News and Notes

A Newsletter for Faculty and Staff of Idaho State University

April 23, 2012 — Vol. 28 No. 15

Faculty/Staff Updates

ISU has appointed R. Scott Rasmussen as the permanent dean of the ISU College of Technology

Idaho State University has appointed R. Scott Rasmussen as the permanent dean of the ISU College of Technology. Dr. Barbara Adamcik, interim provost and vice president, made the official announcement earlier this month in a campuswide e-mail to faculty and staff. Rasmussen has served in the interim role since May 2011.

Prior to being appointed dean, Rasmussen was the executive director of the Energy Systems Technology and Education Center in the College of the Technology for four years. Rasmussen also spent 10 years as department chair of the Electronic Department at the college.

In 2007, Rasmussen was instrumental in the creation of ESTEC with successful grant proposals to the National Science Foundation and the Department of Labor totaling over $2.6 million. Under his direction, ESTEC has grown from three original programs to seven, with the most recent being the Nuclear Operations Technology and Renewable Energy Technology programs. ESTEC places sought-after graduates with energy companies and other manufacturing firms across the country.

Rasmussen's employment with ISU began as an instructor in the Electronic Systems Technology program where he taught radio frequency principles for eight years. He received Outstanding Professor of Industrial Technology award by the National Association of Industrial Technology (NAIT), where he served as chair over membership in the Electrical, Electronics, and Computer Technology Division for several years.

Prior to joining the ISU Faculty, Rasmussen was employed by the Union Pacific Railroad in the communications department, with responsibilities for systems maintenance and trouble shooting of a wide variety of analog and digital radio frequency systems.

Rasmussen holds an Associated of Applied Science degree from the Electronic Systems Technology program at the ISU College of Technology; a Bachelor of Science degree from ISU with a dual major in vocational-technical education and corporate training; and a Masters of Education degree from ISU. He completed his thesis on the "Comparative Analysis of the Effectiveness of Electronics Troubleshooting Curriculum in Laboratory-based versus Theoretical Presentations." While seeking his master's degree, he was named College of Education Student of the Year.

Rasmussen and his wife, Pat, are the parents of six children and 10 grandchildren.

The ISU College of Technology Advisory Board is organizing a reception to celebrate Rasmussen's appointment on Thursday, April 26, from 3 to 6 p.m. The reception is open to the public and will be held at the Kirkham's Warehouse at 902 South 1st Avenue. Dale's Inc., Contractor Sales Inc., Dale's Outdoor Advertising, and Curves in Pocatello are hosting the event on behalf of College of Technology alumni and supporters.

News Bites

Mail Center employee and ISU student Brittany Greenleaf, of Boise, was named Student Employee of the Year and awarded a $2,000 scholarship as part of National Student Employment Week

Idaho State University Mail Center employee and ISU student Brittany Greenleaf, of Boise, was named Student Employee of the Year and awarded a $2,000 scholarship as part of National Student Employment Week.

First runner-up Abigail Wentzel, from Idaho Falls and an employee at the Intermountain Center for Educational Effectiveness, received a $377 Lupher scholarship.

Second runner-up Stacy Schwabedissen, a biological sciences employee from Pocatello, was awarded a $100 gift card to the Pond Student Union food court, donated by the ISU Career Center.

Third runner-up Melissa Orgill, a College of Education employee from Pocatello, received a $50 ISU Bookstore gift card, courtesy of the ISU Office of Student Affairs.

These students were nominated by their departments for displaying qualities that had positive influences and contributions to their respective positions or departments. These qualities included reliability, extraordinary initiative, professionalism and attitude, among other skills.

The Department of Physics and the ISU Society of Physics Students will present a "Wonders of Physics" demonstration show free of charge and open to the public on Saturday, April 28

The Idaho State University Department of Physics and the ISU Society of Physics Students will present a "Wonders of Physics" demonstration show free of charge and open to the public on Saturday, April 28, from 5 to 6:30 p.m.

The demonstration will be held in Room 140 of the ISU Physical Science Building on the southwest corner of 8th Street and Carter Street on the ISU Pocatello campus.

This will be the finale event of the Idaho Science and Engineering Festival. The show will feature the "plasmifier," the "giant vortex cannon," the "liquid nitrogen tower" and other demonstrations.

Participants can show up early for hovercraft rides, artificial geyser showers, hands-on science activities, and a candy shoot in the Physical Science Building foyer. This and other science demo shows are presented at local K-12 schools upon invitation.

For additional information contact Steve Shropshire at 282-2212.

The Veterans Sanctuary and ISU Armed Forces Veterans' Club will present the third annual Veterans Family BBQ and Family Day at the Zoo on Saturday, April 28

The Idaho State University Veterans Sanctuary and ISU Armed Forces Veterans' Club will present the third annual Veterans Family BBQ and Family Day at the Zoo on Saturday, April 28, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Upper Ross Park shelter.

Food, zoo tickets and disc golfing are free of charge. Supplies are limited - first come first serve. Live music will be performed by Tony Rosario and the Hillbilly Healers.

The ISU Veterans Sanctuary and the Veterans' Club are commemorating the end of another great school year and want to share this celebration with community veterans and their family members.

The sponsors for the event include the City of Pocatello, the Hillbilly Healers, Del Monte Meats, Wonderbread Thrift Store, Coca-Cola, Pepsi, Marine Corps League, American Legion, ISU Veterans Sanctuary, ISU Armed Forces Veterans' Club, ISU New Student Orientation, Starbucks, New Day Products, Home Depot, Carmike Cinema, Elmers, Nitro Graphics, Johnny B. Goodes, and other community sponsors.

For more information about this event, contact Tomarra Byington or Casey Santee at (208) 282-4245.

All are invited to the Bengal Auction on April 28

All are invited to the Bengal Auction, April 28, 5:30 p.m. at Phil Meador Courtesy Ford, 1500 Yellowstone Ave.

Put on your Bengal gear and get into the spirit of the auction theme, "Orange and Black through the Years."

Proceeds from the annual auction benefit the Student-Athlete Scholarship Fund at Idaho State University.

There are hundreds of items to bid on including dinners and lunches at local restaurants, vacation packages, jewelry and sports memorabilia. We offer many services such as eye and dental exams, home heating and air condition check-ups, and more. You can bid on a trip with the ISU football team to Nebraska or a trip with the basketball team, be a guest coach for a Women's basketball or softball game, or sit high above the turf in the Athletic Director's box for the 2012 Bengal football season. Enjoy it all holding your new football autographed by Tim Tebow.

Tickets for the auction are $35 per person (dinner included). Individual tickets or tables of eight are available by contacting the Bengal Athletic Booster office at 282-2397 or ytuatris@isu.edu.

The annual ISU Music department piano sale will be happening at the Stephens Center on May 12

The annual ISU Music department piano sale will be happening at the Stephens Center on May 12, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Private preview appointments for the 10th and 11th are also available, by calling the special preview number: 233-3330. Choose from a wide selection of new and used pianos from only a few hundred dollars, on up. The piano sale is presented in partnership with Piano Gallery. Call the preview number for more information.

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 p.m., with a one-half hour lunch break. Regular hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., with a one-hour lunch break, will resume Monday, Aug. 20, 2012.

ISU students enrolled in the "First Year Seminar" class in Idaho Falls will host a benefits concert for the local women's shelter on May 4

Idaho State University students enrolled in the "First Year Seminar" class in Idaho Falls will host a benefits concert for the local women's shelter on May 4 at the Red Lion Hotel located at 475 River Parkway in Idaho Falls.

Organizing the concert is part of a service-learning project for students enrolled in the class. Bands performing include 2am Logic and Liberty Lush. The doors will open at 7 p.m. and the concert will begin at 8 p.m. The cost to attend is $5 and there will be a beer garden for adults 21 and older.

"We're excited for the event. Ben Howard helped us get the grant to pay for the venue, and Colette Redden has also offered to help with the event. It will be a great time," said Chelsey Gasser, a student involved in the project.

For more information contact Julie Thompson at 282-7750 or at thomjul3@isu.edu.

Facilities Services is currently accepting applications for summer help in the Landscaping Department

Facilities Services is currently accepting applications for summer help in the Landscaping Department. The positions will be full-time during the summer. Please pick up an application at Facilities Services, Bldg 18.