News and Notes

A Newsletter for Faculty and Staff of Idaho State University

September 13, 2010 — Vol. 26 No. 30

Faculty/Staff Updates

Robinson and Brumley elected to positions in international pyschology society

Dr. Scott Robinson was elected President of the International Society for Developmental Psychobiology and Dr. Michele Brumley was elected Secretary for the International Society for Developmental Psychobiology.

News Bites

'McI Love ISU' night, 5 to 7 p.m. on Sept. 16, has been expanded to include two McDonald's in Pocatello

In its second year the 'McI Love ISU' night in Pocatello, set from 5 to 7 p.m. on Sept. 16, has been expanded to include two McDonald's restaurants in Pocatello.

"I Love ISU" leaders and volunteers will work the counters and kitchens at the McDonald's location at 831 Yellowstone (across from Fred Meyers) and the McDonald's at 1011 South Fifth Avenue (across from Idaho State University).

"We are pleased to again be supporting the efforts of this wonderful campaign," said Mary Johnson, McDonald's co-owner along with her husband, Mike. "We felt so good participating last year that the 'McI Love ISU' efforts have been expanded to two Pocatello McDonald's restaurants. We want to help as many of these deserving ISU students as we can, investing in the future of our community."

During this time 20 percent of the sales at both locations will be donated to "I Love ISU" scholarships. Those McDonald's restaurants will also be accepting donations that go directly to the "I Love ISU" fund. Everybody is invited to join in this event.

"Please join us for a meal or a snack, and support Idaho State University students and scholarships at the same time," said Roger Wheeler, co-chair of the "I Love ISU" campaign. "We look forward to seeing you at either or both locations."

For additional information on "I Love ISU" contact the ISU Foundation at (208) 282-3470.

Information is also available at the Idaho State University Foundation's website.

The Homecoming 2010 Parade will start at the corner of South First Avenue and Center Street, 10 a.m. Sept. 25

The Idaho State University Homecoming 2010 Parade at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 25, in Pocatello will start at the corner of South First Avenue and Center Street, just east of the Center Street underpass.

From the starting point, the parade will proceed up Center Street to South 15th Avenue, where entries will turn right and continue to the parade's finish at the Holt Arena parking lot.

Parade entries are due by noon Friday, Sept. 17. After this date a $25 late fee applies. No entries will be accepted after noon Friday, Sept. 24.

The parade's theme is ""The Year of the Tiger" and will take place from 10 a.m. to noon, followed by the annual pregame tailgate party and football game. The parade lineup begins at 8 a.m.

The parade staging area will be along First Avenue from Center Street south to Humbolt Street. The parade check-in/entry point for the general public is at First Avenue and Humbolt Street. For entries that have horses, there will be a staging and parking area on Sutter Street.

Parade organizers are requesting that parade participants take steps to avoid creating traffic congestion at the parade's staging area. Only parade entries may enter the parade line-up at the Humbolt check-in/entrance point. Floats and entries need to be fully constructed before coming onto First Avenue.

All other traffic, such as vehicles dropping off parade participants, will not be allowed on First Avenue because this creates great safety concerns for pedestrians moving about the congested staging area.

Special slots have been reserved for bands, cheerleaders, drill teams, and dance groups. Parade officials will space these groups so that spectators will be able to hear and see them independently. There is no room to reserve space for multiple groups to follow bands. If a group is planning to follow a band, they must arrive with the band to ensure a space.

Groups will be required to stage at a different area away from First Avenue, and then walk to the parade starting area. The ISU Pond Student Union parking lot located at the end of Humbolt and Dillon Streets, and the ISU parking lot on Fourth Avenue between Terry and Putnam Streets, are both good staging and parking areas for parade participants. There may also be parking available on the side streets east of Second Avenue.

There are no parade entry fees for University-registered student organizations or other educational entities such as University departments or community public schools. The fee for non-profit agencies is $32. Commercial entry fees for businesses, political candidates and community groups are $65 per unit. Examples of a unit are a motorized vehicle with or without attached trailer, walking group or marching group. Applicants must specify what type of unit they are entering.

For more information, contact parade chair Jason Sperry at 282-2879 or sperjaso@isu.edu.

College of Technology's Early Childhood Care and Education Associate Degree program receives full accreditation

The National Association for the Education of Young Children's Commission on Early Childhood Associate Degree Accreditation has granted Idaho State University's College of Technology Early Childhood Care and Education Associate Degree program full accreditation.

The ISU program is one of nine associate degree programs sponsored by eight institutions of higher education to receive this status.

Federal Head Start regulations call for an associate's degree or higher for teachers, and many states include early childhood associate degrees in their Quality Rating and Improvement Systems for child care and preschool programs. NAEYC's professional standards for early childhood degree programs provide a high measure of quality by which teacher education programs can be evaluated.

The ISU Early Childhood Care and Education program prepares, supports, and empowers early childhood educators to become the foundation of high-quality education for today's children. Early childhood care and education providers advocate for children and conduct themselves as members of the early childhood profession by upholding ethical and professional standards.

The Early Childhood Care and Education Associate Degree program is four semesters in length. Students are accepted in August each fall. The program has a 100 percent placement rate.

Founded in 1926, the National Association for the Education of Young Children has nearly 90,000 members worldwide. The association is the largest and most influential voice for early childhood education professionals and the field of early childhood education in the United States.

The 2010 Reading Project book is "the curious incident of a dog in the night-time," by Mark Haddon

The 2010 Reading Project book is "the curious incident of a dog in the night-time," by Mark Haddon. Several activities have been planned surrounding the book.

• Sept. 15: Book Discussion with Dr. Susan Goslee at noon in the Heritage Room of the Pond Student Union.

• Oct. 19: Panel Discussion: Living and Learning With Autism, 6 p.m. Salmon River Room, Pond Student Union. College of Education dean Deborah Hedeen will moderate a panel of parents and teachers who will describe best practice strategies used in home and school environments for individuals with autism. This panel will be equipped with distance broadcast capabilities to several satellite campuses across Idaho.

• Feb. 2-3, 7 p.m., Bengal Theater, Pond Student Union: Film, Temple Grandin.

• Feb. 15, 6 p.m. Salmon River Room, Pond Student Union: Panel: Autism" An Applied Clinical Science Perspective. Clinical psychologist and faculty member Mark Roberts, will moderate several brief presentations on the diagnosis, assessment, etiology, and treatment of autism spectrum disorders presented by members of the ISU Interdisciplinary Evaluation team. This panel will be equipped with distance broadcast capabilities to several satellite campuses across Idaho.

• March 9, 7 p.m. Jensen Grand Concert Hall, Stephens Performing Arts Center: Keynote speaker Temple Grandin. Temple Grandin, named one of Time Magazine's Most Influential People in the World in 2010, will be visiting the campus of Idaho State University and sharing her unique life story and fascinating research with the campus and community. Join us for a series of events revolving around her life and work. Distance broadcast will be available. There will also be additional colloquiums at the College of Education and the Department of Life Sciences.

"A Major A'Faire" is the theme of the 10th annual College Majors, Minors, and Graduate School Fair Sept. 15

"A Major A'Faire" is the theme of the 10th annual Idaho State University College Majors, Minors, and Graduate School Fair from noon to 4 p.m. Sept. 15 in the Pond Student Union.

Participants can learn about the variety of undergraduate and graduate degree programs offered on the ISU campus.

The fair will be held in the lower level of the Pond Student Union, including in the Ballroom, Bengal Café and the Canoe Room. The fair is sponsored by ISU Central Academic Advising, Career Center, and Student Affairs.

All ISU students, area high school seniors and community members are invited to attend. There will be food and Renaissance Faire-themed crafts available to participants.

The fair is designed to assist students in making informed decisions related to their college majors and future career. Information about admission requirements, prerequisites for specific programs, course content and job opportunities related to each degree will also be available.

ISU faculty from academic departments and the College of Technology will be on hand to meet with students and answer their questions. In addition, representatives from the Admissions Office and the Career Center will be available to provide general information. There will also be auxiliary and wellness-related information available to promote long-term student success.

For more information contact Nancy Goodman at ext. 3277 or goodnanc@isu.edu, or Troy Kase at ext. 2380 or kasetroy@isu.edu.

Students are taking more classes and more are advancing toward a degree according to the 10th-day enrollment report

Idaho Student University students are taking more classes, and the number of students advancing toward a degree has increased this year compared to last fall, according to the 10th-day enrollment report for fall semester. The report also shows a 3 percent increase in the number of total student hours being taken.

"The increase in total student credit hours indicates that students are more likely to graduate in a timely manner," said Laura Woodworth-Ney, associate vice president for curricular and academic excellence.

Idaho universities have traditionally reported enrollment figures on the tenth day of each semester, although the most accurate enrollment figure is the final end of semester count, which will be available in January.

While the 10th-day report at this time shows a decline of 6.5 percent in the overall student headcount from last year, Woodworth-Ney said that the overall enrollment is likely to be up again for the fifth consecutive fall semester.

"The present report doesn't account for students enrolled in our Early College Program due to the delayed start of the public school year," said Woodworth-Ney. "We anticipate at least another 1,200 students in that program as well as another 500 students in other programs."

Last academic year, between the 10th-day report and the final end of the semester count, Idaho State University gained roughly 2,000 additional students, an increase of 8.6 percent over the early semester snapshot when all categories were counted. Typically, the difference between tenth day and end of semester enrollment has averaged about 9 percent.

The Rodeo Team will host a Rocky Mountain Regional and the annual ISU Bengal Round-up Rodeo Sept. 16-18

The Idaho State University Rodeo Team will host a Rocky Mountain Regional and the annual ISU Bengal Round-up Rodeo, Sept. 16-18, at the Bannock County Fairgrounds main arena. Performances will begin at 7 p.m. each evening.

College rodeo athletes from the following colleges/universities will compete: Idaho State University, College of Southern Idaho, Dixie State College of Utah, Southern Utah University, Utah State University, Utah Valley University and Weber State University.

Ticket prices are $5 for general admission to each performance or you may purchase a weekend pass for $10. ISU Staff, faculty, and students, as well as, children 6 and under are free.

For more information about the ISU Bengal Round-up Rodeo contact Angela Askey, Advisor at 282-3216.

The 29th annual CW HOG Pig Out is Sept. 18

The 29th annual Idaho State University CW HOG Pig Out, a dinner and fundraiser for Idaho State University's Cooperative Wilderness Handicapped Outdoor Group, is Saturday, Sept. 18, at the Lower Ross Park Pavilion. CW HOG provides outdoor recreational opportunities for individuals with and without disabilities.

Dinner includes grilled pork chops, Idaho baked potatoes, corn on the cob, a Dutch oven vegetarian dish, and ice-cold beverages. Dinner is from 4 to 7:30 p.m. Musical entertainment, featuring US Bluez and Soul Full of Blues, will be from 4 to 11 p.m.

The Pig Out is the biggest annual event for CW HOG. Proceeds benefit ISU's CW HOG program by providing staffing, trainings for staff and volunteers, equipment, and financial aid to participants who would otherwise not be able to get the experiences that CW HOG has to offer. The confidence, self-esteem, and lifelong memories that come along with challenging oneself with outdoor adventures are immeasurable and CW HOG is committed to assisting with these challenges.

Those 12 and older pay $14 in advance, $15 at the door. Children 11 and younger pay $6 in advance, $7 at the door. Children ages 5 and younger eat free. The cost for a family of four is $35 with $5 for each additional child. Those only listening to the music pay $7.

Advance tickets are on sale at Scott's Ski and Sports, Sandbaggers, Barrie's Sports, Ace Hardware & Snake River Outdoor Sports, and The Outdoor Adventure Center on the ground floor of the Pond Student Union Building.

T-shirts with this year's Pig Out slogan "Tickling Pork Bellies" will be on sale for $13 and will be available at the Pig Out.

For more information on the Pig Out, call the CW HOG Office at (208) 282-3912.

"A Collection of Paintings by Richard Bingham" is on display at the Idaho State University Pond Student Union Transition Gallery through Sept. 29.

Richard Paul Bingham, born 1948, was raised in Southeast Idaho and attended area schools. He began painting in oils at the age of twelve under the tutelage of his father, a noted local artist, and through the 1960s regularly accompanied him to workshops and instruction given by Robert Brackman, Hayward Veal, Frederick Taubes and others. After high school he attended Idaho State University, earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from that institution in 1970.

Leaving graduate studies in 1972, he established a commercial art/graphics studio, and to the present, designs and produces illustrations, signs, commercial layouts and paintings on commission. He has exhibited in Idaho at Eagle Rock Art Museum, Idaho State University and the J. Crist Gallery, as well as outside Idaho in Savannah, Ga., New York City and the Hague, Netherlands.

The Transition Gallery is located on the first floor of the Pond Student Union.

For more information regarding this exhibit, please contact Corinne McCullough at ext. 3451.

Homecoming 2010 will feature a variety of events Sept. 20-25

Idaho State University's Homecoming 2010 with the theme "The Year of the Tiger" will feature a variety of ISU Student Activities Board events culminating Sept. 25 with a Homecoming parade at 10 a.m. and a football game Sept. 25 at 3:35 p.m.

"Homecoming is a great way to meet new students and participate in spirit events," said Tara Loving, Student Activities Board marketing chair. "This year we have some traditional events, as well as some new and exciting ones. We would love to have as many people show their Bengal pride during our Homecoming Week."

For more information on ISU Student Activities Board events, call (208) 282-3451 or visit www.isu.edu/homecoming/, or e-mail alumni@isu.edu. Below is a listing of ISU Homecoming events sponsored by ISU Student Activities Board. A separate news release will detail information on ISU Alumni Association Homecoming Events.

ISU Student Activities Board Homecoming events include:

Thirty Associate Degree Registered Nurse graduates received graduation presentations and nursing pins at a recent ceremony

Thirty Idaho State University Associate Degree Registered Nurse (ADRN) program graduates received their graduation presentations and nursing pins, at a recent ceremony.

The pinning ceremony is a time-honored right-of-passage for graduates of nursing programs as they enter the nursing profession. The Idaho State University College of Technology ADRN pin was chosen by students in the first class and initially presented to the first ADRN graduates in December 2005. Only ISU ADRN graduates are allowed to wear this exquisite pin which symbolizes a lifelong commitment to professional nursing traditions and ideals.

Held at the Jensen Grand Concert Hall, Stephens Performing Arts Center in Pocatello, the afternoon celebration was a traditional ceremony that included graduation presentations, the official pinning of each graduate, the lighting of candles, and the recitation of the nursing pledge. ISU Provost and Vice President Dr. Gary Olson congratulated graduates on behalf of the University and Health Occupations Chair Paul Peterson greeted all attendees.

On stage, the ADRN Program Team included Jim Allen, Sandy Knighton, JoAnne Pearce, and Linda Smith. Allen is the Human Simulations Director for the College.

In addition to the graduates' friends and loved ones, attendees included education, nursing, and healthcare representatives from throughout Idaho.

During the pinning ceremony, six special awards were presented and recipients were recognized and honored. Award presentations were made by the ADRN Program Team. Graduates receiving these prestigious awards were as follows:

Carla L. Dando Award of Excellence, named in honor of the former Health Occupations Chair, represents excellence in the area of scholarship and written communication. This year, Sandra Mason was named.

The Nursing Pioneer Award was presented to a graduate, recognizing demonstrated courage and commitment to pave the way for others. Shelbe Mecham earned this award.

The Nursing Spirit Award has as its focus nursing leadership, academic performance, and all-around excellence: Pamela Shuler was the awardee.

The Perseverance Award recognizes integrity, dependability, and conscientiousness in the face of difficult challenges, as well as an ability to help others overcome adversity. The award was given to Megan Green.

Professional Nursing Award recognizes a desire to elevate professional nursing standards. Denver Cook was the honored recipient.

The Nursing Outlook Award was presented for the first time this year. The 2010 recipient of this prestigious award was Kristin Nielsen.

Each of the ADRN graduates shared with the audience photos of their journey through the nursing program as well as personal heart-felt thank yous to those who made their nursing success possible. "The pinning ceremony is a formal recognition of the dedication to professional nursing each graduate has demonstrated. We are proud of each of these graduates and honor their ability to think through difficult patient care issues," said Program Director Dr. Linda Smith.

Our TIAA-CREF Representative will be on campus Sept. 15 and 16

Greg Finch, our TIAA-CREF Representative, will be on campus Sept. 15 and 16, in the Portneuf Room at the Student Union Building.

Please call 800-732-8353, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., to schedule an appointment.