News and Notes

A Newsletter for Faculty and Staff of Idaho State University

August 24, 2009 — Vol. 25 No. 25

Faculty/Staff Updates

David McLelland and Richard Trussel retire from ISU Facilities Services

David McLelland and Richard Trussel are retiring from ISU Facilities Services.

David McLelland, M & O supervisor, is retiring from the University effective Aug. 28, after 19 years of service. David began in 1990 as a carpenter with the Physical Plant. In 2000 he became Building Facility Foreman for University Housing, and in 2005 was promoted to Construction Supervisor in the Facilities Shops. In June 2009 he took over the reins as M & O Supervisor managing the maintenance and shops departments.

Richard Trussel, welder/machinist for Facilities Services since 1970, is retiring on Aug.31. Richard has designed and built many structures all around campus, from railings to stairs to containers to anything metal. He is a master in his field and his welding artistry is amazing.

Please send your farewells by email to David at mcledavi@isu.edu and/or to Rich at trusrich@isu.edu or to Facilities Services, Box 8137 or x2784.

Also, Quinn Dance, space manager and architectural drafter in Facilities Services, has left the department to become a full time student to complete his degree. Quinn's last day was Aug.7, though he may return to assist the department as a student employee.

We wish all three the very best in their future adventures.

Native American Business Administration degree program and the Diversity Resource Center to be featured

Idaho State University’s Native American Business Administration degree program and the Diversity Resource Center are featured this month on the online publication, americadiversityplace.com.

On Aug. 17 a feature was posted on efforts to start an American Indian Academic Research Center (AIARC) at ISU. Doyle Anderson, professor in the College of Business, founded the Native American Business Administration (NABA) five years ago. The culturally based program helps Native students earn degrees in business.

The AIARC posting will be followed by a feature on Jason Pretty Boy, coordinator of NABA. He was hired to help recruit students to the program. James Yizar, associate dean at Idaho State University and director of the Diversity Resource Center, will be featured in a third posting.

America, The Diversity Place, a marketing and communications company, is traveling throughout the 48 states in the continental U.S. to report on “diversity in action” and “Multicultural Voices Across the Nation” for its online publication.

News Bites

ISU-Meridian offering HIV/AIDS course

The Idaho State University-Meridian Health Science Center is offering an online course for students, medical providers and case managers who want to learn more about HIV and AIDS in Idaho. The class starts today.

“We’ve designed the course for students and health professionals who are new to HIV and AIDs or who want to update their current level of knowledge,” said Judy Thorne, HIV education coordinator at the ISU-Meridian Health Science Center.

The course will include updates on medication, how to reduce stigma, tutorials on rapid testing, and perspectives from a physician and nurse who treat HIV and AIDS patients.

To register, go to http://workshops.isu.edu/ and click on Register for ICEE Professional Development/Teacher Recertification courses. The class costs $50, and you have a semester to complete it. Professional development credit is awarded.

For more information, contact Thorne at thorjudy@isu.edu.

University to provide Google Apps to faculty, staff and students

Idaho State University will soon provide Google Applications (Google Apps) for Education to faculty, staff and students, resulting in improved services and significant reduction in costs. E-mail addresses will remain the same.

Google Apps for Education is a free service consisting of several applications that can be branded for ISU without advertising. This includes e-mail, calendaring, instant messaging, spam control, and the ability to create and share documents.

The switch from the current ISU email system to Gmail and other Google Apps is set for Oct. 6.

There will be several upgrades in service. All accounts will increase to 7 GB (gigabytes) of storage space from the current 20 MB (megabytes) for students and 50 MB for faculty and staff. Student e-mail accounts will continue for life. They will no longer be discontinued upon exiting the University.

The full suite of Google tools incorporated into our Google Apps interface will make collaboration and coordination of activities much easier than before.

Complete instructions will be provided, and detailed announcements will be sent out well in advance of the time that it will be necessary to do these things. The IT Service Desk will be available to give assistance. Stay posted for more news.

For more information, please contact the IT Service Desk at help@isu.edu or ext. HELP (4357).

Annual Student Involvement Fair

The annual student involvement fair is set for Wednesday, Aug. 26, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. on the Hutchinson Quadrangle.

The event is designed to welcome students, faculty and staff to ISU, create a sense of community and create awareness of the facilities, amenities and organizations that exist on campus. If your organization would like to set up a booth at the fair, call ext. 3451. Booths are not being reserved, but organizers want to know how many tables to set out. Booths are first-come, first-served, and must be completely set up by 10:30 a.m. Booths must also be staffed at all times.

Idaho Conference on Health Care on Oct. 30

Idaho State University’s Kasiska College of Health Professions invites everyone to participate in the 22nd Annual Idaho Conference on Health Care to be held Friday, Oct. 30 at ISU's Pond Student Union. This year’s theme is "Caring for Idaho." The conference has been redesigned to focus on providing professional development credits for health care professionals through four distinctly separate tracks, but the Thomas Geriatric Health Symposium will offer plenty for the general public.

Tracks include:

C.E. credits/CEUs for professionals in various health care-related fields will be available (see website for details). The Thomas Geriatric Health Symposium will be transmitted to ISU-Meridian (Room 501 from 9 am to 12 pm and Room 502 from 1 to 3pm) through our Distance Learning network. Pre-registration is required to attend any portion of the conference.

Up-to-date conference information, including registration forms, can be found at www.isu.edu/kchp/hlthconf (click on the specific track you are interested in).

For questions, contact Victoria at ISU's Division of Continuing Education at ext. 1049 or banavict@isu.edu.

Early Learning Center classroom for children of faculty and staff

The Early Learning Center is offering a mixed-age classroom for children of faculty and staff. The room will have children ages 2-4, and cost is $105 weekly. Space is limited and fall care begins today. Contact the Early Learning Center for details at ext. 2769.

ISU Dental Hygiene Clinic is now scheduling appointments

The ISU Dental Hygiene Clinic is now scheduling appointments for teeth exams, x-rays, cleanings, fillings and sealants. All services are provided at a reduced fee. For further information or to schedule an appointment, please call ext. 3282.

Housing Director finalists to present on campus

Three finalists for the position of Housing Director at Idaho State University will be on campus. They are:

John White- Tuesday, August 25th, - Clearwater Room located in the Student Union Building
Michael Lawrence- Wednesday, August 26th, -Rendezvous Suite B
Craig Thompson- Thursday, August 27th, -Rendezvous Suite B

All presentations will begin at 1:30p.m. and should last no longer than one hour including time for discussion.