News and Notes

A Newsletter for Faculty and Staff of Idaho State University

March 14, 2011 — Vol. 27 No. 11

Faculty/Staff Updates

Faculty/Staff Updates

Cliff Merrill was recently awarded the "Friend of Society" award from the Idaho Association of Land Surveyors

Cliff Merrill, Civil Engineering Technology program coordinator/instructor, was recently awarded the "Friend of Society" award from the Idaho Association of Land Surveyors. The award is given to persons who contribute to the surveying industry in Idaho.

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The Japanese Club has established a relief fund to raise money to help victims of the March 11 earthquake in Japan

The Idaho State University Japanese Club has established a relief fund to raise money to help victims of the March 11 earthquake in Japan.

"The Japanese people are very resilient, but they need our help. We know times are tough, but please give what you can," said Sachiko Fukuoka, ISU Japanese Club advisor and instructor of Japanese. "We hope to raise $10,000 for the relief fund, or about a dollar for each person who at a minimum will probably have perished as a result of the earthquake."

The devastating earthquake that hit eastern Japan, with an epicenter east of Sendai on the main Japanese Island of Honshu, had a magnitude of 8.9 and is the fifth largest earthquake in recorded history.

If destruction by ground shaking wasn't enough, the sub-sea earthquake spawned a tsunami that sent waves greater than 30 feet high racing more than six miles inland that devastated coastal cities and towns. The tsunamis also compromised several nuclear reactors near Fukushima, resulting in the evacuation of more than 200,000 people. Aftershocks that could do additional damage will continue for months.

At most people had about a 60 seconds warning and the death toll will probably number in tens of thousands. Whole towns have disappeared beneath the tsunami along with houses and people. It is still winter in Japan and people still need to be rescued and provided with shelter and food.

To contribute, send a check — all donors will receive a receipt — to ISU Japanese Club Quake Relief Fund Department of Languages and Literatures, Idaho State University, 921 South 8th Ave., Mail Stop 8067, Pocatello, ID, 83209.

For more information, contact Fukuoka at 244-2926, or Gustav F. Winterfeld, ISU Japanese Club Treasurer, at 244-1161.

ISU will present the free, public lecture "If I Should Die Before I Wake: Health Issues of Women Aging in Prison" by Kathleen O'Shea March 16

Idaho State University will present the free, public lecture "If I Should Die Before I Wake: Health Issues of Women Aging in Prison" by Kathleen O'Shea at 7:30 p.m. March 16 in the Pond Student Union Little Wood River Room.

O'Shea's lecture focuses on raising awareness of women's health needs in prison.

"The more we are aware of the problems the easier it will become to provide important and much needed insights," O'Shea said.

Kathleen O'Shea, a former nun and a Pulitzer nominee, is an independent social worker who does research on women prisoners with an emphasis on women on death row. She is on the Board of the National Prisons Foundation in Washington DC and describes herself as a teacher, writer, activist and lecturer.

Ms. Magazine has called her the leading authority on the subject of women on death row. O'Shea published "Female Offenders: An Annotated Bibliography" in 1997; "Women and the Death Penalty in the United States: 1900-1998" in 1999; and "Women on the Row: Revelations From Both Sides of the Bars" in May 2000.

O'Shea said she believes that with the increase of incarceration of women, there is a greater number of them aging in prison and it is important they receive adequate health care.

The event is sponsored by the ISU Women Studies Program, Cultural Affairs Committee and Department of Sociology.

For more information contact Jamie Hively at hivejami@isu.edu.

One $200 Professional Development Scholarship will be awarded in honor of ISU Employee Recognition Week March 28-April 1

One $200 Professional Development Scholarship will be awarded in honor of ISU Employee Recognition Week March 28- April 1.

The scholarships will be awarded for further education at ISU in either summer or fall semester 2011, and ISU benefit-eligible employees are eligible.

To enter, e-mail the following information to rcheatum@isucu.net:

ISU Employee Professional Development Scholarship
Name
ISU Department
Phone Number
Which Semester? Summer or Fall 2011

The scholarship will be awarded by random drawing. One entry is allowed per person.

For more information, please contact Rick Cheatum, ISU Federal Credit Union at 235-7104, or rcheatum@isucu.net.

Workshops for Grant writers: A series of four 1-hour workshops will be held on Tuesdays starting March 29

Workshops for Grant writers: A series of four 1-hour workshops will be held on Tuesdays at 12:30 p.m., starting March 29. The Workshops will be available via distance learning at Idaho Falls, Meridian, Pocatello and Twin Falls.

Please call Ralph Norton at ext. 2926 for more information and to ensure seating. The schedule and topics are:

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 5p.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.

Mark your calendars now for Employee Recognition Week, March 28 through April 1

Mark your calendars now for Employee Recognition Week to be held the week of March 28 through April 1. This year's event will feature a wide variety of workshops, Recognition Awards Luncheon, Benefits Fair, great entertainment, and refreshments!

A complete schedule of workshops and events can be found at schedule or see the Human Resource Training webpage for more information. Classes may be added, so check back to see what's new. Distance Learning sessions will be available for several of the workshops in Idaho Falls, Twin Falls and Meridian.

Release time has been granted to employees to attend workshops/events. Offices must remain open; therefore, coordinate with your supervisor on which workshops/events you would like to attend.

To register for a workshop, please email training@isu.edu, or call Stacey Marshall at ext. 3081/2517. Seats are limited.

The College Of Technology and School District No. 25 Gateway Academies will host the 10th Annual Tech Expo on March 17

Idaho State University's College Of Technology and School District No. 25 Gateway Academies will host the 10th Annual Tech Expo on Thursday, March 17 at Holt Arena. Expo hours will be 9 a.m - 2 p.m and 5- 7 p.m.

Over the past 10 years, more than 20,000 high school students, Idaho State University students, and Southeast Idaho community members have attended a Tech Expo.

Tech Expo highlights business, industry and educational opportunities in the region while promoting professional-technical education. Participants can visit over 90 booths representing School District No. 25 Gateway Academies, various ISU departments, all College of Technology programs, and related business/industry to find information on how to begin their education for an exciting career, upgrade their education and skills, or train for a new career. The event is free and open to the public.

For more information about Tech Expo contact the College of Technology Community Relations office at (208) 282-3216 or visit www.isu.edu/ctech/techexpo.

Don't miss the 5th annual Chrome in the Dome Car and Bike show at Holt Arena March 18 and 19

Don't miss the 5th annual Chrome in the Dome Car and Bike show at Holt Arena March 18 and 19. Tickets are $5 per person for both days. Children 12 and younger are free. The hours for this year's event are Friday 2-9 pm and Saturday, 9am - 7 pm.

As always, there will be great cars, trucks and motorcycles at the show. Southeast Idaho Krawlers will perform in the north parking lot and Bailey Truck & Auto Supply will run trials on their Nitro Super Speedway Pinewood Derby track in the south grand stand. Bring your car to test and tune. There will be tasty treats from Texas Roadhouse, Roadrunner Concessions and the Medical Assisting Student Organization with music provided by J.C. Hackett.

Chrome in the Dome is a joint fundraising effort between Web Site Design Business Professionals of America and Skills USA Automotive Technology and Automotive Collision Repair and Refinishing student organizations in the ISU College of Technology. Proceeds of the show provide student scholarships and enable students to attend State and National Leadership Conferences.

For additional information about the event, sponsors, or registration please visit the web site at www.chromeinthedome.com.

The Spring 2011 B.A., B.F.A. Senior Exhibition will feature five artists, Lyndsey Barnes, Camille Elmer, Taylor Hansen, Nikcole I. King and Kierstin Smothermon, at the John B. Davis Gallery in the Fine Arts Building on the Idaho State University campus.

The exhibition dates are March 15 - April 1 All events are free and open to the public. The Gallery hours are Monday - Friday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. For more information please contact Amy Jo Popa at 282- 3341 or visit us online, www.isu.edu/art/galleries.shtml.

Bridging Research and Practice is the theme of Research Day, April 15 in Pocatello and Meridian

Bridging Research and Practice is the theme of the Idaho State University Division of Health Sciences Research Day, Friday, April 15, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., in Pocatello and Meridian.

New this year is a Translational Science Primer, presented by The Institute of Translational Health Sciences, Thursday, April 14, 1:45 p.m. to 5:15 p.m., in Pocatello and Meridian.

Health care providers, faculty, students and the public are invited to the event which will feature presentations on numerous research topics. For a schedule, visit the Research Day website at http://www.isu.edu/healthsciences/research/researchday.shtml.

Activities will be held in the ISU Pocatello Rendezvous Complex and at the ISU-Meridian Health Science Center, 1311 E. Central Drive, just north of I-84 between Eagle and Meridian roads. Many sessions will be broadcast simultaneously using distance-learning technology.

The event is an opportunity for faculty, staff, students and health-care partners to showcase research they're conducting at regional, national and international levels and to encourage collaboration among disciplines.

For more information about Research Day, contact David Talford at (208) 373-1808 or talfdavi@isu.edu.