News and Notes

A Newsletter for Faculty and Staff of Idaho State University

March 22, 2010 — Vol. 26 No. 12

News Bites

The Eli M. Oboler Library will hold its biennial book sale April 16-17

The Idaho State University Eli M. Oboler Library will hold its biennial book sale on Friday and Saturday, April 16-17.

The Library has been collecting books for two years to include in this two-day-only sale.

The event will take place in the student lounge at the Library, located at 850 S. Ninth in Pocatello, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, April 16, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday.

All profits from the book sale will be dedicated to building the Library’s collections, thereby benefiting both ISU and other Library users throughout Idaho.

This year’s sale offers, as usual, thousands of books of all types, on a wide variety of academic and popular topics, as well as works of popular and literary fiction. Among the noteworthy collections are: various history titles, classic science fiction, and mathematics/computer science materials.

Most of the book sale items originate with books donated to the library by faculty and other members of the community. The Library evaluates all donated books and identifies those that should be added to its collections. Those that are not destined to become part of the collections are set aside to be sold. The Library annually adds between 1,000 and 2,000 volumes to its collections from donated materials.

Parking at the library is very limited on weekdays and cars without parking permits are ticketed in ISU parking lots between 8 am and 4 pm. Free parking is available in the Holt Arena’s northeast parking lot with shuttle bus service to the library. Parking lots are not monitored on Saturday.

Idaho lawmakers commended Idaho State University for its outstanding programs

Idaho lawmakers commended Idaho State University for its outstanding programs in health science education, research and clinical service in a concurrent resolution unanimously approved by both houses March 12.

Sen. Diane Bilyeu, of Pocatello, applauded ISU’s success in securing $32 million in recent years to help fund diabetes research, prosthetics development, cardiovascular health and cancer treatment.

Sen. Robert Geddes, of Soda Springs, commended President Arthur Vailas for his leadership and vision in furthering ISU’s health professions mission.

“With his experience (in health and medical education), he has been doing miraculous things at ISU,” said Geddes.

To view the full Senate discussion, go to ISU's YouTube channel.

The Department of Physics and the Idaho Museum of Natural History will host a Saturday Science presentation for children April 10

The Idaho State University Department of Physics and the Idaho Museum of Natural History will host a Saturday Science presentation from 1 to 2:30 p.m. April 10.

The presentation is designed for children in the third through the fifth grades. The interactive presentation will explore the use of magnets, electro-magnetism and their relationships with electricity in everyday life. There will also be demonstrations on the laws of motion. The event will be held in the Idaho Museum of Natural History.

Idaho State University physics students Claire Chow and Tobin Giraud will conduct the hands-on experiments.

Registration for the presentation is $20. Register in person at the Idaho Museum of Natural History or by mail through April 8. To register by mail, download an application from “Science Saturday” at http://imnh.isu.edu.

For more information, contact Rebecca A. Thorne-Ferrel at 282-2195 or at thorrebe@isu.edu. Apply early. Seating availability is limited.

The Bengal Dancers are hosting a Spring Dance Showcase April 2-3

The Idaho State University Bengal Dancers will host a Spring Dance Showcase at 7 p.m. Friday, April 2, and Saturday, April 3, in the Diane and Chick Bilyeu Theatre in Frazier Hall.

Tickets are $5 at the door.

The evening of dance will include various styles including jazz, lyrical, hip hop, contemporary, tap and ballet. Seven group pieces were choreographed and set by members of the ISU Bengal Dancers.

Local dance groups and Danson, Idaho State University’s student dance club, will join the event as guest performers.

A solo will be performed by team captain Chelsea Kaminska and a duet by the Schiess sisters, team captain Savana and sister Paetan. Hilary Johnson, head coach of the Bengal Dancers and ISU adjunct dance faculty, contributed a jazz piece. The Bengal Dancers will also perform “Viva,” their 2010 award-winning routine choreographed by nationally renowned dancer and choreographer Fred Odgaard.

Tryouts for the 2009-2010 Bengal Dancers are set for Saturday, May 1, from noon to 6 p.m. at Reed Gymnasium. For more information and a tryout brochure, contact Head Coach Hilary Johnson at 282-4547 or johnhil2@isu.edu.

There is new information on Fall 2009 Effort Reports on Sponsored Grants and Contracts Funding

The Fall 2009 Effort Reports for work performed on sponsored projects and grants are being mailed to the departments the week of March 15. The reports are due back to Grants and Contracts Accounting by Wednesday March 31. Completing these reports allows the employee to certify their work effort performed on Sponsored Grant Projects and Contracts, which is required by the funding agencies. Due to changes in the way time worked is submitted on the new Banner payroll system reports are being mailed for all types of employee work effort including irregular and student employees. The Fall 2009 reporting period is for work performed between July 26, 2009 and Dec. 18, 2009, paid from Aug. 21, 2009 to Jan. 8, 2010. If you worked on sponsored projects, and do not receive a report, please contact your department or Diane MacLerran in Grants and Contracts Accounting at ext. 3258.

Additional Effort Reporting is required by employees for ARRA funding for fall 2009

ISU received funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) that was used to pay employees for three pay periods last Fall: Nov. 25, 2009, Dec.11, 2009 and Dec. 23, 2009. One requirement for the use of this special funding is that the institution must collect effort reports from the employees paid. This is similar to the effort reporting required for the external funding ISU receives in the form of Sponsored Grant Projects and Contracts. To meet the ARRA funding requirement the employee will complete the information reporting on 100 percent of their work effort for the Fall 2009 semester. The total amount the employee was paid will be listed by accounting index code (account number code) on the bottom of the report. The ARRA funding will be identified by the account title “ARRA Funding.” The ARRA effort reports will be mailed to the departments during the week of March 15, 2010 as part of the Fall 2009 Sponsored Effort Reporting process. In some cases an employee will be completing one report for both their ARRA and Sponsored Grant/Contract effort. The reports are due back to Grants and Contracts Accounting by Wednesday March 31, and can be either mailed to Stop 8219 or faxed to ext. 5923. Please contact your department or Diane MacLerran in Grants and Contracts Accounting at ext. 3258 if you have questions.

The deadline is extended for nominations to the annual ISU Student Employee of the Year scholarship

The deadline is extended for nominations to the annual ISU Student Employee of the Year scholarship.

Nominations must be submitted by March 31.

ISU recognizes excellence in our student employees each year through awarding the Student Employee of the Year Scholarship and the second place Lupher Scholarship. If you would like to nominate a student employee please visit http://www.isu.edu/humanr/ for additional information regarding scholarship eligibility criteria and the nomination form.