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Idaho State University Presidential Residence Committee tours Servel House and holds discussion

Posted in Featured, People by taylandy on the February 27th, 2015

The independent fact-finding committee charged with assessing the current condition and making recommendations for future plans of the Servel House, ISU’s presidential residence facility, toured the facility during this week’s meeting.

During the tour the committee discussed issues related to safety and security, maintenance, efficiency and suitability for hosting University functions. In discussing these issues committee members described the facility as “beautiful and historic,” but expressed concerns related to the functionality and liability of the facility for University events.

The committee also reviewed the Idaho State Board of Education’s Governing Policies and Procedures regarding Institutional Presidents: Housing, Automobile and Expense Reimbursement (Section I, Subsection E):

“The institutional Presidents are responsible for hosting official functions to promote their respective institutions. At institutions with official residences, the Presidents of such institutions are required to live in the official residences provided. To preserve the image of the institutions and to provide adequate maintenance of state-owned property, the institutions shall provide support services for these residences. This support shall include maintenance and repairs, utilities and grounds keeping…”

At the committee’s request, information was gathered and provided regarding the presidential living arrangements at other universities, including Boise State University, University of Idaho and the Utah System of Higher Education.

In addition, the committee noted that the Idaho State Board of Education’s 2012 contract with President Vailas includes a specific section on Housing:

“The public and common portion of the residence shall be furnished with furniture and furnishings at no cost to the President. The President is responsible to furnish at the President’s own expense any personal living quarters at that residence that are separate from that public and common portion.”

To date the committee has also reviewed the facility condition assessment report completed in September 2014 and discussed the University’s facility maintenance funding allocations, specifically noting that ISU does not have a dedicated allocation to the Servel House facility, but rather funds University maintenance as a whole.
The committee includes representatives from the University’s alumni, faculty, staff, students, as well as community leaders: Dirk Driscoll, Shelbie Harris, Kim Hirning, Valerie Hoybjerg–committee chair, Sarah Knudson, Amy Manning, Phil Meador, Eva Nye, Dan Ordyna, Tom Ottaway, Jordan Reed, John Sargent, Corey Schou, Jenny Semenza, Syd Sharp, Kyle Son and Josh Tolman.

At the conclusion of their work the committee will provide a written recommendation to the administration for possible solutions that best fulfill the current and future needs of the University.

Suggestions and comments for the committee can be emailed to servelcomm@isu.edu.

ISU Health Fair 2015 March 19-20 features more than 70 health learning centers; walk-in blood draws available

Posted in Events, Exhibits, Featured, People by taylandy on the February 25th, 2015

The Idaho State University Health Fair 2015 – celebrating its 34th year – is scheduled from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday and Friday, March 19-20, in the Pond Student Union Ballroom. Parking is free in the Pond Student Union parking lot.

This year’s fair will feature more than 70 learning centers, blood draws and comprehensive health screenings and informational services on a variety of topics. (more…)

I Chose ISU: Jenny Brooks, dietetics major, Benny’s Pantry employee

Posted in Academics, People by taylandy on the February 24th, 2015

Jenny Brooks, an undergraduate student in the dietetics program at Idaho State University, has gone the extra mile to help organize one of ISU’s most successful outreach programs – Benny’s Pantry.

Benny’s Pantry is a food program designed to offer short-term help for members of the ISU community including students, staff and faculty who suffer from food insecurity. (more…)

44th annual Frank Church Symposium set Feb. 26-27 at Idaho State University; theme is ‘Cross Cultural Expression in a Transforming World’

Posted in Events, Featured, People by taylandy on the February 23rd, 2015

Idaho State University’s International Affairs Council (IAC), housed in the College of Arts and Letters, will host the 44th annual Frank Church Symposium on Feb. 26 and 27.

The theme for this year’s symposium is “Cross Cultural Expression in a Transforming World.”

The event is held annually in honor of Idaho Sen. Frank Church, chair of the U.S. Committee on Foreign Relations during the Vietnam War.

Charles “Charley” Metcalf, ISU alumnus, will present the keynote address. Metcalf will speak on “Cross Cultural Expression from a National Security Communication Perspective” on Feb. 26 at 7 p.m. in the Stephens Performing Arts Center. (more…)

Idaho State University College of Arts and Letters Gala raises more than $48,000 for student scholarships

Posted in Events, People, Performing Arts by taylandy on the February 23rd, 2015

The Idaho State University College of Arts and Letters raised more than $48,000 for student scholarships at the second annual New Year’s Eve Gala, and nearly doubled attendance from last year’s event.

The Gala was held at the Stephens Performing Arts Center and used most of the buildings unique space. Idaho State University students provided entertainment throughout the evening, and all $48,000 raised will be used for student scholarships in the fine arts and humanities. (more…)

ISU’s TRiO Program Has Provided 50 Years of Student Support

Posted in Academics, People by taylandy on the February 23rd, 2015

By Emily Frandsen and Aaron Kirkham, ‘15

To say that freshman Austin Richards’ parents are proud of the work he is doing at Idaho State University is an understatement.

“I get a text from my parents every day telling me how proud they are,” Richards, a first-generation college student and nuclear engineering major said.

Richards knew he wanted a career in the sciences after an engineer from the Idaho National Laboratory spoke to his middle school class, but it was a visit from an Idaho State University TRiO Upward Bound Math Science advisor that sealed the deal. (more…)

Ann Swanson named regional director of the Idaho State University Small Business Development Center

Posted in People by taylandy on the February 20th, 2015

The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) in Pocatello has a new director. Ann Swanson is the new leader of the Region V SBDC in the Idaho State University College of Business.

Region V covers Bannock, Power, Bingham, Oneida, Franklin, Caribou and Bear Lake counties and is part of a state-wide SBDC network. (more…)

Idaho State University Nepalese Night 2015 set Feb. 21

Posted in Events, People, Performing Arts by taylandy on the February 20th, 2015

The Idaho State University Nepalese Night will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 21, in the Pond Student Union Ballroom.

The ninth annual celebration aims to provide insight into Nepalese culture. Attendees can expect to see dance and musical performances as well as different traditions representing each region of the country and traditional food. (more…)

Idaho State University names Scott Scholes as Associate Vice President of Enrollment Management

Posted in Academics, Featured, People by taylandy on the February 20th, 2015

Idaho State University has named Scott Scholes as the associate vice president of enrollment management, effective April 1. Formerly the dean of students at the College of Southern Idaho (CSI), Scholes will be responsible for leading the University’s undergraduate enrollment management units and strategies. (more…)

Louis Pirro art works on display in Idaho State University Oboler Library

Posted in Exhibits, People by taylandy on the February 20th, 2015

The Eli M. Oboler Library at Idaho State University is pleased to announce a new exhibit of paintings by Louis Pirro, named “Patterns in the Void.” The art will be displayed from February 1 through April 30, 2015, in the art exhibit area on the 1st floor.

Over the last 33 years Lou has worked as a muralist, art director, illustrator, educator, and fine artist, showing in galleries in the Northeast and Intermountain West. Of his recent series, “Patterns in the Void,” he had this to say: (more…)

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