- And there's a great view of the Butter Cow
- Wanted: News on college alumni
- Faculty/staff retreat
- Summer orientation
- Animal Science Roundup
- Virtual university
- E-mail brevity
- If it's been bugging you
- Avoid sand traps by satellite
C O L L E G E N E W S
AND THERE'S A GREAT VIEW OF THE BUTTER COW
Blue ribbons to all who have volunteered to staff the college's
Iowa State Fair exhibit. Thanks! Still, there are openings that
need to be filled. Volunteers get a FREE admission ticket and
parking pass to the fair, which runs Aug. 10-20. The exhibit,
"Gardens Excite the Senses," focuses on the Reiman Gardens.
No special knowledge is needed. To find out when volunteers are
needed, call Ed Adcock, 294-2314, or email@example.com.
WANTED: NEWS ON COLLEGE ALUMNI
The College of Agriculture Alumni Society is getting ready to
publish Ag Alumni Forum, its annual newsletter mailed to 17,000
alumni. The Forum includes a "People You Know" section
with one-sentence items on alumni accomplishments. If you know
of a former student, friend or colleague who is a graduate of
the college and has a new job, received an award or had another
recent recognition, contact Ed Adcock, 294-2314 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Include major and graduation date if possible. DEADLINE: Aug.
External communications will be spotlighted at the College of
Agriculture's faculty/staff retreat, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Aug.
17, Holiday Inn-Gateway Center. A presenter from the Foundation
for American Communications will outline ways academia can best
work with the media. The retreat also focuses on communication
with current and potential stakeholders. A sign-up sheet was recently
mailed to faculty and staff. RSVPs are due Aug. 4 to Norma Hensley,
23 Curtiss. For more information: Robert Martin, Ag Education
and Studies, 294-0896.
Summer orientation in June brought 447 prospective students to
College of Agriculture departments. This was the first year that
individual departments organized sessions for students and their
parents. Some reactions: Ron Deiter, ag economics advisor, said,
"Having parents and students together made them more comfortable
and willing to ask questions." Woody Hart, entomology advisor,
said, "Students and parents seemed to like the open atmosphere"
of the sessions, and that "our first experience hosting an
orientation meeting was encouraging." The next round of orientations
is Aug. 17-18.
ANIMAL SCIENCE ROUNDUP
More than 140 high-school-age 4-H members from 55 Iowa counties
learned about modern animal-science technologies at the 10th annual
Animal Science Roundup in June. The Roundup also is a chance for
young people to learn about ISU and consider careers in animal
agriculture. Workshops were taught by more than 40 ISU faculty
and staff and livestock industry representatives. The 4-Hers competed
in a quiz bowl on material presented in workshops; prepared video
public service announcements on current issues; and had a make-your-own-omelet
breakfast. The Roundup is coordinated by animal science faculty
and the state 4-H and youth program office.
Distance education, or the "virtual university," will
provide a variety of educational opportunities to more people
-- that was a future trend noted by participants at a Visioning
the Future forum in March. Sponsored by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation
and the Department of Agricultural Education and Studies, the
forum looked at the future of graduate studies in ag education.
Implications of this trend: Ag education providers must be prepared
to deliver distance education. Strategies: Determine the learner's
needs and identify educational experiences that can be delivered
via distance education. For more information on forum results,
contact Alan Kahler, 294-0894.
C O M M U N I C A T I O N S K I O S K
Be brief. Generally, the easiest-to-read e-mail is short and to
the point. If you have more to say on a listserv, send a message
to the list announcing a long message, or "book," and
how other subscribers can request it. It is bad form to drop a
huge message into 2,000 mail boxes, which can cause enormous management
problems. The best rule for considering the size of a message
is the same one you should consider as to the content of your
message: THINK BEFORE YOU SEND. (A tip from David Riggins, Gopher
I N F O G R A Z I N G
IF IT'S BEEN BUGGING YOU
It's summertime, and people's thoughts (and flyswatters) turn
to insects. Here's a couple "Did you know . . . ?" college
facts to shoehorn into the conversation at your next backyard
Number of specimens in the Iowa Insect Collection, located
in the entomology department (approximate): 1 million
Number of phone calls fielded by Extension entomology
specialists last year (approximate): 5,300
E X T E R N A L V O I C E S
"There is no shortcut to anywhere worth going." -- Beverly
M A R G I N A L I A
AVOID SAND TRAPS BY SATELLITE
Golf cart makers are adding global positioning satellite technology
to the vehicles to help guide drivers through unfamiliar courses,
especially when traversing them involves a little street driving.
GPS systems have another advantage: when parked close to the ball,
they calculate the distance -- give or take a few feet -- to the
flag. Golf course managers say eliminating the uncertainty speeds
up the game, making way for additional golfers. (Business Week,