December 12, 2003
Budget questions dominate a productive 2003
A dwindling budget was on everyones mind through
much of the year, but the university community also
experienced its share of high points. New buildings were opened,
anniversaries were celebrated and awards were won. Heres a look at some of
the noteable events in 2003.
- Veteran sportscaster and associate athletics director Pete Taylor
in March following surgery to treat complications from a stroke. Taylor was
in his 33rd season as the radio play-by-play announcer for the Cyclones.
W. Robert Parks|
- The campus and Ames community turned out to remember W. Robert Parks,
Iowa State's longest serving president, after he died in July. Parks was the
university's 11th president, serving from 1965 to
- Dean of Engineering James Melsa and Dean of Veterinary Medicine
Norman Cheville announced they will retire at the end of the academic year.
Melsa has served as dean since 1995 and Cheville, since 2001.
- Carol Meeks, dean of the College
of Family and Consumer Sciences, stepped down in June to become the director
of the college's Center for Family Policy. Pamela White was named interim
- Peter Rabideau, dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences,
accepted a position at Mississippi State University in July, and Michael
Whiteford was named interim dean.
- Iowa State officials started FY04 with a budget that had to accommodate
smaller state appropriations than the previous year, unavoidable increases
to operating costs, support for some new strategic initiatives and
self-funded salary increases for all employees.
- As part of the shrinking budget, the Iowa State Dairy Farm closed and
its operations were merged temporarily with the university's dairy farm in
Ankeny until a new $15 million dairy facility opens south of Ames.
- In October, Gov. Tom Vilsack reduced the FY04 state budget by 2.5
percent, resulting in a $5.8 million reduction for the university in this
year's budget. Plans for dealing with the cut are expected to be announced
this month. The university projected an additional $2.5 million shortfall
due to smaller-than-expected enrollments and a decrease in indirect costs
- Tight budgets prompted vice president for academic affairs and provost
Benjamin Allen to put the search for a new Family and Consumer Sciences
dean on hold while a broader review of the university's organizational
structure, including the structure of the colleges, is conducted. The study
is expected to be completed by mid-January.
- The Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication completed an $18
million fund-raising campaign in April that was initiated in 1998.
- "Investing in People," a two-year initiative to secure private support
for faculty and students, wrapped up in November, surpassing its
$50 million goal. Funds designated for faculty will support 11 existing and
six new chairs and professor-ships, and two new faculty fellow-ships.
- By November, nearly half of the
$9 million needed to remodel Morrill Hall had been raised.
Donors numbered nearly 1,500.
Red fox seen on campus|
- A red fox with at least five cubs
was spotted on campus this summer. The red fox adapts well to suburban
settings, as witnessed by one person who reported seeing the fox carrying a
bagel on campus.
Bricks and mortar
- A yearlong observance of the 50th anniversary of the landmark school
desegregation case, Brown vs. the Board of Education of Topeka (Kan.) opened
with lectures, a candlelight vigil and discussions.
Ice sculpture commemorating the 100th birthday of John Vincent
- The International Symposium on Modern Computing in October brought
leading experts on computer technologies to campus. The symposium honored
John Vincent Atanasoff, inventor of the electronic digital computer and
former Iowa State physics and math professor, on what would have been his
- Distinguished professor of agriculture Max Rothschild delivered the
first Presidential University Lecture in November. The new lecture series
was created to highlight faculty excellence in learning, discovery and
- The first residence suite building, in the Union Drive neighborhood,
was named for former ISU President Gordon Eaton in April.
- In August, ISU Dining opened the Union Drive Community Center,
featuring a Cyclone-themed restaurant, market and deli, and the MU Caf,
offering gourmet coffee among other things.
The Marketplace at the Union Drive Community Center|
- The Roy J. Carver Co-Laboratory, the flagship building for the Plant
Sciences Institute, was dedicated in October. The co-lab includes
a business incubator to nurture potential new businesses associated with the
- The second phase of the Engineering Teaching and Research Complex --
Hoover Hall -- was dedicated in October. The new occupants started moving in
during November and students will begin using the building spring semester.
- The new 4-H Youth Building, with terrazzo floors and a bronze casting
of Christian Petersen's "4-H Calf," was dedicated in November.
- Faculty began moving into the Gerdin Business Building in December. It
will be fully operational spring semester. The building, under construction
for two and a half years, will be dedicated in February.
The world of sports
- ISU researchers notched two more R&D 100 Awards. The Institute
for Physical Research and Technology and a Hawaiian firm won a 2003
R&D 100 Award for a new system that detects and labels antigens
(proteins that serve as the body's natural defense system against infectious
agents). ISU researcher Doug Jacobson and his network security company
received the award for innovative technology designed to protect the
security of internal computer networks.
- R. Bruce Thompson, Distinguished professor of engineering, was
elected to the National Academy
- Balaji Narasimhan, associate professor of chemical engineering, was
named one of the world's 100 top young innovators by Technology Review.
Narasimhan specializes in the design of biodegradable polymers for
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- Promising an "exciting brand of basketball," Cyclone assistant coach
Wayne Morgan became head men's basketball coach in May. He succeeded Larry
Eustachy, who resigned after reports of him partying with college students
surfaced in the media.
- Iowa State's intercollegiate athletics received NCAA certification in
May. The process involves a lengthy self-study and review to ensure an
athletics program conforms with NCAA operating principles. The certification
is for 10 years.
Banner celebrating Design's 25th|
High fashion from high tech
- Alumni Association, 125
- ISU Extension, 100
- Memorial Union, 75 (transferred from its own non-profit corporation to
Iowa State in March)
- College of Design, 25
- Iowa First Lady Christie Vilsack had Iowa State to thank for her
at the January ball. It was designed and digitally printed by
textiles and clothing professors J.R. Campbell and Jean Parsons.
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