Issue: 43

COLLEGE NEWS

- May 11 convocation recognizes graduating seniors

- Ag highlights from '96 Iowa legislative session

- ISU to sign agreement with Ukrainian university

- Ag Online award edition coming May 10

- Deadlines & Reminders

COMMUNICATIONS KIOSK

- Vocabulary test

INFOGRAZING

- How many agriculture students are from farms?

- Outstanding teachers sought for Carnegie honor

EXTERNAL VOICES

- NSF budget approved; outlook for future unsure

MARGINALIA

- I promised you a rose garden

C O L L E G E N E W S

MAY 11 CONVOCATION RECOGNIZES GRADUATING SENIORS

The College of Agriculture pre-commencement convocation on Saturday,

May 11, will recognize about 332 spring and summer graduates.

Outstanding senior awards will be presented to Christopher Stein,

agricultural systems technology; David Hoy and Jason Gates, both

agronomy; and Sonja Brinning, agricultural business. Brinning

will be the student speaker. M.E. Ensminger, an animal scientist

and author who will receive an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters

degree at commencement, will also speak. The college convocation

begins at 9 a.m. in C.Y. Stephens Auditorium. Doors will open

at 8 a.m., with refreshments served in the lobby beginning at

8:15 a.m.

AG HIGHLIGHTS FROM '96 IOWA LEGISLATIVE SESSION

The 1996 session of the Iowa Legislature ended Thursday. Highlights

involving ISU agricultural programs included: $15.3 million for

a Kildee Hall addition to improve livestock research facilities;

$500,000 for livestock odor and waste management research; and

$80,000 for ISU to host a conference later this year to alert

producers to new technologies and new developments in grain and

livestock markets.

ISU TO SIGN AGREEMENT WITH UKRAINIAN UNIVERSITY

On May 6, ISU, College of Agriculture and College of Veterinary

Medicine officials will sign a memorandum of understanding with

the National Agricultural University of Ukraine, endorsing the

NAUU's curricula as comparable to ISU's. For two years, seven

ISU professors have worked with NAUU faculty on curricula revisions

that will facilitate ISU and other U.S. universities to recognize

NAUU credits for transfer or admittance to graduate studies. Next

week the NAUU Linkage Team will wind up a month's stay at ISU.

They have studied ISU's organizational structure, college student

services and department curricula. They also visited schools,

agribusinesses and production and manufacturing enterprises. For

more information: Mary de Baca, project manager, 4-1851.

AG ONLINE AWARD EDITION COMING MAY 10

A special edition of Ag Online to be sent next Friday, May 10,

will list recent awards, honors or accomplishments of College

of Agriculture faculty, staff and students. Communications advisers

in each department have been collecting and forwarding this information

to us. Contact your local adviser or send a brief note to Brian

Meyer, 4-0706 or bmeyer@iastate.edu, by Wednesday, May 8.

DEADLINES & REMINDERS

- May 11, College of Agriculture Convocation, C.Y. Stephens, 9

a.m.

C O M M U N I C A T I O N S K I O S K

VOCABULARY TEST

Peter Lyman, the librarian at the University of California-Berkeley,

notes a linguistic paradox: "We always talk about new technology

using old vocabulary. 'Electronic publishing', digital library',

'information highway': to our grandchildren these terms will probably

sound as peculiar as 'horseless carriage'." (New York Times,

April 29)

I N F O G R A Z I N G

HOW MANY AGRICULTURE STUDENTS ARE FROM FARMS?

A recent caller to the Ag Information office asked how many College

of Agriculture students come from farming backgrounds. The latest

data are from new-student surveys conducted in the '80s and early

'90s by the Department of Agricultural Education and Studies.

In 1992, almost 37 percent came from farms. In 1989, it was 41

percent; in 1987, 52 percent; and in 1985, almost 52 percent.

OUTSTANDING TEACHERS SOUGHT FOR CARNEGIE HONOR

Nominations for the 1996 U.S. Professors of the Year Program are

due in 121 Curtiss by Monday, May 13. Sponsored by the Carnegie

Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, the program's goal

is to increase awareness of the importance of undergraduate instruction

by honoring individuals who bring respect and admiration to the

scholarship of teaching. ISU can submit three nominations to the

foundation. To receive nomination information, call Norma Hensley,

4-6614.

E X T E R N A L V O I C E S

NSF BUDGET APPROVED; OUTLOOK FOR FUTURE UNSURE

An FY96 budget of $3.22 billion for the National Science Foundation

was recently approved by Congress. Now work shifts to the FY97

budget. Last week the House Science Committee approved language

that would reduce the President's FY97 NSF request by $75 million,

"with potentially damaging cuts to NSF's research programs

and operating resources," said Neal Lane, director of NSF.

"The long-term funding outlook for science and engineering

remains questionable. We must continue to demonstrate, to Congress

and to the American people, that a strong investment in science

is a must if the U.S. hopes to remain a world leader in science

and engineering." (In FY95, Experiment Station projects received

$996,042 in NSF monies.)

M A R G I N A L I A

I PROMISED YOU A ROSE GARDEN . . .

Nine weddings are scheduled for the Reiman Gardens from now through

August (there had been 10 but one couple couldn't wait and eloped).

Last year, three couples tied the knot at the Gardens. The small

and often informal ceremonies are performed in the rose garden

or the Mahlstede Horticulture Learning Center. Besides weddings,

the Gardens have become becoming a popular spot to hold workshops,

retreats, receptions and other activities -- 151 events were held

from May to December 1995. For scheduling information, call 4-2751.

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