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Renowned mathematical modeler to visit ISU Nov. 2

Posted in Uncategorized by taylandy on the October 24th, 2006

The lecture “Individual-based Ecology: A Virtual Look at Habitat Selection and Competition” will be presented at 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 2, in the Plant Sciences Building Auditorium by Dr. Roland H. Lamberson, professor emeritus of mathematics at Humboldt State University in Arcata, Calif.  

The Idaho State University departments of mathematics and biological sciences, and the ISU Mathematics/Computer Science Club are sponsoring the lecture. It is free and open to the public, and should be accessible to anyone with an interest in and basic understanding of computer simulation and/or ecology. (more…)

ISU music professor earns recognition

Posted in Academics, Blogroll, Performing Arts by taylandy on the October 24th, 2006

Dr. Thom Hasenpflug, Idaho State University assistant professor of music and director of percussion studies, is continuing to position himself at the national forefront of percussion performance, composition and education.

Dr. Thom HasenpflugHe has recently completed a commission for a major new marimba work, “All Times Identical to Recent Years.”  It was premiered over the summer by internationally recognized marimbist Thomas A. Burritt at the Leigh Howard Stevens Seminar, and recorded by Burritt this summer. The CD will be released in November on the “Go Fish” label.  “All Times Identical to Recent Years” also will be featured in performance at the 2006 Percussive Arts Society International Convention with Burritt as soloist.

Hasenpflug has in addition completed work on a major commission by the University of Texas for large percussion ensemble (16 players) titled “Euonymus Alatus.”  This aggressive work also will receive its world premier in November at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention in Austin, Texas. Hasenpflug has just completed a three-day residency at the University of Texas in order to prepare for this event, in addition to providing a master class and clinic.


Pocatello Ski Swap scheduled Nov. 3-5 at ISU

Posted in Events by taylandy on the October 24th, 2006

The Pocatello Ski Swap will be held Nov. 3-5 in the Idaho State University Pond Student Union Building Ballroom.

Proceeds benefit the ISU Cooperative Wilderness Handicapped Outdoor Group (CW HOG), the Pocatello Ski Association, and the Pebble Creek Junior Racing Team and Pebble Creek Ski Patrol. Supporting merchants are Scott’s Ski and Sports, Rob’s Ride on Bikes and Snow, Barrie’s Ski and Sports, and Surf’s Up.

There is a $1 entrance fee, although children age 12 and under get in free.

Ski-swap hours are 5-10 p.m. Friday, Nov. 3; 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4; and 11 a.m.–3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 5.

Check-in times to bring items for display and sale are 5-9 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 2, and noon–4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 3.

Those displaying equipment must pick up unsold items from 3 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 5, at the PSUB Ballroom.

For more information, contact CW HOG at 282-3912.

Warren Miller ski film comes to ISU Nov. 4

Posted in Events by taylandy on the October 24th, 2006

 The ski film “Off the Grid” by Warren Miller will be shown in the Idaho State University Pond Student Union Building Bengal Theater at 7 and 9:30 p.m. Nov. 4.

The film signals the local ski season’s unofficial start. Tickets are $7 in advance and $9 at the door.

Skier Lynsey Dyer from "Off the Grid."Film sponsors are the ISU Cooperative Wilderness Handicapped Outdoor Group (CW HOG), Phil Meador Jeep/Subaru, Associated Students of ISU Program Board, ISU Pond Student Union, Scott Ski and Sports, Barrie’s Ski and Sports, Surf’s Up, Park City Mountain Resort, Rob’s Ride On Bikes and Snow, Beaver Mountain, Grand Targhee Resort, Powder Mountain and Pebble Creek Ski Area.

Tickets can be purchased at the Pocatello Ski Swap Nov. 3 and 4 in the Pond Student Union Building Ballroom; the ISU Outdoor Adventure Center office on the lower lever of the PSUB; and Scott’s Ski and Sports, Barrie’s Ski and Sports, and Rob’s Ride On Bikes and Snow in Pocatello.

For more information, contact the CW HOG office, 282-3912.

ISU offers middle school teachers ‘Making a Job’ workshop

Posted in Uncategorized by taylandy on the October 23rd, 2006

The Idaho State University Center for Economic Education invites middle school teachers to participate in a workshop designed to instruct teachers in “Making a Job” this November and December. This program is intended to bring excitement and enthusiasm to the classroom as teachers help their students create their own businesses. Gus Wheeler, a trainer from Salt Lake City, will be the instructor.

“Making a Job” focuses students on business creation. Students will develop a business plan and identify and analyze potential business opportunities. The program can be combined into any discipline such as English, math or computers.

Teachers may earn a free professional development credit and an additional credit for $50. Up to $25 of travel expenses will be reimbursed and overnight guestrooms are available for $38.

The workshop is scheduled from 4:30 to 8 p.m. on Nov. 3, and from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 4. at the ISU Pond Student Union Building Clearwater Room. A follow- up training will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Dec. 2. in the same location.

Participants must R.S.V.P. to Tyler Telford at by Nov. 1.

For more information, contact Telford at 282-3611.

Professional development workshops offered

Posted in Uncategorized by taylandy on the October 23rd, 2006

Idaho State University business information students sponsored the first, semi-annual professional development workshop earlier this week. The workshop was designed to demonstrate to students the need for professionalism when interviewing for various positions.

The workshop featured professional makeovers on three business information student models. Three students from the ISU Cosmetology program did the makeovers, consisting of hair, nails, and make-up. Ideas were presented to participants to provide professional looks, appropriate for interview situations. The cosmetology students answered questions and provided tips on how to get the styles demonstrated.

More than 60 participants from the paralegal, medical assisting, technical general education and computer software development programs participated in the workshop. Business information students from the office procedures and interpersonal skills class planned the free event. A light lunch was served and several businesses in Pocatello provided items for the door prize drawings.

‘Better Todays, Better Tomorrows’ training sessions scheduled

Posted in Uncategorized by taylandy on the October 23rd, 2006

The Idaho State University Institute of Rural Health will offer the “Better Todays, Better Tomorrows” statewide training on the topic of mental health for school-age children for caregivers and gatekeepers starting Dec. 4 and ending April 18.

Sessions will be held in Caldwell, Twin Falls, Boise, Idaho Falls, Pocatello, Coeur d’Alene and Lewiston.

Free ISU Continuing Education credit is offered to social workers, nurses and licensed counselors. Parents, teachers, leaders of community groups and religious leaders are also encouraged to attend.

In addition, there will be suicide risk assessment and intervention. Training will feature expanded information on child trauma and its consequences for children at home, school and in the community.  

This program discusses many of the warning signs psychiatrists and psychologists have identified for depression, anxiety, trauma and other disorders as well as suicide risk factors. Early and appropriate treatment for children can address Idaho’s high suicide rate among young people. Untreated, these illnesses can result in behavioral problems at school, difficulty learning, low self-esteem, poor school attendance and grades, impaired social development, difficulties with law enforcement and even death.

Preregistration is required for all sessions. Shorter or customized trainings are available in other communities besides those listed. Call or email to arrange for a special training session. (more…)

Weather of Lewis and Clark expedition subject of lecture

Posted in Events by taylandy on the October 20th, 2006

On Thursday, Oct. 26, the Idaho Museum of Natural History will host Vernon Preston for a talk titled “The Weather, Water and Climate of the Lewis and Clark Expedition.” The presentation will take place in Museum Classroom 204 from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Vernon PrestonPreston, a native of eastern Washington, attended college at Washington State University studying geology and then transferred to the University of Northern Colorado to complete his degree in Meteorology. His weather career started with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) – Ocean and Atmospheric Research Division in Boulder, Colo., sampling and studying the greenhouse gases.

Preston is currently the assistant manager of NOAA’s National Weather Service Forecast Office in Pocatello, which serves central and eastern Idaho. As the warning coordination meteorologist he serves the function as the outreach and weather safety program manager and public affairs officer working with local, county and state emergency managers and sheriffs.  

In 2003, Preston was awarded the third highest recognition given by the U.S. Department of Commerce – a bronze medal – for assisting Idaho to become the nation’s leader in “Storm Ready” counties and communities. (more…)

Author of ‘Overdosed America’ to give Health Conference keynote

Posted in Blogroll, Events by taylandy on the October 20th, 2006

Dr. John Abramson will give the keynote presentation “The Trouble with Vioxx” from 7 to 9 p.m. on Oct. 26 in the Idaho State University Pond Student Union Building Salmon River Suite.

Abramson is an award-winning family doctor, on the clinical faculty at Harvard Medical School, and author of the book "Overdosed America: The Broken Promise of American Medicine.”

Dr. John AbramsonHis lecture will be given as part of the 19th annual Idaho Conference on Health Care, which runs from Oct. 25-28 at Idaho State University. The lecture will focus on his review of studies of the blockbuster anti-arthritis drugs Vioxx and Celebrex conducted years before the recent announcement of Vioxx’s dangers.  He will comment on how the two medications, although marketed as safer than an earlier and cheaper generation of products, can actually cause more severe side effects.

Abramson’s book recounts his years of scrutinizing medical research only to find that American consumers are being drawn in by flashy drug media rather than by what is best for their health. (more…)

Women’s Club Holiday Fair set Nov. 10

Posted in Events by taylandy on the October 19th, 2006

The Idaho State University Women’s Club will hold its annual Holiday Fair from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 10 in the ISU Pond Student Union Building Ballroom.

The fair will feature handmade crafts, pottery, jewelry, woodwork, artwork, clothing, holiday decorations, baked goods and more from regional artists.

Shoppers can purchase lunch at the fair which will include enchiladas, soups, salads, desserts and beverages.

For more information, contact Romanie Murdock at 233-0842 or, or contact Natosha Holmes at (208) 478-1230 or

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