News and Notes

A Newsletter for Faculty and Staff of Idaho State University

January 10, 2011 — Vol. 27 No. 2

News Bites

Africa Night 2011 is set for Jan. 22

The Idaho State University African Student Association invites the whole community to experience the beautiful and exuberant culture of Africa at ISU Africa Night 2011 Jan. 22 in the L.E. and Thelma E. Stephens Performing Arts Center.

Dinner will be served in the Barbara J. Marshall Rotunda and entertainment will be performed in the Joseph C. and Cheryl H. Jensen Performing Arts Center. In previous years this event that attracts hundreds was held in the Pond Student Union Ballroom.

"This promises to be the biggest and best Africa Night ever, and we think our patrons, both old and new, will enjoy the dinner and festivities in the elegance and grandeur of the Stephens Performing Arts Center," said Winnie Kimeu, president of the African Student Association. "This year we have added more performances, including singing and additional dances, and we are auctioning and giving away traditional presents."

The annual event will run from 5:30 to about 8:30 p.m. This year's theme is "WAKA, WAKA, Around Africa in Two Hours" and it will showcase the rich traditional and contemporary culture of Africa.

The evening will offer a traditional African dinner, a fashion show, a flag show, traditional and contemporary African dancers, singing, cultural skits, poetry, vendors, an auction, a raffle, door prizes and African batik and jewelry for sale.

The seven-course dinner menu consists of peanut butter soup from Ghana, pof pof (fried bread) from Cameroon, mokimo (a potato/vegetable dish) from Kenya, doro wat (chicken in red pepper paste) from Eritrea, injera (a flatbread) from Eritrea, beef stew from Ghana and, likely, palm kernel soup from Nigeria.

Tickets will be sold weekdays at the Pond Student Union and Rendezvous Complex from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Prices for tickets purchased in advance are $7 for ISU students, $8 for ISU faculty and staff, and $9 for the general public. Tickets cost $1 more at the door. Children under age 5 have free admission.

The African Students Association is a group of students from Africa and the United States who work to promote awareness of the realities in Africa and to strengthen the diversity of the ISU community.

For more information, contact Kimeu at kimewinf@isu.edu.

The Pocatello branch of the NAACP is hosting a Martin Luther King Jr. luncheon celebration Jan. 15

The Pocatello branch of the NAACP is hosting a Martin Luther King Jr. luncheon celebration Jan. 15 at noon in the Little Wood River Room at the ISU Pond Student Union.

The keynote speaker is sociology professor James Burnett. Tickets are $30 for adults, $20 for children under 12. All proceeds benefit scholarships for local high school and college students.

For tickets or more information, contact James Yizar at ext. 3662 or e-mail pocatellonaacp@livel.com.

ISU will host a Martin Luther King Jr. March on Jan. 17

Idaho State University will host a Martin Luther King Jr. March at 1:30 p.m. Jan. 17 on the ISU campus.

Marchers will assemble at the northeast corner of Holt Arena and journey to the Pond Student Union, where a program will be held in the Bengal Theater. A bus provided by ISU Transportation Services will transport individuals wishing to participate but unable to march. The bus will provide transportation back to Holt Arena after the program for individuals who participated in the march.

The program in the Pond Student Union Bengal Theater, scheduled to start around 2 p.m., will include a keynote address by Jason Wright, ISU graduate student. Various student-organization leaders will make presentations, and there will be an audio presentation of one of Dr. King's writings. James Fletcher, vice president of Finance and Administration, will present the welcoming address, and James Burnett, assistant professor of sociology and criminal justice will deliver closing remarks.

The march route will travel from the northeast corner of Holt Arena to Bonneville Street, where it will turn west to Memorial Way, then south on Memorial Way to Martin Luther King Jr. Way, then west to Caesar Chavez Way where it will head south to the Pond student Union.

The march is sponsored by the following ISU entities: Finance and Administration, Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action and Diversity, Diversity Center, Multicultural Committee, Department of Sociology and the Union Program Council.

For more information, contact the EO/AA and Diversity Office at 282-3964 or rogekay@isu.edu.

The ISU "Season of Note" series presents the Harlem Gospel Choir Jan. 19

The Idaho State University a "Season of Note" series will present the Harlem Gospel Choir at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 19 in the Joseph C. and Cheryl H. Jensen Grand Concert Hall in the L.E. and Thelma E. Stephens Performing Arts Center.

The Harlem Gospel Choir is one of the most famous gospel choirs in America today. It travels the globe, sharing its joy of faith through its music and raising funds for children's charities. In this new era of hope and change, the Choir's voices reflect the renaissance of Harlem's culture. Their songs of hope and inspiration will touch the depths of your soul and lift your spirit. More than just a style of gospel, the Harlem Gospel Choir is the original "real deal" straight from New York.

For more information on the choir visit www.harlemgospelchoir.com.

Ticket prices are $26 main level, $22 upper level and can be purchased at the Stephens Performing Arts Center Box Office, open from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays during the school year. Tickets can also be purchased over the phone at (208) 282-3595 or online at www.isu.edu/tickets or at Vickers Stores in Idaho Falls and Pocatello.

The ISU Student Massage Therapy Clinic offers 1-hour massages beginning Jan. 18

The ISU Student Massage Therapy Clinic offers 1-hour massages beginning Jan. 18.

The student clinic massages are held on Tuesday and Thursday at 5:15 and 6:30 pm. You may request an appointment by leaving a message at ext. 2988 or by scheduling online at www.isu.edu/ctech/massagetherapy/schedule.shtml.

Further information is also available at this site.

Pruning and removing some hazardous and diseased trees on campus will continue through February

Pruning and removing some hazardous and diseased trees on campus will continue through February.

The Landscape Department has contracted with an outside company for pruning trees and removing some hazardous and diseased trees over most all of the campus beginning Dec. 20, through February 2011.

There will be intermittent, loud equipment noise during this project. Please stay clear of the barricaded work areas.

Consistent with our policy, two trees for each tree removed will be planted in the vicinity of the trees removed.

Please contact Facilities Services at ext. 2784 should you have any questions.

All are invited to attend the ISU WeLEAD Research Symposium Jan. 27

All are invited to attend the ISU WeLEAD (Women empowered to Learn, Educate, Advance, and Develop) Research Symposium Jan. 27, 4-6 p.m. in Rendezvous Suite ABC.

ISU female researchers in the STEM disciplines will display posters describing current research projects.

Refreshments will be served.

For more information contact Deb Easterly, eastdebb@isu.edu.

ISU Track and Field is looking for officials

ISU Track and Field is looking for officials.

The sport of track and field differs from many other sports in regard to its officiating needs. As an example, when the Bengals host a regular season indoor meet at least 40 officials are needed. For large championship meets the needs many times exceed 100 individuals. Most receive no more compensation beyond some finger food and maybe an officials shirt and/or small gift at the end of the season. Very few, if any, receive financial compensation. You won't get rich in dollars from officiating track and field but you will receive a wealth of appreciation from many of the athletes and coaches. Without our officials we wouldn't have our event.

Training to be an official is easy and you can be of help immediately. We have a mentoring system of training. A certification program is available for all those interested as well, although you don't have to be certified.

For more information or to volunteer, contact Dave Nielsen at nieldave@isu.edu or call (208) 406-9231.

The annual Art Faculty Exhibition will be on display through Jan. 28

The annual Art Faculty Exhibition will be on display through Jan. 28 in the John B. Davis Art Gallery in the Fine Arts Building. This event is free and open to the public. The John B. Davis Gallery hours are Monday - Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For more information regarding the gallery please call Amy Jo Popa, John B. Davis Gallery Director, at ext. 3341.

The state of Idaho Risk Management Department is requesting a list of all University employees who will be traveling out of the country for business/university purposes in 2011

The state of Idaho Risk Management Department is requesting a list of all University employees who will be traveling out of the country for business/university purposes in 2011. If you, or anyone in your department will be doing foreign travel in 2011, please reply to this message by Jan. 25 and provide the following information

ISU's Division of Health Science 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.