Issue: 2

COLLEGE NEWS

- New administrative structure

- Nominations for college positions

- Updated organizational chart

- First weeks crucial for new students

COMMUNICATIONS KIOSK

- New communications lab

- The right kind of team conflict

INFOGRAZING

- Selected college stats on Iowa, Midwest

EXTERNAL VOICES

- Are computers harmful to education?

MARGINALIA

- Info superhighway roadkill

HOW TO SUBSCRIBE TO AG ONLINE

C O L L E G E N E W S

NEW ADMINISTRATIVE STRUCTURE

At the college's fall convocation, Dean David Topel presented

a new

administrative structure, as proposed by the college's strategic

planning

committee. The new structure will be in place on July 1, 1995.

The structure has been approved by university administration,

except

for a proposal making the dean the director of cooperative extension

to

agriculture. That proposal is still under discussion. To review

the

proposed organizational chart and a report about it, contact Kim

Gaul in horticulture, 294-3718 or the Ag Information office, 294-5616.

Comments may be directed to Mike Chaplin, College Planning

Advisory Committee chairman, or other CPAC members.

NOMINATIONS FOR COLLEGE POSITIONS

The college is advertising for two positions in the new administrative

structure-executive associate dean and director for international

programs. Nominations for executive associate dean may be sent

to

Dennis Marple, head, animal science, and those for director of

international programs to Wayne Bidlack, chair, food science and

human nutrition.

UPDATED ORGANIZATIONAL CHART

A College of Agriculture organizational chart updated for 1994-95

is

available. The chart reflects the current structure of the college,

not the

one that will be in place July 1995. For a copy: Ed Adcock, Ag

Information, 294-2314.

FIRST WEEKS CRUCIAL FOR NEW STUDENTS

National retention research indicates that new undergraduate students

decide within the first six weeks whether they will leave an institution.

Data for the College of Agriculture indicate that 27 percent of

the

freshmen entering in 1985 left ISU without completing their degrees.

Of that percentage, 12 percent left during the first year. Each

department

has a retention plan that includes activities to help new students

adjust to ISU. However, all faculty and staff can help by providing

students with friendly, helpful offices and classrooms.

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

NEW COMMUNICATIONS LAB

The Communications Laboratory, 213A Curtiss Hall, is a new service

for ag students and faculty in need of free advice about written,

oral

and visual communication. It offers individual tutoring for

undergrads; short lessons for undergrad classes; and training

for TAs in

developing, presenting and evaluating communication activities.

The

lab is part of AgComm, a program sponsored by the college and

Department of English to incorporate communication-intensive

activities into the ag undergrad curriculum. Contact: Lee-Ann

Kastman, lab director, 294-7550 or lkastman@iastate.edu. Lab hours:

8

a.m.-noon, M-W-F and 2-5 p.m. T-Th.

THE RIGHT KIND OF TEAM CONFLICT

Rebecca Burnett, ISU associate professor in English and

communications consultant for the College of Agriculture, recently

spoke to campus information specialists on strategies to get better

quality from team projects. A key point: Eliminate interpersonal

conflict, but provoke substantive conflict. In other words, don't

let

things get personal; do let the debate be lively over content

and critical

factors such as purpose, audience, organization and design. The

result

should be higher quality collaborations.

I N F O G R A Z I N G

SELECTED COLLEGE STATS ON IOWA, MIDWEST

A few statistics culled from the Sept. 1 issue of The Chronicle

of Higher

Education Almanac:

- Percentage change, 1982-92, in Iowa college enrollment:

20

- Percentage change in neighboring states: MN, 27;

WI, 11; IL, 9;

MO, 21; NE, 30; SD, 7

- Projected percentage change, 1994-2004, in number

of Iowa high

school graduates: -3

- Projected change in neighboring states: MN, 20; WI,

13; IL, 12;

MO, 8; NE, 6; SD, 7

- Percentage change, 1991-92 to 1993-94, in Iowa state

appropriations for higher education: 11

- Percentage changes in neighboring states: MN, 1;

WI, 8; IL, 6;

MO, 6; NE, 5; SD, 13

- Percentage of Iowa college students who are minority-group

members: 7

- Percentage in neighboring states: MN, 7; WI, 9; IL,

26; MO, 13;

NE, 7; SD, 8

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

ARE COMPUTERS HARMFUL TO EDUCATION?

From the Sept. 16 & 26 New Republic: Yale computer scientist

David

Gelerntner says the computer's potential to do good is modestly

greater

than a book's in some areas, but that its potential to do harm

is vastly

greater, across the board. "While we bemoan the decline of

literacy,

computers discount words in favor of pictures and pictures in

favor of

video. While we fret about the decreasing cogency of public debate,

computers dismiss linear argument and promote fast, shallow romps

across the information landscape. While we worry about basic skills,

we allow into the classroom software that will do a student's

arithmetic or correct his spelling."

M A R G I N A L I A

INFO SUPERHIGHWAY ROADKILL

Do you sometimes glare menacingly at your computer? Here's this

year's winning entry in the Bulwer-Lytton contest for unliterary

fiction: "As the fading light of a dying day filtered through

the window

blinds, Roger stood over his victim with a smoking .45, surprised

at the

serenity that filled him after pumping six slugs into the bloodless

tyrant that had mocked him day after day, and then he shuffled

out of

the office with one last look back at the shattered computer terminal

lying there like a silicon armadillo left to rot on the information

superhighway."

HOW TO SUBSCRIBE TO AG ONLINE

To subscribe: Send your name, e-mail address and the message "Ag

Online subscribe" to bmeyer@iastate.edu (if you're on the

college

server, just AGCOLLEGE/BMEYER).

To unsubscribe: Same thing, with "Ag Online unsubscribe."

Current subscribers and DEOs: Please inform other college faculty

and

staff about the newsletter. The editors will work on getting the

word

out in other ways, too. For now, Ag Online will continue to be

sent

automatically to department executive officers and center directors,

plus subscribers.

Besides subscriptions, people will have other choices to see Ag

Online.

The newsletter will be on the college's home page in the World

Wide

Web (by the way, the URL address has changed: it's now located

at:

http://www.exnet.iastate.edu/aghome.html). We're also looking

into

spots on other servers or electronic information systems on campus.

More on that later.

Comments? Write, call, e-mail or fax to the addresses below.

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