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Annette Hacker, manager, (515) 294-3720
Office: (515) 294-4777
Bob Kindred, City of Ames, (515) 239-5101
Laura Bestler-Wilcox, Dean of Students Office, (515) 294-1023
William Rock, Government of the Student Body, (515) 294-9662
Annette Hacker, News Service, (515) 294-3720
University-community commission to explore problems, seek solutions
AMES, Iowa -- Iowa State University President Gregory Geoffroy, Ames Mayor Ted Tedesco and Government of the Student Body President Sophia Magill have announced a new commission resulting from the April 18 Veishea disturbances.
The "Commission on Improving Relations Among ISU Students, the University, the City of Ames and the Ames Community" has 22 members. It will be co-chaired by Bob Kindred, Ames assistant city manager; Laura Bestler-Wilcox, assistant director, ISU Student Activities Center; and William Rock, Government of the Student Body vice president.
The commission's focus will be separate and different than that of the celebration-oriented Veishea task force. The task force, announced on May 12, held its first meeting last week and ultimately will develop recommendations to minimize the likelihood of future disturbances. The commission will more broadly examine the sense of community among Ames residents, the City of Ames, the university and ISU students, and will develop recommendations to improve those relationships.
Both the commission and the task force will provide their reports to President Geoffroy by Nov. 30. The commission's work may continue beyond that date, Geoffroy said, because strengthening and growing the town-gown relationship will always be a need.
"Ames and Iowa State University have long enjoyed a very positive and mutually beneficial relationship. It's one of the hallmarks of this community. But we also know there are aspects of the relationship that we need to work on -- especially those involving ISU students. We can't be complacent about that. The commission will help us identify and provide recommendations for those areas that need improvement. Our community will become better and stronger as a result," Geoffroy said.
In addition to Kindred, Bestler-Wilcox and Rock, other commission members include:
On April 27, Geoffroy suspended Veishea 2005 so that it can be redesigned and strengthened for the future. He'll decide whether the event will continue in 2006 after reviewing recommendations from the commission and task force.
The commission will hold its first public meeting from 1:30 to 3 p.m. on June 10, Campanile Room, Iowa State University Memorial Union.
A new Iowa State, City of Ames commission will develop recommendations to improve relations among Ames residents, the city of Ames, the university and ISU students.
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