STORIES in Agriculture and Life Sciences


Ed Adcock


Barb Osborn sees a little of her children in each student she advises. Osborn says helping her children cope with transferring to Iowa State made her a better adviser for the horticulture department. She's the department's head adviser, assigning students to advisers based on their commodity interests, such as turfgrass or fruit crops. But she keeps students who might not know what area they are interested in. "I take a lot of the transfer students too, because I really enjoy looking at their transcripts to figure out how to best utilize their courses for a degree," Osborn says. Three of Osborn's children are Iowa Staters. Her oldest daughter graduated with a food science degree, her second oldest daughter is a senior in the College of Human Sciences and her older son will transfer to horticulture's turfgrass management program this fall. All went to community colleges and she helped them plan their courses to get needed credits.