News and Notes

A Newsletter for Faculty and Staff of Idaho State University

September 28, 2009 — Vol. 25 No. 30

Faculty/Staff Updates

Professors Leigh Cellucci and Carla Wiggins authored the textbook “Essential Techniques for Healthcare Managers,” which is now in print.

Idaho State University professors Leigh Cellucci and Carla Wiggins authored the textbook “Essential Techniques for Healthcare Managers,” which is now in print through Healthcare Administration Press, the publishing branch of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

The book uses realistic scenarios, cases, and exercises to bring essential management concepts to life. The book covers diverse topics such as handling management responsibilities, making ethical decisions, resolving conflicts, defending a budget, and monitoring organizational performance. Also included are an overview of health law and a discussion of diversity issues to prepare students to work in today’s healthcare environment.

Cellucci is an active member of the Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA), where she serves on the Undergraduate Review Committee. She received her Ph.D. in 1989 from the University of Virginia and her M.B.A. from Idaho State University in 2002. She has taught at Idaho State University since 1999.

Wiggins is an Academic Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), and an active member of the Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA) where she serves on the Board of Directors and Undergraduate Review Committees. She received her Ph.D. in 1994 from the University of Minnesota, and is the acting Chair of the Department of Healthcare Administration at ISU, as well as the Acting Director of the Center for Executive Studies.

For more information, contact Carla Wiggins at wiggcarl@isu.edu; Leigh Cellucci at cellemil@isu.edu; or visit the publishers website for the book.

News Bites

Google Apps is coming. Don’t forget to change your e-mail password.

Google Apps is coming. Don’t forget to change your e-mail password.

All faculty staff and students must change their e-mail password before Oct. 6, when ISU replaces its current e-mail system with Google Apps. E-mail addresses will remain the same.

Here are a few other things you should do as well:

Need Help? Just call ext. 4357 (HELP) or email help@isu.edu.

The ISU Department of Family Medicine – Pocatello Family Medicine Clinic is seeking volunteers for a clinical study on type 2 diabetes medication.

The ISU Department of Family Medicine – Pocatello Family Medicine Clinic is seeking volunteers for a clinical study on type 2 diabetes medication.

The study is to determine if sitagliptin (Januvia) plus usual care for type 2 diabetes is better than usual care alone in preventing future cardiovascular problems. Sitagliptin is a newer class of medication to help control blood sugar in people with type 2 diabetes. It helps the body use its own hormones better to prevent blood sugars from rising too high.

Researchers are looking for people 50 and older who have type 2 diabetes, have never used insulin and have a history of heart attach, bypass surgery, stent, stroke or some form of peripheral vascular disease.

Study participants will receive medication (sitagliptin or placebo), related laboratory tests, study-related office visits and reimbursement for volunteered time. The study is expected to last three to four years from the enrollment period.

For more information, contact Mimi McDonald at ext. 4176.

It’s Homecoming week. Here’s a list of events.

Idaho State University’s Homecoming 2009 with the theme “Cruising with the Cats!” will feature a variety of events culminating with a Homecoming Parade at 10 a.m. and football game at 3:35 p.m. on Oct. 3.

“We invite the entire community to help celebrate Homecoming through the variety of events offered, from the Rock ‘n’ Roll with the Alumni Cats dance at Pinehurst Nursery on Oct. 1 to the Homecoming Royalty Competition,” said Bill Kobus, director of Alumni Relations. “Help us celebrate by attending the parade, the pre-game tailgate party outside Holt Arena, and finally by attending the football game to cheer on our Bengals.”

For information on Alumni Relations events call (208) 282-3755 or send an e-mail to alumni@isu.edu. For information on Student Activities Board events contact the ISU Involvement Center at (208) 282-3451 or visit www.isu.edu/union.

ISU Alumni Association and Associated Students of ISU events planned include:

Mark your calendars now: The ISU Women’s Basketball team is hosting an all-you-can-eat crab feed on Nov. 4.

The ISU Women’s Basketball Team is hosting an All You Can Eat Dungeness Crab Feed on Nov. 4 at 6 p.m. in the Pond Student Union Ballroom. The cost is $30 and includes all-you-can-eat Dungeness crab, Texas Roadhouse rolls and Buddy’s salad. Proceeds will go to ISU Women’s Basketball program. For questions or to get tickets, contact Jordan Green at ext. 3623 or greejord@isu.edu.

As part of its NCAA Certification process, the Department of Athletics is hosting an NCAA rules compliance educational session for interested faculty and staff.

As part of its NCAA Certification process, the Department of Athletics is hosting an NCAA rules compliance educational session for interested faculty and staff.

The meeting is scheduled for Oct. 8 at 2 p.m. in Rendezvous room 104. For more information, call or e-mail Joel Vickery at ext. 3332 or vickjoel@isu.edu.

All employees and their dependents can receive professional counseling through the state’s Employee Assistance Program.

All employees and their dependents, regardless of whether or not they are enrolled in the Blue Cross of Idaho Medical Plan, can receive professional counseling through the state’s Employee Assistance Program.

The plan offers help for any personal or family problem.

All employees and their dependents can receive up to 5 one-hour sessions per family member each benefit year. These sessions have no out-of-pocket co-payment.

Services need to be coordinated through Business Psychology Associates at 877-427-2327 Information may also be obtained through the website at: www.bpahealth.com.

The first annual Counseling, Testing, and Career Services Wellness Symposium and campus Wellness Booth Fair will be held Sept. 30.

The first annual Idaho State University Counseling, Testing, and Career Services Wellness Symposium and campus Wellness Booth Fair will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 30, in the Pond Student Union.

The symposium’s free sessions will be held in the North Fork and Middle Fork Rooms. The event is being held in collaboration with other ISU mental health professionals. It is designed to provide ISU students, faculty and staff, and members of the community with a broad range of educational wellness presentations intended to increase individual awareness of what might be done to enhance an individual’s ability to live a quality and balanced life.

The Wellness Booth Fair is taking place in the South Fork Room. The following offices will come out to provide faculty, staff and students with information about the wellness services available on campus and to provide helpful wellness tips for everyday life: Counseling and Testing, Career Services, Wellness Center, Gender Anderson Resource Center, Student Health Center, Outdoor Adventure Center, Dental Hygiene, Center for Teaching and Learning, Financial Wellness Clinic, Campus Recreation, Center for New Directions, Massage Therapy Clinic, Nutrition Program, Occupational Therapy Program and Veteran's Sanctuary.

Seating is limited for the symposium’s lectures so participants are encouraged to register early by calling (208) 282-7750.

Symposium sessions are as follows:

North Fork Sessions

Middle Fork Sessions

Amanda Minor, M.Ed. This session will conceptualize a new model of wellness with a specific focus on individuals who might not typically be seen as having the ability to achieve a high-level of wellness.

A grand opening ceremony for the Veterans’ Sanctuary program will take place on Sept. 30.

A grand opening ceremony for Idaho State University’s Veterans’ Sanctuary program will take place at 11 a.m. Sept. 30 in the Atrium of the Rendezvous Complex.

“The Veterans’ Sanctuary is a unique program that offers a comprehensive and unequaled system of support to our nation’s finest as they transition from military to campus life,” said Casey Santee, ISU Veterans recruiter/counselor. “Our mission is simple: first-class service for those who have served their country.”

The event will feature remarks by ISU President Arthur C. Vailas, ISU Armed Forces Veterans Club President Dustin Mortimer, and by program co-founders Lynn Roberts and Scott Turner. The event will feature music by the ISU music department and refreshments.

The Sanctuary includes a team of dedicated representatives, some of whom are veterans themselves. The team has a veterans’ coordinator to assist with the GI Bill educational benefits and a campus liaison to facilitate contacts within ISU’s various departments and programs as well as in the greater Pocatello community.

The program features cohort general education classes for veterans taught by faculty members who are veterans. There are plans to create cohort housing and a “learning community” on campus for unmarried veterans. The dormitory-style areas will have on-site tutoring available. Married student housing is available for veterans.

In addition, an Armed Forces Veterans Club, which began at ISU’s Idaho Falls campus last semester, has since expanded to Pocatello.

The program will partner with local businesses to provide scholarships to veteran who exhaust their benefits before obtaining degrees.

“Of course, this is just the beginning for the exciting endeavor,” Santee said. “Please join us to kick off what promises to be a flagship program at Idaho State University.”

For more information, contact the program at (208) 282-4298 or visit www.isu.edu/veterans.