News and Notes

A Newsletter for Faculty and Staff of Idaho State University

November 9, 2009 — Vol. 25 No. 36

Faculty/Staff Updates

Jason Pretty Boy has been awarded a First Nations Leadership and Entrepreneurial Apprenticeship Development Program Fellowship for 2009-10 (read more...)

Ali Crane has been honored for exemplary service by the Pacific American Association of College Registrars and Admission Officers (read more...)

Karen Appleby and Lauralee Zimmerly were honored at the Idaho Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance convention (read more...)

Terry Bowyer was elected as Director of the Pocatello Zoological Society Board (read more...)

News Bites

The ISU Women’s Club Annual Holiday Fair is set for Nov. 13 (read more...)

Theatre/Dance ISU presents The Playboy of the Western World, opening Nov. 13 (read more...)

Provost Gary Olson explains faculty workload, other campus issues (read more...)

The Cosmetology program will be offering complimentary haircuts for all veterans and military personnel on Nov. 12 (read more...)

“Between the Folds” is showing at the Bengal Theater in the Pond Student Union Nov. 10 (read more...)

Kathy Hodges will present a history of Mexican American culture in Idaho on Nov. 12 (read more...)

The lecture, “Promoting Technology and Engineering Education in Developing Countries, on Friday, Nov. 13, has been cancelled (read more...)

Film screening and community discussion with filmmaker, Gwen Haworth (read more...)

Faculty, students and Idaho health care partners are invited to Research Day on April 9 (read more...)

In this Issue

Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities Gives ISU Positive Feedback During Accreditation Evaluation

Idaho State University has received positive feedback from an evaluation committee from the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) after a visit by two reviewers to the Pocatello campus on Nov. 5 and 6.

The reviewers conducted the standard five-year interim evaluation of the institution and reported they will forward to the NWCCU three commendations and only one recommendation. The University is required by the NWCCU to submit a Regular Interim Report five years after the ten-year reaccreditation evaluation, which ISU completed in Fall 2004.

The Commission will meet in January 2010 to consider the site reviewers' report and will issue its formal report to President Arthur C. Vailas shortly thereafter. (read more...)

New $1.7 million NSF grant helps Idaho State University engage in revolutionary historical research project

The Idaho State University history department is engaged in a revolutionary, interdisciplinary historical study that has attracted $1.7 million in funding from the National Science Foundation.

It isn’t often the National Science Foundation funds a project from a humanities discipline with a history professor as a principal investigator, but that is exactly what happened earlier this fall when ISU history professor J.B. “Jack” Owens received an award for a project titled “Understanding social networks within complex, nonlinear systems: geographically-integrated history and dynamics GIS.” About $1.3 million of the four-year grant will go to ISU, with about $471,000 to go to the University of Oklahoma and co-principal investigator May Yuan. (read more...)