Issue: 24

COLLEGE NEWS

- College convocation

- Excite your senses

- Theme of college retreat

- Ag alumni news

- Hartwig named interim vice provost

- Deadlines & Reminders

COMMUNICATIONS KIOSK

- Readers as investors

INFOGRAZING

- How do our Gardens grow?

- Evening degrees at UNI

EXTERNAL VOICES

- Future tuition increases small . . .

- . . . but keep saving for retirement, parents

MARGINALIA

- I heard it on the gripevine

C O L L E G E N E W S

COLLEGE CONVOCATION

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

Martin, 294-0896.

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,

edadcock@iastate.edu; or Tom Jirik, 294-0705, tcjirik@iastate.edu.

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

Center

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,

294-5616.)

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

1997: 10

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,

June 24)

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

3)

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.

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