News and Notes

A Newsletter for Faculty and Staff of Idaho State University

December 5, 2011 — Vol. 27 No. 48

Faculty/Staff Updates

English Professor Susan Swetnam was named to the Honor Roll of Philanthropic Heroes for her work during the past year with Silver Sage Girl Scout Council

Idaho State University English Professor Susan Swetnam was honored this month in Boise when she was named to the Honor Roll of Philanthropic Heroes for her work during the past year with Silver Sage Girl Scout Council.

She was honored at the annual Idaho Heroes in Philanthropy Celebration put on by the Idaho Association of Fundraising Professionals.

In anticipation of the Centennial of Girl Scouts, USA in 2012, Swetnam has raised more than $8,000 to support a project tracing the 90-year history of Girl Scouting in southern Idaho. Swetnam conceived this project and is serving as its director and scholar. She was the only individual from eastern Idaho honored at the November banquet.

Grants and awards Swetnam received from the Idaho Humanities Council, the State Farm Good Neighbor Program, and ISU's College of Arts and Letters will help pay for various project components. In addition, Swetnam received private contributions by cooking and hosting gala support dinners in Boise and Pocatello.

The funds she raised will be used to train and equip Girl Scouts to do oral history during the summer of 2011 using some of Swetnam's own research, which will be published in early 2012 in an illustrated 100-page book. These funds will also be used to purchase a traveling museum exhibit and to sponsor Idaho Humanities Council Speakers Bureau talks around the state.

Silver Sage Girl Scout Council reaches more than 8,000 girls and 2,000 adults in Idaho. This is the first time its history has been recorded. The initial project component to appear will be an article Swetnam wrote for Idaho Magazine, slated to be published in January.

Swetnam was chosen for the award by Larry C. Johnson of M.E. Grace and Associates, National Philanthropy Day sponsor and Board Member of the Association of Philanthropy Professionals in Idaho.

News Bites

The ISU Symphonic Band will be joined by the ISU Senior High Honor Band in a special performance Dec. 10

The Idaho State University Symphonic Band will be joined by the ISU Senior High Honor Band in a special performance this Saturday, Dec. 10 at 4 p.m. in the Jensen Grand Concert Hall of the Stephens Performing Arts Center.

The Senior High Honor Band is comprised of regional high school instrumentalists who are nominated by their band directors to perform with this select group of musicians. Directors of the Senior High Honor Band are Kevin York, ISU Associate Director of Bands, and Dr. Patrick Brooks, ISU Director of Bands. This year's group will perform the picturesque Scenes from the Louvre by Norman Dello Joio, the seasonal The Child and the Kings by Timothy Broege, and On The Mall march by Edwin Frank Goldman.

Joining them in this performance will be the ISU Symphonic Band. Featured soloist with the Symphonic Band for this performance is Randill Jeffreyson the on euphonium. Jeffries, a music education major at Idaho State, will be performing Sousa band classic Bride of the Waves by Herbert L. Clarke.

Under the direction of Dr. Patrick Brooks, the Symphonic Band will also be performing Resonances I by Ron Nelson, Ballo del Granduca (The Grand Duke's Ballet) by Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck, and the exciting and tuneful Armenian Dances (Part I) by Alfred Reed.

Ticket prices for ISU Bands concerts are as follows: $8 adults, $6 ISU faculty and staff, $4 pre-college students, 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 Idaho State University Director of Bands Dr. Patrick Brooks at 282-3147.

The Institute of Rural Health is accepting pre-registration for a free suicide prevention training in Caldwell on Jan. 26

Idaho State University's Institute of Rural Health is accepting pre-registration for a free suicide prevention training in Caldwell on Jan. 26.

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.

Training will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., on Thursday, January 26, 2012, at the Department of Health and Welfare office, 3402 Franklin Road, Sawtooth Room, Caldwell.

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 Kirsti Beck at (208) 282-4436.

Suicide is the second leading cause of death for Idaho youth aged 15-34. According to the American Association of Suicidology, Idaho's suicide rate was 6th in the Nation in 2008. A total of 1,286 Idahoans have died by suicide in the last 5 years.

For more information about the training, contact project director Ann Kirkwood at 208-282-4436 or 208-373-1767.