Issue: 52

COLLEGE NEWS

- College welcomes freshmen and transfer students

- Good turnout for Agronomy Day '96

- Mr. Watson, come here, I want you .... to see some

bugs

- Ag Travel Course will take students to Amazon

- Spanish for beginners class begins Sept. 17

- Report, video on Rethinking Scholarship available

- Ag alumni to gather at gardens

- Deadlines & Reminders

COMMUNICATIONS KIOSK

- Reminder: Campus map available for ag college

INFOGRAZING

- Web site previews ISU exhibit at Farm Progress Show

- Is there a most valuable player in the deck?

EXTERNAL VOICES

- With high-caliber people, anything's possible

- Useful information from the good folks at ISU

MARGINALIA

- Odes to the canned pink

C O L L E G E N E W S

COLLEGE WELCOMES FRESHMEN AND TRANSFER STUDENTS

Freshmen and transfer students were treated to a barbecue organized

by the Student Ag Council on Aug. 26. More than 350 attended the

event. The new students were welcomed to the College of Agriculture

by Ag Council president Dan Belzer and associate dean Eric Hoiberg.

Gifts donated by student groups and agribusinesses were given

away during a raffle. Ag student clubs had displays to introduce

the new students to club activities.

GOOD TURNOUT FOR AGRONOMY DAY '96

About 1,200 visitors, exhibitors and staff attended Agronomy Day

'96 on Thursday at the Agronomy and Agricultural Engineering Research

Farm. The total included more than 200 high school students.

"MR. WATSON, COME HERE, I WANT YOU....TO SEE SOME BUGS"

Extension entomologist Donald Lewis is called upon to identify

insects all the time. Frequently they're sent to him by mail,

resulting in squished or mangled specimens that make ID difficult.

Now Lewis has taken to the Internet to identify insects. In a

special project of the Department of Entomology and Woodbury County

Extension, Lewis is using videoconferencing technology to view

insects in Sioux City on his computer screen. The new technology

allows for nearly immediate response.

AG TRAVEL COURSE WILL TAKE STUDENTS TO AMAZON

Faculty and staff should let students know about upcoming opportunities

in the Ag Travel Course. This winter's destination: Ecuador and

the Amazon, Dec. 27-Jan. 10. Deadline for students to make a first

deposit for the trip is Oct. 1. Future Ag Travel tours include

Costa Rica next spring and eastern Asia next summer. For more

information: Tom Loynachan, 1126 Agronomy, 4-3064 or check the

homepage: http://www.public.iastate.edu/~teloynac/at.html

SPANISH FOR BEGINNERS CLASS BEGINS SEPT. 17

This semester the colleges of agriculture and veterinary medicine

and the Institute for International Cooperation on Animal Biologics

are offering a Spanish grammar and conversation course for beginners.

The class also will include information on Latin American culture.

The class will be held every Tuesday and Thursday, Sept. 17-Nov.

7, 4:00 to 5:30 p.m., in 208 Curtiss Hall. To register or to get

more information: Eduarda Becerra, 4-3972 or ebecerra@iastate.edu.

REPORT, VIDEO ON RETHINKING SCHOLARSHIP AVAILABLE

Two summary reports on "Rethinking Scholarship," last

month's College of Agriculture faculty-staff retreat, have been

sent to each department executive officer. If you'd like a copy

of your own, contact Robert Martin, 4-0896 or drmartin@iastate.edu.

Also, a videotape is available of the keynote speech by Oregon

State dean emeritus Conrad Weiser.

AG ALUMNI TO GATHER AT GARDENS

Alumni have been invited to the Reiman Gardens Sept. 21 for the

College of Agriculture Alumni Society's annual gathering. Festivities

begin at 10:30 a.m. with coffee and doughnuts. A pork filet barbecue

dinner is also on tap. The event wraps up about 1 p.m., when the

Cyclone football game with the UNI Panthers begins. Faculty and

administrators are welcome to attend. Advance meal tickets can

be purchased for $10 by calling 4-6614. There's no charge for

those who just wish to stop by and visit with alumni.

DEADLINES & REMINDERS

Sept. 13: Consulting reports for A,B and P staff due, 122 Curtiss

Sept. 21: Ag Alumni Society Get-Together, Reiman Gardens, 10:30

a.m.

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

REMINDER: CAMPUS MAP FOR AG COLLEGE AVAILABLE

The campus map developed for the College of Agriculture is available

for helping students who are new to campus. In electronic form

or hard copy, it's a good resource to keep on hand in the event

of a "Where is . . ." question. There are two versions:

main campus, and main and south campus. The electronic map is

a Mac version for Word or PageMaker. Call Ed Adcock, Ag Info,

4-2314, for your copy.

I N F O G R A Z I N G

WEB SITE PREVIEWS ISU EXHIBIT AT FARM PROGRESS SHOW

ISU Extension's exhibit area at the 1996 Farm Progress Show will

include 21 displays. The show will be held near Amana, Sept. 24-26.

Display topics include sun-safe hats to reduce cancer risks; CRP

options and issues; and playground safety. For a preview, check

out the Web page at: http://www.exnet.iastate.edu/Pages/communications/FPS/

There's also a map of the Amana site for visitors and volunteers

who'll be staffing displays.

IS THERE A MOST VALUABLE PLAYER IN THE DECK?

Washington University in St. Louis tries a different marketing

approach: printing 50,000 mock baseball cards with profiles of

MBA students. The cards were sent to 4,800 corporate recruiters

by the John M. Olin School of Business, urging companies to "draft

an Olin graduate for your team." MBA candidate Jim Pfeiffer

is praised as a "leader" on his card. "Of course,

I believe every word of it," he jokes. (Wall Street Journal,

May 14)

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

WITH HIGH-CALIBER PEOPLE, ANYTHING'S POSSIBLE

At the university fall convocation last week, President Jischke

quoted from the Pappas Report, which reviewed ISU's progress on

its strategic plan. The report stated: "There is nothing

in the plan, either in aspirations, goals or strategies that appears

to be unachievable given the degree of commitment and caliber

of people we encountered during our review." Jischke said

that statement is "a tremendous credit to all of you -- the

faculty, staff and administration of Iowa State University. You

are the high-caliber people Pappas referred to."

USEFUL INFORMATION FROM THE GOOD FOLKS AT ISU

In the Aug. 8 issue of the University of Wisconsin's Wisconsin

Crop Manager newsletter, Extension weed scientist Jerry Doll writes:

"In some ways I hesitate to tell you about this because you'll

be able to see the premiere agronomic newsletter in the region

and probably the nation, but for that very reason, you need to

know that it is now available on the Web. The folks that produce

(Iowa State Extension's) Integrated Crop Management have taken

the next step in information delivery and jumped into electronic

communications . . . Check it out. We think you will find it another

useful source of information from the good folks at Iowa State

University."

M A R G I N A L I A

ODES TO THE CANNED PINK

From the July 22 Wall Street Journal: In classic Japanese poetry,

masters of haiku use 17 syllables to condense nature's beauty

into lyric jewels of precision and spareness. In modern international

poetry, masters of the computer are redefining haiku. Haiku by

amateur poets litter the Internet, including thousands dedicated

to Spam. Two entries:

Liquid nitrogen:

Dunk Spam in, hit with hammer.

Pink shards fly about.

Volume of a pig?

Easy to compute with Spam.

Length times height times width.

Share