News and Notes

A Newsletter for Faculty and Staff of Idaho State University

June 20, 2011 — Vol. 27 No. 25

Faculty/Staff Updates

ISU History Professor and Women Studies Director Erika Kuhlman has been named the new editor of the journal Peace & Change: A Journal of Peace Research

ISU History Professor and Women Studies Director Erika Kuhlman has been named the new editor of the journal Peace & Change: A Journal of Peace Research.

Peace & Change, established in 1972, publishes scholarly and interpretive articles on the achievement of a peaceful, just, and humane society. International and interdisciplinary in focus, recent topics include peace movements and activism, conflict resolution, nonviolence, internationalism, race and gender issues, cross-cultural studies, economic development, the legacy of imperialism, and the post-Cold War upheaval. Kuhlman is planning an issue devoted to the relationship between veterans and peace.

ISU Assistant Professor of social work D.J. Williams recently had two chapters published in edited, academic books

Idaho State University Assistant Professor of social work D.J. Williams recently had two chapters published in edited, academic books.

One chapter is titled "Beyond educator-practitioner binaries: Overcoming barriers to cooperation using professional cultural axes," and it appears in Beyond Binaries in Education Research (Routledge, 2011). Dr. Todd Hartle is first author (former doctoral student at ISU) and Dr. Rosemary Smith (Professor of Biology at ISU, and Todd's doctoral advisor) is a co-author. The chapter is based on a large grant that was held by Dr. Smith.

The second chapter is titled "Playful Deviance" (co-authored with Dr. Billy Strean, University of Alberta, Canada) and appears in Critical Essays in Applied Sport Psychology (Human Kinetics, 2011). Critical Essays is a collection of papers authored by internationally recognized scholars with the purpose of interrogating and challenging the traditions and current state of the field of applied sport psychology. Our chapter has been noted as particularly creative and thought-provoking, and it was great to be included with such top-caliber scholars in the book.

Frank Prickett is retiring from ISU after 18 years of serving as an instructor in the Aircraft Maintenance Technology program

Frank Prickett is retiring from Idaho State University after 18 years of serving as an instructor in the Aircraft Maintenance Technology program.

Prickett graduated from Eastern New Mexico University, Roswell Campus in 1975 with a FAA Mechanic Certificate with Airframe and Powerplant ratings. Following graduation he obtained employment with fixed base operators in Roswell and Albuquerque, N.M. He also worked for the AvCenter in Pocatello and for Horizon Airlines in Salt Lake City and Boise.

In the fall of 1988, Prickett joined the staff at ISU's College of Technology, teaching airframe subjects to students seeking an Advanced Technical Certificate and/or Associate of Applied Science in Airframe and Powerplant. His first stint of teaching ended in 1994. He returned to school himself to obtain a Human Resource Training and Development bachelor of science in Professional-Technical Teacher Education. He graduated from Idaho State University with his bachelor's degree in May 1997.

Prickett began working once again at ISU as an instructor assistant in the Aircraft Maintenance Technology program in 1998 and in 1999 became the Powerplant instructor. For the last 12 years he has taught more than 12 classes and several hundred students.

When asked about the highlights to his career, Prickett said, "The success stories of our students are the greatest highlight. Some have gone on to receive a Bachelor of Applied Technology. They obtain good jobs and even some have advanced rapidly into management positions. It has also been enjoyable to work on various aircraft through live work and see the students succeed at completing those projects. Live work substantially benefits the students. It gives them work experience training and they get to experience many interesting and challenging tasks.

"The program has achieved a good rapport with employers such as SkyWest, Columbia Helicopters and Western Aviation. They continue to seek graduates from our program. It is nice to know we are doing a good job in teaching and preparing students so they are successful in their endeavors.

"I have built a lot of friendships over the years at the College of Technology. I appreciate the help and support that John Bakken, Gary Shipley and Pete Stewart have given me over the years. The College has an exceptionally supportive staff on campus," Frank stated.

Retirement plans for Prickett include traveling, visiting family and working on some long term home projects that have been waiting for him.

To recognize Prickett for his years of service, an open house will be held Thursday, June 23 from 2-4 p.m. in the College of Technology, Roy F. Christensen Building conference Room (#149). All friends and colleagues are invited.

Please join us in celebrating the retirement of Lizbeth Benson, student agency billing coordinator in the Office of Finance and Administration

Please join us in celebrating the retirement of Lizbeth Benson, student agency billing coordinator in the Office of Finance and Administration.

Benson's retirement reception is Thursday, June 23, 1- 3 p.m. in the Pond Student Union Bengal Café.

News Bites

Senior biology student Jamie Call, from Idaho Falls, has been awarded a $5,000 Benjamin A. Gilman scholarship to study abroad for one academic year in Valencia, Spain

Idaho State University senior biology student Jamie Call, from Idaho Falls, has been awarded a $5,000 Benjamin A. Gilman scholarship to study abroad for one academic year in Valencia, Spain.

The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program is an international educational exchange program funded through the International Opportunity Act of 2000. It is sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State and is administered by the Institute of International Education through its Southern Regional Center in Houston. The program is designed to broaden the student population that studies abroad by funding undergraduates who otherwise might not participate due to financial reasons.

Call teamed up with Sharon Sieber, ISU Spanish professor and Fulbright advisor, to complete the necessary documents including an essay regarding career goals, academic goals, and a follow-up project to promote the Gilman Scholarship. After two months of working closely with Sieber, Call submitted the documents and received the scholarship.

"This scholarship means a lot to me. It means that someone thinks my career goals are worthwhile enough to give me a scholarship," said Call, who plans on becoming a physician assistant. "I cannot express enough how grateful I am to Dr. Sieber for all her help in this-she is the reason I was aware of this scholarship, and she helped me a lot throughout the whole process."

The aim of the Gilman program is to support students who have been traditionally under-represented in study abroad programs including students with high financial need, diverse ethnic backgrounds, disabilities, and community college students. The program assists students from a wide range of public and private institutions from all 50 states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico.

Since its establishment in 2001, the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program has awarded 6,428 scholarships to students participating in study abroad programs worldwide. This year, more than 2,300 scholarships of up to $5,000 will be awarded to undergraduates to study abroad. Students who applied and received the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship are then eligible to receive an additional $3,000 "Critical Need Language Supplement" from the Gilman Scholarship Program for a total possible award of up to $8,000. These languages include Arabic, Chinese, Turkish, Persian, Indic, Korean, Russian and Swahili.

For further information about the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program, please visit the website http://www.iie.org/Programs/Gilman-Scholarship-Program.aspx.

The Masters of Public Administration program has established a Pi Alpha Alpha MPA Honors Society

Idaho State University's Masters of Public Administration program has established a Pi Alpha Alpha MPA Honors Society, which was formally chartered by the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration this spring.

Pi Alpha Alpha is the national honor society in public affairs, public policy and public administration of the NASPAA. Established nationally in 1974, the honors society actively encourages and rewards excellence in scholarship among students and practitioners of public administration and public policy.

Since its establishment, the NASPAA has grown significantly, currently boasting 154 chapters with almost 40,000 members working in a variety of public service settings. Membership in Pi Alpha Alpha identifies those with the highest performance levels emerging from Masters of Public Administration (MPA) and Masters of Public Policy (MPP) educational programs.

Pi Alpha Alpha was formed at ISU as a means to recognize and promote MPA student excellence in the study and practice of public policy and administration. Members of the organization promote the advancement of quality in the education and the professional practice of the art and science of public administration and policy. The chapter's purpose is to encourage and recognize outstanding scholarship and accomplishment among ISU's MPA graduate students, and to foster integrity, professionalism, and effective performance in the conduct of governmental, non-governmental, and related public service activities.

Induction to Pi Alpha Alpha requires that MPA students maintain a GPA of at least 3.7 and completion of 50 percent of their required masters degree course work.

This spring, the University of Utah's Chapter of Pi Alpha Alpha hosted the first cohort of ISU Pi Alpha Alpha inductees at its annual spring banquet and induction ceremony honoring new honor society members.

Idaho State University's newly inducted members of the Pi Alpha Alpha MPA Honors Society for 2010-2011 are Grayce C. Anderson, Vince M. Bowen, Lindsey H. Gardner, Stacey D. Gibson, Stacey D. Haase, Sean P. Hargraves, Christopher T. Horton, E. Scott Lee, Jessie L. Thompson-Kelley and Matthew K. Nielson.

Newly elected board members for the 2011-2012 academic year are E. Scott Lee, president; Vince Bowen, vice president; Sean Hargraves, secretary/treasurer Jessie Thompson-Kelley-member-at-large; and Stacey Gibson-member-at-large.

The winners of the May 2011 ISU Cares Spot Awards have been announced

The winners of the May 2011 ISU Cares Spot Awards have been announced.

May 2011 ISU Cares Spot Award Winners

Ben Nickell, Mathematics Computer Systems Administrator
Pat Peyton, Sport Science and Physical Education (COE) Administrative Assistant I
Chris Hunt, Office of the Registrar, Assistant Registrar
Sandra Shea, ISU Foundation Office Specialist II
Mike Nestler, Facilities Custodian

To nominate an ISU employee for their outstanding service, click ISU Cares Survey.

Connie Gomez, Management Assistant, ISU-Idaho Falls Student Services, was drawn as our Spring 2011 ISU Cares semester winner. She received a certificate, traveling plaque and a check for $100. All people who were nominated throughout the spring semester, including those who did not win a ISU Cares Spot Award, were eligible for the drawing.

Floor refinishing work will begin in Reed Gym and the Student Recreation Center on Friday, June 24

Floor refinishing work will begin in Reed Gym and the Student Recreation Center on Friday, June 24. The products will produce strong odors.

The areas will be closed for use during the work, and at least two days following for drying time. We anticipate all the areas to be opened about June 29. Please check with the Gym or Recreation offices for more accurate opening times if needed.

Just a reminder that fiscal year end is quickly approaching, which means departments need to expedite and facilitate fiscal year 2011 business for payment and receipt transactions

Just a reminder that fiscal year end is quickly approaching, which means departments need to expedite and facilitate fiscal year 2011 business for payment and receipt transactions. The following issues need to be addressed by all departments.

Payments:

If you have any expenditure or corrections (including payroll corrections) that pertain to this fiscal year they need to be received in the Accounting Office by June 25. Remember, all invoices for payment should be sent to accounts payable. Please note that all expenditures, including payroll transactions, on grant indexes should be reviewed to ensure the charges are appropriate so necessary corrections can be initiated and processed timely. In the past, we have continued to receive correction requests into September (and sometimes later), which does not allow us to produce accurate financial statements in a timely manner.

Accounting Standards mandate that materials and services actually received in fiscal year 2011 be paid or accrued in this fiscal year. To expedite the payment process, forward invoices you have received to accounts payable as soon as possible. If you have received items or services in the department that you purchased through a purchase order do not forget to complete a receiving report and fax it to Purchasing. Banner requires the three way match between purchase order, invoice, and receiving report to pay the vendor.

Important Note: Invoices for purchases initiated through the Requisition/PO process must always be paid by check. Do not complete a direct pay form or make the payment on a P-card for these types of purchases.

For capital items that meet the inventory threshold ($2,000 or greater) and are delivered directly to the department (i.e. do not go through ISU Receiving), it is the department's responsibility to keep track of the delivery date and complete a receiving report. The receiving report should contain the actual date the items were delivered to the department and what items were received.

Prepayment for goods and services to liquidate this fiscal year's budget is not allowed. These invoices will be held until the start of the new fiscal year.

Departments that receive goods or services on or before June 30 need to submit invoices to Accounts Payable no later than June 30. Please be prepared to furnish a valid written explanation to The Vice President of Finance and Administration for requests for payment submitted to Accounts Payable on or after July 1 for invoices, travel reimbursements, independent contractor payments, payments to subcontractors, etc, for which goods/services were delivered or complete prior to June 25.

There will be a purchase card download from CCER, on July 11, after the approval period. Remember, just because you charge an item to your P-Card near the end of June, does not mean it will be included in this pass. In addition, because Banner is an accrual based system, any transactions with a CCER posting date of 06/30/11 or before, must be posted to Banner with a date on or before 06/30/11, and if the reconciliation is not done before or during the approval period, the amounts will be charged to the default index, making it very important that these transactions are reconciled as soon as possible after they appear in CCER.

Receipts:

All receipts collected prior to June 30 need to be in the Cashiers Office by 10:00am on June 30. All receipts collected on June 30 must be in the Cashiers Office by 2:00 pm that same day. Please note that receipts include cash, checks, and credit card batches.

When making deposits after June 30 that pertain to amounts billed in fiscal year 2011, please do these on a separate deposit slip and indicate that the funds pertain to fiscal year 2011, unless you will provided Accounting with a complete list of your outstanding Receivables for FY11. This will allow accounting to make appropriate fiscal year determinations without having to contact each department individually. All departments providing a complete list of outstanding Receivables to Accounting will be expected to do so by July 10.

Travel:

All blanket travel reimbursements for Fiscal 2011, must be submitted to Accounts Payable for processing by July 16. Blanket travel authorizations for Fiscal 2011 will be closed as of August 1. You will need to open new blanket travel authorizations for travel taking place in Fiscal 2012.

Requisitions:

Fiscal year 2012 is now open for transactions. Departments may begin creating requisitions for the new fiscal year. Remember, when creating a requisition for the new fiscal year, you must use a date greater than June 30, 2011 or the requisition will be created in 2011 and will need to be recreated.

Thank you so much for your help and cooperation in meeting these very important year-end goals.

The second annual "Welcome Back Orange and Black, a "Communiversity Event," is Monday, Aug. 22, the first day of fall semester

The second annual "Welcome Back Orange and Black, a "Communiversity Event," will take place from 3 to 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 22, the first day of fall semester.

The Pocatello/Chubbuck communities are planning to welcome back Idaho State University students and faculty in a spectacular way.

Streets in historic Old Town will be closed to traffic to allow a rollicking welcome complete with food, vendor booths, live music and other entertainment. The event, hosted be the Idaho State Journal, Idaho State University, Old Town Pocatello and the Chamber of Commerce - and many other sponsors - will celebrate the partnership and relationship between the university and the community.

Businesses are being encouraged to paint signs in their store windows welcoming students back and letting them know their presence and business is appreciated. The event will feature dozens of booths manned by businesses and restaurants, which will be providing free food samples, coupons and drawings to promote their goods and services.

Bus transportation leaving from designated campus locations will be available to take students to Old Town.

Stay tuned for more information.