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January 17, 2003


TEACH grant applications due Jan. 31
TEACH grant applications for spring semester are due at the Center for Teaching Excellence by Friday, Jan. 31. These grants, up to $1,000, are to enhance teaching issues and initiatives at the departmental level. More information is available online at

Call for proposals
The Computation Advisory Committee is seeking proposals for computer-based instruction support. Proposals may be submitted for purchase of hardware and software, upgrade costs, and expenditures for security and protection against loss of computer equipment. Proposals should be submitted for college or other administrative review by March 1. More information is available online at

Multiple intelligences theorist to speak at Stephens
Howard Gardner, a Harvard University professor known both for his theory of multiple intelligences and his efforts to reform schools, will present a lecture, "Art, Science and Interdisciplinary Thought," at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28, in Stephens Auditorium. Gardner introduced his theory of multiple intelligences in his 1983 book, Frames of Mind. The theory is a critique of the notion that there exists a single human intelligence that can be assessed by standard psychometric instruments.

Workshops focus on China
A professional development workshop series this semester will focus on understanding the challenges China faces in transforming its agricultural sector and rural economy, and what these changes may mean for U.S. agriculture. The five workshops will be held from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in 150 Scheman on Jan. 22, Feb. 19, March 13, April 23 and April 28. For more information, contact Bob Jolly, 4-6267,, or Shen Defei, More information is online at

Lunch with Eustachy
Head men's basketball coach Larry Eustachy will hold his monthly lunch with faculty and staff at noon Thursday, Jan. 23, in the Memorial Union Sun Room. Pack your lunch or purchase one in the food court.

PFI conference in January
The annual Practical Farmers of Iowa annual conference will be held Jan. 24-25 at the Gateway Center in Ames. An online registration form is at More information is online at

Conference to update staff on financial aid changes
Faculty and staff will get an update on financial aid procedures and program changes at the annual Student Financial Aid mini-conference from 8:15 a.m. to noon Thursday, Jan. 30, in the Memorial Union Gallery. The free conference will be particularly useful to academic advisers and student services staff. Registration is requested; an online form is at

Open house at online learning center
An open house at the College of Liberal Arts and Science's Center for On-Line Learning will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22, in 38 Science II. The center helps those developing distance learning courses and online instructional materials. More information about the center is at

ISU surplus sale moves to new location
The weekly ISU surplus sale moves to its new location, 1505 Gateway Hills Park Dr. (the former Ames/ISU ice arena, south of the Towers), beginning the week of Jan. 20. The department sales will continue to be from 10 a.m. to noon Tuesdays; the public sales are from noon to 3 p.m. Wednesdays. Directions are available on the ISU Central Stores Web site. For more information, call 4-5536.

Benefits office returns to Beardshear
The staff of the employee benefits office moved to 3350 Beardshear this week, from its temporary location in the Wallace Road Office Building. Phone numbers remain the same.

  • S.S. "Mani" Venkata, professor and chair of the electrical and computer engineering department, has been appointed to the Palmer Chair in Electrical Engineering.
  • Rebecca Hornbacher, interim head coach, has been named head women's soccer coach.
  • Donald Draper, professor of biomedical sciences, has been appointed to a one-year term as interim associate dean for academic and student affairs in the College of Veterinary Medicine.

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