Inside Iowa State
Dec. 20, 1996
A look back at 1996
Student help. Fourteen P&S staff student retention proposals, including mentoring projects, recruitment videos and workshops, receive funding, ranging from $300 to $3,320 each.February
Parking fervor. Consultant's recom-mendations to improve parking on campus include ramps and shuttling more faculty and staff from lots on the fringes of campus. The latter draws objections from many.March
Doing well. ISU receives high marks from the Pappas Consulting Group Inc. in a follow-up to a 1989 organizational audit of the Iowa Board of Regents institutions.
Celebration. The Women's Center celebrates its 15th anniversary.April
Campus visit. The NCA accreditation team commends Iowa State for "open and honest" participation during its visit to campus.
Champions. Cyclones win the Big Eight Tournament men's basketball champion-ship, defeating Kansas en route to a 24-9 season for Coach Tim Floyd's team.
150th birthday. Veishea helps mark the state's sesquicentennial with the theme "Continuing Iowa's Heritage."May
Everyone carded. Students, faculty and staff get new IDs, the ISUCard, which offers a variety of vending, banking and other services.June
The real thing. Sod goes down on Jack Trice Field for the first time since the football stadium opened in 1975.
Hub hubbub. The Memorial Union is selected to provide vending services on campus but its plan to place a McDonald's in the Hub draws fire and eventually is scrapped.
Thinking hard. Nearly 7,000 participants for the international problem-solving competition, Odyssey of the Mind World Finals, are on campus for OM's third time at the university.
Special day. Iowa State fans and volunteers are on hand for the 1996 Iowa Special Olympics held on campus.
Grand opening. The ribbon is cut at the new visitor information booth on Elwood Drive.
Drying up. The "Fountain of the Four Seasons" at the Memorial Union is removed for repairs.July
Getting wet. Rains bring the sandbags and an unhappy reminder of the flood of '93, but damage is limited to Veenker Golf Course and a machine shed.
Firm commitment. President Martin Jischke signs a five-year contract with the State Board of Regents, saying, "I plan to stay at Iowa State, to continue the progress we have made."August
Let's eat. An eight-month project to turn the Memorial Union's commons into a food court is complete.September
Top scholars. Iowa State welcomes 154 National Merit scholars and four National Achievement scholars, the largest class of top national scholars in university history.
Big plans. With the announcement of a $34 million anonymous gift, ISU publicly launches a $300 million capital campaign, the university's most ambitious fund-raising effort ever.October
VR tech. C2, a computer-driven synthetic environment, officially opens with an "appreciation day" for those who helped make it a reality.November
Full house. The College of Family and Consumer Sciences holds a national conference on "Gambling and the Family," culminating seven months of research by the faculty.
Agreement. The university formalizes a 10-year agreement with the Black Cultural Center, committing $40,000 toward the center's renovation.December
Road trip. The ABC replica, a full-size model of the Atanasoff-Berry Computer, makes it first public appearance at Supercomputing '96 in Pittsburgh.
New name. Most of those participating in a public forum like a proposal to rename the football stadium for Jack Trice, an Iowa State player who died in 1923 of injuries sustained in a game.
Picking options. Faculty, P&S staff and supervisory staff sign up for new benefits options.New to office
New positions. Provost John Kozak announces that four new faculty positions will be created to help meet the undergraduate diversity requirements.
Happy birthday. The College of Family and Consumer Sciences celebrates its 125th anniversary.
May: Carla Espinoza, assistant vice president for human resource services.Steps down
July: Murray Blackwelder, vice president for external affairs; Dianne Bystrom, director of the Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics; Floyd Barwig, director of the Iowa Energy Center.
August: Randy Alexander, director of university housing; David Bousquet, assistant vice president for enrollment.
September: U.S. Sen Nancy Kassebaum, Mary Louise Smith Endowed Chair in the Catt Center for Women and Politics; former president of the magazine group at Meredith Corp. James Autry, Dean Helen LeBaron Hilton Endowed Chair in the College of Family and Consumer Sciences; Stan Johnson, vice provost for extension; Derrick Rollins, adviser to diversity to the president's cabinet.
October: Kathleen Jones, university registrar.
July: College of Education Dean Norene Daly.
December: Tom Thielen, vice president for student affairs; Bill Whitman, associate vice president for facilities.
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