LINCOLN — Iowa State University plans to expand its research park, using a $12 million appropriation recently signed by Gov. Terry Branstad.
The 230-acre research park is located south of the ISU campus, adjacent to U.S. Highway 30. It houses 57 tenants, with 1,200 employees and an annual payroll of more than $60 million.
The state money will be used to construct a new building for services and agencies that assist Iowa businesses, among them the Small Business Development Center, the Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship, the Office of Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer and the Iowa State University Research Foundation.
Land documents, genealogy are topic
Southeast Community College and the Homestead National Monument of America are co-hosting a symposium on land records and genealogy on July 12 and 13 at the college's Beatrice campus.
Scheduled to speak are David Williams, senior product manager for Fold3, an Internet database of original military records; Deborah Abbott, past president of the African-American Genealogical Society in Cleveland; Roberta “Bobbi” King, a homestead records researcher; and other experts in genealogy and history.
Registration is due by July 2. The cost ranges from $19 to attend a dinner on July 12, $69 for one full day of the symposium and $99 for both days.
For more information, call 800-828-0072 or (402) 437-2700.
Creighton will offer more help to veterans
Creighton University is expanding its services to military veterans and their families.
Retired Lt. Col. Mark Turner, who is an assistant dean in the College of Arts and Sciences, will become Creighton's military and veteran affairs liaison as of July 1. He will be responsible for coordinating support and services to veterans, service members and dependents, strengthening existing programs and developing new ones.
Creighton is also significantly expanding its participation in the Post-9/11 GI Bill Yellow Ribbon program. Creighton will not limit the numbers of qualified veterans and family members who can attend undergraduate or graduate school under the program. Participants will have 100 percent of their undergraduate or graduation tuition and fees paid, although some exceptions apply.
The Yellow Ribbon program allows institutions of higher learning to enter agreements with the Department of Veterans Affairs to pay some or all of the tuition and fees on behalf of veterans and their dependents.
Farm Credit Services donates to UNL vet lab
Farm Credit Services of America has donated $100,000 toward construction of a new veterinary laboratory at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
UNL is working to raise $4.15 million toward the $45 million facility, a requirement that the Legislature imposed for UNL to qualify for $41.5 million in state funding.
The new building would replace the aging Veterinary Diagnostic Center, built in 1975 on UNL's East Campus.
During a review last year, the American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians warned that the facility could lose its accreditation if it was not upgraded to address biosafety and biosecurity concerns.
Yagil picked for state college system post
Oren Yagil of Lincoln has been named vice chancellor for academic planning and partnerships for the Nebraska State College System. He is scheduled to begin his new duties Aug. 5.
He will work with leaders at Chadron State College, Peru State College and Wayne State College to develop partnerships and outreach programs with business, education and government. Yagil will work with Chancellor Stan Carpenter and the State College Board of Trustees on strategic planning initiatives for improving academic programs and establishing more partnerships among the colleges and outside entities.
Kinsler named interim chief of quilt museum
Alice Kinsler has been named interim executive director of the International Quilt Study Center & Museum. She is scheduled to begin work on Aug. 5.
Kinsler will hold the position while the University of Nebraska-Lincoln conducts an executive search to replace the center's founding director, Patricia Cox Crews, who plans to step down Aug. 3 after 16 years.
Crews plans to return to full-time teaching and research in the textiles, merchandising and fashion design department at UNL, where she has been a faculty member since 1984.