News and Notes

A Newsletter for Faculty and Staff of Idaho State University

August 1, 2011 — Vol. 27 No. 30

Faculty/Staff Updates

Bernadette Howlett and two students recently received a grant to study burnout in rural physician assistants

Dr. Bernadette Howlett, Associate Professor (Physician Assistant Studies Research Coordinator), Physician Assistant graduate student Wes Morris (Class of 2013), and Rebecca Hall, undergraduate microbiology major (PA Studies Research Assistant) won a grant from the Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA) and the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) to perform a national study on burnout among rural physician assistants. The research team will be honored at the Annual Awards Luncheon during the Physician Assistant Education Forum in New Orleans this November. The PAEA announcement is posted by PAEA here: http://paeaonline.org/index.php?ht=d/ContentDetails/i/121694

News Bites

The ISU Society of Physics Students (SPS) has earned the Blake Lilly Award by the American Institute of Physics for their science outreach to Idaho schools and community groups, and public science presentations

The ISU Society of Physics Students (SPS) has earned the Blake Lilly Award by the American Institute of Physics for their science outreach to Idaho schools and community groups, and public science presentations.

Club members and physics faculty visit more than 40 schools and community groups a year for science presentations, activities, and workshops. They also organize a "Punk'n Chuck" competition and the Southeast Idaho Science Olympics, and present an annual public science demonstration show on the ISU campus.

The club is one of five SPS chapters nationwide to receive this award in 2011.

The Blake Lilly Prize recognizes SPS chapters and individuals who make a genuine effort to positively influence the attitudes of school children and the general public about physics.

An article on the ISU club's activities is posted on the National SPS web page at http://www.spsnational.org/programs/awards/2011/blake_lilly.htm, and will appear in the Fall 2011 issue of the "SPS Observer." The award consists of a plaque and a three-volume set of the Feynman Lectures on Physics.

The field turf installation at Holt Arena is complete

The field turf installation at Holt Arena is complete. The final walk through took place on Friday afternoon and the team will begin practice on it officially on Aug. 4.

Idaho State plays its home opener on Sept. 10 vs. Western State College at 4 p.m. For tickets, call 282-FANS or by log on to isubengals.com. Tickets for the home opener are half off and if fans become a fan of the official Idaho State Athletics Facebook page they can print a voucher off to redeem at the Holt Arena Ticket Office for $6 tickets.

There is no admission deadline for ISU

To clarify some apparent confusion regarding an admission deadline date: There is no deadline for admission. Aug. 1 is a priority date for consideration only.

The 2011-12 Catalog states: "To allow appropriate time for evaluation, admission decisions, and appropriate notification, all applications and documentation should be submitted to the Office of Admission at least three weeks prior to the start of the semester for acceptance consideration."

Questions regarding ISU admissions can be directed to the Office of Admissions, ext. 2475.

Beginning Aug. 1, retail food services will only be available at the Rendezvous Center while the Pond Student Union construction projects are completed

We are making great progress on the construction currently underway at the Pond Student Union. Beginning August 1, retail food services will only be available at the Rendezvous Center until the Pond Student Union projects are completed. The Rendezvous Food Court hours will be 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday-Friday, through August 19. Chartwells will be offering weekly specials throughout the summer.

Starting Aug. 22, a food kiosk will be available in the Pond Student Union to purchase light sandwiches, pastries, soup, coffee and other grab-n-go items. On Aug. 22, the Rendezvous Food Court will resume its normal hours of operation from 8:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., Monday-Friday.

Construction in the Pond Student Union food court is expected to be completed by the end of Fall Semester when you will be able to enjoy a new variety of food from Einstein Bros. Bagels, Mandalay Express, as well as gourmet burgers from Grille Nation.

Thank you for your patience during our remodel.

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 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.