News and Notes

A Newsletter for Faculty and Staff of Idaho State University

February 1, 2010 — Vol. 26 No. 5

Faculty/Staff Updates

Jennifer Eastman Attebery has been selected by Utah State University to give the Fife Honor Lecture in March

Idaho State University English professor and director of the ISU Folklore program Jennifer Eastman Attebery has been selected by Utah State University to give the Fife Honor Lecture in March.

"This is an annual honorary lecture given by a senior folklorist each spring," said USU folklore professor Lisa Gabbert. "The Fife Honor Lecture, named in honor of Austin and Alta Fife, has been held every year since 1981 and recipients are chosen on the basis of achievements in the field. Past lecturers have included Wayland D. Hand, Bess Lomax Hawes, Alan Dundes, David Hufford, Peggy Seeger, and Henry Glassie, among many other notable figures."

Attebery's Fife Lecture, "Personal Letters as Voices from the Past," will occur during the week of March 21. In addition to presenting the lecture to a mixed audience of students, faculty, and the public, Attebery will visit a folklore class to interact with students more directly and attend an evening dinner event.

Attebery has also been invited to present her research on immigrant letters later this spring at a symposium, 'The Migration Letter: Archiving Postal Era Intimacy," to be held in Minneapolis, Minn., on May 17-18, sponsored by the University of Minnesota's Immigration History Research Center and the Institute for Global Studies as part of their joint Global REM (Race, Ethnicity, Migration) Program.

Attebery earned her Ph.D. in folklore and American studies at Indiana University in 1985. Her research focuses on folk culture and history of the Rocky Mountain West in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Her main contribution to these fields has been an expanded understanding of the multicultural West, in both material and verbal folklore genres. Attebery's peer-reviewed publications include three books. Among them is "Up in the Rocky Mountains: Writing the Swedish Immigrant Experience," published by University of Minnesota Press in 2007, reviewed in the Journal of Folklore Research as "a significant contribution to folklore and history."

Attebery's most recent publication, "Scandinavianism in the Rocky Mountain West, Pragmatic and Programmatic," will appear in the collection "Swedes and Norwegians in the U.S." edited by Dag Blanck and Philip Anderson, forthcoming from Minnesota Historical Society Press in 2010. Her articles have also been published by the refereed journals Scandinavian Studies, American Studies in Scandinavia, Journal of the Folklore Institute and Pioneer America. Her book "Building Idaho" (University of Idaho Press, 1991) won the Idaho Book Award. She was an ISU Outstanding Researcher in 2008 and 2009.

Philip Homan is presenting “Queen of Diamonds: Kittie Wilkins, Horse Queen of Idaho, and the Wilkins Horse Company” on March 3

Associate Professor and Catalog Librarian Philip Homan is presenting “Queen of Diamonds: Kittie Wilkins, Horse Queen of Idaho, and the Wilkins Horse Company” at the Bingham County Senior Citizens Center, 20 E. Pacific, in Blackfoot on March 3 at 7 p.m.

The event is sponsored by the Bingham County Historical Society.

News Bites

ISU’s new financial aid system is now live

Idaho State University’s new financial aid system is now live.

Three new financial aid channels are now being provided in BengalWeb to students who have completed their FAFSA applications for the 2010-2011 aid year:

For questions regarding Financial Aid, contact the Financial Aid office at ext. 2756, or email finaidem@isu.edu.

If you experience technical difficulties, contact the IT Service Desk at ext. 4357 (help), or email help@isu.edu.

The Veterans’ Sanctuary Program invites all student vets, current military members attending school, vet supporters and the public to a “meet and greet” Feb. 8

The Veterans’ Sanctuary Program at Idaho State University invites all student vets, current military members attending school, vet supporters and the public to a “meet and greet” Feb. 8 at 4 p.m. in the Pond Student Union Building’s Little Wood River Room.

Representatives of the program will make a brief presentation about the Sanctuary and what it offers, and then will open the discussion to questions.

In addition, the ISU Veterans’ Sanctuary campus partners, including representatives of the ADA Center, the Career Center, Student Health and others, will be on hand to provide information and to answer questions.

Refreshments will be provided.

For more information on this event contact ISU Veterans’ Sanctuary Program director Casey Santee at 282-4298 or santcase@isu.edu. More information on the program is available online at www.isu.edu/veterans.

All faculty, staff and students are invited to ISU's First World Café Feb. 5

All faculty, staff and students are invited to Idaho State University's First World Café Feb. 5, 9 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. in the Wood River Room at the Pond Student Union.

Come enjoy a continental breakfast in an open atmosphere where we will explore ISU’s emerging future as a diverse, equitable, and inclusive community.

The World Café is a simple process for bringing people together to explore questions that are important to us, that shape how we think, and what we do next. In this Café we will begin to develop a shared understanding of the strategic priorities for ISU’s Equity & Diversity Plan. New ideas and perspectives are vital for creating future possibilities.

The registration period is open for this year’s celebration in recognition of National Girls and Women in Sports Day on Feb 20

The registration period is open for this year’s celebration in recognition of National Girls and Women in Sports Day that is scheduled from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 20, at the Idaho State University Reed Gymnasium.

“Stay Strong – Play On” is the national theme for this year’s day and serves to acknowledge the importance of sport participation for women and girls.

Idaho State University’s celebration will include sport and activity clinics for girls grades K-6. Advance registration is $10 per participant on a first-come basis. There is a limit of 300 girls.

The preregistration deadline is Wednesday, Feb. 10. Check-in and on-site registration will take place beginning at 8 a.m. in the Reed Gym lobby. On-site registration costs $15 per girl. Preregistration is recommended to guarantee a spot.

Girls will participate in three different sport/activity clinics, one every hour.

Registration and consent/waiver forms are available at the ISU College of Education, the Graduate School, Department of Sport Science and Physical Education, and Campus Recreation’s Reed Gym office.

This national day has been proclaimed by Congress each year since 1987, and is honored annually the first week of February. National Girls and Women in Sports Day recognizes the progress of girls and women in sports, and the benefits that sport and fitness activities can bring to the lives of all girls and women.

The event is sponsored by various ISU entities including the Idaho State University Physical Education Major’s Club – SHEPERD’s (Students of Health Education, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance), the College of Education, the Graduate School, the departments of Sport Science and Physical Education, Health and Nutrition Sciences, Campus Recreation and the ISU Athletic Department. Another primary sponsor is the Your Local Girl Scouts of the Silver Sage Council.

For more information, contact the ISU Department of Sport Science and Physical Education at 282-4852, or e-mail Cynthia Pemberton at pembcynt@isu.edu, or Pat Peyton at peytpat@isu.edu.

ISU’s TIAA-CREF representative, Greg Finch, is coming to the ISU campus Feb. 9 and 10

Idaho State University’s TIAA-CREF representative, Greg Finch, is coming to the ISU campus Feb. 9 and 10.

(Selway Room - SUB) Appointments are available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day in the Selway Room at the Pond Student Union.

TIAA-CREF is currently updating their Web site, so employees should schedule an appointment with Finch by calling TIAA-CREF at 1-800-732-8353, between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.

The deadline for Kasiska College of Health Professions Research Day submissions is next week

The deadline for Kasiska College of Health Professions Research Day submissions is next week.

Submissions can be made on the Research Day website.

ISU faculty, students and Idaho health care partners are invited to submit research proposals. Proposals are due by 5 p.m. Feb. 12. All types of scholarly activity related to health care including original research, descriptive reports, and ongoing project progress reports are welcome.

KCHP hosts an annual Research Day event to promote and disseminate ongoing research on health care in Idaho. Research Day also provides a local venue for KCHP faculty, staff, students and Idaho health care partners to showcase the research they are presenting at other regional, national, and international meetings, and encourage cross-discipline collaboration.

Presentations are made from both the Pocatello main campus and ISU-Meridian Health Science Center with many sessions broadcast to both sites simultaneously using ISU's distance learning facilities.

The 2010 Research Day will be held April 9 and this year's theme is: Communities and KCHP: Advancing Idaho Health Care Together.” The keynote speaker is Dr.Karl Watts, American Academy of Family Physicians “2010 Physician of the Year”, founder of Genesis World Mission, and a member of Governor Otter's 2007 Select Committee on Health Care.

Information for truck and bus drivers

On Jan. 26, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced federal guidance to expressly prohibit texting by drivers of commercial vehicles such as buses and large trucks. Bus and truck drivers who text while driving commercial vehicles may be subject to civil or criminal penalties of up to $2,750.

FMCSA research shows that drivers who send and receive text messages take their eyes off the road for an average of 4.6 seconds out of every 6 seconds while texting. At 55 miles per hour, this means that the driver is traveling the length of a football field, including the end zones, without looking at the road.