News and Notes

A Newsletter for Faculty and Staff of Idaho State University

January 24, 2011 — Vol. 27 No. 4

Faculty/Staff Updates

Dorys De La Paz is the 2010 ISU Cares Customer Service Provider of the Year

Dorys De La Paz (formerly Guiterrez) greets you with a smile when you walk in the front door of Idaho State University's Meridian Health Science Center. She is willing to help faculty, staff and students at a moment's notice.

For her efforts, De La Paz, an Office Specialist II, has been named the 2010 ISU Cares Customer Service Provider of the Year! ISU President Arthur Vailas presented her with an honorary plaque and a check for $1,000. President Vailas, Vice President James Fletcher and ISU Cares Coordinator Stacey Marshall made a special trip from Pocatello to ISU-Meridian to present the award January 14.

De La Paz, who holds a bachelor's degree in Spanish from Albertson College, now the College of Idaho, has worked at ISU since 2007. She provides assistance for students with fee payment, parking, registration and provide support for the MPH faculty and the Human Simulation Lab agreement with Saint Alphonsus.

The ISU Cares Customer Service Initiative was started in January 2009. Since then over 900 classified and non-classified staff and faculty have attended a 2 hour workshop dealing with delivering effective customer service. Dorys was the second winner for the yearly customer service award, with Aref Hashem receiving the award in 2009. There has been six winners of the $100 Customer Service Semester award, and 124 ISU Cares "Spot" award winners who each received a $15 Visa card, courtesy of the ISU Credit Union.

10 Spanish students and three instructors participated in a Spanish Medical Interpretation Qualification course and exam

In December, 10 Idaho State University Spanish students and three instructors from the Department of Languages and Literatures participated in a Spanish Medical Interpretation Qualification course and exam. The course instructor, Chris Dimmick, reported that this was the first and only time that every participant in a certification class passed the qualification exam on the first try.

Dimmick has been certifying Spanish Medical Interpreters for the State of Idaho for eight years. He has since trained and tested hundreds of participants at health care facilities and universities throughout Idaho and in neighboring states.

Dimmick was invited to Pocatello by Dr. Cathleen Tarp in order to administer the course and exam to students in her upper division Spanish Medical Interpretation and Translation course as well as to interested students in the PA program. The following is a list of students newly qualified as Spanish Medical Interpreters: Stetson Albertson, Kim Anglesey, Daniel Barney, Jon Michael Bonnesen, Michael Browne, Gregory Fenchel Jr., Thomas Huffaker, Bryce Rhodehouse, Veronica Sandoval, and Tanner Mitton. Three instructors in the Department of Languages & Literatures, Sandra Dillon, Marta Robredo, and Sarah McCurry, also join the ranks of qualified interpreters.

News Bites

The Idaho Museum of Natural History invites students, staff and faculty for an "Afternoon at the Museum" Feb. 4

The Idaho Museum of Natural History invites Idaho State University students, staff and faculty for an "Afternoon at the Museum" Feb. 4 from 12:30 to 5 p.m. Come and spend an engaging time in our wonderful new gallery immersed in Idaho's incredible natural history.

There is a lot to do in the Museum! Come and see the reptiles, frogs, plants, mammoth fossils, the dinosaur tracks, baskets, saddles, and minerals and rocks from the Museum's collections. Explore current research being done by museum curators. Watch live, as a student preparator works on fossils. Bring your children and spend time in the Discovery Room where they can touch and learn about Natural History first-hand, or piece together a giant floor puzzle of Earth's continents in the gallery.

Start your weekend off with a bang; join the Museum in a learning adventure on Feb. 4. For more information, contact Rebecca Thorne at ext. 2195, or e-mail thorrebe@isu.edu.

The 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.

Jazz baritone saxophonist and flutist Denis DiBlasio will be performing with the ISU Jazz I Big Band on Feb. 5

Jazz baritone saxophonist and flutist Denis DiBlasio will be performing with the ISU Jazz I Big Band on Saturday, Feb. 5, as part of the 24th Annual ISU Jazz Fest.

DiBlasio's international reputation as an educator and performer is built upon his many years of experience as a professional musician, including his five years as music director of the Maynard Ferguson Band. His teaching approach of keeping things simple, informative and positive keeps his schedule extremely busy, booking dates sometimes three years in advance.

DiBlasio will be working with regional high school jazz bands throughout the day, including groups from Pocatello, Highland, Century, and Blackfoot high schools. He will also be giving a clinic on jazz improvisation at 1 p.m. All Jazz Fest events will be held in the Jensen Grand Concert Hall on the ISU campus.

The cost for the evening concert featuring DiBlasio is $8 for adults, $6 for ISU faculty and staff, $4 pre-college students, and free to ISU students. The Jazz Fest daytime events are free and open to the public.

Call or e-mail Patrick Brooks, ext. 3147 and broopatr@isu.edu for additional information.

The Institute of Rural Health is accepting pre-registration for a free suicide prevention training in Burley in February

Idaho State University's Institute of Rural Health is accepting pre-registration for a free suicide prevention training in Burley in February.

This training will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 8 at the Best Western Burley Inn, 800 N. Overland Ave.

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.

Continuing Education credit is offered to social workers, nurses and licensed counselors who attend the entire six-hour training. These professionals will receive CEU's only if they attend the entire 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 http://isu.edu/irh/. E-mail pre-registration to preventsuicide@isu.edu or phone Kristi Beck at ext. 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 11th highest suicide rate in the nation, 28 percent higher than the national average.

The Outdoor Adventure Center will present a Telemark Ski Clinic at Pebble Creek Ski Area Jan. 29

The Idaho State University Outdoor Adventure Center will present a Telemark Ski Clinic at Pebble Creek Ski Area at 9 a.m. Jan. 29.

This one-day event meets at Pebble Creek Lodge. It costs $45, which covers a lift pass and instruction. Participants will need to provide their own skis or they can rent skis at the Outdoor Adventure Rental Center located in the Pond Student Union.

Instruction is focused toward beginners and those who need to refine their turns but anyone is welcome to participate. Registration for the event is taking place at Pebble Creek or the Outdoor Adventure Center. For more information call 282-3912.

The WeLEAD Project will present the fifth annual WeLEAD Research Symposium on Jan. 27

The Idaho State University WeLEAD (Women empowered to Learn, Educate, Advance and Develop) Project will present the fifth annual WeLEAD Research Symposium from 4 to 6 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 27, in the A, B and C Suites of the Rendezvous Complex.

The event will feature poster sessions presenting the work of ISU female faculty and students in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields.

For more information on the symposium, call (208) 282-2618.

For more information on ISU WeLEAD, visit www.isu.edu/welead.

The registration period is open for this year's celebration of National Girls and Women in Sports Day, scheduled Feb. 5

The registration period is open for this year's celebration in recognition of National Girls and Women in Sports Day that is scheduled from 8 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 5, at the Idaho State University Reed Gymnasium.

"Play, Believe, Achieve!" is the national theme for this year's day and serves to acknowledge the importance of sport participation for women and girls. This is the 12th year ISU has hosted this event.

Idaho State University's celebration will include sport and activity clinics for girls grades K-6. Advance registration is $10 per participant on a first-come basis. There is a limit of 300 girls. As of Jan. 18 more than 200 girls had already registered.

The preregistration deadline is Monday, Jan. 31. Check-in and on-site registration will take place beginning at 8 a.m. in the Reed Gym lobby. On-site registration costs $15 per girl, but registration will be capped at 300.

Girls will participate in three different sport/activity clinics, one every hour beginning at 8:45 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. Girls will rotate through a different sport/activity every 45 minutes. The sport and activity menu includes options ranging from basketball, volleyball and soccer, to rock climbing, kayaking, fencing, rodeo roping and dance, to name a few. Girls will receive ISU/NGWSD T-shirts.

Registration and consent/waiver forms are available at the ISU College of Education, the Graduate School, Department of Sport Science and Physical Education, and Campus Recreation's Reed Gym office.

This national day has been proclaimed by Congress each year since 1987, and is honored annually the first week of February. National Girls and Women in Sports Day recognizes the progress of girls and women in sports, and the benefits that sport and fitness activities can bring to the lives of all girls and women.

Organizers anticipate more than 300 girls, grades K-6, will participate in 20 different sport and activity clinics lead by female ISU intercollegiate athletes, physical education majors, fitness/wellness students and instructors, faculty, staff and community members. More than 200 ISU faculty, staff and student volunteers will pool their energy and talents to bring this event to life.

When ISU debuted this event in 1999, about 100 girls participated. Over time, the event has grown and has a much higher visibility profile. This event has been proclaimed Idaho National Girls and Women in Sports Day by the mayors of Pocatello and Chubbuck, as well as statewide by Gov. C.L. Butch Otter.

The event is sponsored by various ISU entities including the Idaho State University Physical Education Major's Club - SHEPERD's (Students of Health Education, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance), the College of Education, the Graduate School, the Department of Sport Science and Physical Education, Health and Nutrition Sciences, Campus Recreation and the ISU Athletic Department. Another primary sponsor is the Girl Scouts of the Silver Sage Council.

For more information, contact the ISU Department of Sport Science and Physical Education at 282-4852, or e-mail Cynthia Pemberton at pembcynt@isu.edu, or Pat Peyton at peytpat@isu.edu.

More information is also available on the group's ISU National Girls and Women in Sports Day Facebook site.

Charley Jones of Stinker Stores and its affiliated companies is the Idaho Business Leader of the Year

Charley Jones of Boise, co-owner and president of Stinker Stores and its affiliated companies, is the Idaho Business Leader of the Year, 2011. The award annually recognizes an Idaho business leader who has demonstrated outstanding business and professional ethics and supported community, civic and education activities.

Jones will receive the award at the showcase event of the Idaho State University (ISU) Delta Upsilon Chapter of Alpha Kappa Psi in the Stephens Performing Arts Center at Idaho State University on Thursday, March 10. Alpha Kappa Psi is the professional business fraternity at ISU.

Jones graduated with honors from the University of Idaho in 1974 earning a bachelor's degree in business, major in accounting. He was recently honored with the University of Idaho Alumni Association's 2011 Silver and Gold Award recognizing his distinguished record of achievement and service to the University.

Following graduation and completion of his active duty service requirement with the U.S. Army, Jones returned to Boise and began his business career in public accounting. His 35-year career includes work as a CPA, staff accountant and controller for private and public companies, and president of an Anheuser-Busch beer distributorship. He became a business owner in 2002 when he and his business partner, Shawn Davis, purchased Stinker Stores.

Stinker Stores is an iconic Idaho company founded by Farris Lind in the late1930s.

Jones is a member of the Board of Directors of Zions First National Bank and has served in that role since 2006. His professional and industry memberships include: Idaho Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Store Association, NACS Association for Convenience and Petroleum Retailing, SIGMA Petroleum Marketers, Sinclair Executive Distributor Council, Treasure Valley Clean Cities Coalition, Boise Valley Chamber of Commerce, Buy Idaho, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and the Idaho Society of Certified Public Accountants.

A portion of Jones' volunteer, community service, and charitable support activities include: Boise Sunrise Rotary Club, Idaho Food Bank, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Operation Education - University of Idaho, American Red Cross, University of Idaho Vandal Scholarship Fund, and First United Methodist Church "Cathedral of the Rockies".

Jones attributes his success at Stinker Stores to the hard work of the dedicated Stinker Team. His advice to younger generations in search of business and personal success is: "Re-invent - persevere - never quit. Life is a journey. Where you are headed is more important than where you are."

Individual tickets to the March 10 award banquet as well as event sponsorships are available. For more information, contact Brittne Russum, Alpha Kappa Psi IBLOY chair, at 254-0879 or by e-mail at russbrit@isu.edu.

The Women's History Month Committee announces an exhibit and is seeking artists for inclusion in the show

The Idaho State University Women's History Month Committee announces an exhibit, "Forgotten Feminisms: History and Response to Pop Culture," and is seeking artists for inclusion in the show.

"Forgotten Feminisms" will be on display in the Transition Gallery in the Pond Student Union Building for Women's History Month, March 2011.

Artists interested in submitting their work are encouraged to read the complete "Call for Artists" found on the Anderson Center's website www.isu.edu/andersoncenter. The submission deadline is Feb. 1.

The Women's History Month Committee has included an exhibit as part of the Women's History Month each year since 2004. Past shows have ranged from the traditional, including antique and contemporary quilts, to the more novel foci, including body art, secrets and fairy tales.

"The idea for this year's show came directly out of one of our Committee meetings," said exhibit curator Sammy Gravis, a fine arts major. "We were discussing this year's Women's History Month keynote, Andi Zeisler who is coming on March 11, and how her magazine presents 'feminist response to pop culture,' except we had mistakenly added a 'the' in front of that tagline. This got us talking about how there really isn't one right feminist response to anything, including a response to pop culture."

As such, the Women's History Month Committee welcomes all works in response to its Call for Artists. The goal of the show is to exhibit original, innovative works that teach girls and young women and others about the history of women in pop culture and feminist responses to that subject.

"Forgotten Feminisms" will be free and open to the public with an opening reception held on Monday, March 7, at 7 p.m.

The Anderson Center at Idaho State University serves as the focal point on campus for the consideration of gender issues and is especially guided by the ideal of diversity which allows us to envision a future free of the limitations imposed by our culture's standard definitions of gender and other categories of difference. The Anderson Center coordinates the Women's History Month Committee and encourages all interested parties to serve on the Committee.

For more information, contact the Anderson Center at (208)-282-2805.