News and Notes

A Newsletter for Faculty and Staff of Idaho State University

September 12, 2011 — Vol. 27 No. 36

Faculty/Staff Updates

Idaho State University assistant psychology professor Kathleen McCulloch is quoted in the Sept. 3 web edition of The Economist magazine in an article about her recent study dealing with goal satiation

Idaho State University assistant psychology professor Kathleen McCulloch is quoted in the Sept. 3 web edition of The Economist magazine in an article about her recent study dealing with goal satiation.

Here's the link to the article http://www.economist.com/whichmba/business-school-research-second-hand-satisfaction.

McCulloch, who collaborated with colleagues from Duke and McGill universities and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, found that people who view passively-such as watching an event from the sofa or sidelines-may satiate the urge to complete a similar goal. The study first appeared in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology.

Jennifer Eastman Attebery, Professor of English and Director of the Folklore Program, will present the 2011 O. Fritiof Ander Lecture in Immigration History at Augustana College in October

Jennifer Eastman Attebery, Professor of English and Director of the Folklore Program, will present the 2011 O. Fritiof Ander Lecture in Immigration History at Augustana College in October.

The title of her talk is "Blending Celebrations in the Rockies: How Midsummer Became American and Memorial Day, Fourth of July, and Pioneer Day Became Swedish."

Attebery has been awarded two Fulbright awards to Sweden. She has written extensively on Swedish-American history, with a special emphasis on Swedes in the West. Her 2007 book Up in the Rocky Mountains: Writing the Swedish Immigrant Experience focused on the experiences and letters written by Swedish immigrant in the Inter-Mountain West. She is currently interested in the ways in which different traditions, like midsummer, were transferred, transformed, and celebrated by Swedish-Americans.

The O. Fritiof Ander Lecture in Immigration History is presented annually by a prominent scholar in the field of immigration studies. It is named after Dr. O. Fritiof Ander, a leading immigration historian, who taught at Augustana College 1930-1968.

New ISU adjunct history professor James Francis, who is teaching "U.S. History for Teachers" this fall, was honored last May for "Outstanding Teaching in the Humanities" by the Idaho Humanities Council

New ISU adjunct history professor James Francis, who is teaching "U.S. History for Teachers" this fall, was honored last May for "Outstanding Teaching in the Humanities" by the Idaho Humanities Council.

Francis taught history in Idaho Falls for 34 years before retiring last year at Idaho Falls High School. For more on his award, visit http://www.idahohumanities.org/?p=news_item&id=354.

News Bites

'McLove ISU Night' Set Sept. 15; 'I Love ISU Night at Sonic' Set Sept. 19

Raising money for deserving Idaho State University students will be as easy as eating out as the ISU Love ISU campaign features "McLove ISU Night" on Thursday, Sept. 15, and "I Love ISU Night at Sonic" on Monday, Sept. 19, in Pocatello.

"Please support these restaurants who are supporting the 'I Love ISU' campaign so we can raise more funds for scholarships," said Tony Dickey, ISU director of annual giving. "They're donating proceeds from sales on these nights directly to ISU scholarships."

At both locations, 20 percent of the proceeds from sales during these events will go towards the I Love ISU Campaign.

At both events, "I Love ISU" leaders and volunteers will work the counters to help raise funds.

"We would be honored if you joined us for dinner at either of these locations," Dickey said. "You may see some familiar faces from Idaho State University working behind the counters."

For additional information on "I Love ISU" contact Tony Dickey at 208-282-2994 or tdickey@isu.edu, or visit www.isu.edu/foundation/iloveisu/.

The Idaho State University "A Season of Note" Roger Williams Concert scheduled for Oct. 1 has been canceled due to the performer's illness

The Idaho State University "A Season of Note" Roger Williams Concert scheduled for Oct. 1 has been canceled due to the performer's illness.

Williams, an internationally acclaimed pianist and one of Idaho State University's most famous alums, is undergoing treatment for pancreatic cancer.

"Roger Williams has touched literally millions of lives through his incredible musical talents," said ISU President Arthur C. Vailas. "As I spoke with him on the telephone today, he asked me to share his affection and regard to all of his fans from this area and alumni and friends of his dear alma mater, Idaho State University. Roger is a treasure and we are honored to have him as a friend and an alumnus. I hope we will pack the Jensen Grand Concert Hall as we honor this incredible performer."

The Steve Eaton Group, with guest performer Mike Sanders, will perform a tribute concert to Roger Williams on Oct. 1. A portion of the proceeds from the Eaton concert will go to the ISU Roger Williams Scholarship Fund. The concert will be performed at 7:30 p.m. in the Joseph C. and Cheryl H. Jensen Concert Hall in the L.E. and Thelma E. Stephens Performing Arts Center. Prices for the Eaton and Sanders concert are $20 for the main level, $15 for the upper level for the public and $10 for ISU students.

Refunds for "A Season of Note" season-ticket holders for the canceled Roger Williams concert are available by calling ISU Box Office Manager Paula Corbin at (208) 282-4093.

Tickets for the Eaton and Sanders concert 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, online at www.isu.edu/tickets or at Vickers Stores in Idaho Falls and Pocatello.

When ISU students want to be a part of the university conversation, they can turn to "ASISU Speaks," KISU-FM's live, monthly news-talk program

When ISU students want to be a part of the university conversation, they can turn to "ASISU Speaks," KISU-FM's live, monthly news-talk program.

Host Benjamin Harker said he will lead a productive exchange of ideas and opinions on the issues that dominate the minds of the students and the university.

From breaking news, pressing issues, university entertainment and the arts, "ASISU Speaks" offers listeners the opportunity to join discussions with student decision-makers, academics and individuals involved at Idaho State University.

For one hour at 7 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month, "ASISU Speaks" listeners can weigh-in, share their thoughts and ask questions by calling, e-mailing and messaging through social media.

As the primary route of advocacy for the students of Idaho State University, the Associated Students of Idaho State University (ASISU) is committed to providing effective student participation and representation in all areas of student affairs, Harker said. ASISU plays an integral role in promoting the improvement of educational programs, co-curricular activities, and services, to advance the common interests and concerns of the student body.

"ASISU Speaks" debuts Tuesday, Sept. 13 at 7 p.m. on KISU-FM 91.1. For local airtimes and more information, please visit www.isu.edu/kisufm.

Nuclear reactor engineers from around the globe are gathering in Idaho Falls Sept. 12-15 for the National Organization of Test, Research, and Training Reactors annual meeting hosted by Idaho State University and the Idaho National Laboratory

Nuclear reactor engineers from around the globe are gathering Sept. 12-15 for the National Organization of Test, Research, and Training Reactors annual meeting hosted by Idaho State University and the Idaho National Laboratory at the Shilo Inn in Idaho Falls.

The theme of the TRTR conference is "Using Today's Reactors for Tomorrow's Renaissance" and it will run from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 13-14. On Sept. 15 there will be a tour of the INL from 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. On Monday, Sept. 12, there are Standards Committee and Executive Committee meetings.

"The reason ISU is promoting this meeting it to bring focus to the outstanding major nuclear energy laboratory that resides in the East Idaho and to acknowledge the cooperative roles played between ISU and the INL," said Jay Kunze, chair of nuclear engineering and health physics at ISU.

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission is convening two public meetings at the TRTR conference, one on instrumentation and control, the other one on the nuclear licensing process. Eric Loewen, president of the American Nuclear Society, is the main speaker at the annual meeting's concluding banquet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 14, at the Shilo Inn.

"We will be hosting more than 140 people from around the world who work on university and research reactors," said Karen Leibert, conference organizer and program coordinator for the Nuclear Science and Engineering Institute of University Programs at ISU-Idaho Falls. "Idaho State University and the Idaho National Laboratory are partnering to bring this meeting to Southeast Idaho."

The National Organization of Test, Research, and Training Reactors (TRTR) represents research and test reactor facilities across the nation from government, major universities, national laboratories and industry. TRTR's primary mission is education, fundamental and applied research, application of technology in areas of national concern, and improving U.S. technological competitiveness around the world. TRTR membership includes managers and directors of research reactors, educators, administrators, regulators, research scientists and engineers.

The organization regularly holds an annual conference, hosted by a member institution, to discuss current technical and regulatory issues, advances in research and education, operating experience, and development of new applications in medicine, materials, health and safety, information technology, and environmental sciences, among others. TRTR provides expert technical assistance to member institutions and others through peer reviews, audits, and assessments.

Idaho State University's Institute of Rural Health is accepting pre-registration for a free suicide prevention training in Pocatello from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 11

Idaho State University's Institute of Rural Health is accepting pre-registration for a free suicide prevention training in Pocatello from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 11.

This training is designed to provide the latest scientific information on the warning signs, risk and protective factors for suicide and mental illness, along with practical guidance on how to identify youth at risk for suicide. Information will assist parents, professionals, community leaders, parents, advocates and all those who care for children and youth.

This training will be held in the Wood River Room of the ISU Pond Student Union, 797 East Humbolt Street.

Continuing Education Credit is offered to social workers, nurses and licensed counselors who attend the entire six-hour training. The course has also been approved for POST credit for those working in law enforcement. Others who attend will receive certificates of completion. Parents, grandparents and community advocates are encouraged to attend.

This training is free and open to the community, but seating is limited. Pre-registration is required. To register online, go to http://isu.edu/irh/. Email pre-registration to preventsuicide@isu.edu or phone Kristi Beck at (209) 282-4436.

Suicide is the second leading cause of death for Idaho youth aged 15-34. According to the Suicide Prevention Action Network in Idaho, in 2007 Idaho had the 11th highest suicide rate in the nation, 28% higher than the national average. In 2008, there were more deaths due to suicide in Idaho than any other year is recent history (251 deaths). That increased further in 2009 when 307 Idahoans died by suicide, according to the ISU Institute of Rural Health.

Anyone ages 50 to 85 who wishes to join the innovative New Horizons Music program in Pocatello are invited to attend an organizational and informational Sept. 14

Anyone, ages 50 to 85 who wishes to join the innovative New Horizons Music program in Pocatello are invited to attend an organizational and informational meeting at 3:30 p.m. Sept. 14 at the Idaho State University Continuing Education Building at 1001 North 7th Avenue.

This program is being offered through ISU Continuing Education's New Knowledge Adventures program.

New Horizons Music is an innovative program that teaches beginning musicians older than 50. New Horizons Bands are made up of seniors, many of whom are new to playing a musical instrument.

New Horizons Music is an organization that was started in 1991 by Roy Ernest at the Eastman School of Music in New York. It has now grown to more than 180 chapters in the United States. In Bend, Ore., a New Horizons Music group that began in 2003 with 13 members has grown to more than 70 players and practices twice weekly.

For more information, contact John Meiners, 852-6789.

Idaho State University undergraduate and graduate students can enter a contest to create the design for this year's ISU holiday card

Idaho State University undergraduate and graduate students can enter a contest to create the design for this year's ISU holiday card.

The contest winner will receive a $1,000 cash prize, the runner up a $500 cash prize. The winning entry will appear on the University holiday card, which is sent to thousands of University family members and supporters.

The deadline for entries is 5 p.m. Oct. 10 and the winning selection will be announced by Oct. 14. Entrants should try to capture the spirit and beauty of the holiday season, while thematically incorporating ISU.

Contest rules are:

All entries must be turned in to the President's Office by 5 p.m. on Oct. 10. No entries will be accepted after that time. All entries, except the winning entry, can be picked up in the President's Office between Oct. 14 and Oct. 21. ISU will not be responsible for entries not picked up by Oct. 21.

For more information, contact the ISU President's Office at (208) 282-4798, or e-mail johnally@isu.edu with any questions.