News and Notes

A Newsletter for Faculty and Staff of Idaho State University

September 5, 2011 — Vol. 27 No. 35

Faculty/Staff Updates

All are invited to celebrate the retirement of Janene Willer Sept. 8

All are invited to celebrate the retirement of Janene Willer Sept. 8 from 4 to 6 p.m. at Magnuson Alumni House, 554 South 7th Avenue. Hors d'oeuvres will be served. There will be a presentation at 5 p.m.

Dr. Jack Owens, research professor in history, organized a workshop at Boise's Grove Hotel in August for researchers participating in the project "Understanding Social Networks within Complex, Nonlinear Systems: Geographically-Integrated History and Dynamics GIS"

Dr. Jack Owens, research professor in history, organized a workshop at Boise's Grove Hotel in August for researchers participating in the project "Understanding Social Networks within Complex, Nonlinear Systems: Geographically-Integrated History and Dynamics GIS."

In collaboration with the University of Oklahoma, Owens obtained almost $1.8 million from the National Science Foundation's Office of Cyberinfrastructure, through its Cyber-Enabled Discovery and Innovation program for this project.

Idaho State University co-principal investigators on the project are Dr. Dan Ames, associate professor of geosciences, and Dr. Vitit Kantabutra, associate professor of computer science.

The workshop was hosted by the ISU-Meridian Health Science Center and the Department of History.

ISU-Meridian's Ruth Schneider and Rick Tivis are honorees in the 2011 Health Care Heroes program sponsored by the Idaho Business Review newspaper in Boise

ISU-Meridian's Ruth Schneider and Rick Tivis are honorees in the 2011 Health Care Heroes program sponsored by the Idaho Business Review newspaper in Boise.

In its sixth year, the program recognizes health care professionals, educators and volunteers for their contributions and service to Idaho's health care industry.

Schneider, a clinical associate professor in the Department of Health and Nutrition Sciences and clinical coordinator of ISU's dietetic internship, is an honoree in the educator category.

Tivis, a biostatistician in the Institute of Rural Health and chairman of the Canyon County Community Clinic, is an honoree in the volunteer category.

They are among 18 finalists who will be recognized at a luncheon Oct. 4 at the McCleary Auditorium at Saint Alphonsus Medical Center and profiled in a magazine distributed by the Idaho Business Review.

Jeff Meldrum, Idaho State University associate professor of anatomy and anthropology, has been featured on the American Association for the Advancement of Science's website in an AAAS Spotlight feature "5 Things About Me: Anthropologist Jeff Meldrum"

Jeff Meldrum, Idaho State University associate professor of anatomy and anthropology, has been featured on the American Association for the Advancement of Science's website in an AAAS Spotlight feature "5 Things About Me: Anthropologist Jeff Meldrum."

A reading of his book, "Sasquatch: Legend Meets Science," is also featured on a podcast on the AAAS website as part of the AAAS Spotlight feature. Meldrum has served the past four years on the executive committee of the Pacific Division of the AAAS.

Congratulate the summer ISU Cares Spot award winners

We have just awarded our summer ISU Cares Spot award winners for the months of June and July. They were given a certificate and a $15 Visa card, courtesy of the ISU Credit Union. We appreciate ISU Credit Union for their continued support of our ISU Cares program.

JUNE
Dawn Christiansen, Sr. Academic Advisor, Academic Advising
Jill Collins, Director of Development, Arts & Letters
Don Dover, Shipping & Receiving, Finance & Administration
Debbie Bloxham, Payroll, Finance & Administration
Mike Tauscher, Energy Systems Technology, COT
Karina Hensley, Human Resources, Finance & Administration

JULY
John Gale, Engineering, College of Science & Engineering
Jessica Fultz, Biological Sciences, College of Science & Engineering
Larry Marshall, Facilities, Finance & Administration
Laura Judkins, Human Resources, Finance & Administration
Randy Owings, Facilities, Finance & Administration
Gerry Brower, Facilities, Finance & Administration

To nominate an Idaho State University employee for their exemplary service, click ISU Cares survey. To see pictures and a short writeup on each winner, visit our ISU Cares website. To see a list of our past winners of our ISU Cares awards, visit ISU Cares past winners.

News Bites

The Idaho State University Department of Art and Pre-Architecture will feature the fourth annual Graduate Art Student Presentations Sept. 8

The Idaho State University Department of Art and Pre-Architecture will feature the fourth annual Graduate Art Student Presentations at 4 p.m. Sept. 8 in the ISU Fine Arts building, Room 401.

The department invites ISU faculty, staff, students and the Pocatello community to attend the presentations. Each student will show his or her images and discuss the direction of his or her current work.

For more information about the art presentations, contact Angie Zielinski at zielange@isu.edu.

The 30th annual Idaho State University Cooperative Wilderness Handicapped Outdoor Group (CW HOG) Pig Out, a dinner and fundraiser for CW HOG, is Saturday, Sept. 17

The 30th annual Idaho State University Cooperative Wilderness Handicapped Outdoor Group (CW HOG) Pig Out, a dinner and fundraiser for CW HOG, will be held Saturday, Sept. 17, in Lower Ross Park Pavilion in Pocatello.

CW HOG provides outdoor recreational opportunities for individuals of all abilities.

The dinner includes grilled pork chops, Idaho baked potatoes, corn-on-the-cob, cold beverages, and the HOGs' specialty, a vegetarian Dutch-oven dish. Dinner is from 4 to 7:30 p.m. Musical entertainment, featuring Blind Autumn and the Kyd J Band will be from 5 to 10:30 p.m. The Pig Out is a family-oriented activity. Children's games, arts and crafts, and face painting will be provided from 3 to 5 p.m. by the ISU Council for Exceptional Children.

Admission is $10 in advance and $12 at the door for those 12 and older. Admission is $5 in advance, $7 at the door for children 6-11. Children ages 5 and under eat free. Admission without dinner is $7. Advance tickets are on sale at Scott's Ski and Sports, Sandbaggers, Barrie's Ski and Sports, and The Outdoor Adventure Center in the basement of the Pond Student Union.

The Pig Out is the biggest annual event for CW HOG. This year's Pig Out revenue will be used for general adaptive programming. For more information on the Pig Out, call the CW HOG Office at (208) 282-3912 www.isu.edu/cwhog.

Pocatello artists Torgesen Murdock and Anne Merkley are the winners of the Idaho State University "Paint the Pond" competition for the newly renovated Pond Student Union

Pocatello artists Torgesen Murdock and Anne Merkley are the winners of the Idaho State University "Paint the Pond" competition for the newly renovated Pond Student Union.

Murdock's 10 foot by 5 foot painting - "of beautiful backcountry that has water, gorgeous rocks and trees, in a mountain area with wildlife" - has been hung on the upper level of the Pond Student Union between the Computer Laboratory and the Salmon River Suite's North Fork Room entrance. She earned $4,000 for the winning painting.

"It is a thrill to have a painting right here in the ISU Pond Student Union where people from Pocatello can enjoy it, and students can learn from it," Murdock said. "I'm excited that the University has purchased original artwork for the building. It makes such a big difference to a building. What people look at is the artwork on the wall and it can really touch their sights, feelings and emotions."

Merkley painted a 9 foot by 4 foot painting of a landscape that features aspen trees in the autumn near Idaho's Bear Creek in the Gem state's central mountains. Her piece earned Merkley $3,000 and is displayed on the upper level of the Pond Student Union between the entrances of the North Fork and Middle Fork Rooms of the Salmon River Suite.

"It's a real honor to have my painting chosen and there's no place I'd like to have a piece more than at Idaho State University," said Merkley, who has earned multiple undergraduate and graduate degrees from ISU. "It's a real pleasure coming at this point in my life."

The jury that selected the winners was composed of four local affiliates of Idaho State University. The jury was composed of an administrative representative, an undergraduate art student, Associated Students of ISU President Shaun Stokes, and a community volunteer.

Idaho State University's "A Season of Note" fine arts series will present Ryan Shupe and the RubberBand, Saturday, Sept. 24

Idaho State University's "A Season of Note" fine arts series will present Ryan Shupe and the RubberBand, a five-man band featuring Shupe on violin, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, in the Joseph C. and Cheryl H. Jensen Grand Concert Hall in the L.E. and Thelma E. Stephens Performing Arts Center.

The band, hailing from Salt Lake City, is a breath of fresh air in an era where much of the music is over-produced. Shupe and his band take on an organic approach to performing that has built them quite a following through the country. Shupe, who has played violin his entire life, originally formed the band as an outlet for his songwriting, but it soon became bigger than anything he could have originally imagined.

"It's a musician's music, but it's also for people who want a good tune. That's kind of the beauty of our band, I think," says Shupe on the band's newest album. "If you're a musician, you like it because it has complex arrangements and things that are different than what's out there. We're pushing the boundaries a little bit, and doing a rock country hybrid with banjo and fiddle and stuff, but you're still getting the songs that you'd like to hear played on the radio. I think we are a great band live, yet also have solid songs people can relate to and enjoy."

Tickets are $24 for the main level and $20 for the upper level and can be purchased at the Stephens Performing Arts Center Box Office, open from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays during the school year.

Tickets can also be purchased over the phone at (208) 282-3595 or online at www.isu.edu/tickets.

More information on Ryan Shupe and the RubberBand is available at http://www.shupe.net.

The Office of Human Resources is once again offering a variety of workshops for faculty and staff, with many of them being offered via distance learning in Idaho Falls and Meridian

The Office of Human Resources is once again offering a variety of workshops for faculty and staff. Many of these workshops are offered distance learning for our sites in Idaho Falls and Meridian.

According to Gallup research, engaged employees are more productive, profitable, safer, create stronger customer relationships, and stay longer with their company than less engaged employees. The ability to participate in Professional Development is key to each employee's success. Motivated employees are more productive and they are more needed in our rapidly changing workplaces. Participation in one or more of the workshops can be helpful in motivation, productivity, and increased attendance in the workplace.

September
Customer Service** - September 15
FERPA - September 15
The Happiness Project (part 1) - September 20
Using Microsoft Excel - September 20
Problem Solving/Decision Making** - September 22
Respectful Workplace** - September 27
Creating Powerful Presentations - September 29

October
Customer Service - October 4
Managing Your Time Wisely** - October 6
Motivation Techniques - October 14
The Happiness Project (part 2) - October 18
Respectful Workplace - October 20
Managing Stress** - October 27

November
Mulitgenerational Communication - November1
Communication Skills: Spread the Word and Be Heard** - November 3
Identifying and Resolving Conflict** - November 10
Customer Service - November 11
The Happiness Project (part 3) - November 15
Respectful Workplace - November 18

December
Customer Service - December 2
Respectful Workplace - December 6

**Distance Learning Opportunity - There are 7 workshops available.

We are unable to offer distance learning to Twin Falls because of scheduling. We hope to be able to add Twin Falls in the spring. Check out the ISU Training calendar for more information on each workshop.

To schedule a session, or if you are unsure of whether you have attended the required trainings, contact Kristi at 282-2517 or email training@isu.edu. To check out the Human Resource Training calendar for more information (time, room, presenter, description) on each workshop, click calendar or visit HR Training.

Customer Service and Respectful Workplace workshops are required of all ISU staff and recommended for faculty. If you have attended in the past, you do NOT have to attend again.