News and Notes

A Newsletter for Faculty and Staff of Idaho State University

August 8, 2011 — Vol. 27 No. 31

News Bites

A new dental clinic that provides advanced training for licensed dentists opened Aug. 3 at the Idaho State University-Meridian Health Science Center

A new dental clinic that provides advanced training for licensed dentists opened Aug. 3 at the Idaho State University-Meridian Health Science Center, 1311 E. Central Drive. Patient fees are based on a sliding scale.

The Delta Dental of Idaho Advanced Dental Residency Clinic at Idaho State University is located in the Center's west wing. The 5,200-square-foot clinic, designed by Hummel Architects of Boise, has 12 clinical treatment rooms, an X-ray and sterilization lab, faculty offices, a waiting room and reception area.

The new clinic was financed with a $500,000 gift from Delta Dental of Idaho Community Outreach and a $1 million appropriation from the 2010 Idaho Legislature. ISU has closed its Family Dentistry Clinic at 2033 E. Summersweet Drive in east Boise. University officials say moving the dental clinic to the ISU-Meridian Health Science Center will be more convenient for patients and enhance learning opportunities for students.

A grand opening celebration is set for Aug. 30, 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. with a brief program starting at 1 p.m.

In 2005, ISU expanded its advanced dental residency program to the Treasure Valley, admitting four licensed dentists each year to complete an intense 12-month training program.

Idaho State University's retired employees will hold their eighth annual reunion on Thursday, Oct. 27, at the Juniper Hills Country Club

Idaho State University's retired employees will hold their eighth annual reunion on Thursday, Oct. 27, at the Juniper Hills Country Club. All retired ISU faculty and staff and spouses, as well as spouses of deceased retirees are invited to attend.

No-host social activities start at 5:30 p.m., followed by a buffet dinner at 7 p.m.

The informal organizing committee of Dick and Donna Sagness, Bruce and Alice Ronald, Ron and Joan McCune, Ross and Anita Ruchti, Rita Bybee and Glenn Alford once again stresses that this will be an enjoyable evening with the opportunity to reconnect with longtime friends in the ISU community. There is no agenda of speeches or entertainment to interfere with the social function.

"The retired reunion is always a great time," said Dick Sagness, of the informal reunion committee. "It's wonderful to get together with old friends and enjoy each others' company. And the food and beverages are always excellent."

The dinner costs $28 per person, and prepayment before Oct. 20 is required. Payment should be sent to Ross Ruchti, 1435B Ammon, Pocatello, ID 83201.

Retirees who know of other retired ISU employees not receiving an invitation or who have moved are asked to inform a committee member.

For more information on the reunion, call Joan McCune, 233-8467; Anita Ruchti, 233-6594; Donna Sagness, 232-8298; or Alice Ronald, 232-1430.

A public service announcement is airing on Treasure Valley and Twin Falls television stations through Aug. 28 featuring ISU-Meridian academic dean, Dr. Bessie Katsilometes, former Boise State basketball star Daequon Montreal and University of Idaho communications officer Ysabel Bilbao

A 30-second public service announcement is airing on Treasure Valley and Twin Falls television stations through Aug. 28 featuring ISU-Meridian academic dean, Dr. Bessie Katsilometes, former Boise State basketball star Daequon Montreal and University of Idaho communications officer Ysabel Bilbao. Click here to view the PSA on You Tube.

The three are standing on a Boise basketball court, flanked by children in Bengal, Bronco and Vandal gear. The adults deliver lines acknowledging athletic rivalry on the court, but agree all Idaho children need health care coverage. They encourage financially strapped parents to sign up for low-cost or free coverage through the Children's Health Insurance Program.

"It's vital information families need to know," said CHIPRA project director, Mary Lou Kinney, who approached the three universities about doing the PSA. The project is part of the 2011 Back-To-School Campaign for Idaho CHIP.

Effective immediately, all travel authorizations (TA) and travel reimbursements (TR) must be signed by your Colleges' University Business Officer

Effective immediately, all travel authorizations (TA) and travel reimbursements (TR) must be signed by your Colleges' University Business Officer before it can be processed by Finance and Administration.

Travel Authorizations must have the UBO'S signature on the fund approval line. Because additional signatures may require additional time, TA's requesting an advance must be submitted in enough time to give Finance and Administration at least 3 days to process the advance.

A UBO signature line has been added to the TR Form. The UBO signature must be on the form before a reimbursement can be processed.

If either a TA or TR form is received without the UBO'S signature, it will be returned for completion of the signatures.

This new process will be in effect until the Banner Travel and Expense Module is implemented. The new module will provide for electronic approvals, but will still require approval from the UBO. This is expected to be around December of 2011.

If you have any questions you can contact me at ext. 4207 or leyslisa@isu.edu.