News and Notes

A Newsletter for Faculty and Staff of Idaho State University

January 16, 2012 — Vol. 28 No. 2

Faculty/Staff Updates

Sheri Dewey was honored with the 2011 ISU Cares Provider of the Year Award

Sheri Dewey, associate director of financial aid and scholarships, Idaho Falls campus, was honored with the 2011 ISU Cares Provider of the Year Award.

To thank her for her excellent customer service, she has received a certificate and a check for $1,000.

When it comes to commitment, caring, helping, giving, sharing with students who are interested in seeking higher education, Dewey is sought after by parents, students and high school counselors. Her knowledge of colleges and universities, and financing education is broad and deep.

Dewey has been nominated for the ISU Cares award many times over the last few years, and has received an ISU Cares Spot Award and a $100 Semester Award in the last few years.

She first came to Southeast Idaho as a Buyer for Blocks department store. In 1992 she joined ISU and spent many years as associate director for recruitment services talking to students across Idaho and nearby states about higher education. In 2001 she moved to assume the position of associate director of Financial Aid and Scholarships on the Idaho Falls campus.

Dewey commonly goes the extra mile for students and parents. She has been recognized by her peers for her outstanding customer service; traveling around the area giving financial aid seminars at high schools. She goes to Salmon, Challis and Mackay, believing that it is important that students in smaller areas have access to the information she presents. She also started a chapter of the ISU Ambassadors Club on the Idaho Falls Campus. She is very active in student financial-aid organizations. Dewey was recently recognized in the Idaho Falls magazine January/February issue in a piece titled "Idaho Falls 50 Ordinary people living extraordinary lives through service to others."

Rudy Kovacs, Idaho State University professor of art, will retire in January after serving on the ISU faculty for 31 years

Rudy Kovacs, Idaho State University professor of art, will retire in January after serving on the ISU faculty for 31 years.

For the past nine years he has served as Chair of the Department of Art and Pre-Architecture.

Kovacs' art practice is deeply rooted in his scholarly research. For the last decade, he has been exploring the hand-jacquard woven form using computer technology. Learning about jacquard weaving and computer design capabilities as tools has become a direction for his research and creativity since 1995.

His exploration first began at Fondazione Arte Della Seta Lisio in Florence, Italy, and continued at the Montreal Centre for Contemporary Textiles. In 2002, he served as curator of the exhibition "An Academic Celebration of Idaho Artists," a collection of art by faculty of Idaho's public colleges and universities.

Kovacs' travels to other Idaho universities became the impetus for his research project titled "Idaho Markings as Narrative: The Woven Form." The aim of Kovacs' research project was to develop both natural and fabricated markings into a narrative; consequently, he photographed marks in the Idaho landscape, originally intending to produce twelve jacquard-woven forms using material made out of cotton and paper thread. These woven forms were developed from Kovacs' aesthetic interest in markings on the Idaho landscape.

To date, Kovacs has completed 16 jacquard-woven pieces. Two of these pieces- "Idaho Markings as Narrative #2" and "Idaho Markings as Narrative #5" —were selected for the 2010 Idaho Triennial exhibition at the Boise Art Museum. These two pieces are currently on display through Jan. 20 in the Annual Art & Pre-Architecture Faculty Exhibition in the John B. Davis Gallery, located in the ISU Fine Arts Building. The remaining 14 woven pieces were exhibited earlier in the John B. Davis Gallery.

Kovacs thanked the ISU Humanities/Social Sciences Research Committee, the Idaho Commission on the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts for supporting his research and, in particular, this body of work.

"I also wish to pay respect to the following people who have been a part of my life concerning this work," Kovacs said. "Memories are a powerful tool, and for their part in shaping mine, I am thankful, especially for their collaboration and encouragement in ideas about the meaning of being human in the process of making art: Bill Brown, Fidalma Lisio, Robert Brain, and Rudy Kovacs, Sr., my father."

Kovacs said he has thoroughly enjoyed his tenure at ISU.

"The basis for my longevity in the Art and Pre-Architecture program has been my association with university colleagues, students, university community, and people of the State of Idaho," Kovacs said. "For 31- years, due to the friendship and unconditional support of university colleagues, I could not have asked for a better place of employment. I look forward to my new stage in life, continuing to live in the present. I hope you can stop by the John B. Davis Gallery to see the two pieces entitled 'Idaho Markings As Narrative'."

Dr. Robert Croker appointed to serve on Pocatello Child Care advisory Committee

Dr. Robert Croker of the Department of Human Resource Training and Development has been appointed by Pocatello Mayor Brian Blad to serve on the Pocatello Child Care advisory Committee.

News Bites

Kenneth Edmunds, vice president of the Idaho State Board of Education, will deliver the presentation "Role of State Board of Education in Idaho's Economic Development" Friday, Jan. 20

Kenneth Edmunds, vice president of the Idaho State Board of Education, will deliver the presentation "Role of State Board of Education in Idaho's Economic Development" from noon to 1:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 20, in Room B-3G of the ISU Oboler Library.

Edmunds' talk will also be broadcast to Room 104 of the Center for Higher Education at University Place in Idaho Falls, Room 509 at the ISU-Meridian Health Science Center and to rooms to be announced at Boise State University and at the University of Idaho in Moscow.

This ISU faculty development seminar is sponsored by the ISU Office of Academic Affairs, College of Science and Engineering, and Department of Electrical Engineering.

Edmunds will discuss how higher education is essential for citizens of Idaho and its knowledge-based economy that will require more individuals with advanced degrees. The State's major universities are key for contributing to Idaho's continued economic growth, especially in attracting high-tech companies and talents to the State.

ISU has purchased a web conferencing solution to enhance distance education opportunities

ISU has purchased a web conferencing solution to enhance distance education opportunities. This solution is also available to the staff of ISU for meetings, training sessions, or other instances where Web Conferencing would be helpful for employees. We have created a web page to assist faculty in familiarizing themselves with the use of the tool, but it can also be useful for the staff of ISU that might use this tool. Specifically, the before your first collaborate session document as well as the participant orientation training session will be of most use. We recommend that all participants in a web conference use a headset with a microphone for the optimum experience.

If you would like to request a collaborate room for a meeting, please use the Collaborate Web Conferencing Online Request Form link found at www.isu.edu/itrc/collaborate.shtml.

Questions can be emailed to webconference@mm.isu.edu.

The Idaho State softball program is hosting the first annual Trivia Night on Feb. 4

The Idaho State softball program is hosting the first annual Trivia Night on Feb. 4 at 6 p.m. at Pocatello Nissan-Kia (300 North 5th Ave.). This event is open to anyone interested and it is an opportunity to support the Bengal softball team while challenging your skills in several categories including science, sports, measurements, animals, movies, music and proverbs.

The cost is $100 a table (maximum of six people per table. The event will include prizes for the first, second and third place winners. There will be a 50/50 raffle and food and drink provided.

For questions or those interested in participating contact Head Coach Julie Wright at wrigjul3@isu.edu or call 208-282-5269. All proceeds benefit the Idaho State softball team. No smart phones or any phone with internet connection, iPads or computers allowed.

The Institute of Rural Health is interested in recruiting participants for a study involving couples and diabetes-related lifestyle changes

The Institute of Rural Health at Idaho State University is interested in recruiting participants for a study involving couples and diabetes-related lifestyle changes.

If either you or your partner has Type I or Type II diabetes, please consider participating in this convenient and important study. Benefits of participation include free information about diabetes from a certified diabetes educator, $50-$75 worth of gift cards, and the opportunity to assist researchers in advancing diabetes treatment.

If you and your partner are interested, please contact Fritz Schoepflin by phone at 282-4961, or by email at schofred@isu.edu. When contacting by email, include "diabetes couples research" in the subject line.

The extraordinary jazz drummer Ed Soph and his trio — including Stefan Karlsson on piano and Fred Hamilton on bass — will headline the 25th annual ISU Jazz Fest on Feb. 4

The extraordinary jazz drummer Ed Soph and his trio — including Stefan Karlsson on piano and Fred Hamilton on bass — will headline the 25th annual Idaho State University Jazz Fest on Feb. 4.

They will perform with the ISU Jazz I Big Band at 7:30 p.m. in the ISU Stephens Performing Arts Center's Jensen Grand Concert Hall.

The trio members are all faculty at the prestigious Jazz Studies Division at the College of Music at the University of North Texas. Between them they have performed with jazz greats such as Stan Kenton, Woody Herman, Clark Terry, Randy Brecker, Carl Fontana, Bill Evans, James Moody, John Abercrombie and Cedar Walton.

Soph, Karlsson and Hamilton will work with regional high school jazz bands throughout the day, including groups from Pocatello, Highland, Century and Blackfoot high schools. They will also be giving a clinic on jazz improvisation at 1 p.m. All Jazz Fest events will be held in the Jensen Grand Concert Hall.

The cost for the concert is $8 for adults, $6 for ISU faculty and staff, $4 pre-college students and free to ISU students. The Jazz Fest daytime events are free and open to the public.

For additional information call or email Patrick Brooks at 208-282-3147 or broopatr@isu.edu.