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Department of residence to cut budget by $2.7 million
Iowa State University's Department of Residence will close Wallace and Wilson halls in the Towers Residence Association in May 2005 as part of an effort to cut expenses by $2.7 million.
Thompson named interim associate dean for Iowa State's College of Education
Ann Thompson, professor of curriculum and instructional technology, has been named the interim associate dean for research and graduate education in the College of Education. Thompson replaces Jerry Thomas, now interim dean for the college. She has served as chair of the department of curriculum and instruction twice and is the founding director of the Center for Technology in Learning and Teaching.
Iowa State honors Families of the Year
The Phillips family of Rapid City, S.D., and the Armbrecht family of Rockwell City, Iowa, have been chosen as the 2004 Families of the Year, the Student Alumni Leadership Council, ISU Family Weekend Committee and ISU Parents Association announced Sept. 15. This is the first time more than one family has received family of the year honors at Iowa State University.
Nationally acclaimed GEM Fellows join ISU College of Engineering graduate program
Each year, a prestigious national consortium awards stipends to underrepresented students who are pursuing careers in science, technology, engineering and math. This fall, three such graduate students have chosen to further their studies at Iowa State's College of Engineering.
Iowa State University fall enrollment is 26,380
Student enrollment at Iowa State is 26,380, a level similar to fall 1999. It represents a 3.65 percent decrease (1,000 students) compared to fall 2003.
Iowa State University Admissions Director Marc Harding says enrollment variances aren't unexpected and tend to be cyclical over time. During the past 20 years (1984 to current), ISU's fall enrollment has fluctuated by more than 3,400 students - from a high of 27,898 students in fall 2002 to a low of 24,431 in 1995.
Iowa State engineering professor named top editor of leading academic journal
An eminent ISU professor has been tapped to lead his discipline's most prestigious academic journal. David Jiles, Anson Marston Distinguished Professor of Materials Science and Engineering and Electrical and Computer Engineering, has been named editor in chief of IEEE Transactions on Magnetics. The monthly journal is published by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Magnetics Society, the world's leading professional organization for the study of magnetism and magnetic materials.
Students involved in Veishea disturbance disciplined
Iowa State University has taken disciplinary action against 15 students who were involved in the April 18 riot in Campustown. In four of the cases, the students were expelled or suspended from ISU. In the other 11 cases, students were given deferred suspensions or were placed on conduct probation.
"Hoofin' it for Alison 2004"
The ISU Dairy Science Club will host a six-kilometer race/walk and pancake breakfast on Sept. 25 to raise funds for a scholarship that honors Alison Ciancio, a sophomore in animal science who was killed in a car accident in 2002. Entry forms must be postmarked by Sept 17.
New book by Iowa State journalism professor examines how to bridge the technological "Interpersonal Divide"
In the new book, "Interpersonal Divide: The Search for Community in a Technological Age," Michael Bugeja, professor and director of the Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication at Iowa State, says modern technology is driving civilization away from real communities. Bugeja writes that e-mail and cell phones have created an "interpersonal divide" -- a void that develops between people when they spend too much time in virtual, rather than real, communities. He notes communications problems may be both business and personal.
Iowa State University students kicked off Latino Heritage Month Sept. 10 with a "March of the Americas" parade from the campanile to the Memorial Union. The parade featured flags from all Latin American countries and the United States. For a print quality photo contact News Service at 294-3720
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
Kerry losing women's support
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."
Journalism ethics boondoggle
San Diego Union-Tribune
Scipps Howard News Service
Recent actions by several leading news organizations following high-profile lapses of professional judgment and ethical behavior have demonstrated an air of arrogance, not confidence in reporting standards, asserts Michael Bugeja, director of the Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication, in a commentary on the reluctance of CBS news magazine "60 Minutes" to investigate the authenticity of documents purported to chronicle President George W. Bush's service in the Texas Air National Guard.
Nader gets spot on Iowa's ballot
Independent presidential hopeful Ralph Nader and his running mate, Peter Miguel Camejo, will be on the Nov. 2 Iowa election ballot. ISU's own "Dr. Politics," University Professor Steffen Schmidt, says Nader is less likely to get Iowa support this time. And, Schmidt predicts, the types of voters who support Nader will have little effect on the neck-and-neck battle between Democratic nominee Sen. John Kerry and President Bush.
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