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Police safely remove bottle bomb from residence area

After an ISU staff member reported a suspicious bottle outside Frederiksen Court apartments, ISU police safely contained the bottle bomb. Police ask campus community members to be aware of their surroundings and report suspicious activity to police at 911 or 294-4428.

News release.

Vet Med professor receives national teaching award

Dr. Holly Bender has received the Teaching Excellence Award for Basic Sciences from the Student American Veterinary Medicine Association. Bender is an associate professor of veterinary pathology. She was honored for her leadership in developing Diagnostic Pathfinder, and innovative clinical instructional software tool.

News release.

Iowa Congressman Leach named Robert Stafford Lecturer; to speak Oct. 13

Iowa Second Congressional District Representative James Leach is the first Robert Stafford Lecturer on Banking for Iowa State University's College of Business. He will speak on "Current Topics Facing Today's Banking Industry" at 1:10 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 13, in the Cardinal Room, Memorial Union. The lecture is free and open to the public. A pre-lecture lunch ($15 cost) will begin at 11:30 a.m. in the Cardinal Room. Registration for the lunch is required. The Robert Stafford Lecture on Banking is sponsored by the College of Business and funded by the Ames National Corporation to honor Robert Stafford, longtime president and chairman of First National Bank, Ames.

News release.

Wolverine World Wide Inc. president and CEO named fall 'Executive In Residence' by ISU's College of Business; to speak Oct. 7

Timothy O'Donovan, president and CEO for Wolverine World Wide Inc., Rockford, Mich., will speak at Iowa State University on "Building Successful Global Brands." His talk will begin at 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 7, in the Richard and Joan Stark Lecture Hall, 1148 Gerdin Business Building. The event is free and open to the public. O'Donovan is the College of Business' fall semester Executive in Residence. Executives in the program teach undergraduate classes, conduct graduate seminars and interact with faculty and staff. He is an Iowa State graduate in industrial administration.

News release.

Iowa Venture Capital and Entrepreneur Conference launches fifth annual Pappajohn New Venture Business Plan Competition

Several Iowa State University students will attend the fifth annual Iowa Venture Capital and Entrepreneur Conference on Oct. 5. The conference will be at the Polk County Convention Center, Des Moines. Students will have the opportunity to network with small business owners and potential investors. Students will learn about business plan development, deal structures and the forms of venture capital/seed money available in the state. The Pappajohn New Venture Business Plan Competition 2004 will be kicked off during the conference.

News release.

Dow named Fellow of the American Folklore Society

James Dow, professor of foreign languages and literatures at Iowa State University, has been named a Fellow of the American Folklore Society, Columbus, Ohio. Dow is an internationally recognized scholar in German and Austrian folklore. Books he has authored include "The Nazification of an Academic Discipline, Folklore and Fascism" and "The Study of European Ethnology in Austria."

News release.

Students plan to focus on community and campus service projects during coming year

Students leading Iowa State University's Veishea 2005 executive board have reinvented their organization -- with the support of university administrators -- to focus on a number of community and campus service projects throughout the academic year. The students normally would be planning the annual spring Veishea celebration, which President Gregory Geoffroy suspended for 2005 after violence in Campustown marred the April 2004 event. Geoffroy says he's pleaased with the group's plans for the coming year.

News release.

Ag, Veterinary Medicine and Natural Resources news

Learn how Iowa State students defied gravity with a food blender that's out of this world, what Iowa organic farmers think about standardized regulations, why American feta cheese may need to find a new name and what a World Food Prize laureate will talk about at Iowa State. It's all in the September tipsheet of agriculture, veterinary medicine and natural resources news.

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Archie and Nancy Martin Archie & Nancy Martin

Archie and Nancy Martin are immortalized with namesake
ISU residence hall

Iowa State's newest residence hall is named for a family who housed black students in the early to mid-1900s -- a time when it was difficult for students of color to find a place to live.
The Board of Regents, State of Iowa, approved the renaming of Suite 2 in the Union Drive neighborhood to "Archie and Nancy Martin Hall." The building will be dedicated in November.

See news release.


Filmmaker Michael Moore to speak at Iowa State

Academy Award winner and activist Michael Moore will present a free lecture at Hilton Coliseum on Sunday, Oct. 17, as part of his nationwide "Slacker Uprising Tour." His appearance is part of the Institute on National Affairs series on politics and humor in America.

See news release.

Construction outside Carver Co-Lab

Construction is under way at the Roy J. Carver Co-Laboratory on a facility for growing plants that need containment. Details.

On the election

Patricia Hamm Hamm

"Judging from their behavior, both Republican and Democrat strategists think that, once again, absentee voting, especially from abroad, is bound to play a key role in the 2004 presidential election, as it did in 2000," said ISU political scientist Patricia Hamm. "The vote of approximately 7 million American expatriates has become one of the most coveted, which is why Republicans and Democrats alike, including the Kerry and the Bush sisters, and nephew George P. Bush, are busy courting them in places like Mexico City, where about 700,000 Americans live."

Robert Baum Baum

"The challenge for George W. Bush and the Republican Party is to convince voters that their emphasis on faith is not meant to divide or exclude people," says ISU associate professor of philosophy and religious studies Robert Baum, "or to remove the separation of church and state that has guided this country since the time of Jefferson."

Daniela Dimitrova Dimitrova

"The Internet has become vital to the 2004 campaign giving both parties access to information and ideas not provided by the big national media," says ISU political scientist Daniela Dimitrova. "For instance, the Internet is an important source of information on the Iraq War. Americans holding negative views toward the war have been particularly motivated to go online and seek alternative views. Blog sites such as 'Where is Raed' is a good example."

ISU political experts on election year issues.

Steffen Schmidt Schmidt

"This is a crucial moment for the Democratic Party as it tries to re-gain its reputation on defense and domestic security and, in a sense, recapture the American flag from the Republicans," says ISU political scientist Steffen Schmidt. "Both defense and security are top priority issues on American's minds."

ISU political experts on election year issues.

James McCormick McCormick

"States like Iowa, Missouri, Wisconsin, Michigan, and Ohio are crucial to the selection of the next president," says ISU political scientist James McCormick. "As the Midwest goes, so goes the presidency."

ISU political experts on election year issues.

Robert Lowry Lowry

"2004 is already the longest, most expensive presidential campaign in history," says ISU political scientist Robert Lowry. "This is likely a sign of things to come."

ISU political experts on election year issues.

Kim Conger Conger

"Evangelical voter turnout will be a big question for the GOP in the 2004 election," says ISU political scientist Kim Conger. "The party that turns out its base will be in the best position to capitalize on the swing voters they can attract."

ISU political experts on election year issues.

Ray Dearin Dearin

"Since Richard Nixon in 1960, it has been customary for nomination accepters in both parties to include in their speeches 'personal vision statements' of the American dream," says ISU political scientist Ray Dearin. "Republicans have stressed the pioneer, individual liberty, and 'opportunity society'; Democrats have leaned toward the immigrant, 'huddled masses,' and communitarian version. Expect this trend to continue in New York."

ISU political experts on election year issues.

Dianne Bystrom Bystrom

"The Bush/Cheney campaign is doing more than it did four years ago to try to win the women's vote," says ISU political scientist Dianne Bystrom. "This includes a greater reliance on the president's wife to campaign. For example, she is featured in an ad on the Bush campaign's Web site devoted to women, talking about the administration's record on education."

ISU political experts on election year issues.

ISU in the news

Tips on buying a business

The New York Times

"Buyer beware" is as true when buying a small business as it is when purchasing a used car. The savvy buyer will examine existing businesses from all angles, according to Howard Van Auken, professor of finance and entrepreneurship in ISU's College of Business. Is the purchase price consistent with the "value" of the business? Is the inventory current and in good condition? Have the financial statements been audited for at least two years? What is the cash flow of the business and the owner's monthly "draw?"

See article.

Political divide mirrored in Iowa

Boston Globe

Iowa's politics are as polarized today as the rest of nation. Iowa, like much of the heartland, has shirked its "moderate" political history this election year and finds itself divided along national themes, says ISU's own "Dr. Politics," University Professor of political science Steffen Schmidt. The war in Iraq, security and terrorism concerns, the economy, job outsourcing, and health care are all issues central to the schism.

See article.

Kerry losing women's support

Chicago Tribune

Women were a prime target in the 2000 presidential campaign, and they remain a key audience in this year's election -- just weeks away. The successful candidate will have to build a decisive advantage among women voters, says Dianne Bystrom, director of ISU's Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics.

"George Bush in 2000 probably didn't pay as much attention to women voters as he should have," Bystrom said. "This year, he can make it up."