News and Notes

A Newsletter for Faculty and Staff of Idaho State University

April 30, 2007 — Vol. 23 No. 17

Student Cody McConkey couldn't wait until summer to take advantage of the weather and the slip-and-slide that ISU Rugby set up on the Quad last week. (ISU Photographic Services/Julie Hillebrant)

In this Issue

ISU faculty earn 2007 research awards

Nancy Huntly, PhD, Idaho State University professor of ecology and biology, has been named ISU's Distinguished Researcher for 2007. She will receive the award at Commencement May 12. Three additional Idaho State University faculty have received 2007 Outstanding Researcher Awards. The 2007 Outstanding Researchers are David G. Adler, PhD, political science; Paul K. Link, PhD, geosciences; (read more...)

College of Pharmacy receives $5.25 million gift from Utah’s ALSAM Foundation

Idaho State University’s College of Pharmacy has received a $5 million gift from The ALSAM Foundation to acquire more teaching and research space in the Treasure Valley and an additional $250,000 in pharmacy scholarships for minority students, ISU and ALSAM officials announced today. “With tremendous pride, I accept these gifts on behalf of Idaho State University (read more...)

ISU awards top teaching honors to five faculty

Idaho State University psychology professor Kandi Jo Turley-Ames, PhD, has been named ISU's 2007 Distinguished Teacher. She will receive the award at Commencement May 12. Three faculty members have been named ISU's 2007 Master Teachers. They are: Diane Allen, technical general education; Jeff Rosentreter, PhD, chemistry; Curtis L. Whitaker, PhD, English; and Jessica Winston, PhD, English. “Idaho (read more...)

Hoku Scientific officer to give public talk at ISU April 24

The chief technology officer of Hoku Scientific Inc., a manufacturer and vendor of polysilicon for the solar market, will speak at 7 p.m. April 24 in the Salmon River Suite of the Idaho State University Pond Student Union Building. Hoku Scientific has announced plans to open a manufacturing plant in Pocatello. CTO Karl Taft and (read more...)

Faculty/Staff Update

ISU alumna Dana L. Olson-Elle, director of the Outdoor Adventure Center, has been named Classified Employee of the Year for 2007. The announcement was made at the annual Classified Employees Recognition Luncheon on April 24. Her career at ISU began as a work-study student with the Outdoor Program in the 1970s. She has been an employee of ISU for 22 years, and completed a transition of melding three offices and programs into the new Outdoor Adventure Center. She received a desk clock, a year of free parking and $500.

The Idaho Academy of Science has named associate professor of physics Stephen Shropshire, PhD, the “2007 Distinguished Science Communicator.” The award was announced at a banquet in Idaho Falls in April. The award is given to “an individual with outstanding achievements in communicating the meaning and value of science to students and /or the general public.” Since joining the ISU physics department in 1991, Shropshire has conducted nearly 600 science demonstrations in Idaho schools and about 350 short workshops for Idaho science teachers. He also has presented science demonstrations and teacher workshops in other Western states.

Assistant professor Maria Glowacka, PhD, anthropology, participated in the April 13-16 meeting of the Society for Anthropology of Religion (American Anthropological Association) in Phoenix. She presented her paper “Nuvatukya'ovi: The Religious Significance of the San Francisco Peaks in Arizona” as part of the session titled Religion, Landscape and Environment.

The University of Texas Dental Branch at Houston recently awarded Ann O’Kelly Wetmore, a second-year graduate student in the Master of Science in dental hygiene program, the Lorna Bruning Award for outstanding clinical teaching. Wetmore currently serves as a clinical assistant professor of periodontics. Her nomination by students stated, in part: “She is genuine, truly wanting each student to succeed and reach their full potential."

Dental-hygiene faculty members professor Denise Bowen, RD, MS, associate professor Linda Boyd, PhD, instructor Kandi Garland, and graduate student Sarah Jackson will present research posters at the upcoming American Dental Hygienists’ Association Annual Session in New Orleans in June. Abstracts are selected through a rigorous peer-review process. Boyd also recently taught a faculty development workshop, co-sponsored with Baylor University’s College of Dentistry, at the annual session of the American Dental Educators’ Association in March.

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The University’s policy regarding closed and finals week, stated in the Faculty/Staff Handbook (Part 6, Section IV, G.), outlines the policy as follows: “Any final examination must be conducted during the officially scheduled time slot except in laboratory classes or laboratory sections where the final examination may be conducted during the last regularly scheduled class session. Any exception to this policy may be allowed only on an individual student basis, to be arranged between the professor and the student. Other required tests or quizzes on which the professor bases any part of the course grade are prohibited during the seven calendar days immediately preceding the first day of final examination week except in performance sections, night classes, eight-week courses and summer session. Graduate-level courses and activities are exempt from this closed week and final-exam policy.” The university will begin a coordinated implementation of a full enterprise resource planning (ERP) system this summer. This ERP system ultimately will include modules for finance, HR/Payroll, student information and financial aid in the SunGard Higher Education Banner suite of programs, as well as their portal, data warehouse, and electronic workflow systems. By implementing a uniform suite of programs, ISU will gain significant benefits from integration among the systems. This expanded project scope has been made possible by significant negotiated price reductions from a number of vendors and the availability of flexible financing to the University. A request will be submitted to the State Board of Education for approval of the project for consideration at their June meeting. Implementation will begin this summer, and will take approximately three years. The ISU Parking Board and ISU Parking Office have received approval to raise the cost of parking permits and violations for the coming school year. Parking Permit prices will be increased as follows: Reserve Lot Year - from $75 to $80; Reserve Lot Semester - from $40 to $45; General Lot Year - from $40 to $45; General Lot Semester - from $25 to $30; Reduced Lot Year - from $15 to $20; Reduced Lot Semester - from $7.50 to $10; Disabled Year - Same as General - from $40 to $45; Disabled Semester - from $25 to $30; Monthly Permit - from $8 to $10; Motorcycle Permit - from $10 to $15; Summer Permit - from $8 to $10; Day Permit - from $1 to $2. The cost per hour for use of parking meters has increased from $.25 to $.50. The fine amounts for the following parking violations increased as follows: Meter violation from $10 to $15; general lot violation from $20 to $25; reserve lot violation from $25 to $30; fire zone violation from $40 to $75; restricted lot/visitor space violation from $20 to $25; disabled-parking only violation from $75 to $100; "other" violation from $10 to $25. Other violations will remain the same. Any department that needs to make special parking arrangements (e.g., roping off meters/spaces, mobile signs, permits, etc.) for parking at special activities (e.g., Holiday Fair, Career Fair, etc.) must contact Parking at x2625 at least three days in advance. Departments who fail to make advance arrangements will be charged $50 in addition to $1 for each citation issued. Parking regulations do not state that any person who receives a citation will get one warning per semester. The regulation states: “Each hangtag owner will be allowed one warning per semester for failure to correctly display their hangtag.” A complete copy of the ISU Parking Regulations can be found online at www.isu.edu/pubsafe/parking/parkregs.html.

The Uninterruptable Power Supply (UPS) system for the Help Desk's telephone system and Internet connections will undergo a series of tests starting at 9 p.m. Friday, May 18, and continue to 9 a.m. Saturday, May 19. This test is imperative to ensure reliability during an unscheduled power outage. This test will let the Help Desk know which batteries need to be replaced and how much up-time is available under current load. In the unlikely event of an Idaho Power failure during this test, all telephones and Internet access will be unavailable until power is restored.

From 9 p.m. Friday, June 1, to 9 a.m. Saturday, June 2, Information Technology Services (ITS) will replace the equipment that provides connectivity to the Internet and Internet2. Since we will replace one router at a time, Internet connectivity should not be disrupted; however, Internet2 connectivity will be disrupted when we replace the router for the Internet2 link. For more information contact the ITS Help Desk at help@isu.edu; xHELP (4357) on-campus; or (208) 282-HELP (4357) off-campus.