News and Notes

A Newsletter for Faculty and Staff of Idaho State University

December 10, 2007 — Vol. 23 No. 34

The holiday season is well under way at Servel House, the historic home of Idaho State University presidents. Pocatello's Flowers By L.D. decorated the Christmas tree for the home's current residents, President Arthur C. Vailas, Ph.D., and Laura I Vailas, Ph.D. (ISU Photographic Services)

In this Issue

‘A Kurt Bestor Christmas’ returns to ISU Dec. 18

“A Kurt Bestor Christmas” returns for a third year to Idaho State University at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 18 in the Joseph C. and Cheryl H. Jensen Grand Concert Hall in the L.E. and Thelma E. Stephens Performing Arts Center. Bestor’s performance is part of the 2007-08 “A Season of Note” concert series. There are only a (read more...)

Sixth Idaho WWAMI Mini Medical School to be videocast to Pocatello, Idaho Falls

The sixth annual Idaho WWAMI Mini Medical School on the central topic of the “Endocrine System” will be videocast to Idaho State University locations in Pocatello and Idaho Falls from 7 to 9 p.m. Jan. 10, 17, 24 and 31, and Feb. 7. The two-hour Thursday evening program will be held for five consecutive weeks in (read more...)

Eaton, Sanders and friends to perform Dec. 21 concert at Stephens Center

Musicians Steve Eaton and Mike Sanders and friends, with special guest Rocky Watson, will perform a concert at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 21 in the Idaho State University Joseph C. and Cheryl H. Jensen Grand Concert Hall. The Jensen Hall is located in the L.E. and Thelma E. Stephens Performing Arts Center on the ISU Pocatello campus. (read more...)

ISU Informatics Research Institute trains archaeology experts in AI interaction

Archaeological experts from the United States and Canada recently were on the Idaho State University campus to learn how artificial intelligence could aid in artifact identification. Experts in the nationally recognized ISU National Information Assurance Training and Education Center (NIATEC) enabled researchers from different academic disciplines to design and implement applications for an artificial intelligence classification (read more...)

Study: Some coaches lack concussion awareness

Many Idaho high school football coaches are unfamiliar with the signs and symptoms of concussion and are inexperienced in managing instances of mild concussion, concludes a study by Caroline Faure, Ed.D., Idaho State University assistant professor in the Department of Sports Science and Physical Education. Faure conducted a study to determine if Idaho high school football (read more...)

Faculty/Staff Update

The anthropology department’s annual Potlatch Auction is scheduled Jan. 18 at 6 p.m. at Magnuson Alumni House, 554 S. Seventh Street in Pocatello. The entire ISU community is invited. This is the Student Anthropology Club’s largest fundraising event of the year. Faculty and others donate items, often gathered from their fieldwork around the world, to be auctioned off. Dinner is provided (main dishes) and guests are encouraged to bring a side dish. Nonalcoholic drinks are provided, and Chartwell’s usually caters a beer and wine bar. Families are encouraged to attend. For more information, call x5730.

Recent new hires at Idaho State University include: Wallace M. Wilding, custodian; Maria Fletcher, coordinator, Enrollment Planning; Lana J. Borgholthaus, physician assistant, family medicine; Alan M. Call, accountant, Financial Services; Lonalee A. Hamlin Jr., custodian; Denise L. Hopster, office specialist 2, Human Resources; Matthew P. Slatosky, computer analyst, ITS.

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The anthropology department’s annual Potlatch Auction is scheduled Jan. 18 at 6 p.m. at Magnussen Alumni House, 554 S. Seventh Street in Pocatello. The entire ISU community is invited. This is the Student Anthropology Club’s largest fundraising event of the year. Faculty and others donate items, often gathered from their fieldwork around the world, to be auctioned off. Dinner is provided (main dishes) and guests are encouraged to bring a side dish. Nonalcoholic drinks are provided, and Chartwell’s usually caters a beer and wine bar. Families are encouraged to attend. For more information, call x5730.

ISU faculty who will be new to teaching in the new Rendezvous Complex this spring semester will soon have opportunities to learn what instructional technology is available in the complex’s classrooms. Educational Technology Services (ETS) will offer orientation and training sessions in Rendezvous’ classrooms on Wednesday, Jan. 9, and Friday, Jan. 11, at 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. on both dates. All sessions will start in Room 111 of the Rendezvous Complex. Reservations are not required.

Join the Idaho Museum of Natural History for an end-of-semester celebration and open house for all ISU faculty, staff and students Wednesday, Dec. 19, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission to the museum will be free, and hot cider and cookies will be available. Also, IMNH can help with holiday shopping. IMNH is offering all ISU faculty, staff and students a 10 percent discount on all gift shop merchandise, excluding consignment items. The Museum Gift Shop offers unique gift items for those hard-to-shop-for people. It is the exclusive carrier of “Rite in the Rain” all-weather writing paper made specifically to shed water in any weather condition. It also carries Himalayan natural salt candles and lamps, Idaho opals and jewelry, Edson Fichter prints, and many other interesting and educational gifts. Shoppers can also get a gift certificate for a Museum Family Pass. It’s the perfect gift for neighbors and other families. The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is not required to shop in the store. Contact Teresa Nelson at x2603 or nelstere@isu.edu for more information.

The Idaho State University Graduate Student Council will host President Arthur C. Vailas, Ph.D., Friday, Dec. 14, at 4:30 p.m. in the Pond Student Union Building North and Middle Fork rooms of the Salmon River Suite. Vailas is scheduled to attend the Graduate Student Council’s end-of-semester “2nd Friday” graduate-student celebration. Graduate Dean Tom Jackson, Ph.D., also is scheduled to attend the event. The Graduate Student Council is a newly formed ASISU club whose purpose is to support the Graduate School and graduate education in an array of ways, including: recruiting graduate students; welcoming new graduate students to campus; mentoring; promoting academic persistence and degree completion; encouraging networking opportunities; promoting and encouraging graduate-student research; raising awareness of graduate-student needs to ASISU and others; and encouraging creativity and engagement in and among graduate students at local, national and international levels. All graduate students are eligible to participate. Spring semester “2nd Fridays” are scheduled Feb. 8, March 14 and April 11 from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the Pond Student Union Building Selway Room. A spring event in Idaho Falls is anticipated as well. For more information, contact GSC President Michael Livingston or GSC advisor Cynthia Pemberton, Ph.D.