News and Notes

A Newsletter for Faculty and Staff of Idaho State University

June 11, 2012 — Vol. 28 No. 21

Faculty/Staff Updates

All are invited to a reception for Phil Blick, who is retiring after 17 years of service to ISU

All are invited to a reception for Phil Blick, who is retiring after 17 years of service to Idaho State University.

The reception is set for June 15, 1:30-3:30 p.m. in the Wood River Room, Pond Student Union.

News Bites

The Idaho Summer Repertory will present "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" at 7:30 p.m. June 15, 16, 18, 21, 22 and 23

The Idaho Summer Repertory at Idaho State University will present "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" at 7:30 p.m. June 15, 16, 18, 21, 22 and 23 at the Beverly B. Bistline Theatre in the Stephens Performing Arts Center.

"Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" is an Andrew Lloyd Webber musical with lyrics by Tim Rice. The story is based on the "coat of many colors" story of Joseph from the Bible's Book of Genesis. The musical was first produced in London's West End in 1973 and opened on Broadway in New York City in 1982.

Since then, this musical's family-friendly storyline, universal themes and catchy music have resulted in more than 20,000 educational and amateur theatre group productions. Idaho Summer Repertory is proud to offer its version under the direction of Lisa Woodland.

The Biblical saga of Joseph and his coat of many colors comes to vibrant life in the delightful musical parable. Joseph, his father's favorite son, is a boy blessed with prophetic dreams. When he is sold into slavery by his jealous brothers and taken to Egypt, Joseph endures a series of adventures in which his spirit and humanity are continually challenged. He is purchased by Potiphar where thwarting advances from Potiphar's wife lands him in jail.

When news of Joseph's gift to interpret dreams reaches the Pharaoh (who is wryly and riotously depicted as Elvis), Joseph is well on his way to becoming second in command. Eventually his brothers, having suffered greatly, unknowingly find themselves groveling at the feet of the brother they betrayed but no longer recognize. After testing their integrity, Joseph reveals himself leading to a heartfelt reconciliation of the sons of Israel. Set to an engaging cornucopia of musical styles, from country-western and calypso to bubble-gum pop and rock 'n' roll, this Old Testament tale emerges both timely and timeless.

Director Woodland is excited to be involved with the first ever production of "Joseph" in the Bistline Theatre. The size of the theatre allows for larger community involvement including the traditional cast and a large children's chorus. With the larger cast and crew, more people from Southeast Idaho have a chance to act, sing and experience being on the "big-stage" at ISU. Woodland said she feels that the variety of different musical styles has something to offer and entertain everyone.

Tickets are available at the Performing Arts Center Box Office or by phone at (208) 282-3595 or can be ordered online at www.isu.edu/tickets.

For more information contact Michael Helman, business and production manager, at 208-282-6452 or helmmic2@isu.edu.

Fourteen Speech-Language Pathology Master's Online Program students will come to campus for eight weeks for clinical training in the Speech-Language Pathology Clinic

Fourteen Speech-Language Pathology Master's Online Program students from across the United States and Canada will come to campus for eight weeks beginning June 11 for clinical training in the Speech-Language Pathology Clinic.They will learn clinical skills necessary to assist them in being successful speech therapists, as well as meet their instructors, have some 'down-time' to go on planned hikes, take a trip to West Yellowstone, and enjoy Idaho and the surrounding area and all it has to offer.

The Sixth Annual Blake Stephens Foosball Tournament will be June 24 at 1 p.m. at Hooligans

The Sixth Annual Blake Stephens Foosball Tournament will be June 24 at 1 p.m. at Hooligans.

The event, which raises scholarship money for student veterans attending Idaho State University, honors local Army soldier Sgt. Blake Stephens who was killed in Iraq in 2007 by a roadside bomb. Stephens often played foosball at the local establishment.

The Sgt. Blake Stephens Scholarship became the official scholarship of ISU's Veterans Sanctuary program in 2010.

"I cannot express in words how much this scholarship meant to me because it allowed me to attend summer classes that I couldn't have otherwise afforded," said 2010 scholarship recipient Kale Bergeson, a Gulf War Marine veteran and sophomore studying Human Resource Training and Development. "Thank you to Hooligans for holding this annual event to honor one of our local heroes."

The tournament annually raises about $2,000, which is split into two awards. The recipients are announced each January.

"It was a tremendous honor to be last year's scholarship recipient," said 2011 awardee Tomarra Byington, an Operation Iraqi Freedom Army Veteran. "To be recognized for my achievements tells me I've done things right and encourages me to continue to do my best."

Hooligans is located at 122 N. 3rd Ave. For more information, call 234-0213.