News and Notes

A Newsletter for Faculty and Staff of Idaho State University

March 24, 2008 — Vol. 24 No. 11

Allen Tedrow, Idaho Museum of Natural History fossil preparator, sets up a replica of an ice-age mammoth skeleton in the multipurpose room of the Samuel Horne Bennion Student Union Building at University Place in Idaho Falls. The setup is the first phase of creating an exhibit that will be finished over the next week. The replica depicts a mammoth skeleton found in Utah that is approximately 12,000 to 15,000 years old. It is the same type of mammoth that would have inhabited southeastern Idaho during the same time period. (ISU Photographic Services)

In this Issue

Vailas to spotlight economic impact of ISU at Idaho Falls forum March 28

Idaho State University President Arthur C. Vailas, Ph.D., will be the featured speaker at the City Club of Idaho Falls luncheon on Friday, March 28. President Vailas will address the economic impact of Idaho State University, particularly the contribution that ISU’s research activities make to the economies of Idaho Falls and the state in the fields (read more...)

ISU May 10 commencement features new 10 a.m. start

The time of commencement ceremonies this spring has been changed. Commencement is now scheduled May 10 beginning at 10 a.m. in Holt Arena. In previous years, commencement occurred in the afternoon. Following the ceremony there will be a reception for the entire Idaho State University community on the turf in Holt Arena. Graduates and their guests, (read more...)

New ISU freshman registrations set for 2008 high school graduates

Idaho State University will hold New Freshman Registration Programs for 2008 high school graduates and other new freshman April 8-11 in Pocatello. Freshmen registration will be held in Pocatello in the Pond Student Union Building Ballroom on Tuesday, April 8; Wednesday, April 9; Thursday, April 10; and Friday, April 11. The program begins promptly at 8 (read more...)

Kenneth A. Smith, Ph.D., named dean of College of Business

Kenneth A. Smith, Ph.D., CPA, associate dean of the Idaho State University College of Business since 1996, has been named dean by ISU Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Robert A. Wharton, Ph.D. Smith’s appointment is effective immediately. He came to ISU in 1970 as assistant professor of accounting and head of the accounting program. (read more...)

‘Art of Paleontology’ exhibit opens March 13 at Idaho Museum of Natural History

The Idaho Museum of Natural History will open its newest exhibit “The Art of Paleontology” with a ribbon cutting with the Chamber of Commerce on Thursday, March 13 at 11 a.m. In conjunction with its newest exhibit, Bill Akersten, Ph.D., IMNH curator and paleontologist, will present a free public talk in the Museum classroom at 7 (read more...)

Faculty/Staff Update

English professor Brian Attebery, Ph.D., will be the invited guest and keynote speaker at an international conference in Wroclaw, Poland, in May. The conference, titled “Relevant Across Cultures: Visions of Connectedness and World Citizenship in Modern Fantasy for Young Readers,” will be hosted by the Center for Children’s and Young Adult Fiction at the University of Wroclaw. Attebery, a scholar of fantasy and science fiction, will speak on the topic “Stories Linked to Stories: Fantasy as a Route to Myth.” More information about the conference can be found

NewsBites

Idaho State University President Arthur C. Vailas, Ph.D., will be the featured speaker at the City Club of Idaho Falls luncheon on Friday, March 28. President Vailas will address the economic impact of Idaho State University, particularly the contribution that ISU’s research activities make to the economies of Idaho Falls and the state in the fields of energy, health care and medical education. City Club is a nonpartisan public forum for civil discussion of public affairs. Previous guests have included U.S. Sen. Mike Crapo, Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter and former Idaho Gov. Cecil D. Andrus. The luncheon is scheduled from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Samuel Horne Bennion Student Union Multipurpose Room, at the Idaho Falls Center for Higher Education at University Place, 1784 Science Center Drive. Lunch is $15. Gallery seating is free. To RSVP or for more information, call (208) 227-1702 or send an e-mail.

From Purchasing Services: Requisitions to encumber FY 2008 funds must be received by Purchasing Services by April 1 if the value of the purchase is greater than $50,000; or by May 1 if the value of the purchase is less than $50,000. Departments with summer-project purchases requiring delivery by June 1 must have their requisitions to Purchasing Services by April 1.

Radio station KISU-FM 91.1 welcomes the opportunity to air public-service announcements about upcoming events and activities. Events and activities must be nonprofit and noncommercial. Announcements should provide pertinent information, especially the time and date of the event, the location, the sponsoring organization, and a contact name and phone number, if possible. KISU cannot air information about donations or ticket prices, but it can air telephone numbers through which more information can be obtained. To be sure information gets on the air, submit it by e-mail kisu.events@gmail.com at least two weeks before the event is scheduled to take place.

The monthly ISU Gallery Walk is scheduled Monday, March 31, from 7-9 p.m. The public is invited to an evening of art and culture at five different campus galleries. Admission is free and refreshments will be served at the Transition Gallery in the lower level of the Pond Student Union Building. The exhibit in the Transition Gallery is titled “Out of Bounds.” It includes works by students in the department of mass communication’s color-printing and digital-imaging classes. The exhibit features large-format giclee (pronounced gee-clay) prints. The Davis Gallery will feature an exhibit titled “Two Fish & Three Lines,” by Jennie McCall and Danielle Dutson. The Mind’s Eye Gallery will feature an exhibit titled “Ego’s Illustrations.” Eli M. Oboler Library is continuing its focus on Women’s History Month. It will have a display depicting 20 years of posters. Gallery Walk visitors also can view the newest exhibit, “The Art of Paleontology,” at the Idaho Museum of Natural History. The exhibit features illustrations by world-renowned paleoartist Mark Hallett and is accompanied by bronzed skeletons of a giant prehistoric bison being attacked by saber-tooth cats. For details call x2262 or send an e-mail.