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Inside Iowa State
Oct. 18, 1996

DEOs visit Iowa community colleges
as part of VISION 2020

by Anne Dolan
DEOs are invited to get on the bus.

Beginning this semester and continuing until all 15 campuses are included, teams of department executive officers will visit Iowa's community colleges to meet informally with their counterparts to discuss issues of shared interest.

The first team of eight DEOs visited DMACC Newton Polytechnic Campus and Indian Hills Community College, Ottumwa, Oct. 17. A second group will travel Oct. 24 to North Iowa Area Community College, Mason City, and Iowa Central Community College, Fort Dodge.

The bus tours are organized and funded by VISION 2020, the Kellogg Foundation-funded project that aims to create an education plan for food systems professionals in the year 2020. Iowa State and the 15 Iowa community colleges are one of 12 teams around the country to receive funding from Kellogg. January marked the beginning of a five-year implementation phase, during which the teams will carry out proposals.

Each bus tour group will be accompanied by one of the VISION 2020 directors, Jerry DeWitt (agronomy) and Gerald Klonglan (Ag Experiment Station), and one of the VISION 2020 coordinators, Ann Schultz and Bill Silag.

The day-long trips will include campus tours, presentations and one-on-one meetings among faculty members from similar or related academic disciplines.

"These won't be hard-nosed negotiations," Silag said. "These trips are a chance for DEOs and their counterparts to meet face-to-face and talk about issues they're interested in, whether that's food systems education, articulation, transfers.

"We extend an open invitation to all DEOs to join us," he added.

For more information on the tours, contact Silag, 4-2698, or Schultz, 4-2496.

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