News and Notes

A Newsletter for Faculty and Staff of Idaho State University

November 21, 2011 — Vol. 27 No. 46

Faculty/Staff Updates

We have just awarded our newest ISU Cares winners for the month "Spot" award

We have just awarded our newest ISU Cares winners for the month "Spot" award. They were commended with either an online or paper ISU Cares survey. To commend an Idaho State University employee for their customer service, click survey.

Lundy Facer, Administrative Assistant II
Department: School Psychology, Literacy, & Special Education, College of Education

Cassandra Frandsen, Instructor
Department: Success Center, College of Technology

Linda Sward, Coordinator/Receptionist
Department: Dental Hygiene

Suzanne Peck, Administrative Assistant II
Department: Early College Program, College of Education

Rebecca Thorne-Ferrell, Education Curator
Department: Idaho Museum of Natural History

Pam Christensen, Office Specialist II
Department: Biological Sciences, College of Science & Engineering

News Bites

The Department of Educational Foundations in the College of Education recently was awarded more than $97,500 in scholarship grant funding for academic year 2011 - 2012

The Idaho State University Department of Educational Foundations in the College of Education recently was awarded more than $97,500 in scholarship grant funding for academic year 2011 - 2012.

Those funds benefit ISU College of Education undergraduate teacher education students seeking to work in Idaho school districts in fields such as bilingual education, English, and English as a Second Language (ESL).

The program's main goal as part of the Idaho State Board of Education's Grow Your Own (GYO) Scholarship seeks to increase the number of bilingual or ESL teachers specific to Southeast Idaho. Since its inception approximately 200 students have participated in the scholarship program as members of ISU College of Education undergraduate programs in Pocatello, Idaho Falls and Twin Falls.

"GYO has helped lift the financial burden of student loans while providing opportunities for me to get real world experiences," said Jon Storey, one of the recipients of GYO scholarship.

Another recipient, Mattias Gonzales, who is working on his secondary education with an ESL minor, expressed his gratitude saying, "I can't be anything but enthused and happy to receive the GYO (Grow Your Own) scholarship."

A current trend includes a diverse range of GYO students with differing Spanish/English-speaking backgrounds. The diversity the participants bring provides new ways and means to meet the diverse needs of our growing English Learner population.

The scholarship program is seeking applicants for fall 2012 with the screening of applicants occurring in April 2012.

For more information about this program, please visit College of Education Website: http://ed.isu.edu/studentResources/scholarships.shtml#GYO. Application forms are available online. You can also contact Dr. Beverly Ray, Chair of Educational Foundations Department, Dr. Shu-Yuan Lin, the GYO program faculty advisor at 282-3185 or email linshu@isu.edu, or Korbin Cook, the GYO program assistant, at cookkorb@isu.edu.

The Union Program Council will hold a Holiday Tree Lighting Festival at 7 p.m. Dec. 1 featuring a variety of activities

The Idaho State University Union Program Council will hold a Holiday Tree Lighting Festival at 7 p.m. Dec. 1 featuring a variety of activities.

The lighting event will be held at the Hutchinson Quadrangle entrance of the Pond Student Union at Idaho State University. The UPC, with support from ISU Credit Union and Flowers by LD, is holding the event to encourage a unity between ISU and the community throughout the holidays.

The event will consist of the lighting of a 25-foot-high holiday tree, carriage rides, an ice sculptor, a cookie decorating activity, free holiday treats and hot cocoa, and a performance by the ISU Chamber Choir. The event is free to everyone.

For more information, contact the UPC at upc@isu.edu.

Electrical engineering student Chris Larson has received a 2011 Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Power and Energy Society Scholarship

Idaho Sate University electrical engineering student Chris Larson has received a 2011 Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Power and Energy Society (IEEE PES) Scholarship.

Larson was one of 93 students nationwide who was selected for this scholarship and career experience program out of a pool of more than 700 applicants from 107 universities.

IEEE bills itself as "The world's largest professional association for the advancement of technology."

This scholarship and career experience program was created in 2010 by the IEEE Power & Energy Society Governing Board in partnership with the IEEE Foundation to help address the Power and Energy Industry workforce challenge for electrical engineers.

The 93 scholars that were selected this year are from 52 U.S. universities. Checks were sent at the end of October for $184,000 in awards, with commitments for these scholars totaling $388,000 over three years of eligibility.

THE IEEE is now concentrating on efforts to assist each of these PES scholars so that a meaningful internship opportunity is available. Internship and career experience opportunities are being pledged by potential employers and posted on the website where PES scholars will be specially recognized.

For more information about the IEEE PES scholarship visit www.ee-scholarship.org; for information about ISU Electrical Engineering Department seminars and other activities please contact EE Department Chair Dr. S. Hossein Mousavinezhad, mousseye@isu.edu.

The Outdoor Adventure Center is renting and taking reservations for the Portneuf Yurt System yurts and Camp Taylor cabins

The Idaho State University Outdoor Adventure Center is renting and taking reservations for the Portneuf Yurt System yurts and Camp Taylor cabins.

This year the Portneuf Yurt System features a new yurt, Bonneville, located on the backside of Pebble Creek Ski Resort, east of Bonneville Peak. The systems other yurts are Catamount, Inman, Skyline and Jackson, all located in the Portneuf Range just outside of Pocatello.

The yurts are beautiful, dome shaped structures with a skylight for watching the stars at night. Inside the Yurt are bunk beds, a wood stove, and lanterns. Two of the yurts - Skyline and Catamount - are at lower, relatively easy spots to access, while three - Bonneville, Inman and Jackson - are located at higher elevations and are more difficult and strenuous to get to.

The yurt system is non-profit and a great deal for anyone who wishes to get out and into a yurt. The Portneuf Yurt System rental rates for 2011-12:

After March 20 all yurt rental rates are reduced by 50 percent.

The ISU Outdoor Adventure Center will also be taking winter reservations for Camp Taylor cabins located on Scout Mountain. There are three cabins for rent, Hygecca, Nurses and Woodland. Contact the OAC for cabin rental fees.

The OAC also has rental winter outdoor gear, including snow shoes and cross-country skis. Visit www.isu.edu/outdoor/ for a complete listing of ISU Outdoor Adventure Center rental prices.

The ISU Outdoor Adventure Center is open Mondays and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Tuesdays through Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and, beginning Jan. 7, it will be open Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information call the OAC at 282-3912.

Award-winning artist Mindy Gledhill will perform with the Teton Chamber Orchestra Dec. 15

Award-winning artist Mindy Gledhill will perform with the Teton Chamber Orchestra at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 15 in the Jensen Grand Concert Hall at the Stephens Performing Arts Center.

Gledhill's performance is part of the ISU "Season of Note" series.

Unexpected instruments like banjo, ukulele, vintage organs and keytar lend all the quirk and charm that Mindy's music is known for. The concert will feature songs from her popular "Anchor" album and her new Christmas album, "Winter Moon." For more information on Gledhill, visit http://www.mindygledhill.com/.

Tickets 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. They can also be purchased at Vickers Western Stores in Pocatello or Idaho Falls. The Box Office is open one hour prior to show times.

Cost per seat is $24 for main floor seating and $20 for balcony. All seats are reserved. All sales are final and there are no refunds or exchanges.

For more information or to reserve tickets visit www.isu.edu/stephens/events.shtml.

Nominations are now open for alumni Professional Achievement Awards

Professional Achievement Awards are presented to alumni of Idaho State University in recognition of significant professional achievement in a specific field or endeavor each year at Commencement. Awards are given in the College of Arts and Letters - Fine Arts & Humanities and Social & Behavioral Sciences; College of Science & Engineering - Natural & Physical Sciences and Engineering; College of Business; Division of Health Sciences; School of Nursing; College of Pharmacy; College of Education and College of Technology. Individuals selected for the Professional Achievement Award must have been out of school at least 10 years and have excelled in their chosen field attaining significant success and accomplishments.

Recipients of this prestigious award are alumni who have made important contributions to their careers or profession, to the social, political or economic well-being of the world around them and have shown continued community and civic involvement in addition to their association with and contributions to Idaho State University.

Nominations are to be sent directly to the dean/director of each college or unit. Each college/unit selection process will be under the direction of the Dean. The Office of Alumni Relations sponsors this program and presents it in partnership with Idaho State University academic colleges and units.

Nomination forms and guidelines can be found at http://www.isu.edu/alumni/professionalawards.shtml and can also be obtained from the Dean's office at each college/unit or from the Office of Alumni Relations. All nomination forms, biographical and supporting documentation and letters of support must be received by the college/unit no later than January 20, 2012 to be considered for selection.

ISU-Twin Falls elementary education students and College of Southern Idaho education students are working together on a service project "Read and Feed" to give Twin Falls elementary students books and snacks on Dec. 9

Idaho State University-Twin Falls elementary education students and College of Southern Idaho education students are working together on a service project "Read and Feed" to give Twin Falls elementary students books and snacks on Dec. 9.

The ISU/CSI students are seeking donations of new or gently used books and healthy, non-perishable snacks such as pretzels or granola bars to give to 164 first and second graders at Lincoln Elementary School in Twin Falls.

Donations are requested by December 1. They can be dropped off at the ISU Twin Falls office in the Evergreen Building at CSI or at the CSI Education Office in the Aspen Building at CSI. Donations can be picked up: call 208-736-2101 to arrange a pickup.

On Dec. 9, the college students will present the books and snacks in drawstring backpacks that are decorated with ISU and CSI logos. The college students will also spend time that day reading stories to the children.

The Rotary Club of Pocatello and J.R. Simplot Company present "The Nutcracker" Dec. 9, 10 and 17 at Frazier Auditorium in Pocatello

The Rotary Club of Pocatello and J.R. Simplot Company present "The Nutcracker" Dec. 9, 10 and 17 at Frazier Auditorium in Pocatello.

The performance is put on by Brindusa- Moore Ballet Academy with dancers from the community. Performances are Dec. 9 at 7 p.m., Dec. 10 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. and Dec. 17 at 7 p.m.

General admission tickets are available at the Pocatello Chamber of Commerce, Maag Prescription and Idaho Unlimited. Reserved seating is available at the Pocatello Chamber of Commerce.

ISU's Sport Science and Physical Education students are putting on a 5K Fun Run to benefit Brooklyn's Playground and the Bengal Foundation

Idaho State University's Sport Science and Physical Education students are putting on a 5K Fun Run to help kick off the holidays while benefitting Brooklyn's Playground and the Bengal Foundation. The Santa Claws Fun Run, will be held on Dec. 3, starting at the east side of Reed Gym on the ISU campus.

All ages are encouraged to participate in the 5K. Run, jog or walk to holiday music heard on the course with friends, and family starting at 9:30 a.m. at Reed Gym. The course will then follow the Red Hill Trail. All paths are paved and will be cleared of any snow and/or ice prior to the event. After the run, join in the fun with both Santa Claus, and Santa Claws with plenty of complimentary good eats. There will also be a "Fit Fair" located in the main gym, where there will be vendors showing off fitness related products as well as access for fitness related testing.

Registration is available online at Active.com, (keywords Santa Claws Fun Run). The pre-registration fee is $20 for those 15 and older, and on the day of the race is $25 starting at 7:30am. The first 50 kids under age 14 can also race for free thanks to additional sponsorship from Idaho Central Credit Union. Kids should sign up at the Wellness Center or on race day.

"We really want this event to be worthwhile," said Devin Papetti, a student in the Senior Capstone class who was assigned the role of Co-Director of Marketing and Promotions. "Our goal is to ensure the participants have fun and enjoy themselves during their time on the course as well as at the 'Fit Fair'. We are excited to give back to the community and university by donating the proceeds to Brooklyn's Playground and the Bengal Foundation."

Dr. Karen Appleby's PE 4454 class was given the assignment to organize the run to help teach them the inner working of the field of Sports Management. Students are managing all aspects of the race including race logistics, risk management and marketing and promotions. To bring more meaning to what the students were doing, the class decided that all the proceeds would go to Brooklyn's Playground and the Bengal Foundation. Money raised for Brooklyn's Playground goes towards the maintenance and upkeep fund for the all-access playground. Money raised through the Foundation is dedicated to scholarships for student athletes, several of whom are taking the class.

"This is a great opportunity for students and student athletes to give back to an organization that helps athletes, like myself, as well as helping out our local Brooklyn's Playground " said Samantha Berryman, a student in the class who also is a cross country and track athlete at Idaho State. "It is a great experience to see what it takes to put on an event such as this."

Another way to make the fun run worthwhile is to give away free items. Every participant will receive a T-shirt, and a raffle ticket for a large amount of donated prizes. To make the event a little more unique, there will be a "Fit Fair" following the run as well as booths that will be handing out free items.

For more information, please contact Devin Papetti, Co-Marketing and Promotions at 208-241-8187 papedevi@isu.edu or Clark Rasmussen, Race Director at 208-680-5720 rasmvict@isu.edu or Dr. Caroline Faure at 208-282-4085 faurcaro@isu.edu.