Academic Skills Center
Eli M. Oboler Library
Campus Box 8010
The Academic Skills Center serves students who wish to increase the probability of their academic success. The center has three programs: Reading and Study skills, Mathematics Skills, and Writing Skills. The professional staff conducts credit courses, non-credit workshops, and individualized instruction and tutoring in these areas.
The Reading and Study Skills program offers credit courses in study skills, efficient reading, and student success. Students can also learn strategies relevant to their particular courses through individual conferences. The areas covered include time management, note-taking skills, textbook strategies, memory improvement, test-taking strategies, and controlling test anxiety.
The Mathematics program offers individualized counseling to assist students in course placement, handling math anxiety/avoidance and developing problem-solving skills. A drop-in Mathematics Lab gives students individual and small-group assistance with math courses. The Mathematics Placement Exam is administered free of charge to students at the center.
The Writing Lab provides individualized tutoring by appointment for students who need help with their writing skills. Tutors assist students with ideas, organization, logical arguments, sentence skills, punctuation, spelling and grammar. Students from any discipline obtain expert advice on interpreting assignments and determining strategies to shape essays for a specific audience and purpose. Students for whom English is a second language may also receive special assistance.
Career Planning and Placement Service
The Career Planning and Placement Service provides career guidance to students and alumni in both individual and group settings. This centralized student service program reflects the institution's continuing concern for the development of its graduates.
The office is responsible for coordinating employer on-campus interviews, developing off-campus interview opportunities, and developing and maintaining a positive relationship between students and prospective employers in business, education, and government. The staff seeks to meet recruiter needs by helping to develop the student's knowledge of what various careers have to offer and insight into recruiter expectations. The office continually seeks to assist the student in preparing for a career throughout the college years.
In assisting the student with preparation for the job campaign, the Career Planning and Placement Service provides a place to develop a credential file including references, helps develop an effective resume and cover letter, and helps prepare for the interview experience. The office also keeps the student informed of current job opportunities in his/her chosen field. In addition, the office continually assists alumni in redirecting professional careers.
For additional information contact the office of Career Planning and Placement Services in the Museum Building, Room 440, Box 8108, Idaho State University, Pocatello, Idaho 83209, (208) 236-2380.
Persons registering with the placement service during a given academic year (August to August of the following year) will be considered as new registrants. During that year, they will be entitled to have five credentials mailed, participate in on-campus interviews, and receive notices of vacancies off campus. Commencing with the sixth set of credentials requested, a fee of $2 will be charged for each subsequent set. For more information about the placement service, see the "Career Planning and Placement Service" section.
Alumni Reactivating Files.
Alumni wishing to reactivate their placement files will be charged a fee of $30. This fee will entitle them to receive notices of vacancies in their fields to participate in on-campus interviews, and to request the distribution of five sets of their credentials for a period of one academic year (August to August of the following year). If the reactivating alumni want more than five files mailed during a given academic year, an additional $2 fee will be charged for each file.
An alumnus of ISU who receives a post-graduate degree at a later date from ISU will not be required to pay a fee to reactivate the file under the new degree. However, if a post-graduate degree is received from another institution there will be a $30 reactivation fee charged.
Counseling and Testing Center Services
At times, a student's academic success may be negatively affected by psychological, emotional and interpersonal stress. To assist students in coping with these issues or to help them decide upon appropriate resources for assistance the Counseling and Testing Center provides personal counseling and individual assessments. After the initial assessment of the student's counseling concerns, focused personal counseling services may be provided or a referral may be made. Crisis intervention and consultation with concerned faculty and staff regarding student's needs are two other important services available through the counseling and Testing Center.
Credit courses, which currently include stress Management, Self-fulfilling Behavior, and Career and Life Planning, are also taught by counseling staff. In addition, many free non-credit workshops are offered each semester on such topics as: assertiveness, couples communication skills, interpersonal communication skills, self-esteem, grief, alcohol/drug issues, stress, procrastination, anger, and personality styles. Support groups (male, female, and other issues) are also part of the Counseling Center services.
Most services are on an appointment or sign-up basis and because there are often waiting lists for individual counseling, students are urged to consult with counselors as early as possible. Individual counseling and the workshop and support groups are available to, and free of charge for, ISU students (paying full-time fees), faculty, and staff. Spouses are eligible for marriage counseling, some groups, and career counseling.
ISU counselors and psychologists have graduate degrees and annually attend continuing education seminars. They have all passed certification tests and continuing education standards set by the National Board of Certified Counselors or the American Psychological Association and are licensed by the State of Idaho as counselors or psychologists.
Our graduate intern counselors are pursuing masters or doctorate level degrees and are closely supervised by the senior staff.
Career Counseling Services
Selecting a major, an occupation, and a career path are essential decisions for college students. Since there are over 20,000 occupations from which to choose, ISU provides career counseling to those who wish to verify their occupational choices. Students who have gone through a career decision-making process are more likely to complete their college degrees or certificates.
The career counseling available to students and prospective students is designed to clarify appropriate career options by assessing personal interests, abilities, values, and work preferences. Our nationally certified and state licensed career counselors work with clients utilizing interest inventories, a computerized career information system, a comprehensive career library, and individual career counseling. A one-credit course, "Career and Life Planning," is offered as are short workshops on making career and college major choices.
Moderate fees cover the cost of processing the interest inventory and utilizing the career computer. There are no fees for career counseling or use of the career library and no appointment is necessary to start the process. Non-students are also welcome to use these career counseling services.
"Career and Major Selection Guidelines" are available in the Career Counseling Center.
Testing Center Services
The Testing Center administers over 50 national tests including college entrance exams (ACT), college credit through examination programs (CLEP), high school equivalency exams (GED), graduate school admissions exams (GRE), professional school admission exams (LSAT, GMAT, MAT, etc.), teacher certification, (NTE), professional certification exams (Real Estate, Social Work, Dental Hygiene, etc.).
Some ISU departmental exams are administered here (library skills, English placement, etc.). Personality inventories and career interest inventories are offered in conjunction with counseling. Other tests which may be required to complete degree programs can be arranged. Fees vary with each test.
Early Learning Center (ASISU)/Baby U
Campus Box 8316
Pocatello, ID 83209
The ASISU Early Learning Center and Baby U provide daytime child care for children six weeks of age through elementary school while their parents attend classes or work at the university. Children are enrolled in developmentallyappropriate classes led by a professional staff assisted by student employees. Breakfast, lunch and an afternoon snack are served to all enrolled children over the age of one year.
The center is located in the Owen/Redfield and Dyer Halls, two adjacent buildings which have convenient drop off and parking available. Parent fees are kept low by financial support from ASISU and the university. Parents are encouraged to visit the center and to sign up early since waiting lists exist for some groups.
Idaho State University
Pocatello, ID 83209
It is the goal of the Idaho State University housing staff to provide and maintain a residence life program that is conducive to both academic success and personal development. Residence Halls are available to all undergraduate students and apartment units are an option for married students, students with children, graduates and those with special needs. Students are encouraged to take full advantage of the many opportunities and services that are offered by on-campus living and to accept the responsibilities that are involved in the experience.
Applications for on-campus housing may be obtained from the University Housing Office, Box 8083, Idaho State University, Pocatello, ID 83209, or phone (208)236-2120. Directions will be provided for completing the application material and receiving an assignment to on-campus housing.
General requirements for on-campus living:
The university houses men and women in residence-hall-style facilities. It also has apartment-style living for married, family, graduate and students with special needs. Living units generally have lounges and all have laundry facilities.
On-campus housing facilities are furnished; however, students must provide their own bed linens, blankets, pillows, towels and decorative items. Students living in apartments must also provide their own cooking and eating utensils.
University food service is mandatory for students living in residence halls and is optional for students living in apartments. Food service also may be purchased for students living off campus.
Assignment and Expenses
Room assignments are based upon the date the completed agreement and deposit are received in the office.
It is the student's responsibility to keep the University Housing Office informed of any changes in their status as a student. Applicants who wish to cancel housing reservations must do so in writing to the University Housing Office by the stipulated deadlines.
Married Student Housing
Married students will be assigned to on-campus housing based on the date of application and the size of the family. Very limited on-campus housing is available for couples with more than one child.
Off-Campus Housing Information
The University Housing Office maintains a list of off-campus rentals. Arrangements for off-campus housing must be made by the student.
Individuals listing off-campus rentals must comply with federal laws and university policies which prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, creed or national origin.
The ISU intramural program is designed to improve and maintain health and physical fitness through participation in satisfying sports activities; to make social contacts and build friendships which can enrich college and later life; to develop a knowledge of strategy and techniques and to improve skills in a variety of sports activities; to develop traits such as courage, perseverance, cooperation, confidence, and desire to succeed; and to develop desirable patterns of sportsmanship, fair play, integrity, and respect for self and others. A full program of intramural activities is offered to both female and male students. The Intramural Office is located in Room 15 of Reed Gymnasium.
International Students Advisor
The advisor to international students provides support and guidance to ISU's international students. Programs supported by this office include: orientation to the ISU campus and surrounding area; host family, community speaker, and other outreach opportunities; on-going cross-cultural familiarization activities; student-to-student mentor/friendship programs; and additional programs designed to help international students make the most of their time at ISU. In addition, this office coordinates communication between the relevant offices on campus and works with faculty, administration, and the student organizations to provide on-going and improved support/guidance for international students.
Services for Blind and Mobility-
Many structural barriers to blind and handicapped students have been removed from the ISU campus to allow more of these persons to attend ISU. New or recently installed features include ramps, elevators, electric doors on many buildings, modified lavatories, and parking spaces close to most buildings. Student Support Services work closely with the Maintenance and Operations Office and other interested persons to continue campus improvements for the use of blind and mobility-impaired persons.
Student Employment Center
Student Union Building
Student employment assistance is available to students seeking employment while enrolled at the university for at least 6 credit hours per semester. Summer employment opportunity lists for Idaho and other states are available in the center office. An employment list of on-campus vacancies (both collegeand non-college work study) is also maintained at the center.
Student Health Center Services
The ISU Health Center employs a comprehensive and competent medical staff to provide students with quality health care while they are attending ISU. Good physical health and medical care are essential for students during this rather stressful time in their lives.
In addition to high quality care, another important factor is affordability of medical care. Office calls are free to all students who pay full ISU fees whether or not they elect to carry ISU Student Health Insurance. Prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications, x-rays, and laboratory work are available at greatly reduced rates, compared to off-campus sources. Students can save a substantial amount of money by utilizing these on-campus health services. Part-time students (those paying fees for at least one credit) and spouses of full-time students can receive medical care for a minimal clinic fee and are eligible to use the Student Pharmacy.
Students are seen on a walk-in basis with no appointment necessary for most medical services including treatment or consultation for any health concerns.
Nutritional counseling is offered at the Health Center in cooperation with the ISU Department of Dietetics. Individualized health, nutrition, and exercise programs will be designed for students who are over- or underweight or who have conditions which could be helped with these programs. (See Fitness and Wellness Center programs at the end of this section.)
Student Health Center Pharmacy Services
The Student Health Center Pharmacy provides low-cost prescription drugs as well as over-the-counter medications at reduced costs. Students may wish to transfer prescriptions from their hometown to the Student Pharmacy while they are attending ISU. All ISU students, both full and part-time, may use the Student Pharmacy.
Eligibility to Join
Minimum requirements concerning eligibility for membership in an organization (professional, honorary, service, or social) are determined by the university. To be eligible to join an organization a student must (1) be regularly enrolled; defined as fee paying; and (2) not be on scholastic probation or subject to scholastic probationary status by reason of his/her record at another educational institution. Some organizations are encouraged to establish additional standards.
All organizations are required to file the names of officers and advisors with the Associate Director for Student Organizations and Activities located in the Student Union Hypostyle. Organizations are asked to provide a suitable status for members who are temporarily disqualified because of scholastic probation or disciplinary disqualifications by the university.
Requirements concerning eligibility for rushing and pledging are determined by the appropriate organization. The period for rushing is determined by the organization. In all pledging and initiating it is expected that organizations will comply with the by-laws and constitutions of the respective organizations. Proper conduct at social functions and meetings is detailed in the "Student Code of Rights and Responsibilities."
Types of Organizations
Professional, honorary, social, fraternal, recreational, religious and special interest groups exist on campus. Refer to the Student Organization Directory, Student Handbook or contact the Associate Director for Student Organizations and Activities for more information.
Eligibility for Extracurricular Activities
To be eligible to represent the university in specific extracurricular activities or to be a candidate in any final election for any student office or honor, a student must (1) be a full time student or fall under the classification of Article IV, Section 1, Clause 2 of the ASISU By-Laws, and (2) must have an accumulative 2.0 grade point average.
Both men's and women's intercollegiate athletic teams are members of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). The ISU men compete in the Big Sky Conference and participate in football, basketball, indoor and outdoor track and field, cross country and tennis. The ISU women belong to the Big Sky Conference and participate in volleyball, basketball, indoor and outdoor track and field, cross country, and tennis. In addition, ISU has extensive participation in club sports, especially soccer, karate, and volleyball.
To participate in intercollegiate athletics, students must comply with the eligibility rules of the National Collegiate Athletic Association and the Big Sky athletic conference. Prospective students who have questions concerning eligibility should direct such questions to the faculty athletic representative or to the ISU athletic director.
Religious activities among students are promoted by Pocatello churches. There are three religious centers on campus; the LDS
Institute, St. John's Community (Roman Catholic), and the University Bible Church.
Among religious organizations on campus are Campus Crusade for Christ, Lutheran Campus Ministry, ISU Ecumenical Ministry (American Baptist, Christian-Disciples of Christ, Episcopal, United Methodist, United Presbyterian , and United Church of Christ-Congregational), Latter-Day Saints Student Association, Catholic Campus Ministry, Muslim Student Association, the Baptist Campus Ministries, and Wesley Foundation.
The Associated Students of Idaho State University are governed by the president, vice president, Student Senate, and numerous department chairpersons. These officers are responsible for all activities sponsored by the Associated Students. Applications for committee membership are available in the Student Administrative Offices (Hypostyle). Detailed information on student government can be found in the Student Handbook.
Student Support Services (TRIO)
P.O. Box 8345
Idaho State University
Pocatello, Idaho 83209
Student Support Services is a multifaceted, federally-funded student assistance program. Federal guidelines require that services provided by Trio be directed to students who are low income, first generation, or disabled and need transportation and/or special accessibility orientation. Once the student has been certified eligible, the following services are available: tutoring, counseling, job information, student advocacy, off-campus housing search, registration assistance, assistance in obtaining financial aid, transportation for the disabled, and other services designed to assist the student to enhance his/her position at the university. Additional services available by the Trio staff include: Upward Bound, designed to work with low achieving 10th, 11th, and 12th graders to develop skills and motivation necessary for success in post-secondary education; Educational Talent Search, a post-secondary recruiting component providing assistance with admission, financial aid and scholarship applications, and career and academic counseling; Educational Talent Search Initiative, a community outreach program offered to 7th and 8th graders in Pocatello and Twin Falls to increase student years in academic education. The program offers career and college planning plus academic support and counseling.
For any information concerning veterans' benefits, rights, and opportunities, write to the Office of Registration and Records, Box 8196, Idaho State University, Pocatello, Idaho 83209, or phone (208)236-2661.
Students at ISU have the unique opportunity of having a Fitness/Wellness Center on campus. One of its major purposes is to help students maintain desired levels of health and fitness. Healthier students are more productive, miss less school, and enjoy college life more.
A wide variety of classes is offered: high and low impact aerobics, aquacise, stretch and tone, aerobic theatre (including stationary bikes, rowing machines, nordic track). Mini classes on healthy back, weight management and stress/relaxation are also held. All classes are held at ISU Reed Gym. For further information, please call the Fitness/Wellness Center at 236-2117. Office hours are 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. MTW and 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. ThF.
Student Union Outdoor Program
Members of the university community are invited to participate in any or all of the outdoor program's activities. Throughout the school year activities are organized and instruction offered in outdoor pursuits such as canoeing, kayaking, cross-country skiing, rock and mountain climbing, conservation movements, hiking, camping trips, and river float trips.
Student Union Crafts Shop
Sew a backpack, throw a pot, build a bookcase, solder a stained-glass window, or dry-mount and mat a photograph. The Craft Shop offers a wide variety of workshops and classes in most craft areas to self-motivated students, faculty, staff, and community individuals desiring a casual learning experience. A sales area carries most of the needed supplies at prices students can afford. The Craft Shop is located in the lower level of the Student Union Building.
The ISU Bookstore, located in the basement of the Student Union Building, carries a selection of textbooks, computers, office supplies, ISU clothing, and general interest books.
Regular Bookstore hours are 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m.
Students should purchase textbooks as early as possible to ensure good
selection. A full refund will be paid for unmarked books accompanied by
original sales slip. Books that are marked or damaged will be refunded at used
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