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April 18th, 1995
- Scanes named executive associate dean
- Reception for rural panelists
- Convocation for graduating students
- Ag Ambassadors visit 44 schools
- Mentorship program for new students
- Students in Service: Trees and teaching
- Deadlines & Reminders
- Interview bill of rights
- Balancing work and life
- Rural-urban encounters
- International education
- Daystart of champions
C O L L E G E N E W S
SCANES NAMED EXECUTIVE ASSOCIATE DEAN
Colin Scanes has been named executive associate dean of the College
of Agriculture. Scanes, chair of the animal sciences department
at Cook College of Rutgers University, will start on July 15.
The executive associate dean, a new position, has authority delegated
from the Dean for the daily administration of teaching and research
programs. Other duties include overseeing budgets and serving
as associate director of the Experiment Station. In other administrative
news, interviews for associate dean for national programs and
associate dean for state programs should be set in the next few
RECEPTION FOR RURAL PANELISTS
ISU President Jischke hosted a reception Monday night at the Center
for Crops Utilization Research in the Food Sciences Building for
panelists, state and federal leaders, ISU administrators and others
involved with the National Rural Conference. More than 175 people
attended, including senior White House and USDA officials. The
conference was held Tuesday in the Memorial Union with President
Clinton, Vice President Gore and Secretary of Agriculture Glickman.
CONVOCATION FOR GRADUATING STUDENTS
The College of Agriculture's spring convocation for graduating
students will be held 9-10:30 a.m., Saturday, May 13, in C.Y.
Stephens Auditorium. Coffee and milk will be served beginning
at 8:15 a.m. Faculty members from each department will assist
in the recognition ceremony. Ron Cornish, who will receive degrees
in agronomy and ag business, will speak. ISU commencement begins
at 2 p.m.
AG AMBASSADORS VISIT 44 SCHOOLS
The College of Agriculture Ambassadors gave informational programs
in 43 high schools in Iowa and one in Illinois during 1994-95.
The ambassadors tell students about the college and agricultural
careers and answer questions about college life. Thirty-three
students from 12 majors served as ambassadors.
MENTORSHIP PROGRAM FOR NEW STUDENTS
The student Agriculture Council is developing a program for next
fall to help new students in the college make the transition to
ISU. The Student Mentorship Program will include Big Brother/Big
Sister activities, a barbecue for freshmen and transfer students,
and informational meetings within departments.
STUDENTS IN SERVICE: TREES AND TEACHING
The student chapter of the Society of American Foresters conducts
an educational program for elementary and high schools called
Forestry in a Nutshell. ISU forestry students work with teachers
and students to develop instruction modules on how forests develop
and how they can be sustainably used by society. They have presented
programs in classrooms and field settings in Ames and surrounding
towns. (Do you have other examples of College of Agriculture students
making a difference for people or communities? E-mail email@example.com.)
DEADLINES & REMINDERS
APRIL 28 -- Names of departmental representatives for commencement
to Dorothy Blair, 4-8497
MAY 12 -- Livestock odor and waste research preproposals to Bruce
Babcock, 568 Heady
MAY 13 -- Convocation for graduating ag students, C.Y. Stephens
C O M M U N I C A T I O N S K I O S K
INTERVIEW BILL OF RIGHTS
Words & Pictures, a St. Louis consulting firm, recently held
a media training seminar for some ISU staff. Although the session
focused on television interviews, the following "bill of
rights" can apply to other media. When a news reporter calls,
you have the right to know: Who are you? Whom do you represent?
What is the interview about? How long will the interview take?
Who else will be interviewed (if a panel discussion)? Will there
be an audience? Will the interview be live or taped? You also
have the right to decline interviews, but don't think of them
as merely answering questions, think of them as opportunities
to tell your story. Have other questions on interview situations?
Contact Ag Information, 294-5616.
I N F O G R A Z I N G
BALANCING WORK AND LIFE
What do people who successfully balance their work and private
lives have in common? They clarify and act on their values. They
build trusting relationships at work. They ask their bosses and
family members for what they need. And they learn to accept from
themselves less than 100 percent some of the time. These characteristics
come from case studies by the Wharton-Merck Work-Life Roundtable.
(Wall Street Journal, April 12)
Farm Hands/City Hands is a New York-based non-profit program that
pairs city dwellers who want to work with farm families that need
the extra hands. Project leaders say farmers get affordable, eager
laborers and the chance to convince them that fresh, local produce
tastes better than frozen. Urbanites get fresh air, beautiful
scenery, camaraderie and a sense of problems and payoffs of farm
life. The project also offers one-day excursions to farms that
have attracted corporate executives, at-risk youth, welfare families
and senior citizens. A new program takes homeless people on weekly
trips to farms to plant, cultivate and harvest their own crops.
(Utne Reader, January-February)
E X T E R N A L V O I C E S
"(Universities') foreign-study programs often are not academically
rigorous, and most students spend far too much time with other
Americans . . . Today's highly interdependent world demands that
we do better. International education deserves to be taken seriously
and to be held to the same standards, academic and ethical, as
study on campus is," writes John Engle, president, American
University Center of Provence in France (Chronicle of Higher Education,
March 17). Fewer than 2 percent of American undergraduates study
abroad at some time in their college careers, Engle says.
M A R G I N A L I A
DAYSTART OF CHAMPIONS
Few people in the future will eat the traditional three meals
a day. Instead, they'll have five snacks: "daystart,"
"pulsebreak," "humpmunch, "holdmeal"
and "evesnack." This is one forecast from Outlook '95,
a report by The Futurist magazine listing 1994's most thought-provoking
looks into the future.