News and Notes

A Newsletter for Faculty and Staff of Idaho State University

January 3, 2011 — Vol. 27 No. 1

Faculty/Staff Updates

Winners of the ISU United Way campaign's progressive drawing were chosen Dec. 17

Winners of the ISU United Way campaign's progressive drawing were chosen Dec. 17.

A set of tickets for the Jason Farnham & Friends Valentine's Show at the Stephens Performing Arts Center went to Ann Hunter, Rory Senna-Knight, Darlene Gerry and Michael Spall.

Tickets to the Harlem Gospel Choir performance were given to Kai B. Dickson, Kathy Hoffman, Richard S. Satterfield and Cynthia A. Bunde.

Kevin Marsh was the winner of a Tom Tom GPS unit. Odell Hatch won a 2011 Women's Basketball season pass, and Dennis Ketterman won a 2011 football season pass. Donna Fugate won a 2011 Men's Basketball season pass.

Allan Christelow won a personal day, and Norman Schroder won a 1-year reserved parking spot.

Congratulations to the winners who were drawn in the ISU United Way progressive drawing.

News Bites

The Institute of Rural Health is accepting pre-registration for free suicide prevention training in Nampa in January

Idaho State University's Institute of Rural Health is accepting pre-registration for free suicide prevention training in Nampa in January. This training is designed to provide the latest scientific information on the warning signs, risk and protective factors for suicide and mental illness, along with practical guidance on how to identify youth at risk for suicide. Information will assist professionals, community leaders, parents, advocates and all those who care for children and youth.

This training will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Jan.12, at the Hispanic Cultural Center, 315 Stampede Drive.

Continuing Education Credit is offered to social workers, nurses and licensed counselors who attend the entire six-hour training. Others who attend will receive certificates of completion.

This training is free and open to the community, but seating is limited. Pre-registration is required. To register online, go to www.isu.edu/irh. E-mail pre-registration to preventsuicide@isu.edu or call Kirsti Beck at (208) 282-4436.

Suicide is the second leading cause of death for Idaho youth aged 15-34. According to the Suicide Prevention Action Network in Idaho, in 2007, Idaho had the eleventh highest suicide rate in the nation, 28 percent higher than the national average. In 2008, there were 251 deaths due to suicide in Idaho, reported the Division of Public Health, Bureau of Vital Records and Health Statistics. In 2009, the number increased to 307.

Get your hearing checked for free Jan. 12 at the Speech and Language Clinic in Meridian

Get your hearing checked for free Jan. 12 at the Speech and Language Clinic at the Idaho State University-Meridian Health Science Center, 1311 E. Central Drive, in Meridian.

Free screenings are also set for Feb. 9, March 9 and April 13. Hours are 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. No appointment is necessary, and clinicians will see adults, teens and children as young as age 3.

Audiology and speech-language pathology graduate students, under the supervision of licensed speech-language pathologists and audiologists, will conduct the screenings.

Participants will receive their results immediately, including referrals if further evaluation is needed.

The free screenings are part of the 20th anniversary celebration of the ISU Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders program in the Treasure Valley.

For questions, call ISU-Meridian audiologist, Dr. Gabriel Bargen, (208) 373-1711, or clinic coordinator Cally Stone, (208) 373-1723.

ISU-Meridian students, faculty and staff collected and donated 539 pounds of canned and boxed food to The Idaho Foodbank

Idaho State University-Meridian students, faculty and staff collected and donated 539 pounds of canned and boxed food to The Idaho Foodbank during a food drive held Nov. 10-19. The drive was organized by the ISU College of Pharmacy's Alpha Alpha Chapter of Phi Lambda Sigma, the national pharmacy leadership society.

In addition to food, students and staff contributed $91 to The Idaho Foodbank's Backpack Program, which provides weekend meals for hungry school children.

"I was pleasantly surprised by the generosity of Meridian faculty, staff and students to help needy families during the holidays and difficult economic times," said PLS president and pharmacy student, Nichelle Daigle, who helped organize the drive.

Established in 1984, The Idaho Foodbank is Idaho's largest anti-hunger organization and distributer of free emergency food. The Foodbank has warehouses in Boise, Lewiston and Pocatello.

The Marketing Materials Approval Committee is reminding those who send promotional materials of its procedures

The Marketing Materials Approval Committee (MMAC) is charged with the responsibility of reviewing all promotional and marketing materials, both print and electronic, created for Idaho State University. The committee is charged with ensuring all marketing materials represent the University well. It will review the design, photography, copy, and adherence to the University's Graphic Identity Standards in all promotional materials.

To seek approval from the committee, those with materials should submit six copies of all promotional materials to the committee at least one week before the meeting. The MMAC meets every Monday at 1 p.m., and copies can be submitted to Mark Levine or Joey Gifford in the Marketing and Communications office, room 142 in the Administration building, or by e-mail at giffstev@isu.edu.

Attendance is not required at the meeting, but it is strongly recommended. This will speed up the approval process and ensure that any questions regarding the project can be resolved in a timely manner. Those submitting materials benefit from hearing suggestions first-hand.

Nominations for the 2011 Professional Achievement Awards are now being accepted

Nominations for the 2011 Professional Achievement Awards are now being accepted. 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.

ISU's Division of Health Science Research Day 2011 is set for April 15 in Pocatello and Meridian

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.