- The governor visits
- Funding for college programs
- Research Exchange Visits program
- Genetics training grant
- New CommLab location
- Parents and Family Weekend
- Promotion & tenure nominees
- Deadlines & Reminders
- Retreat refresher
- The media: A business relationship
- Labor Day:
- Labor Day: Those spring grads
- Labor Day: Late-summer blip
- Farm families
- Writers on family farms
- What died in my keyboard?
C O L L E G E N E W S
THE GOVERNOR VISITS
Governor Terry Branstad visited campus today for an overview of
selected topics in the College of Agriculture. In the Center for
Crops Utilization Research Theater, college faculty briefed the
governor on research and extension/outreach activities concerning
the Farm Bill and agricultural trade opportunities; swine odor,
manure management and soil studies; and swine breeding and genetics.
FUNDING FOR COLLEGE PROGRAMS
At last week's College of Agriculture convocation, Dean Topel
mentioned some programs for which ISU will seek increased funding
in the next state legislative session: a Kildee Hall addition
for improved livestock facilities; expanded efforts to address
economic, social and environmental needs of rural Iowa; and the
Agricultural Chemical Products Laboratory.
RESEARCH EXCHANGE VISITS PROGRAM
An Experiment Station competitive grants program aims to strengthen
research collaborations with historically black land-grant institutions
and tribal colleges. Up to $1,200 per grant is available to support
expenses of College of Agriculture or Experiment Station-funded
faculty in traveling to, or hosting a faculty member from, those
institutions. Application forms are available in department and
center offices. Deadline is Sept. 28. Awards will be announced
Oct. 3. For more information: Susan Lamont, 294-3629 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
GENETICS TRAINING GRANT
Two pre-doctoral students will study at ISU for three years under
a $108,000 training grant from the USDA National Needs Graduate
Fellowship Program. The grant was awarded to the Plant Genome
Studies and Biotechnology Group (PGSB) in the Interdepartmental
Genetics Graduate Program. PGSB comprises 16 faculty in agronomy,
biochemistry & biophysics, botany, forestry, plant pathology
and zoology & genetics. As part of their training, the students
will collaborate with private-sector researchers in the seed industry.
NEW COMMLAB LOCATION
The Communications Laboratory, now in its second year of operation,
has a new location -- 421 Ross Hall. The CommLab offers individual
assistance to undergraduates taking communication-intensive courses
in the College of Agriculture. Instructors are invited to refer
students to the CommLab for tutoring with communication assignments.
Lee-Ann Kastman, CommLab director, also is available to present
short lessons on communication topics. For more information on
CommLab's services, call Kastman, 294-3053.
PARENT AND FAMILY WEEKEND
Two events during Parent and Family Weekend, Oct. 6-8: The College
of Agriculture reception will be held 10-11:30 a.m., Oct. 7, in
Rooms 220-240, Scheman Building. Also on Oct. 7, faculty and staff
are encouraged to visit alumni at the College of Agriculture Alumni
Society's annual Tent-A-Gate, beginning at 10:30 a.m. in two tents
east of the Olsen Building. The Iowa Pork Producers will serve
a barbecue meal. For $5 advance meal tickets, call 294-4725. A
limited number of tickets will be available the day of the event.
PROMOTION & TENURE NOMINEES
Nominations for three 3-year terms on the college's Promotion
and Tenure Advisory Committee are due Oct. 12 to Marvin Hayenga,
479 Heady. Nominees should have a 50 percent or more college appointment
and should not have any conflict of interest regarding likely
candidates for promotion and tenure in the next year or two. Nominations
should include academic vita and a half-page letter describing
the nominee's qualifications. The departments of sociology, horticulture,
forestry, ag education and studies, entomology and animal ecology
currently have members on the committee and should refrain from
any nominations this year.
DEADLINES & REMINDERS
Sept. 5 -- Foreign travel grant applications due, 122 Curtiss
Sept. 6 -- Leopold Center preproposals due, 126 Soil Tilth
Sept. 8 -- Faculty improvement leave applications due, 122 Curtiss
Sept. 12 -- Consulting reports for A, B and P staff due, 122 Curtiss
Sept. 28 -- Research Exchange Visits grant applications due, 126
Oct. Parent and Family Weekend
Oct. 12 -- Promotion & tenure committee nominations due, 479
C O M M U N I C A T I O N S K I O S K
Couldn't make it to the college's recent retreat on improving
communications? Videotapes of the main presentations are now available.
The three-tape sets include a presentation on working with media,
a panel discussion with central Iowa news reporters and a panel
discussion with college stakeholders. Four sets are available
for checkout from Ag Information, 304 Curtiss, 294-5616.
I N F O G R A Z I N G
LABOR DAY: COLLEGE EMPLOYEES
According to ISU's Institutional Research Office, there were 778
College of Agriculture employees in October 1994 (the most current
data available). Faculty, including non-tenure track, numbered
313; professional and scientific staff, 220; and merit staff,
LABOR DAY: THOSE SPRING GRADS
By the time they picked up their diplomas, about 80 percent of
spring college graduates had already accepted employment or decided
to continue their education. Today, it's 90 to 95 percent, says
Roger Bruene, placement director. In general, half of recent grads
have taken jobs in agribusiness. The other half have been equally
divided among three areas: government jobs, farming and going
for another degree.
LABOR DAY: LATE-SUMMER BLIP
Right now the job opportunities are rich for spring grads who
spent the summer traveling or working on the farm or in temporary
jobs, says placement director Roger Bruene. From mid-August to
Oct. 1, an employment "blip" occurs because workers
resign to continue their education; others plan career changes
before their kids return to school; and employers who see their
summer-hire college students leave are looking for new workers.
E X T E R N A L V O I C E S
"Farm families know what life is. They see it born, they
see it growing in the fields. Things die in the fall and you have
a dormant time, a rest period, time for the family together."
Denise O'Brien of Atlantic, Iowa, whose family recently quit farming
for economic reasons. From an article on family farms in the July
2 Chicago Tribune.
WRITERS ON FAMILY FARMS
From Maxine Kumin's review of four new books about the family
farm in a recent New York Times Book Review: "Those who get
no closer to the furrow than their weekly sojourn at the roadside
farm stand are susceptible to romantic notions about the purity
of the work ethic, the spiritual rewards of tilling the soil .
. . and being at one with nature. Of course, there ARE ample rewards
to be gained from a life on the land, but they are often realized
in complicated ways . . . Perhaps it is the function of the genre
of writing practiced by these four authors to provide urban dwellers,
hungry for their lost roots in the hayfields and cow barns of
their great-grandparents, with at least a tenuous connection to
the earth and living creatures (and to) alert readers to the stewardship
required if our land and our water are to be rescued . . ."
M A R G I N A L I A
WHAT DIED IN MY KEYBOARD?
Idaho Computing has developed a PC add-in board that uses chemicals
to generate scents on your computer. The ScentMaster mixes three
chemicals to produce the various aromas which are wafted into
the atmosphere via a small spray-emitter module. ScentMaster can
produce 36 distinctive smells, such as "roses," "new
car," "roasted coffee" and "dead animal in
wall." (Internet World, April)