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August 13, 1999

Highlights of a full summer at Iowa State

Summer is a busy time at Iowa State. Here's a wrap-up of the highlights you may have missed while on vacation. (You can read the full stories online at the addresses.)

Garden for children

The new children's garden at the Reiman Gardens was dedicated in June. A sod hideout, large scarecrow and topiary animal sculptures are part of the fun. (

Provost picked

Rollin Richmond, Iowa State's new provost, said he believes leadership involves serving people and that he is excited about coming to a land-grant school. Richmond, a geneticist who has served since 1995 as provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at the State University of New York, Stony Brook, arrives Sept. 15. (")

Best race results yet

Sunrayce 99 was more of a rainfest than a solar car race. But that didn't stop Iowa State's Team PrISUm from turning in its best finish yet. The ISU student group raced its PrISUm Phoenix car to a fifth place finish, with an average speed of 21.75 mph. (

Racial and ethnic harassment policy completed

Iowa State's policy on racial and ethnic harassment was completed and forwarded to the Office of Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education. OCR officials visited campus in 1998 as part of a review of schools receiving federal education funds. A racial harassment policy and racial harassment training for employees and students were the heart of the university's subsequent agreement with OCR. The policy will be circulated to university employees and also is available online. (

Beardshear remodeled

The Student Answer Center that opened last August with a small, three-sided booth in the middle of Beardshear Hall's ground floor will be improved and become a permanent part of Beardshear. The new center is part of a $5.7 million remodeling project in Beardshear. Some administrative offices will be reorganized into more efficient groupings as part of the remodeling. (

Hawthorn project under way

In July, crews began work on the first two apartment buildings in the new Hawthorn Development, the first large component in Iowa State's residence master plan to replace or renovate about 50 percent of its student housing. Nine buildings, providing apartment living for 720 single upperclassmen, will be ready next July. By December 2001, the Hawthorn Development should be finished and home to about 2,000 students. (

Health center director named

James O. Nelson, administrator of the Buena Vista County Hospital in Storm Lake, was named director of the Student Health Center, effective Sept. 15. (

Technologies recognized

Technologies developed by researchers at Iowa State won two R&D 100 Awards, prestigious, national awards for applied science and scientists. Former civil engineering professor Richard Dague (who died in 1996) developed a method for converting wastewater sludge into useful biosolid materials. Animal geneticist Max Rothschild developed a genetic testing technique to determine which pigs will have the largest litters. (

Alumni Association director named

Jeffery Johnson, vice president of alumni relations at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, was named executive director of the ISU Alumni Association, effective in early September. (

Swan to retire from administrative duties

Pat Swan, vice provost for research and advanced studies and dean of the Graduate College, announced she will retire from her administrative duties at the end of fall semester. Swan plans to take a one-year leave of absence to work at the Eskind Biomedical Library's special collections department at Vanderbilt University, Nashville. (

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