News and Notes

A Newsletter for Faculty and Staff of Idaho State University

October 17, 2011 — Vol. 27 No. 41

Faculty/Staff Updates

Idaho State University's Brenda Jacobsen has received the Idaho Business Education Association Educators Outstanding Business Educator of the year award and the Outstanding Career and Technical Student Organization Advisor of the Year Award

Idaho State University's Brenda Jacobsen has received the Idaho Business Education Association Educators Outstanding Business Educator of the year award and the Outstanding Career and Technical Student Organization Advisor of the Year Award.

Jacobsen is an associate lecturer in the ISU College of Education's Department of Educational Foundations. She was honored during the Idaho Business Education Association state conference held recently in Coeur d'Alene.

Conference attendees from throughout the Idaho were in attendance to learn about new technology and to discuss the depth of opportunities business education offers in the further integration of essential skills in the classroom.

The ISU Business Education program and Business Professionals of America at Idaho State University have a strong and impressive presence and reputation at both the state of Idaho and national levels.

"Students in the program work hard and they know what it means to be a great educator who integrates 21st-century skills into their curriculum," said Jacobsen.

Dan Armstrong, a former ISU business education student and fourth-year teacher at Lake City High School in Coeur d'Alene, hosted the ceremony and presented Jacobsen with the awards.

"What sets Dr. Jacobsen apart from other advisers is her passion and excitement for BPA and her untiring desire to help students grow personally and professionally," said Anna Aldous. "She is the most exceptional adviser I have ever met, not only for her enthusiasm about business education and BPA but also because she can instill that excitement in others."

Kayla Bailey, current national officer and member of the ISU Chapter of BPA, said "Dr. Jacobsen is an inspiring role model. As an educator, I know her greatest sense of accomplishment is when her students succeed."

"I am honored to be recognized by my colleagues as an Outstanding Business Educator, but it touches me the most that former and current students nominated me for the Advisor of the Year," Jacobsen said. "I love my job and I can't imagine doing anything else that is more rewarding."

Jacobsen has been involved in teaching and advising business education candidates in the ISU College of Education for 10 years. She has been involved as the advisor of Business Professionals of America (BPA) chapter and works with state and national leaders to further Business Education in High Schools, Community Colleges and Universities.

For more information about BPA or the secondary teaching major in business education, contact Jacobsen at (208) 282-4967 or at jacobren@isu.edu.

News Bites

The Idaho State University Society of Physics Students will host a Punk'n Chuck and Egg Launch competition on Saturday, Oct. 22, from 2 to 4:30 p.m. at the Idaho Accelerator Center Airport Facility

The Idaho State University Society of Physics Students will host a Punk'n Chuck and Egg Launch competition on Saturday, Oct. 22, from 2 to 4:30 p.m. at the Idaho Accelerator Center Airport Facility.

The facility is located on West Fortress Road, just south of the Pocatello Airport, and north of I-86, just a few hundred yards northwest of Exit 56.

Teams from elementary through high school from Pocatello, Blackfoot, Sun Valley and Idaho Falls, as well as teams from BYU-Idaho and Idaho State University will compete for trophies and bragging rights using the catapults they have built.

Elementary and middle school teams will fling eggs, and high school and university teams will fling pumpkins. Spectators are welcome.

For more information, contact Steve Shropshire at 282-2212 or shropshi@physics.isu.edu.

The ADA & Disabilities Resource Center has been renovated over the summer

The ADA & Disabilities Resource Center has been renovated over the summer. We are proud to announce several changes to the center. First, the ADA Center has changed their name to Disability Services. The name change will better reflect the services they offer to the campus community. Second, Disability Services has relocated to a more central space in Rendezvous room 125. The office and testing center are open during normal business hours. Finally, Disability Services is under new management. Todd DeVries has taken on the position of director of Disability Services while Robert Wood is the assistant director. Improvements to the facility include new computers and testing carrels in the Testing Room as well as improvements to the Assistive Technology Lab on the third floor of the Rendezvous building. Please drop by and say hi when you get a chance.

For further questions or comments please call ext. 3599.

The Idaho Medical Group Management Association has awarded its 2011 Community Health Award to the Idaho State University Meridian Health Science Center for innovations to improve the health of Idahoans

The Idaho Medical Group Management Association has awarded its 2011 Community Health Award to the Idaho State University Meridian Health Science Center for innovations to improve the health of Idahoans.

Academic Dean Bessie Katsilometes accepted the award Sept. 15 during the IMGMA's annual conference in Boise.

ISU-Meridian was honored for its wide variety of health professions programs offered in the Treasure Valley, clinics, and community health screenings that provide care for underserved populations, according to IMGMA spokeswoman Brett La Peter.

This fall marks the second year ISU-Meridian has partnered with Ada County, Central District Health and the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare to provide free flu shots, hepatitis vaccinations, basic physical examinations, hearing and depression screenings, and dental evaluations for indigent and uninsured citizens. The screenings are conducted by ISU-Meridian faculty and student clinicians.

"The goal of our screening visits is to identify health-related problems early and to help individuals access appropriate care. Early detection of disease can help prevent future catastrophes," said Dr. Glenda Carr, a clinical assistant pharmacy professor. "In addition, these screenings are a valuable educational experience for all of our students at ISU-Meridian."

Past recipients of the Community Health Award include St. Luke's Medical Center, the Pocatello Free Clinic, the Saint Alphonsus Parish Health Ministry and Snake River Community Clinic.

The IMGMA is a professional association of administration and managers from a variety of medical practices and facilities throughout Idaho. The Idaho association is affiliated with the national Medical Group Management Association, which is dedicated to the management of medical practices.

ISU-Meridian offers more than 20 graduate and undergraduate programs in the health professions and health sciences, including pharmacy, accelerated nursing, counseling, speech language pathology and physician assistant studies.

The center also houses three clinics-Speech and Language, Counseling and the Delta Dental of Idaho Dental Residency Clinic at Idaho State University.

The ISU Armed Forces Veterans' Club- Pocatello will be offering two courses on Winter Survival on Tuesday, Oct. 18

The ISU Armed Forces Veterans' Club- Pocatello will be offering two courses on Winter Survival on Tuesday, Oct. 18, from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. and again from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the ISU Veterans' Sanctuary Tutoring Area, on the third floor of the Pond Student Union.

The Winter Survival Course, being instructed by four ISU student veterans, will offer tips and training on how to winterize homes and vehicles, as well as what to do when stranded outdoors.

The event is open to all students, faculty, staff and the general public. Refreshments will be provided. For more information, please contact Mike Crall by e-mail cralmich@isu.edu or by phone at (208) 520-1820.

Purchase Card History report available in Argos that can be used to look up information about P-card purchases that have charged to the Banner indexes

Finance and Administration would like to announce that there is a Purchase Card History report available in Argos that can be used to look up information about P-card purchases that have charged to the Banner indexes. The report is in the Finance Campus Wide Reports folder, and is called the P-Card History Lookup QuickView. Since many of you are already familiar with Argos we are offering two methods of instruction on how to access and use this report.

The first method is detailed instructions written by John MacLerran from IT Services. These instructions consists of general instructions on how to find and open the reporting tool, and a set of instructions on how to access the information based on your "role" within the P-card system at ISU.

Access to the information is available based upon your "role." For example a cardholder will only be able to see their purchases and an Account Director only purchases that have been charged to an index that he/she is responsible for. Please read the general instructions first as they will explain the "roles" within the system. The instructions can be found at http://www.isu.edu/finserv/P-cardArgos.shtml. They are also listed on the Finance and Purchasing tabs in Bengal Web and on the Finance & Administration web site. For those of you who do not have the Finance or Purchasing tab in BengalWeb, the Finance Information and Purchase Card channel can usually be found on the Employee tab in BengalWeb.

The second method of instruction is workshops for individuals interested in hands-on instruction. Instead of prescheduling these workshops we will schedule them based on your need. If you are interested in attending hands-on training please send an e-mail to either Diane MacLerran at macldian@isu.edu or Ann Merkley at markmarg@isu.edu letting us know the best days of the week for you and whether mornings or afternoons are preferred. Once we have a listing of at least 20 people we will schedule the workshops. If less than 20 people want to attend we will schedule individual or small group training in your offices.

The Research Office and Academic Affairs Office are sponsoring a Research Forum on Nov. 10

ISU faculty members conduct a wide variety of research. The Research Office and Academic Affairs Office are sponsoring a Research Forum on Nov 10 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. in the Rendezvous Suites ABC and in the Meridian building in the hall by the Institute of Rural Health with the goal of giving faculty a time to share their research with the ISU campus. Faculty research displayed in Meridian will also be displayed in Pocatello, and vice versa.

We hope this will be an opportunity to learn what research is going on at ISU, to find a collaborator for a project, to learn how someone solved a problem you might be experiencing.

For the second year, the Idaho State University-Meridian Health Science Center, Ada County, Central District Health, and the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare have partnered to bring free community health screenings to low-income Ada County residents

Uninsured and unable to afford medical care?

For the second year, the Idaho State University-Meridian Health Science Center, Ada County, Central District Health, and the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare have partnered to bring free community health screenings to low-income Ada County residents.

Faculty and students from the Meridian Health Science Center will conduct the screenings Wednesday, Oct. 19, 4-7 p.m., at Pioneer Neighborhood Community House, 500 S. Ash St., in Boise.

The program, which sprang from an Ada County initiative to find ways to help save taxpayer dollars spent on indigent health care costs, provides free hepatitis vaccines, basic physical exams, dental evaluations, hearing and depression screenings, on-site testing for blood sugar levels and HIV, and a variety of health education information.

"Providing health care to low-income and uninsured individuals is extremely costly to taxpayers at both the county and state levels, particularly when the care is provided through local hospital emergency rooms," said Ada County Commissioner Sharon Ullman.

"We hope to keep costs in check by providing free screenings that promote preventive care and personal responsibility for one's own health. We are now also providing follow-up assistance through the Garden City Community Clinic to ensure that screening patients are able to get the care they need before their health issues become critical and significantly more costly for taxpayers," said Ullman.

The free screenings are intended for low-income adults with no insurance or limited access to preventive health care. The full screening process will take about an hour. In addition to conducting the screenings, ISU-Meridian faculty and students will provide disease prevention, dental, nutritional and diabetes education.

Idaho State University Women's Basketball team invites everyone to an all-you-can-eat Dungenous crab feed Nov. 1

Idaho State University Women's Basketball team invites everyone to an all-you-can-eat Dungenous crab feed Nov. 1 at 6 p.m. in the Pond Student Union ballroom.

The feast includes salad from Buddy's restaurant, beverages and a no-host bar.

Tickets are $35. For more information, contact Ashley Elliott at ext. 3623. Proceeds from the event benefit the women's basketball program.

The Idaho State University Symphonic Band will be joined by the Century High School Concert Band in a special performance Friday, Oct. 21

The Idaho State University Symphonic Band will be joined by the Century High School Concert Band in a special performance at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21, in the Jensen Grand Concert Hall of the ISU Stephens Performing Arts Center.

Colin Brien has directed of the Century High School Band program for the past three years. Brien is a 2004 graduate of Idaho State, and has composed and published a number of works for concert band.

The ISU Symphonic Band will present of varied program ranging from traditional marches, to music based on 19th-century American church hymns, to more modern music that depicts events in nature.

Soloist for this concert will be Ulises Ramirez, trumpet, performing the exciting "Concert Etude, Op. 49," by Russian composer Alexander Goedicke. Originally from Rigby, Ramirez is in his third year as a music performance major at Idaho State.

The Symphonic Band is under the direction of Patrick Brooks, ISU director of bands.

Ticket prices for ISU Bands concerts are as follows: $8 adults, $6 ISU faculty and staff, $4 pre-college students, and free to ISU students. Children under the age of 6 will not be admitted into concerts.

For more information on this concert or about the ISU Bands, call Brooks at 208-282-3147.