News and Notes

A Newsletter for Faculty and Staff of Idaho State University

October 5, 2009 — Vol. 25 No. 31

Faculty/Staff Updates

Mel Miller, Ph.D., will co-present a research poster and conduct a seminar at the national meeting of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

ISU-Meridian assistant audiology professor, Mel Miller, Ph.D., will co-present a research poster and conduct a seminar at the national meeting of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Nov. 19-21 in New Orleans. He is co-presenting with Gil Herer, Ph.D., director emeritus of the Children's Hearing and Speech Center at Children's National Medical Center in Washington, D.C.

Their research is titled, “Intellectual Disabilities & Hearing Loss: Undetected, Unserved, Undertreated” and the seminar is called “Audiology in a Public Health Model: Outcomes in Intellectual Disabilities.”

Dental hygiene professor Denise M. Bowen was recently appointed to the Editorial Advisory Board of Dimensions of Dental Hygiene

Dental hygiene professor Denise M. Bowen was recently appointed to the Editorial Advisory Board of Dimensions of Dental Hygiene, a peer-reviewed journal that publishes evidence-based information for state-of-the-art practice. She will be advising the editor and editorial staff regarding features, resources, and strengths and weaknesses as well as contributing articles in her area of expertise, the oral-systemic health link.

News Bites

ISU’s James M. and Sharon E. Rupp debate team is ranked 18th in the nation

The season’s first Cross Examine Debate Association/National Debate Tournament coach’s poll is out and Idaho State University’s James M. and Sharon E. Rupp debate team is ranked 18th in the nation. The team started the season several weeks ago with strong showings at its first two tournaments.

“We’re excited about the coaches' poll,” said Sarah Partlow, ISU’s director of debate, “but we’re even more excited about the team’s early performance. We’ve really started out strong this year.”

At the team’s first tournament of the year at Gonzaga University, Daniel Jennings and Tony Johnson, finished in ninth position out of more than 40 teams. At a much larger and more prestigious tournament at Georgia State, the same team made it to the round of 16.

“Making it that far in this large tournament places them squarely in the national spotlight,” Partlow said.

The team’s quick start this year is partly the result of a strong freshman class of students who come from Washington state and the Boise area.

“The new students are really energizing the team and providing a lot of additional help in terms of research and case development,” said assistant coach Scott Odekirk.

In addition, Partlow and Odekirk have been experimenting with video recording technology to improve performance.

“We recorded the elimination debate at Gonzaga,” said Odekirk, “and a thorough review of that event really helped us at Georgia State. Northwestern University is the only other school we know of that’s integrated this technology into coaching as thoroughly as we have.”

ISU will host the annual James M. Rupp debate tournament Oct. 16-19, which will include approximately 30 teams from the University of Puget Sound, Arizona State University, the University of Wyoming, the University of Denver, Gonzaga University, and the University of Nevada Las Vegas. After that, the team heads to Harvard in October and Wake Forest in November.

Of course, no matter how busy this year gets it will still seem like a vacation to Partlow and Odekirk, who planned and hosted the Cross Examination Debate Association Nationals Debate Tournament at ISU last March. This event, which included more than 450 debaters and coaches from across the country, raised ISU’s profile on a national level and showed off the university’s world-class facilities and many outstanding graduate programs to this audience of top-quality undergraduates.

“The event went off without even a glitch, thanks to the efforts of Partlow and Odekirk,” said Jim DiSanza, chair of the Department of Communication and Rhetorical Studies. “What these two have done and continue to do for our debate team, the department, and ISU has been amazing.”

The Janet C. Anderson Gender Resource Center and the Family Service Alliance have announced that the sixth annual “Walk A Mile in Her Shoes” fundraiser is set for Oct. 7 in Idaho Falls and Oct. 8 in Pocatello

The Idaho State University Janet C. Anderson Gender Resource Center and the Family Service Alliance have announced that the sixth annual “Walk A Mile in Her Shoes” fundraiser in recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month will be held Oct. 7 in Idaho Falls and Oct. 8 in Pocatello.

For the first time, the walk will be held in Idaho Falls from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 7 at the Bennion Student Union at University Place.

Then, on Oct. 8, the Pocatello walk will run from 4 to 6 p.m., starting on steps of the Bannock County Courthouse (624 E. Center) and ending on ISU’s Hutchinson Quadrangle.

The walks serve as a challenge for the men of Southeastern Idaho to stand up (if they can) in a pair of high heels and walk to end domestic violence in our communities.

Domestic violence is a prevalent problem. According to a 1998 study by the Commonwealth Fund, nearly one-third of women report being abused by a male partner during their lifetime.

All proceeds from this event will be used for crisis work with victims as well as prevention and education activities.

If you are interested in walking individually or as a team or in volunteering, pledge sheets are available at the Anderson Center, Graveley Hall North Room 114, at Family Services Alliance at 355 S. Arthur, or online at www.isu.edu/andersoncenter.

Join the ISU Theatre and Dance Department Oct. 16 for free studio tours, Pilates instruction and refreshments

Join the Idaho State University Theatre and Dance Department Oct. 16 for free studio tours, Pilates instruction and refreshments.

The event is scheduled for 3- 6 p.m. in Red Hill Building, studio 103A. Everyone is invited and there will be supervised instruction for all participants.

For more information, contact Lori Head at headlori@isu.edu or Josephine Garibaldi ext. 6143

DANSON, ISU’s student dance club, presents master classes in contemporary ballet taught by Paul Zmolek

DANSON, ISU’s student dance club, presents master classes in contemporary ballet taught by Paul Zmolek, Fridays 9-10:30 am in the Red Hill building Dance Studio 101. The classes are open to the public on a drop-in basis through Dec. 4. Cost is free to DANSON members; $5 ISU students; $10 ISU faculty/staff and community members. Prior ballet training is required. For more information please contact Omar Raudez at 267-207-9302 or raudomar@isu.edu.

The Anderson Center’s annual Art of Gender conference is set for Friday, Feb. 26, 2010. Deadline for submissions is Oct. 19

The Anderson Center’s annual Art of Gender conference is set for Friday, Feb. 26, 2010.The conference will include a keynote, "Sexual Fluidity," by Dr. Lisa Diamond, Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, at the University of Utah.

Deadline for submissions related to the art of living gendered lives is Oct. 19. While all submissions related to the art of living gendered lives will be considered, we are especially interested in submissions that address gender and identity, gender and psychology, gender in the arts (including the presentation of gendered performances, films, etc., as well as academic papers) and in popular culture. The complete call for papers in now available on the website at: http://www.isu.edu/andersoncenter/aogvii.shtml.

For more information, call the Center at ext. 2805.

The Office of Sponsored Programs is hosting an informal drop-in meeting Oct. 9, 3-5 p.m. to discuss issues related to applying for external funding

The ISU Office of Sponsored Programs is hosting an informal drop-in meeting Oct. 9, 3-5 p.m. to discuss issues related to applying for external funding.

The next meeting will be in Liberal Arts Computer Lab room 270. Stop by any time from 3 to 5 p.m. to talk to the staff.

Here’s what you can learn:

College of Pharmacy faculty, students and staff will provide free flu vaccinations to the first 50 guests who register during the Pharmacy Open House

In conjunction with American Pharmacist Month, the Idaho State University College of Pharmacy faculty, students and staff will provide free flu vaccinations to the first 50 guests who register for adult flu shots during the Pharmacy Open House, slated for Friday, Oct. 9, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the College of Pharmacy. These shots are a $30 value. Once the 50 free vaccines have been used, Sav-on Pharmacy will provide additional shots for $24.99. H1N1, or swine flu shots will not be offered.

The open house will also feature tours of the College, refreshments and information regarding immunizations, heartburn awareness programs, diabetes education and poison prevention.

Also bring your prescription and over-the-counter medications to the Pharmacy Open House where student pharmacists, assisted by licensed pharmacy faculty members, will answer questions regarding prescriptions.

For more information, call 282-3393.

The deadline to submit orders for Printing Services has been extended to Oct. 7

Recently, ISU Printing Services announced the office will be closing on Oct. 30. Orders must be in by Oct. 7.

Please contact Printing Services at 282-3275 or 282-3505 to submit your orders.

In the near future, the University will subcontract printing services for business cards, stationary, invitations and other projects.

Please take this opportunity to order ahead for the coming months.

Scott Hughes, Stephen Feit, Ken Smith and Subbaram Naidu will be the featured panel speakers at Second Friday, a monthly event hosted by the ISU Graduate Student Association

Idaho State University College of Arts and Sciences Dean Scott Hughes, Kasiska College of Health Professions Interim Dean Stephen Feit, College of Business Dean Ken Smith and College of Engineering Associate Dean Subbaram Naidu will be the featured panel speakers on Oct. 9 at Second Friday, a monthly event hosted by the ISU Graduate Student Association.

Second Friday will take place from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in Suite A of the Rendezvous Complex. Admission to the event is free, and light refreshments are provided.

These monthly events will be held on the second Friday of each month throughout the school year. These gatherings are designed to create a community amongst graduate students at ISU.

For more information, contact Cynthia Pemberton at (208) 282-3140 or pembcynt@isu.edu.