News and Notes

A Newsletter for Faculty and Staff of Idaho State University

July 16, 2012 — Vol. 28 No. 25

Faculty/Staff Updates

Nancy Anthony is retiring from the Idaho State University State University Eli M. Oboler Library after 47 years of service, five as a student employee and 42 as a state employee

Nancy Anthony is retiring from the Idaho State University State University Eli M. Oboler Library after 47 years of service, five as a student employee and 42 as a state employee.

Anthony began working at the Oboler Library as a student assistant in 1965. In 1970, the year she graduated from ISU with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in education, she became a regular employee of the library, becoming manager of the Interlibrary Loan Department. She is finishing her career as head of the Interlibrary Loan Department.

A retirement reception for Anthony will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday, July 20, at the ISU Magnuson Alumni House, 921 S. Eighth Ave.

Nancy and her husband Dan Anthony have had a lifetime association with ISU. Dan received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in sociology in 1971 and started working for ISU in 1972. He has held a variety of positions and currently serves as Purchasing Services assistant director and contracts purchasing agent.

During their college days, both were active in student organizations. Nancy was a member of Alpha Omicron Pi, and remains an active member of this alumni group and is listed in Who's Who of American Women. Nancy was recognized as a Woman of Achievement in 1988 by Zonta International.

Dan and Nancy have been donors to ISU since 1985 and have achieved the ISU Foundation Garnet Legacy level of giving. Charitable giving has included both KISU radio and TV. Both have been annual contributors to United Way. The Anthonys were also in the initial group of donors to the Stephens Performing Arts Center and have purchased seats in the Beverly Bistline Thrust Theatre. The couple has two daughters.

News Bites

Idaho State University has refinanced some if its debt and has issued $27.5 million in Tax-Exempt, General Revenue Refunding Bonds in July, a move that will save the University millions of dollars

Similar to a homeowner refinancing his or her housing loan, Idaho State University has refinanced some if its debt and has issued $27.5 million in Tax-Exempt, General Revenue Refunding Bonds in July, a move that will save the University millions of dollars.

"The Series 2012 Bonds, which were approved by the Idaho State Board of Education at its June meeting, will result in a net present value savings to the University of approximately $3.2 million," said James Fletcher, ISU vice president of finance. "The bonds were structured to ensure they added no new debt and did not extend the length or term of the existing debt."

The net proceeds from the Series 2012 Bonds will be used to refund and refinance certain outstanding bonds of the university. ISU timed the refinancing of the outstanding bonds to leverage the current low interest rates, which are the lowest that have been available in the last 40 years. This resulted in ISU receiving the lowest interest rate for any bond financing in the state of Idaho for fiscal year 2012.

ISU continues to pay down its debt, accrued due to the financing of projects such as the construction of the Rendezvous Complex.

As part of the bond process, Moody's Investors Service assigned Idaho State University a rating of "A1" with a "stable outlook," and Standard & Poor's affirmed ISU's "A," rating, also with a "stable outlook."

In their reports, both agencies praised the University's overall solid financial profile and strong balance sheet.

"Moody's commented on ISU's strong leadership and governance initiatives, and commented about its expectation that the University will successfully manage stressful impacts of the economy, generate balanced operations and maintain its manageable debt burden," Fletcher said.

Standard and Poor's mentioned that the ISU exhibits financial characteristics of a higher rating like the low debt ratio and steady operating performance.

"Idaho State University is pleased with the results of this initiative and the resultant savings and continues to seek ways to make education more affordable for Idaho's students," Fletcher said.

The Idaho State University Department of Counseling's Pocatello Counseling Clinic and the ISU Counseling and Testing Center will offer free counseling to any individual or family wanting support as they cope with loss and trauma caused by the Charlotte Fire

The Idaho State University Department of Counseling's Pocatello Counseling Clinic and the ISU Counseling and Testing Center will offer free counseling to any individual or family wanting support as they cope with loss and trauma caused by the Charlotte Fire.

The ISU Pocatello Counseling Clinic is located on the seventh floor of Garrison Hall on the ISU campus. The clinic phone number is 240-1609.

The ISU Testing and Counseling Center is located in Room 351 of Graveley Hall and its phone number is 282-2130.

The CSED department completed a pilot program, Meridian Intensive Aphasia Program in June 2012

The CSED department completed a pilot program, Meridian Intensive Aphasia Program (MIAP) in June 2012.

MIAP is designed to help patients diagnosed with a stroke achieve their communication goals in an intensive therapy program. Across rehabilitation disciplines there is growing evidence to support intensive treatment as the best practice for functional recovery.

This intensive program provided a range of services and opportunities for clients as and their communication partners. MIAP provided two hours of individual therapy and two hours of group therapy for two weeks. MIAP had two separate tracks over the span of four weeks with a total of 16 clients and their communication partners.

This program also offered clinical experience to our online student clinicians that traveled the globe from Alaska to Maine. Those involved in the program met communication goals and objectives to last a lifetime. A client when asked to provide what he could to communicate how he felt after attending the two intensive weeks indicated he was "free" after programming an iPad to assist in communication. MIAP would like to thank all those involved from online student clinicians, meridian student clinicians, student volunteers, clinical faculty, clients and their communication partners.

Midlife Madness, a three-day free healthy lifestyles workshop designed for women over 50, is being hosted by the Idaho State University Anderson Gender Resource Center

Midlife Madness, a three-day healthy lifestyles workshop designed for women over 50, is being hosted by the Idaho State University Anderson Gender Resource Center and is funded in part by the Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women.

The workshop is free, but space is limited.

"We are excited to have numerous health professional experts from ISU and the community lined up to discuss ways of maintaining health and activity during midlife changes. Research indicates the need for increased women's health education in this age group," said Bonnie Frantz, project director.

Women will gain knowledge on best practices in chronic disease management, heart health, medication management and behavioral health. Participants will engage in Tai Chi and yoga exercise options from trained leaders. Two dinners will be included featuring body image and nutrition strategies to embrace as one ages.

The event is scheduled from 4 to 9 p.m. Aug. 16 -17 at the Reed Gymnasium on the Idaho State Campus. On Saturday, Aug. 18, activities begin in the morning with a walking tour of art along the Greenway followed by a health resource fair for women over 50.

Registration is open until July 23 at www.isu.edu/andersoncenter.

Research participants are needed for a study aimed at developing better hearing tests

Research participants are needed for a study aimed at developing better hearing tests.

Chris Sanford, Ph.D. and Jeff Brockett, Ed.D., faculty in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Idaho State University, are conducting the IRB-approved research study, and are looking for volunteers ages 4-17 with normal hearing. Parental permission is required.

In response to sound, a normal, healthy ear sends sound back out of the ear and into the ear canal, where it can be measured with a sensitive microphone. These sounds, called otoacoustic emissions (OAEs), can be used to test hearing. OAEs can also be used to monitor the hearing of patients undergoing medical treatments that can damage hearing. The purpose of this study is to find out more about how the OAE test works and how much the OAE responses change over time in healthy children with normal hearing.

To participate, the following is required:

Seven visits to the Idaho State University Audiology Clinic over an 8 month time period.

- Your child must pass hearing screening tests conducted during the first visit to complete the entire study.

- One visit every week for approximately one and a half months (6 visits), then one additional visit six months after the sixth visit (7 visits total).

- Each visit will last about an hour. A $10 payment will be given for each visit.

Clinical Hearing Screening and Experimental Hearing Tests

- While comfortably seated, sounds will be presented to the ears through a soft foam ear tip. Participants must be quiet during the testing.

To schedule an appointment or to ask questions, please call: (208) 282-3271.

Reminder: Final Interdepartmental Invoices and Journal Entries for FY12 due to Accounting by Tuesday July 31

This message is to remind you to submit all Interdepartmental Invoices for Fiscal Year 2012 to Accounting by Tuesday July 31, 2012. To submit an invoice please complete an Interdepartmental Invoice Form and send it with the invoice to Accounting for processing. The FY12 period is for July 1, 2011 to June 30, 2012. Please indicate on the form that it is for business incurred in FY12 by writing FY12 in the description. FY12 Interdepartmental invoices received after July 31, 2012 will not be processed. This cut-off is necessary to ensure that the financial statements can be produced in a timely manner.

All journal entries, to correct accounting information for data that posted in FY12, also needs to be received by Accounting by Tuesday July 31, 2012. Please indicate that it is FY12 by writing FY12 in the description. A copy of the backup documentation for the journal entry should be sent with the form.

The ISU Interdepartmental Invoice Form and the Journal Entry Form can be found on the Financial Services Web site under BengalWeb, Finance tab, Forms, Finance & Administration Forms. The information can be mailed to campus box 8219 or faxed to 4725. For questions please contact one of the following: Diane MacLerran at ext 3931, Rebecca Ramy at ext 3066, Karan Sparks at ext 3009, or Lisa Leyshon at ext 4207.