- VEISHEA: College barbecue on Tuesday
- VEISHEA: More food highlights
- VEISHEA: Ag Olympics, Smokey the Bear and more
- Advisor 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
- ISU agriculture news beamed across country
- Prairie City Wildlife Refuge opening postponed
- New student survey: Influences on attending ISU
- The role of agriculture in international development
- 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
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
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
- 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.
ADVISOR 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. Advisor 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
advisor 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 email@example.com) by April 29. For more information:
Les Wilson, 4-3889 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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, email@example.com.
For more information: Robert Martin, 4-0896 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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,
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
May 1: Advisor Evaluation Program, 5:15 p.m., 210 Bessey. RSVP
by April 29: 4-6614 or email@example.com
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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
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:
Other family members: 45
ISU students: 46
Vo-ag instructors (of those who took vo-ag): 40
ISU literature: 32
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.