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June 8, 2001


American Express card terms change July 1
The state of Iowa recently signed a new contract with American Express. (ISU's American Express corporate card program is part of the state's contract.) Under the new agreement, American Express corporate cards are to be used only for official state travel expenses, and the cards will be issued only to individuals currently employed by the state. Personal use of the corporate cards no longer is permitted. To comply with the new contract, the university needs to deactivate all retirees' American Express corporate cards on July 1. Retirees who plan to travel on university business may reapply, with the approval of their department heads.

Use ISU Purchasing card at Target
ISU Purchasing cards should be used for all university purchases at Target. Those making purchases from Target also should be aware that the billing department has implemented a $5 fee for any duplicate copy of billing documents. For more info on ISU Purchasing cards, see

ISU Purchasing card use broadens
The ISU Purchasing card now may be used for certain meeting, event and hospitality expenditures ($2,000 limit per transaction). Prior to using the card for these expenditures, new and existing cardholders need to request a modified card configuration from Lesley Lackore, Purchasing card administrator, 4-4589. Program details and applications are available from this Web page,

Lewis gets Master Gardener appointment
Entomologist Donald Lewis will serve as professor-in-charge of the Master Gardener program, while continuing his duties as an extension entomologist. Lewis has taught entomology classes for the Master Gardener program since it began in 1977. Master Gardener volunteers receive Extension horticulture training, which they then share with their communities.

Andre to chair education department
Thomas Andre, professor of curriculum and instruction, has been named chair of the department of curriculum and instruction, effective July 1. A cognitive educational psychologist, Andre has been with Iowa State since 1974.

Registration open for tissue symposium
The 11th annual Growth Factor and Signal Transduction Conference will be held Sept. 13-16 in the Scheman Building. Sessions will focus on various aspects of tissue remodeling. The cost for ISU personnel is $25 by Aug. 20, or $50 after Aug. 20. For more information, visit this Web site:, or call Gulshan Singh or Rohini Ramaswamy, 4-7978.

Hendrickson is LOMIS chair
Anthony Hendrickson, associate professor of management information systems in the College of Business, has been named chair of the department of logistics, operations and management information systems (LOMIS).

Hendrickson joined the Iowa State faculty in 1996. Michael Crum previously chaired the department.

Petersen sculpture dedication is June 8
The new Christian Petersen drinking fountain, "Joy," will be dedicated at 4 p.m. Friday, June 8, south of MacKay Hall. Petersen created the original "Joy" in plaster in 1938 in Ames' Brookside Park. The college purchased the plaster cast in 1986 and in 2000, a bronze casting was created. The drum-shaped bronze casting shows a bas relief of children at play. It is near another Petersen piece, the "Marriage Ring" fountain.

Acting director named
Valrey Kettner has been named acting director of the Office of Sponsored Programs. Kettner previously served as an interim director of the office. Matthew Clark, director of the office since Jan. 16, has resigned from Iowa State.

Carter to lead business departments
Professor of finance Richard Carter has been named chair of the departments of accounting and finance in the College of Business.

Carter joined the Iowa State faculty in 1986. David Smith previously chaired both departments.

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