News and Notes

A Newsletter for Faculty and Staff of Idaho State University

January 11, 2010 — Vol. 26 No. 2

Faculty/Staff Updates

Dr. Cheryl Lyda, Associate Professor in the College of Technology, retired on Aug. 21

Dr. Cheryl Lyda, Associate Professor in the College of Technology, retired on Aug. 21. Cheryl began her career at ISU in 1974 as Department Secretary for the Electronics Department. She was the Office Manager for the ISU Alumni Association in 1976, the year the Association moved into the Magnuson Alumni House. From 1977-1981, she was the Program Aide for the Electronics Technology program.

Between 1982 and 1991, she earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Utah, and then returned to ISU to earn a master's degree in Counseling and then a doctorate in Counselor Education and Counseling. During this time, she was employed first as an intern and then full-time as a Special Needs Counselor for the College of Technology's Student Services Office. Between 1992 and 1997, she taught at The College of Idaho and at The University of Oklahoma, where she completed a second master's degree — an M.A. in English — and worked as an editor for Genre.

Upon returning to Pocatello in 1997, she was hired as a faculty member of the Technical General Education Department in the College of Technology. In 2005, she achieved the rank of Associate Professor. She also served as adjunct faculty in the English Department and affiliate faculty in the Counseling Department. Over the past 12 years, she taught a variety of courses, including English 101 and 102, Communications 101, Technical Writing I & II, and Employment Strategies. In 2006, she achieved a career goal by designing and teaching a course in gay literature.

In 2005, ISU Press published her book, Walking Pocatello, a collection of fictional vignettes based on actual Pocatello locations.

Cheryl served on several College and University committees, including two terms on her favorite committee, University Curriculum Council. Other service included conducting writing workshops for the Genesis Project and editing two volumes of Writing of the Ancient Gays, collections of the workshop participants' writing. From 2002-2006, she was an actor in ISU's annual productions of The Vagina Monologues, and she directed the 2006 production in the Bistline Theatre.

Dr. Raj Bajracharya's paper titled "Introduction to Sperical Triginometry for Surveyors," was published in the Gem State Surveyor

Dr. Raj Bajracharya's paper titled "Introduction to Sperical Triginometry for Surveyors," was published in the Gem State Surveyor, Winter 2010 edition. The publication is produced by the Idaho Society for Professional Land Surveyors. Dr. Bajracharya is the Program Coordinator and Associate Professor in the Geomatics Technology program.

The Academic Advising Center welcomes Susanne Forrest and Dawn Christiansen to the professional advising staff

The ISU Academic Advising Center welcomes Susanne Forrest and Dawn Christiansen to the professional advising staff in Pocatello.

Susanne Forrest brings a wealth of university knowledge and advising expertise gained from the past 11 years advising, recruiting, and overseeing international admissions. A native of Germany, Susanne has lived in Pocatello since 1989 and served with distinction in several relevant positions at ISU including English instructor, telecounseling coordinator, and counselor. She holds three master's degrees — Counseling, English, and German. She has served as an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Languages and Literatures. Susanne will serve as a generalist advisor with an emphasis in transfer student advising.

Dawn Christiansen served in various positions within the Division of Enrollment Planning while completing her bachelor's and master's degrees. Her ISU resume includes experience in admissions, recruitment, continuing education and advising. She has been an instructor of Communication 101 and interned as a Peer Advising class instructor. As an employment specialist for an outside agency, she developed expertise in facilitating clients’ acquisition of job search strategies and preparation for employment interviews, skills which will prove invaluable when assisting our undecided freshmen student population. Dawn will serve as a generalist advisor with an emphasis in Undecided Student advising.

Susanne can be reached in the Academic Advising Center, Administration Building #10, 3rd floor, forrsusa@isu.edu, ext. 4062.

Dawn can be reached in the Academic Advising Center, Administration Building #10, 3rd floor, chridawn@isu.edu, ext. 2663.

News Bites

The ISU Dental Hygiene Clinic is scheduling appointments for spring semester

The ISU Dental Hygiene Clinic is scheduling appointments for spring semester. All services are performed at reduced fees. For further information or to make an appointment, please call Linda Sward at ext. 3282.

As of Jan. 18 Custodial Services will no longer supply whiteboard and chalkboard supplies without charges

As of Jan. 18 Custodial Services will no longer supply whiteboard markers, whiteboard erasers, chalkboard erasers, or chalk without appropriate charges to the departments.

They will continue to clean surfaces of whiteboards and chalkboards as part of their normal duties.

Please contact Steven Fuger, Director of Facilities Operations, at ext. 2784 with any concerns.

The Distinguished Public Service Award Selection and Distinguished Teacher Award committees are seeking faculty nominations

The ISU Distinguished Public Service Award Selection and Distinguished Teacher Award committees are seeking faculty nominations.

For the Distinguished Public Service Award, nominees should be a member of the faculty who exemplifies excellence in service. Please consider service attributes only. Elements such as research and teaching are not to be considered for this award.

For the Distinguished Teacher Award, nominees should exemplify excellence in teaching. Please consider teaching attributes only. Elements such as research and community service are not to be considered for this award.

Nominees for either award should meet the following eligibility standards:

Nominations are being sought from ISU’s faculty, administration, student body and alumni. All nominees named by at least one of these groups along with two references who have given their permission to be contacted to support the nomination, will be considered for this prestigious honor.

For more information and a nomination form, please visit the award website at http://www.isu.edu/acadaff/awards/. Please submit the nomination form by 5 p.m., Friday, Feb. 12. Incomplete ballots will not be considered.

Outstanding Student Achievement Nominations are now being accepted for the 2009-2010 school year

Outstanding Student Achievement Nominations are now being accepted for the 2009-2010 school year.

Each year, the Alumni Association seeks to recognize Idaho State University’s outstanding students. Nominations are now being accepted for this year’s awards program. The deadline for submitting nominations is Jan. 15.

Nomination forms can be downloaded online at http://www.isu.edu/alumni/osa.shtml

The Outstanding Student Achievement Awards recognize student excellence, dedication to academic and professional goals, and community involvement.

One student is recognized from each college with the exception of the College of Arts and Sciences, which honors three - social sciences, fine arts and humanities, and natural sciences and mathematics. Awards also are given to an outstanding master’s candidate and an outstanding doctoral candidate.

Selection criteria include academic achievement; above-average dedication to academic and professional goals including internships; special projects and papers; and involvement in professional societies. Work experience and community service are also considered.

Nominations can be made by any ISU employee or student. Students making nominations are required to get faculty endorsement prior to submitting nominations.

If you need assistance with nomination forms or have any questions please contact Casey Thompson at the Office of Alumni Relations ext. 3755 or e-mail thomcas2@isu.edu.

Theatre ISU will be celebrating its 80th anniversary and is inviting the public to help pick its first show

Theatre ISU will be celebrating its 80th anniversary during the 2010-11 academic school year and is inviting the public and its patrons to help pick its first show of that season.

“We’d like the public to choose, from a narrowed list of five productions, our first show of the year for 2010,” said Erin Joy, Theatre ISU Box Office manager. “Each of these five were debuted at ISU in the 30s, 40s or 50s and Theatre/Dance ISU would like to remember seasons past. Theatre has a long and rich tradition at ISU and we want to keep the memories alive by remembering 80 years of Theatre ISU and we need some help.”

The five shows being considered are "You Can't Take it With You,” "Arsenic and Old Lace,” “Blithe Spirit," "The Crucible" and "Our Town." A description of each play is listed below.

Participants can vote for their favorite show by casting a vote at the L.E. and Thelma E. Stephens Performing Arts Center Box Office, Idaho State Journal, Rendezvous information desk, Student Union Building and in the lobby of Frazier Hall.

Votes can also be cast by going online and filing out a Survey Monkey one-question survey at: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=P2ButVYRgVOM5X1CjRybHg_3d_3d.

The contest will run through the end of Febuary 2010.

The five plays being considered are:

ISU will host a Martin Luther King Jr. March on Jan. 18

Idaho State University will host a Martin Luther King Jr. March at 1:30 p.m. Jan. 18 on the ISU campus.

Marchers will assemble at the northeast corner of Holt Arena and journey to the Pond Student Union Building, where a program will be held in the Bengal Theater. A bus provided by ISU Transportation Services will transport individuals wishing to participate but unable to march. The bus will provide transportation back to Holt Arena after the program for individuals who participated in the march.

The program in the PSUB Bengal Theater, scheduled to start around 2 p.m., will include a keynote address. Various student-organization leaders will make presentations, and there will be an audio presentation of one of Dr. King’s writings.

The parade route will travel from the northeast corner of Holt Arena to Bonneville Street, where it will turn west to Memorial Way, then south on Memorial Way to Martin Luther King Jr. Way, then west to Caesar Chavez Way where it will head south to the PSUB.

The parade is sponsored by the following ISU entities: Office of Student Affairs, Diversity Resource Center, Multicultural Committee, and the College Chapter of the NAACP.

For more information, contact the Diversity Resource Center at 282-3142 or rogekay@isu.edu.

The Community Cinema Screening of the film “Garbage Dreams” will be held on Jan. 19

The Community Cinema Screening of the film “Garbage Dreams” will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Jan. 19 in the Idaho State University Pond Student Union Building Bengal Theater.

The free viewing is open to the public and there is free parking on campus after 4 p.m. An audience discussion about what we can do to increase recycling in our own environment will follow the film.

The showing is sponsored by Idaho State University and Idaho Public Television in collaboration with the Independent Television Service.

Filmed over four years, “Garbage Dreams” goes inside the world of Egypt’s Zaballeen (Arabic for ‘garbage people’) to reveal the lives of two teenage boys born into the trash trade. For generations, the residents of Cairo have depended on the Zaballeen to collect their trash, paying them only a minimal amount for their garbage collection services.

Proving that one man’s trash is another man’s treasure, these entrepreneurial garbage workers survive by recycling 80 percent of all the garbage they collect, creating what is arguably the world’s most efficient waste disposal system. Recycling to lift themselves out of poverty, the Zaballeen have, through necessity, devised ingenious solutions to one of the world’s most pressing problems.

More information on the film is available at pbs.org/garbage-dreams.

For information on the screening call 282-3451.

The ISU African Student Association invites the whole community to ISU Africa Night on Jan. 23

The Idaho State University African Student Association invites the whole community to experience the beautiful and exuberant culture of Africa at ISU Africa Night 2010. It will be held Saturday, Jan. 23, in the Pond Student Union Ballroom.

The annual event will run from 6:30 to about 9 p.m. This year's theme is “Welcome Friends” showcasing the rich traditional and contemporary culture of Africa.

The evening will offer a traditional African dinner featuring specialties from seven African countries, a fashion show, a flag show, traditional and contemporary African dancers, cultural skits and African artifact vendors.

The dinner menu consists of Chapatis, rice, mukimo (potato/vegetable dish), peanut soup (chicken made with spices in peanut sauce), njama njama (beef/spinach stew), chicken curry and fresh fruit salad.

Beginning Jan. 11, tickets will be sold weekdays at the Pond Student Union and Rendezvous Complex from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Prices for tickets purchased in advance are $6 for ISU students, $7 for ISU faculty and staff and $9 for the general public. Tickets cost $1 more at the door. Children under age 5 have free admission.

The African Students Association is a group of students from Africa and the United States who work to promote awareness of the realities in Africa and to strengthen the diversity of the ISU community.

For more information, contact Jerry Okeyo, at 425-533-7269 or okeyjerr@isu.edu.

The Project Hope advocate office is now located at the Student Health Center

The Idaho State University Project Hope advocate office and services are now located at the ISU Student Health Center.

This advocacy program provides supportive assistance to students, staff and faculty who suffer the effects of relationship violence, sexual assault, stalking or other crimes.

Services include:

For more information visit www.isu.edu/andersoncenter/projecthope or call (208) 282-HOPE (4673).

ISU is one of 10 colleges that will host Campaign College in 2010

Idaho State University (ISU) is one of 10 colleges from across the nation and Jamaica that will host Campaign College in 2010, a unique campus-based program that teaches women how to run for elected office.

The ISU Campaign College Training is scheduled from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 19, in the Rendezvous Complex Conference Suite on the ISU Campus.

For questions about ISU’s training session, or to receive a registration form, please contact the Anderson Center at 282-2805. The priority deadline for ISU students is Friday, Jan. 15, and the non-ISU deadline is Feb 1.

Campaign College, a collaboration of AAUW, American University’s Women & Politics Institute, and Running Start, addresses the disparity between the high percentage of women in colleges and universities and their low representation in student government by encouraging women to run for campus leadership positions. This program is open to currently enrolled ISU students and some additional spaces may be available for area high school students.

In addition to ISU other institutions involved with Campaign College include: Loyola University, New Orleans, La.; Mt. San Jacinto College, Menifee Valley, Menifee, Calif.; Northern Michigan University, Marquette, Mich.; University of Connecticut, Storrs, Conn.; University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, Mass.; University of North Carolina, Wilmington, N.C.; University of Texas, Arlington, Texas; University of the West Indies, Mona Campus, Kingston, Jamaica; and Winthrop University, Rock Hill, S.C.

ISU was chosen to host Campaign College through a competitive grant application process. ISU’s application was submitted jointly by the following: Rebecca Morrow, Director of the Anderson Gender Resource Center and AAUW Pocatello Branch member; Shalene Summers, ASISU College of Education Senator; and Gena Cook, FYI Scholar and Women Involved in Leadership and Learning (WILL) Program participant.

“Shalene, Gena and I are thrilled that ISU was chosen as a Campaign College site. This program will help ISU students to prepare to run for not only positions in ASISU, but also for local, state and federal offices. The experience will also help prepare students for other leadership positions in their communities and professional lives after graduation,” Morrow said.

In 2009 Campaign College was offered at Iowa State University and the University of Louisiana, Lafayette. The 2010 trainings launch the program’s nationwide expansion. Campaign College was first instituted in 2006 at American University to address a major imbalance: 62 percent of their student body was female, but women made up only 28 percent of the school’s student government. After the Campaign College program began, women’s representation increased significantly.

To learn more about Campaign College, please visit: http://www.aauw.org/education/LeadershipPrograms/CampaignCollege.cfm.

Country singer Jason Aldean with special guest Luke Bryan will perform on March 21 in Holt Arena

Country singer Jason Aldean with special guest Luke Bryan will perform a concert at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, March 21, in the Idaho State University Holt Arena as part of Aldean’s WIDE OPEN 2010 Tour.

After a quick, 14-week ascent to the top, Aldean’s GOLD-certified single “Big Green Tractor” spent four weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs Chart. He is the only artist to hold the No. 1 position for four straight weeks in more than 18 months.

“Big Green Tractor” is his third No. 1 single, preceded by “She’s Country” earlier in 2009 and “Why” in 2006.

Aldean made history as the first country artist to ever take the No. 1 spot on the Billboard all-genre Ringscan chart. "Big Green Tractor" edged out a top five that included superstars Jay Z, Drake, Mariah Carey and The Black Eyed Peas.

Aldean’s first-ever live DVD, “WIDE OPEN LIVE & MORE,” was released August 25. “Big Green Tractor” is off his third studio album “WIDE OPEN,” released in April of this year. This earned him the No. 2 spot on Billboard's Country Albums Chart and the No. 4 position on the all-genre Billboard Top 200 chart. This marks the best opening week of Aldean's career to date and a nearly 10 percent increase in first-week sales since his last release in 2007.

He is currently selling out arenas with his headlining WIDE OPEN tour. Visit www.jasonaldean.com for more information on this artist and tour.

Tickets go on sale Friday, Jan. 15, at 10 a.m. Ticket prices are $34.75, $29.75, $24.75, plus additional fees. Tickets can be purchased at the Holt Arena Ticket Office, by calling (208) 282-FANS, at Vickers Western Stores in Pocatello and Idaho Falls, and online at www.isu.edu/tickets.

On Dec. 3, a panel of judges awarded prizes to winners of the Clark S. Carlile Memorial Speaking Competition

On Dec. 3, a distinguished panel of judges awarded prizes to winners of the Clark S. Carlile Memorial Speaking Competition. The contest, sponsored by ISU’s Department of Communication and Rhetorical Studies, offers six outstanding students from Business and Professional Speaking classes an opportunity to compete for cash prizes.

Jacob Velasquez, a sophomore majoring in exercise science won first place with his presentation about the Hubble Space Telescope. John Broadbent, a junior majoring in Business Management, was second with his explanation of ice hockey face-offs, and sophomore Computer Information Systems major Lacey Wagner placed third with her speech about computer communication.

They, and the other three competitors, bridged the gap between the lay audience and the technical information they were presenting by employing the techniques they’re learning in the classroom.

The judges, experts in several technical areas, were: Randy Gaines, Chief Information Officer of ISU Information Technology Services; Susan Norby, Occupational Health Nurse for Union Pacific Railroad; and Butch Hjelm, Professor Emeritus and former Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. Moderator Bruce Loebs, in addition to overseeing the event, noted that the contest is named in honor of the late Clark S. Carlile, Emeritus Professor, who taught for many years in the department and provided a generous endowment to fund the awards.

The Office of Academic Affairs is seeking to fill a vacant Administrative Assistant I position

The Office of Academic Affairs is seeking to fill a vacant Administrative Assistant I position. The position is a full-time 12-month position. If you are interesting in applying for this position, please contact Connie Tillotson, Management Assistant, at ext. 2171 or email her at tillconn@isu.edu. You may also contact Human Resources for directions in applying for a position at Idaho State University.

We hope to fill the position within the next few weeks but it will remain open until filled.