News and Notes

A Newsletter for Faculty and Staff of Idaho State University

March 15, 2010 — Vol. 26 No. 11

News Bites

Faculty and staff are invited to join the Alumni Association in honoring 11 of ISU’s outstanding students

Idaho State University’s faculty and staff are invited to join the Alumni Association in honoring 11 of ISU’s outstanding students for 2010.

This year’s awards presentation reception is Friday, April 30 at the Bistline Theater and the Samuel Horne Bennion Promenade in the Stephens Performing Arts Center. The reception begins at 6 p.m. at the Samuel Horne Bennion Promenade, followed by the presentation of the awards at 7 p.m. in the Bistline Theater.

The cost is $15 per person.

To RSVP, call the ISU Alumni Association at 208-282-3755 or e-mail alumni@isu.edu.

Eleven Outstanding Student Achievement Award recipients will be honored.

This year’s recipients are: Jhanyce A. Acosta-College of Education; Dmitry V. Beresnev-College of Business; Katharine J. Eby-College of Arts and Sciences- Natural Sciences and Mathematics; Luis F. Hernandez-College of Arts and Sciences- Fine Arts andHumanities; Jessica M. Jensen-College of Arts and Sciences- Social Sciences; Jamie R. Klucken-College of Pharmacy; Bruce D. Pierson-College of Engineering; Joel B. Sankey-Graduate School- Doctoral; Jennifer L. Schumaker-Kasiska College of Health Professions; Anne C. Vest-Graduate School- Masters; Talia C. Vogler-College of Technology.

DIRT! The Movie is playing March 16. The showing is free and open to the public

DIRT! The Movie is playing Tuesday, March 16, 5:30 p.m. at the Bengal Theater. The showing is free and open to the public.

Following the film a speaker will engage the audience in question and answer session.

Inspired by William Bryant Logan’s acclaimed book "Dirt: The Ecstatic Skin of the Earth," find out how industrial farming, mining and urban development have led us toward cataclysmic droughts, starvation, floods and climate change.

The show is presented by Idaho State University, Idaho Public Television, and the Independent Television Service.

Come play mini-golf in the Eli M. Oboler Library April 10

Students, faculty and staff at Idaho State University and friends of the institution will have the opportunity to raise money for a worthy institution, the Eli M. Oboler Library, and to mini golf in a unique setting on Saturday, April 10.

The Mini Golf at Oboler Library will offer golfers the opportunity to putt their way around the library’s book collections and displays, which are throughout the structure’s three floors. The event will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The 18-hole course will feature holes created and decorated by ISU student groups, as well as by local businesses.

The cost is $5 per person, $20 for a family and $20 for a team of four. Prizes will be awarded, refreshments will be available and a bake sale will be held.

Organizers are currently looking for students groups, faculty and staff members, and businesses to create or sponsor holes.

“This is an excellent opportunity to support the library, either by making a donation, creating and decorating a hole, or by participating in the mini-golf,” said Keeven Shropshire, chairperson for Friends of Oboler Library (FOOL’s). “It will be nice to get the ISU and surrounding communities into the library for them to have a look at the wide range of our collections, and, it will be fun to see the creativity of students at work creating decorations or designs for the holes.”

The ISU Oboler Library, the largest in eastern Idaho, wants your support. All East Idaho residents have access to the library, which records, on average, 9,000 visits per week. Its website traffic is nearly 300,000 visits per year, or about 12,000 visits per month.

“The library is an amazing resource for the University and this community,” Shropshire said. “We hope to see golfers rise to the challenge of trying to make par in the shadows of great volumes of knowledge.”

The Women's Studies Program will present the lecture "Mormon Families Since World War II" by noted Mormon scholar Jan Shipps on March 31

The Idaho State University Women's Studies Program will present the lecture "Mormon Families Since World War II" by noted Mormon scholar Jan Shipps at 7:30 p.m. March 31 in Goranson Hall in the ISU Fine Arts Building.

Shipps, an award-winning professor emeritus of history and religious studies in the Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) School of Liberal Arts, is a popular lecturer as well as seminar leader. Journalists from both the print and electronic media regularly seek out her observations about Mormonism.

Although she has never been a Mormon, Shipps is a recognized authority on the Latter-day Saints. In addition to a host of articles and reviews for both popular and scholarly periodicals, she is the author of "Mormonism: the Story of a New Religious Tradition" (1985), a work that continues to be used as a text in religious studies and history courses at many colleges and universities. Her "Sojourner in the Promised Land: Forty Years among the Mormons" published in 2000 is a combination of intellectual autobiography and essays and articles. The Mormon History Association gave "Sojourner" its "Best Book" award for the year it was published. Her latest edited book, "Religion in the Mountain West: Sacred Landscapes in Tension" was published by Alta Mira Press in 2004.

Shipps is now studying modern Mormonism. The Mellon Fellowship was awarded to her to allow her to finish the research and to write a book about Mormonism since World War II. She has spent nearly four months in Utah working in the archives of Utah universities and the Archives of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and has been granted access to the leading members of the LDS Church's General Authorities. At present she is actively writing chapters for her book, which has the tentative title: "Mormonism's Transformation since World War II."

She was a founding co-editor of Religion and American Culture: A Journal of Interpretation and for 10 years she served as director of the IUPUI Center for American Studies.

She has been active in a variety of professional organizations. In addition to leadership activities in state and regional historical and religious studies organizations, she served as the first non-Mormon president of the Mormon History Association.

The College Of Technology and School District #25 Gateway Academies will host Tech Expo on March 18

Idaho State University’s College Of Technology and School District #25 Gateway Academies will host Tech Expo on Thursday, March 18 at Holt Arena. Expo hours are 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. and 5 – 7 p.m.

The Tech Expo highlights business, industry and educational opportunities in the region while promoting professional-technical education. The event is free and open to the public. Participants can visit more than 90 booths representing School District # 25 Gateway Academies, ISU College of Technology programs, and other ISU departments. Related business and industry partners will also be on hand to answer questions. Visit Tech Expo to get information on how to begin your education for an exciting career, upgrade your education and skills, or train for a new career.

Sponsors for the 2010 Tech Expo include Idaho Department of Labor, Idaho National Laboratory, Dell, Simplot Don Plant, US Army and Culligan.

For more information about Tech Expo contact the College of Technology Community Relations office at ext. 3216 or visit www.isu.edu/ctech/techexpo.

Take a look at these upcoming professional development workshops

Here are some upcoming workshops sponsored by Human Resources.

Viewing Conflict as an Opportunity - March 16 (Tuesday) 9-11 a.m.
Distance Learning Opportunity - Pocatello Oboler Library B03, Meridian 508

Presented by Lindsi Bennett, Counselor, ISU Career Center and ISU-Idaho Falls Counseling, Testing and Career Services

This session will focus on defining conflict, discussing triggers, discovering how you feel, and then discerning how you deal by determining your conflict style/process. We will discuss where to go from there — do you need to share this with anyone, and if so, who and how? Then we’ll explore the dialogue of conflict and how to decide on a resolution. Call ext. 3081 to register.

Elusive Pursuit of Happiness - March 16 (Tuesday) 6-7:30 p.m.
ISU-Idaho Falls Bennion Student Union Building, Multi-purpose room - Spring Wellness Symposium

Presented by Julie Thompson, Counselor, ISU-Idaho Falls Counseling, Testing, and Career Services

One of the primary driving forces in an individual's life to succeed and excel is the idea that such pursuits will eventually lead them to happiness. American Culture established in the Constitution that we are endowed with “certain unalienable rights, one of these rights being the “pursuit of happiness.” This concept has lured many individuals to chase this elusive pot of gold I coin as “I’ll be happy when…”. As counselors we often assist our clients in exploring tough questions such as, “What needs to happen to achieve happiness?” This presentation explores how happiness is defined, along with looking at what gets in the way of accomplishing happiness. Call ext. 7750 for more information.

Unleashing Potential in Others - March 17 (Wednesday) noon- 12:50 p.m.
Distance Learning Opportunity - Pocatello Oboler Library B13, IF CHE 311, Meridian 502, Twin Falls C91

Presented by Joseph Han, Associate Vice President, ISU Facilities Services

Only a small group of people in organizations realize their full potential. Why is that? Learn the tools for unleashing the potential in others - and in yourself! Call ext. 3081 to register.

Shots Fired: When Lightning Strikes - March 30 (Tuesday) 12-12:50
Distance Learning Opportunity - Pocatello Oboler Library B6, Meridian 502, Twin Falls C89

Presented by Captain Vince Likes, ISU Public Safety

Come learn about campus safety and watch an important video called "Shots Fired: When Lightning Strikes.” Although the chances of a shooting happening on this campus are very slim, this video and following discussions, is very informative and could be helpful to know what you should and should not do in a crisis. Call ext. 3081 to register.

Viewing Conflict as an Opportunity - March 31 (Wednesday) 6-7:30 pm
ISU-Idaho Falls Bennion Student Union Building, Multi-purpose room - Spring Wellness Symposium

Presented by Lindsi Bennett, Counselor, ISU Career Center and ISU Idaho Falls Counseling, Testing and Career Services

This session will focus on defining conflict, discussing triggers, discovering how you feel, and then discerning how you deal by determining your conflict style/process. We will discuss where to go from there…do you need to share this with anyone, and if so, who and how? Then we’ll explore the dialogue of conflict and how to decide on a resolution. Call ext. 7750 for more information.

Managing Stress - April 2 (Friday) 12-12:50 pm
Distance Learning Opportunity - Pocatello Oboler Library B06, Meridian 501, IF CHE 311

Presented by Stacey Marshall, ISU Human Resource Training Specialist

Is your job stressful? How about life in general? Job stress is becoming more and more common in today's workplace. We will identify common causes of work stress, while learning strategies for controlling stress on the job. Learn how meditation and guided imagery can help in quieting both the mind and the body so that you can respond to the inevitable stressors that happen at work. Stacey will guide you through a "mini" session of guided imagery and self talk, to help you de-stress in as little as one minute, and give you other options for calming those stressful moments when they arise. Call ext. 3081 to register.

To register for a session or for any questions or comments, contact Stacey Marshall at ext. 3081 or marsstac@isu.edu. Walk-ins are always welcome.

The Consolidated Student Enrollment project begins March 24 in the ground floor and top floor of the Museum building

The Consolidated Student Enrollment project begins March 24 in the ground floor and top floor of the Museum building.

Exit and travel pathways will be kept open, but there might be chemical smells and pounding noises. There is no danger to the building occupants as the ventilation systems will be exhausting air directly to the outside, and temporary plastic enclosures will be up until demolition materials are hauled away.

There will be more information as construction progresses. Thank you for your patience during this project.

Please call or e-mail Cheryl Hanson, campus architect, with any questions at 282-2533 or hanscher@isu.edu.