- Interviews soon for two positions
- Convocation for graduating students
- Financial aid for ag students
- Reminder to advisers
- Know students who plan to farm?
- Re: The paperless society
- Re: The paperless society II
- Life beyond academe for new Ph.D.'s
- Important, but boring
C O L L E G E N E W S
INTERVIEWS SOON FOR TWO POSITIONS
Interviews for the executive associate dean and the director for
international programs should be set after the holidays. Each
search committee now has a short list of candidates. The two positions
are part of the new College of Agriculture administrative structure,
which will be in place July 1, 1995.
CONVOCATION FOR GRADUATING STUDENTS
Eighty agriculture undergraduates (of approximately 160) have
indicated that they will participate in the College of Agriculture
convocation and reception prior to the fall commencement ceremony.
The convocation will begin at 10 a.m., Dec. 17 in C.Y. Stephens
Auditorium. Two faculty members from each department will assist
in the recognition ceremony. There will be a brief speech by a
representative of the students. Approximately 650 friends and
family members are expected to attend.
FINANCIAL AID FOR AG STUDENTS
About 90 percent of ISU students majoring in agriculture qualified
for merit- and need-based financial aid last year, according to
the financial aid office. Of those, 72 percent received aid from
all sources, which included scholarships, loans, grants and work
study. Last year the college awarded $185,231 in undergraduate
scholarships and departments awarded $109,275 in undergrad scholarships.
Scholarships are one of the college's top fund-raising priorities.
Scholarship endowments have increased to $2.1 million this year
compared with $372,887 five years ago.
A REMINDER TO ADVISERS
Encourage students to take financial aid forms home during winter
break and to get them in early, even if they have to estimate
income. More students are meeting eligibility requirements and
there's no new money. Applications have been sent to all students
who applied last year -- to the address listed on student's last
application. They also can pick up forms in Room 12, Beardshear.
KNOW STUDENTS WHO PLAN TO FARM?
Encourage seniors and juniors who plan on entering family-farm
operations after graduation to check out Ag-Link/College to Farm
Transition. The program, a result of recommendations from the
College of Agriculture's Young Farmer Task Force, features workshops
for students and their families, to be held in January and March.
Enrollment is limited. Registration deadline is Jan. 4. For more
information: Lisa Breja, Department of Agricultural Education
and Studies, 294-4810 or email@example.com.
I N F O G R A Z I N G
RE: THE PAPERLESS SOCIETY
In 1985-86, ISU's copy centers printed 35 million pages of copy.
In 1993-94, the total was 54 million. Add to that total, of course,
the uncounted/uncountable copies made by photocopy machines found
in many departments and the paper churned out by computer printers.
In the future, it may be possible to print backed, collated, stapled
copies at 30 pages per minute without leaving the computer.
RE: THE PAPERLESS SOCIETY II
According to a recent survey by the U.S. Department of Education,
84 percent of America's teachers consider only one type of information
technology absolutely "essential": a photocopier with
an adequate paper supply. (From the Nov. 6 Telecommunications
E X T E R N A L V O I C E S
LIFE BEYOND ACADEME FOR NEW PH.D.'S
"Tremendous opportunities are available for Ph.D.'s willing
to consider a non-academic career. First, however, graduate students,
faculty members and university administrators have to commit themselves
to the idea that there is life outside the academy, and that its
social value and personal satisfaction may well be as great as
-- or greater than -- those of life within the thinning groves
of academe." (From an article by Debra Hotaling, Oct. 12th
Chronicle for Higher Education. She lists examples of actions
that grad students, faculty and administrators can take.)
M A R G I N A L I A
IMPORTANT, BUT BORING
". . . Not everybody agrees on what 'boring' means. For example,
Person A might believe that collecting decorative plates is boring,
whereas Person B might find this to be a fascinating hobby. Who's
to say which person is correct? I am. Person A is correct. Plate-collecting
is boring. In fact, hobbies of any kind are boring except to people
who have the same hobby . . . The New Age is boring, and so are
those puzzles where you try to locate all the hidden words. Agriculture
is important, but boring." (From humorist Dave Barry's Nov.
21 newspaper column.)