May 2012

College Spearheads Agreement with BYU-I

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Officials at Idaho State University and Brigham Young University-Idaho announced that they have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that will allow select undergraduate students at BYU-I to gain early admission into graduate programs at ISU. Initial programs include the Master of Arts in Historical Resources Management in the Department of History and the Master of Arts in Political Science.

The agreement allows BYU-Idaho students to work towards graduate degrees from ISU while completing their Bachelor of Arts degree at BYU-Idaho. Students must follow all required guidelines and deadlines; they are encouraged to meet early with an advisor from ISU.

"This agreement establishes a win-win situation for both BYU-Idaho and ISU. BYU-I students can enroll in ISU classes during academic sessions when they're not attending BYU-I, and these classes will count toward their bachelor's degree," said College of Arts and Letters Dean Kandi Turley-Ames. "They can also begin graduate work leading to a master's degree, and their presence in our classes will raise the visibility of ISU's graduate programs."

This MOU will promote greater educational and career opportunities for students and will lead to further collaboration between the two universities. BYU-Idaho students enrolled in the program can potentially earn both their BYU-Idaho undergraduate and ISU graduate degrees in as little as five years.

"We are honored that some of our currently matriculated students will be able to avail themselves of the excellent graduate programs at Idaho State University," said John Ivers, BYU-Idaho Dean of the College of Language and Letters. "Considering the huge investment in time and money in a student's educational preparation, the advantage of completing one's graduate work a year early cannot be overstated."

Both schools pledge to make an effort actively to promote the program. All interpretation of guidelines and decisions on accepting students for admission to the graduate program rests with the ISU Graduate School and relevant academic departments at ISU. Students are responsible for all course and program fees. Revenues from those fees remain with the university that assessed them.

Additional details on this program for BYU-Idaho students are available by contacting Dean Turley-Ames at ISU or Dean Ivers at BYU-Idaho.

Chicago City Limits Appears at ISU

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The Theatre Program was thrilled to welcome a performance by the Chicago City Limits National Touring Company on April 27, 2012. In addition to their evening performance, Chicago City Limits conducted workshops with students during the day. This event was made possible by an arts grant awarded by the F.M., Anne G., and Beverly B. Bistline Foundation. The grant was obtained by Tara Young, Director of Theatre, and Chad Gross, Theatre ISU Technical Director.

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Bringing in a troupe of this caliber is a tremendous achievement for Idaho State University. Chicago City Limits boasts more than 30 years of the highest quality, most acclaimed improvisational comedy in New York City, as well as one of the premier instructional programs. This was an amazing opportunity for our students to learn from those whom The New York Times has called "the perfect masters of improvisation!"



Professional Achievement Awards

Two alumni-Stephen Beckley and Jason Bohne-were honored at commencement ceremonies as recipients of the Professional Achievement Award in their division of the College.

Stephen L. Beckley, Division of Fine Arts & Humanities

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Beckley's roots with Idaho State University precede his degree by many years. He proudly notes that the Nursing Building on the ISU campus was named after his mother, Helen V. Beckley, "despite my 11 years of attending ISU." Obtaining his BA in Speech in 1982, Beckley initially worked for an employee benefits firm and was assigned student health insurance accounts. Being an entrepreneur at heart, after a few years Beckley formed his own firm, Stephen L. Beckley and Associates, in 1991. His firm is considered one of the foremost authorities on college and university health benefits in the nation as well as one of the most trusted and ethical firms in this field. Additionally, Steve has partnered with Doreen Hodgkins to form Hodgkins Beckley Consulting, LLC.

Because of his advocacy for students, Beckley co-organized the Lookout Mountain Group, a non-partisan organization devoted to considering health care reform for the college student population. This group has played a key role in the promotion and preservation of quality student health insurance/benefit programs under health care reform.

Beckley has been married to Stephanie for 25 years, and they have two daughters, Rachel and Julia. A once self-described motorcycle enthusiast and couch potato, Steve has transformed himself into a bicycle riding monster. He now regularly rides the mountains of Colorado at every opportunity and even has a bicycle that breaks down to fit in a suitcase so he can take it with him on business trips.

In 2006, Beckley established the Helen V. and Robert Beckley Scholarship Endowment to honor his parents and to give back to the University he credits for giving him a chance when he was young and out-of-control. This scholarship provides annual awards for full-time Nursing majors in their junior or senior year. Beckley's desire is to establish a Colorado Alumni Chapter for Idaho State University, but in the meantime he directs his support for ISU to his endowment, the I Love ISU scholarship campaign, and Bengal Athletic Boosters.

Jason Bohne, Division of Social & Behavioral Sciences

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Bohne graduated from Idaho State University in 1998 with a BA in Mass Communication and Advertising with a public relations emphasis. An internship at the Idaho National Laboratory led him to a position with the lab where he joined Bechtel National, Inc. (BNI), a leading engineering, procurement, construction and project management contractor for the federal government at projects across the US and locations around the globe. He subsequently managed communications for the controversial Yucca Mountain Project outside Las Vegas. Jason currently serves as the Manager of Public Affairs for Bechtel.

Although his employment necessitated moving to Maryland in 2001, Jason has never given up his ties to Southeast Idaho or to Idaho State University. Every February, he can be found serving as the volunteer media director for the Simplot Games, another relationship that began for Bohne with an internship. Additionally, he serves as a Simplot Games Board member. Because of this relationship and the success he achieved while at ISU, Bohne continues to give back by providing internships and other learning opportunities to ISU students while promoting the Simplot Games.

Bohne and his wife Yvonne have a daughter, who is a student at ISU, as well as four sons. With this many children, Bohne has been a long-time youth baseball and softball coach. He also volunteers with his church and the Boy Scouts and enjoys photography and being outdoors. He and his family miss the West but appreciate the history and other opportunities the Maryland area provides.

Goslee Receives Distinguished Teacher Award

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Susan Goslee, English and Philosophy, has been named ISU Distinguished Teacher for 2012. She was selected from among five finalists, all of whom received Master Teacher awards.

Goslee specializes in creative writing and serves as the chair of the Undergraduate Committee in the English department. She has established multiple events through the years aimed at creating a strong departmental community for English majors and minors. She also served for several years as the co-director of the Rocky Mountain Writers' Festival and works as a guest teacher at Ellis Elementary School as part of their Building Bright Futures Afterschool Program. She also administers Black Rock and Sage, a student journal of various creative works. Goslee's poems have appeared or are forthcoming in such journals as The Carolina Quarterly, The Cimarron Review, West Branch, Prairie Schooner, Salamander, Indiana Review, and Diagram.

Additionally, Goslee has been involved with the Appalachian Institute for Creative Learning-a non-profit organization which provides a residential enrichment program for non-traditional learners and underserved gifted children from Appalachia-as the treasurer, a board member, and a staff member, each summer since the early 1990s.

Wong Receives Distinguished Researcher Award

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Maria Wong, Psychology, has been named ISU Distinguished Researcher for 2012. She was selected from among five finalists, all of whom received Outstanding Researcher awards.

As the director of the Experimental Psychology Graduate Program, Wong's major areas of research include substance use and abuse, sleep problems, self-regulation, resilience and longitudinal methodology. Since coming to ISU in 2004, she has authored and coauthored 25 peer-reviewed papers, one book, two book chapters and 20 peer-reviewed scientific abstracts. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Studies, one of the top journals in alcoholism research, has published her work and chosen it twice as "Highlights of the Issue." She has participated in 48 presentations in national and regional conferences. Her work has received national and international media attention.

In 2008-2010, Wong received a $249,642 grant from the National Institute of Health's National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. Also, Wong was co-investigator on two large-scale studies funded by the National Institute of Health.

She received the Outstanding Experimental Faculty Award from the ISU Psychology Department in 2008 and 2011, and was an ISU Outstanding Researcher in 2009 and 2011.


Outstanding Faculty Awards

Two other faculty members have received outstanding faculty awards as finalists for the distinguished faculty awards. Alan Johnson, English and Philosophy, received an ISU Outstanding Researcher award and Robert Tokle, Economics, received an Outstanding Public Service award.

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Alan Johnson, English and Philosophy, Outstanding Researcher

Johnson specializes in postcolonial literature and theory, with an emphasis on South Asia. His work has brought attention to issues of cultural and national diversity. His recent monograph, Out of Bounds: Anglo-Indian Literature and the Geography of Displacement, was published in 2011.

Johnson has also published a considerable number of articles and book chapters, including work on John Masters' Bhowani Junction and J.G. Farrell's The Siege of Kris'lmapur. His articles have also appeared in such prestigious journals as The Yale Journal of Criticism and the Journal of Commonwealth Literature.

Johnson received a Fulbright Award in 2010, during which time he was in residence at the University of Mumbai in India. During his fellowship, he gave numerous presentations on the subject of globalization and the place of literature throughout India and in Sri Lanka. He also has given numerous presentations at conferences throughout the United States.

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Robert Tokle, Economics, Outstanding Public Service

Tokle joined ISU in 1986. His research specialties include the economics of advertising, and the effects of credit unions on the behavior of banking institutions.

He has published more than 25 articles in peer-reviewed journals, numerous articles in other business publications, and has presented his research at national conferences. The national, public policy impact of Tokle's work is evident in its citation in testimony before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Ways and Means in matters related to credit unions.

Tokle has been a member of the Idaho State University Credit Union Board of Directors for nearly 20 years, serving as chair for the past 15 years. During that time, Idaho State University Credit Union's assets have increased from $15 million to more than $100 million, and membership has grown nearly threefold to more than 15,000.

Tokle has also served on the advisory board for the ISU Center for Economic Education for 23 years. The ISU Center for Economic Education helps elementary and secondary teachers deliver economic education to their students.

Outstanding Student Awards

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KC Harding, Social & Behavioral Sciences

Harding is graduating this month with a bachelor's degree in economics with a focus in law and economics. She is currently president of the Economics Club and secretary of the Law Club. She is a past president of the College Democrats, which garnered her a seat on the Bannock Democrats Executive Committee during her tenure, and she is state president for the Idaho chapter of the Business Professionals of America. She has also assisted Dr. Cynthia Hill on a textbook Hill is writing entitled Principles of Economics.

After graduating, Harding is headed to Moscow, where she will be attending the University of Idaho's College of Law. She plans on having a law career in public service.

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Kelsey Petersen, Fine Arts & Humanities

Petersen is graduating this month with a bachelor's degree in Theatre Arts. By then, she will have taken part in 15 productions within the Theatre and Dance Department. She has been employed with the scene shop for the past two years, and for the last two summers she has worked for the Heritage Theatre Festival-a professional summer theatre repertory-serving in stage management and as a basic electrician. She is currently the treasurer for the local chapter of the United States Institute of Theatre Technology and is a member of Alpha Psi Omega-a national theatre honor society.

After graduating, Petersen is headed to graduate school in stage management.

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Misty Strain, Graduate Student, Psychology

Strain will graduate with a Master of Science degree in Experimental Psychology this summer. Her honors at ISU include the 2011 Outstanding Experimental Graduate Student Award in the psychology department and National Institutes of Health and Sackler Institute travel awards to help pay for research presentations. She received an INBRE (IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence) graduate research fellowship. Her extracurricular activities included being an officer in the St. Johns Catholic Student Center and a member of three professional society student groups.

Her favorite thing at ISU is "the awesome faculty...they have pushed me hard to think critically." Her most influential professor was Michele Brumley, who helped her discover her passion for research. Strain wrote and procured an undergraduate grant to examine the effects of tactile feedback during locomotor behavior, and this study was recently published in Behavioral Brain Research. She completed an Idaho National Laboratory internship and spent a year in Sweden as an exchange student. After graduating from ISU, where she also earned her undergraduate degree, Strain will head to Texas A&M University this fall to pursue a Ph.D. in behavioral and cellular neuroscience.

Theatre and History Team Up to Present a Historical Ethnodrama "Celebrating Idaho's Women"

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"Celebrating Idaho's Women," a Historical Ethnodrama created by Dr. Jamie Romine-Gabardi and Dr. Sherri Dienstfrey, was presented in March at three venues. In hopes of giving voice to the voiceless (which serves as the underlying significance to any historic or artistic endeavor) this project was made possible by ISU's College of Arts & Letters Special Project Grants.

The hopes, courage and fears of Idaho's women may have faded, but some of these heroines of the past have received recognition and understanding in the present. Although there are hundreds of heroic women in Idaho's history, this presentation featured six: a homesteader, Polly Bemis (played by Tiffany Chandler); a politician, Gracie Pfost (played by Emily Kwamme); an Olympic gold medal winner, Gretchen Fraser (played by Angeline Underwood); an astronaut-teacher, Barbara Morgan (played by Aubrey Lowe); an actress, Marjorie Reynold (played by Melissa Bodily); and a Pulitzer-Prize winning author, Marilynn Robinson (played by Katelyn McKelley). This presentation examined what these women had to say about their experiences and placed the account of women's participation in the larger narrative of the human experience.

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