News and Notes

A Newsletter for Faculty and Staff of Idaho State University

October 25, 2010 — Vol. 26 No. 36

Faculty/Staff Updates

Otilia Guerra is retiring after almost 15 years of service

Otilia Guerra, custodian in the Business Administration Building, is retiring after almost 15 years of service with the University.

Join us for a farewell get-together in her honor on Friday, Oct. 29, from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. the Student Union Bengal Cafe.

For more information, call Custodial Services at ext. 2394.

News Bites

First Monday: Idaho State University Forum airs Nov. 1 at 7 p.m. on KISU-FM

First Monday: Idaho State University Forum, public affairs program airs Monday, Nov. 1 at 7 p.m. on KISU-FM.

Hosted by longtime southeastern Idaho radio personality Jerry Miller, the interview program examines a wide array of contemporary subjects. This month's l broadcast features Ann Kirkwood, director of Idaho State University's Awareness to Action Youth Suicide Prevention Project and Casey Santee, director of the Veterans Sanctuary Program at ISU.

Idaho currently ranks 11th for the highest suicide rate in the United States, with the suicide rate in eastern Idaho well above the national average.

The Idaho State University Veterans Sanctuary has received state and national acclaim for providing a friendly, transitional environment for veterans returning to school. The program, one of the first transition and support programs of its kind in the country, has been honored by numerous groups, including the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

KISU-FM streams its programming live. If you miss any of these programs you can visit www.isu.edu and click on the First Monday icon to download the program.

Questions, comments and ideas for future programs can be sent to Mark Levine, executive producer, Stop 8265.

CW HOG will present the annual Warren Miller ski movie Nov. 6

The Idaho State University Cooperative Wilderness Handicapped Outdoor Group (CW HOG) will present the annual Warren Miller ski movie at 1, 7 and 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov.6, in the Pond Student Union Theater.

This Miller movie is titled "Wintervention." Proceeds support the CW HOG program.

Tickets prices are $9 in advance and $11 at the door, except for the 1 p.m. matinee, which is $7. Tickets are available at the CW HOG office, Snow Expo/Ski Swap, Scott's Ski & Sports and Barrie's Sports.

For more information, call ext. 3912.

Mitchell Meng, financial advisor with Waddell & Reed, will be on campus Oct. 27 to discuss retirement plans

Mitchell Meng, financial advisor with Waddell & Reed, will be on campus Oct. 27, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., in the North Fork Room at the Student Union Building. He will be bringing Subway sandwiches.

Waddell & Reed is one of our 403b vendors, and would like to talk to employees about their retirement plans.

Employees do not need to make an appointment.

VALIC representative Al Richmond will be on campus Nov. 3

VALIC representative Al Richmond will be on campus Nov. 3 in the Heritage Room at the Pond Student Union.

Please call Richmond at 569-6057 to schedule an appointment.

ISU is partnering with state and local agencies to bring free community health screenings to low-income Ada county residents

Idaho State University is partnering with state and local agencies to bring free community health screenings to low-income Ada county residents.

Ada County, Central District Health, and the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare are working with ISU to conduct the screenings.

Faculty and students from Idaho State University-Meridian Health Science Center will conduct the screenings Friday, Oct. 29, 4-7 p.m., at Redeemer Lutheran Church, 2920 Cassia St., in Boise.

The program, which sprang from an Ada County initiative to find ways to help save taxpayer dollars spent on indigent health care costs, provides free flu and hepatitis vaccines, basic physical exams, dental evaluations, hearing and depression screenings, on-site testing for blood sugar levels and HIV, and a variety of health education information.

"Helping low-income individuals proactively get health care screenings, and take responsibility for their own health, are critical steps in preventing conditions from getting to the point of requiring an ER visit or worse," said Ada County Commissioner Sharon Ullman. "This effort will in turn mean savings to County taxpayers on indigent health care costs."

"This is more than a health fair," said Dr. Glenda Carr, an ISU assistant pharmacy professor. "We are not merely giving out information, but screening for health conditions and doing brief, non-invasive physical exams."

The free screenings are intended for low-income adults with no insurance or limited access to preventive health care. The full screening process will take about an hour. In addition to conducting the screenings, ISU-Meridian faculty and students will provide disease prevention, dental, nutritional and diabetes education.

Another screening will be held Dec. 3 at Cathedral of the Rockies, 717 N. 11th St., in Boise. Call ISU at (208) 373-1700 for more information.

Graphic design student Kari Rands' work will be featured on the 33rd annual Simplot Games poster

Idaho State University graphic design student Kari Rands' work will be featured on the 33rd annual Simplot Games poster.

Nine students in an Idaho State University graphics design class competed against each other and a professional advertisement agency, to create a poster promoting the 33rd annual Simplot Games, North America's largest prep track meet, hosted at ISU.

"I competed against pros and they liked mine best," said Rands, a junior in the ISU James E. Rogers Department of Mass Communication who has an emphasis in advertising/public relations. "I'm stoked. It was definitely fun and definitely fun to see the real-world application of my work."

Rands' poster shows a runner on the track and includes information on the 2011 Simplot Games, which will be held Feb. 17-19. Representatives from the Simplot Games visited ISU to award Rands on Monday, Oct. 18, to announce her as a winner and reward her with a cash prize of $450. Her poster design will be used internationally to promote the games.

This year for the first time, the games sponsors challenged ISU visual communication graphic design students to create a winning publicity poster. The students were given specific guidelines and requirements for the print-publicity piece to be used in promotion of the games. The students had access to medals and batons actually used in past events and photographs of previous athletes in action.

"This was a perfect opportunity for our students to work for a high-profile client and gain valuable experience," said mass communication/graphic design Professor Paula Jull. "We often do design work for non-profit clients, but this is in an entirely new league. The Simplot representatives said they were 'blown away' by our students' designs."

The Simplot Games, North America's premier high school indoor track and field event, are held at Idaho State University's Holt Arena in February. Some 2,000 athletes from the United States and Canada run on a 200-meter, banked-board track considered one of the fastest in the nation, and records are broken every year.

The Student Health Center is offering flu shots to ISU students, faculty, staff, and spouses

The ISU Student Health Center is offering flu shots to ISU students, faculty, staff, and spouses.

Cost is $20 with a valid Bengal card. H1N1 is included in this year's seasonal flu vaccine.

Clinic hours are 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information, call ext. 2330.

The all-you can-eat Dungenous Crab Feed to benefit ISU women's basketball is Nov. 3

The second annual all-you can-eat Dungenous Crab Feed to benefit ISU women's basketball is Nov. 3, 6 p.m. in the Pond Student Union ballroom.

The dinner includes beverages, Buddy's salad, Texas Roadhouse rolls and a side dish. Cost is $30 and all proceeds benefit ISU women's basketball.

For more information, contact Trisha Ytuarte at ytartris@isu.edu, or Jordan Green at greejord@isu.edu.

Athletics is looking for people to keep statistics at basketball games this season

Are you computer savvy? Do you love sports? If the answer is yes to both questions the athletic department is looking for your help at basketball and football games in keeping stats. The person would be in putting stats into the computer with the help of a second person calling the action for you to in put. For more information contact Steve Schaack at 208-406-3570 or by e-mail at schaste4@isu.edu.

The Gender Resource Center will host a discussion of a Dr. Peter Boag article on Oct. 28

The Idaho State University Janet C. Anderson Gender Resource Center will host an article discussion of Dr. Peter Boag's Go West Young Man, Go East Young Woman: Searching for the Trans in Western Gender History at 12:15 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 28 in the Heritage Room of the Pond Student Union. This article discussion is in preparation for the event on Thursday, Nov. 4 at 6:30 p.m. in the Salmon River Suite of the Pond Student Union Building wherein the Anderson Center is hosting Dr. Peter Boag as an honored speaker. The article discussion and speaker event, in honor of National Transgender Day of Remembrance, are free and open to the public.

The discussion of Dr. Peter Boag's award-winning article, Go West Young Man, Go East Young Woman: Searching for the Trans in Western Gender History will address the historical omission, by both feminist scholars and popular feminist writers, of the possibility of transgenderism among female-to-male cross-dressers of the American Old West. Particular consideration will be spent delving into an extensive exploration of why this neglect of Trans history has occurred, including the role that the Western Myth and the Frontier Thesis have had in tainting such evidence. Asserting that, indeed, transgenderism existed beyond the simple claims of female-to-male cross-dressing or lesbian tendency, as is declared by most feminist scholars, Boag's article normalizes the concept of Trans identity throughout the late-nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century West.

On Nov. 4, Boag will further discuss an in-process book project entitled, Re-Dressing America's Frontier Past. After providing a brief synopsis of the book and why he has decided to write it, Dr. Boag will then share some of his most interesting stories of the Trans people of whom he is writing.

The Janet C. Anderson Gender Resource Center is hosting the article discussion in recognition of Transgender Day of Remembrance, an internationally observed memorial of those who have lost their lives due to anti-trans hatred, prejudice, and violence. First observed in 1998, the mission of Transgender Day of Remembrance seeks to raise awareness of transgender issues and to mourn those who might otherwise be forgotten.

For more information, contact the Anderson Center at ext. 2805.

The Associated Students of ISU Early Learning Center has earned a STAR Rating

The Associated Students of Idaho State University Early Learning Center has earned a STAR Rating through the IdahoSTARS Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS).

The QRIS is a voluntary quality rating and improvement system for child care facilities in Idaho. The quality of the facility is rated through a system of five stars, similar to ratings for hotels, movies and restaurants.

The QRIS has three goals: inform parents choices, improve the quality of child care, and implement "Strengthening Families through Early Care and Education." "Strengthening Families" is a child abuse and neglect prevention framework that focuses on supporting family strengths through positive child care provider/parent relationships.

Child care facilities participating in QRIS earn points and an overall rating based on eight quality standards: environment, education, professional development, inclusion, strengthening families, child-to-staff ratio, group size and business practices.

The QRIS includes a built-in system for improvement in each standard. In this way, the QRIS credits facilities for the quality practices already in pace while providing a roadmap to increased quality.

The QRIS was designed with input from child care providers, professionals and community members in pilot trials during 2007 and 2008 and opened statewide on Jan. 1.

The ISU Society of Physics Students will be hosting a Punk'n Chuck competition on Oct. 30

The ISU Society of Physics Students will be hosting a Punk'n Chuck competition on Saturday, October 30, from 1 to 3:30 p.m. at the Idaho Accelerator Center Airport Facility on West Fortress Rd. just south of the Pocatello Airport, and north of I86, just a few hundred yards northwest of Exit 56. Teams from schools in Blackfoot, Salmon, Sun Valley and Idaho Falls, as well as teams from BYUI and ISU will be competing with catapults they have built and designed for trophies and bragging rights. Spectators are welcome. For more information, Contact Dr. Steve Shropshire at 282-2212 or shropshi@physics.isu.edu.