News and Notes

A Newsletter for Faculty and Staff of Idaho State University

April 9, 2012 — Vol. 28 No. 13

Faculty/Staff Updates

Dr. Barbara Adamcik is pleased to announce that she has appointed Scott Rasmussen as the permanent dean for the College of Technology

Dr. Barbara Adamcik, Interim Provost and Vice President, is pleased to announce that she has appointed Scott Rasmussen as the permanent dean for the College of Technology. Scott Rasmussen has served in the interim role since May 2011. Dr. Adamcik met with the faculty and staff of the College of Technology and they supported this appointment.

News Bites

You are invited to join President Arthur Vailas at the annual Spring General Assembly for all faculty and staff on Thursday, April 12 from noon- 1:30 p.m.

You are invited to join President Arthur Vailas at the annual Spring General Assembly for all Faculty and Staff to be held on Thursday, April 12 from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Pond Student Union Theatre on the Pocatello campus. Video transmission will be available in Room 689 at the ISU - Meridian Health Science Center, in Room C89 at ISU - Twin Falls and in Room CHE 208 at ISU - Idaho Falls.

ISU-Meridian to provide dental evaluations, physical exams and flu shots for uninsured at April 12 community health screening

Uninsured and in need of health services?

Attend a community health screening, Thursday, April 12, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., at Pioneer Neighborhood Community House, 500 S. Ash St., Boise. Faculty and student clinicians from the Idaho State University-Meridian Health Science Center will conduct the screenings. There is no charge for services which include:

Since March 2010, ISU-Meridian, Ada County, Central District Health, and the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare have partnered to offer the screenings to uninsured Ada County adults. To date, nearly 400 adults have participated. Referrals to appropriate low or no-cost treatment providers will be provided.

"These screenings promote prevention and personal responsibility by helping to identify and address health care problems before they end up requiring costly ER visits," said Ada County Commissioner Sharon Ullman. "By detecting health challenges early, educating clients on these issues, and making referrals to appropriate clinics, we are helping participants manage their health, saving money for taxpayers, and providing a valuable hands-on educational opportunity to local students."

"Prevention is a crucial piece of health care, and our mission with these screening events is to identify individuals at risk of preventable diseases and get them connected with providers in the area. All the while providing our students valuable clinical experience," said Dr. Glenda Carr, an ISU-Meridian assistant clinical pharmacy professor.

The full screening process takes about an hour. No appointment is necessary. Valley Ride bus stops are nearby. For more information, call 373-1700.

Summer hours begin May 7

Beginning Monday, May 7, Idaho State University's administrative, business, academic, and service office hours will be Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., with a 30-minute lunch break. Regular hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., with a one-hour lunch break, will resume Monday, Aug. 27.

Memorial Day observance is on Monday, May 28, and Independence Day observance is on Wednesday, July 4. These are state holidays and all offices will be closed.

Guest artist Holly Burn-Crain, also known as "the Dancing Soulsmith," will present a free family event, "Earth Day - A Moving Celebration of Connection," April 18

Guest artist Holly Burn-Crain, also known as "the Dancing Soulsmith," will present a free family event, "Earth Day - A Moving Celebration of Connection," from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. April 18 in the Idaho State University Rogers Black Box Theater of the Stephens Performing Arts Center.

Reviving the community dance of old and to celebrate Earth Day, the event will be a guided dance circle presenting 8-10 simple step dances from different cultures presented with a "no mistakes, only variations" attitude. No previous experience or partners are necessary.

The event is sponsored by the ISU Cultural Affairs Council and the ISU Department of Theater and Dance in collaboration with ISU College of Pharmacy.

Burn-Crain has provided services in private practice, clinical settings and a wide variety of community settings. Combining over 20 years of sacred circle dance study and more than 300 dances from around the world, Holly uses the circle as the foundation symbolizing unity and promoting community building.

"Through dancing together we are reminded of our power and place in the universe, and we remember once again to attune, imitate, honor and enjoy the rhythms, cycles and the awe-inspiring process of nature," Holly said.

Curt Whitaker will discuss plant classification systems developed by English naturalists in the seventeenth century Saturday, April 14

Curt Whitaker, associate professor of English at ISU, will discuss plant classification systems developed by English naturalists in the seventeenth century Saturday, April 14, 11 a.m. in the Salmon River Room at the Pond Student Union.

The talk is part of this year's Rocky Mountain Medieval and Renaissance Association conference.

These early taxonomies, well before the time of Linnaeus, provide some perspective on recent debates between philosophers and sociologists of science regarding objective description of nature.

The Pond Student Union Transition Gallery is proud to announce the opening reception for the exhibit, "Hero's Journey: Sculptures by Joseph Castle," on Friday, April 13

The Idaho State University Pond Student Union Transition Gallery is proud to announce the opening reception for the exhibit, "Hero's Journey: Sculptures by Joseph Castle," on Friday, April 13 from 6 to 8 p.m.

Hero's Journey is a series that stems from Joseph Castle's own personal awakening and every individual's struggle for self-realization.

"In the myths and rituals of culture after culture around the world and throughout history, we forever find the common ground of the collective unconscious. This is what drives my work towards its raw forms and emotional intensity," explains Castle.

"Hero's Journey" will be on exhibit April 2-30, 2012 at the Pond Student Union Transition Gallery, Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information please call (208) 282-3451 or visit www.isu.edu/union/gallery.

The presentation "How Mountaineering Changed Science" by Michael S. Reidy has been cancelled

The presentation "How Mountaineering Changed Science" by Michael S. Reidy has been cancelled.

Reidy, a historian of science at Montana State University, cannot make to ISU because of a family emergency.

The presentation had been sponsored by the ISU by the Outdoor Adventure Center and the Department of History.

At present, there are no plans to reschedule the talk.

"Letters - A Soldier Songs" concert April 28 at ISU will feature the bands and musicians Hillbilly Healers, Miss Emily, Dustin Welch and Garry Tullio and will raise funds for a music program for veterans

"Letters - A Soldier Songs" concert April 28 at Idaho State University will feature the bands and musicians Hillbilly Healers, Miss Emily, Dustin Welch and Garry Tullio and will raise funds for a music program for veterans.

The concert will be at 7 p.m. in the Jensen Grand Concert Hall in the ISU Stephens Performing Arts Center. The concert will feature excerpts of letters from military service members being read, then songs will be performed that were inspired by the letters.

"These are well known local and national musicians who are performing this concert to raise money for the Soldier Songs program, which benefits veterans locally and nationally," said Shawn Kelsch, financial technician for the ISU Veterans' Sanctuary, and one of the event's organizers. "All proceeds will go to the program."

Kelsch said that Soldier Songs provides free instruments and music lessons for veterans of all musical abilities.

"They're finding that learning and playing music is a good outlet for veterans for them to just enjoy themselves and for some of them to deal with more serious issues such as PTSD and traumatic disorders," Kelsch. "We already have about 10 veterans in the Pocatello area participating in the program and we'd like to offer it to more."

According to the Soldier Songs website, www.soldiersongs.org, this non-profit group "exists to serve our nation's military heroes with free music lessons, instruments when necessary, and a means of creative expression." More information on the program is available at the website.

Tickets are $15 each or $25 for two. They can be purchased at the Stephens Center Box Office or by calling 208-282-3595 from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays, online at www.isu.edu/stephens/tickets or at Vickers Stores in Idaho Falls and Pocatello. The Box Office also opens one hour before shows.

The Hillbilly Healers, based in Grand Junction, Colo., is comprised of Tony Rosario on guitar and vocals, Rob Labig on percussion and Mark Ramsey on bass and vocals.

Soldier Songs is a non-profit foundation, which operates under the administrative umbrella of the Use Your Gift Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit foundation.

For more information, contact Kelsch at 208-282-4245.

Spring into Health, a 5-kilometer walk/run, will be hosted by Idaho State University's College of Pharmacy in partnership with Operation Diabetes on Saturday, April 14

Spring into Health, a 5-kilometer walk/run, will be hosted by Idaho State University's College of Pharmacy in partnership with Operation Diabetes on Saturday, April 14.

This family-friendly event has a $10 registration fee that will go to the American Diabetes Association. Free diabetes screenings will be available for those checking if they are at risk for diabetes.

Check-in for the event begins at 9 a.m. at the Idaho State University Hutchinson Quadrangle near the Pond Student Union on the ISU Pocatello campus. The race starts at 10 a.m.

Prizes will be given to first-place male and female runners. Free T-shirts will be given to the first 50 registrants who complete the race, and a pizza party will be given to the most creative team that participates.

Register online at www.pharmacy.isu.edu/live/springN2health.

Traumatic brain injury research, education and prevention will be explored in a free, three-part Web series, sponsored by Idaho State University's Institute of Rural Health

Traumatic brain injury research, education and prevention will be explored in a free, three-part Web series, sponsored by Idaho State University's Institute of Rural Health.

Sessions are April 12, 19 and 26, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Family members, private providers, state agency personnel, and the general public who work with or have an interest in traumatic brain injuries can register at www.idahotbi.org and read more about each session.

"The sessions will be broadcast to your computer, and you'll need a headset or speakers to listen as the presenter moves through the slides," said Russell Spearman, who supervises the Institute's Traumatic Brain Injury Program.

Here's the schedule:

This is the ISU Institute of Rural Health's eighth consecutive Web series on TBI. Funding support is provided by a grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration's Maternal and Child Health Bureau.

For more information, contact the Institute of Rural Health at the ISU-Meridian Health Science Center, 208-373-1769.