm income.

IOWA TASK FORCE TO STUDY PHOSPHORUS LEVELS

Gerald Miller, associate dean for industry and extension programs, is leading a task force that will gather information about phosphorus in Iowa soils. The group was formed in response to a new USDA national standard for managing the application of nutrients to farmland. The standard applies to farmers who receive federal and state cost-share money for conservation work, and is meant to help minimize water pollution, maintain soil quality and properly apply manure. The task force grew out of an Iowa committee that is studying how to match state guidelines to federal guidelines. The task force is holding a series of fact-finding meetings that will continue into March.

IOWA FFA TEAM PLACES SECOND IN AG MECHANICS EVENT

The Osage FFA team placed second at the National FFA Agricultural Mechanics Career Development Event held in Louisville during the National FFA Convention, Oct. 27-28. The team earned the right to compete in the national event by placing first in the state competition, which was hosted by ISU’s Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering last summer.

NEXT AG ONLINE A WEEK LATER THAN USUAL

The next Ag Online will be sent three weeks from now, on Dec. 3, and not on Nov. 26, which is a university holiday.

DEADLINES & REMINDERS

Nov. 15: Deadline, International Funding for Ag Graduate Students and Post-docs, 4-8493

Nov. 15: Open forum, Joseph Jwu-shan Jen, dean candidate, 1204 Kildee, 3 p.m.

Nov. 16: College of Agriculture strategic plan kick-off seminar, Great Hall, Memorial Union, 10 a.m.

Nov. 30: Open forum, Cornelia Flora, dean candidate, 1204 Kildee, 3 p.m.

Nov. 30: Wither the Farm?, Gordon Bultena Lecture Series, featuring the Rosmanns, family farmers, Sun Room, Memorial Union, 8 p.m.

Dec. 1: College of Agriculture strategic plan meeting, Sun Room, Memorial Union, 10 a.m.

Dec. 3: Grant success workshop, Oak Room, Memorial Union, 2:30 p.m.

Dec. 7: Open forum, Alan Bennett, dean candidate, 1204 Kildee, 3 p.m.

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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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GUIDELINES FOR CITING ONLINE SOURCES

Citing online sources is becoming more common, but differs from traditional written citations. "The Columbia Guide to Online Style" offers a Web version that helps authors with guidelines for both humanities and scientific citation styles. The site includes pointers on sources such as the Web, e-mail, online references, electronic publications, software programs and even video games. There also is information for ordering the book version of the guide. The Web site is located at: http://www.columbia.edu/cu/cup/cgos/idx_basic.html

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I N F O G R A Z I N G

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UPCOMING BIOETHICS RETREAT INCLUDES GMO ISSUES

The ISU Bioethics Program’s annual faculty retreat will examine ethical issues in risk communication, with special attention given to genetically modified crops. All tenured and tenure-track faculty members are invited to apply. The retreat will be held Jan. 4-5 in the Scheman Building. For more information, check the Web: http://www.biotech.iastate.edu/bioethics.html

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

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FOCUS DISTANCE EDUCATION ON THE ‘WHO’ AND ‘WHY’

"There will be an explosion …. of distance education programs in the next decade. Most will be special programs designed to meet the needs of specific populations of students. These students have different needs and goals from those who traditionally attend universities like ours. Simply expanding our current course offerings using distance-education technologies will not even begin to tap the potential that exists and may be counterproductive considering the time and resources involved. To be a real player in distance education, we need to think more about the ‘who’ and ‘why,’ and much less about the ‘how’ that seems to be our present preoccupation." Ken Moore, professor of agronomy and chair of the online Master of Agronomy program. (From the May 1999 AgComm newsletter)

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

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THE INFLUENCE OF TEACHERS CAN BE LIMITLESS

"A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops." Henry Adams, writing in his 1907 autobiography, "The Education of Henry Adams."

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M A R G I N A L I A

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TILL DEATH DO THEY PART, AND WE DO MEAN TILL

Dan Thompson, a senior in agricultural studies, plowed a marriage proposal into a field farmed by his father near Fort Dodge. On Oct. 24, he and his girlfriend Amy Totten went for a walk in the field and Amy saw the message -- "Marry Me, Amy." She accepted. Thompson, who used his grandfather’s antique plow to write the message, said he wanted to do something original when he got engaged. The couple plan to marry in June 2001. (Farm News, Nov. 5)

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