News and Notes

A Newsletter for Faculty and Staff of Idaho State University

February 16, 2010 — Vol. 26 No. 7

Faculty/Staff Updates

Who won the January ISU Cares "Spot" Awards

January ISU Cares "Spot" Award Winners are:

Mary Bossart, Dental Hygienist, Boise Family Dentistry,
Susanne Forrest, Advisor, Academic Advising,
David Buck, Director, Purchasing
George Imel, Chair/Professor, Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering,
Von Bringhurst, Asst. Technology Aide, ADA Center
Kelli Sepulveda, Application Security Analyst, ITS

Each winner received a certificate and a $15 Visa card to thank them for their great service to ISU customers. They, along with all other people commended through online or paper ISU Cares surveys, will also be entered in the spring semester drawing for $100.

If you would like to commend an ISU employee for their great service, go online to www.isu.edu/humanr/isucares.shtml.

News Bites

ISU Jazz Bands will be performing at Portneuf Valley Brewing Wednesday, Feb. 17

ISU Jazz Bands will be performing at Portneuf Valley Brewing, 615 South 1st Ave., Wednesday, Feb. 17 at 7 p.m. There is no cover charge.

The Professional Pharmacy Student Alliance is sponsoring their annual Spaghetti Feed fundraiser and Auction Friday, Feb. 26

The Professional Pharmacy Student Alliance is sponsoring their annual Spaghetti Feed fundraiser and Auction to raise money to grant a wish for an ill teenager Friday, Feb. 26 at 6 p.m. in the Pond Student Union Ballroom.

Advance tickets are $5 per person or $15 for a family, regardless of size. Prices are double at the door. Tickets are available at ext. 4597 or sfra@pharmacy.isu.edu.

This year's proceeds will go towards assisting a 17-year-old Pocatello girl's dream come true through the Idaho Make-A-Wish Foundation. Shantae Anderson, a sophomore at Pocatello High School, was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis and has a dream to visit the Bahamas resort of Atlantis. Shantae is the daughter of Tres and Cory Kinghorn of Chubbuck. Her siblings include a brother, Cameron and sister, Tasia. When not in school, Shantae enjoys listening to hip-hop music, snowboarding and hanging out with her friends.

During the live auction event at the fundraiser, items such as a four-wheel riding trip and cave exploration are put up for bids. In addition, several area businesses donate gift certificates and other services.

A portion of the proceeds also are used for PPSA students to hold community immunization, heartburn, methamphetamine and diabetes awareness programs throughout southeastern Idaho.

For more information regarding this fund-raiser, or to donate items for auction, contact Whitney Cooley at sfra@pharmacy.isu.edu. Tickets also may be purchased at the College of Pharmacy, 970 S. 5th Ave.

All faculty and staff are invited to a NCAA Rules Compliance Open Forum Tuesday, March 9

All faculty and staff are invited to a NCAA Rules Compliance Open Forum Tuesday, March 9, 2 p.m. in Library room B06.

For more information, contact Joel Vickery at ext. 3332.

Idaho State University's "A Season of Note" presents the Celtic band Solas with the Teton Chamber Orchestra Saturday, March 6 in the Jensen Grand Concert Hall

Idaho State University's "A Season of Note" will present the Celtic band Solas with the Teton Chamber Orchestra at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 6, in the Joseph C. and Cheryl H. Jensen Grand Concert Hall in the L. E. and Thelma E. Performing Arts Center.

Since its beginning in 1996, Solas has been loudly proclaimed as the most popular, influential and exciting Celtic band to emerge from the United States. The internationally-acclaimed group has not only captured the hearts and ears of the Irish music fans, but fans all around the globe with its blend of Celtic traditional, folk and country melodies, bluesy, sometimes jazz-inspired improvisations and global rhythms. The Philadelphia Inquirer says its "mind-blowing Irish folk music, may be the world's best."

For more information on Solas visit www.solasmusic.com. Ticket prices are $32 for the main level and $28 for the upper level. Tickets can be purchased at the Stephens Performing Arts Center Box Office, open from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays, by phone at (208) 282-3595 or online at www.isu.edu/tickets. They can also be purchased in person at Vickers Western Stores in Pocatello or Idaho Falls.

ISU's International Affairs Council presents the 39th annual Frank Church Symposium on International Affairs: "The Middle East Today and Tomorrow."

ISU's International Affairs Council presents the 39th annual Frank Church Symposium on International Affairs: "The Middle East Today and Tomorrow." Panels and speeches begin Wednesday morning, March 3 and continue through noon on Friday, March 5. The keynote address on U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East is Wednesday, March 3 at 7:30 p.m. All events are in the Pond Student Union.

Traumatic brain injury research, education and prevention will be explored in a free, five-part Web series

Traumatic brain injury research, education and prevention will be explored in a free, five-part Web series, sponsored by Idaho State University's Institute of Rural Health and Rocky Mountain Learning, a nonprofit online meeting and training provider.

Sessions run Feb. 26 through April 9, 1 to 2:30 p.m., MST. Family members, private providers, state agency personnel, and the general public who work with or have an interest in traumatic brain injuries can register at www.rockymountainlearning.com/tbi2010.

Here's the schedule:

Feb. 26- The Value of Peer Support and Online Connections: TBI Survivors Network

The Internet offers many opportunities for survivors and caregivers of traumatic brain injury or TBI. Learn how this site and other peer support networks have enhanced the lives of survivors.

Presenters are Craig Sicilia, behaviorist, TBI survivor, and advocate; and Penny Condoll, social worker, TBI advocate, and survivor.

March 3- Compassion Fatigue

Care givers are at high risk for compassion fatigue. Attendees will learn to identify compassion fatigue and differentiate it from burnout. They'll also learn to identify the risk factors of compassion fatigue and how to avoid them.

The presenter is U.S. Navy Lt. Comdr. Pamela Herbig, a psychiatric nurse practitioner, clinical nurse specialist and director of the Adult Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program at Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences in Bethesda, Md.

March 12- Resources for Military Personnel and Their Families

The presenter is Barbara Cohoon, R.N., Ph.D., the deputy director of government relations for the National Military Family Association.

March 31- Why do we See Personality Changes after TBI?

This session will discuss the biological, psychological, and social factors that influence changes in coping style and personality after traumatic brain injury.

The presenter is Greg O'Shanick, M.D., the national director of the Brain Injury Association of America, Inc., and president and medical director at the Center for Neurorehabilitation Services, PC., in Richmond, Va.

April 9 Grief and Loss among Families after a Brain Injury

The session will discuss the common emotions and reactions of the family after a family member has sustained a brain injury or blast injury, and how family members cope and adjust to changes in their lives and families over time.

The presenter is Marilyn Lash, M.S.W., a social worker and founding partner of Lash and Associates Publishing/Training in Wake Forest, N.C.

The series is supported by a grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration's Maternal and Child Health Bureau.

For more information, contact Russell Spearman in the Institute of Rural Health, (208) 373-1773 or at spearuss@isu.edu.