News and Notes

A Newsletter for Faculty and Staff of Idaho State University

November 29, 2010 — Vol. 26 No. 40

Faculty/Staff Updates

Congratulations to ISU Cares "Spot" award winners for September

Congratulations to ISU Cares "Spot" award winners for September.

Each winner was given a certificate of appreciation and a $15 Visa card, courtesy of ISU Credit Union. They are also entered into the fall semester $100 drawing. For more information on each winner, go to the ISU Cares website. To nominate an ISU employee for providing exceptional customer service, click ISU Cares Survey.

Rex Lott was recently named to the Board of Directors for the College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacists

Pharmacy professor Dr. Rex Lott was recently named to the Board of Directors for the College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacists.

He will serve from 2011-2013. Other new board members include Steven Burghart and Megan Ehret. Lott has practiced and taught psychiatric and neurologic pharmacy for over 35 years.

News Bites

Anne Merkley will exhibit her photography show "End of an Age" at the Eli M. Oboler Library through January

Anne Merkley will exhibit her photography show "End of an Age" at the Idaho State University Eli M. Oboler Library, 850 S. 9th Ave., through January.

The exhibit may be viewed during regular library hours. For schedule changes due to the holidays, contact the library at (208) 282-3248.

"End of an Age" is a sequel to "The Art of Illusion," Merkley's show that recently closed in Idaho State University's Transition Gallery. Both consist of new work never seen before.

Best known for her realistic oil and watercolor portraits, Merkley also addresses the need for art that makes a statement. Photography is an alternate means to this end, and Merkley was creating collages in this medium prior to the invention of computer programs like Photoshop.

The artist explains her work in this exhibit. "Ages" in human civilization are said to last for approximately 2,000 years. If so, the Mayan culture on this continent predated Christianity in the "Old World" by an age.

During that period, Mayan high priests made predictions based on an incredibly advanced knowledge of astronomy. They cited the year 2012 as the "end time" for our current age, due to complex effects of a rare and imminent galactic alignment. Christianity has interpreted the same juncture as a moral issue.

How much of the turbulence we are experiencing on our planet today is the result of such cosmological events or a manifestation of synchronistic "parallel universes"?

This show of photo collages explores the symbolism and emotion of such questions in a visual format. It represents the pre-Columbian Mesoamerican belief system as it was replaced by Catholicism.

"Now at another apocalyptic juncture, we are faced with the entropy of Western civilization and the continuing struggle of the human spirit to fulfill its purpose in the universe," Merkley said. "Mayans, and also Hopi, did not see this as the 'end of the world' but rather the beginning of a new age."

Merkley is an artist of national recognition who has painted, taught, exhibited, garnered dozens of prizes, taken commissions and sold her work out of Pocatello for most of her adult life. She has bachelor's and master's degrees in fine arts.

Merkley also holds master's degrees in anthropology, education, and political science, with Native American and Mesoamerican emphases. She has traveled widely and worked with several programs for environmental conservation and cultural preservation in Mexico, Guatemala, Peru and Ecuador. All of Merkley's degrees are from Idaho State University.

Costco is joining area retailers selling ISU merchandise

Looking for that perfect holiday gift? Costco will join the list of area retailers with officially licensed Idaho State University merchandise beginning Dec. 10. In addition, ISU apparel is also available at the University Bookstore, Idaho Unlimited, Sports Authority, T-Shirts Plus and New Day Products. Show your Bengal pride. Shop early for best selection.

Facilities Services has compiled a list of documents and links about work on buildings and grounds projects

Facilities Services has compiled a list of documents and links to keep the campus community informed about work on buildings and grounds projects.

Information on projects is available at http://www.isu.edu/facilities/documents.

As always, questions and comments are welcome. For more information, contact Facilities Services at ext. 2784.

First Monday: Idaho State University Forum, public affairs program airs Dec. 6 at 7 p.m. on KISU-FM

First Monday: Idaho State University Forum, public affairs program airs Monday, Dec. 6 at 7 p.m. on KISU-FM.

Hosted by longtime radio southeastern Idaho radio personality Jerry Miller, the interview program examines a wide array of contemporary subjects. This month's broadcast features Dr. Laura Vailas and Dr. Steve Lawyer.

Vailas is a registered dietitian and her area of specialization is clinical trials related to atherosclerosis. The average American will pack on nearly 3-5 pounds during the holiday season. Vailas offers insight and tips on how to enjoy the holiday season without adding to your waistline.

Lawyer, associate professor of psychology at Idaho State University, is a licensed clinical psychologist with specific expertise in treating anxiety, trauma and depression. Although the holiday season is generally marked with happiness, for many it is a time of the year filed with sadness, anxiety, loneliness and depression. Lawyer offers advice on how to "combat the holiday blues."

KISU-FM streams its programming live. If you miss any of these programs you can visit www.isu.edu/firstmonday.

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

Nominations for the 2011 Professional Achievement Awards are now being accepted

Nominations for the 2011 Professional Achievement Awards are now being accepted by the Office of Alumni Relations. These awards are presented to alumni of Idaho State University in recognition of significant professional achievement in a specific field or endeavor.

Individuals selected for the Professional Achievement Award must be alumni who have exited with at least 24 credits or received their first degree from Idaho State University a minimum of 10 years earlier than the year of nomination.

Nomination forms and guidelines can be found at http://www.isu.edu/alumni/professionalawards.shtml and are to be submitted to the Dean of the respective college/unit of which the nominee is an alumnus.

Nomination forms can also be obtained from the Dean's office at each college/unit or from the Office of Alumni Relations.

All nomination forms, biographical and supporting documentation and letters of support must be received by the college/unit no later than Jan. 21 to be considered for selection.

Each college/unit selection process will be under the direction of the Dean. Honorees will be recognized and presented at ISU Commencement on Saturday, May 6.

Professional Achievement Awards will be presented for the following colleges/units:

For additional information contact the Office of Alumni Relations or the Dean's office in the college that the nominee is an alumnus.

A grant support for faculty, staff and students pursuing external grants is being formed for next semester

Interested in getting ongoing feedback from your peers on a grant proposal? Want to help others with the same concern, and perhaps meet a future cross-discipline collaborator? A Grant Support Group is being organized for next semester. The group will meet, perhaps as often as every two weeks, to share drafts, provide constructive criticism, share insights and suggestions in a roundtable format. The group is open to faculty, staff, or students, who are pursuing external grants. If interested, contact Ralph Norton at ext. 2926 for more information or to attend a January planning session.

All engineers and their spouses are invited to a Christmas social Dec. 2

All engineers and their spouses are invited to a Christmas social Thursday, Dec. 2 at 6:30 p.m. in the Shilo Inn Convention Center, 780 Lindsay Blvd., Idaho Falls. Hors D'oeuvres will be served.

This event is being sponsored by local chapters of ANS, ASCE, ASME, AIChE, IEEE, INCOSE, IAS, IWIN, AWS, ISA, ISPE, ACS, and TBP, and also sponsored by Basic American Foods, Idaho National Laboratory, Premier Technology, Inc., and Walker Engineering, P.C.

RSVP to Dave Koelsch at 524-4293 or by e-mail at dckoelsch@hotmail.com.

College of Education faculty, staff and students participated in the PowerPoint BETA certification test

More than 20 faculty, staff and students at the College of Education participated in the Microsoft 2010 PowerPoint BETA certification test in early September.

Earning a Microsoft Certification validates proven experience and knowledge in using Microsoft products and solutions. Certification exams are designed to be relevant in today's rapidly changing business environment and the Microsoft Certifications help utilize evolving technologies, and fine-tune troubleshooting skills.

Microsoft has released the results and 11 individuals who took part in the BETA test passed including, Jamie Davis of ICEE, two College of Education Business Education Majors, Matthew Noble and Rebecca Kelsch and faculty member and COE Business Education Advisor, Brenda Jacobsen.

Research Day 2011 is set for April 15

Idaho State University's Division of Health Science Research Day 2011 is set for April 15 in Pocatello and Meridian.

Abstract submissions are being accepted at http://www.isu.edu/healthsciences/research/researchday.shtml. Submissions must be entered by 5 p.m. on Jan. 31.

The theme for Research Day is "Bridging Research and Practice." ISU faculty, students and Idaho health care partners are invited.

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2011 Outstanding Student Awards

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2011 Outstanding Student Awards.

These awards are presented to recognize outstanding graduating seniors who have excelled in their programs and extracurricular activities and have generally epitomized ISU's outstanding student body. Faculty, staff, students, and alumni are invited to nominate senior students who meet the selection criteria and who graduated in December 2010, or who will graduate in May 2011 or August 2011. Nominations and supporting materials are reviewed by college/unit selection committees who then select each recipient.

Each college/unit selection process will be under the direction of the Dean. The Office of Alumni Relations sponsors this program and presents it in partnership with Idaho State University academic colleges and units.

Nomination forms and guidelines can be found at http://www.isu.edu/alumni/osa.shtml and can also be obtained from the Dean's office at each college/unit or from the Office of Alumni Relations. All nomination forms, biographical and supporting documentation and letters of support must be received by the college/unit no later than Jan. 21 to be considered for selection.

Outstanding Student Awards will be presented for the following colleges/units: College of Arts and Letters- Fine Arts and Humanities, Social and Behavioral Sciences, College of Science and Engineering- Natural and Physical Sciences, Engineering, College of Education, College of Business, College of Technology, College of Pharmacy, Division of Health Sciences, School of Nursing, School of Graduate Studies- master's candidate and doctoral candidate.

Award recipients will be honored at the Outstanding Student Reception and recognition ceremony on April 29 in the Bistline Theater in the Stephens Performing Arts Center. Award recipients receive medallions and have the opportunity to recognize those involved in their success.

Members of the ISU Rugby Team will help the homeless at the fourth annual Homeless Encampment Dec. 4-5

At least 15 members of the Idaho State University Rugby Team will help the homeless by offering their labor, time and collected donations for the Aid for Friends fourth annual Homeless Encampment in Pocatello's Caldwell Park on Dec. 4-5.

The ISU Rugby Team has been recruited to unload donated boxes - which will become shelters for participants sleeping in the park that night - on Saturday morning. The team will also set up the camp's fire drums and a windbreak to protect those vital fires, and help breakdown camp on Sunday. A dozen team members will also spend the night and collect donations during the Aid for Friends biggest and most important fundraiser of the year.

"We're excited to have the ISU Rugby Team's involvement," said B.J. Stensland, Aid for Friends director. "It is great to see ISU students getting involved and we hope other students and the whole ISU community will support them. We're looking forward to having all that muscle to help with camp setup and breakdown, which will make the whole encampment go smoother."

The encampment is organized to highlight the plight of the homeless in Pocatello and to raise money for Aid for Friends, which has operated a homeless shelter in Pocatello since 1984. The shelter is operated 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and offers services to single men, single women, married couples and families with children.

"The past year, we've served a higher number of homeless than we ever have before, offering 8,000 bed nights at our facility," Stensland said. "We're counting on continued support from the community to help these individuals and families in need."

ISU Rugby coach Ram Eddings said he wasn't surprised by his team's actions.

"I feel real comfortable with my guys any time there is community service they can get involved with. They're always willing," Eddings said. "The guys are also looking forward to learning something and to get that experience on how it feels to be homeless. It will be a good learning experience and something they will remember."

The ISU Rugby Team is looking for encampment pledges to raise money for Aid for Friends. Those interested in pledging support for the ISU Rugby Team can contact Eddings or Amy Slack at (208) 282-3242, eddirams@isu.edu or slacamy@isu.edu. Other ISU clubs that want to participate can contact Victoria Roberts of the Union Program Council's Volunteer Services at 282-3494 or upc@isu.edu.

For more information on Aid for Friends and the encampment, visit http://aidforfriendspocatello.org/ or call (208) 232-0178.

The Veterans' Sanctuary Program is sponsoring the second annual "Operation Gift Wrap"

The Veterans' Sanctuary Program is sponsoring the second annual "Operation Gift Wrap" to provide Christmas gifts to ISU's student veterans and their families.

The program is seeking help from the community in fulfilling the wish list. Participants are asked to donate a specific item listed on the ISU Veterans' Sanctuary website, www.isu.edu/veterans, or by donating cash so the item may be purchased. The last day for donations is Dec. 13.

Drop-off locations for donations are:

In addition, members of the Pocatello Veterans' Club will man tables where donations will be accepted from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Pond Student Union Foyer Atrium Dec. 6-10 and in the Rendezvous Complex Atrium on Dec. 7 and 9.

Santa's list for ISU veterans will be updated every day on the Veterans' Sanctuary website. The list will also be posted at each of the drop-off locations, and a tag for each wish will be hung from a tree outside of the Sanctuary office. The donated gifts will be sorted, wrapped and delivered to the veterans' families before Christmas.

For more information, contact Casey Santee at (208) 282-4298 or santcase@isu.edu for more information or to make arrangements for a donation.