Issue: 252

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COLLEGE NEWS
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DEAN’S LETTER REVIEWS BUDGET PLAN
Dean Woteki presented ways the College of Agriculture and the Experiment Station are planning to deal with budget reductions in a letter sent Wednesday to faculty and staff. The dean’s letter is on line at: http://www.iastate.edu/Inside/2003/0613/woteki.shtml

ANIMAL SCIENTISTS TO BE HONORED
The chair of the animal science department and an emeritus faculty member will be honored for their contributions to livestock industries. Charles F. Curtiss Distinguished Professor in Agriculture Eugene Freeman has been selected to receive the Ralph Keeling Dairy Leadership Award for his service to the dairy industry of Iowa. The award will be presented Wednesday, June 19, by Gov. Tom Vilsack. Sue Lamont, department chair, will receive the Helene Cecil Leadership Award from the Poultry Science Association during its annual meeting in July. The award recognizes scientific contributions in the field of poultry science and/or leadership in promoting and developing opportunities for women in the area of poultry science.

ISU RESEARCH SHOWS IMPACT OF SPRING RAINFALL ON CORN FIELDS
Iowa corn fields need spring rains to produce high yields. But a recent study shows those spring rains also wash away some of the nutrients needed to attain high yields. The study conducted by Iowa State University researchers is published in the May-June issue of the Journal of Environmental Quality. Learn more: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/aginfo/news/2003releases/spring.html

ISU EXTENSION OFFERS ORGANIC WEED MANAGEMENT WORKSHOP
The Iowa State University Extension Sustainable Agriculture Program and the ISU Organic Program will co-sponsor an integrated weed management workshop July 1 at the Armstrong Research and Demonstration Farm near Lewis. Highlights of the workshop include discussions on crop rotation, cultivation techniques, propane flame burners and vinegar-based herbicides that may be used in organic production. Weed identification and life cycles also will be highlighted. Cost is $30, which includes lunch and handouts. More information about the workshop and other organic projects is available at http://extension.agron.iastate.edu/organicag/. Contact: Kathleen Delate, kdelate@iastate.edu or 4-5116.

ISU BEEF BREEDING PROJECT IS MORE THAN JUST BULL
A beef breeding project at Iowa State University is beginning to pay dividends in two ways. First, by providing valuable information so the beef industry can raise cattle that produce the kinds of meat consumers want. Second, stud services of a bull developed within the program are being sold to make improved genetics available to the industry and help cover costs of the project. Learn more in “Agriculture in Action” at: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/aginfo/agaction/agaction.php?date=2003-06-12&f...

DEADLINES AND REMINDERS
June 17: Northwest Research and Demonstration Farm specialty field day on horses, 7 p.m., near Sutherland
June 18: Southeast Research and Demonstration Farm field day, 1 p.m., near Crawfordsville
June 19: Armstrong and Lauren Christian Swine Research and Demonstration Farms field day, 3:30 p.m., near Atlantic
June 21: Armstrong Research and Demonstration Farm specialty field day on grapes, 9 a.m., near Lewis
June 24-26: 4-H Youth Conference, more at http://www.extension.iastate.edu/newsrel/2003/apr03/apr0308.html
June 24: Northeast Research and Demonstration Farm field day, 1:30 p.m., near Nashua
June 25: Northwest Research and Demonstration Farm field day, 9 a.m., near Sutherland
June 26: Northern Research and Demonstration Farm field day, 9:30 a.m., near Kanawha
June 26: Dairy Teaching Research and Demonstration Farm specialty field day on compost and filter strips, 3:30 p.m., Ames
June 30: Deadline for applications to the National Research Initiative 2003 Supplemental, Integrated Program, http://www.reeusda.gov/1700/funding/rfanri_integrated_program_03.htm
July 8: Lauren L. Christian Pork Chop Open, 10 a.m. shotgun start, Veenker Memorial Golf Course; 4 p.m. reception, 5 p.m. dinner with a program, awards and a fund-raising auction following, registration form at http://www.extension.iastate.edu/ipic/events/LCPCO703.pdf
July 8: Northern Research and Demonstration Farm specialty field day on weeds, 6:30 p.m., Kanawha
Aug. 16: Northeast Research and Demonstration Farm specialty field day on grapes, 8:30 a.m., near Nashua

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COMMUNICATIONS KIOSK
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PHONE SKILLS HELP CREATE GOOD FIRST IMPRESSION
MindTools.com offers several tips for making effective use of time spent on the phone. Well-developed phone skills go a long way to creating a good impression about you and your organization, according to the job skills Web site.
--Always know what you want to discuss when making a call.
--Give concise answers to questions. If you don't know an answer say so, tell them you will get back to them with the answer.
--Summarize the points made at the end of the call.
--Don't talk to others while on the phone.
--Don't make calls very early or very late.
--If you get an answering machine, prepare your message and call them back.
--Do not let a phone ring more than three times before being answered.
--Everyone should have responsibility for answering phones.
--Don't answer the phone while eating.
--Always return calls.
Source: Mind Tools Ltd., http://www.mindtools.com/phoneskl.html

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INFOGRAZING
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MORE GOLDSHEET TRAINING SESSIONS THIS WEEK
If you missed last week’s eGoldSheets training, the Office of Sponsored Programs Administration will be offering more training sessions for those who will be filing GoldSheets online. The new eGoldSheets will begin July 1. Training sessions for those who will be filling out the eGoldSheets (PI's, grant coordinators and possibly support staff) will be: Tuesday, June 17, in 250 Carver Hall, with approver training from 1:30 to 2:15 p.m. and originator training from 2:30 to 4 p.m.; Friday, June 20, 302 Catt Hall, 9 to 10:30 a.m. for originators only; and Monday, June 23, 250 Carver Hall, with approver training from 1:30 to 2:15 p.m. and originator training from 2:30 to 4 p.m. To register, contact: Jody Sanders, jasander@iastate.edu. EGoldSheet info: http://ospa.iastate.edu/egoldsheet_announcement.htm

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EXTERNAL VOICES
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GIFT OF FANTASY VALUABLE
"When I examine myself and my methods of thought, I come to the conclusion that the gift of fantasy has meant more to me than my talent for absorbing positive knowledge."
--Albert Einstein

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MARGINALIA
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BACK TO THE DRAWING BOARD
Events sometimes overtake even the best-laid plans. With Hong Kong hit hard by the SARS virus, the tourism board there stopped the use of its new slogan: "Hong Kong will take your breath away." That's exactly what the severe acute respiratory syndrome does.
--Writing that Works, May 2003

Next issue: June 23

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AG ONLINE
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