- The Curtiss Hall shuffle
- Finding the college fiscal office
- Two administrators begin
- Two administrators end
- Sign up for State Fair
- Forestry DEO
- Information avalanche
- Watch that 'reply' button
- Environmental caretakers
- Syllabus: Free to educators
- A little knowledge
- A little common sense
- Do as I say . . .
C O L L E G E N E W S
THE CURTISS HALL SHUFFLE
The moving of college administrative offices in Curtiss Hall continues,
and should be finished by July 7. Office signs in the hallways
are being switched as moves are made. Phone numbers remain the
same. The next Ag Online will include a directory of new offices.
For now, here's a current list of people who have moved:
- Cathy Good, Office of Executive Associate Dean, College of Agriculture
and Experiment Station, Room 123N
- Norma Hensley, Student Services Office, Room 23
- Mickie Bergeson, Student Services Office, Room 23
- Susan Lamont, Experiment Station, Room 124
- Shirley Riney, Experiment Station, Room 124
- Carla Persaud, Experiment Station, Room 124
- Charanne Parks, Minority Programs, Room 23
- David Hansen, International Programs, Room 223
- Charles Ertzinger, ASSIST Program, 3397 Food Sciences Building
FINDING THE COLLEGE FISCAL OFFICE
As part of the Curtiss Hall office shuffle, the fiscal office
of the college and Experiment Station will move from Room 104
to Room 117 on Wednesday, June 28, and Thursday, June 29. If you
have forms needing immediate attention during these days, please
take them to Cathy Good in Room 123N. Del Koch will check in periodically
to sign the forms. Thanks for your patience and cooperation.
TWO ADMINISTRATORS BEGIN
David Acker, the new director of Agricultural International Programs,
will be on the job July 5. Colin Scanes, the new executive associate
dean, begins on July 17. Their phone numbers: Acker, 294-8454;
TWO ADMINISTRATORS END
The week of June 26 is Associate Dean for Academic Programs Detroy
Green's last on the job. He is retiring after 31 years as a faculty
member and administrator, but plans to help the agronomy department
develop new teaching materials. On July 1, Associate Dean for
International Programs Harold Crawford will join the agricultural
education and studies faculty, where he will teach and continue
international interests within the department.
SIGN UP FOR STATE FAIR
The Iowa State Fair, Aug. 10-20, is fast approaching. That means
it's time for volunteers to sign up to staff the college's exhibit
in the Agriculture Building. The theme of this year's display
is "Gardens Excite the Senses," about gardening's appeal
to the five senses and a preview of the new Reiman Gardens. No
special knowledge of horticulture is needed to be a volunteer.
Volunteers work a four-hour shift, starting at 9 a.m. There are
three shifts each day. Volunteers get a FREE admission ticket
and parking pass. Interested? Contact Ed Adcock, 294-2314, or
email@example.com, or look for sign-up sheets to be posted
or circulated soon in departmental or center offices.
In the last Ag Online, we said James M. Kelly was the new chair
of the Department of Forestry. Make that Mike Kelly. The forestry
department tells us that Dr. Kelly is generally known by his middle
name. Mike Kelly, currently with the Tennessee Valley Authority,
will begin his duties in October.
At a Visioning the Future forum, where faculty, staff and students
from universities and representatives from agribusinesses identified
trends, implications and strategies for graduate studies in agricultural
education, one topic was the "information avalanche."
Implications: Data/information management is becoming an essential
skill, and students and faculty will need to identify relevant
from non-relevant information. Suggested strategies: Classes on
how to search the Internet, and sharing information-management
skills between faculty and students. The March forum was sponsored
by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and the Department of Agricultural
Education and Studies.
C O M M U N I C A T I O N S K I O S K
WATCH THAT 'REPLY' BUTTON
Managers of e-mail list services, or listservs, are aware that
many subscribers don't fully understand, or practice, proper list
service procedures. Here's a user tip from David Riggins of the
Gopher Jewels Project: Remember that everything you post to the
list goes to every subscriber on the list, and the list may have
thousands of members. There are times when you probably want to
reply only to the individual who posted a particular message.
Make sure you address your message to that individual's e-mail
address -- not to the whole group (which is what happens if you
use the "reply"function of most e-mail packages). Remember
that the reply option will send your message back to all members
of the list.
I N F O G R A Z I N G
Farmers and agriculture fared well in the National Survey of Attitudes
Towards Natural Resource Conservation. As a category, individual
farmers had the highest rating as environmental caretakers, followed
closely by "agriculture." More than 90 percent of the
1,250 respondents were neither farmers nor ranchers. The survey
was completed in January by the Natural Resources Conservation
Service. Copies are available for $10 from the Conservation Technology
Information Center, 1220 Potter Drive, Room 170,West Lafayette,
SYLLABUS: FREE TO EDUCATORS
Syllabus, billed as "the definitive technology magazine for
colleges, universities and high schools," is available free
to educators. The California-based publication covers technology
in education, reporting on what different educators, researchers
and institutions are doing with computers, video, telecommunications
and multimedia. For 1995-96 there will be special issues on software
products for the curriculum; multimedia; the Internet, telecommunications
and education; and video and presentation technologies. For more
information, contact Brian Meyer, Ag Information, firstname.lastname@example.org.
E X T E R N A L V O I C E S
A LITTLE KNOWLEDGE
"If a little knowledge is dangerous, where is the man who
has so much as to be out of danger?" Thomas Henry Huxley,
On Elemental Instruction in Physiology, 1877.
A LITTLE COMMON SENSE
"Everybody gets so much information all day long that they
common sense." Gertrude Stein, 1946.
M A R G I N A L I A
DO AS I SAY . . .
An item in Campus Connections, a paper at the University of Nevada
at Reno: "Richard Law, director of general education at Washington
State University, will discuss the challenges of teaching the
large lecture class at a Faculty Senate Brown Bag Forum . . .
The forums are limited to 15 people." (Chronicle of Higher
Education, May 19)