News and Notes

A Newsletter for Faculty and Staff of Idaho State University

August 31, 2009 — Vol. 25 No. 26

Faculty/Staff Updates

Dr. Larry Ford, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs, is retiring Aug. 31

Larry Ford, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs, is retiring from the University Aug. 31. A reception will be held in his honor Monday, Aug. 31, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Rendezvous Suites.

Ford joined Idaho State University in 1984 as an assistant professor of mathematics. During his time at ISU, he has also served as chair of the Department of Mathematics, deputy chief research officer and interim Vice President for Research.

All are invited to come to the reception to wish him well.

Dr. Kandi Turley-Ames, chair of the department of Psychology, will serve as interim Associate Vice President until a search for a permanent Associate Vice President can be conducted later this year.

Kathleen Roberts will assume the duties of ISU’s Affirmative Action, Equal Employment Opportunity and Diversity Director Oct. 1

Kathleen Roberts will assume the duties of ISU’s Affirmative Action, Equal Employment Opportunity and Diversity Director on Oct. 1.

Roberts has been addressing issues of equity, diversity, and inclusion for more than 20 years. For the past 10 years she has been the Executive Director of Campus Diversity & Equity at the University of Southern Maine (USM) where she has been leading a diverse staff in areas of Equal Opportunity compliance and affirmative action, ombuds, mediation, diversity education and multicultural student affairs.

Prior to her work at the university, Roberts was an Assistant Attorney General in the Public Protection Unit in Maine’s Office of the Attorney General where she prosecuted white collar crime, consumer fraud, and hate crimes. She was also the Deputy Chief of the Civil Rights Unit where she supervised the prosecution of hate crimes.

Earlier experiences include working as an Assistant District Attorney, a dance therapist, and manager of a halfway house for individuals with mental health disorders.

Eli M. Oboler Library’s Philip Homan was a guest of Jarbidge, Nev. Centennial Celebration

Philip Homan, Associate Professor and Catalog Librarian at the Eli M. Oboler Library, was a guest of the Jarbidge, Nevada, centennial celebration on Aug.14-16. Gold was discovered in the Jarbidge Canyon on Aug. 19, 1909, causing the last gold rush in the American West.

Homan addressed the centennial with a slide presentation on Kittie Wilkins, the Horse Queen of Idaho. Wilkins’s herd of 10,000 range-bred horses was the largest owned by one family in the West. She also made the West’s largest horse sale in 1900 when she sold 8,000 head to a buyer in Kansas City for remounts for British soldiers in South Africa in the Boer War.

The program was supported by a grant from the Idaho Humanities Council. Homan is currently an Idaho Humanities Council Research Fellow. His research is featured in a display at Oboler Library through September.

Dr. Robert Croker was invited to Taiwan this summer to teach a class at Southern Taiwan University

Dr. Robert Croker, chair of the department of Human Resource Training and Development was invited to Taiwan this summer to teach a two-credit class at Southern Taiwan University. Croker taught a class he designed for the university entitled Training in Hospitality Management. Approximately 50 undergraduate and graduate students participated in the class.

News Bites

ISU College of Education held an American Indian Cultural Day Aug. 27

The American Indian Cultural Day featured Native American dancers.

The Idaho State University College of Education held an American Indian Cultural Day on Aug. 27 in the College of Education Auditorium. About 200 people turned out for the event.

“This is a time for us to renew our commitment to education and to welcome new members to our teaching and learning community,” said Deborah Hedeen, dean of the ISU College of Education.

Verlon Gould, Shoshone-Bannock Tribal member, opened the event with a prayer, which was followed by a welcome message by Hedeen and Shoshone-Bannock Tribal leaders.

There was a performance by American Indian dancers for Fort Hall featuring narration by Drusilla Gould and drumming by The Nation, from Fort Hall, followed by a closing ceremony.

Fall General Assembly for all faculty and staff on Wednesday, Sept. 2

President Arthur C. Vailas will host the Fall General Assembly for all faculty and staff on Wednesday, Sept. 2, from noon-1:30 p.m. in the Pond Student Union Theatre on the Pocatello campus. Video transmission will be available in Room 508 at the ISU – Meridian Health Science Center, in CHE Room 208 at ISU - Idaho Falls, and in Room C89 at ISU - Twin Falls.

President Vailas will welcome the assembly and provide an overview of the University. Vice President Jim Fletcher will update the assembly on the University’s financial status. Following these presentations, President Vailas and the members of the Cabinet will entertain questions from the assembly.

The Office of Academic Affairs is beginning the academic year with a Fall Academic Assembly of all faculty and academic staff Sept. 14

The Office of Academic Affairs is beginning the academic year with a Fall Academic Assembly of all faculty and academic staff Sept. 14 at 3:30 p.m. in the Bengal Theater.

At the event, a number of initiatives will be announced, including a series of regular town hall forums to help increase transparency and communication on campus. The meeting will be followed by a reception.

The Office of Human Resources is conducting training for all employees on maintaining a respectful work environment

The Office of Human Resources will be conducting training for all employees on creating and maintaining a respectful workplace environment. This training covers areas such as: respectful behavior, harassment, sexual harassment, discrimination and reporting inappropriate behavior.

A list of training dates is available at www.isu.edu/humanr. To register for a session, contact Stacey Marshall, HR Training Specialist or call ext. 3081. If a department would like to schedule a session, please contact Stacey.

Google Apps and Bengal Web for students is coming in October

On Oct. 6, ISU will replace its current email system and upgrade to Google Apps. Your current email address will remain the same. Be on the lookout for more information coming soon.

All students, faculty, and staff will get:

Also in October, students will be given access to BengalWeb, ISU’s new portal. BengalWeb organizes all the most important information students need in one convenient location:

Have an event to publicize? Tips for using the ISU Events calendar

Have an event to publicize? To submit an event, visit www.isu.edu/calendar/submit.shtml.

Here are some tips for using the ISU Events calendar: