News and Notes

A Newsletter for Faculty and Staff of Idaho State University

February 20, 2012 — Vol. 28 No. 7

Faculty/Staff Updates

Julie Kelsey is retiring after 22 years at Idaho State University

Julie Kelsey is retiring after 22 years at Idaho State University.

Please join her in celebration in the Heritage Room of the Pond Student Union between 2 p.m. and 4p.m. on Friday, Feb. 24.

News Bites

The School of Engineering will host its annual National Engineers Week Student Competitions on Thursday, Feb. 23, with competitions beginning at 11 a.m. in the ISU Pond Student Union Ballroom

The Idaho State University School of Engineering will host its annual National Engineers Week Student Competitions on Thursday, Feb. 23, with competitions beginning at 11 a.m. in the ISU Pond Student Union Ballroom.

Students from area high schools will be competing with their own designs in five different competitions including

The events allow for friendly competition among the students while affording an opportunity to learn more about engineering designs and applications.

During the competitions, a lunch sponsored by ON Semiconductor will be provided for students participating in the competitions. ISU's School of Engineering would like to express appreciation to ON Semiconductor for their role in making this event possible.

Prior to the student competitions there will be an open house in the ISU Lillibridge Engineering Building from 9 to 11 a.m. Those attending the open house will have an opportunity to see a few of the engineering laboratories and learn about what engineering students study while at the School of Engineering.

Anyone who would like to learn more about engineering is invited to attend the open house.

For more information about this event, contact Miriam Dance at 282-4361 or dancmiri@isu.edu or visit the School of Engineering website at engr.isu.edu.

The International Affairs Council is proud to present the 41st Annual Frank Church Symposium, featuring the theme of "Democracy in a Changing World," Feb. 29-March 2

Idaho State University's International Affairs Council is proud to present the 41st Annual Frank Church Symposium, featuring the theme of "Democracy in a Changing World," Feb. 29-March 2.

Margaret Daly Hayes, the first director of the Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies at the National Defense University and adjunct professor at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., will deliver the keynote address "Challenges to Democracy in a World of Change" at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 29 in the Pond Student Union Wood River Room. A reception will follow.

Hayes' research interests include political economy and security, as well as civilian-military relations and intergovernmental/NGO relations on peacekeeping operations.

The symposium's main panels will be held in the Pond Student Union Salmon River Suite on the Pocatello campus.

This year's theme is especially relevant given the challenges to freedom and democracy around the world, from the Middle East to Asia to our own individual democracy in the United States, according to symposium organizers.

The symposium's panels will cover a range of topics, including women and gender, technology, media and trends, the future of democracy, economics and countries in transition.

The International Affairs Council, an Idaho State University student organization funded by the Associated Students of ISU, will host the symposium.

Admission is free to the public and the events run 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. on Feb. 29, 9 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. March 1, and from 9 a.m. until noon on March 2. In addition, the keynote speech will be offered in the evening on Wednesday, Feb. 29 at 7:30 p.m.

For more information on the symposium and its speakers and panel members contact Tomarra Byington at iac@isu.edu or visit https://sites.google.com/a/isu.edu/isuiac/.

Below is the schedule:

Wednesday, Feb. 29

Thursday, March 1

Friday, March 2

"Industry, Academic and Government Partnerships: Focus of the Future" is the topic of a Feb. 24 presentation by Michael J. Vitek, vice president of Mercedes Benz Tech North America

"Industry, Academic and Government Partnerships: Focus of the Future" is the topic of a Feb. 24 presentation by Michael J. Vitek, vice president of Mercedes Benz Tech North America at Idaho State University.

This Faculty Development Academic Forum will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the ISU Eli M. Oboler Library's Room B3G and it will be simulcast to Room 104 of the Center for Higher Education at ISU-Idaho Falls, Room 509 at ISU-Meridian and Room C91 of the Evergreen Building at the College of Southern Idaho in Twin Falls.

The focus of Vitek's presentation will be the experience that Mercedes Benz North America has in the creation of opportunities with multiple government agencies, universities, hospitals and non-profits.

The forum is sponsored by the ISU Office of Academic Affairs, the College of Science and Engineering and the Department of Electrical Engineering.

A special screening and panel discussion of the film "Green Fire," about the vision of pioneer environmentalist Aldo Leopold Tuesday, March 6

A special screening and panel discussion of the film "Green Fire," about the vision of pioneer environmentalist Aldo Leopold, will be held from 7 to 9:15 p.m. Tuesday, March 6, in the Idaho State University Pond Student Union Salmon River Room.

This event is co-sponsored by ISU's Department of English and Philosophy and the Portneuf Valley Audubon Society. Admission is free.

Leopold began his career working for the U.S. Forest Service in Arizona and New Mexico and went on to publish the first textbook of ecological management while teaching at the University of Wisconsin.

While at UW he developed his famous land ethic and wrote "A Sand County Almanac," a seasonal account of life in a reclaimed wilderness area that had been damaged by unsustainable agricultural practices.

Following the 70-minute film, the following panelists will discuss the science, politics and art of Leopold's work:

The discussion will be moderated by Curt Whitaker, associate professor of English at ISU and PVAS board member.

Local Southeast Idaho artist Lori Scoffield-Beer is displaying her paintings of nature through April 2 at in the Eli Oboler Library art gallery

Local Southeast Idaho artist Lori Scoffield-Beer is displaying her paintings of nature through April 2 at in the Idaho State University Eli Oboler Library art gallery.

Scoffield-Beer's interest in drawing began as a very young child and has continued as a career of more than 20 years. She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Utah State University and is also trained in illustration. Besides painting and drawing in the outdoors, her real love is being creative in her studio, where she can also study the intricacies of the objects she paints.

"There are many ways to understand our surroundings and the people, plants and animals we see every day. Some people might feel content to see a plant or a rock. others might want to see, then to touch; still others might need to engage all their senses," Scoffield-Beer said.

"They will be the ones who look," she continued, "walk up and touch an object, turn it over, give it a sniff, taste it, and pull on it or pound on it to see how it all works. Art is the way that I understand things. I can look, and touch and move an object, but I never feel that I have a good understanding of that subject until I draw and paint it."

In addition to studying the basics of art, the techniques of draftsmanship, and the uses of materials, composition and self-expression, Scoffield-Beer has spent years studying feathers, checking out the structure of a wing, and drawing the patterns on individual feathers. She also still spends a great deal of time studying the way light looks on water, on trees, on land and on people and animals, and on the reflections, shadows and shapes it makes. For example, she has studied tree bark, clouds and ripples in water.

Scoffield-Beer explains that every new thing that she learns makes her art a little better, a little truer. The artist says that she always thinks she knows more than she does when beginning to draw or paint. It is a humbling experience and also an unending challenge. She wants to share her learning and hopes that her artwork brings some pleasure to the viewer.

Scoffield-Beer's artwork can be viewed during regular library hours 7:30 a.m. to midnight Monday -Thursday, 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and noon to midnight Sunday.

New freshman registration or The Bengal ROAR will be held April 10, 11 and 13 in Pocatello and April 12 in Idaho Falls

Idaho State University new freshman registration or The Bengal ROAR (Registration: Opportunity for Academic Readiness) will be held April 10, 11 and 13 in Pocatello and April 12 in Idaho Falls.

The Pocatello Bengal ROAR will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Pond Student Union.

The ISU-Idaho Falls program will be from 3:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.in the Bennion Student Union Building.

Bengal ROAR will include the "Fundamentals of Advising and Registration (FAR)" session. Faculty from each college and professional advisors will be available to assist students in developing their fall schedules. Attendance at the FAR session is required before students are allowed to register for fall courses.

Representatives from the ISU offices of Financial Aid and Scholarships, Student Insurance, Student Health, Housing, New Student Orientation (NSO), Campus Tours, Photo ID and Computer Center, and the ISU Credit Union will also be available for students and parents to visit after class registration.

Students must register for the event through the mailed invitations or online at: http://isu.edu/advising/student/nfr.shtml.

For more information or questions, contact JoAnn Hertz in Pocatello at 282-3277 and Susan Morris in Idaho Falls at 282-7804.

The Student Success Center will offer a series of presentations during the month of March to promote peer involvement on campus beginning March 1

The Idaho State University Student Success Center will offer a series of presentations during the month of March to promote peer involvement on campus beginning March 1.

"March Toward Student Success: Peer Into Your Future" will provide information on how to get involved in peer advising, peer tutoring, peer First Year Seminar instruction and peer mentoring.

These interactive presentations will include panels of students currently serving as peers and information on how to apply for academic peer leadership opportunities. Please contact Central Academic Advising with any questions at 282-3277 or advinfo@isu.edu.

"The full Peer Into Your Future" schedule is below:

The Anderson Gender Resource Center will host poet and doula V. Wetlaufer March 7 as part of this ninth annual Art of Gender in Everyday Life Conference

The Idaho State University Anderson Gender Resource Center will host poet and doula V. Wetlaufer March 7 as part of this ninth annual Art of Gender in Everyday Life Conference.

Wetlaufer will give a reading Wednesday at 7 p.m. March 7 in the Pond Student Union Salmon River Suite on the ISU campus. The event will be followed by a workshop and poster session the following day, Thursday March 8, from 10 a.m. to noon, also in the Salmon River Suite. Both events are free and open to the public.

Wetlaufer, from Salt Lake City, is a doctoral fellow in English and creative writing at the University of Utah. She is the poetry editor for Quarterly West. Her poems have appeared in Drunken Boat, Main Street Rag, PANK Magazine, Word Riot and Bloom. Her chapbook "Scent of Shatter" was published in early 2010 by Grey Book Press.

She holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in creative writing from Florida State University and a Master of Arts degree in teaching from Bennington College in Vermont. Her manuscript "Call Me By My Other Name" was a finalist for the The Lexi Rudnitsky First Book Prize in Poetry. She has read her work in Los Angeles, Salt Lake City, Tallahassee, Fla., New York City and Washington, D.C. Her current work focuses on hybridity and the idea of queering gender and queering genre.

For the workshop, Wetlaufer has offered to review and provide constructive feedback to participants' samples of creative writing if submitted by Feb. 15. This is a unique opportunity for anybody who would like to have their work critiqued in order to improve as a writer. Writing samples should be sent to burlasa@isu.edu.

The ISU Art of Gender in Everyday Life Conference focuses on how ideas and stereotypes concerning gender and gender roles shape and influence various aspects of our daily lives. The three-day conference hosts speakers, poster sessions, workshops, the ever popular short film festival LUNAFEST and much more. All events are free and open to the ISU community as well as the general public.

This year the conference will present a combination of local faculty and student presenters as well as guests from all over the country, including the keynote speaker Stephanie Coontz who will deliver a talk titled "The Unadulterated History of Marriage."

For more information about this or other conference events, contact the Anderson Center at 282-2805 or visit www.isu.edu/andersoncenter for a full conference schedule.

The Idaho Science & Engineering Festival is free and open to the public, sponsored by ISU and industry sponsors

The Idaho Science & Engineering Festival is free and open to the public, sponsored by ISU and industry sponsors.

The event will be held on the ISU campus on April 28 from 10 am - 4:30pm. Our hope is to ignite excitement and enthusiasm about science and engineering in students of all ages, to encourage them to think about science careers, and to tickle the curiosity for scientific inquiry in Idahoans. All booths will have hands-on activities that explore many applications of biology, mathematics, physics, chemistry, and engineering to practical problems we face in our world today. This is a satellite event of the USA Science & Engineering Festival, held the same day in Washington D.C.

Faculty and student groups are invited to participate by having a booth. For more information, send an e-mail to idahosef@isu.edu.