STORIES in Agriculture and Life Sciences


Brian Meyer


After his first semester at the University of Illinois, freshman Don Beitz walked into his adviser's office to register for second-semester classes. His adviser pointed a finger at him and said, "Beitz! You're going to graduate school!" Beitz, who described himself as a rather timid new college student, said: "What's graduate school?" His adviser told him; it meant he'd be taking a lot more math, chemistry and physics. Beitz liked the sound of that; he excelled in all those. Then his adviser pointed his finger again. He pointed down the hallway, where he told Beitz to go see a colleague and ask for a job working in his research lab. Beitz listened and took both suggestions. He also learned a lesson in advising students that he's used many times in his 45 years on the Iowa State faculty.