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Nov. 15, 1996

News briefs

Thielen to leave post
Tom Thielen, vice president for student affairs at Iowa State since 1977, has announced he will leave that position Dec. 31. Thielen, 62, will remain on the faculty in the department of professional studies in education through spring semester and retire May 31, 1997.

Thielen was vice provost for student affairs at the University of Minnesota, Duluth, from 1973 to 1976 and dean of student services at the University of Maine from 1970 to 1973. He received a B.S. in 1957 from Mankato State University, an M.S. in 1964 from the University of Wyoming, and an Ed.D. in 1970 from Indiana University.

President Martin Jischke said an interim vice president will be appointed before Dec. 31 and a national search will be conducted for a successor.

Student charged with filing false report of assault
Sophomore DeAntrious R. Mitchell, 4422 Friley, was arrested Nov. 4 by Department of Public Safety officers on a charge of "false reports to public safety entities," a serious misdemeanor under the Iowa Code.

The charge was filed by the Story County Attorney's Office after an investigation into Mitchell's report that a group of white males assaulted him and hurled racial slurs on the west side of campus Oct. 18. Investigators said Mitchell confessed to filing a false report.

The charge carries a maximum penalty of a fine of up to $1,000 and imprisonment of up to one year.

Ames Lab cuts 21 positions
A nearly $5 million cut in funding from the U.S. Department of Energy has resulted in the elimination of 21 positions in the Ames Laboratory.

The lab experienced an unexpected cut of about $2.7 million for FY97, coupled with approximately a $2 million cut at the end of FY96.

The layoffs occurred in a number of areas around the lab, said Steve Karsjen, manager of public affairs and information for Ames Lab. Notice was given Nov. 1 to six P&S staff, seven merit employees and eight hourly employees. P&S and merit employees received 60- to 90-day notices, while hourly employees received 30 days notice.

The layoffs represent a 3.5 percent reduction in the lab's workforce of 600 employees, Karsjen said.

WOI completes successful membership drive
WOI-AM/FM Radio reached and surpassed its goal of $200,000 in the final hours of Membership Week, Oct. 18-25.

The membership campaign generated -- in challenges, pledges and commitments -- $210,339 in eight days. That's an all-time record for the station and more than any other public radio membership campaign in Iowa history.

Here are some other notes from the campaign:

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