Ag Express Bus Schedule Expanded!

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This semester, the schedule of the Ag Express route of The “T” bus service has expanded. An extra hour of service is being added in both the morning and afternoon this fall. The bus will now run from 8:45 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.

The Ag Express route shuttles students directly from the “T” transfer stop located next to Neyland Stadium to the heart of the Agricultural Campus. Buses run every five minutes.

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New USGS Map Locator and Downloader Delivers Topo Maps Online

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The USGS has launched the new USGS Map Locator and Downloader, a Web tool designed to deliver topographic maps easier, faster, and less expensively than before.

Using open source software and the Google Maps programming interface, the Map Locator and Downloader allows customers to find the topographic maps they need, by searching zip code, address, or navigating on an interactive map. Users can pan, zoom, change the map to see satellite imagery or a seamless USGS topographic map view, order printed maps or download a scanned map image in GeoPDF® format.
Downloading maps allows users to view the map prior to purchase and doesn’t require customers to pay the shipping and handling fees associated with hard map products.

The launch of the Map Locator and Downloader is the first step in a plan to update the USGS Store (, which is expected to be completed early in 2008. To date, customers have downloaded about 40,000 maps; traffic is currently about 16,000 downloads per month.

Culture Corner Features In the Wake of the Plague

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The Life of the Mind reading selection In the Wake of the Plague: the Black Death and the World it Made is the center of the University Libraries fall 2007 Culture Corner exhibit

The University Libraries joins the university’s celebration of the Medieval semester with the In the Wake of the Plague Culture Corner exhibit. The exhibit includes books available for check-out, databases and Web sites, documentaries, reference books and music. The Pendergrass Ag-VetMed Library created a list of books and selected articles about the subject, and the Medieval and Renaissance Studies subject guide is also available.

These resources provide further insight into the life and customs of Europe during the Middle Ages. Some materials also focus on the impact of widespread epidemics or pandemics, both historical and contemporary.

New Laptops

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laptops.jpg Now available for checkout in the music library are two Macintosh laptops and three PC laptops. Computers may be checked out by any student for four hours at a time. Renewals are allowed as long as no other students are waiting. Laptops may be taken out of the library, and must be returned to the circulation desk in the music library. For more information, contact any music library staff member or check out the FAQ’s online.

Writers in the Library: Barbara Bogue, September 24

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Barbara Bogue presents Writers are Critics Too–James Lee Burke and the Soul of Dave Robicheaux

Poet, author, critic and community activist Barbara Zimmerman Bogue will present Writers are Critics Too: James Lee Burke and the Soul of Dave Robicheaux on Monday, September 24 at 7 pm in the Hodges Library Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.

Everyone enjoys a good mystery. At this Writers in the Library event, Bogue will discuss James Lee Burke, one of the best Southern writers of police procedurals, and his brilliantly drawn character, New Iberia, Louisiana police detective, and bait shop proprietor, Dave Robicheaux.

At noon on September 24 Bogue will also present Writing Outside the Margins: Creative Writing and the Community in the University Center Crest Room. Bogue will discuss how she established a unique and lasting partnership between Ball State University and community organizations in Muncie, Indiana. The aim of the program is to encourage community interaction and the creation of dialogue between those who write and those who yearn to have their stories told and published.

Barbara Bogue teaches creative writing at Ball State University, where she founded and directs the annual Creative Writing and the Community Project. She also edits the annual Writing Out of the Margins collection, published by the Ball State University Community Collaborative. Bogue is the author of James Lee Burke and the Soul of Dave Robicheaux (McFarland, 2006). Her fiction, poetry and non-fiction have appeared in Rockhurst Review, New Millennium Writings, Pleiades Kaleidoscope, The Flying Island and Deadly Writer’s Patrol, among other publications.

This event is co-sponsored by the Office of Academic Outreach of the College of Arts and Sciences, the Creative Writing Program of the English Department in association with the John C. Hodges Better English Fund, and the Writers in the Library program at the University Libraries.

eXtension Launches Entrepreneurship Site

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eXtension is pleased to announce the “soft” launch of its fifth Community of Practice web site:
Entrepreneurs and Their Communities, available at This web site will serve as an additional resource that local business owners can depend upon for unbiased information on a variety of business-related topics.

Like all other websites launched as part of eXtension, the Entrepreneurs and Their Communities site is populated with various frequently asked questions (FAQs) responding to the most common set of questions that users are likely to ask. It also offers users the opportunities to submit questions not addressed in the FAQ system, inquiries that will be answered by land-grant university personnel with expertise in these specific topical areas.

Over the next few months, the eXtension entrepreneurship team will be adding a number of products to the website, including: a synopsis of state and local policies enacted to spur and support entrepreneurship, learning lessons offering a variety of self-paced educational programs, and various case studies on innovative ways communities nationwide have designed and launched local entrepreneurship-friendly programs.