News and Notes

A Newsletter for Faculty and Staff of Idaho State University

March 29, 2010 — Vol. 26 No. 13

Faculty/Staff Updates

Librarians Cathy Gray, Ruiling Guo and Phil Homan were recently named in “Who’s Who in America”

Cathy Gray, librarian at the University Library Center at ISU-Idaho Falls, Ruiling Guo, health sciences librarian at the Eli M. Oboler Library, and Phil Homan, catalog librarian, Oboler Library, have joined Eli M. Oboler in Who’s Who in America.

They are the first ISU librarians to be included in Who’s Who since Oboler, university librarian at ISU from 1949 to 1980, was featured in the 14 editions from 1956 to 1983. According to the 2009 edition—celebrating the 110th anniversary of publication since 1899—biographees are selected on the basis of “position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field.”

Gray, an assistant professor, received a Master of Education Degree from ISU and a Master of Science Degree in library and information science from the University of Kentucky. She has worked as an elementary school teacher, a public library technician, a school librarian, and the director of the Blackfoot Public Library. Gray has also planned two statewide Idaho Library Association annual conferences and two ILA regional conferences. Her biography will appear in the 2010 edition of Who’s Who in America.

Guo, also an assistant professor, earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in library science from Beijing University and the Master of Library and Information Science from McGill University in Montreal, Canada. She has worked in Ethiopia and was a visiting scholar at the University of Victoria School of Health Information Sciences, British Columbia. Guo has published in the peer-reviewed Journal of the Medical Library Association, Chinese Ophthalmic Research, and Chinese Journal of Ophthalmology. She has also received grants, fellowships, and awards from the National Library of Medicine, the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, and Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, Candada. Her biography will appear in the 2010 edition of Who’s Who in America and the 2011 edition of Who’s Who in the World.

Homan, an associate professor, has a Master of Arts Degree from Gonzaga University in Spokane, Wash., and a Master of Library Science from St. John’s University in New York City. He has studied in Germany and Israel. Homan is writing the first biography of Kittie Wilkins, known as the Horse Queen of Idaho. His research has been supported by grants from three state humanities councils, and he joined the Idaho Humanities Council Speakers Bureau in June 2009. His biography appeared in the 2009 edition of Who’s Who in America.

According to Marquis Who’s Who on the Web, Gray, Guo, and Homan have joined the ranks, with Oboler, of 23 Idaho librarians, including four from the University of Idaho, two from Boise State University, and one from Lewis-Clark State College.

Push, a solo dance choreographed by Joséphine A. Garibaldi, Director of Dance at ISU, and performed by theatre graduate student Bridget Close was selected to be performed in the culminating Northwest Regional American College Dance Festival Association (ACDFA) Gala Concert

Push, a solo dance choreographed by Joséphine A. Garibaldi, Director of Dance at ISU, and performed by Theatre graduate student Bridget Close was selected by renowned dance artists Ze’eva Cohen of Princeton University, Adam Sklute, Artistic Director of Ballet West, and Helanius Wilkins, Artistic Director of Edgeworks to be performed in the culminating Northwest Regional American College Dance Festival Association (ACDFA) Gala Concert. Push was also named as the Second Alternate selection for the prestigious National ACDFA Gala Concert at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. The piece was selected from a pool of 40 dance works submitted by 23 universities.

Omar Raudez, performing TORN, choreographed by undergraduate students Raudez and Victor Gomez, received praise from the adjudicators for his impressive technical prowess and passionate performance. Undergraduate student Dantzel Withers, selected by the artist adjudicators upon the basis of an essay she submitted, was one of three student panelists participating with the professional artist adjudicators in a session examining the adjudication process.

“This is a tremendous affirmation for our Program as we are on the verge of submitting a proposal for the creation of a Dance major at ISU to the State Board of Education,” Garibaldi said.

Students also performed The Familiarity in the Unfamiliar, by recent ISU graduate Megan Walker. Faculty members Garibaldi and Paul Zmolek presented master classes in Contemporary Modern Dance, Ballet and Physical Theatre to the Festival participants.

Overall, 16 students and two faculty from the ISU Theatre and Dance Department participated in the ACDFA Northwest Conference March 17-20 at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah. This year’s festival boasted more than 375 students from 23 universities and colleges from the Northwest region.

News Bites

More than 100 people participated in the annual Native Flora workshop at ISU last week

More than 100 people participated in the annual Native Flora workshop at Idaho State University last week.

The Native Flora workshop, which featured professional botanists from throughout Southeast Idaho, was sponsored by the Idaho Native Plans Society’s Sah-Wah-Be chapter, Idaho Museum of Natural History’s Ray J. Davis Herbarium and the Idaho State University Department of Biological Sciences.