Issue: 67

COLLEGE NEWS

- VEISHEA: College barbecue on Tuesday

- VEISHEA: More food highlights

- VEISHEA: Ag Olympics, Smokey the Bear and more

- Adviser evaluation the topic of college program

- AgComm workshop on teacher and student teams

- ISU to host 150 for Science in Agriculture Day

- Proposals for computer improvements due April 25

- Animal waste consortium seeks preproposals

- Deadlines & Reminders

COMMUNICATIONS KIOSK

- ISU agriculture news beamed across country

INFOGRAZING

- Prairie City Wildlife Refuge opening postponed

- New student survey: Influences on attending ISU

EXTERNAL VOICES

- The role of agriculture in international development

MARGINALIA

- Must-see public TV: Troublesome Creek airs next week

C O L L E G E N E W S

VEISHEA: COLLEGE BARBECUE ON APRIL 15

As part of VEISHEA activities next week, Sigma Alpha is sponsoring

a free barbecue for College of Agriculture students, faculty and

staff on Tuesday, April 15, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., in front of Curtiss

Hall.

VEISHEA: FOOD, FOOD, FOOD

Food stands will be run Friday and Saturday by the following ag

clubs: Ag Education Club and the International Ag Club (north

of west steps of Curtiss); Farm Op Club (north of Beardshear);

Agronomy Club (south of Science I); Fish & Wildlife Biology

Club (north of MacKay); and Block & Bridle (northeast corner

of library). The Dairy Science Club will sell ice cream in Lush

Auditorium. On Saturday, food science & human nutrition students

will sell frozen yogurt with toppings in LeBaron lounge, where

an exhibit on the past 75 years in the FSHN department will be

displayed.

VEISHEA: AG OLYMPICS, SMOKEY THE BEAR AND MORE

Other activities by College of Agriculture student groups include:

- Ag Olympics, 1-3 p.m., Tuesday, in front of Curtiss.

- Alpha Zeta pie-throwing contest, noon-3 p.m., Tuesday, in front

of Curtiss.

- Horticulture Club plant sale, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Friday, and 9-11

a.m. and 4-6 p.m., Saturday, in hort greenhouse (enter at east

or north doors). The sale continues on April 25, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.,

and April 26, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

- Microbiology Club open house, 107 and 109 Science I, featuring

demonstrations, displays and videos.

- Entomology Club display, Science II lobby.

- Forestry Club demonstrations on central campus on Saturday:

log roll (10 a.m., 1 p.m.); bucking (11, noon, 1, 2 p.m.); match

split (3 p.m.) and tobacco spit (4 p.m.). Also: a seedling sale,

Smokey the Bear and displays.

- Block & Bridle's live-animal display (location to be posted).

- Dairy Science Club's "I Milked a Cow" event, west

of Kildee, and open house display, south foyer of Kildee.

ADVISER EVALUATION THE TOPIC OF COLLEGE PROGRAM

If advising is to best serve students and count in promotion,

tenure or salary considerations, there must be ways to measure

its performance. Adviser evaluation is the topic of a May 1 program

in 210 Bessey for college faculty and staff. Recent university

reports and goals on advising will be reviewed. Small-group discussion

will focus on evaluation forms. Lisa Breja, ag education &

studies, and Ron Deiter, ag business, will explain how they use

adviser evaluations. Sponsored by the college's Professional Development

Committee, the program begins with a Hickory Park-catered meal

at 5:15 p.m. and will conclude at 7:30 p.m. To attend, RSVP and

indicate a preference for a meat or vegetarian meal to Norma Hensley

(4-6614 or nhensley@iastate.edu) by April 29. For more information:

Les Wilson, 4-3889 or lawilson@iatstate.edu.

AGCOMM WORKSHOP ON TEACHER AND STUDENT TEAMS

An AgComm workshop on "Teacher Teams and Student Teams"

will be held Tuesday, April 22, noon to 1:30 p.m., in 229 Curtiss.

Faculty members will talk about team-teaching experiences and

student participation in collaborative learning efforts. AgComm

is the college's communication-across-the-curriculum program.

Lunch will be provided. RSVP to Norma Hensley, nhensley@iastate.edu.

For more information: Robert Martin, 4-0896 or drmartin@iastate.edu.

ISU TO HOST 150 FOR SCIENCE IN AGRICULTURE DAY

About 150 high school students will participate in the annual

Science in Agriculture Day on April 24. Nineteen agriculture faculty

members will give presentations on topics that include: isolating

DNA in potatoes; using the Internet to track the weather; examining

differences between cola beverages; and identifying sources of

genetic variation in animals. For more information: Richard Carlson,

4-9868.

PROPOSALS FOR COMPUTER IMPROVEMENTS DUE APRIL 25

The college's Technology Advancement Committee seeks proposals

to improve student access to computer services. Each year the

college distributes on a competitive basis a portion of revenues

generated from student computer fees. This year about $25,000

is available. Proposal deadline is April 25. More information

is available on the college Web site at: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/iaexp/rfp/computer.html

ANIMAL WASTE CONSORTIUM SEEKS PREPROPOSALS

The Multi-State Consortium on Animal Waste seeks preproposals

for collaborative research. Deadline for submissions is May 12.

Funding will begin on July 1. This is the consortium that was

formed by ISU and North Carolina State University last year, and

which has since added as members Michigan State University, University

of Missouri, Oklahoma State University and Purdue University.

The request for preproposals can be found on the Web at: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/iaexp/consort.html

For more information: Colin Scanes, 4-1823 or cscanes@iastate.edu.

DEADLINES & REMINDERS

April 21: Deadline, Internationalization Grants, ISU Council on

International Programs. 4-8454.

April 22: Teacher Teams/Student Teams, AgComm workshop, noon,

229 Curtiss. 4-6614.

April 23: Writing Winning EPA Grants (Successful Grantsmanship

Series), 6:30 p.m., Holiday Inn Gateway Center. RSVP by April

18: 4-3629 or cpersaud@iastate.edu

May 1: Adviser Evaluation Program, 5:15 p.m., 210 Bessey. RSVP

by April 29: 4-6614 or nhensley@iastate.edu

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

ISU AGRICULTURE NEWS BEAMED ACROSS COUNTRY

A new satellite-delivered information service geared to farm and

rural residents debuted March 28. Channel Earth Communications,

Inc. is beaming agricultural news, weather, markets and other

ag-related programming on Channel 283 to subscribers of DirecTV.

ISU is one of 10 land-grant universities supplying 10-minute news

packages to the channel. ISU's stories air the first Wednesday

of each month. The first ISU program aired April 2 and included

stories on manure management, pork exports and winter grazing.

The May program will feature stories on meat safety, sheep shearing

and National Forum for Agriculture highlights. A one-minute student

recruitment piece runs with each program. The College of Agriculture

Information Service and ISU Extension Communications work together

on the project. Send story ideas to Susan Anderson, sander@iastate.edu.

I N F O G R A Z I N G

PRAIRIE CITY WILDLIFE REFUGE OPENING POSTPONED

Because of the threat of heavy snow, the formal opening of the

Prairie City Wildlife Refuge on Saturday, April 12, will be rescheduled

to a later date, says Dennis Keeney, director of the Leopold Center

for Sustainable Agriculture. Keeney serves on the refuge's research

committee.

NEW-STUDENT SURVEY: INFLUENCES ON ATTENDING ISU

(More results from last fall's survey of 540 new students in the

College of Agriculture.) Percentage who said the following people

or things had "great" or "some" influence

on their decision to attend ISU:

Parents: 62

Other family members: 45

ISU students: 46

Vo-ag instructors (of those who took vo-ag): 40

ISU literature: 32

Scholarships: 30

Extension personnel (of those involved in 4-H): 22

High school counselors: 16

In 1985, percentage who said high school counselors: 48

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

THE ROLE OF AGRICULTURE IN INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT

"Agriculture is an important part of development assistance.

It's an important part of America's interest, as well .... Our

farmers plant one out of every four acres for export abroad. Forty-three

of the top 50 importers of American agricultural products were

former USAID recipients .... In many of these developing world

countries, 80 percent of their GNP is in the agriculture sector.

So if we can't help them there, we're really not going to be leaders

in the development community." J. Brian Atwood, U.S. Agency

for International Development administrator, to the House International

Relations Committee on Feb. 25.

M A R G I N A L I A

MUST-SEE PUBLIC TV: TROUBLESOME CREEK AIRS NEXT WEEK

Iowa Public Television will broadcast "Troublesome Creek:

A Midwestern" at 9 p.m., Monday, April 14, and at 3 p.m.,

Sunday, April 20. The award-winning documentary tells the story

of Russel and Mary Jane Jordan's attempt to hold onto their Iowa

family farm in the face of possible foreclosure. The film was

made by the Jordan's daughter, Jeanne Jordan, and her husband

Steven Ascher. It won two awards at the 1996 Sundance Film Festival,

and received a 1996 Academy Award nomination for best documentary.

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