News and Notes

A Newsletter for Faculty and Staff of Idaho State University

August 6, 2012 — Vol. 28 No. 28

Faculty/Staff Updates

Idaho State University's Jason Harris was honored with the Elda E. Anderson Award at the 57th annual meeting of the Health Physics Society held in Sacramento, Calif., in July

Idaho State University's Jason Harris was honored with the Elda E. Anderson Award at the 57th annual meeting of the Health Physics Society held in Sacramento, Calif., in July.

Harris, who has been at ISU since 2008, is an associate professor of health physics in the ISU School of Engineering and assistant director for the Center for Advanced Energy Studies in Idaho Falls.

The Elda E. Anderson Award is presented by the Health Physics Society to a young member of the Health Physics Society to recognize excellence in (1) research or development, (2) discovery or invention, (3) devotion to health physics, and/or (4) significant contributions to the profession of health physics.

"It was quite an honor and a privilege to accept the award," Harris said.

Harris, 38, said he received the award for a combination of award criteria, including his teaching, research and professional service.

Harris received his Bachelor of Science degree in biology and marine science from the University of Tampa in Tampa, Fla., graduating with honors in 1995. He earned his master's degree in nuclear engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champagne in 2002 and his Ph.D. from Purdue University in 2007.

He has had a varied work background in a variety of fields. He has received recent recognition as 2012 Outstanding Young Alumnus Award - Purdue University, School of Health Sciences and 2012 IAEA International Nuclear Security Education Network Chair.

In addition, he continues to consult on nuclear power plant issues and is president of Harris HP Solutions, LLC. Harris already has an impressive record of innovative research on issues surrounding nuclear reactor and accelerator operations. His singular devotion to health physics is evident not only from his volunteer work for the Health Physics Society, American Nuclear Society, and other affiliated organizations, but also from his passion for teaching health physics.

Congratulations to the following winners of our June ISU Cares "Spot" awards

Congratulations to the following winners of our June ISU Cares "Spot" awards. They were commended for their exceptional customer service.

Staci Phelan, Student Affairs
Jamie Gross, Theatre & Dance
Troy Kase, Career Center
Erin Joy, Holt Arena
Ann Armatage, Art & Pre-Architecture
Shelby Nielsen, Information Technology Services

Each of our winners received a certificate, poster, and a $15 Visa card, for their excellent customer service. We would like to thank the ISU Credit Union for their sponsorship of this program. Since 2009, we have awarded the following customer service awards:

3 - $1000 ISU Cares Customer Service Provider of the Year awards
10 - $100 ISU Cares Semester awards
240 - $15 ISU Cares monthly "Spot" awards

To learn more about the current and past winners visit ISUCares. To commend an ISU employee for their great service, or to let us know where we need improvement, click ISUCares Survey. Click locations to see a list of websites and locations for the paper or online survey.

All are invited to wish Joseph Han farewell at a reception in his honor

All are invited to wish Joseph Han farewell at a reception in his honor Aug. 10 from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Wood River room of the Pond Student Union.

Biological Sciences has an opening for a Financial Technician

Biological Sciences has an opening for a Financial Technician. This position is limited to classified employees of ISU. Applications must be received by August 13, 2012. For a complete job description and how to apply, please visit the HR website at http://www.isu.edu/humanr/classified.shtml.

The Pond Student Union is accepting applications for a Building Facility Foreman

The Pond Student Union is accepting applications for a Building Facility Foreman. This is a full-time position with a competitive benefits package. To apply online, please visit our website: http://www.isu.edu/humanr/classified.shtml. Applications must be received by August 16, 2012.

Student Affairs is pleased to announce the appointment of Matthew Kroeger as the Director of Recruitment and Admissions, effective Aug. 27

Student Affairs is pleased to announce the appointment of Matthew Kroeger as the Director of Recruitment and Admissions, effective Aug. 27.

Kroeger earned an M.Ed. with Distinction in Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona University. He is currently the Senior Associate Director of Admissions, Communications & Marketing at the University of Iowa and previously served in leadership roles in admissions at Northern Arizona University and Morningside College. Kroeger's office will be located in Recruitment Services in the Museum Building. Please join us in welcoming Kroeger to ISU.

JoAnn R. Gurenlian, RDH, PhD, co-presented a continuing education program on Autoimmune Diseases with Dr. Ann Spolarich at the RDH Under One Roof Conference on Aug. 1

JoAnn R. Gurenlian, RDH, PhD, co-presented a continuing education program on Autoimmune Diseases with Dr. Ann Spolarich at the RDH Under One Roof Conference on Aug. 1. In addition, Dr. Gurenlian served as a panel presenter for the Point/Counterpoint: A Periodontal Therapy Debate presentation at the same conference on Aug. 3.

News Bites

The first Great Idaho State University Ambush, an approximately 5-kilometer mud and obstacle team race, will be held Sept. 8 and early registration is due Aug. 12

The first Great Idaho State University Ambush, an approximately 5-kilometer mud and obstacle team race, will be held Sept. 8 and early registration is due Aug. 12.

"Get ready to bare your claws and dirty your paws for the first annual Great ISU Ambush," said Larissa Kimball, ISU recruitment specialist and a race organizer. "Get ready to slosh through mud pits, hurdle over hay walls, run through tires, and trek over the rugged ridge trails on the ISU campus."

The cost for early registration for four-member teams is $65 on or before Aug. 12. The late registration fee is $85 per team from Aug. 13 to Sept. 3. Day of race registration is $100. A portion of these funds will be used to support local charities. The race is sponsored by ISU Recruitment Services.

The race will begin at Bartz Field on the ISU Pocatello campus, near the new Miller Ranch Stadium. The course will feature 15 different obstacles and is designed to challenge participants' skills.

"You and your team will traverse the endless nets that will ensnare your ambush, slosh through bottomless mud pits designed to slow the track of any tiger, scale high walls, trudge the endless hill only to realize it's not over, and you'll have much, much more to finish," Kimball said. "You'll want to rely on each ambush member to get through all 15 obstacles."

For more information and to register for the event visit www.isu.edu/ambush/. More information is also available by calling ISU Recruitment Services at (208) 282-2122 or visiting the Great ISU Ambush Facebook page at www.facebook.com/IsuAmb.

Idaho State University's College of Education will be hosting their fourth annual Welcome Back Celebration, "Let the Learning Begin!

Idaho State University's College of Education will be hosting their fourth annual Welcome Back Celebration, "Let the Learning Begin!" The Celebration will be held on August 28, 2012 at 4:00 p.m. in the College of Education Auditorium, 1150 E. Terry Street, Pocatello. Students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members are invited to join in celebrating the beginning of a new year. Keynote speaker Stacey Jensen, Outstanding Educator 2012, will present. Fun surprises throughout and reception will follow featuring refreshments, giveaways and fun! Please join us in renewing our commitment as professional educators.

The College of Science and Engineering is moving to Colonial Hall Aug. 13- 15

The College of Science and Engineering is moving to Colonial Hall Aug. 13- 15.

The College also announces two new department chairs. Mark C. Austin is the new chair of the Department of Biological Sciences, and Mahbub Khandaker is the new chair for the Department of Physics.