Issue: 193

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C O L L E G E N E W S

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SPEECH TODAY DEALS WITH TERRORISM

Terrorism preparations will be presented by Ohio State rural sociologist Joseph Donnermeyer at a speech today. His presentation is titled "Preparing for Terrorism and Bioterrorism: A Community-based Approach" and is sponsored by the North Central Regional Center for Rural Development and the sociology department. It will begin at noon in Room 244, Memorial Union.

DEAN WOTEKI VISITS QUAD CITIES THIS WEEK

Dean Woteki will visit the Quad Cities on Thursday, April 11, as part of her ongoing visits to Iowa communities. She will meet with producers, city officials, business leaders and community gardening supporters. Last week the dean visited the Council Bluffs-Omaha area, which included a tour of OSI Industries, a meat-processing company in Oakland, and meetings with alumni, college supporters and community college leaders.

SIGN UP FOR UPCOMING GRANT WRITING SEMINARS

Spaces are still available in the upcoming College of Agriculture professional development brown-bag seminars on grant writing. The dates are Fridays, April 12, 19 and 26, all from noon to 1 p.m. in 142 Curtiss. The topics will be "Story Telling: Compelling Proposals Are Stories," "Borrowing Success: Leveraging Your Proposal"; and "Why Now: Creating Urgency." Participants should bring grant ideas or RFPs. To sign up, contact Carla Persaud, 4-1823 or cpersaud@iastate.edu.

AG STUDENT SCHOLARS HONORED AT ISU EVENT

Several agriculture students were honored Sunday during the ISU Student Scholars and Leaders Recognition Ceremony. Receiving the Wallace E. Barron All-university Senior Award were Lisa Ahrens, agronomy & agricultural business; Barry Bradford, agricultural biochemistry/animal science; and Sarah Low, public service and administration in agriculture. Other awards to agriculture students included:

- Sandra and Lynn Davis Leadership Award (outstanding senior leader in theater and arts): D. Thomas Hughes, horticulture

- Charles F. Frederiksen Leadership Award (student leader in Department of Residence): Talitha Jean Fox, animal ecology

- Graduating Scholar Award (highest scholarship of seniors from past year’s graduation classes): College of Agriculture – Lacey Horn

AG COUNCIL PICKS AG MAN AND WOMAN

The Ag Man and Ag Woman of the Year are Scott Metzger, graduating senior in dairy science and agricultural business, and Kelli J. Bormann, graduating senior in animal science. The annual awards are based on activities and leadership within the college as well as campus activities, grades and volunteer work.

MEAT LAB HOSTS ‘CENTER-OF-THE-PLATE’ TRAINING PROGRAM

The Meat Lab will offer a special training program April 23-25 for those interested in learning about "center-of-the-plate" protein products. Buyers and sellers of meat, poultry, and seafood products are among those expected to learn how these main meal parts are made, cut, sold, purchased and used. One aspect will show how product specifications can be used when ordering and supplying. It is a pilot program is sponsored by the North American Meat Processors Association, the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and the National Pork Board. Speakers from the USDA and the National Marine Fisheries Service will be featured. For more information, contact the Meat Lab at 4-5310.

STUDY LOOKS AT IMPACT OF WELFARE REFORMS IN IOWA

Iowans were affected when Congress significantly transformed the U.S. welfare system in 1996, converting it from a cash-benefit entitlement program to a state block grant program with time-limited assistance in exchange for work or work preparation. Researchers at the Center for Agricultural and Rural Development (CARD) and The Statistical Laboratory surveyed a sample of 1997 Food Stamp Program participants still living in Iowa. As was the case nationally, Iowa experienced sharp decreases in Food Stamp Program enrollment following the welfare reforms of 1996. The study found that less than one-half of the 1997 participants surveyed were still enrolled in the Food Stamp Program in 1999. However, other measures of well-being indicated the families in the study continue to struggle. One-quarter of the families in the survey said they experienced hunger in the year before the interview. The USDA's Economic Research Service funded four state studies to help evaluate the new welfare program's effectiveness in moving people toward economic self-sufficiency. Results for the other states, Arizona, Illinois and South Carolina, were similar to those for Iowa. More information: http://www.card.iastate.edu/publications/title/title_02sr97.html

ADULT WILDERNESS LEADERSHIP PROGRAMS OFFERED

If you are at least 21 years of age, in good health, and enthusiastic about wilderness travel and education, ISU Extension is offering two adult wilderness leadership programs this summer. Wilderness Canoe Trek Training will take place June 22-29. You'll spend two days at the 4-H Center preparing for a five-day experience in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area wilderness. Recommended First Aid training will be held May 31-June 2. The cost for First Aid training is $65 for non 4-H volunteers and the total cost for the canoe trek training is $400 including transportation, meals and equipment. For more information about leadership trips, contact the state 4-H office at 4-1017.

DEADLINES AND REMINDERS

April 8: Gamma Sigma Delta Initiation Ceremony, 4 p.m., Sun Room, Memorial Union

April 9: An Assessment of the Green Revolution at the End of the 21st Century, 3:40 to 5 p.m., 160 Heady

April 11: GASPI seminar, Vernon Ruttan on "Productivity Growth in World Agriculture: Resources and Constraints," noon, Ensminger International Room, 1204 Kildee Hall

April 11-13: Iowa State FFA Leadership Conference, http://www.agiowa.org/

April 15: Leopold Center's Urban Conversation, 7-8:30 p.m., St. Francis Of Assisi Catholic Church, 7075 Ashworth Road, West Des Moines

April 16: VEISHEA College of Ag Day, BBQ and VEISHEA variety games, 11-2pm, central campus, 4-1026

April 17: Science in Agriculture Day, http://www.agron.iastate.edu/rc/SADagenda.html

April 19: Deadline for Technology Advancement Committee proposals for computer-based instructional support. http://www.anslab.iastate.edu/tac/fy_01-02.htm

April 19-21: VEISHEA, http://www.veishea.org/

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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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SUCCESSFUL SPEECHES ARE BRIEF

"Be brief, be sincere, be seated," was Franklin D. Roosevelt's formula for a successful speech. Majorie Kline, director of Strategic Communications in Alexandria, Va., agrees and adds these suggestions:

1. Limit the time, stay with 15- to 20-minute speeches.

2. Know your audience and focus your message.

3. Collect two relevant quotes. Personal stories may have meaning for the speaker, but not the audience.

3. Present three to five main points, after that the brain switches off.

4. Use PowerPoint to write the speech outline, but the audience doesn't need to see it. (Writing that Works, March)

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I N F O G R A Z I N G

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MARK JULY 30 FOR VALUE-ADDED CONFERENCE

Farms, Food and the Future is the title of a one-day conference July 30 to explore the future of adding value to Iowa commodities. The conference will be at the Scheman Building and will cover several aspects of value-added ventures, including marketing resources, niche marketing, business development and capital management. Registration packets will be mailed in June. For more program information, contact the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship at 55321.

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M A R G I N A L I A

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CHICKEN FAT THE FUEL OF THE FUTURE?

If scientists at the University of Georgia have their way, the grease dripping off fried chicken will one day heat whole towns. It worked on their campus in February, heating the entire 30,000-student campus for three weeks on 300,000 gallons of chicken fat and yellow restaurant grease. The experiment, which required a $30,000 retrofitting of one of the campus’s steam boilers, was financed with corporate grants. A number of animal-feed plants in Georgia, a state that produces two million pounds of chicken fat per week, have been using it to fuel their operations for years. Plant managers brought the idea to the university. The only hitch is that animal fats have to be constantly heated to keep them from gelling but researchers say any existing furnace can be retrofitted to solve the problem. (The Chronicle of Higher Education, March 1, 2002)

Next issue: April 15 Deadline: April 12

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