News and Notes

A Newsletter for Faculty and Staff of Idaho State University

June 18, 2012 — Vol. 28 No. 22

Faculty/Staff Updates

All are invited to a retirement party in honor of Dianne Horrocks June 27 from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Bengal Cafe

All are invited to a retirement party in honor of Dianne Horrocks June 27 from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Bengal Cafe. Light refreshments will be served.

The party is hosted by the Office of Research and Office of Sponsored Programs.

Dr. Karen Neill has been selected to participate in the AACN Leadership for Academic Nursing Program

Dr. Karen Neill has been selected to participate in the AACN Leadership for Academic Nursing Program.

This fellowship is designed to develop and enhance leadership skills in new and emerging executive administrators in baccalaureate and graduate nursing programs and better prepare participants to accept academic leadership positions.

During December 10-31, 2011, Dr. Subbaram Naidu, Director, School of Engineering at Idaho State University visited China for the third time, covering East China Normal University, Shanghai, Shanghai Jiao-Tong University, Shanghai, Nantong University, Nantong and Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing

During Dec. 10-31, 2011, Dr. Subbaram Naidu, Director, School of Engineering at Idaho State University visited China for the third time, covering East China Normal University, Shanghai, Shanghai Jiao-Tong University, Shanghai, Nantong University, Nantong and Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing.

Dr. Naidu visited (invited by Dr. Zhiming Wang) the Center for Applied and Interdisciplinary Mathematics (CAIM) of the East China Normal University (ECNU), Shanghai.

Dr. Naidu gave a short graduate level course for three weeks on Optimal Control based on his own book, Optimal Control Systems. The course was attended by a mixture of doctoral, master, and senior undergraduate students in the Dr. Naidu with Dr. Wang.

Dr. Naidu was invited by Dr. Guoping Lu, President of Jiangsu College of Information Technology to visit the College of Electrical Engineering (CEE), Nantong University, Nantong, hosted by Dean Juping Gu during Dec.17-19, 2011.

Dr. Naidu introduced by Dr. Gu Technology at Idaho State University and Dr. Naidu with President Dr. Lu visited the Robotics Laboratory. He also expressed interest in collaborating with the CEE of Nantong University.

On Dec. 22, 2011, Professor Naidu also visited Shanghai Jiao-Tong University (SJTU), Shanghai and gave a presentation on Research Experiences in Singular Perturbations and Time Scales (SPaTS)- An overview to the group Singular Perturbations Society of China.

During Dec. 24-26, Dr. Naidu visited (invited by Dr. Ji-Feng Zhang, Deputy Director), the Academy of Mathematics and Systems Science (AMSC), Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing. Dr. Naidu gave a presentation on Smart Prosthetic Hand Technology at Idaho State University and visited various laboratories at the AMSC and discussed possible collaboration in intelligent controls.

The whole visit was funded by East China Normal University, National Science Foundation of China, and Chinese Academy of Sciences.

News Bites

National HIV Testing Day is Wednesday, June 27, and ISU-Meridian will offer free, rapid HIV tests to faculty, staff and students. The message is "Take the Test, Take Control," according to organizers

National HIV Testing Day is Wednesday, June 27, and ISU-Meridian will offer free, rapid HIV tests to faculty, staff and students. The message is "Take the Test, Take Control," according to organizers.

The confidential test is performed orally and doesn't require a blood draw. Results are available within 20 minutes. Call Judy Thorne, ISU-Meridian's HIV education coordinator at 208-373-1710 to schedule an appointment.

Nearly 1.2 million people are living with HIV-the AIDS virus-in the U.S., and almost one in five don't know they are infected.

Various national and local organizations, including the National Association of People With AIDS, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and AIDS.gov, organized National HIV Testing Day in response to the growing number of HIV infections in heavily impacted communities, according to Thorne.

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

The Sixth Annual Blake Stephens Foosball Tournament is 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. Third Ave. For more information, call 234-0213.

With the recent addition of a translator in Rexburg broadcasting on 88.1 FM, KISU's radio signal can now be heard from Marsh Valley in southern Bannock County all the way to St. Anthony and north in Fremont County

Following a pattern began years ago, Idaho State University's public radio station KISU-FM continues to expand its coverage area throughout Eastern Idaho.

With the recent addition of a translator in Rexburg broadcasting on 88.1 FM, KISU's radio signal can now be heard from Marsh Valley in southern Bannock County all the way to St. Anthony and north in Fremont County.

Station general manager Jerry Miller says it's all part of his long-term plan for the station owned by Idaho State University.

"I've always felt that KISU is one of the most valuable public relations tool ISU has, and to now have our signal cover most of this side of the state is a win for us and the school," Miller said. "When we went on the air in June of 1999, we had a small 400 watt transmitter in Pocatello.

"We're now at 4,000 watts out of Pocatello at 91.1 FM," continued Miller, "with our Idaho Falls signal at 91.3, and now covering the Upper Valley at 88.1. Thirteen years ago I never imagined we'd be able to serve so many listeners. Eventually I want to put our signal into the Soda Springs, Preston and Montpelier areas to the south, and get a better signal into the Island Park/West Yellowstone area, as well. It will probably take years, but we'll get there."

KISU provides a schedule of traditional public radio programming, with a mix of nationally-syndicated news and entertainment shows from National Public Radio (NPR), Public Radio International (PRI) and American Public Media (APM). KISU also offers numerous locally-produced public affairs and music programs.

Listeners can find a complete program schedule and can also listen to all KISU programming online at www.kisu.org. Any other inquiries can be sent to Miller at milljerr@isu.edu.

Remember to reconcile June 2012 P-cards as soon as possible

Please remember that If you use your P-card in June 2012 for ISU work related expenses, all transactions need to be reconciled and approved in the Wells Fargo P-card CCER system as soon as possible to help facilitate the year-end process.

The Wells Fargo P-card CCER system is a web-based system and can be accessed from off campus. Once access has been established with the Department of Purchasing, the reconciliation process can take place from any computer you have set up for Web access into ISU BengalWeb. ISU has set up a link to the CCER system on BengalWeb under both the Purchasing and Employee tab. We have also set up a listing of Expense Account Codes that you can refer to on BengalWeb on the Finance, Purchasing and Employee tab.

The final dates for June reconciliation and approval are:

June 2012 charges brought into Banner Finance in July:
Final opportunity to reconciliation in CCER - 07/09/2012
Approval Period in CCER - 07/08/2011 thru 07/12/2012
Process in CCER closed and unavailable for input 07/13/2012

P-card charges that are posted to Wells Fargo Bank by June 30 will be subtracted from the FY 12 budgets when charged to Banner finance in mid-July. When looking at these charges in Self Service Banner in July, or later, you will need to put FY12 in the fiscal period and indicated period 14. The activity date is the date the charge is passed into the system, so it will be a July date, but the charges will subtract from the budget in FY12.

If you are purchasing an item from your FY12 available unspent balance; please be aware that ISU cannot control or influence the timing of when a merchant transaction posts to the banking system and therefore cannot guarantee that purchases in the last few days of the fiscal year will be processed in June by the banking system. It can take 3 days or longer for merchant's transactions to post to the bank system. If the transaction is not in the June transactions, for you to reconcile, then it will be subtracted from your FY13 budgets and appropriations. This is because it becomes part of the July purchases that you will reconcile in July and will not pass into ISU's systems until August. At Year End all of the normal Purchasing regulations still apply for P-card usage. If you have questions on purchasing a particular item on a P-card please contact the Purchasing Department at ext. 3112.