Issue: 71

COLLEGE NEWS

- Ag faculty-staff retreat to examine distance learning

- Two ag alumni events during ISU class reunions

- Food security goals discussed at forum

- DNA to Dessert: Teaching talented and gifted about

ag

- Sixth Teacher's Academy on Ag Awareness in June

- New FSHN chair officially begins July 1

- Calling all volunteers: State fair exhibit coming

up

- Ukrainian exchange students arrive in Ames

- Visiting Russians to discuss building ag curricula

- Deadlines & Reminders

COMMUNICATIONS KIOSK

- Backyard Topics column makes its summer debut

- College calendar planned for Curtiss Hall kiosk

INFOGRAZING

- ISU: Where ag doctorates get their bachelor's degrees

EXTERNAL VOICES

- The Class of 1947 remembers . . . and thanks

MARGINALIA

- The Class of 1947 remembers those moonlit nights

C O L L E G E N E W S

AG FACULTY-STAFF RETREAT TO EXAMINE DISTANCE LEARNING

The college's Professional Development Committee has chosen distance

learning as the theme of the annual ag faculty-staff retreat on

Aug. 21. Look for more details in upcoming issues of Ag Online.

TWO AG ALUMNI EVENTS DURING ISU CLASS REUNIONS

Nearly 300 alumni and guests from the classes of '27, '32, '37,

'42 and '47 are attending ISU Alumni Days, June 5-7. On Thursday

evening, a social hour for agriculture alumni was held in the

Scheman Building. A reception for 40 ag alumni was held this morning

in the Pioneer Room, with remarks by associate dean Eric Hoiberg.

(See "External Voices" and "Marginalia" items.)

FOOD SECURITY GOALS DISCUSSED AT FORUM

More than 80 Iowans participated in the National Consultations

on Food Security on May 21 at ISU. The public forum was one of

16 held around the country that day to discuss priorities for

U.S. action to address the World Food Summit goal of reducing

world hunger by half by 2015. Four participants from the ISU meeting

(including George Beran in MIPM) went to Washington, DC, this

week to discuss the next stages of the action-plan process. The

meeting was organized by International Agriculture Programs and

the World Food Prize Foundation. For more information: Denise

Bjelland, 4-2883.

DNA TO DESSERT: TEACHING TALENTED AND GIFTED ABOUT AG

Agriculture faculty and staff members from eight departments will

teach courses for 20 talented and gifted middle-school students

enrolled in "DNA to Dessert," June 15-21. This is one

of the summer programs offered by ISU's Office of Pre-collegiate

Programs for Talented and Gifted. Among other activities, students

will conduct soil tests, diagnose crop diseases, choose ingredients

for new food products, conduct Internet research and create a

video. For more information: Gaylan Scofield, 4-2883 or ggs@iastate.edu.

SIXTH TEACHER'S ACADEMY ON AG AWARENESS IN JUNE

Seventy teachers will attend the Teacher's Academy on Agricultural

Awareness at ISU, June 16-18 and June 18-20. Working with the

state's farm and commodity groups, ISU offers training to show

the teachers how they can incorporate agricultural information

into their classrooms. The teachers also develop new ag activities

for the classroom. More than 300 teachers -- mostly from elementary

schools -- have attended the academy over the past six years.

For more information: Robert Martin, 4-0896.

NEW FSHN CHAIR OFFICIALLY BEGINS DUTIES JULY 1

Diane Birt, the new chair of the Department of Food Science &

Human Nutrition and director of the Center for Designing Foods

to Improve Nutrition, is now on campus. Pam White continues as

interim chair through July 1, then will return to her teaching

and research duties. Birt was a professor at the Eppley Institute

for Research in Cancer at the University of Nebraska Medical Center.

She can be reached at: 2312 Foods Sciences Building, phone: 4-3011;

fax: 4-8181; e-mail: dbirt@iastate.edu.

CALLING ALL VOLUNTEERS: STATE FAIR EXHIBIT COMING UP

Volunteers are needed for the college's exhibit at the Iowa State

Fair, Aug. 7-17. Because 1997 has been declared the "Year

of Water" in Iowa, the exhibit will focus on ISU's work to

protect and enhance water quality. A memo has been sent to all

departments looking for six volunteers for each day. The time

slots, starting at 9 a.m. and ending at 9 p.m., are divided into

three four-hour shifts, with two volunteers for each shift. To

choose the best time for your schedule, please sign up quickly.

Volunteers get free admission and parking passes. For more information:

Amy Litterer, Ag Information, 4-0707, or Marty Behrens, 4-5616.

UKRAINIAN EXCHANGE STUDENTS ARRIVE IN AMES

Six National Agricultural University students from Ukraine arrived

at ISU today to spend the summer learning about American agriculture.

This is an exchange that began last year with six ISU students

working on internships in Ukraine. The program is sponsored by

International Ag Programs and by private donations from the Ukrainian

American community in the United States. For more information:

Victor Udin, 4-8971 or vaudin@iastate.edu.

VISITING RUSSIANS TO DISCUSS BUILDING AG CURRICULA

A USDA-sponsored delegation from Russia will spend two days at

ISU in July to discuss the design and development of curricula,

particularly in agronomy and plant sciences. The delegation includes

national program leaders in curriculum development and agricultural

university officials. For more information: Eric Hoiberg, 4-6614,

or Elena Polouchkina, 4-8493.

DEADLINES & REMINDERS

June 16-18, 18-20: Teacher's Academy on Agricultural Awareness

June 22-25: National Association of Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture

1997 Conference; 4-5145

June 24-26: State 4-H Conference; 4-1607

June 29-July 2: American Meat Science Association's 50th Annual

Reciprocal Meat Conference; 4-3280

Aug. 7-17: Iowa State Fair

Aug. 21: College faculty-staff retreat

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

BACKYARD TOPICS COLUMN MAKES ITS SUMMER DEBUT

Last week Ag Information debuted "Backyard Topics,"

a weekly column highlighting ways to enjoy and learn about the

outdoors and nature. College faculty and staff are sources of

information for the column, which is being distributed this summer

to Iowa news media. This week's column, on adopting a tree, can

be viewed on the college's Web site: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/news.

Have an idea for a column? Contact Ed Adcock, 4-2314 or edadcock@iastate.edu.

COLLEGE CALENDAR PLANNED FOR CURTISS HALL KIOSK

A College of Agriculture calendar is planned for display on a

kiosk video monitor outside the Brenton Center in Curtiss Hall.

If you have upcoming activities, events or meetings, send them

to Gaylan Scofield, ggs@iastate.edu.

I N F O G R A Z I N G

ISU: WHERE AG DOCTORATES EARN THEIR BACHELOR'S DEGREES

The National Science Foundation recently published data on science

and engineering doctorates awarded from 1991 to 1995. ISU ranks

number one as the baccalaureate-origin institution for students

earning doctorates in agricultural sciences.

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

THE CLASS OF 1947 REMEMBERS . . . AND THANKS

Members of the ISU Class of 1947, now on campus for their 50th

reunion, were asked to list favorite college memories. The following

were written by ag alumni. A forestry alum: "I had some excellent

teachers at Iowa State." An animal husbandry alum: "My

ISU diploma and various ISU connections have certainly been a

prime asset over the years." An ag education alum's memory:

"Studying and working under V.J. Morford and other great

and caring professors." A horticulture alum: "Prof.

Pickett sold me on the joy and satisfaction of working with plants."

An animal husbandry alum: "My most cherished memories must

be meeting and having classes with professors Schearer, Kildee,

Anderson, etc." An ag education alum: "I am, after all

these years, so thankful for all the respect and help I received

from professors and university administrators while a student

at ISU." An ag engineering alum's memory: "Working in

Ag Engineering Experimental Laboratory on new inventions."

The same alum added: "Making life-long friends with faculty

and students and learning not only how to earn a living, but how

to live a life. We have been richly blessed. Thank you Iowa State

for a job well done."

M A R G I N A L I A

THE CLASS OF 1947 REMEMBERS THOSE MOONLIT NIGHTS

Other reminisces from '47 ag alumni, now on campus for

their 50th class reunion. One alumnus wrote: "One moonlit

fall night a group of us drove to the College orchard in my '39

Ford convertible for a supply of apples. (Probably forbidden fruit

tastes better.)" Another's memory: "Scaring some freshmen

out of the College apple orchard by firing off fireworks which

sounded like gun fire." One alum wrote: "Poaching rabbits

on the golf course on moonlit winter nights." The same alum

wrote that the concrete floors in the Pammel Court Quonset huts

were so cold that "damp diapers caused the baby to freeze

to the floor." Another alum wrote: "Soil mapping the

dairy farm bull pasture (bulls in the pasture) and trying to buy

steel fence posts for the Ag 450 farm during the war." One

alum remembered: "We enjoyed our beautiful campus very much,

and especially the greetings of 'Fine night,' from the Campus

Night Watchman in the evenings."

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