- College convocation
- Excite your senses
- Theme of college retreat
- Ag alumni news
- Hartwig named interim vice provost
- Deadlines & Reminders
- Readers as investors
- How do our Gardens grow?
- Evening degrees at UNI
- Future tuition increases small . . .
- . . . but keep saving for retirement, parents
- I heard it on the gripevine
C O L L E G E N E W S
The College of Agriculture convocation will be held 4 p.m., Thursday,
Aug. 24, Lush Auditorium, Kildee Hall, and will include introduction
of new faculty members.
EXCITE YOUR SENSES
(To the 65 people who volunteered to help out at the state fair
exhibit: Thanks, and watch for your fair packet in the mail.)
If you're at the fair Aug. 10-20, visit the college's "Gardens
Excite the Senses" exhibit in the Agriculture Building. A
wooden arbor with plants and photos will provide information on
the Reiman Gardens. You can try to guess the names of flowers
and plants by their fragrances. You can hear garden sounds by
touching a computer screen. You can feel a variety of plant textures.
There will be examples of plants that lend tastes to foods.
THEME OF COLLEGE RETREAT
"Breaking Communication Barriers" is the theme of the
college's 1995 faculty/staff retreat, 8:30-4:30, Thursday, Aug.
17, Holiday Inn-Gateway Center. Learn how to work with the media
and develop linkages with ISU stakeholders, clients and collaborators.
Communications consultant Ian Pearson will lead a panel discussion
with five Iowa journalists. Another panel of representatives from
selected interest groups will discuss what the college can do
to build stronger ties with Iowans to better serve their needs.
Registration is extended to Aug. 11. Return form (be sure to include
your name) to Norma Hensley, 23 Curtiss. For more details: Robert
AG ALUMNI NEWS
The Ag Alumni Forum, the College of Agriculture Alumni Society
newsletter, is seeking alumni news for its next issue. If you
or someone you know is a graduate of the college and has had a
recent recognition or accomplishment, contact Ed Adcock, 294-2314,
Include the alum's major and graduation date.
HARTWIG NAMED INTERIM VICE PROVOST
Nolan Hartwig, interim director of ISU Extension to Agriculture
for the past year, has been named interim vice provost for extension.
He will assume the position held by Robert Anderson, who is returning
to teaching as a professor in the electrical engineering and computer
engineering department. A new interim director of ISU Extension
to Agriculture will be chosen soon. A national search for vice
provost for extension should begin in September.
DEADLINES & REMINDERS
Aug. 11 -- RSVPs for college faculty/staff retreat due, 23 Curtiss
Aug. 17 -- College faculty/staff retreat, Holiday Inn-Gateway
Aug. 21 -- Classes begin
Aug. 24 -- College convocation, Lush Auditorium
C O M M U N I C A T I O N S K I O S K
READERS AS INVESTORS
Many of us contribute writing to documents or publications of
all sorts. Here's some good advice for the editor in all of us,
from a presentation by Alex White, University of Hartford graphic
design professor, at the Agricultural Communicators in Education/National
Extension Technology Conference, July 16-19: Think of your readers
as investors. They will invest their time if they get a return
-- useful information with a minimum of their effort. The greater
sense of return, the more time they will invest in your product.
Editorial quality does the real work of holding an audience. The
information itself is what brings readers back for more. (For
other advice or help on writing and publications: Ag Information,
I N F O G R A Z I N G
HOW DO OUR GARDENS GROW?
"Gardens Excite the Senses," the college's state fair
exhibit, will help introduce the Reiman Gardens to the public.
A few stats on the Gardens:
Plants, trees and shrubs to be planted: 45,000
Square feet of sod laid: 30,000
Square feet of grass to be seeded: 174,000
Wedding ceremonies scheduled, from now until October
Calls last year to the Hortline, now ringing in the
Mahlstede Building at the Gardens: 14,700
EVENING DEGREES AT UNI
University of Northern Iowa students now can earn a degree without
setting foot on campus during the day. UNI's new evening degree
program offers 20 undergraduate majors, 10 undergraduate minors,
16 graduate majors and one certificate program. UNI will offer
nearly 300 different evening classes this fall. (Des Moines Register,
E X T E R N A L V O I C E S
FUTURE TUITION INCREASES SMALL . . .
Wall Street economist and demographer Richard Hokensen thinks
future tuition bills will be far below most current projections.
"I see a 33 percent increase in the number of children who
will enter college by the year 2010. That should push down the
average annual tuition increases to the range of 2 to 2.5 percent
-- at most. One percent after adjusting for inflation." Hokensen
said this will apply to both public and private institutions,
but especially to public ones. "That's where the most students
are -- and the most empty seats." (U.S. News & World
Report, July 3)
. . . BUT KEEP SAVING FOR RETIREMENT, PARENTS
While Richard Hokensen (see above) believes parents may not need
to save as much as they'd thought for their children's college
education, he still says it's a good idea to keep saving. "Social
Security . . . in its current form cannot survive the fact that
the baby boom generation is the first to have more brothers and
sisters than children. So while college costs will turn out to
be considerably less onerous, people should redouble their efforts
to save for retirement." (U.S. News & World Report, July
M A R G I N A L I A
I HEARD IT ON THE GRIPEVINE
"There's a guy on the Internet trying to incite a letter-writing
campaign to a well-known discount retain chain demanding they
stock the large clothing sizes on the top shelves and the small
sizes on the bottom (so that) big people won't have to squat and
little people won't have to stretch . . . In less than a minute
you can register your complaint of the hour and send it off into
the Web for the wide world's reaction. At no other point in human
history have so few had the opportunity to complain so much in
front of so many. It's hyper-gripe in cyber-space." Writer
Tom Bodett, in a June 7 column on the "Mr. Showbiz"
World Wide Web home page.