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Inside Iowa State
November 6, 1998


Breakfast with the President

The next Conversation with President Martin Jischke will be a 7:30 a.m. breakfast Thursday, Nov. 12, in the Memorial Union Campanile Room. Coffee and pastries will be provided, or faculty, staff and students may bring their own breakfast.

Comments sought on proposed journal cancellations

The initial list of journals recommended for cancellation are now available on the library's Web site at Faculty, and students are asked to review the list and send comments and concerns to library collections officer Kristin Gerhard,, 153 Parks, by Thursday, Nov. 12. Please identify any titles that are critical to research and teaching activities.

The cancellations are necessary, due to rising journal costs, said Olivia Madison, dean of library services.

"While the library acquisitions budget has grown by 38.5 percent in the past five years through legislative and university support, the increases have not kept pace with the national and international inflation rate of 55 percent for journals," she said.

Fact books are in

Copies of the 1998-99 It's a fact pamphlet are available from News Service, 105 Communications. The pamphlet contains updated facts and statistics about Iowa State. To order copies, call 4-4777.

Borich named to Design assistant dean post

Tim Borich, associate professor of community and regional planning and associate director of the Institute for Design Research and Outreach (IDRO) in the College of Design, has been named assistant dean for research and outreach. Borich also coordinates the college's extension and distance education programs. His new duties include promoting college research initiatives, obtaining outside funding for faculty research projects, and continued emphasis on outreach.

Through IDRO, faculty and students work with citizen groups and communities to address real-world problems and explore opportunities for new research initiatives.

WOI reaches new fund-raising high

In addition to raising a record $227,000 during its fall fund-raiser last month, WOI Radio received donations from approximately 800 new members. WOI members -- those who have pledged support to the AM or FM stations -- total 7,500. The stations' previous fund-raising record, set last fall, was $221,421.

Phi Kappa Phi induction

More than 200 ISU juniors and seniors will be inducted into the Phi Kappa Phi national honor society during a 2 p.m. ceremony Sunday, Nov. 15, in Benton Auditorium, Scheman. Several faculty and staff also will be inducted into the honor society, which has had a chapter at Iowa State since 1911. Members represent all academic disciplines. George Christensen, former ISU vice president for academic affairs, will present a talk, "In Pursuit of Excellence." Friends and family members of inductees are invited.

Schmidt talks politics

Political scientist Steffen Schmidt will analyze the November election during a Catt Associates meeting at 5:15 p.m. Monday, Nov. 9, in 302 Catt. Schmidt's talk is titled, "OK, The People Have Spoken. Now, What Does It Mean?" Catt Associates is a student group with the Catt Center for Women and Politics, but this meeting is open to the public.

Winter softball and baseball camps

Cyclone sports camps will offer three softball clinics the weekend of Jan. 9-10 for all levels of play, covering basic skills, bunting/hitting and pitching/catching.

Three weekend baseball camps will be held during the winter break. All phases of the game will be covered during camps Dec. 19-20 and Dec. 27-28. A pitching/catching camp will be held Dec. 29-30.

For more information or registration forms on any of the camps, call 4-4059, or e-mail:

Hunt on for Christian Petersen sculptures

University Museums is searching for lost sculptures by Christian Petersen, ISU resident sculptor from 1934 until 1955, for the first retro-spective on the artist scheduled for the Brunnier Art Museum in fall 2000. The exhibition catalog will list all Petersen's known works. University Museums also is interested in borrowing Petersen sculptures, particularly his small models of art on the Iowa State campus. Individuals with information about Petersen sculptures should contact Lea Rosson DeLong, Des Moines Art Center, 4700 Grand Ave., Des Moines, 50312-2099, (515) 277- 4405; or University Museums at 4-3342.

Construction begins at Communications Building

Due to renovation and construction at the Communications Building, the parking lot on the east side of the building is closed. Visitors who drop off items and make short visits are encouraged to park in the half-hour metered parking along Pammel Drive southwest of the building.

Temporary parking passes, good in the lot north of the building, are available at offices in the Communications Building.

Tuition grant deadlines

Tuition grant applications for spring semester for eligible merit and P&S employees are due by 5 p.m. Monday, Dec. 14, in Human Resource Services, 318 Beardshear. The current fees are $112 per undergraduate credit and $176 for one graduate credit; use these figures on the application. Applications and eligibility infor-mation are available in 318 Beardshear, or by calling Dawn Smith, 4-6458. Forms also are online: for merit employees and for P&S employees.

Share Thanksgiving with international students

Thanksgiving is a good opportunity to extend U.S. hospitality to some of Iowa State's 2,800 international students and visiting scholars from 125 countries. Faculty and staff who want to invite an international student or scholar to share Thanksgiving dinner may contact Jane Edwards, Office of International Students and Scholars, 4- 0378. Call prior to Nov. 16 so that students may be contacted before the university Thanksgiving break begins.

DOE offers lab equipment

Excess scientific laboratory equipment is available to universities through a new U.S. Department of Energy Web site at University staff can tag an item and complete the application online. The equipment is available through the Energy-Related Laboratory Equipment program and is for use in energy-oriented educational programs in engineering and life, physical and environmental sciences.

Pet photos with Santa

Pet owners can have their cat or dog's photo taken with Santa again this year. The color portraits will be taken, by appointment, afternoons and evenings Nov. 19-21 in the Veterinary Teaching Hospital at the Vet Med campus. Call 4- 4900 to make an appointment. The cost is $5; proceeds will help veterinary medicine students attend educational conferences during spring semester.

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