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ISU fall convocation is Monday

Iowa State University will honor 55 faculty and professional staff members during the university's annual convocation Monday, Sept. 27, in the Memorial Union Sun Room. The convocation begins at 3 p.m. and is expected to last about 90 minutes.

See news release.

Hilton Chair to discuss rural aging

John Krout, director of the Gerontology Institute in the Center for Health Sciences, Ithaca College, New York, will speak on "Aging in Rural America" at 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 30. The event will be in the Gateway Conference Center, Highway 30 and Elwood Drive South, Ames. It is free and open to the public. Krout is the 2004-05 Dean Helen LeBaron Hilton Endowed Chair for Iowa State University's College of Family and Consumer Sciences. He is an internationally recognized scholar on aging in rural America, aging policies and programs, the sociology of aging and medical sociology.

See news release.

Entrepreneurship learning community ribbon cutting Sept. 29

The formal opening and ribbon cutting ceremony for Iowa State University's new Entrepreneurship and Innovation Learning Community will be at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 29, in the learning community's home on the fifth floor of Buchanan Residence Hall, Ash Avenue and Lincoln Way. The event is free and open to the public. Parking for the event is available in the Memorial Union parking ramp. Due to construction, please enter Buchanan Hall from the southwest side of the building. Iowa State President Gregory Geoffroy, Vice President for Student Affairs Thomas Hill, and Dean of the College of Business Labh Hira will speak at 6 p.m. Tours of the facility will follow the presentations.

See news release.


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.

Science, politics and foreign policy topic of lecture

The director of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Norman Neureiter, will speak on "When Science, Politics and Foreign Policy Collide" at 8 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 29, in the Sun Room of the Memorial Union at Iowa State University. The event is free and open to the public. Neureiter was the former science and technology adviser to Secretary of State Colin Powell. He has served as vice president of Texas Instruments Asia and was the first U.S. science attachC) in Eastern Europe. This is an Institute of Science and Society lecture.

See news release.

Iowa State's College of Education receives record external funding in 2004

Iowa State's College of Education set a record for external funding with a combined award of almost $7 million in grants and contracts in fiscal 2004, almost 30 percent more than the previous year's total of $5.4 million. Federal government agencies contributed $4.9 million of the total. State, county and city governments were the largest source of non-federal funding at $1 million. Another $550,000 came from other universities/colleges for joint projects.

See news release.

Kanawha's Moeller recognized as Iowa SBDC woman entrepreneur of the year

Nancy Moeller, Kanawha, has been named the 2004 Deb Dalziel Woman Entrepreneur of the Year by the Iowa Small Business Development Center, an outreach arm of the Iowa State's College of Business. She will be recognized at a ceremony from 4 to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 6, in the community room of the Kanawha Public Library. Moeller is the owner of Inn the Hunt Luxury Sportsman's Lodge and CustomCraft Trailer Outfitters. The award is named after the former director of the Small Business Development Center at Southeastern Community College, Burlington, from 1987 until her death in 1999.

See news release.

Regents proposal intended to spur re-investment in universities

Iowa's three regent universities would pledge annual reallocations in return for a promise of new state funds annually for four years, under a plan approved Sept. 15 by the Board of Regents, State of Iowa.

See news release.

Cover of VISIONS magazine

The fall issue of VISIONS magazine -- featuring Cy's 50th birthday, 37 things to do on an ISU football weekend, an artistic new university tradition, and the story of two young stroke survisors -- is now available online. Normally reserved for members of the ISU Alumni Association, this issue may be accessed by all readers. VISIONS.

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 an existing business 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."