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Inside Iowa State
May 21, 1999


Special Olympians on campus

The Iowa Special Olympics state summer games began yesterday (May 20) with opening ceremonies. Founded in 1968, the Iowa Special Olympics provides sports training and athletic competition to mentally handicapped athletes of all ages. Athletic events will continue all day today (May 21) and until closing ceremonies at noon tomorrow (May 22) at the Lied Center.

Jischke on Talk of Iowa

President Martin Jischke will be a guest on the Wednesday, June 9, edition of Talk of Iowa on WOI Radio. The program airs weekdays from 10 to 11 a.m. on WOI-AM (640).

12-month pay plan option

Faculty on 9-month, B-base appointments, and 9- and 10- month P&S employees may enroll now in the 12-month pay plan for the fiscal year that begins July 1. Eligible employees also may opt to change back to the 9-month, B-base plan. For either option, return a completed application form to the payroll office, 3608 ASB, by 5 p.m. Friday, July 9.

New employees are eligible for the 12-month option in July following the academic year in which their employment begins. In the 12-month plan, benefits and tax deductions are made equally over 12 months. For information or to request a form, call the payroll office, 4-6556.

Alumni Days

The ISU Alumni Association will host Alumni Days Thursday-Saturday, June 3-5. Members of the class of 1949, the 50-year graduates of Iowa State, will be honored this year. The classes of 1929, 1934, 1939 and 1944 also will be recognized.

Solar car wins pole position

Iowa State's solar car, PrISUm Phoenix, will be in the pole position for Sunrayce 99. Team PrISUm won the lead-off position during recent Sunrayce qualifiers at the General Motors Proving Grounds, Milford, Mich. The race, June 20-29, begins in Washington, D.C., and ends in Orlando, Fla.

Course development grants

The Pappajohn Center has awarded three $5,000 summer course development grants to faculty who will either develop a new course or revise an existing course to emphasize an aspect of entrepreneurship. Receiving grants were the team of Mary Littrell, LuAnn Gaskill and Nancy Miller, textiles and clothing, Mary Winter, human development and family studies, and Mary Gregoire, hotel, restaurant and institution management; Herman Quirmbach, economics; and Troy Strader, management information systems.

New textbook supervisor

Sue Terry is the University Book Store's new textbook buyer/supervisor, effective May 17. A native of Massachusetts, Terry previously worked as assistant director/book buyer at Lehigh University Bookstore, Bethlehem, Penn. She also is a former manager of the bookstore at Iowa Wesleyan College, Mount Pleasant.

Web sites for the blind

Representatives from the Iowa Department for the Blind will offer tips on designing Web sites for those who are blind during a one-hour presentation, beginning at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, May 27, in 171 Durham. The presentation will include a demonstration of a screen reader program, which can convert text on a computer screen to synthesized speech or Braille. The campus community is invited to this monthly get- together of Web designers and authors -- the Web Administrators Group.

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