News and Notes

A Newsletter for Faculty and Staff of Idaho State University

July 11, 2011 — Vol. 27 No. 27

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The College of Technology Student Services office is accepting applications for a Diversity Counselor

The College of Technology Student Services office is accepting applications for a Diversity Counselor. This position is opened to any qualified applicant with a Master's in Counseling or related field. The job description and qualifications can be found at www.isujobs.net or by contacting the Office of Human Resources. Review of applications will take place after the priority deadline of July 30, 2011.

The Idaho State University Department of Social Work, Sociology and Criminal Justice and the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare offering are new approach to training child welfare workers in Idaho

A new approach to training child welfare workers in Idaho, which features onsite trainers at locations throughout the state, has been implemented by the Idaho State University Department of Social Work, Sociology and Criminal Justice in collaboration with the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare.

"I feel like this contract will make a difference for children and families in Idaho," said Staci Jensen-Hart, ISU assistant professor of social work. "Child welfare workers have such an important and hard, hard job, and their burn-out rates our high because they're working with high-risk children and that is difficult. We want to give them the best training and support we can."

The new program is based on current best practices as determined by evidenced-based research. The new program, in the first of three years, takes an overall approach to training child welfare workers. The onsite trainers in Department of Health and Welfare Regional offices offer a variety of services.

"The trainers are on-site to offer mentoring, coaching and training to new and experienced child welfare workers," Jensen-Hart said. "Training new professionals is important, but we also want to continue to build the skills and support seasoned workers."

People learn better with a hands-on approach and benefit from follow-through by the trainers, she said. The trainers also work with supervisors to create learning circles and develop problem-solving skills.

"This is a new concept for the state," said Staci Jensen-Hart, ISU assistant professor of social work. "Before, child welfare training was always an academy process, with workers traveling to a location to attend training. Our new approach brings the training to the professionals, often on-site where they work."

The new program, funded by a contract with the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, has other benefits as well.

"Administering this program is a boon for Idaho State University students and faculty, and the community, too," Jensen-Hart said. "The University offers research expertise and theoretical information, and that information is taken to the field and practiced. We then get feedback on the application of research, and in turn, we can modify our practices in improving the preparation of students for work in the field."

It all adds up for better training for Idaho's child welfare workers, to the benefit of the state's children and families.

Idaho State student-athletes captured 34 all-academic honors for the spring of 2011

Idaho State student-athletes captured 34 all-academic honors for the spring of 2011. The all-academic honors were for spring sports which include men's and women's outdoor track and field, men's and women's tennis and women's golf.

"Our student-athletes are working hard to excel in the classroom. We are proud of their efforts and look forward to their continued success," said Idaho State Director of Athletics Jeff Tingey.

The women's outdoor track and field team boasted its best record since 2008 with a total of 19 student-athletes earning all-academic honors. In 2008, the Bengals had 20 student-athletes earning all-academic honors. The men's outdoor track and field team had eight honorees this season.

The women's tennis team posted three all-academic honorees while the men's tennis team and the women's golf team each had two.

Over the course of the 2010-11 season Idaho State student-athletes have earned 117 Big Sky all-academic honors. ISU had 42 fall honorees and 41 winter honorees.

To be eligible for the honor a student-athlete must have met or exceeded the following requirements: 1) participated in at least half of the team's competitions. 2) Achieved a 3.2 cumulative grade point average at the conclusion of the most recently completed term. 3) Completed at least one academic term at his/her current Big Sky Institution.

The Spring 2011 Effort Reports for work performed on sponsored projects and grants are are due back to Grants and Contracts Accounting by Friday, July 22

The Spring 2011 Effort Reports for work performed on sponsored projects and grants are are due back to Grants and Contracts Accounting by Friday, July 22. Completing these reports allows the employee to certify their work effort performed on Sponsored Grant Projects and Contracts; which is required by the funding agencies.

The Spring 2011 reporting period is for work performed between December 26, 2010 and May 14, 2011, paid from January 21, 2011 to May 27, 2011. If you worked on sponsored projects, and did not receive a report, please contact your department, or Angela Winder in Grants and Contracts Accounting at ext. 3056.

The AmeriCorps program has had a profound effect on 27-year-old Cassie Stover of Hazelton, who has been an AmeriCorps health advocate for Head Start in the Burley-Twin Falls area for most of the last year

The AmeriCorps program has had a profound effect on 27-year-old Cassie Stover of Hazelton, who has been an AmeriCorps health advocate for Head Start in the Burley-Twin Falls area for most of the last year.

"AmeriCorps not only allowed me to participate in a program my heart is truly invested in, but it also allowed me to reach into my own community and do volunteer activities outside of Head Start," said Stover, who finishes her one-year AmeriCorps commitment in August.

"My personal growth," she continued, "has really come out in the last year. I've found a sense of not only family, but community as well."

Stover, a mother of four children ages 2 to 8, has for years participated in the Idaho Head Start/Early Head Start program, which is geared towards children from birth to age 5. After being selected as an AmeriCorps member by one of two AmeriCorps programs administered by the Idaho State University Institute of Rural Health, Stover was able to give back to the Head Start program she loves.

"I believe that without the Head Start program I wouldn't be who I am today," said Stover, who has been nominated as a parent of the year for the Idaho Head Start Association and as a member of the National Center on Parent, Family, and Community Engagement advisory Board. "It taught me how important it is to be my children's first and most important teacher and I am proud to say I learned how to excel in leadership roles and that is how I heard about the AmeriCorps program."

The ISU Institute of Rural Health administers two AmeriCorps programs:

"AmeriCorps cannot displace employees or duplicate current services and is designed to address unmet needs, fill gaps, and expand and augment services that are provided," said Debbie Green, senior grant coordinator for the ISU Institute of Rural Health's AmeriCorps programs.

Full-time AmeriCorps volunteers must serve 1,700 hours and there are 900-hour part-time slots available as well. Green said the program benefits everyone involved.

AmeriCorps members gain professional experience, receive a modest living stipend, and an educational award to pay off past student loans or to use towards higher education.

"The program also has motivated the members to pursue health care or public service fields merely by their experience," Green said. "For some it is their first job. For others it opens the doors to new adventures and possibilities that they otherwise would not have pursued. The majority of them feel rewarded and feel that they are making a difference in their community - that in itself is the key."

"In addition," she added, "the sites themselves can offer services, create new programs, and offer additional help that they otherwise would not be able to provide."

For Stover, her year as an AmeriCorps health advocate has passed quickly as she has been dedicated to finding resources for Head Start families. Her work tasks have varied from conducting screeners for testing children's hearing and vision to being an advocate for immunizations. She has made sure the Head Start center's in her region are fully equipped with all the supplies that are needed, like first-aid kits, and she has completed health and safety checks on the facilities to make sure they are following proper policies and procedures.

"I also present information to parents on topics like children's lead exposure and any new policies and procedures related to health and nutrition," Stover said. "I've also been involved this year with the IMIL (I am Moving, I am Learning) curriculum program teaching children about their bodies, health and nutrition and dancing and having fun. It is a proactive approach for addressing childhood obesity in Head Start and Early Head Start. We're one of the first areas in the state to implement this new program."

Stover's experience with the AmeriCorps programs administered by the ISU Institute of Rural Health shows a true success story in changing these AmeriCorps members' lives and those they are reaching out to and helping.

"It is a rewarding experience for all involved," Green said.

All IT services will be unavailable from Saturday to Monday morning for maintenance

All IT Services - such as BengalWeb, MoodleISU, ISU's web site (http://www.isu.edu), MyISU, Faculty/Staff Tools, Y Drive, Internet/Internet2 and the wireless network - will be unavailable from 6 a.m. Saturday July 16 to 6 a.m. Monday, July 18 for maintenance.

Idaho State's Physician Assistant Program is the cover story of "PA Professional's" June/July issue, the national trade magazine published by the American Academy of Physician Assistants

Pick up a copy of this month's "PA Professional" and you just might see a familiar face or two on the cover.

Idaho State's Physician Assistant Program is the cover story of "PA Professional's" June/July issue, the national trade magazine published by the American Academy of Physician Assistants.

The three-page article titled, "In Sync With Distance Learning-Answering the Call for More Providers," discusses the growth of the program in Pocatello, the expansion to the Meridian Health Science Center and how classrooms on both campuses are linked seamlessly through distance-learning technology.

Program director and department chair, Paula Phelps, says in the article that 60 percent of the program's graduates stay in Idaho to practice-serving rural communities and helping ease Idaho's critical shortage of healthcare providers.

ISU, which has the only physician assistant program in Idaho, awards the Master of Physician Assistant Studies degree. Graduates complete a rigorous 24 months of training. The first year is spent in the classroom and the second in clinical rotations.

Read the full article at http://www.aapa.org/news/pa-professional.

Staff Council is accepting applications for the Professional Development Scholarship

Staff Council is accepting applications for the Professional Development Scholarship.

You must be a full time or 3/4 time classified or professional employee who has completed six months of service in order to be eligible to apply for professional development funds.

Applications will be reviewed by the Staff Council sub-committee on professional development. The applicant will be notified by this committee about the status of the application once the review is complete. If an award is made, Staff Council Treasurer will issue a Direct Pay form to the applicant.

Application deadline is Aug. 1.

The application is posted on the Staff Council web page http://www.isu.edu/staffcouncil/.

The Idaho State University Foundation, in cooperation with North Wind Group, is sponsoring the Tom Sherwood Memorial Golf Tournament on July 22

The Idaho State University Foundation, in cooperation with North Wind Group, is sponsoring the Tom Sherwood Memorial Golf Tournament at the Sage Lakes Golf Course in Idaho Falls on Friday, July 22.

Clubs can participate in the four-person team scramble, which includes games, challenges and a chance to win a new Harley Davidson worth $15,000 for a hole-in-one.

Other prizes include door prize drawings, a $1,000 putting contest, awards for closest to pin and longest drive, and more.

Registration is at 6:30 a.m. and the shotgun start begins at 7:30 a.m. Entry fee is $35, plus greens and cart fees. Cart quantities are limited; reserve at time of registration. Lunch will be served to all participants.

All donations will go to the ISU Tom Sherwood Memorial Scholarship Endowment to benefit geology, biology and environmental engineering students.

Incomplete teams and individuals will be paired as necessary. For information, contact Kristin Barnard or Savanna Blaylock at 208-528-8718 or sign up at http://www.northwind-inc.com/golf.

The Idaho State University African Students Association is trying to collect 130 pairs of new shoes for children attending the Rock of Ages school in village of Mbiiko, Uganda

The Idaho State University African Students Association is trying to collect 130 pairs of new shoes for children attending the Rock of Ages school in village of Mbiiko, Uganda.

"We need shoes or money for shoes no later than Monday, July 11, so they can be hand-delivered to the children of Mbiiko," said Sylvia Suh, president of the ISU African Student Association.

This ISU student group is participating with the Hands4Uganda organization.

New shoes, toddler sizes 9 to 13.5, and socks can be dropped off at a box in the ISU Pond Student Union near the Information Desk. There will be a "shoe tree" near the Information Desk that has children's names, pictures and shoe sizes for people who want to donate to a specific child. The group will accept any size of new shoe, however, because there is a need beyond the school.

Donations can also be made by visiting the website www.hands4uganda.org or mail a tax-deductible donation to Hands4Uganda.org, 3550 Johnny Creek Road, Pocatello, Idaho 83204.

For more information, contact Sylvia Suh at (505) 718-8813 or Chris Baum at (208) 313-6944.

Idaho State University is accepting applications to its Associate of Science degree program in paramedic science. The deadline to apply is July 15

Idaho State University is accepting applications to its Associate of Science degree program in paramedic science. The deadline to apply is July 15. Classes start Aug. 22 and will be held at the ISU-Meridian Health Science Center, 1311 E. Central Drive, just north of I-84 and Locust Grove Road.

The paramedic science program will provide students with the skills and knowledge to treat patients in and out of a hospital setting, conduct thorough patient assessments, and provide medical care to reduce illness and injury.

The program, which will be taught through a partnership between ISU and Ada County Paramedics, consists of three semesters of lecture, laboratory and clinical field experience, including a three-month field internship. Applicants must fulfill prerequisites to gain admission.

To apply, call the Meridian Health Science Center at 208-373.1700 or go to online to http://www.isu.edu/future.shtml.

In addition to a completed ISU application, prospective students must make an additional, separate application specifically to the paramedic science program and submit a copy of their current EMT-B certification, a copy of their CPR certification for Health Care Providers, a one-page essay describing why they want to be a paramedic and their professional goals. For more information and to download the paramedic science application form, go to http://www.isu.edu/kasiska/paramedic/.

Upon acceptance, students must provide a copy of their immunization records, a physical exam and an ISU background check. Individual interviews will be conducted in July.

The ISU paramedic program, accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs, is the only paramedic program in Idaho offering an Associate of Science degree.

For more information, contact Ellen Jones, training coordinator, at 373-1760 or email her at joneelle@isu.edu.

The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) has granted continued accreditation to the baccalaureate and master's degree programs in nursing at Idaho State University for the full term of 10 years

The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) has granted continued accreditation to the baccalaureate and master's degree programs in nursing at Idaho State University for the full term of 10 years.

"We are very pleased as a school to receive continued accreditation," said Carol A. Ashton, associate dean and director of the School of Nursing. "The board, based on the on-site evaluation, essentially gave us a perfect report card. We met all four accreditation standards as well as all key elements for compliance."

Ashton said the report is a major indicator of the excellence of the School of Nursing's program.

"The report allows us to critique and review all aspects of our programs and provides a framework for the School of Nursing to advance in the application of standards for baccalaureate and master's programs," Ashton said. "It is a long process but helps us to continue our quality improvements for the future of health care reform and delivery."

The School of Nursing will continue to be eligible for research and educational grants and contracts for students and faculty because of continued accreditation.

"That means the programs in the School of Nursing will continue to be state-of-the-art and the best for students interested in careers in nursing at the undergraduate and graduate level," said Ashton. "Having that designation says to students, leaders, parents and government officials that we have high quality, exemplary nursing programs at ISU."

According the CCNE website, CCNE accreditation is a nongovernmental peer review process that operates in accordance with nationally recognized standards established for the practice of accreditation in the United States. The Commission ensures the quality and integrity of baccalaureate, graduate and residency programs in nursing.

The CCNE also serves the public interest by assessing and identifying programs that engage in effective practices. As a voluntary, self-regulatory process, CCNE accreditation supports and encourages continuing self-assessment by nursing programs and supports continuing growth and improvement of collegiate professional education and post-baccalaureate nurse residency programs.

For more information about the CCNE visit http://www.aacn.nche.edu/accreditation/.

Football season is just around the corner and tickets are now available for sale

Football season is just around the corner and tickets are now for sale. Season tickets are $70 while faculty and staff season tickets are $40. All single game tickets are $16 while road game ticket prices vary depending the opponent.

This season will also bring lots of exciting promotions at Holt Arena. The home opener on Sept. 10 against Western State College is Fan Appreciation Day. You can purchase tickets for half price and if they become a fan of Idaho State Athletics official facebook page they will be able to print off a coupon for $6 tickets.

Other promotions are "Can the Grizz" for the Montana home game on October 8. If you bring a canned good item they will be able to buy one ticket and get one free. In the home and season finale against defending National Champion Eastern Washington on Nov. 19 all ISU faculty and staff can purchase an unlimited number of $6 tickets.

The remaining two home games are against Northern Colorado on Sept. 17 and Portland State on Oct. 1. The Portland State game is Homecoming and the 1981 National Championship team will be honored in celebration for the 30-year anniversary.

Tickets can be purchased by calling 208-282-FANS or by logging onto isubengals.com. All students get in free with ID.