News and Notes

A Newsletter for Faculty and Staff of Idaho State University

January 30, 2012 — Vol. 28 No. 4

Faculty/Staff Updates

Peter Farina has been hired as the new technical safety director at Idaho State University

Peter Farina has been hired as the new technical safety director at Idaho State University.

Farina will continue the tradition of excellent customer service that has become synonymous with the ISU Technical Safety Office. Using his varied experiences at different universities, he will expand on what is already a fine program at ISU to move it to the next level.

His department will continue to provide hazardous materials response and waste management and address campuswide safety concerns. Farina will provide guidance on the implementation of environmental safety and health programs for research activities at the ISU Pocatello campus, as well as remote facilities such as the Center for Advanced Energy Studies.

Farina has more than 20 year of experience in university environmental health and safety. He is joining ISU after 13 years at Georgia State University, where he was both the director of research safety and the radiation safety officer.

Prior to working at Georgia State University, he held the positions of environmental safety coordinator and radiation safety officer at the University of Georgia for eight years. He earned a master's degree in nuclear physics from Florida State University and has two bachelor degrees from the University of Massachusetts.

He can be reached at 282-3627 or pfarina@isu.edu.

Congratulations to our December 2011 ISU Cares Customer Service "Spot" Award winners!

Congratulations to our December 2011 ISU Cares Customer Service "Spot" Award winners! They were given a note of appreciation, posters, and a $15 Visa card, courtesy of ISU Credit Union, to thank them for their awesome service. They will be entered, along with all persons who were nominated (and didn't win an award) through our ISU Cares surveys, into the $100 drawing for Spring 2012 semester in May, and will also be eligible for the $1000 ISU Cares Customer Service Provider of the Year award for 2012!

December 2011 Chris Ford, AA1, Finance and Administration
Maria Gonzales, Tech Rec Specialist I, Finance & Admninistration
Verla Negus, AA1, College of Education
Jeff Behrend, Transportation Shop Foreman, Facilities
Terry French, Transportation Supervisor, Facilities

Since the beginning of the ISU Cares Customer Service Initiative we have recognized
3 - $1000 ISU Cares Customer Service Provider of the Year awards
8 - $100 ISU Cares Semester awards
192 - $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 ISU employee for their excellent service, or to let us know where we need improvement, click ISU Cares Survey.

News Bites

Join Idaho State University, Delta Dental and the Idaho Steelheads for a "Brush With Greatness," Feb. 10 at CenturyLink Arena in Boise

Join Idaho State University, Delta Dental and the Idaho Steelheads for a "Brush With Greatness," Feb. 10, 7:10 p.m., at CenturyLink Arena, 245 S. Capitol Blvd., in Boise.

A $10 ticket includes admission to the hockey game, a free hotdog, soda and chips. Buy your tickets and register for prizes at http://www.brush-great.com/. Remember to apply the promo code BRUSH when purchasing tickets. February is Dental Health Month, and the purpose of "Brush With Greatness" is to raise public awareness about the importance of good dental health for children and adults, and services available at the Delta Dental Residency Clinic at ISU-Meridian.

The Kenya Safari Acrobats will perform Feb. 18 in the Jensen Grand Concert Hall at the Stephens Performing Arts Center

The Kenya Safari Acrobats will perform at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 18 in the Jensen Grand Concert Hall at the Stephens Performing Arts Center.

The acrobats will perform a non-stop ride of gravity-defying human pyramids, balancing, tumbling, limbo dancing, hurling through hoops and breathtaking contortions, all while clapping to a joyful Benga beat.

Tickets are available online, in person at the Stephens Performing Arts Box Office, or by calling (208) 282-3595. Orders placed online or over the phone can be made using a Visa or MasterCard. Tickets are also available inside the Student Union Building at the information desk on the main floor and at Vickers Western Stores in Pocatello and Idaho Falls.

Cost per seat is $24 for main floor seating and $20 for balcony. All seats are reserved. All sales are final and there are no refunds or exchanges.

For more information or to reserve tickets visit www.isu.edu/stephens/events.shtml.

The Department of Theatre and Dance will present "Black Comedy" Feb. 10, 11, 16, 17 and 18 in the Stephens Performing Arts Center

The Idaho State University Department of Theatre and Dance will present "Black Comedy" at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 10, 11, 16, 17 and 18 in the Rogers Black Box Theatre inside the Stephens Performing Arts Center.

"With the use of a bit of audience imagination, the play literally allows us to see in the dark," said Norman Schroder, play director.

Written and set in 1965, the play has become a comedic classic around the world.

"This is the only play I know of in the English language that explores the delightful premise that we are allowed to see in the dark while the characters cannot," Schroder said.

"While the genre of black comedy features plays that treat very serious subjects with dark humor," he continued, "this piece is actually a laughing farce stuffed with sight gags and ever-spiraling complications. It's simply one of the funniest plays I've ever seen or directed."

Ticket prices are $15 for adults, $9 for precollege students and $7 for ISU students with valid Bengal cards.

For more information or to purchase tickets contact the Performing Arts Center Box Office at ext. 3595. Tickets can also be purchased online at www.isu.edu/tickets, at the information desk inside the Student Union Building on the main floor and at Vickers Western Stores in Idaho Falls and Pocatello.

All are invited to experience the French Riviera Saturday, Feb. 25, at the ISU French Club's 12th annual Taste of France

Idaho State University students will have an opportunity to experience the French Riviera Saturday, Feb. 25, at the ISU French Club's 12th annual Taste of France.

The event, which is named after the infamous French coast, will be held in the Pond Student Union Building from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

The night will include dinner and entertainment, both of which are French-themed. Traditional French dishes such as chicken Provenšal, potatoes au gratin, green salad and French bread and cheeses will make up the main courses, while chocolate mousse will be served as dessert. Drinks will also be served.

A French travel movie featuring famous scenery from the Riviera and the south of France will be shown during the event. In addition, the event will include French music and dancing, as well as door prizes.

Tickets for Taste of France go on sale Monday, Feb. 13, in the Rendezvous Complex from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Advance tickets are $7 for current ISU students with a Bengal ID, $8 for ISU faculty and staff, and $9 for the public. Tickets will also be sold at the door on the night of the event for an additional dollar.

To reserve tickets or receive additional information, contact Kelly O'Hagan at 208-521-5569, Valia Tatarova at tatavali@isu.edu or the Department of Languages and Literature at 208-282-3630.

The ISU Rugby Club, which compiled a 6-3 record last fall, has announced its spring 2012 match schedule, which begins Feb. 18

The Idaho State University Rugby Club, which compiled a 6-3 record last fall, has announced its spring 2012 match schedule, which begins Feb. 18.

"We've moved from the Utah Rugby Union to the Pacific Northwest League," said Ram Eddings, team coach and advisor. "The new league is going to be much better for us."

The club's tentative spring 2012 schedule is:

Feb. 18 - Montana State University, home
Feb. 26 - Southern Oregon University, away at Boise
March 3 - Montana State University, away
March 4 - University of Montana, away
March 24-25 - Pacific Northwest D2 Tournament, Western Oregon University
March 31 - Portneuf Valley, home
April 7-8 - Pacific Coast Tournament, away
April 14 - Montana Tech and annual high school tournament, home
April 21 - Western Montana, away
April 28-29 - First Round USA Rugby Tournament
May 18-19 - National Championship Tournament

All home games are played at Bartz Field beginning at 1 p.m.

Financial aid professionals, tax preparers and volunteers will help students and families complete the FAFSA at workshops Saturday, Feb. 4, at ISU in Pocatello, Meridian and Idaho Falls

Looking for cash to attend college? Financial aid professionals, tax preparers and volunteers will help students and families complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid or FAFSA at workshops Saturday, Feb. 4, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at ISU in Pocatello, Meridian and Idaho Falls. The events are funded through the College Access Challenge Grant.

Locations are:

Information on Fall 2011 Effort Reports on Sponsored Grants and Contracts Funding

The Fall 2011 Effort Reports for work performed on sponsored projects and grants are being mailed to the departments the week of January 30, 2012. The reports are due back to Grants and Contracts Accounting by Wednesday, February 22, 2012. Completing these reports allows the employee to certify their work effort performed on Sponsored Grant Projects and Contracts; which is required by the funding agencies. The Fall 2011 reporting period is for work performed between July 24, 2011 and December 24, 2011, paid from August 19, 2011 to January 6, 2012. If you worked on sponsored projects, and do not receive a report, please contact your department, or Angela Winder in Grants and Contracts Account at ext. 3056.