The College of Agriculture Newsletter
Iowa State University
Oct. 18, 2004 No. 320
AG WEEK IN FULL SWING
Ag Week began today with a kick-off barbecue on central campus that included a grain wrestling and mechanical bull-riding. A resume workshop sponsored by Sigma Alpha is scheduled for 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 19, in the Memorial Union; a Dairy Science Club costume dance at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 20, at The Zone; a chili cook-off and Ag Olympics are set for 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 21, at the Beef Teaching Farm sponsored by MANRRS, the Pre-Vet Club and Ag Education Club with a hay ride at 9 p.m. sponsored by Block & Bridle. On Friday, Oct. 22, there will be a wrap-up barbecue from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on central campus for $3, sponsored by Ag Student Council. Other activities will include Ag Week T-shirt sales, bull-riding and roping, grain tug of war, forestry exhibit, grain wrestling and other games.
SERVICES HELD FOR CINDY HANSEN
Funeral services were held today for Cindy Hansen, a secretary in Dean Woteki’s office. Hansen, 63, died last Thursday. She worked for Iowa State’s colleges of agriculture and engineering for 30 years. She worked in Curtiss Hall for more than 20 years, in the Student Services office from 1983 to 1990 and in the dean’s office since 1990.
AG CAREER DAY ATTRACTS NEW ORGANIZATIONS
Ag Career Services has signed up more than 20 new employers for the College’s annual Ag Career Day on Oct. 26. The largest such event in the nation will be from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Great Hall and the Campanile Room in the Memorial Union. As of Friday, Oct. 15, 130 employers had signed up for the recruiting event compared with 127 last year. Ag Career Day also begins a series of on-campus interviewing. Career Services website has a list of the organizations sending representatives at: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/careerservices/ag%20career%20day.html
STUDENTS TO LEARN ETIQUETTE POINTERS FOR JOB INTERVIEWS
Forty-eight College students will participate in an etiquette dinner to be held Tuesday, Oct. 19, in the Campanile Room, Memorial Union. Eight faculty members and eight representatives from employers will make presentations. Charles Dobbs, assistant to President Geoffroy, will be the guest speaker. Representatives from Durlam and Durlam Clothing will give tips on how to dress for job interviews. The free dinner is sponsored by Ag Career Services and Sigma Alpha.
HIGH SCHOOL SOIL JUDGING CONTEST HELD AT ISU
The 2004 FFA State Soil Judging Contest was held Oct. 16 in Carver Hall and at soil profile pits and an adjacent area for evaluation of conservation practices on a Boone County farm. The contest attracted 23 teams and 88 students. The top five teams were from Montezuma, Emmetsburg, Orient, Denison and Earlham. They are eligible to represent Iowa at the National Soil/Land Judging Contest to be held in May. Kara Strand, an Emmetsburg High School junior, was the top scorer and received a $500 scholarship certificate if she enrolls at in agronomy at Iowa State. Contest coordinators were Gerald Miller, associate dean—extension programs and outreach and Alan Spencer, Iowa Department of Education. Jon Sandor, agronomy; Rich Pope, entomology; and Roger Link and Mike Sucik, Iowa NRCS, were the site judges. Angela Rieck-Hinz and Brian Schmid, agronomy, served as assistant site coordinators and Virgil Schmitt, extension, was the scoring coordinator.
QUARTER HORSE AWARD GOES TO ANIMAL SCIENCE
The American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) presented the Department of Animal Science’s equine program with its 50 Year Breeders Award in recognition of its half-century record of breeding and registering quality quarter horses. The award included a bronze trophy and feature articles about the program in the AQHA Journal and AQHRA Journal.
HOLIDAY HAMS ON SALE
The Meat Science Club is offering fresh hams for the fall and winter holidays. The hams are made by club members in the Meat Lab. Proceeds from sales will support professional development opportunities for meat science students. Whole and half hams are on offer for $3.25 a pound. An order form is available that includes details: http://www.ans.iastate.edu/homepage_pdfs/Holiday_Hams_04.pdf
LEOPOLD CENTER REPORT PUTS IOWA TASTES ON THE MAP
Less than 100 years ago the state was a commercial center for the production of sweet corn, popcorn, grapes, apples, onions and even sweet potatoes. A new report from the Leopold Center explores how the integration of Iowa’s history, ecology and culture has created unique food products that may hold economic opportunities for farmers and rural communities in today’s changing markets. The report, “A Geography of Taste: Iowa’s Potential for Developing Place-based and Traditional Foods,” is available on the center’s web site: http://www.leopold.iastate.edu/pubs/staff/taste/taste.htm
RETENTION AND RECRUITMENT PROJECTS RECEIVE FUNDING
The Professional and Scientific Council's retention and recruitment committee has awarded more than $30,000 in grants to P&S employee teams for student retention or recruitment projects this academic year. Fourteen of the 16 proposals submitted received at least partial funding. Funding comes from the President's Office. Projects tied to the College include a Forestry Explore Program, for students in the forestry program from under-represented populations and from community colleges and Des Moines area high schools; an ISU Extension program in Pocahontas County to provide meat quality and food safety information to high school agriculture teachers and students; and an Ag Career Day event to attract high school sophomores and juniors to the Armstrong Research Farm, Lewis, to explore ag careers.
EXTENSION TEAM AWARDS INCLUDE COLLEGE FACULTY AND STAFF
Several College faculty and staff members were presented awards as part of the ISU Extension’s awards ceremony at its annual conference Sept. 27. Campus faculty and staff receiving awards included: Jay Harmon, agricultural and biosystems engineering, Achievement by an Educational Team for being part of the Managing your Unseen Employees program; Mike Duffy and William Edwards, economics, Achievement by an Educational Team, for being part of the Agricultural Management E-School; and John Mabry, Iowa Pork Industry Center, and Maynard Hogberg, Doug Kenealy, Dennis Marple, Daryl Strohbehn, Leo Timms, Ken Stalder, Dong Ahn, Barb Magnuson and Julie Roberts, animal science, Achievement by an Organizational Team, for the Iowa State University Animal Industry Report 2004.
CANADIAN LAMB BRANDING TOPIC OF OCT. 28 SEMINAR
The story of Charlevoix lamb and how Quebec farmers are protecting their rights to this product will be the topic of an Oct. 28 seminar hosted by the Leopold Center and the Midwest Agribusiness Trade Research and Information Center (MATRIC). Charlevoix agrotourism coordinator Mario Duchesne and Nancy Chabot, a development counselor from Quebec, will present "Surviving Globalization by Producing Differently: Charlevoix's Lamb Label." The seminar will begin at 3:30 p.m. in 2020 Agronomy.
STUDENTS WIN BORLAUG POSTER COMPETITION
Twenty students participated in the third annual Norman Borlaug Lectureship Poster Competition on Oct. 13, prior to the Norman Borlaug Lecture. The undergraduate winners were:
-- first place, Hillary Vogt and Amanda Raymond, both in dietetics, for the poster, "Does the energy content of Peruvian school children's loncheras predict BMI?"
-- second, Jennifer Woolston and Muffie Keonin, both dietetics, for "Using formative research to develop nutrition education interventions for low-income mothers in Canto Grande, Lima, Peru"
-- third, Alana McNutt, animal science, for "Eat to your heart's content: Designing beef to be a more heart-healthy food"
The graduate winners of the poster competition were:
-- first place, Guillermo Fernandez, veterinary pathology, for the poster "Fumonisin B-glucose reaction products are less toxic when fed to swine"
-- second, Richmond Aryeetey, food science & human nutrition, for "Improving availability, accessibility and utilization of animal-source foods in Ghana"
-- third, Jie Mao, food science & human nutrition, for "Low-income young adults in China: Unique nutrition problems in transitory migrant and urban-living groups"
DEADLINES AND REMINDERS
Oct. 21: The Journey of Corn lecture, 7 p.m., Reiman Gardens
Oct. 22-24: Horticulture Club Apple Sale including Chieftain, Golden Delicious, McIntosh, and Jonathan, apple cider and caramel apples (Oct. 22 from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Oct. 23 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Oct. 24 from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.), Reiman Gardens
Oct. 25: Think Tank on Animal Agriculture, 6 p.m., register by noon Oct. 22 at 4-2353, Cardinal Room, Memorial Union
Oct. 27: Open Forum with President and Provost, 2:10 to 3 p.m., CCUR Theatre, 1951 Food Sciences
Oct. 30: Snow Blower Service Day, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Davidson Hall (south of the Molecular Biology Building), contact: 4-0462
Nov. 1: Iowa Organic Conference, Scheman Building, more: http://extension.agron.iastate.edu/organicag/
GOOGLE CAN DO PHONEBOOK SEARCHES
The Google search site does many things and one of the handy functions is a global White Pages and Yellow Pages, according to the New York Times computer columnist David Pogue. Search for "phonebook:home depot norwalk, ct," and Google instantly produces the address and phone number of the Norwalk Home Depot. This also works with names ("phonebook:david pogue stamford, CT ") as well as businesses. Just don't put any space after "phonebook," and don't type the quotes.
MURANO TO HEAD TEXAS A&M AG PROGRAM
Former Iowa State faculty member Elsa Murano was selected last week as the lone finalist for the top agriculture position of the Texas A&M University System. Murano, 45, is in line for the position of vice chancellor and dean of agriculture and life sciences and director of the Texas Agricultural Experiment Station. She served as assistant professor in ISU’s department of microbiology, immunology and preventive medicine from 1990 to 95. More at: http://agnews.tamu.edu/dailynews/stories/AGPR/Oct1304a.htm
CAST RELEASES ITS ANNUAL REPORT
The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST) has published its 2003 annual report. It is available for viewing as a PDF document at: http://www.cast-science.org under "About CAST.” Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for a hard copy of the report.
NSF DROPS COST SHARE REQUIREMENT
The governing board of the National Science Foundation voted to eliminate most of the funds colleges are required to provide toward research projects financed by the agency, the Chronicle of Higher Education reported. The change, which is effective immediately, means that the agency will no longer require colleges to put their own dollars into solicited research, which the NSF finances after seeking applications on a particular topic. Colleges will still have to provide 1 percent of the research-grant amount on unsolicited projects.
AN EDUCATIONAL EXPERIENCE IN THE SHOW RING
"I had an educational experience at the State Fair. I showed a steer in the Governor's Charity Steer Show. It was my first time in the show ring since Lyndon Johnson was president. Needless to say, things have changed or at least I notice more than I did as a 10-year-old in 4-H . . . I showed Austin Siela's steer. Austin had obviously worked a great deal with the steer as it did quite well with little interference from me . . . Perhaps most impressive was that Austin worked to line up sponsors and buyers for his steer so that it would make a significant contribution to Ronald McDonald House. The $4,200 he raised put his steer's selling price and contribution near the top of the list. I am truly proud to have been a small part of this wonderful event."
-- John Lawrence, professor of economics and director of the Iowa Beef Center, (Iowa Cattlemen magazine, September)
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