Monday, December 20 2004
'Grow Your Small Market Farm' business planning program set
A business-planning program designed for farm businesses and people who are interested in raising specialty livestock, poultry, vegetables, herbs, flowers or prairie and native grass seed will be held at Iowa State University beginning Jan. 15. "Grow Your Small Market Farm" is sponsored by the Iowa Small Business Development Center, an outreach unit of Iowa State's College of Business. Cost is $395 per business. Participants will write a business plan, learn about the specialty food industry, use Quick Books Pro and develop business-marketing materials
Iowa State students head to Antarctica
A group of 12 Iowa State University students is heading to Antarctica for winter break. The trip is one of several offered through the College of Agriculture's study abroad program. Elicia Grace, Rockton, Ill., is among those making the trip. A genetics and microbiology major, Grace said, "There's a lot of breakthrough bacteria research being conducted in Antarctica and I'd like to get a feel for the ecology there."
Two ISU colleges will be combined
ISU's colleges of Education and Family and Consumer Sciences will join forces July 1, 2005, to become the College of Human Sciences.
Three ISU faculty named fellows of leading scientific society
The dean of agriculture and two professors at Iowa State University have been elected fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the world's largest general scientific society.
ISU's Department of Residence to cut budget by an additional $400,000
The Department of Residence will reorganize and restructure its operations to further balance its budget by $400,000. The latest budget reduction is in addition to a $2.7 million cut announced in September, bringing the total FY 2006 budget cuts to $3.1 million.
Pappajohn New Venture Business Plan
Thirteen teams from across Iowa pitched their business proposals to a group of professional business investors. Matt Ostanik, Master's of Business Administration, won for his proposal "Electronic Exchange." Ostanik's plan creates an online service that will automate the paperwork generated by architects while buildings are under construction. The second team of Melanie Davis, senior in computer science; Doug Houghton, graduate student in electrical and computer engineering; and Shahzaib Younis, a 2004 computer science graduate from Iowa State; won for their proposal "Proximity Innovations." The students' business plan is for a newly formed Ames-based research and software development firm that is creating an interactive travel tool for tourists for state tourism boards.
Iowa State to Independence Bowl
The Iowa State football team will play Miami University in the Independence Bowl Dec. 28, at 5:30 p.m. The game will mark the Cyclones' fourth postseason bowl appearance in five seasons.
Keep pets safe over the holidays
Holiday hustle and bustle can unleash hazards that put pets in peril, says an Iowa State University veterinarian. Dr. Kim Langholz reminds pet owners about potential risks.
ISU's Food Safety Answers program offers holiday food-safety tips
With the holiday season approaching, Iowa State University Extension offers tips and online resources for safely
food at the "Ask a Food Safety Expert" (www.foodsafetyanswers.org). The site contains more than 600 frequently asked food safety questions that cover purchasing, leftovers and everything in between. ISU Extension and Iowa State's College of Family and Consumer Sciences sponsor the site.