News and Notes

A Newsletter for Faculty and Staff of Idaho State University

April 4, 2011 — Vol. 27 No. 14

Faculty/Staff Updates

Performance and teaching classes were the highlights for students and faculty at the American College Dance Festival Northwest Conference held recently in Moscow

Presenting a dance performance at the final gala was a highlight for Idaho State University dance students and teaching classes was a highlight for ISU faculty at the American College Dance Festival (ACDF) Northwest Conference held recently in Moscow.

ISU Department of Dance faculty and 16 members of the ISU student dance club Danson traveled to northern Idaho to participate in the conference. The faculty taught and students performed.

Molly S. Jorgensen and undergraduate students Jenna Griffin and Marti Brooks were selected to present their work in the adjudication and informal concerts at the conference. Jorgensen's piece, titled "Assuage (uh-sweyj)," performed by ISU undergraduate students Victor Gomez, Omar Ruadez, Jenna Griffin, and Dantzel Cherry, received the prestigious honor of being selected to present the piece at the final night gala concert.

Six schools were represented in the final night gala; ISU was the only university asked to perform that does not currently carry a dance major.

More than 600 students from 25 different colleges and universities in the Northwest Region attended the festival. Throughout the four-day event, students and faculty participated in a variety of dance classes, including but not limited to, modern, ballet, jazz, African, pilates, hip-hop, tap, contact improvisation and physical theatre.

Evening events included informal and adjudication concerts of works choreographed by both faculty and students.

ISU dance faculty members in attendance and teaching at the conference included Lori Head, who taught pilates and theatre games; Sheena Phelps, who taught hip-hop; Lindsay Tucker, who taught jazz and tap; and Jorgensen, who taught a Bartenieff class titled "Fun"damentals.

Tara Young was selected to present a workshop at this year's United States Institute for Theatre Technology conference and stage expo

Tara Young, Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate studies in Theatre and Dance, was selected to present a workshop at this year's United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT) conference and stage expo.

Young, along with colleagues Lisa Lantz of Luther College and Connie Petersen of Marquette University, presented a half-day workshop on designing costumes for dance productions.

Because dance is a visual art with several choreographers and dancers, the design process can be very different than that of theatre. Designing for dance is an emerging area of design and Young is at the forefront.

USITT conference and stage expo is held annually since 1961 in every major city from Boston and Orlando to Denver and Houston and this year in Charlotte, North Carolina.

USITT plays host to more than 2500 college students and 175 exhibitors and schools.

Students aim to advance their skills and knowledge of theatre and entertainment and meet some of the industry' s most talented arts professionals in design, production and technology. Students have the opportunity to interview for MFA graduate programs as well as secure summer employment. Idaho State University and Department of Theatre and Dance was represented this year by Young.

Tara Young holds a BA and MFA from the Southern Illinois University - Carbondale. She currently serves as the Department of Theatre and Dance Costume Designer for all of their main-stage productions as well as teaches a host of costume construction, pattern drafting, costume history, and stage makeup classes. She has served as Director of Undergraduate studies for the department for the past two years.

Dr. Trent Stephens is retiring the end of the semester

Dr. Trent Stephens is retiring the end of the semester, and is giving his "last lecture" on April 15 in the Biological Science Lecture Hall, Bldg 69 at 4:00 p.m The title is "Morphogenesis and Constraint, or Why are Hobbit Doors Round?"

News Bites

All campus departments are encouraged to nominate more Student employees for the Student Employee of the Year scholarship

All campus departments are encouraged to nominate more Student employees for the Student Employee of the Year scholarship.

Student employees are vital to the mission of Idaho State University. We recognize excellence in our student employees each year through awarding the Student Employee of the Year Scholarship ($2,000) and the second place Lupher Scholarship ($400).

Please nominate those students who you feel meet these high standards by completing the nomination form at the Career Center's website, www.isu.edu/career. The nomination form is due April 15 at 5 p.m. Please read the eligibility criteria to ensure your student employee is qualified. Please contact Tara Ridgeway in the Career Center at 282-2778 if you have any questions.

Workshops for Grantwriters: A series of four 1-hour workshops will be held on Tuesdays at 12:30 p.m.

Workshops for Grantwriters: A series of four 1-hour workshops will be held on Tuesdays at 12:30 p.m.

The workshops will be available via distance learning at Idaho Falls, Meridian, Pocatello and Twin Falls, in the following rooms: DL IF CHE 314 1, DL MERID 509 1, DL POC B32 1, DL TWIN C91 1.

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

April 19: "Writing to External Audience." A critical skill that sounds basic, but is too often neglected - to the detriment of the proposal.

April 26: "Writing Methodologies/Work Plans." A discussion of pitfalls - and their corrections - that confound many when writing these sections of a proposal.