Iowa State University Facilities Planning and Management
|Volume 11, Issue 1||February 1998|
|In This IssueFrom the Desk of
Chris Ahoy FP&Ms 1997 Successes
Battle of the Crows
Veenker Turns 60
The New Sound of Music
Upcoming Construction Projects
Sustainable Ag Workshop
From Inside the Plant
Railroad Delivery Affects ISU
Ashes to Ashes Recyling
Car Phones Distract Drivers
Upcoming DOT Auctions
In Memory of
Whats on Display
Carbon Monoxide: The Silent Killer
Letters of Thanks
Footprints from the Past
Once a year, the Iowa State University 25-Year Club meets to honor those employees who have served the university for 25 years. The honorees are guests at the annual banquet and receive a certificate, presented by President Jischke. At the banquet, they also will honor those active employees who have been with ISU for 35 years.
Two members of FP&M, Charles Hughes (Utilities) Philip Ford (Campus Services) are among this years inductees. Active employees honored for 35 years of service are Royce Bohning (Utilities), Guy DeShong (Utilities), Larry Larson (Customer Relations), and Harold Sogard (Custodial).
The 64th annual banquet is on Tuesday, March 31 at the Scheman Building. Following dinner the program will be "Women in Rhinestones", starring Victoria Van Voorhis, an employee in the Department of Hotel, Restaurant, and Institute Management.
The 25-Year Club of Iowa State University was informally founded in 1915 when members of the staff who had served at least 25 years were honored at a convocation. The organization was formalized in 1934 under the direction of the late Harold E. Pride, then secretary of the Iowa State College Alumni Association. Forty-three staff members, including many well-known Iowa Staters, signed the club charter on June 9, 1934.
The purpose of the 25-Year Club was, and is, to honor the loyal service of Iowa State University faculty and staff. As Colonel Pride wrote to the charter members: "Staff members who have served the College as long as you have come to personify the College to her alumni. Buildings and land do not make a college, it is the men and women of the staff who make any college."
Including our new inductees, FP&M currently has 35 employees with 25 years of university service. Of those 35 individuals, 11 of them have worked at the university for 35 years or more. Congratulations and thank you for your many years of dedicated service.
|Facilities News is a
quarterly publication produced for our staff, retirees, and other interested readers.
Ideas and suggestions for the next issue are always welcome and appreciated.
Mail: % Gloria Erickson
From the Desk of Chris Ahoy
|To FP&M Staff:
Best wishes for a prosperous and happy New Year. For us at FP&M, 1997 was a very successful year. I am happy to share with you a brief summary of each area of FP&Ms successes for 1997.
As we move into the new year, I want to thank you for your continuing efforts in the best interests of ISU. Lets have another banner year in 1998 and move into the 21st century with the aspiration to be a world class operation, assisting ISU to be the best land grant institution in the nation.
Associate Vice President for Facilities
FP&Ms 1997 Successes
We completed a utility department self-study culminated by an external review in May. We received high marks for excellence in our utilities production operation and management.
In our plant control system, we used benchmarking to demonstrate and accumulate savings. We will apply these savings to new plant controls and information systems.
Congratulations to Dave Miller and Clark Thompson for co-authoring a new APPA facilities management manual.
We continue to chip away at deferred maintenance using year-end funds and funds made available from the presidents office. We have made critical repairs and continue to seek creative fund sources and year-end funds to reduce the impact of the natural aging and deterioration to our infrastructure.
Campus Services works hard removing snow before morning classes. They continue to maintain our campus in a beautiful and safe condition despite the damage caused by last years snow and windstorm. They also received special recognition in the book, The Campus as Work of Art, as one the 25 most beautiful campuses in the nation!
Custodial Services is in the second year of self-directed teams and is doing well. In recognition for implementing custodial teamwork, facilities services manager, Dick Begg, received the 1997 individual quality award for excellence from the Ames Chamber of Commerce.
In Building Maintenance Services, our area mechanics continue to provide customer focused services in their respective designated buildings. Our Metasys group continues to monitor building systems to ensure their smooth operation. Our project support and maintenance crews have completed a variety of small projects, including the Black Cultural Center, Sloss House, the Solution Center at Durham, and renovation of Carver 101.
Veenker Golf Course had a record-breaking year income. We were able to build the much-needed hard-surface golf cart tracks to enable an earlier start for the 1998 season. Golf Course activities and schedules are on the FP&M home page (http://www.fpm.iastate.edu/veenker/).
Postal and Parcel Services continues to handle approximately 30,000 pieces of mail per day most effectively.
Flight Service continues to serve the Board of Regents, President Jischke, and others in the ISU community. We received FAA certification 135A, which will enable us to increase our business when the university demand is slow. Flight Services schedules are available on the FP&M home page (http://www.fpm.iastate.edu/flightservice/).
We made several improvements to instructional spaces. We remodeled eleven classrooms for the purpose of computer video projections. We completed smaller upgrades in 22 classrooms. These included lighting improvements, air conditioning, floor coverings, and new seating. Space request form is available through the FP&M home page (http://www.fpm.iastate.edu/forms/ spacefrm.html). Responding by e-mail is saving time in the room reservation process.
Campus Planning and Landscape has been in the forefront of developing and completing many projects for student recruitment and retention. Recently, we submitted a proposal called the "Golden Loop" to enhance campus tours. The campus accessibility map is now available and we plan to put it on our home page in 1998.
Last year we added the following buildings and space to our inventory: Child Care Facilities (8,729), Library Storage Facility (15,912), Jack Trice Stadium Addition/Press Box (16,791), and Seed Science Addition (1,600).
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Currently we have 209 capital projects totaling $223 million. These are in different stages from programming to ongoing construction. Out of the 209 projects, 138 are active with 59 of these in various stages of construction and totaling $160,658,784. The construction contract figure includes projects at the special schools, the Iowa School for the Deaf and the Iowa Braille and Sight Saving School. We handle the project management, construction, and contract administration for those two Regents institutions.
Through the efforts of our project and construction managers from facilities services, utilities, projects support, A&E services, planning, landscape, construction, and customer relations specialists, we completed many projects. They include the University Child Care Facility, Student Health Center, Jack Trice Stadium Press Box, Library Storage Building, Administrative Services Building, Seed Science Building Addition, Black Cultural Center Remodeling, and Veterinary Medicine Energy Conservation Remodeling. We also negotiated 29 consultant agreements with fees totaling $1,099,377.
We were instrumental in implementing an ad hoc facilities access review committee (FARC) which will assure that projects on campus receive the benefit of physical accessibility reviews. Committee members include a physically challenged student and staff member, a faculty member from the College of Design, and FP&M. Presently they are spearheading an accessibility standards and guideline book that should be universal and benefit the surrounding community.
In 1997, Work Information received 4,200 work order requests. We implemented the ability for campus users to submit service requests through the FP&M home page (http://www.fpm.iastate.edu/ forms /bluesheet.html). Currently we receive 85% of our customer requests via our home page.
Computer Support Services
CSS has done a marvelous job overseeing the critical maintenance of our HP3000 hardware. Our HP3000 support from HP ended January 1998. This situation requires us to implement a computerized facilities management system (CFMS) as rapidly as possible. In April, we optioned to buy a software package versus building our own. We currently are making the final evaluation in choosing the successful finalist for implementation of the CFMS system. Our goal is to have the HP3000 removed from service by January 1999.
We need the HP3000 to provide efficient and effective operation until we have our new system in place. In July, we contacted several third party HP vendors about spare parts for our HP3000. We were able to garner the internal parts for $400 compared to $200,000 if purchased individually from HP. Over the past 15 years, the HP3000 has been a very reliable workhorse for FP&M. However, it has outlived its useful life cycle. We will continue to do our best to keep it running until it is no longer a critical asset to FP&M.
We continually expand our ability to provide e-mail access to all staff by passing along computers within FP&M as we upgrade. Currently, we have almost 200 workstations connected to the FP&M network.
We began our "world class" training sessions on May 15, 1997, with a directors retreat at the Scheman Building. We have concluded 21 other group training sessions.
We provided 13,000 keys to the campus community. Our customers are able to order keys through the FP&M home page (http://www.fpm. iastate.edu/forms/keysform.html).
We expanded distribution and readership of Facilities News by sending notification to Deans, Directors, and DEOs.
Our recycling efforts continue to grow. We recycled almost 160 tons of white paper and 6.65 tons of phone books, saving the university almost $10,000 in tipping fees. FP&M is sponsoring a student mechanical engineering project to design and build a hydraulic lift to assist with recycling.
We continue to hire students in FP&M, especially during the summer. Last year we hired 42 students for Campus Services, 31 for the Golf Course, 30 for Custodial, and 24 for Building Maintenance. We employed 8 students in Postal and Parcel and 15 in Architectural and Engineering. Other areas including Administration, Maintenance Support, Space Management, and Computer Support Services each hired 1-3 students. This totals 161 part-time workers in addition to our present 435 full-time employees.
We processed 28 new hires, 8 early retirements, and 15 resignations. The search continues to secure top quality personnel in all areas. We hope to fill two new positions, a TQM facilitator and a purchasing agent, in the next few months.
Battle of the Crows
from Curt Johnson
Despite our never-ending efforts, the crows on campus present us with a constant battle. Each year, from fall until spring, up to 7,000 crows find the campus to be a near perfect environment for their nightly roost. Not only is the campus free of their natural predators (cats, owls, and hawks), it also is well lit, full of mature trees, and warmer because of all the buildings. This combination provides a relatively safe spot for the crows nightly roost.
During the day, the crows fly in small groups in search of food. Their search can extend up to a 50-mile radius from their nightly roosting spot. As dusk approaches, they begin gathering into large groups, landing in trees to roost for the night. Once they settle in, they remain until dawn when they resume their search for food.
The birds themselves do not cause any great damage. However, their droppings can be unsightly, smelly, unhealthy, and in general, unpleasant to be around. Unfortunately, their interest in roosting on campus seems to have gotten worse over the last six to seven years.
Campus Services uses various methods to dissuade the crows. Our efforts must be a combination of visual and audio tactics.
Our audio efforts include playing a recording of a distressed starling and clapping two boards together. The distress call seems to work the best. The sound makes the crows uneasy and the campus less inviting. The birds become cautious and if all goes well, after a few hours, they decide to look for another resting spot for the night.
We use flashing lights and scare-eye balloons in trees for our visual assault. The scare-eye balloons may look peculiar hanging in the trees, but they do seem to work (although we have to move them regularly to outsmart the birds).
Our efforts must remain conducive to the campus environment. With this in mind, we have ruled out several "projectile" options. In addition, we choose not to use any extreme measures that would be harmful to the birds.
Discouraging the birds nightly roost is a daily activity that can last from October until April. Campus Services employees voluntarily rotate to cover what we term "crow duty". This duty starts at dusk as the birds first begin to gather and is an extension of our regular eight-hour day.
Each evening presents a different scenario. Some nights the combination of the distress call and flashing lights will deter the birds in a short time. Other nights it is a battle, with the birds moving from one side of campus to the other. The birds seem to be smart enough to not be fooled by artificial owls but dont seem to be smart enough to realize they are not welcome visitors.
Sometimes the efforts to keep the crows off campus can seem like a thankless job because the efforts only last for 24 hours. Even so, we typically have enough volunteers to work on crow duty each evening. However, other priorities sometimes take precedence. This includes snow removal to assure safe driving and walking conditions on the campus. After coming in at 3 AM and working on snow removal for up to 13 hours, most of our crew is ready to call it a day. On these nights, crow duty becomes a low priority. Unfortunately, when we get several snow days in a row, the crows get the opportunity to settle in. The campus community may see the "evidence" as they walk into work.
Campus Services has worked with two companies specializing in bird control looking for new methods or products to assist in discouraging the crows. Currently we are investigating methods such as an automated distress call that would require less labor hours. The call could be set to sound throughout the night. We also have consulted with Bill Franklin, an ornithologist in Animal Ecology. Professor Franklin has brought his class in during the evening to observe the crows. We also have communicated with the city of Kearney, Nebraska who several years ago reportedly had a crow population problem of one million.
[Editors Note: Curt Johnson is the university pest control operator.]
|"Any fact facing us is not as important as our attitude toward it, for that determines our success or failure." ¾ Norman Vincent Peale|
Veenker Turns 60
from Tess Balsley
|Sixty years ago this May, golfers first took to the greens at what is now George F. Veenker Memorial Golf Course. Approval to build a college golf course came in June 1935 when President Hughes submitted the proposal to the Board. In his statement he said, "¼ a great part of the development of this course can be carried out with relief labor or some other form of publicly paid labor, with little expense to the College."|
Construction of the approximately 6,000-yard course began later that summer. The 18-hole course included bridle paths, picnic areas, and a lagoon. The site of the course was in the North Woods, 500 yards from the middle of campus. Originally, the first and eighteenth holes were on the south side of the Chicago and Northwestern railroad track.
The course, designed by Perry Maxwell one of the outstanding golf architects, promised to offer the golfer a different problem on practically every hole. The project was largely built with Civilian Conservation Corps labor (CCC) and Works Progress Administration employees (WPA), both federal agencies of The Depression days. Only a small amount of state money went into the project.
After over 30 years of talk, the golf course opened on May 12, 1938. It was renamed "George F. Veenker Memorial Golf Course" in late 1959, the year he died. Veenker envisioned, and set in motion, a course to be built at ISU. He was Iowa States football coach from 1931 to 1936 and athletic director from 1937 to 1945.
In 1971, Clay Stapleton, ISU Athletic Director, asked Bill Whitman to take over the golf course, transferring responsibility of the course from the Athletic Council to the Physical Plant Department (now FP&M). Beryl Taylor, long time golf course manager, remained in that capacity until 1976. Gary Watschke was the course manager from 1976 until 1984.
In the early 1970s, the course was redesigned so that all 18 holes were north of the tracks. This involved modifications to several of the other fairways. This came about because of the proposed extension of 13th Street west from Stange Road to Ontario Street (which finally happened in the early 1980s). The original first and eighteenth holes, on the south side of the tracks, are still in use today and maintained by the Veenker staff. They are part of the practice facility located on Pammel Drive next to WOI. The Clubhouse was built in 1972.
John Newton, current golf course superintendent, started in 1985. While John oversees the course maintenance, Tess Balsley is the clubhouse manager. Tess started part-time in 1985 while a student at ISU. She became the full-time clubhouse manager in 1989. Eric Bickel, Brett Rohweder, and Chuck Woods are the permanent maintenance crew members along with 25-35 seasonal workers to help with course maintenance and clubhouse operation.
One of the biggest changes in recent years is the popularity of the driving range. Originally, the driving range was an open grassy area converted from a cornfield, with golfers providing their own balls. In 1979 or 1980 Veenker started renting range balls from the Clubhouse. The addition of a driving range hut in 1983 improved the ball rental system. In the early 1990s, using the dirt from the Soil Tilth construction, they elevated the range and added a second tee. Other practice facilities available at Veenker include two putting greens and one sand bunker.
Veenker has built a reputation as a premier public golf facility. It has become one of the most talked about, demanding, and challenging golf courses in the Midwest. Veenker offers a full range of golfg activities for the enjoyment and benefit of students, faculty, staff, friends of ISU, and the City of Ames. Veenker rents equipment, offers professional instruction, a golf shop, snack and beverage bar, and re-gripping service. The staff at Veenker strives to assure friendly, quality service and an excellent golfing experience.
VMGC has hosted the Iowa Masters Golf Tournament since the course opened in 1938. The tournament is considered a major Iowa amateur event. The course averages 25 other good-sized tournaments each year and averages 38,000 rounds per year. The course currently plays to par 72 for men and 73 for women with yardage of 6543, 6086, and 5357 from the three tees.
For more information about Veenker Memorial Golf Course, including 1998 green fees, visit our home page at http://www.fpm.iastate.edu/ veenker/. [Editors Note: Much of the historical information for this story came from The Iowa State University Campus and Its Buildings 1859-1979 by H. Summerfield Day.]
The New Sound of Music
Starring the ISU Music Department and a Cast of Many
In their "Quest to Become the Best", the Music department decided to enhance the capabilities of the existing recital hall by installing new state-of-the-art audio and video systems. Today the 340-seat room is a multi-purpose lecture classroom, multi-task-teaching lab, rehearsal space, and performing arts hall used for many different types of musical programs. The room is reserved for teaching, rehearsal, and performance support seven days and nights a week year-round.
To upgrade the recital hall, the Music Department requested the services of FP&M to provide an estimate for the installation of the selected audio and video components. A preliminary design and cost estimate was derived based on information supplied by the Music Department, ISU Instructional Technology Center, and American Pro Audio Inc. of Minneapolis (the sound system contractor).
ISU Purchasing bid the specified audio and video equipment while FP&M designed and installed the power, audio, and video raceway systems. We also installed the speakers and provided technical and labor support for final tuning and testing of the speaker system. ISU Instructional Technology Center designed the video system and was responsible for installing and testing the video components. The sound contractor provided the speakers, installation of the audio equipment components, audio connectors, and on-site testing of the speakers.
We defined the schedule for the installation knowing that with the dates available, the schedule would be tight. The construction schedule was broken into three segments to accommodate classes held in the recital hall. The first segment began the Monday before Thanksgiving with the rough in of the power system and cable raceways. We continued in December to finish all preparation work before the audio installation technician and rigger arrived January 5. The cabling termination and speaker installation had to occur between January 5 and January 9 because of regional auditions for the Metropolitan Opera scheduled in the recital hall on January 10.
As with any project of this size, things seem to go well at the onset, and as the deadline nears, unforeseen problems arise. This project was no exception. We had our share of minor crises, but with flexible thinking and teamwork, we had no major setbacks. Everyone involved understood the scheduling problems and pitched in, working many overtime hours, to make this a reality.
We installed video support equipment for the recital hall simultaneous to the audio equipment portion of the project. A new video projector lift, installed in the grid area above the audience, lowers a video projector when visual presentations are required. The lift raises the projector so that it disappears into the ceiling when not in use. A remote control video camera is at the rear of the hall. It is used to record all performances, lectures, and recitals. The controls for this camera are in the recording studio on the second floor. A sound mixing location and control console desk is in the balcony for use by house and guest audio engineers.
With so many departments and individuals involved, this project has been a study in how to "partner" with other departments. From the beginning, we established a communication network through the extensive use of e-mail. Everyone kept abreast of problems and developments so we could cooperatively work them out before they became panic situations.
Everyone whose labor and energy went into this project should feel pride in a job well done. Countless students will benefit from the use of this equipment for many years to come.
Cast of Characters
Music Department: Dr. Sue Haug, Dr. David Stuart, Dr. Craig Weston, Larry Curry, Nate Olson, Adam Dickinson, Curtiss Long, and Ryan Rowley
Design: Gene Bishop, Matt Darbyshire, Bill Holt, and Charles Saul
Procurement: Terry Lewis and Steve Rentschler
FP&M Management Personnel: Gary Birkestrand, Ron Cochran, Ron Kinyon, Larry Larson, Les Lawson, Chad Rogers, and Clayton Rullestad
FP&M Service Personnel: Dan Ackerman, Brian Baker, Rhea Dally, Larry Eddy, Phil Evans, Randy Fiscus, Dan Hampe, Pat Hanrahan, Wayne Hanson, Doug Harjes, Brad Jepson, Joe Kuennen, Dan Munsterman, Heber Nothstine, Lavern Peterson, Lavern Pierce, Terry Ragaller, Marty Rasmusson, Mark Reddish, Mike Reed, Ken Schmidt, Rich Sickels, Larry Spear, Dave Sweet, Tim Watson, Al Webb, Brad Webster, Dave Wells, Danny Whipple, Todd Wilson, Tim Wirth, and Charlie Yoerger
Video Installation: Norm Woods
Audio Installation & Testing: Scott Cummings and Dave Dennison
Rigger: Steve Olson
from Dean McCormick
|February 1998||Alumni Hall-Parking Lot Expansion
Bessey Hall-Renovate 2nd, 3rd, & 4th Floor Corridors
Coover Hall-Third Floor Renovations
ILRIF-Kildee/Meats Lab Addition, Issuance 5
Institutional Roads Projects 1997 Engr Studies Sixth St. Feasibility Study
Lied Center-Rooms 152D & 156E Sauna Improvements
University Village Apt. Complex-Roof Replacement
|March 1998||Beardshear Hall-Repair Roof Section B
Institutional Roads Projects 1998 Special Maintenance
Iowa School for the Deaf-1997 High School Plaza Repairs
Jack Trice Stadium-Deferred Maintenance ¢ 98
Nuclear Engineering Bldg-Replace Roof Areas A & B
Parks Library-Skylight and Roof Section H Replacement
Pearson Hall-Face Brick Repair
Reiman Gardens Phase 2
Utilities-Electric System Improvements-FY98 (Fisher Theater)
|April 1998||College of Design Auditorium Addition
Farm House-Exterior Renovation
Jacobson/Olsen-Rooms 1113 & 1417 Ticket Office
Maple Hall Remodeling & Flood Mitigation
Oak-Elm Hall-Roof Replacement
Palmer Human Development & Family Studies Building
Telecommunications-Outside Systems Plant Upgrade-Phase 2A
VMRI-Utilities Extensions-Phase 1
|May 1998||Agronomy Farm-Anaerobic Digester
Demonstration Project Facility
Coover Hall-Learning Center
State Gymnasium Remodel
|June 1998||Communications Bldg-Remodel &
Telecommunications-Outside Systems Plant Upgrade-Phase 2B
|If you have any questions about the projects listed above or any of the other construction progressing on campus, call Facilities Planning and Management, Construction Services at 294-0563.|
Callahan Participates in Sustainable Agriculture Workshop
Jim Callahan, arborist in Campus Services, was one of several speakers at the January 6 Sustainable Agriculture Training session for ISU Extension Horticulture Specialists. Jims talk was about the production and use of compost at ISU.
Among the things Jim talked about was the use of compost to save trees that are struggling. The process involves digging groups of holes around the tree. The 3² by 12² deep holes are spaced every three feet in two circles. One circle is six feet from the trunk of the tree and another is at the dripline of the branches. The holes are filled with compost.
The compost enhances production of a special micro rize to promote healthy tree growth. As the roots of the tree grow into the compost, they absorb this special enzyme. Jim is currently using this method to save a large spruce and an English Oak, the largest in Iowa (located on the southwest corner of LeBaron Hall). This is a time consuming process, but one that is very worthwhile when used to save and restore unique and mature trees on campus.
From Inside the Plant
In Utilities, our work never seems to slow down. Currently, we are in the peak maintenance season for the chilled water system. On December 2, we removed chiller #1 from service to perform a routine overhaul. An Elliot service technician aided plant staff, Larry Eckhart, Mike Holland, Jim Oberender, and Mick Osborn, in the disassembly of the unit. We shipped the turbine rotor to Elliot for repairs. We expect the parts to be back the middle of February. The estimated cost of this overhaul is $150,000.
During a routine inspection of chiller #3, we found damage to the compressor shaft. This meant an unplanned outage and repair. We contracted York International to do the repairs and expect the repairs to be complete by mid-March.
This winter Roy Wilson, Charley Hughes, and some contractors have been inspecting and repairing the chilled water system at Vet Med. They found and corrected a number of problems that should improve the Vet Med plant operation and reliability. Unfortunately, there are several problems that correcting will require equipment replacement. Vet Med will operate better but cooling problems may still exist.
These repairs, along with our normal winter maintenance schedule, should have the chilled water system ready for full operation no later than April 1.
Again this winter, Mid Iowa is removing asbestos from the plant. This years project is generator #4. This is part of a long-term plan of asbestos removal from the plant. This work should close out by the middle of February.
Plant maintenance staff, Bob Burgher, Larry Eckhart, Mike Holland, Herman Kennedy, Leo Mincks, Bob Niehoff, Jim Oberender, John Torkelson, and Gordon Woods, recently attended a Bearing seminar presented by Torrington.
Railroad Delivery Affects ISU
by Jeff Witt:
Some of you may have heard about the recent problems the Union Pacific railroad has had in shipping freight. These problems are affecting grain shipments and have affected shipments of coal. So what, you say, Iowa State gets their coal by barge and truck so no big deal, right? You are right in that Iowa State is not directly impacted by the railroad problems but we are affected in an indirect manner.
The effects of the railroad delivery problems are being felt throughout the midwest all the way into Texas. The City of Ames has been down as low as a 12-day supply of coal. Because of the coal supply problems, they have been operating in a coal conservation mode. Rather than generate their own power they have been purchasing power that is more expensive from other utilities. Midwest Power is having the same type of problems at their plant in the Sioux City area. Rather than burn coal, some utilities are burning oil or natural gas. The utilities work together to help each other out in situations like this and Iowa State participates as well.
Iowa State is interconnected with the City of Ames and other utility systems. The plant operators monitor electric power prices and determine whether it is more economical to purchase power or generate our own power. The prices can change every hour.
Because of all this, the price of power available on the electric grid has been high. Typically, this time of year Iowa State has been able to purchase economy power at around 2.5 cents per kilowatt-hour. Currently this power is costing about 4 to 5 cents per kilowatt-hour. Our cost to generate this condensing power is about 2.8 cents per kilowatt-hour. In response to the high prices, the Heating Plant has been generating this power itself. This has been true most of the fall. Remember those nice warm days in October? During that time power availability was very tight on the electrical grid and we were even selling power to the City of Ames.
Iowa State is also helping Cedar Falls Municipal Utilities. They are operating units not normally operated during this time of the year thus burning more coal than anticipated. Iowa State is diverting up to 5,000 tons of our coal to Cedar Falls to help them through this period. Our projection on the coal we will burn this winter indicates we can divert this coal to Cedar Falls without jeopardizing the universitys needs.
If you live in Ames, you might look at your electric bill for this month and compare it to last year. You may even see the effects. It is surprising, some things you read about in the paper and say "no big deal, this wont affect me" do come back around. Its an interesting world we live in.
Ashes to Ashes ¾ Recycling
by Jeff Witt
The Heating Plant generates about 50,000 tons of ash per year. Currently the ash is used to fill an underground limestone mine located south of Davenport. They mix the ash with water and dump it into the mine where it cures into a low strength concrete. The cost to ISU for this method of disposal is $19.76 per ton.
Last year Jim Callahan, who is responsible for the universitys compost operation, was looking for a way to eliminate problems with muddy conditions at the compost facility. Jim had received an estimate of $40,000 to surface the site with asphalt. Due to the high costs of asphalt, Jim was looking for other alternatives.
Jim had seen an article about the Bluestem Solid Waste Agency compost facility in the Cedar Rapids area using ash from Iowa Electric power plants. Jim thought the same idea may work with ISUs ash and contacted Utilities.
Last summer, Heating Plant staff hauled 360 tons of ash from the fluidized bed boilers to the compost site. Campus Services spread and compacted the ash over the entire compost site. Use of this ash saved the university over $7,000 in disposal costs and was significantly less expensive than asphalt. A one-foot thick layer of ash seems to work the best. This spring, the Heating Plant will take additional ash to the facility to firm up some of the areas.
The fluidized bed boiler ash is also very useful as a soil stabilizer. The ash contains a large amount of limestone, which absorbs water and dries the soil. We have used the ash on local construction projects to dry the worksite during muddy conditions. Projects where we used the ash include Howe Hall, Kildee Addition, Library Storage Building, and the Ball facility in east Ames. Is has also been used in some feedlots in a joint effort with the Civil and Construction Engineering Department.
Over the last six months, Heating Plant staff hauled about 1,300 tons of stoker boiler bottom ash to several of the university farms. The farms use the ash as a base for some of their farm roads, field entrances, and as fill rather than buying gravel. This reduces disposal costs for the Heating Plant and reduces operating costs for the farms.
Current Department of Natural Resources regulations restricts the usage of ash to small quantities. We hope that through reclassification of the ash and segregation of the types of ash produced, we will be able to develop markets to actually sell the ash or at the very least, significantly reduce the cost of disposal.
Car Phones Distract Drivers
Two Canadian scientists have added results from their research to the controversy that surrounds the safety of a person who drives while he or she talks on a cellular phone. As reported in the Feb. 13, 1997 New England Journal of Medicine, the two doctors from the University of Toronto claim that drivers who use a cellular phone while they operate a vehicle are at the same risk of accidents as a person who is slightly drunk.
The researchers admitted that cellular phones also have benefits39% of drivers used them to call for help after an accident. But after they analyzed about 27,000 cell-phone calls of 699 drivers who had been in accidents, they found that the risk of having an accident increased fourfold when drivers were on the phone.
The Canadian scientists also said that the content of the phone conversation could contribute to the risk factor. Its much safer to disagree with a boss or coworker in an office setting than if you are on a phone behind the wheel of a car. One of the scientists said that people dont know the limitation of their attention span and suggested that unnecessary calls should not be made on a car phone and all car phone calls should be kept brief.
Currently, there are more than 35 million cellular phones in use in the United States, and that figure is expected to grow to 80 million by 2000. According to the National Transportation Safety Administration, several countries, including Brazil, Israel, and Switzerland, have addressed the problem by restricting the use of cellular phones while a person is driving.
¾ from the National Safety Council
Upcoming DOT Auctions
by Ron Kinyon
In conjunction with the Iowa Department of Transportation, FP&M regularly sells excess equipment and vehicles at the DOT auctions. Shops with items to sell should contact me 45 days before the sale date. The auctions are open to the public.
Upcoming auction dates:
Exchange with a Scottish Twist
by Dave Koehler
What do golf, tourist attractions, making new friends, and foreign countries have to do with work? Everything, if you are on an exchange with another university. I had the opportunity to go on a 10-week exchange to the University of Glasgow in Scotland. The exchange was between ISUs FP&M and U of Gs Estates and Buildings departments. The director of E&B was looking for someone with FP&M systems data processing experience and thus, I was offered the opportunity.
Mostly, my job consisted of systems analyst type work. I helped evaluate software for their project officers and helped expand their PC knowledge through training. I found the Scottish working environment to be a little more relaxed than in the states.
The goal of the exchange was to share information in an effort to improve both universities. I was also aware of my responsibility to represent both Iowa State and the USA. I found that walking down the street was not the same. Being a foreigner has a different feel.
I also had the opportunity to do a bit of sightseeing while abroad. Besides visiting sights around Scotland, I went to York and London, England. In addition to the work, I gained lifetime friends that I plan to visit again in Scotland.
What would I say to anyone that is thinking about going on an exchange? "There is no question about it. Jump at the opportunity."
I took the picture below from Edinburgh Castle looking down over the city, which is the capital of Scotland. (Note the canon in the lower left.)
Leslie Hoffman December 2, 1997
Glenn Potter December 4, 1997
Grace Tweedt January 21, 1998
Our thoughts and prayers go out to their family and friends.
Whats on Display
As you travel through the General Services Building, be sure to look at the display case in the main hallway. The display, featuring a different employees special interest, changes each month.
In December, Lisa Orgler, Design Services, treated us to her whimsical watercolors. Her creations featuring animals, plants, and flowers couldnt help but bring a smile to your face.
The January display was a clever and informative creation about ice fishing done by Dave Miller and Lynn Seiler, both in the main office. The display drew much attention and my guess is that it also enticed a few folks into giving ice fishing a try!
Our February display features the pottery of Steve Prater. Not only does the display show Steves beautiful pottery, it also provides a very humorous history of pottery, everything you need to know to become a potter, and 10 reasons to be a potter. Be sure to stop by to SEE and READ Steves display. I challenge you to read the information without chuckling!
In March, Jeff Shearer will create a display of model rockets. Aprils display will be of utility boilerplates by Gordon Woods. In May, Mary Finch is putting together a shared display of cross-stitch work.
Contact Gloria Erickson (4-7977) if you are interested in signing up to showcase your hobby, special interest, collection, or other talents or items of interest!
Carbon Monoxide: The Silent Killer
from the National Safety Council
According to an article in the fall 1996 issue of RoadSmart, a publication of the Amoco Motor Club, at least 10,000 people in the United States seek medical care for carbon monoxide poisoning each year. Some are left with learning disabilities, memory and skills loss, or coronary and respiratory problems. Hundreds of others die.
Carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless and tasteless gas that robs needed oxygen from the bodys blood. Here are some steps you can take to avoid exposure.
In your home:
In and around your car:
What Are The Health Effects?
Carbon monoxide interferes with the distribution of oxygen in the blood to the rest of the body. Depending on the amount inhaled, this gas can impede coordination, worsen cardiovascular conditions, and produce fatigue, headache, weakness, confusion, disorientation, nausea, and dizziness. Very high levels can cause death.
The symptoms are sometimes confused with the flu or food poisoning. Fetuses, infants, elderly, and people with heart and respiratory illnesses are particularly at high risk for the adverse health effects of carbon monoxide.
An estimated 1,000 people die each year as a result of carbon monoxide poisoning and thousandsof others end up in hospital emergency rooms.
What About Carbon Monoxide Detectors?
Carbon monoxide (CO) detectors can be used as a back-up but not as a replacement for proper use and maintenance of your fuel-burning appliances. CO detector technology is still being developed and they are not generally considered to be as reliable as the smoke detectors found in homes today. You should not choose a CO detector solely on the basis of cost, do some research on the different features available.
Carbon monoxide detectors should meet Underwriters Laboratories, Inc. standards; have a long-term warranty; and be easily self-tested and reset to ensure proper functioning. For maximum effectiveness during sleeping hours, carbon monoxide detectors should be placed close to sleeping areas.
If your CO detector goes off you should:
Letters of Thanks
Message from Jolene Johnson to Archie Steenhard: "Moving of 215A and 215B [MacKay] is done. The Campus Services people did a great job [Ken Beckon, Tim Kinsinger, Brad Spainhower, and Brent Stephenson]. The four young men doing the work were very polite and cooperative. Its nice to work with people like that. Please relay my thanks to the whole crew."
Note from Jennifer Raymond to the Christmas Closet Committee [Lisa Amdahl, Gloria Erickson, Lyn Firnhaber, Lana Hood, Trevor Howe, Lou Keigley, Sue Mallas, Melissa McCormick, Susan McDonald, Kathy Miller]: "The Volunteer Placement Center Staff would like to thank you for your contribution to the Story County Christmas Closet. Your generosity has no doubt made a number of families very happy this Christmas season."
Memo from David Martin to Garold Anderson: "Id like to personally thank you for your help over the past few years. We who remain in Gilman Hall will miss you. Youve been great to have as a colleague. Your helpful, friendly attitude made our shared workplace a pleasant place to be. I know that keeping this old building going is a huge challenge, but you managed to do it and do it well. With a smile even! I hope you enjoy your well-earned retirement. Please stop in and say hello whenever youve got a chance. Just because our formal relationship is coming to an end is no reason that our informal one shouldnt continue. If I can help you in any way please let me know. I look forward to seeing you in the future and hope that you enjoy your well-earned retirement years."
Letter from Cub Scout Den 2, Pack 196 to Jeff Witt: "We as cub scouts thank you for a tour at the heating plant. We really liked the tour, it was fun and it was very interesting. If we come back, can we swim in the big pool of water? Thank you from all of us in Den 2, Pack 196. From Matthew S., Jeff Miller, Grant Simpson, Joe Thompson, and David Warning."
Letter from Beverly Crabtree to Chris Ahoy: "I am writing this letter to share with you how much I have appreciated the work and guidance of Scott Sankey as I have worked with him on various projects throughout the years. I have especially appreciated the tremendous support he has provided for the Palmer Human Development and Family Studies Building project. Throughout this building planning process, Scott has exhibited thoroughness, attention to details, genuine concern to be of service, and a focus on functional and aesthetically pleasing design consistent with budget constraints. No task is too large or too small for Scott, and he approaches each task with a positive can do perspective. Scott works effectively with campus-based personnel and with external personnel including architects and contractors. He may appear to be quiet and easy going, but if he perceives that we or the architects and/or contractors are getting off track or beyond the budget constraints, he has no hesitation in getting all of us back on track or within the budget, and he does this with a polite but firm manner. Scott does not dictate as he works with us on projects, rather he has assisted us in looking at different options by raising questions and sharing his perspectives and by listening to our perspectives. His leadership style provides a non-threatening environment for productive give and take sessions as options are considered and decisions are made. Our deliberations have always benefited because of his guidance and leadership style. The result is that the users of the space/facilities buy in and are committed to the decisions from the very beginning. I know that annual performance appraisals will be coming up sometime soon, therefore I wanted to share my perspectives with you. Thank you, Chris, for the leadership you are providing for our university and for your continued support of the Palmer Human Development and Family Studies Building. Continued best wishes to you."
Letter from David Cole, Texas-New Mexico Power Company to Jeff Witt: "I greatly appreciated the opportunity to visit your facility and inspect the arrowhead combustor nozzles. The trip was educational for me. I appreciate your candor in discussing the few operational problems that you have experienced at ISU. We have more to consider now. Please extend my thanks to Gordon Woods for touring me through the plant and discussing O&M. I know how difficult it can be to accomplish a days requirements, even without interruptions by visitors. If either of you are ever in this part of Texas please stop in, I would be pleased to show you TNP-One."
Memo from Lou Mitchell to John Sluis: "I want to complement the alertness and excellent judgment used by two of your employees; Tim Fay and Gary Van Loon. Tim and Gary were in Bessey Hall installing panic hardware last week. They were drilling the holes on a door when they encountered white insulation. Suspecting that the material could be asbestos, they brought a sample to our office where we identified it to be asbestos. We determined that the insulation contained 15% asbestos. Please thank Tim and Gary for their quick action in preventing a hazardous situation from occurring."
Memo from Pat Wagaman to Lynn Seiler: "I just wanted to take the opportunity to compliment you on one of your employees, Lora Sweet-Jones. Lora has been excellent to deal with over the telephone and e-mail. She is very prompt, courteous, efficient, and enjoyable to talk with regarding problems we might have with classroom scheduling or trying to find a room for our student organizations or faculty. She has been very helpful with scheduling the appropriate classrooms that the accounting faculty need for their various class needs. She has excellent customer service skills. I appreciate being able to communicate with another university office and getting the assistance needed with a smile. Thanks for your cooperation."
Note from Troy Jensen at the Emergency Residence Project to the TGIF Committee [Katie Baumgarn, Steve Carter, Darla DeGroot, Kerry Dixon, Gloria Erickson, Sally Johnson, Lou Keigley]: "Thank you for your generous donation of food. Your support of the shelter is greatly appreciated."
Message from Ann Hetland to Ron Kinyon and Archie Steenhard: "So many times we take everyone and their jobs for granted and I for one am guilty of this act. The MIPM department at Science I has had several projects in process the last couple of months. I cant begin to thank each person, but thru you hopefully this can be done. The workers have been helpful, thoughtful, and courteous at all times. Please give each one a pat on the back and a big thanks, they deserve it. Pleasure to work with all of you. You are appreciated by our department. Thanks again." [Staff involved include Marv Allie, Mike Angland, Brian Baker, Lester Brewer, Rhea Dally, Larry Eddy, Tim Fay, Randy Fiscus, Forrest Grabau, Dan Hampe, John Jones, Kirk Kniss, Dave McVicker, Ed Meester, Joe Noe, Heber Nothstine, Mike Read, Chad Rogers, Carl Schmidt, Larry Spear, Dave Sweet, Gary Van Loon, Craig Wirth, Charlie Yoerger.]
Message from Warren Madden to Chris Ahoy: "I have received a number of compliments about the snow removal and condition of the campus this morning. In contrast to some of the comments about the City streets your staff should be complimented about the condition of the campus before the majority of individuals arrived. It reinforces that the decision to be open and hold classes today was correct."
From Chris Ahoy to Warren Madden [in reply to above message]: "Appreciate your note on complements. Our Campus Services crew works very hard to keep this up for the best interest of ISU. They come sometimes at two in the morning or whenever necessary to ensure that snow is removed by 7-7:30 and keep it up. I will convey your message and appreciation to the staff through Dennis Erickson manager of Campus Services. Much appreciate you taking time to let us know."
Message from Loras Jaeger to Chris Ahoy, Dennis Erickson, Dave Miller, and John Sluis [See message above from Mr. Madden]: "Let me add to these comments. I called the office at around 4:15 a.m. and FP&M was all ready about 50% along with snow removal. When I came into work around 5:15, 24th Street was a mess but as soon as I drove on Stange, things were great. NICE JOB! Now, I did talk with some students that were not happy because they had hoped FP&M would not get the streets and lots clean so they could have a day off!"
Letter from Charene Starcevic: "On behalf of the Board of Directors of the Volunteer Center, staff, and clients, I want to thank everyone at FP&M for the donation to the Story County Christmas Closet. The $418 donation was greatly appreciated and made the difference in our ability to serve all of our clients. Your donation was used to buy items for the elderly and disabled, food vouchers, and items we ran out of for the children. And, the various toys and gift items donated [over 130] were matched to families who had the greatest need. Our 1997 Christmas Closet clients increased from 1284 in 1996 to 1419 served in 1997.¼ we were once again able to serve the increased number requesting assistance.¼ Making the holidays brighter for the 1419 children, families, elderly, and persons with disabilities in Story County again this year was possible because of the generosity of everyone at FP&M¼ Again, thank you to each and every person in your department for your contribution." [1997 Committee Members: Lisa Amdahl, Gloria Erickson, Lyn Firnhaber, Lana Hood, Trevor Howe, Lou Keigley, Sue Mallas, Melissa McCormick, Sue McDonald, Kathy Miller]
Message from Jerry Colver to tour guides Jim Garland, Gene Lund, Dave Miller, Jeff Witt, and Gordon Woods: "I just wanted to thank you for the grand tour of the power plant today (Nov. 11). I know this takes time and effort on your part. I think we were fortunate to have small groups and to see the CFB down and get a look inside. The students will have a more realistic perspective of power generation besides neat calculations from our thermodynamics book. For your information, the course is Thermodynamics I, ME-331 taken mainly by Mechanical and Aero Engineering students."
Note from RCA Environmental Committee to Dan Whipple and Gary Birkestrand: "The RCA Environmental Committee would like to thank you for your help and for the use of your tools in our recycling project. Without your innovation and willingness to help, we would not have been able to complete our project in a timely manner. Thank you for contributing to our recycling effort."
Message from John Wong to Kris Sperfslage regarding dry markers in Marston 207: "Thanks for taking care of the problem. Thats excellent and speedy service!!! Appreciate it very much."
Memo from Glenda McIntire to Jim Callahan: "Thank you for all your help with the luminaries again this year. No one could be more patient and accommodating. I appreciate so much your being there doing whatever needs to be done to keep things moving smoothly. One of the comments I heard after the ceremony this year was, The luminaries are beautiful. You should do more next year. Thought you would appreciate that one! Thanks again, Jim. Your help is very much appreciated."
Memo from Balsy Kasi to Dennis Erickson: "I and many residents cannot help but notice the excellent work done by Terry Powell in taking care of the facility around Buchanan Hall. Terry has always kept the sidewalks clean especially during the snowy days. We appreciate the work done by him and notice the efforts put forth by Terry. On behalf of residents in Buchanan Hall, I appreciate the excellent service provided by Terry Powell and others in the campus services department."
Message to Gary Birkestrand from Mary Ellen Hurt: "Were enjoying watching the progress on the improvements in Davidson. You have some great staff members assigned to our project and we appreciate their efforts." [Rhea Dally, Mark Reddish, Larry Spear, Dan Whipple]
12+ Supervisory Leadership Series
Lana Hood and Carol Eyanson recently completed the universitys 12+ Supervisory Leadership Series. The program provides a variety of seminars designed to enhance supervisory excellence. It provides supervisors with meaningful information about successfully addressing the ultimate challenge of managing people for peak performance. To receive certification, participants must complete at least 12 of the 16 offered seminars within a two-year period.
Watch for posters with additional information about upcoming receptions.
|Duane Cowan retired from Project Support on November 21. Duane started at Iowa State as a construction inspector on January 29, 1975. On July 25, 1983, Duane was promoted to the position of estimator/job planner. July 1, 1995 this position was reclassified to the title of project planner specialist. At the time of his retirement, Duane had worked at ISU for just about 23 years. Duanes wife, family, and friends attended his reception along with many coworkers. We all wish Duane a long and happy retirement.|
|Earl Deatherage retired on December 1 after 24½ years in Building Maintenance. Earl started in 1973 as an electrician and was promoted to a systems control technician in 1985. At the time of his retirement, Earl was coordinating the maintenance of the university fire alarm systems. The students who worked with Earl on the fire alarm systems served at his reception. To honor Earl in his retirement, FP&M "retired" his radio number, 313. The students gave Earl a sweatshirt with his name and radio number (shown in the picture). The shop gave him a similar T-shirt and hat. Guests at his retirement reception included the many students who worked with Earl, representatives from Simplex, folks from other departments, and his many friends at FP&M. Earl had big travel plans in his new Thunderbird. He planned to travel through 13 states this winter including a months visit with his daughter, son-in-law, and two grandsons in Washington. "Happy Trails to You," Earl!|
|Archie Steenhard departed on January 3 as he had arrived, with little fanfare. He worked at Facilities for so long that his name was synonymous with making sure that the project got done. Although he knew many strange people, he never knew a stranger. He was a high-spirited people person, and was called frequently by people from all over campus to provide information or resolution to their problems. He was an incredible source of knowledge about what it takes to make the university run. He seemed to know something about nearly everything that was being done and all the history that went before it. There will never be another quite like him. Even now when his support staff (the Arch supports) look into his office as they go by, it just seems like he should be sitting in there pushing papers and making phone calls. Although they miss him, they wish him the best as he enjoys all that free time. Hell be tearing up the countryside for months to come. He had many terrific plans for this year. His wife Sheri retired also, so hell peddle and shell copilot as they roam across the country. They were heading for Branson the week following their retirements. The first part of February they plan on flying to Las Vegas to expand their retirement fortune. Later in the year, they will be traveling to Alaska. They also are considering a few weeks of house-sitting for an acquaintance on the east coast. Perhaps they should sell the house and just get a post office box?! We hope he doesnt forget us and that hell pass through here, in between trips, to share his stories and gloat!|
|Phil Ford retired on January 15 after 25 years as an auto mechanic for Campus Services. Over the years, Phil has worked on all the equipment that FP&M owned and in doing so, knew most employees by his or her first name. At Phils reception, held in Campus Services, his wife, mother, nephew and about 200 other guests were there to wish Phil well. When he isnt busy playing golf or traveling with his camper, Phil plans to drive the Boone DMACCs athletic bus for basketball and baseball games. Campus Services will miss Phil.|
|After 15 years as construction manager in FP&Ms Construction Services, Ken Smith retired on January 16. During his tenure with Iowa State, Ken managed many construction projects including Agronomy Hall, Carrie Chapman Catt Hall, Lied Athletic/Recreation Center, Jack Trice Stadium and Press Box and the Jacobson Athletic Building. Ken was honored by a surprise dinner on Wednesday, January 14, that included all the employees and spouses from the Construction Services. Kens son from Texas added to the surprise when he dropped in. His reception was on January 16, in the FP&M Conference Room. Kens other three children (from Colorado, Oklahoma, and California) surprised him again when they attended the reception. Ken set a whole new standard for retirees as he wore a tuxedo to the reception. Why doesnt it surprise us that Ken would go out with such class! Ken has great plans to enjoy his retirement first and foremost fishing! Construction Services will miss Ken!|
|Custodial team 8 held a retirement reception for Marvin (Tiny) Aurand on January 23 in the staff lounge of Parks Library. Many employees of the Library, Marvins coworkers, and maintenance personnel attended the reception. Attendees representing management included John Sluis, Dick Begg, Dean Khan, and Jane Abell. Marvin was presented with a plaque commemorating his 32 years with the university.|
|Marv Pearsons official retirement day was January 23. Marv worked as a carpenter for 34 years almost to the day. He started on January 29, 1964. His wife, family, and associates joined him at his retirement reception. Over the years, Marv was always the one to serve at the shop dinners, so the guys took this opportunity to return the favor by serving at his reception. Gary Birkestrand surprised Marv with a framed poster-size picture signed by his many FP&M friends. Marv also received a gift certificate from his favorite store, Sears.|
|Footprints from the Past
by Gloria Erickson
In 1973, Chuck DeKovic was instrumental in initiating our first departmental newsletter. Publication of the first issue of Footprints was on December 21, 1973. At that time, funding came from the Ideas and Projects Committee. Construction Services employee George Webb submitted the winning entry, Footprints, in the "name the newsletter contest". In an introductory story, Chuck explained that Footprints purpose was "simply to provide a means of communication and source of enjoyment for the nearly 500 employees of Physical Plant."
As Physical Plant evolved, so did Footprints. In July 1982, we changed the name of the newsletter to Plant News and funding started coming from administration. The new publications mission was to "keep 600 people aware of changes, plans, and projects."
The next evolution came in January 1988 when the newsletter became Facilities News. This change not only brought a new name for our newsletter, but to our department as well. Physical Plant became Facilities Planning and Management as we merged with Space and Schedules and the University Architects offices.
Facilities News continues to evolve. Our "audience" is no longer limited to FP&M employees and retirees. The newsletter now reaches deans, directors, and department executive officers across campus. We also convert each issue of the newsletter to our FP&M home page. With our increased readership comes a revised emphasis to include articles of broader interest and provides us an opportunity to share information with the rest of the campus community. Be watching the layout and contents of the newsletter. There may even come a day when we have an "internal" and an "external" publication.
Duties as editor of the newsletter have rotated through the ranks. It appears as though Carol Swenson was instrumental in coordinating the newsletter through the first few years. Many of the early editors have come and gone. They include Vicki Glasgow, Joellyn Hostetter, Jo Ackerman, Shelley Merrill, and Jean Webb.
In the 1980s, our editors included a few journalism students (including Perry Beeman who now writes for the Des Moines Register). Our "in-house" editors included Shelley Merrill, Ellen Gray, Carolyn Holt, and Gloria Erickson, who has served as editor since November 1990.
As I looked through back issues of the newsletters, it was apparent that technology has come a long way! We created early issues the hard way, using a typewriter. Now we have much more flexibility and are able to be more creative using the computer and various software.
Another noticeable difference between past issues and current issues is the story content and the writing styles. Many articles in the early issues included birth and wedding announcements, vacation and fishing stories, shop party reports, and other tidbits of information. The old issues also include many references to the "girls" in the office or "boys" in the shop and other terms that are now deemed politically inappropriate! Weve come a long way! It will be interesting to see how our newsletter evolves over the next 10-20 years as our department and technology continue to change.
Over the years, we have attempted to maintain a copy of each newsletter. As I recently reviewed the files, it appears as though we may be missing some issues. We would appreciate your help tracking down the missing copies. Below is a list of possible missing issues (I say possible, because there were periods where the newsletter was not published on a regular basis.) If you have any copies of the following issues, please contact me. Thank you.
Missing issues of Footprints:
Missing issues of Plant News:
Missing issues of Facilities News:
(Copies of any other back issues are appreciated please dont throw them out!)
|Chris Ahoy||Bill Holt||Kathy Miller|
|Tess Balsley||Lana Hood||National Safety Council|
|Don Bjelland||Curt Johnson||Clayton Rullestad|
|Jim Callahan||Sally Johnson||Bill Whitman|
|Dan Cox||Lou Keigley||Jeff Witt|
|Larry Curry||Ron Kinyon||Gordon Woods|
|Custodial Team 8||Dave Koehler||Editor: Gloria Erickson|
|Dave Disbrowe||Dean McCormick|