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Iowa Venture Capital and Entrepreneur Conference launches fifth annual Pappajohn New Venture Business Plan Competition
Several Iowa State University students will attend the fifth annual Iowa Venture Capital and Entrepreneur Conference on Oct. 5. The conference will be at the Polk County Convention Center, Des Moines. Students will have the opportunity to network with small business owners and potential investors. Students will learn about business plan development, deal structures and the forms of venture capital/seed money available in the state. The Pappajohn New Venture Business Plan Competition 2004 will be kicked off during the conference.
Dow named Fellow of the American Folklore Society
James Dow, professor of foreign languages and literatures at Iowa State University, has been named a Fellow of the American Folklore Society, Columbus, Ohio. Dow is an internationally recognized scholar in German and Austrian folklore. Books he has authored include "The Nazification of an Academic Discipline, Folklore and Fascism" and "The Study of European Ethnology in Austria."
Students plan to focus on community and campus service projects during coming year
Students leading Iowa State University's Veishea 2005 executive board have reinvented their organization -- with the support of university administrators -- to focus on a number of community and campus service projects throughout the academic year. The students normally would be planning the annual spring Veishea celebration, which President Gregory Geoffroy suspended for 2005 after violence in Campustown marred the April 2004 event. Geoffroy says he's pleaased with the group's plans for the coming year.
Reiman Entrepreneurial Speaker Series to be Sept. 30 at Iowa State
David Kingland, president, chief executive officer and chairman of the board of Kingland Systems Corp., Clear Lake, will be the guest speaker for Iowa State University's Reiman Entrepreneurial Speaker Series. The event is 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 30, Sun Room, Memorial Union. It is free and open to the public. To register for the event, visit www.isupjcenter.org/programs/rm_speaker or call 515-296-6532.
Agriculture, 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.
'Super Size Me' documentarian to speak at ISU Thursday, Sept. 30
Morgan Spurlock subjected himself to a 30-day fast food diet to document the impact on his health. The result? Spurlock gained 25 pounds, raised his cholesterol by 65 points and suffered from headaches and depression. He also used the experience to create a widely popular documentary that earned him the Best Director award at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival.
The documentary will be shown on Wednesday, Sept. 29 at 8 p.m. in the Memorial Union Pioneer Room. Spurlock will speak the following evening at 8 in the Great Hall.
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.
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.
Archie & Nancy Martin
Archie and Nancy Martin are immortalized with namesake
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."
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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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