News and Notes

A Newsletter for Faculty and Staff of Idaho State University

March 8, 2010 — Vol. 26 No. 10

Faculty/Staff Updates

Alice Arambarri, with IT Services, is retiring March 19

Alice Arambarri, with IT Services, is retiring March 19. Alice began her career at the University in March 1977. A reception will be held in the Bengal Cafe of the PSUB on March 18 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. There will be a presentation at 2 p.m. All are invited to come and wish Alice well.

ISU-Meridian and HIV/AIDS coordinator Judy Thorne hosted a seminar March 2-3

ISU-Meridian and HIV/AIDS coordinator Judy Thorne hosted a seminar March 2-3 for health service providers who work with people who may be at high risk for viral hepatitis.

“Idaho providers truly need this updated information, as identifying and treating Hepatitis C in particular, is becoming more of an issue in our state,” said Thorne, noting that 22 Idaho providers attended the training sessions, which were facilitated by national experts in the transmission, treatment and prevention of hepatitis A, B and C.

Sponsors included the Northwest AIDS Education and Training Center at Idaho State University, the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare and the National Viral Hepatitis TA Center at the New York State Department of Health.

Hepatitis is an inflammation of the liver that can lead to permanent liver damage. While some strains can be vaccinated against, others are chronic. Since there is no vaccine for hepatitis C, chronic care management will become more of an issue over time as new cases are identified, said Thorne.

News Bites

Employees who use the Accounting Activity Report must attend a mandatory Advanced Fitness training session

Everyone with budget management responsibilities will be interested in learning how to use the new Accounting Activity Report in Argos. This report will help users track their department’s expenditures for salaries, fringe benefits, materials and supplies, and income more closely. The new Accounting Activity Report replaces the old “grey and white” report previously used to manage budgets in the HP1 system.

Anyone who needs to use this report must attend a mandatory “Advanced Finance” training session to learn how to use this new reporting tool correctly. Access privileges to this report will only be granted to those who have budget query access in Banner and have attended the training.

These training sessions are being conducted by college or area, and are currently being scheduled. Contact your University Business Officer to see when your department and/or college is scheduled for training.

Questions? Contact Tigeri Training at ext. 2554 or 2598.

The Staff Council is asking all staff members to vote on the organization’s bylaws

The Staff Council is asking all staff members to vote on the organization’s bylaws.

Voting will take place March 8 at 8 a.m. – March 12 at 1 p.m. Before voting, review the proposed Staff Council bylaws at www.isu.edu/staffcouncil/.

In July 2006, President Vailas charged the Classified Employee Council (CEC) and the Council of Professional Employees (COPE) to work together to form one single organization called Staff Council, representing all ISU staff members. The task was not undertaken lightly and it has taken more than three years to work out the complete details of the merge.

In that time, working under temporary bylaws, Staff Council has evolved from two separate councils with a chairperson overseeing each council, to one combined council led by an executive committee made up of CEC and COPE members. Members of both groups worked together to develop a shared set of bylaws that would guide and equally serve both groups. The current CEC and COPE representatives, the Office of Human Resources, ISU General Counsel, and President Vailas have reviewed and approved the proposed bylaws. Now, the full staff members of ISU will need to vote on whether or not to approve and ratify the proposed bylaws.

Please take the time to review the bylaws carefully. Members of Staff Council will be available to answer any questions you may have.

This year’s Rocky Mountain Writers’ Festival will run March 10-13

This year’s Rocky Mountain Writers’ Festival will run March 10 - 13 in Pocatello, with many events hosted at ISU.

The Festival is a multi-day event featuring readings and other opportunities for local and regional writers to interact as a community. In recent years, with grant support, organizers have brought in award-winning visiting writers such as Jonathan Johnson, Brandon Schrand, Paisley Rekdal and Simon Ortiz.

This year, Janet Holmes from Boise State University will read at the event. Holmes is Director of Ahsahta Press, a 35 year-old small press specializing in the publication of poetry. Holmes has authored five books of poetry, including The ms of my kin and F2F. She is winner of the Foreword Book of the Year award for The Green Tuxedo, which also won the Minnesota Book Award, and has received grants from the Bush Foundation, the McKnight Foundation, and the Minnesota State Arts Board.

Janet Holmes will read a selection of her work on Friday, March 12t at 7 p.m. at ISU’s Bengal Café.

Other readers include Leslie Leek and Harald Wyndham (poet and director of Blue Scarab press) on Wednesday’s Opening Night. University Night on Thursday focuses on talent associated with ISU, including teachers, alumni, and students. Saturday afternoon’s reading features native voices such as Ronald Snake Edmo and current Fort Hall Elementary Princess Khalila Roybal, while Saturday night’s Finale Reading celebrates many great writers, including visiting Utah writers such as Star Coulbrooke.

All events are free and open to the public, thanks to generous support from the Pocatello Arts Council, ISU’s Cultural Affairs Council, and ISU’s Department of English and Philosophy. For more information and a full schedule of events, visit www.rockymountainwriters.com.

The 21st annual Kasiska College of Health Professions Research Day is scheduled for April 9

The 21st annual Kasiska College of Health Professions Research Day is scheduled for April 9, 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Dr. Karl Watts, American Academy of Family Physicians 2010 Physician of the Year is the keynote speaker. Events will be simulcast in both Meridian and Pocatello, with live presentations at both sites. For a complete schedule and more information, visit www.isu.edu/kchp/research.

The Family Medicine Residency Program will host the “Medicine Ball" in Holt Arena on April 1

Save the date April 1, no fooling... come have a ball!

The Idaho State University Family Medicine Residency Program will host the “Medicine Ball" in Holt Arena, a casual evening of delicious food, no-host bars and live music.

The event will feature four bands and 30 restaurants. Participants can enjoy the sounds of “Slapdash,” “Band on Demand,” “Elvis Has Left the Building” and “Somewhere in the Middle.” Dining options include fine dining at "Canopy's Restaurant" by Chartwells, 6 p.m., $100 per person; casual dining at “Tavern on the Turf,” 6:30 p.m., $35 per person; or “Cookie's Place” for dessert and dancing, 8 p.m., $10. The masters of ceremony are Mike Sanders, Naeem Rahim and Fahim Rahim (the “Drs. Rahim”), and Howard Burnett.

“ISU's Family Medical Residency Program brings young doctors and clinical pharmacists to the state of Idaho and serves many individuals in the area,” said Linda Hatzenbuehler, ISU Associate Vice President of Health Education, and chair for this event. "All proceeds from this fundraiser will continue the efforts for excellence in health care. We are excited to extend an invitation to the community to further our goal."

For more ticket information visit the website www.isu.edu/medicineball, e-mail Michele Pond-Bell at mpbell_8@msn.com, or call (208) 233-3545.

“A Season of Note” presents the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet in concert March 13

Idaho State University’s “A Season of Note” will present the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet in concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 13, in the Joseph C. and Cheryl H. Jensen Grand Concert Hall in the L. E. and Thelma H. Performing Arts Center.

Celebrating their 27th year on the concert stage, the members of the Grammy-winning Los Angeles Guitar Quartet continue to set the standard for expression and virtuosity among guitar ensembles, while perennially redefining themselves in their musical explorations.

With over a dozen recordings over the past two decades, they have established themselves as the masters of the classics, as well as the creators of the unique syntheses of world-music and contemporary styles that have made the “LAGQ-sound” a favorite around the world.

For more information on the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet visit www.lagq.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.

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

Colorectal cancer, which is cancer that occurs in the colon or rectum, is the second leading cancer killer of men and women over 50. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), colorectal cancer is one of the most commonly diagnosed cancers in the U.S. Colorectal cancer affects both men and women, and 93 percent of colorectal cancer cases are diagnosed in the 50 or older population.

Since in its earliest stages colorectal cancer does not always cause symptoms, screening tests are the most effective way to spot it. Screening tests can find precancerous polyps, which are small growths inside the colon or rectum that may turn into cancer, which need to be removed before turning into cancer.

Because the month of March has been nationally recognized as Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, the Southeastern District Health Department would like to remind people 50 and older to get screened. Colorectal cancer is one cancer that can be prevented. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), when colorectal cancer is found early and appropriately treated, survival is greatly enhanced, with a five-year survival rate of 90 percent.

The screening tests that are recommended by the American Cancer Society for average risk adults beginning at age 50 are as follows:

To determine which screening option is best for you, it is important to discuss it with your doctor. Medicare and many insurance plans will help pay for screening.

Colorectal cancer at times does not show any symptoms, but some of the symptoms that may occur include:

If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, contact your physician.

To lower the risk for colorectal cancer or any cancer, the American Cancer Society recommends people do the following:

For more information contact Tracy McCulloch, Comprehensive Cancer Control Program Coordinator at the Southeastern District Health Department, at 239-5250 or at www.sdhdidaho.org.