News and Notes

A Newsletter for Faculty and Staff of Idaho State University

April 6, 2010 — Vol. 26 No. 14

Faculty/Staff Updates

Fay Kelle and David Adler were the invited presenters for a recent workshop sponsored by the Center for Civic Education

Fay Kelle, assistant professor of educational foundations, and David Adler, professor of political science, were the invited presenters for a recent educator’s professional development workshop sponsored by the Center for Civic Education in cooperation with the Idaho State Department of Education.

The workshop, “Teaching the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution: A New Birth of Freedom,” was held recently in Idaho Falls.

Adler emphasized the historic aims of the Reconstruction Amendments, and particularly those of the 14th Amendment and its interpretation by the U.S. Supreme Court.

Kelle’s role in the workshop was to present a sample lesson plan on the 14th Amendment’s Equal Protection clause, using the Center for Civic Education’s curricular program, and to identify and discuss with participants examples of segregation in Idaho public schools during the 19th and 20th centuries.

The Center for Civic Education is a nonprofit, nonpartisan educational corporation established by the United States Congress to promote an enlightened and responsible citizenry committed to democratic principles and actively engaged in the practice of democracy in the United States and other countries. According to Dr. Adler, "The role of the Center for Civic Education in promoting understanding of the Constitution cannot be overestimated. Better comprehension of constitutional powers and rights is critical to the maintenance of the republic."

News Bites

“Communities and KCHP: Advancing Idaho Health Care Together” is the theme of the annual Kasiska College of Health Professions Research Day on April 9

“Communities and KCHP: Advancing Idaho Health Care Together” is the theme of the annual Idaho State University Kasiska College of Health Professions Research Day, Friday, April 9, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., in Pocatello and Meridian.

Keynote speaker is Boise physician Karl Watts, the American Academy of Family Physicians’ 2010 Physician of the Year. Dr. Watts, who will speak from 9-10 a.m., is also founder of Genesis World Mission and a member of Idaho Gov. Butch Otter’s 2007 Select Committee on Health Care.

Visit the Research Day website to review the day’s schedule.

Health care providers, ISU faculty, students and the public are invited to the event which will feature presentations on numerous research topics, including tobacco use among Hispanic teens; alcohol consumption and postmenopausal women; children and cochlear implants; and food allergies in south Idaho restaurants.

Activities will be held in the Pond Student Union and at the ISU-Meridian Health Science Center, 1311 E. Central Drive, just north of I-84 between Eagle and Meridian roads. Sessions will be broadcast simultaneously using distance-learning technology.

This is the 29th Research Day on the Pocatello campus and the third in the Treasure Valley. The event is an opportunity for faculty, staff, students and health-care partners to showcase research they’re conducting at regional, national and international levels and to encourage collaboration among disciplines, said Talford, a research committee member and clinical assistant professor in the Physician Assistant Studies Program at ISU-Meridian.

For more information about Research Day, contact David Talford at (208) 373-1808 or talfdavi@isu.edu.

The ISU Japanese Club will present the sixth annual ISU Japanese Night on April 10

The Idaho State University Japanese Club will present the sixth annual ISU Japanese Night from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, April 10, in the Pond Student Union Ballroom.

The event will be a celebration of cherry blossom season in Japan and feature a fun evening with the sounds, sights, smells and food of Japan.

This year's event features fabulous authentic food prepared and served by members of ISU's Japanese faculty, ISU Japanese Club, SAKURA Japanese grocery store, and the Pocatello-Iwamizawa Sister city committee. The menu will feature a variety of Japanese food.

A slide show, accompanied by Japanese music during the dinner will feature the natural beauty of Japan, its people and culture. Entertainment to follow will feature the arrival of the spirit of the festival in a mikoshi parade with taiko drums, kimono fashion show, origami with audience, Yosakoi sooran dance, and the Taiko drumming performance. At the end of the show the audience can dance a traditional bon odori dance with the Japanese club members.

During the event silent auctions will feature items for bid and sale from the Japanese Club and the Pocatello-Iwamizawa Sister City. There will also be some Japanese gifts and snacks for sale. Funds generated from the festival and auction will go to support Japanese club scholarships for students, and Sister City summer exchange programs and their expenses.

Tickets are available in the Rendezvous Complex from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. through April 9 and at SAKURA grocery and tea room located at 610 N. Arthur in Pocatello from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Ticket prices are $9 for general public, $8 for ISU faculty and staff and $6 for students. Admission is free for children under 5. Tickets will also be available at the door on April 10, beginning at 5:30 pm, but will be a dollar more. Advanced ticket purchase is recommended.

For more information contact ISU faculty advisor Sachiko Fukuoka at fukusach@isu.edu or 244-2926.

On April 10, the ISU Women's Club is hosting the Jane Schubert Scholarship Luncheon

On Saturday, April 10 at noon, the Idaho State University Women's Club is hosting the Jane Schubert Scholarship Luncheon at the Pond Student Union Building in the Wood River Dining Room. Proceeds from the luncheon and raffle benefit annual ISU Women's Club recipients through ISU Scholarships. Lunch tickets are $13 and raffle tickets are $2 each. For more information please contact Loretta Zuber at ext. 3094 or zubelore@isu.edu.

Employee Recognition Week is April 19-23

Employee Recognition Week is April 19-23.

Events include employee recognition awards, professional and personal development workshops, ISU benefits fair, a $200 professional development scholarship and an ice cream social.

Mark your calendars for this year's event featuring a wide variety of workshops and events! ISU would like to thank all ISU.

Release time has been granted to employees to attend workshops and events. Offices must remain open; therefore, coordinate with your department on which workshops/events you would like to attend. Some sessions will be available distance learning. The keynote address will be recorded and posted online later for those who are unable to attend, and Employee Recognition Awards and Ice Cream Socials will be held in Pocatello, Idaho Falls, Twin Falls and Meridian.

A complete schedule of workshops and events can be found at www.isu.edu/humanr.

To register for a workshop, contact Stacey Marshall at ext. 3081 or marsstac@isu.edu. Seats are limited.

Aflac is coming to Idaho State University

Idaho State University will be adding Aflac as a supplemental benefit option for the 2011 fiscal year.

Aflac is different from health insurance. Each plan pays cash in the event of a claim, over and above any other medical insurance. It is designed to help with out of pocket expenses such as deductibles, loss of income and travel expenses. Premiums can be deducted from paychecks. The following plans are being made available:

Aflac representatives will be on campus to provide detailed information about their plans:

April 6 - noon - Pond Student Union – Bear River room
April 7 - 4 p.m. - Pond Student Union – Selway room
April 8 - 10 a.m. - Pond Student Union - Bear River room
April 8 - 1 p.m. - Rendezvous Suite A

Informational sessions are also being scheduled for the Twin Falls, Idaho Falls and Boise campuses. For more information, visit http://aflac.com/individuals/default.aspx.

Fall 2009 Effort Reports for research and ARRA funding were due March 31

If you received a Fall 2009 Effort Report for research and ARRA funding and have not completed and returned the report to Grants and Contracts Accounting please do so immediately. The reports were due on Wednesday March 31 and are required by the funding agencies to certify the employees work effort on the Sponsored Research Projects and /or the ARRA funding ISU received from the State of Idaho. If you have a question on completing your report please contact Diane MacLerran at ext. 3258. If you would like to verify that your report was received please contact Maria Gonzalez at ext. 3898. The completed report can be mailed to Stop 8219 or faxed to ext. 5923.

Registration for Fall 2010 classes using our new system begins soon

Registration for Fall 2010 classes using our new system begins soon. New features for all in BengalWeb.

The Fall 2010 Class Schedule is now available in BengalWeb. All ISU employees may access it. Just go to http://bengalweb.isu.edu, log in, and click on the Academics tab. Go to the "ISU Class Schedule" link in the new Staff Tools channel. To find out more about using the class schedule, look in the User's Guide to BengalWeb. Just click on the How Do I tab to find it, or go there directly from this link: http://www.isu.edu/tigeri/bengalweb/ClassSchedule.shtml.

New channels for faculty and advisors are now available in BengalWeb. Go to bengalweb.isu.edu, sign in, and click on the Academics tab to see them. For all courses fall 2010 and later: The tools provided in the new channels will replace the class management and advising features formerly provided through Faculty/Staff Tools.

All faculty and advisors should familiarize themselves with the following critical information as soon as possible:

Using the Fall 2010 Class Schedule

Viewing & Printing Your Class Rosters

Managing Enrollment with Online Waitlists

Granting Registration Overrides in BengalWeb

Note: If permitted by departmental and college policies, individual faculty members will have the ability to grant overrides for prerequisites, corequisites, and other registrations restrictions online. Students blocked from registering for a course because of such restrictions will receive a message telling them to contact the instructor of record for that course if they believe the block should be overriden.

For full instructions, visit the “How do I…” section in BengalWeb.

Click Just for Students in the User's Guide to learn what students need to do to get ready for fall registration. Click Faculty & Advisors to find out what new tools will be available for them. Email messages are being sent to students as well as to faculty and advisors telling them about these new features.

Below is the registration schedule. Start times have changes to 8 a.m.

Seniors, graduate and professional students: April 19 (Monday)

Juniors: April 21 (Wednesday)

Sophomores: April 23 (Friday)

Freshmen: April 26 (Monday)

Rendezvous Computer Lab: April 19, 21, 23 and 26, 8 a.m.-2 .p.m.

We expect this new system to be much better and more reliable than our old system. For example, there will be no more queues. However, we need your feedback to continue to improve this new system. Please contact the IT Service Desk at help@isu.edu, or call 282-HELP (4357) for assistance or with suggestions.

Although at this point we do not anticipate any significant difficulties, we know you understand that when launching a new endeavor of this magnitude, occasionally some hiccups may occur. Help improve BengalWeb! Email help@isu.edu, or call 282-HELP (4357) if you have questions.