News and Notes

A Newsletter for Faculty and Staff of Idaho State University

April 4, 2008 — Vol. 24 No. 12

Idaho State University President Arthur C. Vailas, Ph.D., left, visits with City Club of Idaho Falls President Mark Young March 28 ISU-Idaho Falls. President Vailas spoke to the City Club on the topic of ISU's economic impact on Idaho. In the background is an exhibit by the Idaho Museum of Natural History that features a replica of an ice-age mammoth's skeleton found in northern Idaho. (ISU Photographic Services)

In this Issue

Counseling program takes national honor, expands Ph.D. program to Treasure Valley

For the third time since 1985, the Idaho State University Department of Counseling has won the Robert Frank Outstanding Counselor Education Program Award. The counseling program was selected from university programs nominated from throughout the country. ISU was selected by the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, a division of the American Counseling Association. Counseling faculty (read more...)

Seventh annual Tech Expo slated April 3 at Holt Arena

The Idaho State University College of Technology and School District #25 Gateway Academies will host the seventh annual Tech Expo on Thursday, April 3, at Holt Arena on the Idaho State University campus. Tech Expo will run 9 a.m.–2 p.m. and 5–7 p.m. In conjunction with the evening session of the Expo, Business After Hours will be (read more...)

Kasiska College, ISU-Boise research days set April 4

Is there a connection between the amount of money spent on anti-smoking efforts and the prevalence of tobacco use in Idaho? Are dental hygienists receiving sufficient education about diabetes and patient care? Both questions are among dozens that faculty and students will explore during the 19th annual ISU Kasiska College of Health Professions Research Day in Pocatello, (read more...)

ISU recruitment poster receives ‘Best of Show’ award

Idaho State University has announced Craig Joseph received the “Best of Show” award for a poster created by the ISU Division of Enrollment Management, Office of Admissions Recruitment Services. Joseph, assistant director of marketing and publications for ISU enrollment management, was recently honored at the 23rd annual Admissions Advertising Awards sponsored by Admissions Marketing Report. The ISU (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...)

Faculty/Staff Update

BBC Mundo, the Spanish multimedia service of the British Broadcasting Company, interviewed Idaho State University-Boise professor Galen Louis, Ph.D., March 30 as part of a video diary about issues of importance to Hispanic Americans this election year. BBC Mundo broadcasts to an international audience via the BBC World Web site. Hispanic affairs television correspondent Jose Baig interviewed Louis, who heads ISU-Boise’s Master of Public Health program, about a $240,000 grant he recently received to help teenagers in Canyon Country create an antismoking campaign targeting their peers. The text of the interview, in Spanish, can be found online.

Maria Wong, Ph.D., associate professor in the department of psychology, has received a grant from the National Institutes of Health for her study on sleep problems and substance use and abuse in adolescence and young adulthood. The award is for a direct cost of almost $200,000 for two years. The grant will enable Wong to extend and expand the research she began with her 2004 paper titled, “Sleep problems in childhood and the early onset of alcohol and other drug use in adolescence,” published in Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research. That paper received national media coverage in such outlets as Reuters, MSNBC.com, WebMD.com, ABC and the BBC.

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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, as well as all faculty and staff, are invited. For more information on this year's commencement, call x2599.

Idaho State University Professional Women will hold its annual spring lunch with President Arthur C. Vailas, Ph.D., on Thursday, April 10, at noon in the Rendezvous Complex, Suites A and B. Cost is $5 for members and $10 for nonmembers. Nonmembers who would like to join ISUPW for 2008-09 may pay the $20 dues now and receive lunch for an additional $5. Current members can pay their 2008-2009 dues, which are $20, or wait until next year. To attend the lunch, RSVP to Deb Easterly, Ed.D.