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August 28, 1998

Summer '98 in review: what you missed if you left town

by Linda Charles

No matter where you were spending the summer, you probably didn't miss the news that men's basketball coach Tim Floyd left ISU to join the Chicago Bulls and that Utah State's Larry Eustachy was named to succeed Floyd. But if you were too far from campus, here are a few ISU news stories you may have missed:

  • The ISU Foundation exceeded the $100 million mark in private gifts for the second year in a row. On June 30, private support had reached $103,533,618 for FY98. The previous high, reached last year, was $100,083,453. Two other fund-raising records fell during the year. Total receipts, the funds available for immediate use or investment, grew from $35.7 million the previous year to $59 million; and total donors reached 49,918, up from the 48,599 who contributed the previous year.

  • A settlement in the suit filed by Partnership Press, owner of The (Ames) Tribune, against Iowa State. The lawsuit had challenged ISU's policy distinguishing between university and non-university publications in determining distribution locations on campus. The settlement preserves ISU's position that it can distinguish between university-related and non-university publications. Also, under the settlement, the university agreed to increase the number of distribution locations for both types of publications. Partnership Press agreed to remove news racks that ISU had not authorized and to remove from distribution boxes out-of-date newspapers and bundling materials. The two parties also agreed to try to resolve separate claims by Partnership Press that the activities of the university and the Iowa State Daily unfairly compete with Partnership publications. A study of the role of the Daily at Iowa State will be conducted.

  • John Dobson, associate vice provost for research and associate dean of the Graduate College, was named interim dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Former LAS dean Elizabeth Hoffman left the university last fall and the search for her successor continues. Richard Hoffmann, associate dean and professor of zoology and genetics, had been serving as interim dean, but left the university earlier this month to become a dean at the State University of New York, Albany.

  • A multi-purpose "answer" center for students opened on the ground floor of Beardshear this month. The center is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. It is staffed with employees from the registrar, student financial aid, treasurer and university receivable offices. The pilot project is expected to become permanent if successful.

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