The College of Agriculture Newsletter
Iowa State University
September 1, 1995 No. 26
C O N T E N T S
- The governor visits
- Funding for college programs
- Research Exchange Visits program
- Genetics training grant
- New CommLab location
- Parents and Family Weekend
- Promotion & tenure nominees
- Deadlines & Reminders
- Retreat refresher
- The media: A business relationship
- Labor Day:
- Labor Day: Those spring grads
- Labor Day: Late-summer blip
- Farm families
- Writers on family farms
- What died in my keyboard?
C O L L E G E N E W S
THE GOVERNOR VISITS
Governor Terry Branstad visited campus today for an overview of selected topics
in the College of Agriculture. In the Center for Crops Utilization Research
Theater, college faculty briefed the governor on research and
extension/outreach activities concerning the Farm Bill and agricultural trade
opportunities; swine odor, manure management and soil studies; and swine
breeding and genetics.
FUNDING FOR COLLEGE PROGRAMS
At last week's College of Agriculture convocation, Dean Topel mentioned some
programs for which ISU will seek increased funding in the next state
legislative session: a Kildee Hall addition for improved livestock facilities;
expanded efforts to address economic, social and environmental needs of rural
Iowa; and the Agricultural Chemical Products Laboratory.
RESEARCH EXCHANGE VISITS PROGRAM
An Experiment Station competitive grants program aims to strengthen research
collaborations with historically black land-grant institutions and tribal
colleges. Up to $1,200 per grant is available to support expenses of College of
Agriculture or Experiment Station-funded faculty in traveling to, or hosting a
faculty member from, those institutions. Application forms are available in
department and center offices. Deadline is Sept. 28. Awards will be announced
Oct. 3. For more information: Susan Lamont, 294-3629 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
GENETICS TRAINING GRANT
Two pre-doctoral students will study at ISU for three years under a $108,000
training grant from the USDA National Needs Graduate Fellowship Program. The
grant was awarded to the Plant Genome Studies and Biotechnology Group (PGSB) in
the Interdepartmental Genetics Graduate Program. PGSB comprises 16 faculty in
agronomy, biochemistry & biophysics, botany, forestry, plant pathology and
zoology & genetics. As part of their training, the students will
collaborate with private-sector researchers in the seed industry.
NEW COMMLAB LOCATION
The Communications Laboratory, now in its second year of operation, has a new
location -- 421 Ross Hall. The CommLab offers individual assistance to
undergraduates taking communication-intensive courses in the College of
Agriculture. Instructors are invited to refer students to the CommLab for
tutoring with communication assignments. Lee-Ann Kastman, CommLab director,
also is available to present short lessons on communication topics. For more
information on CommLab's services, call Kastman, 294-3053.
PARENT AND FAMILY WEEKEND
Two events during Parent and Family Weekend, Oct. 6-8: The College of
Agriculture reception will be held 10-11:30 a.m., Oct. 7, in Rooms 220-240,
Scheman Building. Also on Oct. 7, faculty and staff are encouraged to visit
alumni at the College of Agriculture Alumni Society's annual Tent-A-Gate,
beginning at 10:30 a.m. in two tents east of the Olsen Building. The Iowa Pork
Producers will serve a barbecue meal. For $5 advance meal tickets, call
294-4725. A limited number of tickets will be available the day of the event.
PROMOTION & TENURE NOMINEES
Nominations for three 3-year terms on the college's Promotion and Tenure
Advisory Committee are due Oct. 12 to Marvin Hayenga, 479 Heady. Nominees
should have a 50 percent or more college appointment and should not have any
conflict of interest regarding likely candidates for promotion and tenure in
the next year or two. Nominations should include academic vita and a half-page
letter describing the nominee's qualifications. The departments of sociology,
horticulture, forestry, ag education and studies, entomology and animal ecology
currently have members on the committee and should refrain from any nominations
DEADLINES & REMINDERS
Sept. 5 -- Foreign travel grant applications due, 122 Curtiss
Sept. 6 -- Leopold Center preproposals due, 126 Soil Tilth
Sept. 8 -- Faculty improvement leave applications due, 122 Curtiss
Sept. 12 -- Consulting reports for A, B and P staff due, 122 Curtiss
Sept. 28 -- Research Exchange Visits grant applications due, 126 Curtiss
Oct. 6-8 -- Parent and Family Weekend
Oct. 12 -- Promotion & tenure committee nominations due, 479 Heady
C O M M U N I C A T I O N S K I O S K
Couldn't make it to the college's recent retreat on improving communications?
Videotapes of the main presentations are now available. The three-tape sets
include a presentation on working with media, a panel discussion with central
Iowa news reporters and a panel discussion with college stakeholders. Four sets
are available for checkout from Ag Information, 304 Curtiss, 294-5616.
I N F O G R A Z I N G
LABOR DAY: COLLEGE EMPLOYEES
According to ISU's Institutional Research Office, there were 778 College of
Agriculture employees in October 1994 (the most current data available).
Faculty, including non-tenure track, numbered 313; professional and scientific
staff, 220; and merit staff, 245.
LABOR DAY: THOSE SPRING GRADS
By the time they picked up their diplomas, about 80 percent of spring college
graduates had already accepted employment or decided to continue their
education. Today, it's 90 to 95 percent, says Roger Bruene, placement director.
In general, half of recent grads have taken jobs in agribusiness. The other
half have been equally divided among three areas: government jobs, farming and
going for another degree.
LABOR DAY: LATE-SUMMER BLIP
Right now the job opportunities are rich for spring grads who spent the summer
traveling or working on the farm or in temporary jobs, says placement director
Roger Bruene. From mid-August to Oct. 1, an employment "blip" occurs because
workers resign to continue their education; others plan career changes before
their kids return to school; and employers who see their summer-hire college
students leave are looking for new workers.
E X T E R N A L V O I C E S
"Farm families know what life is. They see it born, they see it growing in the
fields. Things die in the fall and you have a dormant time, a rest period, time
for the family together." Denise O'Brien of Atlantic, Iowa, whose family
recently quit farming for economic reasons. From an article on family farms in
the July 2 Chicago Tribune.
WRITERS ON FAMILY FARMS
From Maxine Kumin's review of four new books about the family farm in a recent
New York Times Book Review: "Those who get no closer to the furrow than their
weekly sojourn at the roadside farm stand are susceptible to romantic notions
about the purity of the work ethic, the spiritual rewards of tilling the soil .
. . and being at one with nature. Of course, there ARE ample rewards to be
gained from a life on the land, but they are often realized in complicated ways
. . . Perhaps it is the function of the genre of writing practiced by these
four authors to provide urban dwellers, hungry for their lost roots in the
hayfields and cow barns of their great-grandparents, with at least a tenuous
connection to the earth and living creatures (and to) alert readers to the
stewardship required if our land and our water are to be rescued . . ."
M A R G I N A L I A
WHAT DIED IN MY KEYBOARD?
Idaho Computing has developed a PC add-in board that uses chemicals to generate
scents on your computer. The ScentMaster mixes three chemicals to produce the
various aromas which are wafted into the atmosphere via a small spray-emitter
module. ScentMaster can produce 36 distinctive smells, such as "roses," "new
car," "roasted coffee" and "dead animal in wall." (Internet World, April)
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