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Inside Iowa State
August 23, 1996

The days of summer

by Linda Charles
If you were away from campus all or part of the summer, here are some of the things you missed.

McDonald's in Hub on hold
Plans to place a McDonald's in the Hub were put on hold in July to give the campus community more time to review and comment on the proposal. University officials had received complaints about the plan, which was part of a new vending contract between Iowa State and the Memorial Union. The rest of the contract has been put into effect and the Union spent much of the summer installing campus vending machines, many of which will accept the new ISUCard.

Airport gets A+
Travelers arriving at the Des Moines airport now can find out a lot about Iowa State before leaving the airport. An AccessPlus terminal was installed in July in the baggage area. The terminal, through a computerized information system, provides instant access to Iowa State, including maps on how to get here and a connection to the World Wide Web, with a variety of information about ISU.

Under contract
President Martin Jischke signed a five-year contract with the State Board of Regents in July. The contract, which recognizes Jischke's five years of "outstanding service" to Iowa State, stipulates Jischke will receive an annual salary of at least $198,000, with annual increases at the board's discretion.

New benefits program
A new benefits program for faculty, professional and scientific staff, and supervisory staff is under development. The program will allow faculty and staff to select from a variety of health, dental, life and long-term disability insurance plans. Faculty and staff will enroll in their new plans later this year.

Retirement plans extended
The employee early retirement and phased retirement programs were continued through the fiscal year 2002 by the State Board of Regents in June. Both voluntary programs require administrative approval, but offer employees and departments flexibility in scheduling retirements and the university potential cost savings.

Reservations on line
Faculty and staff can obtain airline fares and schedules and even book their own business flights through Travel and Transport's online reservation system. The new system is available through the World Wide Web (click "faculty and staff information" on ISU's homepage).

New learning center
A groundbreaking ceremony was held in July for the Educational and Rural Development Center at the Armstrong Research Farm near Lewis in southwest Iowa. The learning center will contain continuing education classrooms and be linked to the Iowa Communications Network, the state's fiber- optic system. It also will house offices for the area extension and the Armstrong Farm staffs. As part of an agricultural business incubator program, office space will be provided for new agricultural businesses developing value- added products.

Too familiar
Sandbags and water were an unhappy reminder of the flood of '93 that caused widespread damage on campus. However, while the rains on June 17 brought out the sandbags, damage was to limited to a machine shed and Veenker Golf Course.

Field of grass
This fall, for the first time since the stadium opened in 1975, Iowa State will play home football games on grass rather than artificial turf. The new sod was installed in late May.

Fountain removed
"Fountain of the Four Seasons," the Christian Petersen sculpture in front of the Memorial Union, was removed in May for repairs and conservation work. Linda Merk-Gould, an art conservator from Westport, Conn., has taken the sculptures to her Connecticut studios, where she will remove built-up salt, minerals and bacterial growth, and repair cracks and other damage. She also will repair the fountain's pool. The project will take about a year.

Mind games
Nearly 7,000 participants gathered on campus in late May for the Odyssey of the Mind World Finals. This was the third time the international competition, which stresses creative solutions to problem-solving, was held at Iowa State.

Summer games
Iowa State fans and volunteers were on hand for the 1996 Iowa Special Olympics, held on campus again in May.

$7 million gift
The single largest cash donation to Iowa State, excluding estate gifts, was part of a $7 million gift from Stanley M. and Helen Howe, Muscatine. The gift, announced in June, includes $6 million in cash, supplemented by $1 million in furniture from HON Industries, the Muscatine company Stanley Howe guided for almost five decades. The donations will go to the Engineering Teaching and Research Complex.

More gifts
In June, Iowa State alumni Enlow Ose and Melena Adams Ose, Sacramento, Calif., contributed $1 million toward the President's Scholarship Campaign.

Leadership program planned
Leadership ISU, a new one-semester program, will involve more than 100 freshmen during the 1996-97 school year. Students will work weekly with faculty and staff advisers and upperclass and graduate students, on leadership concepts that will culminate in community service projects. The program grew out of increasing demand in business, industry and the public sector for graduates who have had leadership experiences and can work on complex issues.

Curb-side service
A ribbon-cutting was held in late May at the university's new visitor information booth, located on Elwood Drive southeast of Hilton Coliseum. The booth, designed to provide a friendlier and more efficient way for visitors to obtain information about Iowa State, features a drive-up window as well as a walk-in entrance.

Comings and goings

  • Distinguished Professor of Psychology Camilla Benbow was named interim dean of the College of Education, effective Aug. 1. Norene Daly, who has served as Education dean since 1990, announced in June her intention to return to teaching.

  • Doug Houghton, former assistant dean of student affairs, has joined Public Safety as the program coordinator in parking. He manages the parking appeals area, works with the Transportation Advisory Council and the various employee groups and is involved in capital projects planning.

  • Floyd Barwig, former manager of building energy programs at Pacific Northwest Laboratory, Richland, Wash., was named director of the Iowa Energy Center, located at Iowa State, effective July 17.

  • Randy Alexander, former director of university housing at the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point, began his duties as the new director of residence on Aug. 1.

  • Head softball coach Deb Kuhn, who coached the Cyclones to 328 victories and the school's first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance, resigned. Kuhn led the ISU program for 14 seasons. Ruth Crowe, head softball coach at Ball State, was named as her successor. Crowe was an assistant to Kuhn during the 1983 season.

  • Dianne G. Bystrom, former research associate with the University of Oklahoma Political Communication Center, was appointed the new director of the Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics, effective July 1.

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