News and Notes

A Newsletter for Faculty and Staff of Idaho State University

October 15, 2012 — Vol. 28 No. 36

Faculty/Staff Updates

After 30 years of service to the ISU community, Becky Evans will be retiring Oct. 26

After 30 years of service to the ISU community, Becky Evans will be retiring Oct. 26.

A reception will be held in her honor from 2 to 4 p.m. on Thursday Oct 25 in the Student Union Bengal Cafe.

All are invited to drop in and say congratulations to Becky.

Becky started her career at ISU in 1982 working as a bindery clerk for printing services located in the basement of the Administration Building. When the printing department closed in 1988 Becky transferred to the College of Technology Graphics Art Printing Program where she worked until October 2009. Becky has since been the smiling face behind the counter at the Total Copy Center located in the Student Union Building.

News Bites

The Idaho State University Association of Indian Students will host Indian Night on Saturday, Oct. 20, from 6 to 9 p.m. in the ISU Pond Student Union Ballroom

The Idaho State University Association of Indian Students will host Indian Night on Saturday, Oct. 20, from 6 to 9 p.m. in the ISU Pond Student Union Ballroom.

The event will feature authentic Indian food, including jeera rice, butter chicken, sambnar (a lentil-based dish from southern India), matter paneer (a north Indian curry made with peas and cottage cheese), tomato chutney, Indian baked potatoes and mango lassi. It will also feature a variety of events highlighting Indian culture, including several dances and a short skit.

Tickets purchased in advance are $6 for students, $7 for faculty and staff and $9 for the general public. Tickets will be one dollar more at the door. Tickets may be purchased at the Pond Student Union and Rendezvous Complex Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information on this event contact Soumadipta Jash at jashsoum@isu.edu or call 701-540-2943.

The Idaho Section of the American Chemical Society is pleased to announce 2012 ACS tour speaker Dr. Richard Philp, the Joe and Robert Klabzuba Chair in Geology and Geophysics at the University of Oklahoma

The Idaho Section of the American Chemical Society is pleased to announce 2012 ACS tour speaker Dr. Richard Philp, the Joe and Robert Klabzuba Chair in Geology and Geophysics at the University of Oklahoma. Dr. Philp will present a general lecture entitled: "Environmental Forensics-Where did it come from and who did it?" on Thursday, Oct. 25 at 7 p.m. in the ISU Physical Sciences Complex Room 140. A second technical lecture entitled: "The Role of Compound Specific Isotopes in Environmental Forensics" will occur on Friday, Oct. 26 at 1 p.m. in the ISU Physical Sciences Complex Room 144. This is a free event and all are invited to attend both lectures. For questions please contact Dr. Todd Davis davitodd@isu.edu or (208) 282-2668.

Idaho State University's Department of English and Philosophy will host a reading of poetry and creative nonfiction at 3:30 on Friday, Oct. 19, at the Bengal Cafe in the Pond Student Union

Idaho State University's Department of English and Philosophy will host a reading of poetry and creative nonfiction at 3:30 on Friday, Oct. 19, at the Bengal Cafe in the Pond Student Union.

Poet Michael Sowder and essayist Jennifer Sinor of the creative writing faculty at Utah State University will read from their work. Admission is free and open to the public.

Sowder is a poet, writer and professor at Utah State University. His new book of poetry, "House Under the Moon," has just been published by Truman State University Press. His first poetry collection, "The Empty Boat," was chosen by Diane Wakoski from more than 600 manuscripts to win the 2004 T.S. Eliot Award, and his chapbook, "A Calendar of Crows," won the New Michigan Press Award. "Whitman's Ecstatic Union," his study of Walt Whitman's poetry, was published by Routledge Press. Sowder's poetry and nonfiction explore themes of wilderness, fatherhood, Buddhism and poetics. A new essay, "Teaching Poetry / Teaching Mindfulness" is forthcoming in the December issue of the Buddhist magazine, Shambhala Sun.

Sinor is a creative nonfiction writer whose essays have appeared in the American Scholar, Ecotone, Fourth Genre, and elsewhere. Her work was recently anthologized in both the Norton Reader and Utne, as well as nominated for a Pushcart Prize. The author of "The Extraordinary Work of Ordinary Writing," a book that blends memoir and research, Sinor teaches creative writing at Utah State University where she is an associate professor of English.

Idaho State University President Arthur C. Vailas invites all to attend the annual State of the University address Oct. 24 at 6 p.m. in the Stephens Performing Arts Center

Idaho State University President Arthur C. Vailas invites all to attend the annual State of the University address Oct. 24 at 6 p.m. in the Stephens Performing Arts Center. Refreshments will be served.

Information from the presentation will also be available after the presentation on the President's web site.

Experience College Day, for high school juniors and seniors with disabilities, will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26, in the Idaho State University Pond Student Union Bengal Theater

Experience College Day, for high school juniors and seniors with disabilities, will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26, in the Idaho State University Pond Student Union Bengal Theater.

This event, hosted by ISU's Disability Services, is an opportunity for these students to meet individuals who will share their experiences and skills to help ensure long-term success in college.

Representatives from the Pocatello, American Falls, Blackfoot, Snake River and Marsh Valley school districts will be in attendance as well as others from as a far as Wyoming. The Idaho Department of Labor, Vocational Rehabilitation, Idaho Department of Education, and The Bannock Civitans are joining together to support and host ISU's third annual Experience College Day.

About 130 high school students are expected to attend.

For more information, contact Todd DeVries, director of ISU Disability Services, 208-282-3599.

The Idaho State University School of Performing Arts will present the Children's Readers' Theatre "Halloween Hooplah: Featuring John Pigs Halloween" at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 27

The Idaho State University School of Performing Arts will present the Children's Readers' Theatre "Halloween Hooplah: Featuring John Pigs Halloween" at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 27.

The production by ISU Theatre/Dance will be held in the Stephens Performing Arts Center Jensen Grand Concert Hall and is rated G for children 3 years and older.

The performances will feature stories revolving around Halloween that are based stories in the book "Halloween Hooplah" by Jan L. Waldron. The small cast will create hordes of familiar and unfamiliar trick-or-treaters, haunted characters and spooky individuals.

Tickets are $5 or $25 for a family pass, for up to six family members. Tickets are available at the Performing Arts Center Box Office in person or by phone at (208) 282-3595, Vickers Western Wear stores in Pocatello and Idaho Falls, Pond Student Union Building Information Desk or online at www.isu.edu/tickets.