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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.
Author, writer advocate to speak Wednesday as part of 'Banned Book Week'
Author and journalist David Wallis says that the news content editors "kill" -- either because it's unwritten or unpublished -- has profound consequences on readers. While some editors are valuable gatekeepers, Wallis asserts, others are afraid of risk, making writers and media consumers the losers. Wallis is the author of "Killed: Great Journalism Too Hot to Print." He will speak on Wednesday, Sept. 22 at 8 p.m. in the Memorial Union Sun Room. The public lecture is free.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"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.
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
"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
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?"
Political divide mirrored in Iowa
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.
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."
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