On the Vocal scene 1976 college grads—and job prospects MINNEAPOIJS. MlTVV f API nlnumwt fiaM mi-Lara araXjL. UTklle en ma iwnivinrac hai'd Un ciut tkot rnKnsil rlictrisitc ct/irinn runh ir-tc- " Fergus falls (Mn.) Journal Thurs., April 29,1976 ]] Adult education at new high Adult education enrollment readied an alWme high in Fergus Falls this past schod year, Hillman Ensquist, director <A the Cooperative Center, rtpaii. A total of 1 £14 students were registered during the two sessions The winter session attracted 676 adults. The 40 dusa had students who represented 29 communities, some as distant as Morris and Wadena. Enquist said 51 teachers were involved in instruction Out ranged from birdwatcning to welding, from baik dance steps to auto mechanics. There were5M men and 670 womenenrolled. Registration (or vocational courses totaled 159, for recreation 18, (or hobby courses 99, for general interest 13J, homemaking 69 and agriculture 72. Insurance complaints Brian Pennington, insurance investigator, representing the Minnesota State Insurance Division in hearing complaints about insurance claims and policies, will be available to the public in Fergus Falls Friday, May 7. He will be at the Minnesota Emptoy- mentServices office, 116E. Uncohi, fromi-.JO to 11 a.m. The service is free and no appointments are required or made. Early attendance with all related insurance papers will help Pennington in interviewing all complainants on a first-come, first- served basis. Complaints also may be made by mail to the State Insurance Division, Metro Square Building, St. Paul 56101. Three cars damaged Cars driven by Dolores Elshaug, 912 W. Lincoln, and Orvis Burtons, Doran, collided in the National Foods lot Wednesday. City police reports estimated damage at $UO to Burhans' car and $150 to Elshaug's. A second collision reported Wednesday involved a parked car which rolled down a hill and struck a tree and a house, the car, owned by W.T. Marts, was parked in the 1100 block of East Mt. - Faith. Damage to the car was estimated at $25. No estimate on the house at 11M E. Mt. Faith was available. Thefts reported City police are investigating a home burglary and two thefts reported Wednesday. The David Lundeen residence at 709 W. Lakeside was entered through a basement storm window and coins and light bulbs stolen. Thomas Kelly, 719 W. Birch.reported theft of J635 worth of tools. Guy Thompson, 620 E. Chaining, reported theft of a radar snooper, flashlight and blanket, valued at (120, from his car, parked at the Eagles Club Tuesday night . 'Earth-protected' houses foreseen MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (AP) — Earl Carlson, still struggling for a place in the economic sun at 3t, thinks he may have to forget about his major study, abstract painting. As a senior about to graduate from the University ot Minnesota, he finds "little or no prospects in that field." He is inclined to try Civil Service tests. "I've taken Civil Service exams in the past and got passing grades," he said. "They're not too different from those I took in the Army. I 1 11 take what I can get." Carlson, of St. Paul, thought of going into commercial art, "but painting and drawing were much more satisfying." Satisfying to the artist in him, perhaps, but not rewarding enough to fill out his wallet. Carlson is one of thousands of university seniors who'll step forward for a diploma In the next few weeks. They hope the improving economy they've heard about will aid in landing a job. But the outlook this year, as last, varies from one field to another. "The Job situation is about the same this year as last," said Max Alvrod, director of placement at the College of Liberal Arts (CLA). "We're tending to have higher starting salaries this year, too. To date the average is running a bit over $900. Several have gotten over $1,000 a month." There will be some 3,500 CLA seniors graduating in the traditionally largest university college. Alvrod said the weakest employment area is in general manufacturing lines, while service Jirfds such as insurance and banking show slight improvement over last year. He said 15 social worker-related positions were available last week in Minnesota and Wisconsin. "But the kid coming out ot here who thinks he can get a job in the Twin Cities may be doing a hell of a lot of wishful thinking," explained the veteran placement official. He stresses mobility as a key factor in obtaining a job. Alvrod said it may take several months for an economic downturn to ripple into the em- ployment field where graduating collegians feel it. In the same way, he added, the upswing in Jobs often lag behind the initial surge In basic indices such as the gross national product. Journalism graduates continue to find a tight job market, but newspaper positions are available in nonmetropolitan towns. One Minnesota daily has been advertising for a sports all-round editor on the bulletin board of the CLA placement office, with salary "DOQ"-de- pending on Qualifications. While some seniors are reluctant to move to smaller towns, "an increasing number are willing to go there, and some in fart, say it's all they want," noted Prof. John C. Sim of the School of Journalism and Mass Communications. While some companies have tended to scout for minorities including women in engineering, Ponto believes those firms are inclined now to evaluate them more on their merits. He explained: "Companies still want to know about their grades, what they are like personally, would they be good for the company can they relocate?" Another to affirm that the improving economy has not made a good deal of difference to Job-seeking seniors is Janet Windmeier, placement director in the university's School of Business Administration. Asked to compare 1976 with a year ago, she replied, "It's hard to say for sure. Things are still slow. It's taking people longer than it should to find jobs. Most companies we talk He said employers prefer to say business is good but hir- "someope with a record," who ing hasn't picked up." has worked parttimeon univer- slty of other media publications. Larger papers usually look more favorably on a reporter who's put in time with a smaller paper-which makes the rural town an added factor in the graduate's long-range plans. The journalism school will begin limiting entering majors to 215 beginning next fall, but the impart isn't expected to be noticed until a year later. A "cub" reporter in a non- metro area is apt to be offered $160 to $170 a week, wel below the CIA average this year. Lee Ponto, director of placement in the Institute of Technology (IT), finds "this year very much like last year. We haven't seen a real upturn in employment needs yet." However, Ponto noticed an increase in company inquiries this spring-15 compared with 8 to 10 a year ago. About 200 companies sent officials to interview IT seniors since last fall, and Ponto estimates 20 per cent may still be looking for a job at the end of spring quarter There will be some 500 graduates includingsscience and architectural majors. In good years, IT can place 93 to M per cent of grads by the next autumn. Starting salaries average around $1,160, or 5 per cent above last year. In views of the depths of the recession, executives have been made more aware of crucial cost-cutting including a tight rein on employment. Even an accounting degree is not the magic carpet to a position, as in some recent years. Business grads are being offered an average $850 a month, up from $827 in the fall quarter. The twin pindi of lower elementary grade enrollments and tighter school budgets with layoff of some teachers has tended to doud prospects for College of Education majors. But William Edson, director of education career development, sees .no appreciable change in prospects this year. He said that school districts tend to hire later in the year, July and August, rather than May and June. Edson said the college placed 547 graduates who were looking for jobs, or 72 per cent, in the past year. Those most in demand were vocational-industrial majors, all of whom landed positions. Ninety per cent of agricultural teaching specialists found jobs, 47 per cent in social studies, and 96 per cent in natural sciences. Three out of every four elementary education majors were employed. Rural towns are not as apt to need teachers as in some recent years. But whereas the metro and near-suburbs have trimmed staffs, outlying suburbs in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area are luring. The outlook for many Law School graduates has not jelled, mainly because they don't take state bar exams until July and learn the results in October. Of 215 seniors this year, 76 had landed jobs by last week. Forty-six of the grads are women, about double the number in 1975. The school has to winnow out 4 out of 5 freshman applicants. Only 250 new students will be admitted next fall. In a specialized field like music, "The arts are often the lirst to suffer in budget cuts by school systems," says Charles Byrne, coordinator of undergraduate affairs in the Music Department. "But this is often a temporary phenomenon because the public insists on re- storing such arts." The Twin Cities, with a flair for cullure, offer opportunities for musicians and actors in numerous organizations. A major in a specially like Russian or other foreign language may be an attractive prospect to companies, particularly if he or she combines it with a business or economics specialty .Languageinter- pretation also is in demand in some federal government offices such as the State or Agriculture departments. Automatic Softeners For Rent $7.w and up RENTAL —SALES SERVICE Rl — Richville.Minn. 495-2215 or 758-2493 HOME & COTTAGE PLANNING! Stop in and let us help you plan your cottage whether you are building new or remodeling. We will give you a free estimate on cost, advise you on materials and deliver all materials to your lake site free .of charge. STENERSON LUMBER 505 S. Cascade - Ph. 736-2018 - FergusFals, Minn. ByGALETOLLK ' Associated Press Writer BLOOM1NGTON, Minn. (AP) — Energy-independent buildings are a viable answer to the energy shortage even in areas of frigid winters, an energy conference was told Wednesday. Such buildings can be heated, said Thomas P. Bligh of the University of Minnesota department of civil engineering, by putting a large part of the structure underground and using solar heat He gave his views at the "Update on Alternative Energy Sources Technology and Applications" conference presented by the Minnesota Energy Agency and 32 other sponsors. "The enormity of the oil and gas shortfall is a formidable task to try to overcome," Bligh said. World supplies of oil and gas reserves, if used at the 1972 consumption level, would last 37 and 41 years, respectively, he said. For North America, the index figures would be 12 years for oil and 13 for gas. "We must conserve like mad," Bligh said. Conservation would be aided, he told the conference, if "we dig holes and build houses semi- underground, with solar collection systems." The rooms in "earthlpro- tected" houses would open onto a bright, sunny court or atrium. The living room would be at the upper level, entirely -above ground. Horizontal access to daylight would eliminate the psychological feeling of being underground, Bligh said. Solar collector panels above the roof could be adjusted to optimize efficiency throughout the year. Because of the earth's heat- storing capabilities, Bligh said such a house should be able to stand three or four days of cloudiness without auxiliary energy. Normally, he said, the only other energy required should be electricity for lighting. Bligh suggested using winter- frozoi ice lor summer air-conditioning. He said the ice could be frozen in a hole dug in the back yard or garden. When winter air conditioning is required, valves would be opened and cold antifreeze circulated through a chiller coil to cool and dehumidify the air. "All through summer the ice slowly melts to water, while air conditioning the building," Bligh said. "At the end of summer, the duller coil valves are closed and the heat-exchange valves opened so that the water can be frozen during the following winter." Debate centers over truck law MADISON, Wis. (AP) - A proposed modification of the state's law against tendero- trailer trucks is to go into effect July 1, and the trucking industry is already suggesting the breach be expanded. UK State Highway Commission conducted a hearing Tuesday concerning a plan to let double-bottom tankers haul milk from dairy farms to dairies. Truckers and industrialists have quarreled with traffic safety representatibes for years over Wisconsin's prohibition against semitrailer trucks exceeding 55 feet in length. , John Varda, president of the Wisconsin Motor Carriers Association, told the hearing that what is good for the dairy fanner should also be good for the cheese factory that imports milk from out of state.' He noted the proposed new freedom for dairy tankers would not include shipments between plants, nor shipments to Wisconsin cheese plants from neighboring states in which tandem trailers are allowed. "The Highway Commission is scared of Gov. (Patrick) Lucey or they would have made shipments between plants and from out of state legal," Varda said. He cited the trucking industry's arguments that larger trucks would mean more cargo per trip, reducing fuel consumption and shipping costs, thereby producing price- cutting benefits for consumers. Critics of the larger trucks argue they are an added safety hazard because they are harder to maneuver in emergencies. Also, it takes precious seconds longer to pass them, and they create extra congestion on city streets once they leave expressways, critics contend. William J. Buglass, engineer with the state Division of Highways, told Varda that the commission is only going as far as the legislature allows. 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