News from the home cities (and sometimes states) of the Big Ten.
MICHIGAN STATE: Ex-Rep Kennedy speaks at MSU 'green commencement'
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan State University says ex-U.S. Rep. Joseph Kennedy II will be a featured speaker as part of its environmentally friendly "green commencement" May 7-9.
Among the waste-reducing features of this year's spring graduation are diplomas and programs printed on recycled paper and caps and gowns made from recycled plastic bottles.
The university says about 58,500 plastic bottles have gone to make the gowns, saving 16,500 yards of fabric. Invitations were e-mailed, not mailed.
Kennedy represented Massachusetts in Congress for 12 years and is son of the late U.S. Sen. Robert Kennedy. He's founder and chairman of the nonprofit Citizens Energy Corp.
He speaks May 7 at the undergraduate commencement at the Breslin Center.
IOWA: Iowa to standardize faculty review
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The University of Iowa has announced plans for a new peer review process at the school.
Journalism professor and Faculty Policies Review Committee chairman Julie Andsager says the committee found the university's various colleges do not have a standard peer-review policy.
According to university officials, the new policy requires each college to develop and implement a formal plan for periodic regular review of all tenured assistant, associate and full professors. The plan should include guidelines for a peer-review committee, its procedures and timelines, materials to be reviewed, distribution and use of the committee's written report and mechanisms for faculty to respond.
Law Professor Shelly Kurtz says in some colleges, peer reviews are not given much weight, adding he hopes the new policy will change that.
INDIANA: Egg producer donates 43,000 eggs to Ind. food bank
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — A southern Indiana egg farm is donating more than 43,000 eggs to a food bank that serves people in need in the Bloomington area.
Rose Acre Farms made its donation Tuesday to the Bloomington-based Hoosier Hills Food Bank.
Hoosier Hills executive director Julio Alonso says he's grateful for the egg donation and says it will guarantee "a great source of protein for families in need."
The gift is one of 11 donations Rose Acre Farms is making to food banks across the nation.
The company has donated more than 1 million eggs to the United Egg Producer's egg campaign for needy Americans. United Egg Producers is a trade association for U.S. egg farmers.