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Fund-raising effort to save Morrill Hall reaches goal
One of the largest grassroots fund-raising efforts in ISU history has raised the necessary funding to renovate Morrill Hall. More than 2,700 private donors contributed the majority of the $9 million needed to give new life to the 114-year-old building on central campus.
News Tip: Cy turns 50; special events planned for Oct. 9 Homecoming game
Iowa State's mascot, Cy, turns 50 years this year. Cy's milestone will be honored at the Oct. 9 Homecoming football game at Jack Trice Stadium. Game time is 6 p.m.
Math teacher education focus of talk
An international scholar on teaching and preparing mathematics teachers will be the first lecturer in a new speaker series, "Current Issues in Mathematics Education," hosted by the College of Education. Thomas Cooney, professor emeritus at the University of Georgia, Athens, will discuss reform efforts in mathematics teacher education at 5 p.m., Monday, Oct. 18, in the Gold Room, Memorial Union. The series is funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation.
Childhood expert to campus
Judith Carta, a University of Kansas expert on early childhood behavior, will be on campus Oct. 13 - 15. She will discuss strategies for preventing challenging behavior in youngsters at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 13, in the Pioneer Room, Memorial Union.
2004 World Food Prize Laureate to visit ISU Oct. 12
Professor Yuan Longping, whose pioneering rice research has transformed China's food security, will visit Iowa State on Tuesday, Oct. 12 -- two days before he receives the prestigious 2004 World Food Prize in Des Moines.
Borlaug lecture is Oct. 13
Catherine Bertini, who transformed the United Nations' World Food Programme into the world's largest humanitarian relief organization, will present the third annual Norman Borlaug Lecture at Iowa State on Oct. 13.
Student arrested in connection with bottle bomb
An Iowa State student has been arrested on a warrant following an investigation of a bottle bomb and related devices discovered on campus Sept. 30.
Schaefer named Hoover chair in geotechnical engineering
Two Iowa State University alumni pay tribute to a former engineering professor with the creation of the James M. Hoover Chair in Geotechnical Engineering. The chair's first recipient, Vernon Schaefer, was installed Oct. 2 at The Knoll.
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.
Iowa Congressman Leach will speak Oct. 13
Iowa Second Congressional District Representative James Leach is the first Robert Stafford Lecturer on Banking for Iowa State's College of Business. He will discuss "Current Topics Facing Today's Banking Industry" Wednesday, Oct. 13, in the Memorial Union. The lecture honors Robert Stafford, longtime president and chairman of First National Bank, Ames.
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.
As part of Homecoming activities, teams of Iowa State student volunteers helped out at the site of Story County Habitat for Humanity's latest "blitz build" at 625 M Ave., Nevada. The home is being constructed for Andrea Detrich and her children.
On the election
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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 in the news
It's the kids killing time
Sydney (Australia) Morning Herald
Most parents don't realize we are living in the third era of the computer game, says Craig Anderson, professor and chair of psychology at Iowa State. First was the "Atari era" --- 1977 to 1985 -- with very little violence in video games. Second was the "Nintendo era" -- 1985 to 1995 -- when violence increased as sales of violent games soared. And now we are in the "Sony PlayStation era" -- marked by games with ever increasingly more realistic depictions of violence and when children are playing at younger ages and for longer periods of time.
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? What is the cash flow of the business and the owner's monthly "draw?"
Women's support key
Women were a prime target in the 2000 presidential campaign, and they remain a key audience in this year's election. 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."
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