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April 18, 1996

P&S staff join Road Scholars

by Anne Dolan
A group of newcomers to Iowa State will hit the road April 26-27 for the spring 1996 installment of the Road Scholar tours. President Martin Jischke and Provost John Kozak each will lead a bus load of employees on a tour of schools, businesses and farms in southern Iowa.

Launched in the fall of 1992, the Road Scholar tours have proven to be a fun, effective way to introduce new faculty to the people and sites of Iowa. Extension employees help plan the tours and serve as local guides on the trips.

This spring marks the first time Professional and Scientific staff have been invited to be Road Scholars. In the past, some P&S employees have accompanied the tour groups as support staff.

"The tours have been extremely popular among the faculty. We decided it was only fair to extend the opportunity to P&S staff as well," said John Anderson, interim director of University Relations.

The group traveling with Jischke will visit southeastern Iowa, with an overnight stop in Ottumwa. Scheduled stops include the Des Moines Area Community College polytech campus, Newton; Pella Christian High School and the Vermeer plant (a manufacturer of trenching equipment), Pella; a Cargill corn milling plant, Eddyville; Indian Hills Community College, Oskaloosa; and two farms near Oskaloosa.

The group traveling with Kozak will visit south central Iowa, with an overnight stop in Lamoni. Scheduled stops along the route include the Principal Insurance Co., downtown Des Moines; Indianola High School, Indianola; a small industry in Osceola; Graceland College, Lamoni; and a family farm in Madison County.

The groups will meet in Ankeny and wrap up their tours with visits to the Ankeny business park. Each tour also includes an evening reception with Iowa State alumni and lunch with civic and business leaders in Indianola or Pella.

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