News and Notes

A Newsletter for Faculty and Staff of Idaho State University

March 7, 2011 — Vol. 27 No. 10

Faculty/Staff Updates

Faculty/Staff Updates

Pam Crowell, vice president for research and economic development, has announced her resignation effective June 30

Pam Crowell, Idaho State University vice president for research and economic development, has announced her resignation effective June 30.

Crowell, who has served ISU for the past three years, is returning to the Midwest to be closer to family.

"It has been a privilege to work collaboratively with our faculty and staff in supporting their research projects, celebrating their accomplishments, and building new pathways for future discovery and creativity," Crowell said.

Crowell acknowledged the work of her colleagues.

"Our success in advancing research and economic development in Idaho is also due to the good work of the faculty Research Council, our research center and institute directors, the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs staff, my fellow vice presidents, the State Board of Education, and business and governmental leaders at the local, state and national level," she said.

ISU President Arthur C. Vailas expressed his appreciation for Crowell's service.

"Under Dr. Crowell's leadership, sponsored research has grown significantly," Vailas said. "Our recent classification by the Carnegie Foundation of research high university status is testament to the significant role she has played as a valued member of my senior administrative/leadership team."

Crowell, in turn, expressed her gratitude to President Vailas for selecting her to serve as ISU's first vice president for research.

"President Vailas is an extraordinary mentor with a distinguished research career and experience as a university vice chancellor for research," she said.

Geomatics Technology in collaboration with Idaho Society of Professional Land Surveyors organized a one-day seminar Feb. 11

Geomatics Technology in collaboration with Eastern Chapter of Idaho Society of Professional Land Surveyors organized a one-day seminar Feb. 11. More than 65 people attended the seminar.

Dr. Rajendra Bajracharya and Jeannie Vahsholtz presented on the topics "State Plane coordinates: Transverse Mercator Projection , Scales, Elevation Factors, Convergence and Arc-to Chord Correction and Applications." The lunch was catered by Culinary Arts students under the direction of Chef David Miller.

The Concert Choir performed an arrangement of "He's Gone Away" by ISU Web Design Specialist Joe Marley on Saturday evening

Idaho State University's Concert Choir performed an arrangement of "He's Gone Away" by Web Design Specialist Joe Marley on Saturday evening. Marley earned a bachelor's degree in music at Idaho State University in 2004.

News Bites

ISU achieved the highest 2010 student response rate in its category to "The College Student Report"

Idaho State University achieved the highest 2010 student response rate by a public institution in its enrollment size category to the survey "The College Student Report" produced by the National Survey for Student Engagement (NSSE).

ISU's response rate was 48 percent.

"The National Survey for Student Engagement survey gives feedback on what students find important in their college experience," said Christy Lauer, associate director of the ISU Office of Institutional Research. "The results of the survey can be used to compare your university to hundreds of others, similar in size and offerings, and to use the information to find out how you are achieving your institution's goals."

Random students are surveyed at the freshman and senior level, measuring areas they feel are important, such as academics, student services, faculty involvement and social activities. The survey measures at the freshman level what students expect from their education, and what they received from their education at the senior level. Universities can use the information for everything from shaping academic decisions to forming recruitment strategies.

Lauer said this year the ISU Office of Institutional Research placed advertisements in The Bengal student newspaper and put flyers out about the NSSE so students would know they were not being spammed if they received the NSSE questionnaire via e-mail. Those students completing the questionnaire were placed in a drawing for five $100 gift certificates to the campus bookstore.

According to the NSSE website, this organization, through its survey "The College Student Report, "annually collects information at hundreds of four-year colleges and universities about student participation in programs and activities that institutions provide for their learning and personal development." The purpose of the survey is to help provide "an estimate of how undergraduates spend their time and what they gain from attending college."

For more information on the NSSE, visit http://nsse.iub.edu/.

There is still money available for bringing in speakers and artists through the Cultural Affairs Council

There is still money available for bringing in speakers and artists for the spring semester through the Cultural Affairs Council. The deadline for submitting proposals is Thursday, March 17 at 5 p.m. Results will be given on March 30. Events need to occur before the end of the current fiscal year. Both mini- and large grants are available. Please visit http://www.isu.edu/fsen/culturalaffairscouncil/Grantinformation.shtml for specific information. E-mail questions to Angie Zielinski (chair) at zielange@isu.edu.

Andi Zeisler, co-founder of Bitch Media, is the 2011 Women's History Month keynote speaker

The Idaho State University Women's History Month Committee is proud to present the 2011 Women's History Month keynote speaker, Andi Zeisler, co-founder of Bitch Media.

The keynote free, public keynote is scheduled for Friday, March 11, at 7 p.m. in the Rendezvous Complex Suites A and B on the ISU campus.

Zeisler is the co-founder and editorial/creative director of Bitch Media, the nonprofit organization best known for publishing the quarterly magazine Bitch: Feminist Response to Pop Culture. The magazine began in 1996 as an all-volunteer 'zine with a circulation of 300 and is now an internationally distributed quarterly magazine with a circulation of 50,000. Bitch Media itself is a reader-supported multimedia organization devoted to education and media literacy.

Zeisler's keynote will address the intersections of popular culture, feminism, and activism, particularly in the context of new technology. It is a great opportunity for anyone to come and listen to a talented writer, passionate activist and inspiring speaker.

A longtime freelance writer, editor, and illustrator, Zeisler's work has appeared in numerous periodicals and newspapers, including Ms., Mother Jones, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Washington Post, Utne, BUST, the Women's Review of Books, Skirt!, The Bark and Hues.

She is a former pop-music columnist for the SF Weekly and the East Bay Express, and has contributed to the anthologies "Young Wives' Tales" and "Secrets and Confidences: The Complicated Truth About Women's Friendship," both from Seal Press. She is the coeditor of "BitchFest: 10 Years of Cultural Criticism from the Pages of Bitch Magazine" and the author of "Feminism and Pop Culture." Zeisler now lives in Portland, Ore., with her family and speaks frequently on the subject of feminism and the media at various colleges and universities.

For additional information on other upcoming Women's History Month events, consult the calendar found on the Anderson Center website www.isu.edu/andersoncenter.

This talk is co-sponsored by the Faculty Senate Cultural Affairs Council.

The Art of Gender in Everyday Life VIII is set for March 10 and 11

The Anderson Gender Resource Center is pleased to announce The Art of Gender in Everyday Life VIII, a multidisciplinary conference, will take place March 10-11 on the Idaho State University campus.

All conference papers will explore the various ways in which gender is crafted, celebrated, endured, deciphered, expressed or, in short, the art of how it is lived on a daily basis.

The Art of Gender in Everyday Life VIII will showcase the work of scholars from across the nation who will gather in Pocatello to present their gender-related work. Conference sessions take place 1-5 p.m. Thursday, March 10, and 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, March 11.

Sessions will cover a wide range of topics including the arts, literature, gender in media, the performance of gender and more. The full conference schedule is accessible at the Anderson Center website, www.isu.edu/andersoncenter.

Conference sessions are free and open to the public. Registration is required, but will be available on-site.

In addition to the conference sessions, this year's Art of Gender Conference will include a workshop titled "Texting, Tattling, Leadership, and Lies," which focuses on interpersonal relationships in the workplace. In addition, there will be LUNAFEST screening on March 10. The conference will conclude with the ISU Women's History Month keynote given by Andi Zeisler, co-founder of Bitch Media, which is best known for the publication of Bitch Magazine.

"We are very excited about this year's conference. I feel like we have strong group of papers on a broad range of topics, such as the construction of gender identity, gender stereotypes, incarcerated women and gender in the visual arts and literature, just to name a few," said Rebecca Morrow, director of the ISU Anderson Center.

"This conference," continued Morrow, "is always an amazing time, full of remarkable people. But, it also holds important and serious messages, forcing us to reflect upon our world and how we see it."

For more information about The Art of Gender in Everyday Life VIII, contact the Anderson Center at 282-2805.

The Hispanic Awareness Leadership Organization is hosting "A Night in Mexico" March 12

The Idaho State University Hispanic Awareness Leadership Organization will host "A Night in Mexico" at 6 p.m. on March 12 in the Pond Student Union Ballroom.

Come enjoy a night of authentic Mexican food and a variety of cultural and modern dance entertainment. Dinner will include tamales, chicken molé, rice, beans and corn tortillas. For dessert a tres leches cake and buñuelos will be served. Horchata and jamaica drinks will also be available.

Ticket pricing for the event is $6 for ISU students with a Bengal I.D., $7 for faculty and staff, and $8 for the public. Tickets purchased at the door will cost an additional $1.

For more information contact Maria Lemos at lemomari@isu.edu or Maritza White at aranmari@isu.edu.

All are invited to a screening of "Yesterday," a film about an HIV positive woman living in Africa

The Anderson Gender Resource Center's Project WISE (Women's Issues and Sexual Empowerment) at Idaho State University invites the public to a National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day screening of "Yesterday," a film about an HIV positive woman living in Africa.

The event is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. March 8 in the Salmon River Suite of ISU Pond Student Union.

Following the screening will be an open panel discussion led by local HIV/AIDS educators and experts including Rick Pongratz, ISU Counseling and Testing; Dave Hachey, ISU Kasiska College of Health Professions; and Elizabeth Kusko, Project WISE Coordinator. The panelists will discuss protection strategies, personal risk factors and what to expect when receiving various forms of tests. Free condoms, lubricant and educational handouts will also be available.

The event is free and open to all who are interested in learning more about HIV/AIDS and its impact on women and girls.

Written and directed by South African filmmaker Daryl James Roodt, "Yesterday" has received recognition worldwide. The film is billed as a moving and heartfelt portrait of a young, devoted mother named Yesterday, who learns that she is HIV positive and remains determined to stay alive until her young daughter Beauty is old enough to go off to school. Her husband is also stricken with AIDS, and Yesterday cares for him even as her family is ostracized by fearful neighbors in their tiny Zulu village.

National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is a nationwide initiative to raise awareness of the increasing impact of HIV/AIDS on women and girls. Families, health organizations, businesses, communities and individuals come together to offer support, encourage discussion and educate women and girls about practicing safer sex methods and the importance of discussing both HIV/AIDS and the decision to get tested.

Funding for the screening of "Yesterday" was made possible in part by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service's Office on Women's Health. The views expressed in written materials or publications and by speakers and moderators at HHS-sponsored conferences do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does the mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. government. The Anderson Center received funding for this event through a competitive proposal submission.

More information about this event or the Anderson Center is available by contacting Rebecca Morrow, 282-2805.

All are invited a March 11 discussion about major changes to institutional accreditation

All are invited a March 11 discussion about major changes to institutional accreditation implemented by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) and how they will affect Idaho State University.

Please join us for an accreditation presentation and discussion in the Bengal Theater on Friday, March 11, at 3 p.m. for an overview of accreditation, the new accreditation cycle and standards, and how your support and assistance are necessary for another successful review. The presentation will also be broadcast to Idaho Falls, Meridian and Twin Falls:

Idaho Falls - CHE 314
Meridian - Room 508
Twin Falls - C911

After a short presentation, several members of the Accreditation Steering Committee will be available to answer questions on accreditation.

Free screening of "LUNAFEST: 10 Short Films By, For and About Women" March 10 in Pocatello and March 15 in Idaho Falls

The Idaho State University Janet C. Anderson Gender Resource Center is pleased to announce a free screening of "LUNAFEST: 10 Short Films By, For and About Women" March 10 in Pocatello and March 15 in Idaho Falls.

These films come from throughout the United States and from around the world.

Each year, LUNAFEST and its board of advisors receive nearly 600 film submissions from women filmmakers around the world -- from amateur producers and film students, to aspiring indie stars and accomplished filmmakers. Each film is viewed and evaluated individually on its unique ability to capture the "by.for.about women" mission. The 10 short films selected for this year, a combination of live action, animation and documentary pieces, are as follows:

LUNAFEST was established in 2000 by LUNA, the makers of the Whole Nutrition Bar for Women, to simultaneously promote women filmmakers, raise awareness for women's issues, and support worthy women's nonprofit organizations throughout the U.S. and Canada. Proceeds will benefit The Breast Cancer Fund. Additional information about LUNAFEST is available at www.lunafest.org.

"Voyage" by Mike Adams will be on display through March 11 at the John B. Davis Gallery

The Master of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition, "Voyage" by Mike Adams will be on display through March 11 at the John B. Davis Gallery in the Idaho State University Fine Arts Building.

Adams received his bachelor's of fine arts from the San Francisco Art Institute and is completing his masters in the Department of Art and Pre-Architecture at Idaho State University.

The sculptures in "Voyage" are inspired by Scandinavian vessels and aimed at creating new experiences for the viewer. Adams incorporates the use of many unique materials such as flowers from the dumpster, thread and video projections.

"I want my work to expand beyond the bounds of its physical borders and make a voyage out into the world," said Adams of his work.

The gallery is open Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is free and open to the public. For more information visit www.isu.edu/art/galleries.shtml or contact Amy Jo Popa at 282-3341.

Immediate openings are available for low-cost psychological and behavior health services at the Psychology Clinic

Immediate openings are available for low-cost psychological and behavior health services at the Idaho State University Psychology Clinic, located on the fifth floor of Garrison Hall on the ISU Pocatello campus.

The following services are available: 1) therapy for adults and adolescents with panic/anxiety, depression, or other emotional disorders; 2) family therapy for pre-adolescent children who fight or disobey; 3) neuro-cognitive assessments for adults with cognitive or memory concerns; 4) couples and family therapy.

There is no charge for the clinic's initial intake session. The ISU Psychology Clinic is a university training clinic.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call 282-2129.

Our VALIC Representative will be on campus March 8 and 15

Al Richmond, our VALIC Representative, will be on campus March 8 and 15, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Pond Student Union. He will be the Snake River Room on March 8 and the Portneuf Room on March 15.

Please call 569-6057 to schedule an appointment.