News and Notes

A Newsletter for Faculty and Staff of Idaho State University

May 3, 2010 — Vol. 26 No. 18

Faculty/Staff Updates

Kelly Thompson and Aaron Eakman had papers accepted at the American Occupational Therapy Association’s 90th Annual Conference and Exposition in Orlando

Kelly Thompson, assistant clinical professor and Aaron Eakman, assistant professor and director of the occupational therapy program had papers accepted at the American Occupational Therapy Association’s 90th Annual Conference and Exposition in Orlando. Eakman presented both papers on Friday April 30.

Donna Lybecker has been awarded the Associated Students of ISU Teacher of the Year Award

Donna Lybecker

Donna Lybecker, Idaho State University associate professor of political science, has been awarded the Associated Students of ISU Teacher of the Year Award.

Lybecker was recognized at a banquet on April 26.

“Dr. Lybecker has a genuine, vested interest in the success and future of each student,” said ASISU President-Elect Casidy Jahnke. “This genuine interest is reflected in her efforts both within and outside the classroom.”

“While encouraging critical thinking skills in the classroom,” continued Jahnke, “she is working hard to host the Frank Church Symposium and writing grants to renovate and streamline ISU’s recycling program. She leaves a profound impact upon everyone she comes in contact with. Not only is she an excellent professor in the classroom, but a role model to every student.”

Lybecker is finishing her third year at Idaho State University. She has a doctorate from Colorado State University and was an assistant professor at Penn-State Altoona for three years before arriving at ISU in the fall of 2007. Her teaching and research specialties are in environmental politics, international relations and Latin America.

News Bites

ISU-Meridian graduates largest class ever

“I am thrilled and honored to receive this award. It is very unexpected,” said nursing graduate Laura Bainbridge after she was named Idaho State University-Meridian Health Science Center’s 2010 Student Excellence Award winner at graduation exercises April 26 in Boise.

Approximately 1,000 people watched from the audience as ISU graduated its largest class ever in the Treasure Valley. Commencement speaker was Idaho Lt. Gov. Brad Little.

Bainbridge’s honor came as no surprise to her classmates and professors who cheered as her name was announced.

“She is a leader with grace and generosity rarely seen in someone this new to the profession of nursing,” said Miki Goodwin, clinical assistant professor and coordinator of ISU-Meridian’s fast-track nursing program.

Bainbridge, who graduated with high honors, was one of seven ISU-Meridian graduates nominated by their professors for the Student Excellence Award. A committee of faculty and alumni selected the top honoree.

An eighth student, Joel Sankey, was honored as ISU’s 2010 Outstanding Doctoral Student, representing the School of Graduate Studies. Sankey received a doctorate in engineering and applied science.

Some 180 students were eligible for graduate and undergraduate degrees–the majority of which were in the health professions and sciences.

ISU President Arthur C. Vailas applauded graduates for their academic achievements and told them to honor their families for their support and guidance. The audience chuckled when he said, “I’m already starting to feel safer with all of the new health professionals among us.”

Degrees awarded included one Doctor of Philosophy in engineering and applied science, five Doctor of Audiology, 25 Doctor of Pharmacy, 98 master’s, 49 bachelor’s, and two associate degrees.

Graduate and undergraduate disciplines included counseling, nursing, athletic administration, public health, clinical laboratory science, physician assistant studies, dental hygiene, speech-language pathology, sign language studies, and communication sciences and disorders.

A survey of more than 400 Idaho State University students, faculty and staff shows strong support for expanded recycling programs at ISU

A survey of more than 400 Idaho State University students, faculty and staff shows strong support for expanded recycling programs at ISU.

In fall 2009, political science professors Donna Lybecker and Mark McBeth administered a survey funded as a part of a larger grant project by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to gauge how the ISU community views recycling and whether they support expanded recycling at the university. Eighty-six percent of respondents supported ISU pursing a larger recycling program and 58 percent of respondents stated that they would likely volunteer to participate in a recycling project.

A substantial part of their study was based on the works of University of California at Irvine professor Russell J. Dalton who studies how the United States population is changing in terms of how they see the qualities of a good citizen. Traditionally, citizens have embraced a duty-based view of citizenship seeing their role as a watchdog on government activities. Conversely, Dalton’s research suggests that younger U.S. citizens embrace an engaged citizen perspective that views citizenship in terms of participation and direct involvement. The ISU recycling study found that the ISU community was engaged in terms of their view of recycling. For example, respondents when asked to rate why they recycle or would recycle rated recycling as a form of global citizenship and recycling as a way to get involved as their top two choices.

Respondents also believed that recycling was a way to reduce energy consumption, that is demonstrates efficient use of resources, and individual responsibility. The findings indicated that while the ISU community has an engaged citizen perspective of recycling, duty-based elements such as efficiency and individual responsibility are both important. Lybecker and McBeth have already published research on recycling attitudes and citizenship as the lead article in the February 2010 volume of the journal Politics & Policy.

These results of the current study are being used by the ISU Recycling Committee in efforts to expand recycling at ISU and to better educate faculty, staff, and students on the benefits of recycling. As part of the grant, the results will also be shared with communities and universities throughout the state.

The 700-volume-plus library of Drs. Ellis and his son, Evan Kackley, was recently donated to the Eli M. Oboler Library

The 700-volume-plus library of Drs. Ellis and his son, Evan Kackley, of Soda Springs, was recently donated to the Idaho State University Eli M. Oboler Library.

The collection contains early medical education books, history titles, and numerous notebooks from the younger Evan Kackley’s medical education, announced Karen Kearns, head of special collections at the Library. Also included are notebooks from Evan Kackley’s wife, Lois, who studied nursing.

The collection is currently under review and portions are being added to the Special Collections Department as well as the main book collection of the Oboler Library. The Kackley Library was donated through the Estate of Evan Kackley.

Ellis Kackley (1871-1943) arrived in Soda Springs in 1898, three days after graduating from medical school at the University of Tennessee. With the exception of one year spent fighting in France in World War I, Ellis would live in Soda Springs the rest of his life. As an early town benefactor he was instrumental in building the Caribou County Hospital in Soda Springs that opened in 1925. A book was written about his life titled “Ellis Kackley: Best Damn Doctor in the West” by Ellen Carney.

His son, Evan Kackley, was born in 1905 in Soda Springs. He would attend Stanford University and Harvard University Medical School before returning to Soda Springs to practice alongside his father. Following a stint in the U.S. Navy during World War II, Evan Kackley and his family relocated to Boise where they lived until his death in 1999.

“We are pleased to be able to add the library of this important early southeastern Idaho family to the Oboler Library,” Kearns said.

Four ISU Rodeo team members are headed to the College National Finals Rodeo

Four Idaho State University Rodeo team members are headed to the College National Finals Rodeo (CNFR), June 13-19 in Casper, Wyo.

The are Montana Barlow, Cy Eames, Kim Sanford, and Kyle VanBiezen will represent the University as they compete for a chance to win national titles.

Barlow, a freshman from Eden, placed second in bull riding in the Rocky Mountain Region lending him one of the spots to represent ISU and the region at the CNFR. This is Montana’s first year on the ISU Rodeo team and is majoring in welding. He is an accomplished bull rider. As an eighth grader he qualified for the Wrangler Junior High finals, placing tenth and he went on to compete throughout his high school career, making it to the national high school finals three years.

Eames is also a freshman this year at ISU, majoring in finance. He is from Gooding and was the Idaho High School Rodeo All Around Cowboy in 2009. He has earned a spot at the CNFR in both tie-down roping and team roping. He placed third in the region in tie-down roping and second as a header in team roping. He will represent the Rocky Mountain Region and ISU in both events at the CNFR. Cy also competes in steer wrestling. He plans to purchase his PRCA card and rodeo professionally.

Sanford is a junior at ISU, majoring in psychology. She is from Rigby. Kim competes in breakaway roping, team roping and barrel racing. She placed first in the Rocky Mountain Region in barrel racing. To recognize her accomplishments she received a saddle this past weekend following the intercollegiate rodeo held at CSI. She will represent the University and Region at the CNFR in barrel racing. Kim is also an Intermountain Professional Rodeo Association card holder.

VanBiezen is from Twin Falls. He competes in tie-down roping, team roping and steer wrestling. Kyle earned second place in the Rocky Mountain Region in tie-down roping and will compete at the CNFR in this event. He also received third place in the region for the Men’s All Around title and seventh place in steer wrestling. Kyle served as the rodeo team’s president this year and is working on completing a secondary education major. Prior to his membership on the ISU team, Kyle was on the Montana Western rodeo team.

Final results for the Rocky Mountain Region show the ISU men’s team in fourth place and ISU women’s team in third place for the year. In addition to ISU team members headed to the CNFR, other ISU Rodeo Team members placed regionally. They include: Trevor Townsend, seventh in Tie-Down Roping and ninth in Team Roping; Jessea Kack, seveth in Barrel Racing; Brianna Overdorf, 18th in Barrel Racing; Cami Schei, 19th in Barrel Racing and 22nd in Breakaway Roping; and Heidi Small, 16th in Breakaway Roping.

The CNFR is the "Rose Bowl" of college rodeo. It is where the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association crowns individual event champions in saddle bronc riding, bare back riding, bull riding, tie-down roping, steer wrestling, team roping, barrel racing, breakaway roping, and goat tying. National team championships are also awarded to both men's and women's teams. Over 400 cowboys and cowgirls from over 100 universities and colleges compete in Casper each year. Contestants compete all year in one of the NIRA's 11 regions for a chance to rope or ride at the CNFR.

Two-dozen students in Idaho State University Associate Professor Tom Terry’s photojournalism course spent Wednesday, March 10, fanning across Pocatello and Chubbuck in the darkness, the daylight and the winds. The results of their 24-hour photographic portrait of the two towns will be showcased at the Mind’s Eye Gallery in the Rendezvous Complex on the ISU campus throughout May.

The show’s title is “An Ordinary Day,” because, according to Terry, the day was selected and the assignment designed to just capture whatever was going on that day. A reception will be held to launch the show on Monday, May 3, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the gallery.

“The emphasis is just on life, not catastrophe or special occasions or news events. Just what was going on during a representative day,” Terry said.

Thirty-three photographs, at least one by each of the participating photojournalism students, will be displayed.

“The results were spectacular,” Terry explained. “Truly remarkable. Some students didn’t sleep at all for nearly 48 hours and the results are poignant, beautiful, gritty, and inspired.”

Terry’s course focused on using photography as a tool of journalism.

“It is about the profound effects that the visual image can produce, either through political change or by altering attitudes. Photojournalism isn’t about art or beauty – though some of the photos are gorgeous – it is about making a difference,” Terry stressed.

“There were students who had never picked up a camera and delivered startling images,” continued Terry. “And there were students who have been working in photography for years and produced amazing things, building on their earlier experience. As a teacher, it was a deeply satisfying project.

“And for observers and historians of Pocatello, Chubbuck and ISU, these student photojournalists produced a very important cultural document.”

The Pond Student Union Transition Gallery presents “Dimensions: Two x Three=Four Artists”

The Idaho State University Pond Student Union Transition Gallery is pleased to present “Dimensions: Two x Three=Four Artists,” featuring the work of Juliet Feige, Carla Jensen, Helen Livingston and Georgia Orwick.

An opening reception will be held on Monday, May 3, from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Pond Student Union Transition Gallery and the exhibit will be on display May 3-27.

Feige attended Cardiff College of Art in Wales, United Kingdom, for three years before coming to the United States. She earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts (1997) and Master of Fine Arts (2000) degrees from Idaho State University. Feige is a signature member of the Idaho Watercolor Society (1989) and also taught as an adjunct faculty member of the Department of Art at ISU. She now teaches at the College of Education on a part-time basis.

Feige says her work is the manifestation of a need to express who she is. She sees little value in attempting to replicate or reinterpret nature, so Feige’s landscapes and the creatures in them exist only as depictions of dreams and vague reminiscences of things passed.

Jensen was born and raised in Aberdeen where she enjoyed creating and was always encouraged by family and community members to pursue art. Jensen credits her eighth-grade teacher Gloy Wride for introducing her to fine art. Jensen took her first art class at Idaho State University in 2001 where drawing instructor Tony Martin instilled knowledge of art that changed her life.

Jensen said her work is driven by the desire to explore and discover, “to arrange, conceal and incorporate various medium transfers and consolidate them with color.” Jensen strives to intrigue viewers causing them to “look and look again – backing up and moving forward to peer on the content.”

Livingston became a part of the Pocatello art scene after her move from Texas in 1998. In 1999 she enrolled in the art department at ISU and after eight years of intense preoccupation with various art techniques received her Master of Fine Arts Degree in 2007 with emphasis on painting and printmaking.

Livingston’s interest in subject matter has changed considerably over the years. Livingston said that she “paints pictures about nothing except visual effects.” Livingston said she strives for luscious surfaces, ethereal depths and subtle textures and hopes to communicate with the viewer on some visceral level.

Orwick was raised on the vast North Dakota prairie and her paintings are inspired by her fascination with mountains and horizons, land and seascapes, and scenes from her travels. Orwick has studied stained glass, watercolor, photography and bead work. She is currently a member of both the Pocatello Art Center and the Idaho Watercolor society.

Orwick’s work includes “Honoring the Ancients,” a series inspired by her exploration of Baja cave paintings in the rugged mountains of Mexico. Her fascination with the exquisite artistry of the ancient painters inspired research into Baja rock art leading to Harry Crosby, the modern-day explorer who documented more than 200 previously unknown rock art sites in the 300 miles long range of mountains, the central Sierra’s of the Baja peninsula. In 1971, a rancher in the remote, Sierra de San Franscisco directed Crosby to an impressive painted cave and said he was the first outsider to see it.

Crosby’s discovery led to further archeological research by the Mexican government and is now the fifth largest rock art region in the world, “Los Gran Murales.” Crosby has invited Orwick to paint from his images in the UCLA archives. Orwick’s exhibit in the Transition Gallery includes paintings from the Crosby Expedition.

The Transition Gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

For more information please contact Corinne McCullough at (208) 282-3451.