- Strategic plan update
- Brenton Center sign-up
- Project proposal seminar
- Costa Rica seminar/study tour
- Curriculum development projects
- Information facts of life
- Future of family farms
- Contract With America: Cuts ahead?
- A change trying to happen
- When in Rome . . .
C O L L E G E N E W S
STRATEGIC PLAN UPDATE
The college's strategic planning committee is nearing completion
of its report. The group will meet on Jan. 10 to review a complete
draft. Later this month the report will be widely distributed
for discussion. Mike Chaplin, 294-3718, chairs the committee.
BRENTON CENTER SIGN-UP
Agriculture faculty can now request to schedule fall classes in
the Brenton Center. Deadline is Feb. 3 -- DEOs have sign-up sheets.
The center has two classrooms: one seats 28, the other 42. Classroom
features include: graphics camera, slide-to-video converter, laser
disk player, VCR, PC computer stations, video pointer, teacher
camera-control system and fiber-optic network camera controls.
The center will help instructors take advantage of the technology.
For more details: see DEO or contact Richard Carter, 294-5904,
PROJECT PROPOSAL SEMINAR
A seminar on preparing Experiment Station project proposals will
be held noon to 2 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 10, Gold Room, Memorial
Union. Who should attend: early-career faculty, staff who assist
in preparing Experiment Station documentation and faculty who
wish a review of the project proposal process. If you plan to
attend, call Carla Persaud, 294-9376. For more information: Susan
COSTA RICA SEMINAR/STUDY TOUR
The fifth annual seminar/study tour to Costa Rica, March 11-18,
offers opportunities for faculty, staff, alumni and friends to
learn more about tropical agriculture and natural resources, and
expand personal and professional contacts in Costa Rica. The event
includes a rainforest tour and activities at the University of
Costa Rica. It is sponsored by the ISU-Interamerican Center for
Science, Education and Technology. For more details: Mary de Baca,
294-1851, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS
The university allocated $187,699 to the college last July for
curriculum development. The money provided funds for 18 projects,
including: hiring a computer specialist to help faculty and students
use computer technology in problem-solving courses; improving
services for faculty and students in communications-intensive
courses; completing a statewide assessment of the distance-education
market; and development of an "introduction to environmental
issues" course. The funds are part of a three-year university
fund reallocation program.
C O M M U N I C A T I O N S K I O S K
INFORMATION FACTS OF LIFE
The following "Information Facts of Life" are taken
from "Saving IT's Soul: Human-Centered Information Management"
by Thomas Davenport in the Harvard Business Review, March-April
- There's no such thing as information overload; if information
is really useful, our appetite for it is insatiable.
- To make the most of electronic communications, employees must
first learn to communicate face-to-face.
- Managers prefer to get information from people rather than computers;
people add value to raw information by interpreting and adding
I N F O G R A Z I N G
FUTURE OF FAMILY FARMS
With the average age of family farmers topping 53, the USDA sees
500,000 quitting by the year 2002. Most farms won't stay in the
family. Only 250,000 young people are expected to enter the business,
and bankers are wary of backing new farmers as Washington trims
subsidies. (In Iowa, only a third of farmers expect their children
to take over.) Many operations will merge with neighbors, creating
bigger farms and helping shrink farm numbers by possibly 22 percent
to 1.5 million in a decade or so. (From the Wall Street Journal.)
CONTRACT WITH AMERICA: CUTS AHEAD?
If the "Contract With America" proposed by the new Republican
majority in Congress is implemented, a potential implication may
be less funding for higher education. An analysis of the "Contract"
was compiled in November by three higher-education organizations,
including the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant
Colleges. The "Contract" did not specifically indicate
how $147.9 billion in cuts would be made, but a list of possibilities
includes: elimination of college work-study; increase in interest
payments that students would make on Stafford loans; freeze on
research overhead rates at 90 percent of their present level;
and funding cuts for the National Science Foundation.
E X T E R N A L V O I C E S
A CHANGE TRYING TO HAPPEN
"When you feel conflict, pain, tension, fear or confusion,
it is a change trying to happen. Many of us settle for chronic
dull pain rather than a brief confrontation with change. The cost
is our flexibility. We become alienated from ourselves and our
stress level rises." From an interview with cultural anthropologist
and business consultant Jennifer James in JD Journal, Number 3,
M A R G I N A L I A
WHEN IN ROME . . .
The ubiquity of cellular phones in Italy has resulted in a 32-page
courtesy guide published by Telecom Italia that suggests, among
other things: not placing your cellular phone on the table during
lunch "as if it were a piece of bread"; keeping your
voice down during sidewalk conversations; and turning your phone
off while attending the theater. Since this is Italy, it also
suggests having a second telephone for "mischievous"
calls from lovers. (Wall Street Journal, Dec. 12)