Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - November 10, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
gA The Cedar Rapids Gazette: San., Nev. IU, 1974
Equipment Woes at Kirkwood
By Judy Daubenmier
A school dedicated to training students for modern industry needvS the tools of modern industry.
Keeping up with industry in terms of new equipment can he expensive, and officials at Kirkwood Community college say they’re having trouble doing it.
The entire college has equipment with a book value of about $2.7 million Without an orderly replacement program, the college could be jolted with a big bill for replacement items if a great deal
of the equipment were to wear out at the same time.
Jack Neu/il, head of trade and industry at Kirkwood, is working on a systematic
approach to equipment purchasing to ensure that available dollars are spent wisely.
If his approach works in the trade and industry area, it may be expanded to the rest of the college.
“The problem has been in this kind of a school a lot of high-priced equipment is required. To keep up with
industry, which we say we do, calls for a replacement program,” he said
In areas such as the machine shop and electronics department. Neuzil said,
“We’re using government surplus equipment. It was great for the government to give it to us. but it was built during World war II, in 1945.
“It’s old, we’ve been using it, and ifs wearing out. It causes us a real problem getting parts sometimes.
‘‘We know the electronics equipment becomes obsolete
very quickly We’re still using eight-year-old tube type equipment. while everything in industry now is solid state. We try to get new items as we can, but I question how long we can go on,” he said.
Although all area schools suffer under the same handicap. Neuzil said Kirkwood’s situation may be slightly different
(’nurses are run IO and 12 hours a day in welding and machine shop areas at Kirkwood, while other area schools usually run classes only five hours a day
“The life expectancy of our equipment is reduced You can't compare our use of equipment with another area school that just runs classes one shift,” said Neuzil. “But we still think ifs the best way to go. using equipment double or triple.”
With students using equipment. the equipment “doesn’t get the same kind of care that a journeyman or craftsman would give it.” either, according to Neuzil.
Kirkwood's maintenance staff is extremely limited in numbers, he said, so instructors have to maintain shop equipment after a full day of teaching or induce students to do it.
“The cost of hiring outside help to do it is prohibitive.” according to Neuzil.
Instructors often re-build parts for older machines to try to save money.
“We have about $.100. IN MI worth of machinery in the machine shop. If I spend $3,(MMI a year for maintenance, that’s only a one percent maintenance figure, and I don't think many industries can get by on that. Yet that’s all the money I have budgeted for all the trade and industry programs
Catholic Vocal Festival Is Thursday at LaSalle
The third annual Catholic Vocal Music festival will be held at 7.30 p m. Thursday at LaSalle high school featuring more than 400 Catholic high school students.
Sponsored bv LaSalle, the festival will include students from Notre Dame high school,
Cresco. Marquette high school Bellevue; St. John’s high school. Independence. Wahleri high school. Dubuque. Aquin high schoool, Cascade, and Regis and LaSalle in Cedar Rapids.
Guest conductor will be Richard P. Hoffman, instructor of music and choral director at Mt. Mercy college.
Formerly director of vocal music at Washington high school, Hoffman holds a master s degree in music from the University of Iowa, has conducted several choral groups, and published several choral compositions.
The festival will open with selections from various groups from the high schools
Selections to be performed include the ’Hallelujah Chorus” by Handel. “Deus in Adjutorium" by Pachelbel; “Saul” by Kgil Roeland, “All My Trials' arranged by Norman Luboff; “Declaration'’ as performed by the Fifth Dimension; “The Night Has a Thousand Lyes” by Berger. arid “lie Shall Rule From Sea to Sea” by Hoffman Admission to the festival is 5(1 cents for students and $1 for adults. Tickets may be purchased at the door.
for maintenance.” said Neuzil
He estimates his area has spent an average of $10,(MMI a year over the last four years for purchase of equipment. That figure does not include purchase of equipment for new programs for which money is often provided by grants.
Faced with the pressures for new equipment. Neuzil decided “to really show in a systematic or accountability fashion according to individual item what we need to replace and what it would cost”.
The college's inventory of equipment, including description. which program it was purchased for. the number of those items, the date of purchase. purchase order number, its location, and cost, was fed into the college computer.
Instructors will indicate how long (‘ach piece of equipment can be expected to last
“It’s still somebody's guess as to how long something will last, hut we think the hest person to make that guess is the one using it.
“An electric drill in one program may be used only once a day. but an electric drill in another program may be used four or five hours a day,” said Neuzil
“If we said all electric drills would last IO years, it wouldn’t be true ”
A program was written by the data processing department that will give a print-out of the equipment rn each program which is due to bt* replaced each year
When instructors wish to purchase equipment, they will be required to fill out a request form justifying the need for the piece.
That form will include information on the number of similar items, amount of usage of the equipment, whether the item will allow an enrollment increase, and similar items.
Instructors will have to justify the need for the equipment by noting if the industry's changes have made present equipment obsolete, if its purchase would provide a more desirable student-equip-ment ratio, or if present items are missing or irreplaceable, for example.
. Neuzil said instructors won t gain anything by claim-
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mg all their equipment is obsolete and in need of replacement A limited amount of money is still available, and instructors will have to indicate which equipment they want the most “We are trying to he more specific than saying ‘I need it because I need it’, said Neu/il. “lf we can say specifically that this is the equipment we need, it adds some kind of credibility, rather than just saying we need x number of dollars.”
By carefully documenting the need for equipment, Neuzil said available dollars will bo used more wisely Money will be spent “where it gets the most use and does till1 most good.’’
The data assembled in this way might Ive useful for presentation to the legislature, Neuzil said. when it considers appropriations for area schools.
Ll. Gov. Arthur Non an^ State Son Ralph Potter (R-Marion) visited the campus recently to learn more about Kirkwood's equipment needs Neu was re-elected in last week's election, but Potter was not.
’“Neu was sensitive to the need for equipment replacement for the area schools Most people who have taken the time to come out arc sensitive. I think we are obligated to give them some concrete information,’’ said Neuzil.
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The college’s budget is extremely tight and any chance of additional funds for equipment from that source is slim.
“The only realistic thing to hope for now is help from the legislature. I hope it will appropriate funds for equipment," said Neu/il “lf we show them exactly what we are going to do with the money amd why we need it, I think we have a better chance of getting it."
He Jumped to World Title
NOVATO. Calif. (Al’ -Brian Partenfelder. ll. claims that he is the new world s pogo stick champion.
•lumping in his own garage and averaging about two jumps a second, after 19.111 jarring jumps Brian quit, with a sore neck and blisters on each of his feet.
He did not pause for food or water, hut his mother threw water over his head every once in a while.
According to the Guinness Book of Records the previous pogo jumping record was ll.-052. set in 1971 by Stephen Newman. 12, of Great Haywood near Stafford. Bogland
LOS ANGELES (UPI) - Pete Strudwick was born without feet, no right hand and three fingers missing from his left hand
Now 44 arid a veteran of enough marathon running miles to have taken him from Anchorage. Alaska, to Washington, DC. Strudwick wants to take his “stumps,” as he calls his footless extremities, over the rough terrain of 19,585-foot high Kilimanjaro in Africa
“I’ve got my sights set on it. said the hardy looking Strudwick, who wears special orlon socks covered with silicone rubber oil the bottom when he runs.
“A little 8-year-old girl has gone over that mountain. Blind black people have gone over it. I d like to try I’d like Ut throw a flag up on U for all the guys who think they’re losers and aren’t.” #
Strudwick doesn’t consider himself a loser. His lower extremities end after his ankles in useless paddings of skin His upper limbs betray themselves in something as simple as a handshake.
But he’s certainly not helpless. And he doesn’t live like it.
“Running is really what s keeping me alive right now," said the La Palma, ( alit.. junior high school math teacher. “I have all kinds of birth defects. My spine is twisted and l>ent and one leg is longer than the other
“But if I don't run I fall apart I ve got to work just to he normal ”
The 5-foot-lO Strudwick, whose mother had measles when she was pregnant with him. isn’t content to run 40 to 50 miles a week, as he does in practice alone
He runs up and down mountains and against some of the best long distance
competitors around in grueling marathons that take hours to complete.
The 140-pound athlete, who lettered on his high school football team as a guard, doesn t delude himself, though He can t. He always
“I always get my pants beaten off in races,” Strudwick said “But you need some kind of challenge in life. There are very few things in life where you t an really go all out
“I find as long as I’m going to have to face problems in life. I may as well meet them head on Running makes me proud It kind of makes up I suspect part of it is defensive. Ever since I was a little kid I vt* had people put me on the spot because I look freaky.”
Strudwick. who has run the* 27-mile Pikes Peak marathon in Coloni# three times, competed in his first long distance race, the 28 miles long Palos Verdes marathon, at the
age of 39
“I told myself if I couldn’t run it. I was going to walk it." said Strudwick. the son of a British army major. “But I was going to get through that distance. I was in kind of a daze when I crossed the* finish line after 5 45 or something ridiculous like that But it s become my way of life ever since.
“I was real excited. The guy who was supposed to win came in third and told me after the race he wanted me to have his third-place trophy.
“I was so intoxicated with even getting through the thing. I almost took it But I caught myself. I told him I d rather have his hand. He earned the trophy because he was the one who finished third."
Strudwick also climbs mountains, scuba dives, flies airplanes, and has hitchhiked across the country.
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