October 22, 2012 — Vol. 28 No. 37
In continuation of the search for a Vice President for Research and Economic Development, a candidate for the position has been invited to visit our campus. Idaho State University faculty, staff, and students are invited to meet Dr. Howard Grimes, in an open forum on Wednesday, Oct. 24 from 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. in the Rendezvous Complex Conference Rooms A, B and C. Faculty and staff at ISU-Idaho Falls and ISU- Meridian are invited to meet the candidate from 9 to 10 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 25. The video conference meeting will be in CHE 208 in Idaho Falls, and Room 508 in Meridian.
Philip Homan, Associate Professor, Eli M. Oboler Library, gave the invited October 2012 Herrett Forum lecture at the Herrett Center for Arts and Science at the College of Southern Idaho on Wednesday, Oct. 17. Homan's program, "Queen of Diamonds: Kittie Wilkins, Horse Queen of Idaho, and the Wilkins Horse Company," introduced the boss of the Wilkins Horse Company, in the Bruneau Valley of Owyhee County, which had the largest herd of horses owned by one family in the American West.
Wilkins was the only woman at the turn of the twentieth century whose sole occupation was horse dealing. She even made the largest horse sale ever in the West, when she sold 8,000 head in 1900 for British soldiers in the Boer War-over ten percent of all American horses shipped to South Africa.
A different type of New Woman, Wilkins rode the range, but on sidesaddle, not astride, hating bicycles-that symbol of the New Woman-as much because they were unladylike as for their harm to the horse market. Solidly Victorian, she subscribed to many of the tenets of the Cult of True Womanhood, but she preferred life as a single woman on a ranch in Idaho. Wilkins dared to straddle the border between a woman's and a man's world, but she refused to straddle the boundary between femininity and masculinity, shattering both the nineteenth- and twenty-first-century stereotypes of the New Woman of the West.
According to Teri Fattig, Director of the Herrett Center, Homan's audience of 227 was the largest of any Herrett Forum lecture. The Herrett Forum Lecture Series began in 2006.
The annual Pocatello Ski Swap will be held Oct. 26-28 at Idaho State University in the Pond Student Union Ballroom.
This event is sponsored by the ISU Cooperative Wilderness Handicapped Outdoor Group (CW HOG), Pocatello Ski Association, Pebble Creek Junior Race Team and the Pebble Creek Ski Patrol.
Event hours are from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26; 9 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27; and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28.
The $10 entry Early Bird Special is Friday from 6 to 7 p.m., allowing early patrons to have the first look at gear. After 7 p.m. Friday, there is a $2 entry fee.
The Ski Swap supports some of Pocatello's finest ski organizations.
Curbside check-in for people interested in selling equipment is from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25, and from noon to 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 27. Participants must enter through the Cesar Chavez Avenue entrance.
For more information call CW HOG at (208) 282-3912.
The Idaho State-Civic Symphony, along with winners of its 2012 Young Artist Competition, will present a Halloween Spooktacular Family Concert on Saturday, Oct. 27, at 2:30 p.m. in the Idaho State University Jensen Grand Concert Hall of the Stephens Performing Arts Center.
The Spooktacular is an interactive, educational and entertaining show designed to introduce children of all ages to the instruments of the symphony orchestra and to several well-known symphonic "spooky tunes," a great exposure to classical music.
Costumes are encouraged for this frighteningly good time. "Come in your Halloween costumes and take a spectacular journey through the sounds that make us jump from our seats," said Heather Sandy, Symphony Executive Director.
The orchestra's musical selections will include Mussorgsky's "Night on Bald Mountain," "Hexenritt" ("Witches Dance" from "Hansel and Gretel") by Humperdinck, and "Danse Macabre" by Saint Saens.
The concert also features Tiera Burge and Addie Murr, winners of the biennial Young Artist Competition sponsored by Idaho State-Civic Symphony Association and funded in part by J.R. Simplot Company. Burge, the Senior Division winner and recipient of a $1,000 prize, is an ISU Music graduate currently pursuing further music studies in Portland, Ore. Among her many musical accomplishments, she was a district finalist in the 2011 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.
Addie Murr, the Junior Division winner and recipient of a $500 prize, is a senior at Skyline High School in Idaho Falls. She is active in Skyline's choir program and dramatic productions, and has been selected for the All State Honor Choir and the Gem State Honor Choir. These guest soloists will perform excerpts from Mozart's "Don Giovonni," Donizetti's "Linda di Chamounix," and "O Mio Babbing Caro" from "Gianni Schicchi" by Puccini.
In addition to the prize money for further music study, the winners in each division earned this opportunity to perform with the Symphony in the Family Concert and two additional concerts for school groups that will be given earlier in the week.
Pre-concert activities beginning at 1 p.m. in the Rotunda will be led by ISU Music faculty and students. They will conduct a music fair of fun activities for the entire family, especially focused on the younger set. A variety of musical education stations will include singing and musical games and a "petting zoo" where children may see close up some of the orchestral instruments and learn how their sounds are produced.
Tickets are available at the Stephens Performing Arts Center Box Office and are $27 for a family ticket (up to 6 members) or $12 for an individual ticket.
The Idaho State University Wellness Center and ISU Student Physical Therapy Association will host the Oct. 27 Costume Fun Run that begins at ISU Reed Gymnasium at 10 a.m.
Participants may choose to run or walk 2.5-kilometer, 5-kilometer, or 10-kilometer routes in this untimed event. Costume prizes will be awarded in several categories, including pet costumes.
On-site registration begins at 9 a.m. The cost of the fun run is $7 for adults, $5 for ISU students and $2 for children aged 12 and under. T-shirts will be available in limited quantities for $5 each. At 11:30 a.m., the Student Physical Therapy Association will have special activities and prizes available for young children.
Local merchants have generously donated door prizes that will be drawn at 11:30 a.m. on the day of the fun run. Participants do not need to be present to win the door prizes. Area businesses have also contributed to individual goody bags, which will be given to each participant in this rain-or-shine event.
Participants who choose to run/walk with a pet must have them on a leash and under control at all times. Pet potty bags will be available and should be carried and used when necessary. For safety reasons, no masks that cover the face/eyes will be permitted to be worn during the run/walk.
Proceeds from the event will support the ISU Student Physical Therapy Association, whose mission is "To educate the university, community, and state about physical therapy health care needs and to provide information and orientation material for prospective students."
The Office of Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action and Diversity is beginning to plan for the Martin Luther King Jr. - Idaho Human Rights Day celebration to be held in January 2013. We are seeking input from anyone interested in helping plan the event. We encourage participation from students, faculty, staff and community members. Please respond to Kay Rogers at (208) 282-3964 or firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, Oct. 26.
Our first meeting is scheduled for Monday, Oct. 29 in the Diversity Resource Center at 2 p.m., Rendezvous Building, Room 129.
Idaho State University will host a Haunted Science Laboratory exhibit on Saturday, Oct. 27, from 3 to 9 p.m. at the old CARQUEST warehouse, 1161 Wilson Ave. in Pocatello, one block west of the Pizza Hut on Yellowstone Ave.
The Haunted Laboratory - hosted by the ISU Society of Physics Students, the Kiwanis Club of Pocatello and the ISU Department of Physics - features interactive exhibits designed to delight, fright, and educate kids of all ages.
Exhibits include a Van deGraaf generator, lasers moving to music, and lots of cool illusions with smoke and mirrors. Several exhibits use the same principles of those of Disneyland's Haunted Mansion, except that here they are explained.
The exhibits are also open to schools and educational groups by appointment Wednesday, Oct. 24, through Friday, Oct. 26.
The entrance fee on Saturday will be $3 per person, or $7 per family (limit 6). All proceeds will go to Kiwanis supported charities benefiting southeast Idaho Children.
For more information about the exhibit or to schedule a school field trip, contact Dr. Steve Shropshire in the ISU Department of Physics at email@example.com or 282-2212.
An Idaho State University professor who is conducting research on the persuasive attacks against the NHL and the NHL Players Association during the most recent work stoppage says most attacks are aimed squarely at the NHL and that the league's image is being severely damaged.
According to Jim DiSanza, the study's lead researcher, persuasive attacks occur when people accuse, blame, condemn or rebuke a person or organization for some action. The persuasive attacks aimed at the NHL attempt to increase the owners' responsibility for the work stoppage by reminding fans that this is the third lockout in the past 18 years and by claiming that the NHL planned it as a negotiation tactic rather than as a last resort.
The NHL has also been attacked for the inconsistency apparent when they "cry poverty" on the one hand, but claim record revenues and sign free agents to massive contracts on the other. Finally, pejorative labels have been attached to league commissioner Gary Bettman, who has been referred to as "Lord Voldemort" and a "school-yard bully," and the NHL's negotiating position as a "claw-back."
"Although the NHLPA has also been attacked," said DiSanza, "the league made itself sticky to the attacks by presenting an opening offer that was so extreme. The PA's opening offer appeared to be far more conducive to compromise."
That the NHL is very concerned about its image became apparent yesterday when it was revealed that it hired political spin doctor Frank Luntz to improve its messaging during the lockout. According to DiSanza, this makes the NHL's image problem even worse and he doesn't think fans will buy the NHL's claim that this is normal market research.
"There's an oceanic gulf between market research designed to help position your product and political research that spins your refusal to sell your product," DiSanza said. "Now that the entire spin process has been revealed, I suspect the NHL looks even worse to many fans and commentators."
"I think the obvious image problems that they created for themselves lead to today's (Oct. 16) surprise new offer that the NHL proposed to the NHLPA," DiSanza said. "I don't think it's a coincidence that it comes on the heels of the Luntz revelation."
DiSanza was the lead author in a recently published study of the NHL's last work stoppage titled "The Puck Stops Here: The NHL's Image Repair Strategies During the 2004-2005 Lockout," (in "Restoring the Athlete's Image," Lexington Books). He says this latest study will be completed once the lockout is over.
Uninsured and in need of health services?
Attend a free community health screening, Thursday, Nov. 1, 4 to 7 p.m., at the CATCH office, 503 S. Americana Blvd., in Boise. CATCH stands for Charitable Assistance to Community's Homeless.
Faculty and student clinicians from the Idaho State University-Meridian Health Science Center will conduct the screenings. Services include:
Since March 2010, ISU-Meridian, Ada County, Central District Health, and the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare have partnered to offer the screenings to uninsured Ada County adults. To date, more than 430 adults have participated in the screenings with many being referred to low-cost clinics and health care providers for further treatment.
"These screenings promote prevention and personal responsibility by helping to identify and address health care problems before they end up requiring costly ER visits," said Ada County Commissioner Sharon Ullman. "By detecting health challenges early, educating clients on these issues, and making appropriate referrals, we are helping participants manage their health, saving money for taxpayers, and providing a valuable hands-on educational opportunity to local students."
ISU-Meridian Academic Dean Bessie Katsilometes said the screenings represent "a unique partnership between the University, county government, state agencies, area health care providers and CHS participants through the assessment and referral process for enhanced public health."
The full screening process takes about an hour. No appointment is necessary. Valley Ride bus stops are nearby. For more information, call 373-1700.
The Idaho State University Women's Club continues its tradition of supporting ISU scholarships with its annual Holiday Fair 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9, and 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10 in the ISU Pond Student Union Ballroom.
Lunch will be available Friday only and parking is free for participants. This event raises money for scholarships awarded annually to three ISU students.
Organizers of the 2012 Holiday Fair are expecting participation from more than 30 local and regional artists and artisans. Treasures available for purchase will include handmade crafts, pottery, jewelry, woodwork, artwork, clothing, holiday decorations, cards, stitched crafts, and much more. There also will be the Upscale Resale Booth featuring gently used items from dishes to books, and the Heartfelt Creations Booth with fresh baked goods from members of the Women's Club.
A silent auction and raffles will be a major draw of the fair. Many departments of ISU generously donate themed gift baskets to auction. Basket themes range from outdoor hobby, gourmet, children, to romantic and practical. The highlight of the raffles will be a handmade quilt created by the Women's Club Quilt Group.
Vendors interested in participating should contact Natosha Holmes firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Little River Band will perform their classic rock hits and current song lineup at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 15 at the Idaho State University L.E. and Thelma E. Stephens Performing Arts Center.
Their performance will be held in the Joseph C. and Cheryl H. Jensen Grand Concert Hall and is part of ISU's "A Season of Note" entertainment and cultural series.
Little River Band is an Australia-based band that has achieved great success with good songwriting, powerful vocals and guitar harmonies.
Between 1976 and 1983, Little River Band chart successes in America included the following singles: "It's a Long Way There," "Help Is on Its Way," "Happy Anniversary," "Reminiscing," "Lady" and "The Other Guy."
Little River Band is considered to be one of Australia's most significant bands with album and CD sales now topping 30 million. They also set a record for having Top 10 hits for six consecutive years.
For more information on this band visit their website www.littleriverband.com.
Tickets for the concert are $45 lower level and $40 upper level and can be purchased at the Stephens Performing Arts Center Box Office, open from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Tickets can also be purchased over the phone at 208-282-3595 or online at www.isu.edu/tickets. They can also be purchased at Vickers Western Stores in Pocatello or Idaho Falls. The Box Office is open one hour prior to show time.
More Stephens Center information is available at www.isu.edu/stephens/.
The Research Office and the Humanities and Social Sciences Research Committee (HSSRC) invite proposals for funding for research projects.
These funds are available to faculty and to students conducting research in the humanities, social sciences and fine arts.
Guidelines are available at http://www.isu.edu/research/internalgrants.shtml. Deadline is Feb. 15.
The Idaho State University Wellness Center will support smokers adjusting to ISU's new smoke-free campus policy by offering smoking cessation workshops Nov. 7, 14 and 28.
The workshops are being held in conjunction with National Quit Day, Nov. 15, the 37th annual Great American Smokeout, when thousands of Americans commit to quitting tobacco.
The workshops will focus on creating physical, mental and motivational support to help smokers gain independence from tobacco.
Workshops will be held in Room 118 of the Rendezvous Complex from noon to 12:50 p.m. on the following dates:
For more information on tobacco cessation and to download a free quitting countdown clock, visit the American Cancer Society Great American Smokeout link at http://www.cancer.org/Healthy/StayAwayfromTobacco/GreatAmericanSmokeout/index.
For additional information, contact the Idaho State University Wellness Center at 208-282-2117.