News and Notes

A Newsletter for Faculty and Staff of Idaho State University

October 26, 2009 — Vol. 25 No. 34

Faculty/Staff Updates

Steve Shropshire was named one of 18 finalists for the national award

Physics professor Steve Shropshire was named one of 18 finalists for the national Society of Physics Students Outstanding Chapter Advisor award.

Jeanne Johnson presented a poster with two recent graduates at the Washington Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Jeanne Johnson, Associate Chair of CSED-Meridian, presented a poster with two recent graduates at the Washington Speech-Language-Hearing Association in Blaine, WA. The poster detailed survey results of two Master's projects on the use of literacy-based intervention by speech-language pathologists.

News Bites

Provost Gary Olson will host two town hall forums this week

Provost Gary Olson will host two town hall forums this week. The faculty forum is scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 27 in the Wood River room at the Pond Student Union. The staff forum is set for Wednesday, Oct. 28 in the Salmon River Suite in the Pond Student Union.

The forums will run from 3:30- 5 p.m., and will be televised televised to Meridian in Room 502 and Idaho Falls in CHE 208.

The ISU Reading Project is hosting a series of lectures and events in November

The ISU Reading Project is hosting a series of lectures and events in November to stimulate discussion and debate about the fall 2009 book, “Three Cups of Tea: One Man’s Mission to Promote Peace… One School at a Time,” by Greg Mortensen.

“Three Cups of Tea” is the story of Mortenson’s journey from a failed attempt to climb K2 in Pakistan to his success in establishing schools in some of the most remote regions of Afghanistan and Pakistan. He has survived armed kidnapping by the Taliban, firefights with feuding Afghan warlords and hate mail and death threats from fellow Americans. Today, he has established 64 schools, helping more than 26,000 children.

Below is a list of events:

“Three Cups of Tea” is available in local bookstores, online retailers and at the Marshall Public Library. All events are free and open to the public.

The annual United Way campaign has begun, and continues through Nov. 6

The annual United Way campaign has begun, and continues through Nov. 6.

Last year, 24 percent of ISU employees donated $59,350 to the United Way of Southeast Idaho. Our goal this year is $100,000.

United Way funds are used to aid programs that help children, families and the health of members of the community.

Each department on campus has been assigned a team leader and campaign coordinator. These volunteers will be leading campaign initiatives in their departments. ISU offers faculty and staff the convenience of giving through payroll deduction.

The University Bookstore and the University Place Bookstore are currently conducting an online survey

The University Bookstore and the University Place Bookstore in Idaho Falls are currently conducting an online survey at www.follettbookstoresurvey.com.

By completing the survey you will be entitled to a 10 percent discount off regular retail clothing, gifts, general reading books and select supply items. You are able to combine the 10 percent faculty/staff discount with this discount to receive a total of 20 percent. Survey discount must be redeemed using the response code given to you at the end of the survey. Bring your Bengal ID faculty or staff card with you for eligibility of additional discount. Surveys must be completed by Oct. 31 and discount redeemed by Nov. 3.

An opening reception for a photography exhibit by Thomas Terry will be held on Nov. 2

An opening reception for the photography exhibit “Pauses: Photographs 1975-2005” by Idaho State University Mass Communication Chair Thomas Terry will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday, Nov. 2, in the Pond Student Union Transition Gallery.

“I’ve titled my show ‘Pauses’ to capture a sense of that decisive moment, when everything pauses in that one revealing photographic breath,” Terry said.

Terry, also an associate professor has won numerous state and national press association awards for his photography. He received his B.A. from the University of Iowa at Iowa City and both his M.A. and his Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

The opening reception is open and free to the public and the exhibit will be on display Nov. 3-20 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday-Friday.

For more information, call Corinne McCullough at 208-282-3451.