News and Notes

A Newsletter for Faculty and Staff of Idaho State University

October 3, 2011 — Vol. 27 No. 39

Faculty/Staff Updates

Idaho State University has appointed R. Scott Rasmussen interim dean of the ISU College of Technology

Idaho State University has appointed R. Scott Rasmussen interim dean of the ISU College of Technology.

Rasmussen had been executive director of the Energy Systems Technology and Education Center (ESTEC) in the College of Technology for the past four years. Prior to this position, he served as department chair of the Electronics Department for 10 years.

In 2007, Rasmussen was instrumental in the creation of ESTEC with successful grant proposals to the National Science Foundation and the Department of Labor totaling over $2.6 million. Under his direction, ESTEC has grown from three original programs to six, with the most recent being Nuclear Operations Technology. ESTEC places sought-after graduates with energy companies and other manufacturing firms across the country.

Rasmussen's employment with ISU began as an instructor in the Electronic Systems Technology program where he taught radio frequency principles for eight years. He received the Outstanding Professor of Industrial Technology award by the National Association of Industrial Technology (NAIT), where he served as chair over membership in the Electrical, Electronics, and Computer Technology Division for several years.

Prior to joining the ISU faculty, Rasmussen was employed by Union Pacific Railroad in the communications department, with responsibilities for systems maintenance and trouble shooting of a wide variety of analog and digital radio frequency systems.

He holds an Associated of Applied Science degree from the Electronics Systems Technology program at the College of Technology at ISU; a Bachelor of Science degree from ISU with a dual major in vocational-technical education and corporate training; and a Masters of Education degree from ISU. He completed his thesis on the "Comparative Analysis of the Effectiveness of Electronics Troubleshooting Curriculum in Laboratory-based versus Theoretical Presentations." While seeking his master's degree, he was named College of Education Student of the Year.

Rasmussen and his wife, Pat, are the parents of six children and 10 grandchildren.

Idaho State University Division of Health Sciences Assistant Dean Linda Rankin received the Vegetarian Nutrition Dietetic Practice Group's (VN DPG) Award of Excellence in Service and Leadership on Sept. 26

Idaho State University Division of Health Sciences Assistant Dean Linda Rankin received the Vegetarian Nutrition Dietetic Practice Group's (VN DPG) Award of Excellence in Service and Leadership on Sept. 26.

It is the highest award given by the 1,300-member vegetarian practice group of the American Dietetic Association (ADA).

The award was given as part of the American Dietetic Association Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo, held in San Diego. from Sept. 24 through Sept. 27.

The Award of Excellence in Service and Leadership is given to an individual who demonstrates both service and leadership within the VN DPG as well as a continuing contribution towards the promotion of vegetarian nutrition. According to its website, "The mission of the Vegetarian Nutrition Dietetics Practice Group of the American Dietetic Association is to serve as the leading authority on evidence-based vegetarian nutrition for health professionals and the public."

Rankin has held a variety of offices in the VN DPG over the past 15 years including state coordinator, student membership coordinator, treasurer and chair.

In addition to her responsibilities as Assistant Dean, Rankin is a professor of health and nutrition. She has been a faculty member at ISU since 1991. One of the courses she regularly teaches is titled "Plant-Based Eating."

For more information, contact Rankin at 282-3054 or the VN DPG at http://www.vndpg.org/contact.php.

Idaho State University assistant professor, D.J. Williams, of Sociology, Social Work and Criminal Justice was recently published in two academic books

Idaho State University assistant professor, D.J. Williams, of Sociology, Social Work and Criminal Justice was recently published in two academic books featuring a new chapter in "Beyond Binaries in Education Research" and "Critical Essays in Applied Sport Psychology".

The first chapter, "Beyond educator-practitioner binaries: Overcoming barriers to cooperation using professional cultural axes", appears in "Beyond Binaries in Education Research" which was authored by former doctoral student, Todd Hartle, and co-authored by professor of biology, Dr. Rosemary Smith. The chapter is based on a grant held by Smith.

Williams' second chapter, co-authored with Billy Strean (of the University of Alberta) is titled "Playful Deviance" and appears in "Critical Essays in Applied Sports Psychology." Critical Essays is a collection of papers authored by internationally recognized scholars with the purpose of interrogating and challenging the traditions and current state of the field of applied sport psychology.

For more information visit http://books.google.com/books/about/Beyond_Binaries_in_Education_Research.html?id=GljZSAAACAAJ and http://www.abbeys.com.au/book/critical-essays-in-applied-sport-psychology.do.

News Bites

The Cities of Pocatello and Chubbuck, Idaho State University, The Greater Pocatello Chamber of Commerce Military Affairs Committee and Idaho ARMY National Guard invites you to help celebrate the homecoming of the 116th National Guard Unit on Oct. 8 at Idaho State University

The Cities of Pocatello and Chubbuck, Idaho State University, The Greater Pocatello Chamber of Commerce Military Affairs Committee and Idaho ARMY National Guard invites you to help celebrate the homecoming of the 116th National Guard Unit on Oct. 8 at Idaho State University.

These soldiers have recently returned after honorably serving our country in Iraq.

The returning soldiers and their families are invited to attend events at ISU facilities at Reed Gymnasium and the Pond Student Union Games Center will be open to members of the National Guard and their families from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Then, from 1 p.m. to 3:15 p.m., a tailgate party will be held at Holt Arena. The tailgate party will include live music from The Kyd J Band, free food will also be provided. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet with the businesses and Veterans Service Organizations that have supported them over the last year during their challenging deployment period.

Following the tailgate party all members of the National Guard and their families will be invited to attend the ISU Bengals versus Montana Grizzlies football game. The soldiers will receive well-deserved recognition on the field during the pregame show and there will be a flag ceremony during which national and state flags flown over Iraq by the 116th will be presented to ISU.

For sponsorship opportunities, or more information about this event, contact Jennifer Bowen, Greater Pocatello Chamber of Commerce Military Affairs Committee at jbowen@pocatelloidaho.com or 208-233-1525. Members of the National Guard or their families may contact Hiedi Young at hiedi.young@id.ngb.army.mil or 208-604-0400.

Interested in becoming a pharmacist, physician assistant or nurse? A medical lab scientist, paramedic or speech-language pathologist?

Interested in becoming a pharmacist, physician assistant or nurse? A medical lab scientist, paramedic or speech-language pathologist?

Learn about some of the hottest fields at the sixth annual Idaho State University Health Science Experience Night, Thursday, Oct. 13, 5 to 7:30 p.m., at the Meridian Health Science Center, 1311 E. Central Drive. Jobs in the health sector will be in high demand through 2016, according to the Idaho Department of Labor.

High school and college transfer students will have the opportunity to explore nearly two dozen careers in the health professions and sciences, visit with professors and clinical faculty, and enter to win an Apple iPad customized with a Bengal Pride skin. Winning the iPad is contingent upon attending ISU.

"The health fields are becoming more technology based and ISU wants to help students stay ahead of the curve in their education," said Ali Crane, ISU-Meridian enrollment services director.

Health Science Experience Night attendees will also get hands-on experience in human patient simulation-the use of high-tech mannequins to duplicate medical scenarios in the real world.

For more information about Health Science Experience Night, call 373-1702 or visit www.isu.edu/meridian.

Also that evening, ISU-Meridian pharmacy students, in observance of American Pharmacists Month, will host their annual Pharmacy Open House and chili cook-off in the L.S. Skaggs Pharmacy Complex. The meal costs $5 for all the chili and dessert you can eat.

Students will conduct free blood pressure checks; provide education about diabetes, heart health, prescription drug abuse and poison prevention; host a children's pharmacy compounding activity; and administer flu shots. The first 40 vaccinations are free. After that, the cost is $27.99.

For more information about the Pharmacy Open House, call 208-447-6916 or email Christie Caplinger at caplchri@pharmacy.isu.edu.

Prospective student referrals are one of the greatest gifts you can make to Idaho State University

Prospective student referrals are one of the greatest gifts you can make to Idaho State University. Recruitment Services is currently asking the campus community to provide us the names of high school students you would like us to reach out to and actively recruit. Specifically, we are seeking the names and contact information of students who you feel will thrive here at Idaho State University. Through this recommendation process, you can play an important role in shaping the future of our student body. To recommend a student please send an email to isuamb@isu.edu by Friday, Oct. 7 at 5 p.m.

In the email please include the following information:
Prospective Student's Name*:
Mailing Address*:
Phone Number*:
Email:
Current School:
Class Standing:
Your Relationship to Prospective Student:

* Indicates Required Field

Idaho State University's signature fall recruitment events, Future Student Nights, are open to all high school students and their parents and offer the perfect opportunity to learn more about the University

Idaho State University's signature fall recruitment events, Future Student Nights, are open to all high school students and their parents and offer the perfect opportunity to learn more about Idaho State University. Students who attend will have the opportunity to talk with representatives from all of ISU's colleges: College of Arts & Letters, College of Business, College of Science & Engineering, College of Technology, and the Division of Health Sciences. At these open house-style events prospective students and their families can meet with academic advisors, faculty members, and administrators about academic programs, admissions, student life, scholarships, housing, and more. Plus, they will have a chance to hear what today's Idaho State University students are saying about life on campus. Admission is free, and includes hors d'oeuvres and door prizes. For more information, contact Recruitment Services at (208) 282-2122.

Events are scheduled as follows: Nov. 2 Boise, Nov. 15 Pocatello, Nov. 16 Idaho Falls, and Nov.17 Twin Falls; each event runs from 6 to 8 p.m.

The Idaho State University International Student Association would like to invite the whole community to experience the culture of the world at ISU International Night 2011 from 6 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 15, in the Pond Student Union Ballroom

The Idaho State University International Student Association would like to invite the whole community to experience the culture of the world at ISU International Night 2011 from 6 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 15, in the Pond Student Union Ballroom.

The theme this year is "Around the World in Two Hours" featuring specialty dishes from a variety of countries, including Thailand, Mexico, China and many more.

The evening will also feature many performances such as a South African dance, Japanese drums, Chinese musical band and more. In addition, the traditional flag show and fashion show will be combined this year, showcasing the various traditional clothing and customs of many countries.

The cost to attend is $7 for students, $8 for faculty and staff, and $9 for the public. There is an additional $1 charge if tickets are purchased at the door. Tickets can be purchased in the Pond Student Union and the Rendezvous Complex from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays.

For more information, please contact Hao Pham at (208) 406-9593, phamhao@isu.edu or Shawn Bascom at (208) 282-2941, bascshaw@isu.edu.

The Idaho State University Division of Continuing Education and instructors from the Institute of Reading Development will offer reading skills and speed reading programs for children and adults beginning Nov. 5

The Idaho State University Division of Continuing Education and instructors from the Institute of Reading Development will offer reading skills and speed reading programs for children and adults beginning Nov. 5 in Pocatello, Idaho Falls and several locations in the Treasure Valley, including Boise, Caldwell, Meridian and Nampa.

Classes will be held weekly on Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays.

Pocatello classes will be held at the ISU Continuing Education Building located at 1001 N. Seventh Ave.

Idaho Falls classes will be held at Idaho Falls High School located at 601 S. Holmes Ave.

Boise classes will be held at the Boise Senior Center located at 690 Robbins Road; Caldwell classes will be held at The College of Idaho located at 2112 Cleveland Blvd.;

Meridian classes will be held at the University of Phoenix located at 1422 South Tech Lane; and Nampa classes will be held at the Northwest Nazarene University located at 623 Holly St.

Each session lasts approximately two hours. Programs will be offered based on age groups over the course of five weeks. The courses include:

Three programs for preschool through second-graders: These programs are designed to help students make significant gains in phonics, sight vocabulary, fluency and comprehension. The program goals are to help children become strong, independent readers, build confidence, and become more successful in school.

Two programs for third through fifth-graders: These programs are designed to help students learn to read more fluently and rapidly and make significant gains in comprehension. The program goals are to help children become fully absorbed in their reading, enable them to read longer, more advanced books with ease, complete reading assignments more quickly and easily, be more successful in school and become strong, enthusiastic readers.

Two programs for sixth through 11th-graders: These programs are designed to help students make substantial gains in comprehension while doubling their reading speed. The program goals include helping students learn the best way to read textbooks, take notes, study for tests, complete homework assignments quickly and easily, get better grades and become more motivated.

For adults, college students and high school seniors: This program is designed to help adults learn to read difficult material, such as academic and professional journals or college textbooks, twice as fast. In easier reading, such as novels, newspapers and most business and school materials, the goal is help adults learn to read three times faster.

Faculty or staff at Idaho State University may enroll immediate family members for a discounted price of $239. A separate scholarship program designed to reach students who do not have the financial resources to participate in the program is also available.

Tuition and materials fees vary by program level. For more information or to register call 1-800-451-1263 Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-8 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.-7 p.m. and Saturday 8 a.m.-2 p.m. or visit http://www.isu.edu/conteduc/reading/.

The 24th annual Idaho Conference on Health Care and fourth annual Thomas Geriatric Health Symposium is set for Oct. 21

The 24th annual Idaho Conference on Health Care and fourth annual Thomas Geriatric Health Symposium will run from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Oct. 21 in the Pond Student Union Ballroom and be available at ISU-Meridian via ISU's distance learning.

The conference's main sponsor is the Idaho State University Division of Health Sciences. Registration for the conference is required by Oct. 14. CEUs and continuing education credit are available and there will be sponsor booths.

The event features four presentations:

"We are fortunate to have an anonymous donor who understands the importance of educating health professionals about aging issues. Though his generosity, ISU can bring nationally recognized experts in geriatric issues to this annual conference," says Ann Swanson, one of the conference organizers.

Conference information, including registration forms and complete speaker/presentation information, can be found at http://www.isu.edu/healthsciences/hlthconf/ or by contacting Continuing Education at (208) 282-3155 or extendedlearning@isu.edu.

The Idaho State University Chapter of Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Society, will present the Science Cafe "Merits and Challenges of Online Education" by a panel of students and educators at 5 p.m. on Oct. 5

The Idaho State University Chapter of Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Society, will present the Science Cafe "Merits and Challenges of Online Education" by a panel of students and educators at 5 p.m. on Oct. 5.

The Science Cafe will be held in the upstairs loft of the Portneuf Valley Brewing, located at 615 S. First Ave. in Pocatello.

Science Cafe is an event where, for the price of a beverage at Portneuf Valley Brewing, anyone can come to explore current topics in science and technology. The panel discussions welcome comments and questions from the audience.

For more information contact Alok Bhushan at sigmaxi152@gmail.com or abhushan@pharmacy.isu.edu.

Federal appeals judge N. Randy Smith, Judge of the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and ISU adjunct faculty member, will speak on "Judicial Independence" at 7 p.m. Oct. 5 at the Idaho State University Bistline Theatre in the Stephens Performing Arts Center

Federal appeals judge N. Randy Smith, Judge of the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and ISU adjunct faculty member, will speak on "Judicial Independence" at 7 p.m. Oct. 5 at the Idaho State University Bistline Theatre in the Stephens Performing Arts Center.

Smith's talk is the seventh annual Intellectual Freedom Lecture sponsored by the Friends of the Eli M. Oboler Library at Idaho State University.

Smith's lecture is free. A reception will be held for him at 6 p.m. and the cost of attending it is $20 per ticket. Please contact the ISU Library Circulation Desk, 850 S. 9th Ave., Pocatello, or call 208-282-2997 for your free ticket to the lecture.

After being nominated by U.S. President George W. Bush in 2007, Smith joined the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in San Francisco on March 19, 2007.

From 1977 to 1981 Smith was an associate general counsel for J.R. Simplot Company, and he served as an adjunct professor at Boise State University from 1979 to 1981.

Smith entered private practice in Idaho from 1982 to 1995, before starting his judicial career as a District Judge, in Idaho's Sixth Judicial District until 2007. Since 1984, Smith has served as an adjunct professor at ISU.

He earned his bachelor's degree from Brigham Young University in 1974 and his law degree from the BYU J. Reuben Clark School of Law in 1974.

For more information on the event or to purchase tickets for the reception, contact Sue Roth, administrative assistant to the ISU dean of Eli M. Oboler Library, at 208-282-2997 or rothsusa@isu.edu.