News and Notes

A Newsletter for Faculty and Staff of Idaho State University

March 21, 2011 — Vol. 27 No. 12

Faculty/Staff Updates

ISU Provost, Gary Olson will step down as provost at the end of his current contract on June 25

Idaho State University Provost, Gary Olson will step down as provost at the end of his current contract on June 25.

"We made a great deal of progress over the last two years," Olson said. "And now I believe it is time to consider other opportunities."

During his tenure, Olson oversaw the successful reaffirmation of institutional accreditation with the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, and he led ISU to Research University-High status in the Carnegie Foundation classifications. He directed an institution-wide reorganization of academic units and created a professional Office of Institutional Research, hiring its director after an extensive national search.

Olson also oversaw the reorganization and subsequent reaccreditation of the Idaho Museum of Natural History, and he rescued the Idaho State University Press from closure, bringing it under Academic Affairs direction. In order to foster a culture of cooperation among regional institutions, both public and private, he created a Council of Academic Affairs in Eastern Idaho.

"Under Provost Olson's leadership, Academic Affairs has helped move the institution forward in substantial and demonstrable ways," said ISU President Arthur Vailas. "We are all grateful for his tireless dedication to ISU."

Olson plans to take a professional leave during the fall semester before returning to the faculty in the spring 2012 to resume his work as a nationally prominent scholar of rhetoric, politics, and culture, and an analyst of higher education.

ISU English Professor Alan Johnson's book "Out of Bounds: Anglo-Indian Literature and the Geography of Displacement" will be released in April.

Idaho State University English Professor Alan Johnson's book "Out of Bounds: Anglo-Indian Literature and the Geography of Displacement" will be released in April.

"Out of Bounds" focuses on the crucial role of iconic colonial Indian spaces and how they played a role in the literary and social production of British India. Johnson compares how jungles, cantonments, cities, hill stations, bazaars and clubs operated as themes in the adoption of Anglo-India culture.

Johnson was born and raised in India, which helped develop his love of studying postcolonial literature and theory with an emphasis on South Asia.

Johnson received his bachelor's of arts from Southern Illinois University and then went on to receive his master's from the University of Virginia. He earned his doctorate from the University of California, Riverside.

Johnson's work has appeared in numerous journals including Nineteenth-Century Contexts, Journal of Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies, Yale Journal of Criticism, the Rocky Mountain Review of Literature and Rendezvous.

"Out of Bounds" is available now for pre-order and will be delivered in April.

News Bites

Faculty and staff are invited to apply for the position of Interim Vice President for Research

Faculty and staff are invited to apply for the position of Interim Vice President for Research.

This is a one-year interim appointment. A national search is anticipated to be conducted during the 2011/2012 academic year. For a complete job description, requirements and application instructions please visit www.isujobs.net or contact the Office of Human Resources.

Applications must be submitted by April 8, 2011.

All are invited to ISU Division of Health Sciences Research Day April 15

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 and more information, 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.

Sick Puppies, an Australian rock group, will perform at 7:30 p.m. April 25 in the Idaho State University Holt Arena

Sick Puppies, an Australian rock group, will perform at 7:30 p.m. April 25 in the Idaho State University Holt Arena.

Sick Puppies was formed in 1997 and consists of lead vocalist and guitarist Shimon Moore, bassist Emma Anzai, and drummer Mark Goodwin. The trio has released three albums including their latest, "Tri-Polar" in 2009, and their all-acoustic album "Polar Opposite" in 2011.

Their songs have been featured on the video game "Street Fighter IV," the WWE pay-per-view "Extreme Rules" and "Smack Down vs. Raw 2010," and the "NCIS: The Official TV Soundtrack- Vol. 2."

The group was also featured in the 2009 award-winning documentary by Robert Knight titled "Rock Prophecies," which featured rock legends Led Zeppelin and Jimi Hendrix.

The bands Framing Hanley, Adleitas Way and Madam Adam will also perform.

Ticket prices are $20 if purchased in advance, $22 day of show and $15 for ISU students with valid Bengal Cards.

Tickets can be purchased at the Holt Arena ticket office by calling the Holt Arena Ticket office at 282- FANS, at Vickers Western Stores in Pocatello and Idaho Falls, or online at www.isu.edu/tickets.

For more information on Sick Puppies, visit their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/sickpuppies.

ISU is continuing its "Be Advised" campaign to encourage students to reap the benefits of good advising prior to registering for fall classes in April

Idaho State University is continuing its "Be Advised" campaign to encourage students to reap the benefits of good advising prior to registering for fall classes in April.

"Advising is the cornerstone of a successful experience at Idaho State University," said JoAnn Hertz, director of ISU Central Academic Advising. "Interaction with departmental faculty who are experts in their field provides an advantage to any student who seeks it."

The campaign led by Central Academic Advising, a unit of the Student Success Center, directs students to pursue the information they need to progress towards attaining their chosen degree program.

The benefits of advising are many and include:

"With proper advising students also will benefit by developing a professional relationship with a professor who can write recommendation letters for research or internship opportunities or serve as a scholarship reference," Hertz said. "Faculty advisors can also help with career questions and graduate school applications."

Advisors and advisees have a shared responsibility when it comes to the advising relationship. Students can expect advisors to provide information, be accessible, encourage educational engagement and assist with attaining educational goals.

Advisors can expect students to meet with them each semester, read the catalog or Web site information, be prepared for the advising session, bring questions to the advising session, and to assume final responsibility for course scheduling, program planning and the successful completion of graduation requirements.

Registration assistance is available during regular business hours in the Office of the Registrar and Central Academic Advising centers in Pocatello, Idaho Falls, Meridian, and Twin Falls.

Spring is here and the Idaho Museum of Natural History will offer a series of Natural History Academy Classes for youth beginning March 30

Spring is here and the Idaho Museum of Natural History will offer a series of Natural History Academy Classes for youth beginning March 30.

All classes will be held at the Idaho Museum of Natural History on the Idaho State University Campus. Registration is offered by mail or in person and is on a first-come first-serve basis. All classes are from 4 to 5:30 p.m.

For more information contact Rebecca A. Thorn-Ferrel, 208-282-2195 or thorrebe@isu.edu, or visit the website http://imnh.isu.edu.

The available classes and schedule is listed below.

"Focus on Children" is the theme of the Eastern Idaho Association for the Education of Young Children (AEYC) Early Childhood Conference April 1-2

"Focus on Children" is the theme of the Eastern Idaho Association for the Education of Young Children (AEYC) Early Childhood Conference April 1-2 at the Idaho State University Pond Student Union.

The event's keynote speaker is Jerry Tello, an internationally recognized authority in family strengthening, therapeutic healing, cross-cultural issues and motivational speaking. Tello is the author of children's books, professional publications and culturally based curricula. He has received numerous awards including the Ambassador of Peace award and Presidential Crime Victims Service award. For more information about Tello, visit www.jerrytello.com.

Check-in is from 7:30 to 8 a.m. on Friday, April 1, and Saturday, April 2.

Workshop sessions run from 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m. on April 1. There will also be an evening session from 6 to 8 p.m. on April 1 with David Sidwell, a professional storyteller and adjunct professor at Utah State University. The first part is a storytelling workshop for registered participants from 6 to 6:30 p.m. Parents are then invited to bring their children to a storytelling presentation that is free of charge from 7 to 8 p.m.

On April 2, Tello will deliver his keynote "Precious Rooted Seeds: Nurturing and Teaching Young Children" from 8:15 to 9:45 a.m. and then participants will choose from other various presentations throughout the day.

Registration fees now are $95 for one day and $150 for both days. Discounts are available for NAEYC members. Registration information and a complete conference schedule are available at www.isu.edu/confsvcs/childhood.shtml.

ISU academic credit as well as non-credit CEUs (Continuing Education Units) will be available for attending both days of the conference at an additional cost. Registration and payment for academic credit ($50) and CEUs ($20) is separate from conference registration and must be handled on site the day of the event.

For registration-related questions, please contact ISU's Continuing Education at (208) 282-3155 or extendedlearning@isu.edu.

The ISU "Season of Note" fine arts series will present Red Chamber: Secrets of Chinese Court, Passions of the West April 9

The Idaho State University a "Season of Note" fine arts series will present Red Chamber: Secrets of Chinese Court, Passions of the West at 7:30 p.m. April 9, in the Joseph C. and Cheryl H. Jensen Grand Concert Hall in the L.E. and Thelma E. Stephens Performing Arts Center.

Red Chamber consists of Mei Han, leader, and acclaimed zheng (zither) master; Gullian Liu, a leading pipa (lute) master; Zhimin Yu, a ruan (lute) virtuoso; and Geling Jiang, a multi-instrumentalist who started her professional career at age ten.

This quartet performs a variety of styles including stringband music, court classics and cutting-edge contemporary creations. Red Chamber gets their inspiration from the traditional Chinese "Plucked String," which is rarely heard in the west. With this style, Red Chamber creates its own unique sound to perform music that spans centuries.

Ticket prices are $20 for main level and $16 for upper level. For more ticket information visit www.isu.edu/stephens/.

For more information about Red Chamber visit their website at www.mei-han.com/redchamber.html.

ISU Policies and Procedures Available On-Line

As many of you know, we have been working on migrating ISU's Faculty Staff Handbook and MAPP policies and procedures into a central website. We are happy to report that this process is now complete and the policies and procedures are available at: www.isu.edu/policy.

The policies and procedures have been reorganized by functional area for ease of access.However, the substance of the policies and procedures has not changed. A search function will be available in the near future.