News and Notes

A Newsletter for Faculty and Staff of Idaho State University

May 24, 2010 — Vol. 26 No. 20

Faculty/Staff Updates

Cathy Kriloff was named ASISU Club Advisor of the Year for 2010

Cathy Kriloff

Cathy Kriloff, Idaho State University Professor of Mathematics, was named Associated Students of ISU Club Advisor of the Year for 2010.

She has served as advisor or co-advisor to the ISU Math and Computer Science Club for 10 of the past 12 years after helping establish the club in 1998. In that time the club has sponsored many outside and local speakers, held a yearly career panel and two recent Sudoku competitions, conducted service activities, and united students interested in mathematics. Kriloff has enjoyed working with numerous dedicated club officers and members, including an especially enthusiastic group this year.

Kriloff has been at Idaho State University for 13 years. She earned her Ph.D. at the University of Michigan and completed a two-year postdoctoral position at Oklahoma State University. She has taught algebra at all levels, geometry, calculus, elementary analysis, and the language of mathematics, and developed a general education honors course in symmetry and a graduate course in representation theory.

Her research is on representations of algebras built from reflections of objects with five-fold and other non-crystallographic symmetry, including joint work with Yu Chen also of ISU, and she has served as graduate director for the Department of Mathematics for the past two years.

Jennifer Eastman Attebery was invited to speak at an international symposium on May 17 and 18

Jennifer Eastman Attebery, Professor of English at Idaho State University, was invited to speak in the international symposium “The Migration Letter: Archiving Postal Era Intimacy,” in Minneapolis on May 17 and 18.

Attebery’s presentation, “Swedish Immigrant Letters as ‘Written Oral Texts,’” explained how the perspectives of folklore and orality-literacy studies enhance our understanding of the letters written by immigrants. The symposium was co-sponsored by the University of Minnesota’s Immigration History Research Center and the Institute for Global Studies as part of their joint Global REM (Race, Ethnicity, Migration) Program.

Attebery is the author of “Up in the Rocky Mountains: Writing the Swedish Immigrant Experience,” published by University of Minnesota Press. She was recently awarded the Fulbright Distinguished Chair in American Studies at Uppsala University for 2011. This past March she was the 2010 Fife Honor Lecturer at Utah State University’s Folklore Program. Attebery serves on the advisory boards of the Society for the Advancement of Scandinavian Study, the Society of Historians of Scandinavia, and the Swenson Swedish Immigration Research Center. At Idaho State University, Attebery teaches courses in folklore, oral literature, and American studies.

Congratulations to our newest winners of the ISU Cares "Spot" Awards

Congratulations to our newest winners of the ISU Cares "Spot" Awards. They were commended through the ISU Cares online or paper surveys for delivering great customer service. They were each presented with a $15 VISA card courtesy of ISU Credit Union, a certificate and posters. The winners will be entered into the $100 drawing at the end of May.

Our customers, whether they be students, parents, visitors, vendors or co-workers deserve to be treated with respect. Thanks to each of the winners for their efforts in making ISU a place that delivers the kind of service our customers deserve.

March Winners

April Winners

If you receive great service from an ISU employee, visit ISU Cares Survey and let us know.

The College of Technology recognized staff, faculty and community honorees during a recognition reception

The Idaho State University College of Technology recognized staff, faculty and community honorees during a recognition reception recently.

Each year the College of Technology recognizes two faculty members for their outstanding efforts as instructors, student advocates, professionals, and colleagues. This year the College recognized Sandy Jackson and Dr. Linda Smith as the Outstanding Achievement Award recipients.

Jackson is an Advanced Instructor in the Cosmetology program. Sandy was recognized for her dedication to students and her profession. Her compassion extends beyond the classroom. As a cancer survivor herself, Sandy is an active volunteer in the American Cancer Society’s “Look Good-Feel Good” program. She donates her time and skills to teach cancer patients special make-up techniques, skin, hair and wig care.

Smith is a professor in the Health Occupations department, Associate Degree Registered Nurse program. Her nomination read, “She is an excellent instructor in and outside the classroom. She is selfless and works seven days a week, holidays included, to make the ADRN program the best in the state of Idaho. Dr. Smith leads by example and can be counted on to do the job or task to the best of her ability.”

The Outstanding Community Partner award was developed to recognize people in the community that give unselfishly of their time and energy to support programs at the College of Technology. Tina Cobia, Health Information Management Director at Bingham Memorial Hospital received this award. Cobia is an active advisory committee member for the Health Information Technology program and assists by providing insight into curriculum development. She is a strong advocate for the program and continues to provide internship opportunities for students. Many of her employees are graduates of the ISU Health Information Technology program.

Delane Anderson is the Professional Achievement Award Recipient for the College of Technology. Anderson earned an Auto Collision Repair certificate in 1980 and since then has earned a variety of professional certificates related to his field and business. He remains active with the Idaho State University College of Technology and is on the Auto Collision Repair and Refinishing program advisory board. He annually donates time as a SkillsUSA competition judge. In 1985 he opened Anderson’s Body & Glass in American Falls, after spending five years working in collision repair and as a service writer. His business was honored as the Business of the Year by the American Falls Chamber of Commerce in 2001.

The Staff Excellence Award recognizes classified and non-classified staff members for their quality of work, proficiency and initiative, skills in dealing with people, dependability and creativity, as well as the ability to relate to others in a manner that reflects well upon the College of Technology. The 2010 recipients are Debbie Crawford and Margaret Jacob.

Crawford is an administrative assistant in the College of Technology dean’s office. She has been with the College for five years. Her nominator wrote, “Debbie is the go-to person for information. She is professional and efficient, with a willingness to help when and where she can. As the front line staff in the dean’s office, she has witnessed some difficult situations and has done so with a smile.”

Jacob is the Adult Basic Education program coordinator and has worked for ISU for more than 18 years. Her nominators wrote, “Margaret consistently exemplifies the idea that courtesy and consideration are the cornerstones of all successful relationships. No matter what obstacle Margaret is facing, she makes a conscious commitment to view it as an opportunity for reflection and improvement.”

News Bites

Parking regulations beginning Aug. 1 have changed

After gathering input from the campus community, parking regulations beginning Aug. 1 have been revised.

Below are changes to the policy released May 8.

To find answers to common questions, view parking permit prices and policies, or see prices at comparable institutions, visit http://www.isu.edu/pubsafe/parking/parking-change.shtml

ISU will be sponsoring an ISU Summer Band again this year

Idaho State University will be sponsoring an ISU Summer Band again this year.

The ensemble, which is open to all ISU students, faculty, and staff, advanced high school instrumentalists, and community members, will meet Tuesday and Thursday beginning on Tuesday, June 8, 5:30-7:15 p.m. and will perform its final concert on Wednesday evening, June 30 at 7:30 p.m. There is no cost to be a member of the band, but there are credit options available for music educators.

The band will be organized by Patrick Brooks, ISU director of bands, and will feature a number of guest conductors. Persons interested in becoming a member of the ISU Summer Band are directed to contact Brooks (broopatr@isu.edu) or Linda England in the music department (ext. 3147, engllind@isu.edu) for more information.

ISU’s Department of Geosciences has created a series of 3-D videos and interactive maps for schools and the public

Want to learn more about eastern Idaho’s majestic waterways and how they drive the Idaho economy? Curious about the earthquake that shook Borah Peak in 1983? Ever wonder about the ground water in your Pocatello neighborhood?

Answers to those questions and dozens more are just an online click away in a series of 3-D videos and interactive maps created by Idaho State University’s Department of Geosciences.

The videos combine standard photography with satellite imagery to illustrate the topography of numerous regions in southeast Idaho, including American Falls Reservoir, Henry’s Lake, Upper Mesa Falls and Palisades reservoir.

Satellite images and sophisticated remote-sensing technology called LiDAR, which uses laser pulses to map the Earth’s surface, were combined with Google Earth, said Nancy Glenn, research associate professor and head of ISU’s Boise Center Aerospace Laboratory.

One video—which features natural springs, reservoirs and waterfalls along the Snake River—will soon greet the 30,000 visitors who drop by each year to the Bureau of Land Management/ U.S. Forest Service Visitor’s Center in Idaho Falls.

“Many people ask about the scenic places where they can go,” said Glenn. “We thought it would be an excellent opportunity to point out those areas and explain the importance of water resources within those regions,” she said.

Geosciences student Carol Moore, of Idaho Falls, who led production of the water video, said water is vital to energy production, agriculture, and recreation in Idaho.

Others who worked on the videos were geosciences Assistant Professor Sylvio Mannel, and Sara Ehinger, a geosciences graduate student.

A 3-D virtual tour of the Borah Peak earthquake fault was produced for science classes in Idaho Falls School District #91 and comes with a study guide for students.

Moore noted it’s an excellent tool for school districts that don’t have the funds for field trips.

A third activity—an interactive water quality map exploring the Portneuf aquifer—was produced for the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality Children's Outreach Program in Pocatello.

The videos were funded by the community outreach component of a $15 million grant on climate change secured by Idaho’s Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research and funded by the National Science Foundation. The five-year grant is shared by Idaho State University, Boise State and University of Idaho.

For more information, contact Nancy Glenn at (208) 345-1994.

Open Enrollment for the group medical, dental and Flexible Spending Account (FSA) plans is from May 12-28

This year's Open Enrollment for the group medical, dental and Flexible Spending Account (FSA) plans is from May 12-28. During Open Enrollment, you may switch from one medical plan to another, add previously declined dependent dental coverage, change your pre-tax or post-tax premium withholding status, or enroll/re-enroll in the FSA program. Details regarding group insurance plan renewals and Open Enrollment procedures for FY2011, will be posted on the Office of Group Insurance website http://adm.idaho.gov/insurance/insurance.html on May 12.

Employees can download the Open Enrollment application and FSA enrollment forms from the ISU Human Resources web page at http://www.isu.edu/humanr/ during Open Enrollment (May 12-28). Printed forms will also be available in the Human Resources office. For more information about flexible spending visit: http://adm.idaho.gov/insurance/grp/contracts/FY2009/FSA_FAQ.pdf

If you wish to make any changes, hardcopy Open Enrollment forms must be submitted to Human Resources no later than 3 p.m. on May 28. Forms received after that date cannot be accepted.

Any employee hired, or who becomes benefits-eligible, on or after July 1, 2010 will have coverage effective the first day of the month following 90 days of employment, provided enrollment is completed within 30 days of the employee's date of hire/eligibility. All late enrollees (those who do not enroll during their initial 30 day eligibility period) submitting applications for coverage on July 1, 2010 or later will have coverage effective on the first day of the month following date of application or 90 days of employment, whichever is later.

Benefits for employees rehired by the state within 12 months of the last date of employment with the state and who were eligible for benefits on date of termination will be effective on the first day of the month following the date of rehire, provided enrollment is completed within 30 days of the rehire date.

Please contact ISU Human Resources at ext. 2517 with questions.

The Cultural Affairs Council currently has money available for mini and large grants

The Cultural Affairs Council currently has money available for mini and large grants. The first deadline for proposals is Sept. 3. Please visit the CAC website for grant guidelines at http://www.isu.edu/fsen/culturalaffairscouncil/index.shtml. Any questions should be directed to Angie Zielinski, CAC Chair, at zielange@isu.edu, Box 8004, ext. 3229.

ISU is host to a panel discussion on domestic violence and sexual assault June 17

ISU is host to a panel discussion on domestic violence and sexual assault Thursday, June 17, 6-8 p.m. in the Little Wood River Room at the Pond Student Union.

The focus of the discussion is how participants respond to domestic violence and sexual assault to provide a more coordinated community response and to facilitate continued cooperation.

Panel members include:

The moderator is Genevieve Judge a reporter with KIFI News Channel 8.

To register for this event, please email the following information to: Carol Prescott, ISU Public Safety, prescaro@isu.edu:

Attendance is free. Light refreshments will be offered.

For more information, contact Carol Prescott, Idaho State University, Department of Public Safety ext. 2426 prescaro@isu.edu or Jeff Young, Bannock County Sheriff’s Office, (208) 236-7111 jeff2225@dats.com.

The Central Heating Plant has shut down for the summer; no heat in buildings

The Central Heating Plant has shut down for the summer, so there is no heat in the buildings. The plant can be reactivated, if determined necessary, should the temperature drop.

This shut down normally occurs each spring when the weather warms to allow for maintenance and repairs of the system, and turned back on in the fall as the temperature decreases.

Please contact Facilities Services at ext. 2784 with questions.

The current display art area at the Oboler Library will feature art by Sandra Greba

The current display art area at the Idaho State University Oboler Library will feature art by Sandra Greba through June 30.

Recognized for her botanical accuracy, she is a self-taught artist who strives to capture the intricate details and fragile beauty inherent in flowers and birds.

Greba was born in the kitchen of quarters No. 5, Gulkana Airfield, Alaska. She spent her early childhood in the rural parts of the state, in places such as Kotzebue and Aniak. She then moved to Oklahoma City where she completed her schooling and worked as a florist and bridal consultant.

Sandra returned to Alaska in 1980 and currently resides in Sitka where she paints and operates a bed and breakfast named after her daughter, Hannah.

“There is such a wonderful order and endless variety in God’s creation,” she said. “Living in Southeast Alaska has provided me with years of inspiration and it is my hope that my work reflects my love of its natural beauty.”

The exhibit is free and open to the public and may be viewed during regular library hours: Monday-Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Saturday and Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m. For more information contact the library at 282-3248.

Art and Pre-Architecture currently has an opening for an Administrative Assistant 1

Art and Pre-Architecture currently has an opening for an Administrative Assistant 1.

If you are interested in this position and are eligible to transfer please email a cover letter and resume to Rudy Kovacs (kovarudo@isu.edu). If you are in a different pay grade and would like to apply, please visit http://www.isu.edu/humanr/classified.shtml. Applications must be completed by May 31.

ISU Foundation has received a $1,500 grant from the John William Jackson Fund for a nursing scholarship in memory of Dr. Brenda Williams

The Idaho State University Foundation has received a grant in the amount of $1,500 from the John William Jackson Fund in the Idaho Community Foundation for a nursing scholarship in memory of Dr. Brenda Williams.

The scholarship will be awarded to a Fast-Track Nursing student at the ISU-Meridian Health Science Center. The Fast-Track Nursing program allows individuals with a degree in another discipline to complete a Bachelor of Science, Nursing degree in only four semesters.

The John William Jackson fund was established in memory of John Jackson in 2000 by friends and family, including Marcus and Pat Meier of Monti, Italy, and Bill and Jackie Jackson of Boise. Since the fund’s inception they have granted over $160,000 to Idaho youth organizations. The mission of the John William Jackson Fund is to advance academic scholarship, performing arts and outdoor sporting for Idaho youth.

The Idaho Community Foundation is a statewide nonprofit organization composed of over 400 individual funds, pooled together for efficient management. Total assets are more than $55 million. Since its inception in 1988, ICF has made charitable distributions totaling more than $41 million.

Al Richmond, VALIC Representative, will be on campus June 1

Al Richmond, our VALIC Representative, will be on campus June 1 in the Portneuf Room at the Student Union Building.

Please call him at (208) 569-6057 to schedule an appointment.

Students learning service is an important part of education

Students at Idaho State University are learning an important tenet that part of being an educated person is to do service and give back to the greater community.

The lessons they are receiving in the Service Learning Component in First Year Seminar classes aren’t just theoretical. During the 2009-10 academic year, 590 students and 68 instructors completed 1,730 hours of service and raised $2,736 donated to worthy causes.

“Basically, we’re teaching about the importance of service to ISU and the greater communities students live in, and incorporating elements of service into the classroom and tying it into course content,” said Julie Kline, an AmeriCorps/Vista Service volunteer and the Service Learning Coordinator for the ISU Center for Teaching and Learning.

Students and instructors in their respective classes chose and designed their own service learning projects, that varied from holding a walkathon that raised $700 for the Pocatello Animal Shelter, to serving meals to the homeless during Halloween weekend through My Brother’s Table program.

“When we held the animal shelter walkathon at Davis Field the students asked community members to pledge a certain amount of money per lap they completed,” said Tad Phelps, an ISU First Year Seminar instructor. “One of our students raised $400 on her own.”

The shelter used the donation to contribute to four different funds that Friends of the Pocatello Animal Shelter use to help assist people in adopting pets.

“When the students toured our facilities I think it made them more aware of the needs of the shelter,” Shelter Director Mary Remer said. “Taxpayers keep the place running, but in a lot of areas we need help from the public. Participating in this project opened the volunteers’ eyes a lot on ways they can be involved and help the shelter.”

One class made fleece scarves for the homeless at Aid For Friends in Pocatello.

“Things like hats, gloves, scarves and socks are vital to our clients and highly valued by them,” said BJ Stensland, executive director for Aids for Friends. “They go very quickly. These kinds of donations are very important because we sustain ourselves through community support. The donations of the scarves literally touched lives.”

Still another class created coloring books for first graders at the Edahow and Tendoy schools, while another class in Idaho Falls held a donation drive to help the kids at The Haven, an emergency shelter for families. A group spoke about the importance of getting a college education to about 90 fourth graders at Indian Hills Elementary School in Pocatello.

Catina Tharp, Academic Programs Coordinator, has implemented various changes within the First Year Seminar program over the past two years. Tharp has seen growth within the program during this time. All sections of First Year Seminar are taught by an instruction team consisting of one faculty or staff person, and at least one peer instructor. Tharp recruits, trains, and administers these teams, promoting teamwork and leadership development.

Tharp relayed two stories service-learning stories from last year. One class participating in the Angel Tree program to raise funds for community families during the holidays chose a family whose mother was incarcerated at the Pocatello Women’s Correctional Center. That group received a $200 donation from a woman who had previously been incarcerated at that center. An ISU football player participating raised $500 on his own, allowing the class to adopt two more families for the Angel Tree program.

Upward Bound is participating in the Summer Food Service Program

Idaho State University’s Upward Bound Program is participating in the Summer Food Service Program. Meals will be provided to all eligible children participating in the Upward Bound Program free of charge.

To be eligible to receive free meals at a residential or non-residential camp, children must meet the income guidelines for reduced price meals in the National School Lunch Program. The income guidelines for reduced price meals by family size are listed on the next page. Children who are part of households that receive food stamps, or benefits under the Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR), or Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) are automatically eligible to receive free meals.

Acceptance and participation requirements for the program and all activities are the same for all regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability, and there will be no discrimination in the course of the meal service. Meals will be provided to students who are a part of the Upward Bound Program at the sites and times as follows:

June 14-Aug. 6

Turner Dining Hall on ISU Campus
1400 East Terry St.
Pocatello, ID 83209
Breakfast: 7-8:30 a.m.
Lunch: 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Dinner: 5 - 6:30 p.m.

Reduced-Price Meals Guidelines
Household Size Annual Household Size Annual
1$16,2455$38,685
2$21,8556$44,295
3$27,4657$49,905
4$33,0758$55,515
  For each additional member add$5,610