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August 13, 1999


Teaching seminar is Aug. 18-19

The Center for Teaching Excellence and the Graduate College will hold their annual teaching seminar Aug. 18-19 in Carver Hall. New faculty and graduate assistants are invited. The event includes concurrent sessions on topics such as writing a syllabus, teaching to large classes, media technology options at Iowa State and student learning styles. Registration is free; preregistration is requested. For more information, call 4-6065, or see

New publication provides lively look at Iowa State

"Becoming the Best" is a new publication that provides a lively and colorful look at Iowa State. Through dozens of highlights, the publication gives an overview of university activities and accomplishments. One intended use of the publication is to help recruit faculty and staff to Iowa State. The 8 1/2 X 11 piece (which will fit well in search committee information packets) unfolds into a 34-inch display of noteworthy ISU facts. For copies, call University Relations, 4-7958.

Mentors sought for freshman Honors students

Spring undergraduate research assistantships again will be a component of the Freshman Honors Program for 1999-2000. Faculty and researchers who currently are doing research and are interested in having one or more freshman student assistants next spring should contact Stephanie Hamilton, Honors Office, 4-4371,, by Sept. 3. (Interested graduate students must have their major professor indicate the freshman role during the spring semester.) Questions about the program also may be directed to Elizabeth Beck, Honors program coordinator, 4-4371, Students are matched with mentors based on mutual research interests and basic qualifications. Matches will not be final until the student has interviewed with the mentor and both parties agree to the match.

Veterinary ophthalmologist joins ISU staff

The Veterinary Teaching Hospital has hired Dr. Nick Whelan, a board-certified veterinary ophthalmologist, to meet a growing demand in specialty eye care for animals. Nationwide, only 186 veterinarians specialize in ophthalmology, and in Iowa, a growing number of pet owners and local veterinarians are requesting their services. Whelan has earned board certification in two specialty areas, veterinary ophthalmology and clinical pharmacology. He comes to ISU from the veterinary medicine regulatory department of the New Zealand Ministry of Agriculture.

Staff sought at center

The Iowa State Center has an immediate need for new part-time house staff for events taking place this month. For information, call 4-3347, or stop by the Scheman Building between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m.

C6 project receives Procter & Gamble gift

Procter & Gamble Co. recently gave $100,000 to the College of Engineering's Virtual Reality Applications Center (VRAC) to go toward the construction of C6, Iowa State's next generation of virtual reality technology.

C6 will be a room for interactions between engineers and computer simulations. Users will be completely surrounded with 3D audio and real-time images on all four walls, the ceiling and floor. C6, to be located in Howe Hall, will be the only facility of its kind in the United States. It should be completed next spring.

Request new employee access to ADP system early

Make requests early if you need to give new ISU employees access to such Administrative Data Processing Central System applications as financial systems or student records. Early requests will help during the busy August period. To request system access, call your ADP Center analyst. If you don't know your analyst, call the ADP Center front office at 4-2126. Access should be available approximately a week after the request is made.

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