News and Notes

A Newsletter for Faculty and Staff of Idaho State University

January 23, 2012 — Vol. 28 No. 3

Faculty/Staff Updates

Congratulations to our newest winners of the ISU Cares Customer Service "Spot" Awards for November 2011

Congratulations to our newest winners of the ISU Cares Customer Service "Spot" Awards for November 2011. They were given a note of appreciation, posters, and a $15 Visa card, courtesy of ISU Credit Union, to thank them for their exceptional service. They will be entered into the $100 drawing for Spring 2012 semester in May. All persons nominated through the ISU Cares surveys for the spring semester, whether they won a spot award or not, will be eligible for the spring drawing. All ISU employees nominated through the surveys are eligible for the $1,000 Customer Service Provider of the Year award for 2012.

November 2011

Penny Miller, Custodian Foreman, Facilities
Rick Satterfield, Computer Analyst, ITS
Nathan Sidles, AA1, Disability Services
Casey Skelton, Director/Producer, ETS Meridian
Nancy Carpenter, OS2, ISU Meridian Student Services
Maggi Seipel, AA2, University Programs, ISU Twin Falls

Since the beginning of the ISU Cares Initiative we have recognized

3 - $1000 ISU Cares Customer Service Provider of the Year awards
8 - $100 ISU Cares Semester awards
187 - $15 ISU Cares monthly "Spot" awards

To see more about each winner, plus a list of our past winners, visit our ISU Cares website. To nominate an Idaho State University employee for their service or to let us know where we need improvement, click ISU Cares survey.

Nona Pristupa retirement reception on Jan. 31

Nona Pristupa is retiring after 16 years of service to Idaho State University. All are invited to come wish her well at a reception in her honor Jan. 31 from 2-4 p.m. at the Pond Student Union- Bengal Café.

Congratulations to Allan Christelow, whose new book has arrived

Congratulations to Allan Christelow, whose new book has arrived: Algerians without Borders: The Making of a Global Frontier Society (Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2012).

http://www.upf.com/book.asp?id=CHRISS10

Ann Marie Corbridge going away reception on Friday, Jan. 27

Wish Ann Marie Corbridge well at a going away reception in her honor Friday, Jan. 27, College of Technology RFC Building Room 140, from 3-5 p.m.

News Bites

The Idaho State University Health Fair 2012 scheduled for Thursday and Friday, March 22-23

The Idaho State University Health Fair 2012 - celebrating its 32nd year - is scheduled from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday and Friday, March 22-23, and organizers are looking for private and public health enterprises to set up learning centers.

The fair will be in the ISU Pond Student Union Ballroom.

Portneuf Medical Center (PMC) will provide laboratory services and blood draws at the fair on March 22-23. Blood draws will be available on a walk-in basis from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. Monday through Friday from March 1 - March 30 at the PMC lab located at 777 Hospital Way with access to the lab through the main entrance. Participants who have their blood drawn on or before March 16 can pick up their blood profile results at the ISU Health Fair where health care professionals will help interpret results. Otherwise, results will be mailed to participants. A 14-hour fast is required prior to a blood draw for the lipid profile and general chemistry profile.

PMC offers a general health blood profile for $35. The screening will include a chemistry profile, assessments for cardiac risk based on cholesterol levels, a complete blood count and a thyroid screen. Optional tests include a $15 confidential HIV screening and a $15 prostate antigen test. Other tests that will be offered this year include thyroid function screen for $15, iron level for $5, uric acid level for $5, glycohemoglobin for $25; insulin level for $25; and vitamin D level, a test for osteoporosis, $17.

Last year's Health Fair featured more than 65 learning centers, providing services to hundreds of participants. ISU students from health care and health science disciplines will be available for consultation on medications, healthy teeth and gums, nutrition as well as other health-related topics.

For more information on learning centers, contact Stephen Wright, wrigstep@isu.edu or 208-282-2325.

Temple Emanuel, the Pocatello Jewish Community Center, will hold a viewing of the lively documentary "Rodgers and Hammerstein: The Sound of Movies" on Saturday, Jan. 28, at 7 p.m.

Temple Emanuel, the Pocatello Jewish Community Center, will hold a viewing of the lively documentary "Rodgers and Hammerstein: The Sound of Movies" on Saturday, Jan. 28, at 7 p.m.

The film will be followed by a panel discussion and refreshments. All members of the community are invited. This is one of the featured events celebrating the Idaho State University Oboler Library's hosting of the touring exhibit "A Fine Romance: Jewish Songwriters 1910-1965," which runs through Feb. 24.

"The Sound of Movies" is a comprehensive and entertaining 97-minute documentary filmed in 1996 surveying the film career of the beloved songwriting team. The movies came alive with the sound of music when Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II teamed up to pen a spectacular string of musical hits, including "Oklahoma!," "The King and I," "South Pacific" and, of course, "The Sound of Music." In this film, host Shirley Jones and leading ladies Julie Andrews, Rita Moreno, Nancy Kwan and Charmian Carr lead the behind-the-scenes tour of their motion picture masterpieces, with film footage, and never-before-seen humorous outtakes, screen tests and home movie clips.

After the showing of "The Sound of Movies," there will be an interactive discussion featuring a panel of noted speakers, some who are of Jewish heritage and some who are not, a number of whom are also affiliated with ISU. The panelists will explore the film and the library exhibit from a variety of perspectives. The panel will look at questions such as: What is "Jewish" about the secular music authored by these Jewish-American songwriters, and what has their work contributed to the America we know today? Audience members will also be encouraged to participate.

Debra Shein, community and religious leader of Temple Emanuel and lecturer in English at ISU, will facilitate the discussion. The panel will include Brian Attebery, Carl Levenson, Robert Talbot, James Wolper, and Victor Raboy.

Shein, whose expertise is in American Literature and American Studies, has published on the fascinating topic of the construction of Jewish-American identity. Atteberry, an ISU English professor and also a member of the ISU symphony, has taught on the subject of popular song as a means of entry into mainstream culture for various ethnic groups. Levenson, former religious leader of Temple Emanuel, is also a professor of philosophy at ISU, and has taught a wide array of classes touching on the philosophy of religion.

Talbot, an investment consultant by profession, is an expert on the evolution of Klezmer music and its relation to other strands of Jewish music, as well as an accomplished musician in his own right. Wolper, a professor of mathematics at ISU, is the vice president of Temple Emanuel and is interested in the connection between the dual Jewish interests in music and mathematics. Raboy is a geneticist with the USDA, as well as a member of the Temple Emanuel Board and also an affiliate faculty member in biology with both the University of Idaho and ISU. Born and raised in New York, the fabric of mid-twentieth-century show tunes was a major influence on his coming of age as an intellectual and artist.

Temple Emanuel is located at 306 N. 18th Ave., just north of Clark. For additional information, email info@emanuelidaho.org or phone 208-232-4758. No admission will be charged.

The "A Fine Romance: Jewish Songwriters 1910-1965" exhibit, created and sponsored by the American Library Association, will run until Feb. 24. Temple Emanuel has provided resources to sponsor the exhibit, along the ISU Cultural Affairs Council and the Idaho National Laboratory.

James Ker, Associate Professor of Classical Studies at University of Pennsylvania, will be giving a talk, "Roman Seneca / English Seneca: Reflections on Cross-Disciplinary Collaboration," on Friday, Jan. 27

James Ker, Associate Professor of Classical Studies at University of Pennsylvania, will be giving a talk, "Roman Seneca / English Seneca: Reflections on Cross-Disciplinary Collaboration," on Friday, Jan. 27 at 3:30pm in LA 256. Ker will describe his interdisciplinary research and reflect on the rewards and challenges of cross-disciplinary research and collaboration in the humanities. Ker is the author of The Deaths of Seneca (Oxford UP, 2009), a study of the ancient poet and philosopher's writings about death as well as literary, visual, and historical representations of his suicide from the classical period through the eighteenth century. With Jessica Winston, Associate Professor in the Department of English and Philosophy, he has also edited Elizabethan Seneca: Three Tragedies, a scholarly edition of the first English translations of Seneca's plays into English (forthcoming from the Modern Humanities Research Association in 2012). The talk is funded by a Faculty Enhancement Grant from the College of Arts and Letters. Anyone who is interested is invited to attend.

The Society of Physics Students (SPS) has been awarded a grant from the American Institute of Physics

The Idaho State University Society of Physics Students (SPS) has been awarded a grant from the American Institute of Physics to involve students at Fort Hall Elementary and the Blackfoot Sixth Grade School in the 4th Annual Punkn' Chuck and Egg Launch competition in October.

All funds will go towards purchasing materials the students will use to design and construct catapults to fling raw eggs, and to cover team entrance fees for the competition.

"This will give dozens of kids the opportunity to participate in fun, hands-on science and engineering," said Steve Shropshire, ISU physics professor and faculty adviser for the Society of Physics Students.

The students at Fort Hall Elementary and the Blackfoot Sixth Grade school will compete against other elementary schools in Southeast Idaho for trophies and bragging rights.

Southeast Idaho high schools and colleges and universities in Idaho, Utah, Montana and Wyoming will be invited to compete with catapults designed to fling pumpkins.

The Punkn' Chuck and Egg Launch competition will be open to the public, and spectators will be admitted free of charge. The entrance fee for competitors will be $20 per catapult. Location and the specific date and times for the competition have yet to be determined.

For more information about the competition, contact Steve Shropshire at shrostev@isu.edu, or 282-2212.

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 have 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 are interested, please contact Fritz Schoepflin by phone at 282-4961, or by email at schofred@isu.edu. When contacting by email, please include "diabetes couples research" in the subject line. Thank you for your help in solving the behavioral challenges faced by those living with diabetes.

The Department Theatre and Dance will present A Children's Readers' Theatre "BULLY" on Jan. 30

The Idaho State University Department Theatre and Dance will present A Children's Readers' Theatre "BULLY" on Jan. 30 at 7:30 p.m. in the Bistline Theatre at the Stephens Performing Arts Center.

In today's culture, bullying has become a serious problem that needs to be consistently addressed. In this Children's Readers' Theatre, playwright Judith Caseley explores the issue of bullying with sympathy and empathy while using plenty of humor and relatable experiences for children of all ages.

Ticket prices are $5 for pre-college students, $10 for adults and $7 for ISU students with valid Bengal cards. For more information or to purchase tickets contact the Performing Arts Center Box Office at (208) 282-3595. Tickets can also purchase tickets online at www.isu.edu/tickets.

The Office of Research will present the free workshop "Lab to Life" for researchers and entrepreneurs from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27, at the ISU Rendezvous Complex

The Idaho State University Office of Research will present the free workshop "Lab to Life" for researchers and entrepreneurs from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27, at the ISU Rendezvous Complex.

Technology industry executive and educator Rick Ritter will present the workshop based on Wendy Kennedy's book "So what? who cares? why youT The Inventor's Commercialization Toolkit." The event's subtheme is "Turn Your Good Idea into a Great Opportunity."

The workshop is designed to show participants how to:

The workshop is designed for researchers, scientists, or technology entrepreneurs to help them interest investors and other business and research backers into their ideas. A well-constructed business proposition can help to increase the odds of success for inventors and researchers.

To RSVP for the event contact Sandy Shea at sheasand@isu.edu or 208-282-2714 by Jan. 24.

More information on the event is available from Deb Easterly at 208-282-2618 or eastdebb@isu.edu.

ISU is in the midst of a four year self evaluation process for reaffirmation of our institutional accreditation by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities

Previously in News and Notes, ISU's Accreditation Steering Committee reported that ISU is in the midst of a four year self evaluation process for reaffirmation of our institutional accreditation by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU). Last year the Steering Committee worked to articulate ISU's mission and establish a mechanism for documenting that we are fulfilling our mission. This year, supported by the Standard Two subcommittees, we are working to show that ISU has sufficient resources and infrastructure in place to enable mission fulfillment. The resulting Year Two Self Evaluation will be submitted to the NWCCU in September 2012. We will share a draft of this document with the campus as soon as possible.

The determination of how well we are fulfilling our mission must be data driven and evidence based. Much of that evidence will come from our assessment efforts. For accreditation purposes, assessment is quite straightforward. For any important activity we should continuously be asking ourselves the questions:

  1. What are we trying to achieve?
  2. How well are we doing at achieving it?
  3. Based on what we see in 2), might we do something different to improve our achievement?
  4. Based on what we see in 2) might we refine what we are we are trying to achieve?
  5. If, based on 2), we change anything, does it improve our level of achievement?

In essence, assessment is a loop-a repeating exercise our institutional units have always engaged in, at least informally. Formal assessment really just consists of articulating this process and has been an accreditation requirement for many years. While there is no requirement that every unit engage in an identical assessment process, the NWCCU does expect that every major activity (e.g., degree programs, co-curricular programs, and service units) be able to document effective assessment processes. Associate Vice President Kay Christensen is coordinating ISU assessment efforts; please feel free to contact her if you have any questions or comments.

You can find more on accreditation and ISU at http://www.isu.edu/acadaff/accreditation.shtml.