News and Notes

A Newsletter for Faculty and Staff of Idaho State University

March 12, 2007 — Vol. 23 No. 10

Laura I. Vailas, Ph.D., and ISU graphic designer Joey Gifford admire an original, signed photographic print by renowned photographer Annie Leibovitz. The portrait is of actors Blythe Danner and her daughter, Gwyneth Paltrow. The photograph, as well as artwork by Native American, local and national artists, will be among the highlights of the fifth annual “Celebrating Women: Their Strength and Vision” National Women’s Art Show at ISU March 19-31. The Leibovitz print and other artwork will be sold at a silent auction to raise funds for ISU Women’s Studies scholarships and College of Arts and Sciences programs. Leibovitz donated the print for the auction. For more information, contact Claudia McCoy at x5002. (ISU Photographic Services)

In this Issue

Renovated ISU Family Dentistry clinic christened in Boise

Some 60 state lawmakers, university officials and community leaders toured the recently renovated Idaho State University Family Dentistry clinic during an open house and ribbon cutting ceremony recently in Boise. “You’ve heard it said that ‘it takes a village to raise a child,’ ” said Dr. Linda Hatzenbuehler, dean of the Kasiska College of Health Professions. (read more...)

College of Pharmacy’s Drug Information Service providing answers to drug-related queries

The Idaho Drug Information Service at Idaho State University’s College of Pharmacy is working tirelessly to answer drug-related questions for health-care professionals and the general public of Idaho, the nation and world. This unique service, which is funded completely by the College of Pharmacy, is designed to ensure proper drug information is available free of charge (read more...)

ISU, school districts sign pact to expand students’ opportunities

Officials with Idaho State University and the League of Schools, a consortium of 15 southeast Idaho school districts, on March 2 signed a Concurrent Enrollment Partnership Memorandum of Understanding. The MOU acknowledges, sets the terms, facilitates and expands opportunities for high school students to earn credit toward high school graduation and college degree completion at a (read more...)

President Vailas’ monthly ‘ISU in Motion’ radio program debuts

The first installment of the new “ISU in Motion” radio program featuring Idaho State University President Arthur C. Vailas as host and moderator was broadcast from 6 to 6:30 p.m. Monday, March 5, on the University’s public radio station KISU 91.1 FM. The program will be a regular feature broadcasting the first Monday of the (read more...)

NSF grant helps ISU bring science, engineering to public schools

From grade-schoolers feeling cool because they get to hang out with the high school kids to breaking down stereotypes of what a scientist is and does, a $1.8 million National Science Foundation grant to Idaho State University is bringing a unique perspective on science and engineering to southeast Idaho schools. “It’s incredible for the University, and (read more...)

Faculty/Staff Update

English professor Dr. Brian Attebery is a contributor to a book that recently won the Susan Koppelman Award for Best Anthology, Multi-Authored, or Edited Book in Feminist Studies in Popular Culture. The Popular Culture Association makes the award. Attebery's essay, "The Conquest of Gernsback: Leslie F. Stone and the Subversion of Science Fiction Tropes," appears in Daughters of Earth: Feminist Science Fiction in the Twentieth Century, edited by Justine Larbalestier. Brooks Landon of the University of Iowa writes of the anthology that "This collection not only sets new critical standards for all of us to aspire to in our scholarship, but also sets new stylistic standards for us to aspire to in our critical prose."

Dr. Jennifer Eastman Attebery, professor of English, is scheduled to present the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society's Spring Scholarly Lecture on Thursday, March 29, at 7:30 p.m. The free, public lecture will be in the Pond Student Union Building Salmon River Suite, on the main campus. Attebery's lecture is titled "Writing from the Rockies: A Folklorist's View of Swedish Immigrant Letters."

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About 60 Idaho legislators, university officials and community leaders toured the renovated ISU Family Dentistry clinic in Boise during an open house and ribbon cutting March 5. ISU President Arthur C. Vailas, Ph.D., cut the ribbon to mark the clinic's grand opening. Vailas and Kasiska College of Health Professions Dean Linda Hatzenbuehler, Ph.D., were joined by special guest Dr. Steven Friedrichsen, former ISU dental-sciences chair; Boise clinic site director Dr. Pam Powell; and Dr. Brian Crawford, current dental-sciences chair and director of the Idaho Advanced Dental Residency Program. The Boise clinic and dental-residency program prove that medical education in Idaho is "not a dream, but a reality," Vailas said. Clinic renovations encompass 2,200 square feet and include two new treatment rooms, office space for residents, and a distance-learning conference room. ISU dedicated the classroom to Friedrichsen, who was instrumental in starting ISU's dental-residency program. He chaired the department for 22 years and served as director of the Idaho Dental Education Program. Friedrichsen left ISU in 2005 to become dean of Creighton University Medical Center's School of Dentistry in Omaha, Neb.

President , will speak on the topic "Climbing to New Heights" March 30 at the Kasiska College of Health Professions 18th annual Research Day. The event will be in the Pond Student Union Building on the main campus from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. It will be a showcase of empirical research conducted by the faculty and graduate students from the college. Following President Vailas' keynote address will be a panel discussion on research. It will be moderated by Laura I. Vailas, Ph.D. The event also will include concurrent presentations by College of Health Professions faculty and students. It will conclude with a luncheon and poster presentations in the PSUB Ballroom. For more information contact Bernadette Howlett at howlbern@isu.edu or go to www.isu.edu/kchp/research.

Join the Idaho Museum of Natural History for its museum mystery theater presentation of "The Case of the Hidden Hunklebutt" or "Director in Disguise," a unique and fun event from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. on March 22-24. The evening includes dinner, drinks, a show and dessert. Space is limited to 48 people each night, so call x6168 for reservations. Tickets are $75 per person, all-inclusive. For more information, contact Brenda Kenison at x6168.

The Office of Alumni Relations invites the campus community to join the Alumni Association and the ISU Ambassadors in honoring 22 of ISU's outstanding students for the 2006-2007 school year. This year's Outstanding Student Achievement Awards presentation dinner is scheduled Friday, April 27, at the Red Lion Hotel Pocatello, 1555 Pocatello Creek Road. The evening begins with a reception at 6 p.m., followed by dinner at 7 p.m. Cost is $25 per person. RSVP to the ISU Office of Alumni Relations at x3755 or thomcas2@isu.edu. Eleven Outstanding Student Achievement Award recipients and their most influential professors will be honored. Eleven additional students will be honored as Outstanding Student Achievement Award finalists.

ISU President Arthur C. Vailas, Ph.D., will speak on the topic "Climbing to New Heights" March 30 at the Kasiska College of Health Professions 18th annual Research Day. The event will be in the Pond Student Union Building on the main campus from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. It will be a showcase of empirical research conducted by the faculty and graduate students from the college. Following President Vailas' keynote address will be a panel discussion on research. It will be moderated by Laura I. Vailas, Ph.D. The event also will include concurrent presentations by Health Professions faculty and students. It will conclude with a luncheon and poster presentations in the PSUB Ballroom. For more information contact Bernadette Howlett at howlbern@isu.edu or go to www.isu.edu/kchp/research.

With the Idaho State Board of Education's endorsement, Idaho State University is moving forward with implementation of ISU's Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) project. The State Board of Education has approved $2.4 million for the plan. According to Financial Vice President Ken Prolo, ISU has been putting funds aside in preparation for this project. The ERP project will be implemented in two phases. Initially, it will involve setting up an extensive data warehouse for improved reporting for departments, a new campus portal to provide a common point of access for electronic services, and installing a new human resources and finance system. The next phase will include financial aid and student information systems. For ongoing developments regarding ERP, including a project schedule, check the Web site at www.isu.edu/erp. Questions and comments can be directed to erp@isu.edu, or call x3424.