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May 5, 1996

Ensminger to receive honorary degree at commencement

by Anne Dolan
Nearly 2,500 students will receive degrees from Iowa State during three commencement programs May 10-11. Tickets are not required for any of the ceremonies.

An estimated 2,000 students will receive bachelor's degrees during a 2 p.m. ceremony Saturday, May 11, at Hilton Coliseum. Stanley Howe, chairman emeritus of HON Industries, Muscatine, and a 1946 graduate of the College of Engineering, will give the commencement address.

Howe joined HON in 1948 and became vice president of production in 1954, executive vice president in 1961 and president in 1964. In 1990, he became chairman and CEO. In addition to his degree from Iowa State, Howe earned an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School in 1948.

At the graduate commencement, an estimated 377 students will receive master's, specialist or doctoral degrees. The graduate ceremony begins at 8 p.m. Friday, May 10, in C.Y. Stephens. Camilla Benbow, distinguished professor of psychology and chair of the department, will give the address.

The College of Veterinary Medicine will award 99 D.V.M. degrees during a noon ceremony Saturday, May 11, in C.Y. Stephens. Phillip Pearson, professor of veterinary clinical sciences and dean of the college from 1972 to 1989, will give the commencement address.

The other seven colleges will hold separate convocations and/or receptions for their graduating students Saturday morning. A complete list of the college events is online under Homepage:Events:Graduation.

Honorary degree
During the undergraduate commencement ceremony May 11, Iowa State will present a Doctor of Humane Letters to M.E. "Gene" Ensminger for his achievements in animal science, education and international agriculture. The award to Ensminger is the 104th honorary degree awarded by ISU.

Ensminger founded the International Ag-Tech schools, which he directed for more than 50 years. He has directed schools, lectured and conducted seminars in 70 countries, including work he did cooperatively with ISU faculty on programs in Russia and other former Soviet republics.

Since 1964, Ensminger has served as president of Agriservices Foundation, Clovis, Calif., a non-profit group serving world agriculture.

He is the author or co-author of 21 books on animal production and human nutrition, and encourages use of his texts around the world by waiving royalties for translated versions. One of his animal production texts, Feeds and Feeding Digest, currently is being translated into Russian in the College of Agriculture. When completed, Ensminger hopes to donate 10,000 copies to universities in Russia.

He received bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Missouri and the Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota.

Commencement luncheons
Graduates and their guests may elect to attend an on-campus luncheon Saturday. A brunch honoring students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences will be from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Maple-Willow-Larch dining center. Tickets should be purchased in advance for $9 each from the LAS college relations office, 243 Catt.

Students from all other colleges are invited to a lunch from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on the second floor of the Scheman Building, Iowa State Center. Tickets should be purchased by May 3 (today) for $10 each from the Student Alumni Association, Alumni Suite, Memorial Union, or call 4-8488.

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