News and Notes

A Newsletter for Faculty and Staff of Idaho State University

April 18, 2011 — Vol. 27 No. 16

Faculty/Staff Updates

Brian Attebery, professor of English, was recently named recipient of the Children's Literature Association's 2009 Honor Award

Brian Attebery, professor of English, was recently named recipient of the Children's Literature Association's 2009 Honor Award for his essay "Elizabeth Enright and the Family Story as Genre." This award is given annually for the best article published in the field of children's literature. Since its zenith in the mid-twentieth century, the family story has largely disappeared from critical discussion, partly because it has been treated as merely a form of realism. In his article, Attebery discusses how Elizabeth Enright's Melendy books show that family stories are both more formulaic and more interesting aesthetically than a purely realist reading allows.

Roger Rankin, professor and director of Field Experience in the College of Education is retiring after 30 years at ISU

Roger Rankin, professor and director of Field Experience in the College of Education is retiring after 30 years at Idaho State University. A reception in his honor will be held on May 2, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in College of Education Room 355.

News Bites

Dr. Patrisia Gonzales will speak on Hispanic traditional medicine at ISU-Meridian April 27

"Exploring Hispanic Traditional Medicine" is the topic of a free lecture Wednesday, April 27, 6:30 -8:30 p.m., Room 697 at the Idaho State University-Meridian Health Science Center, 1311 E. Central Drive.

The lecture will be broadcast to the Pocatello campus, Room B06 in the Eli Obler Library.

The guest speaker is nationally acclaimed author and community health researcher Patrisia Gonzales, Ph.D., an assistant professor in the Department of Mexican and Raza Studies at the University of Arizona in Tucson.

Gonzales has written and lectured extensively on the healing art of traditional folk or indigenous medicine in Hispanic and Native American communities.

"This event offers a unique privilege for the ISU, Treasure Valley and Pocatello communities to enrich their relationship with the Hispanic culture. Dr. Gonzales will provide an engaging lecture directed toward enhancing knowledge of how traditional Hispanic medicine is used in healing," said Jared Papa, physician assistant studies clinical instructor.

The event, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the ISU Physician Assistant Studies program and the university's Cultural Affairs Council. For more information, contact Papa at 373-1754 or papajare@isu.edu.

The Institute of Rural Health and Idaho Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health are collaborating to promote a free webinar series April 20-June 22

Idaho State University's Institute of Rural Health and Idaho Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health are collaborating to promote a free webinar series April 20-June 22.

The series is being offered to Idaho's network of suicide prevention advocates and others in the nonprofit sector as part of ISU-IRH's Awareness to Action Youth Suicide Prevention project funded by the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

Participants may register for individual sessions or the full series at www.ffcmh.org/events or contact Sheryl Schrepf, senior evaluator and trainer, at sschrepf@ffcmh.org or 402-770-2980.

The webinars will be presented by the National Federation of Families which advocates for children with mental health concerns and their families. The six "Increasing Your Success in Advocacy and Sustainability Efforts" webinars feature national experts on advocacy and sustainability of nonprofit organizations.

Participants will learn the importance of using evaluation data to enhance their advocacy and sustainability success, focus on strategies to provide the most effective advocacy, and how to build partnerships for the sustainability of organizations and programs. Specific templates to complete self-assessments, sustainability plans and evaluation of these efforts will be provided.

The schedule is as follows:

Each webinar is from 1:30-3 p.m. Participants can access the program from their computer or by phone. For information on the ISU-IRH Awareness to Action Youth Suicide Prevention Project, contact Lynda Bennett at bennlyn2@isu.edu or 208-373-1768.

April 28 is Bring Your Child to Work Day

April 28 is Bring Your Child to Work Day.

There are some fun events planned at Idaho State University:

ISU Campus Bus Tour, 9 - 10 am, Limit 45 participants
Meet in front of Pond Student Union by large parking lot

ISU Museum Tour, 10 - 11 am, Limit 30 participants
Meet at the Museum

Rock Climbing Wall, 11 - 12 pm, Limit 20 climbers
Meet in Reed Gym at the wall!

ISU Museum Tour, 11 - 12 pm, Limit 30 participants
Meet at the Museum

Ice Cream Social, 1 - 2 pm, Limit - when the ice cream runs out!
Pocatello - Pond Student Union Canoe Room
Idaho Falls - BSUB Multipurpose room (Bistro area)
Meridian - Room 684
All ISU Faculty and Staff are invited for ice cream sundaes. Come whether you have brought a child to work or NOT.

Lights, Lasers, & Illusion Science Show, 2 - 3 pm, Limit 90 participants
Physical Science (Building #3) Room #108

There is limited seating in all venues. Please register at training@isu.edu or call 282-2517 to save you and your child a spot. Sign up early to ensure availability of session(s). Because of the limited seating, please let us know if you register and are unable to attend. When a session is full, we will create a waiting list for those who are still interested in attending, and will notify you if a spot opens up.

Parents must accompany child/children to all events!

We would like to thank Herb Maschner and Rebecca Thorne-Ferrel (Museum), Joseph Han and Dennis Ketterman (Facilities), Peter Joyce (ISU Outdoor Adventure Center), Steven Shropshire (Physics & Astronomy), Lowell Richards (Pond Student Union), David Miller (Human Resources), and Vice President James Fletcher (Finance and Administration) for their support of this year's event.

For questions or comments, please contact Stacey Marshall at 282-3081 or marsstac@isu.edu.

The Idaho Condor Club is hosting the Idaho Condor Humanitarian Forum April 27

The Idaho Condor Club is hosting the Idaho Condor Humanitarian Forum Wednesday, April 27, 6-8 p.m. in the Middle and South Forks of the Salmon River Suite in the Pond Student Union.

Presentations include stories from the 2011 Idaho Condor Peru Expedition, and research findings from two studies. A panel discussion will be held with student coordinators: Sean Bringhurst, Brandon Comish, Rob Crouch, Kate Erickson, Zech Rios, and Diana Schow. Schow and Elizabeth Cartwright will present prelimary findings of their study on the impact of Idaho Condor. Kate Erickson, Jessica Fullmer and Bernadette Howlett will present findings of their study on iron and protein deficiencies.

Please contact Howlett for further information at howlbern@isu.edu.