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August 28, 1998


Jischke on Talk of Iowa

President Martin Jischke will be a guest on the Wednesday, Sept. 2, edition of Talk of Iowa on WOI-AM Radio. The program airs weekdays from 10 to 11 a.m. at AM-640.

Plant sale and ice cream at Reiman Gardens

The Reiman Garden CoHorts are holding a plant sale and ice cream shop from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 13, at the Reiman Gardens. The plant sale will feature perennials and spring flowering bulbs. Ice cream in a variety of flavors will be available for purchase.

University Museums seeks new members

University Museums' annual membership drive is on. The goal is to increase membership by 10 percent and raise $25,000 for educational programming and other needs. In 1997-1998, University Museums presented 172 programs and gave tours to more than 200 groups. The museum depends on membership dollars for support. Members receive a quarterly newsletter, advance notice of special events and a 10 percent discount in the museum store. For a membership application, contact the museum office at 4-3342.

Construction begins on next solar car

Construction is under way on Iowa State's new solar car, PrISUm Phoenix. Scheduled for completion in January, the car will compete in Sunrayce '99, a biennial cross- country race among university solar car teams. The 1,340-mile race begins June 20, 1999, in Washington, D.C., and ends June 29 in Orlando, Fla.

PrISUm Phoenix is expected to cost about $175,000, much of which is donated materials and labor.

Seed grants

The Iowa Space Grant Consortium offers Phase I seed grants of $10,000 and Phase II cooperative grants of $30,000. The proposal deadlines are Nov. 6 for seed grants and Dec. 14 for cooperative grants. For information, visit the Web site at

Faculty mentors sought

ISU's Freshman Honors Program is seeking faculty mentors during spring semester for students in the program. Researchers and faculty with research projects who are interested in having one or more freshman assistants should contact Stephanie Hamilton, University Honors Office, 4-4371, e-mail: by Friday, Sept. 4. Graduate students interested in serving as mentors must have their major professor indicate the responsibilities freshman students will have in a project. Students will work at least 3 hours each week of spring semester and receive one academic credit for each three-hour commitment.

The research assistantships may continue beyond the freshman year at the mentor's discretion.

Over the last six years, nearly 800 freshman Honors students have participated in the mentor program. Questions can be directed to Hamilton or to associate provost Ed Lewis, 4- 5884, e-mail:

Museum store sale

The Brunnier Art Museum Store is having an inventory sale Sept. 8-13, with items marked down 30 to 40 percent. (Membership discount does not apply.) The store is open during museum hours: Tuesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Thursday, 5 to 9 p.m.; and Saturday and Sunday 1 to 4 p.m. The store carries cards, art books, glass, pottery, jewelry and children's items.

Vicki Dirksen, a graduate student in history, is the new store manager. Dirksen has worked at Living History Farms in Urbandale and a Norwegian-American museum in Decorah.

Grant applications sought

The Culture Corps grants program is accepting proposals from faculty and staff interested in hiring under-graduate international students or U.S. students with study abroad experience to internationalize their classes or programs.

The program was created by the Office of International Students and Scholars and the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs to help achieve the internationalization goals of the university's strategic plan.

Grant requests may not exceed $1,800/student. The application deadline is Sept. 18. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis in the order received.

For more information or to obtain an application form, contact Luiza Dreasher, 4-4198, e-mail: maria@ Application forms are on the Web at:

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