October 29, 2012 — Vol. 28 No. 38
Idaho State University-Meridian affiliate faculty member Margaret Doucette recently received a 2012 Community Champion Award for her humanitarian work with Be the Change, Inc., a nonprofit organization that trains student and adult volunteers to implement social service programs in Africa.
Molina Medicaid Solutions of Idaho honored Doucette at its second annual Community Champions Awards ceremony in October.
In July, Doucette and an ISU-Meridian delegation traveled to Uganda to complete the medical histories of hundreds of children living or attending school at the Nsumba Orphanage near the capital city of Kampala. They also conducted hearing and HIV screenings. The ISU-Meridian team included HIV and viral hepatitis educator Judy Thorne; audiologist Gabriel Bargen, graduate audiology student Nicole Butler; and Academic Dean Bessie Katsilometes.
Molina Medicaid Solutions also applauded Doucette for assisting Treasure Valley college and high school students with social action projects, such as helping refugees construct a community garden, tutoring young refugee students and helping families transition to the American culture.
The Community Champions program celebrates the vision of Dr. C. David Molina, the founder of Molina Healthcare, as well as community partners who work together to care for society's most vulnerable individuals. Community champions are nominated by a community-based organization and receive a $1,000 grant to give to a deserving nonprofit organization of his or her choice.
Herb Maschner, director of the Idaho Museum of Natural History at Idaho State University, received the 2012 Idaho State Journal Business Person of the Year: Education-University Award.
Maschner is an internationally known anthropologist who helped the IMNH reach a new affiliation and cooperative research venture with the Smithsonian Institution. The IMNH will now be able to locally host Smithsonian exhibits and hold various outreach programs for Southeast Idaho's school children.
Maschner is involved in 3-D virtualization work that has led him to a two-year agreement with the Smithsonian Institution. Under this agreement, the IMNH will have the opportunity to digitally scan bone artifacts and other items from the Smithsonian Collections.
Maschner was honored for the award during the 13th annual Idaho State Journal Business and Achievement Awards banquet held Oct. 24.
William James McCurdy, associate lecturer in the Department of English and Philosophy, presented three papers at the 11th World Congress of the International Association for Semiotics Studies (IASS) at Nanjing Normal University, Nanjing, China, on Oct. 5-9. In each of the three papers, "The Mathematical Structure of C. S. Peirce's Ten-Sign Classification System: An Exploration in Formal Semeiotic," "Kukai's Metaphysics and Anthropology in the Light of C. S. Peirce's Semeiotic," and "Triadic Relational Networks in C. S. Peirce's Semeiotic: What Makes Peirce's Formal Semeiotic Formal?," McCurdy analyzed Pierce's general philosophical theory of signs. In the second paper, McCurdy argued for the Japanese philosopher Kukai's semiotic theory of reality and humanity.
The last paper was sponsored by the IASS affiliate the World Association of Theoretical Semiotics (WATS), of which McCurdy was later elected Vice-president.
IASS meets twice every five years. Both IASS and WATS will next meet in Sofia, Bulgaria, in 2014.
McCurdy was the only scholar to present three papers at the conference in Nanjing.
A grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Idaho State University James E. Rogers Department of Mass Communication Vis Comm Experimental Laboratory will be held at 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7, in Room 139 of the ISU Liberal Arts Building.
The new facility will promote experimentation in print and visual communication using traditional and new technologies in letterpress and digital media.
Former darkroom labs have been refurbished with the support of faculty development funds from the ISU College of Arts and Letters. Professors Paula Jull from mass communication and Roger Schmidt from English, who submitted grant applications, will use the facility to further research efforts and enhance course offerings in the two departments.
Letterpress publishing has recently undergone a revival in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom, under the general banner of the "small press movement." Several dozen colleges and universities around the United States have begun or reactivated programs teaching letterpress printing in fully equipped facilities. Letterpress courses are included in a growing number of degree programs, and many participating schools have membership in the College Book Arts Association.
The Narrative and Print class, offered for the first time this semester at ISU, is using the lab to launch this new resource for students and faculty.
Attendees are welcome to tour the lab, meet students and see examples of work. The first 30 guests to arrive will receive a hand-printed keepsake commemorating the event.
For more information, contact the Mass Communication department at 282-3295 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Idaho State University's annual World GIS Day celebration is set for Nov. 14 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Rendezvous Complex Suites A, B and C.
This free event will feature exhibits with information about CyberGIS, supercomputing and other hands-on demonstrations.
World GIS Day will also include refreshments, a raffle, and GIS presentations by graduate students and faculty. The event is free and open to the public, and ISU will be celebrating along with several other universities and cities across the globe that day.
"World GIS Day offers everyone a chance to learn more about the fascinating field of Geographic Information Systems and how GIS is part of our everyday lives today," says Keith T. Weber, director of the ISU GIS Training and Research Center.
The World GIS Day chili cook-off will be back for the eighth year running. Participants can sample the delicious fare and vote for their favorite chili. Free cornbread, cookies, chili and drinks will be provided from noon to 1 p.m.
Presentation topics include "A Regional Project to Support Statewide Emergency Service Zones," "NASA RECOVER Wildfire Rehab Planning," "Geospatial Scanning," "gISU: ArcGIS Online for Organizations," "Creating 3D Visualizations," "Monitoring Tropical Alpine Lake Levels Using 3D Technology," "Multistate Control Point Database (MCPD)," "GNSS Trends and Trimble Hardware" and "Understanding The Influence of Livestock Guardian Dogs on Sheep Movement using GIS."
Community members planning to attend World GIS Day may park in the sectioned off part of the general parking lot near the Early Learning Center and Pond Student Union free of charge. Visitors may also purchase a $4 day pass at the information booth by the Administration Building that day.
For more information about GIS Day as well as a full schedule of events, go to http://giscenter.isu.edu/gisday/.
The Idaho Supreme Court is coming to Idaho State University to hear three cases from 8:50 a.m. to about noon on Nov. 7 in the Stephens Performing Arts Center.
"This is the first time oral arguments have been held on the Idaho State University campus in at least 10 years," said Steve Kenyon, Court Clerk. "The purpose of this is to give students and the community access to the court."
The court generally visits Pocatello once a year, but normally meets in the Bannock County Courthouse. But after an invitation by ISU President Arthur Vailas, the court decided to meet in the Stephens Center in the Jensen Grand Concert Hall where there is plenty of room for spectators.
"Professors or other interested parties can contact the Supreme Court in advance to get copies of briefs about what the arguments are and what the cases are about," Kenyon said.
The appellate oral arguments are limited to a total of 30 minutes per side. The purpose of the oral argument is to allow the parties to answer any questions the Justices might have after they have reviewed the briefing and records submitted. The Court's decision will be released in four to six weeks.
The Idaho Supreme Court will also meet in Rexburg on Nov. 8.
For more information, contact the Idaho Supreme Court at 208-334-2210.
Student Veterans at Idaho State University will honor Vietnam Veterans on Nov. 8 at 11 a.m. as part of the National Reading of the Names Project.
The students, in observance of Veterans Day, will read the names of the 217 Idaho service members killed during the Vietnam War. The ceremony will be held at the ISU Veterans Memorial at Cadet Field on the Pocatello campus, and is sponsored by the ISU Armed Forces Veterans' Clubs.
"Nobody wants war, but nobody wants to be forgotten because of war," said Chris Stine, President of the Idaho Falls campus Armed Forces Veterans' Club. "We want to ensure these veterans are not forgotten."
The local event is being done in coordination with the ceremony at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington D.C., where the 58,282 names of those killed in the Vietnam War will be read. This national project marks the 30th anniversary of The Wall.
The Pocatello ceremony will be recorded, as will others in each state, and the video sent to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund, which will post the footage on the organization's website and social media pages.
Following the event, students and community members are invited to the Veterans Sanctuary for lunch and the Third Annual Military Trivia Bowl between the Idaho Falls and Pocatello campus Veterans Clubs.
The Idaho State University International Student Association would like to invite the whole community to experience the culture of the world at ISU International Night 2012 from 6 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 3, in the Pond Student Union Ballroom.
The theme this year is "Bengal Paws Around the World" featuring specialty dishes from a variety of countries, including African countries, Mexico, Korea and many more. An Indian food item will also be provided for vegetarians.
The evening will also feature many performances such as a South African dance, Mexican dance, Nepalese song and more. In addition, the traditional flag show will be presented this year showcasing different cultural and traditions from around the world.
This year's event is being co-sponsored by Marhaba Middle East cuisine restaurant, Chartwells, Goody's, Taste of India and Nepal, Kowloon Express, and The Great Wall Express and tickets will include coupons for use at some of these business.
The cost to attend is $7 for students, $8 for faculty and staff and $9 for the public. There is an additional $1 charge for tickets purchased at the door. Tickets can be purchased in the Pond Student Union and the Rendezvous Complex from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays.
More than 200 high school students from across Southeast Idaho will visit Idaho State University Pond's Student Union from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Nov. 7 to prove their knowledge, creativity and enthusiasm for global economics.
This event is hosted by the ISU Center for Economic Education in the College of Education. It's all part of the International Economic Summit, a one-day simulation of the global economy and what happens when countries compete for scarce resources, form strategic alliances, debate global issues, invest in long-term development projects, interact with global economic institutions, and seek to stabilize and advance the global economy. At the Summit, students break up into teams, representing more than 45 nations of today's complex world.
The Summit is an effective learning experience for high school and university students on globalization, international relations and economics, and is now being replicated in other states and countries.
"We are building a new generation of global students, citizens and entrepreneurs who have the knowledge, skills and passion to cooperate, compete and prosper in the world's highly competitive economy," said Leon Maynard, president of the Idaho Council on Economic Education in Boise. "This is essential to our long term economic growth, prosperity and freedom."
The primary sponsors of the Idaho Council on Economic Education are the College of Business and Economics and the College of Education at Boise State University, where the Council has been housed since 1971. Some of the many other sponsors include Citi Cards, Wells Fargo Bank, US Bank, Intermountain Gas, Monsanto, ISU Credit Union, Citizens Community Bank, and Idaho Association of Commerce and Industry.
After a full semester or trimester of studying, researching and preparing their economic strategies, Blackfoot, Highland, Soda Springs, and West Side high school teams, and, for the first time ever, a McCammon home school group, will meet for the final one-day competition of their economic studies project.
"The hands-on lessons students learn at the International Economic Summit will be invaluable going forward in their lives," said Tom Luna, Idaho superintendent of public instruction. "When our students graduate from high school, we know they will not just be competing with students in other states but with students all across the world. That is why we passed Students Come First and took the necessary steps to ensure all students — no matter where they live — are prepared to graduate from high school and go on to postsecondary education with the skills they need to compete and be successful in the 21st Century."
Leon Maynard and the International Economic Summit staff at the Idaho Council on Economic Education developed this hands-on learning project, which is available to all high schools throughout Idaho and which has also been marketed to other universities and high schools in Massachusetts, Mississippi, California, Nevada and even China.
"Not only are they learning about economics, but students learn lessons in geography, history, leadership, public speaking and teamwork," Luna said. "It is a great learning experience for the future."
Aberdeen agribusiness leader Dirk Driscoll has been named to the Idaho State University Foundation Board of Directors.
Driscoll is well known and respected within the agribusiness community. As a managing partner of Driscoll Brothers Partnership, the brothers oversee the farming of more than 20,000 acres of potatoes, wheat, sugar beets and corn. They own and operate Driscoll Potatoes Inc., a fresh potato packaging facility in American Falls that packs and ships potatoes throughout the United States.
In addition, the family owns and operates a trucking company, a truck repair and service center, a wholesale and retail oil and fuel company as well as a grain elevator.
An active member of the community, Driscoll served on the Bingham County Planning and Zoning Commission, the executive board of the Grand Teton Council of the Boy Scouts of America and has recently served as president of the Aberdeen Chamber of Commerce.
He and his wife Dayna are the parents of two sons, three daughters and have 12 grandchildren.
"We are fortunate to have Dirk Driscoll join the ISU Foundation Board," said Arlo Luke, ISU Foundation Board President. "A major industry in our region is agriculture and Dirk and his family are recognized as having one of the most successful and respected organizations in the industry. His great experience in agriculture and business will be invaluable."
Joe Jensen, a member of the Foundation Board who nominated Driscoll, said that he was thrilled that Driscoll accepted the position.
"He is a very successful business leader and strong supporter of the local community," Jensen said. "He represents an area where I feel our Board is underrepresented."
Kent Tingey, ISU Vice President for University Advancement noted that Driscoll has been an important contributor to numerous worthwhile causes in Southeast Idaho.
"His unselfish service, charitable giving and caring for others have profoundly impacted the lives of many," Tingey said. "His appreciation for the value of education and his understanding of how education undergirds the economic success of our region will greatly benefit the mission of Idaho State University."
In acknowledging his appointment Driscoll said, "I am honored to be asked to serve as part of the Idaho State University Foundation. I am excited to serve with President Vailas and all those associated with him in the administration and the ISU Foundation. I have always been interested in ISU and appreciate the great benefit and asset it is to Pocatello and our surrounding communities, and the excellent education that it provides to the students who attend Idaho State University."
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.
Idaho State University's fall 2012 total enrollment is 14,209, including 12,143 undergraduate students and 2,066 graduate students.
These numbers reflect the total student headcount on the census day of Oct. 15, according to Laura Woodworth-Ney, associate vice president for academic affairs.
The fall 2012 total full-time equivalent student enrollment was 10,389 as of Oct. 15, based on the Idaho State Board of Education methodology for calculating student FTE.
The new State Board of Education guidelines delayed the traditional 10th day of the fall semester reporting date to Oct. 15. Therefore, Idaho's institutions do not have comparative data from last year for the Oct. 15 date.
The Union Program Council of Idaho State University is holding ISU's first "Top Chef," a live cooking challenge, at 9 p.m. Nov. 2 in the Pond Student Union Ballroom.
The UPC has created this event to provide opportunities for ISU students to showcase their culinary skills, while other students may enjoy the fruit of their labor.
Libby Howe will emcee this entertaining event. Dishes will be judged live by Matt Bloxham, Associated Students of ISU president; Linda Rankin, assistant dean health sciences; and Rob Wiscomb, owner, operator, head chef of Cafe Tuscano. Audience members will also have an opportunity to taste dishes and vote for their favorite.
Along with the entertainment of watching students compete in a live cooking challenge the event will feature for the audience a personal pizza-making station, cotton candy-making station, make-your-own drink station, multiple raffle prizes and free T-shirts for the first 150 students.
The event is free to students with valid Bengal Cards and is $5 for non-students.
For more information, contact Union Program Council via e-mail at email@example.com.
The Idaho State University Anderson Gender Resource Center will present the free film screening, "The Purity Myth," followed by a panel discussion on the topic of virginity, morality and sex education on Nov. 7 at 7 p.m. in the Pond Student Union Wood River Room.
"The Purity Myth" is a critically acclaimed documentary from 2011 about Jessica Valenti, a pioneering feminist author and blogger and her views on "the virginity movement" and how, according to Valenti, a number of individuals have attempted to prevent young women from engaging in sexual activities based on irrational fears.
Valenti is a well-known author, blogger, speaker and feminist activist. The film is her coming of age story and explains her passion for issues like comprehensive sex education and women's rights. Her writing has appeared in The Washington Post, The Nation, The Guardian, The American Prospect and Ms. Magazine. She has also won a Choice USA Generation Award and has appeared on The Colbert Report.
The panel following the film will be comprised by Jennifer Seaich, director of the Campus Ministry at ISU; Brenda Pollard, member of the LDS Church; Rachel Hammes, news editor for The Bengal newspaper; Linda Leeuwrik, professor of art; and John Batacan, professor of health and nutrition sciences. The panel will be moderated by Tiffany Allison, a student assistant for the Anderson Center.
This event is free and open to all. For questions or more information about the event, contact the Anderson Center at 282-2805. For more information on the film, visit http://jessicavalenti.com/film/.
The Idaho State University Anderson Gender Resource Center will present poet and activist Ely Shipley in recognition of Transgender Day of Remembrance at 7 p.m. Nov. 14 in the Pond Student Union Wood River Room.
Shipley will present a free reading performance.
Shipley is a poet and activist who focuses on gender norms, politics and the world we live in. As a poet, he is known for his engaging performances and captivating messages. His first book, "Boy with Flowers," won the 2007 Barrow Street Press book awarded by Carl Phillips and the Thom Gunn Award. His poems also won the Western Humanities Review Award in Poetry judged by Edward Hirsch and the Virginia Faulkner Award from Prairies Schooner.
Shipley received his doctorate from the University of Utah in literature and creative writing and poetry. Shipley now lives in New York City and teaches at Baruch College, City University of New York.
Transgender Day of Remembrance was founded in 1988 by Gwendolyn Ann Smith, a transgendered graphic designer, columnist and activist, to memorialize the murder of Rita Hester in Allston, Mass. Traditionally, Transgender Day of Remembrance occurs on Nov. 20, as a day to remember those who have been killed as a result of transphobia, or the hatred and fear of transgendered and gender non-conforming individuals.
Since its introduction to mainstream society, Transgender Day of Remembrance has evolved from a web-based project started by Smith into an international day of action by honoring and remembering individuals who have fallen victim to hate. Currently, the event has spread to more than 185 cities in the United States and more than 20 countries.
For more information about the event, contact the Anderson Center at 282-2805. For more information on Shipley, visit his website at http://www.elyshipley.com/.
Nominations are now open for "Idaho Business Leader of the Year." The Delta Upsilon Chapter of Alpha Kappa Psi at Idaho State University has made this award annually since 1959.
Alpha Kappa Psi is the premier business leadership development organization and the oldest professional business fraternity in the nation.
Alpha Kappa Psi volunteers annually select the winner and present the award. As members review examples of distinguished business leadership, they gain inspiration and ideas on which to model their careers.
The award annually recognizes an Idaho business leader who has demonstrated outstanding business and professional ethics while contributing significant support to community, civic and education activities. The recognition program is the longest-standing such program in Idaho.
Alan Bermensolo, President and CEO of B Transfer, Inc. and B Secure Self Storage, LLC, of Mountain Home, was the 2012 award recipient.
Nominations for the 2013 "Idaho Business Leader of the Year" are now open. Forms are available for download at http://www.isuakpsi.com; or, you may complete the online form at the same web site.
Nominations close on Nov. 1. The winner will be announced at a gala banquet in the L.E. and Thelma E. Stephens Performing Arts Center at ISU March 21.
Anyone may submit nominations to honor current business leaders and inspire the future, principled business leaders of Alpha Kappa Psi.
For more information, please contact Shawn Kelsch, 2013 Idaho Business Leader of the Year chairperson, at (208) 282-4245 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Idaho State University John B. Davis Gallery will present the Fall 2012 Bachelor of Fine Arts Senior Exhibition "CONNECTIONS" Nov. 13-30 in the ISU Fine Arts Building.
This exhibition will feature artists Sandy Bakken, Shanel Johns and Alyse Zendrosky. An opening reception for the artists is scheduled for Nov. 12 from 6 to 8 p.m. All events are free and open to the public.
Bakken was born and raised in Montana. She moved to Pocatello in 1982 when she married her husband, John. She earned physical therapy, dental and ophthalmic certifications, working in these professional fields for many years. Bakken owned and operated two businesses and dabbled in antiques and tax preparation. While living in Montana, Bakken became interested and accomplished in the ancient art of wheat weaving. In 1990, one of Bakken's wheat weavings was selected to travel with the "Spirit of the West" Idaho Centennial Art Exhibition. She enrolled at Idaho State University in 2007 to pursue fiber weaving. Bakken will receive her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the art department in December. Along with her educational and professional accomplishments, Bakken is very proud to be a mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.
Johns was born in Idaho Falls and currently lives in Pocatello. She will graduate in December with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the art department. Her work has focused primarily on printmaking, but she also enjoys working in ceramics and mixed media.
Zendrosky is originally from Winters, Calif., and moved to Pocatello in 2003. Zendrosky enjoys working with bronze, silver, copper and steel. She also enjoys working with linoleum for relief printing. Zendrosky earned an Associate of Applied Science degree as a welder-fitter and is currently working towards her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the art department.
The John B. Davis Gallery hours are Monday — Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The gallery is located on the lower level of the Fine Arts Building #11 on the campus of ISU.
For more information contact Amy Jo Popa at 282-3341 or visit us online at www.isu.edu/art/galleries.shtml.
The Research Office and the University Research Committee (URC) invite proposals for funding for research projects. These funds are available to eligible faculty and students conducting research in the sciences, math or social sciences.
GUIDELINES at http://www.isu.edu/research/internalgrants.shtml
DEADLINE February 15, 2013
The ISU Staff Council is conducting a holiday scholarship campaign to help endow a second ISU staff dependent scholarship. The campaign is being kicked off on Nov.9 and 10 during the ISU Women's Club Holiday Fair Current and former Staff Council members will be hosting a table in the Pond Student Union Lobby where donors can contribute to the scholarship fund by donating in honor of a family member, friend, or colleague.
The Staff Council will send a UNICEF holiday card of the donor's choice with donation information to the honored person. Donors will receive a receipt from the ISU Foundation and may utilize their donation as a tax credit. The fundraiser will run through Dec. 9. All who donate between Nov. 9 and Dec. 9 will be entered into a drawing for a beautiful, framed art photography print valued at $275. Cash, checks and payroll deduction options are available.
Anyone wishing to donate after Nov. 10 can contact Susanne Forrest at email@example.com or Suzanne Peck at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Professor Alan Johnson of ISU's Department of English and Philosophy will present a work-in-progress discussion titled "Imagining the Indian Jungle." Attendees are requested to pick up in advance a copy of the paper, available from Kristina Turner at L.A. 262 (ext. 2478). The event will be held Friday, Nov. 9, from 3:30-5 p.m. in L.A. 256. An abstract of the talk appears below.
The jungle has been a frequent motif in literature, but seldom scrutinized on its own terms. We are naturally more interested in the individual protagonist in this environment, such as Kipling's Mowgli, than with the forest he inhabits. But a more contextualized understanding of the jungle's role in the literature of India (which gave us the word "jungle") can perhaps give us a better sense of why writers have been drawn to this setting in the first place. "Contextualized" suggests taking into account the societal, historical, religious and ecological attitudes to jungles and how these attitudes inflect jungle descriptions in fiction.
This presentation will argue that descriptions of the Indian jungle have evolved over time, from the British colonial period to the present, and that these descriptions have everything to do with how both Britishers and Indians wanted to be perceived during the colonial period-as, respectively, masters of nature and proprietors of traditional, usually Hindu values. Today, Indian writers often use jungle settings to express their disenchantment with nationalist views and with larger corporate interests, which they perceive to be joined at the hip. Drawing on the work of environmental historians, sociologists, and the growing body of eco-criticism, this paper-very much a work in progress-looks at a few recent works of Indian fiction to make its case.
Idaho State University's Counseling Clinic is accepting clients for Family and Couples Counseling Thursdays, 6:30 and 7:30 p.m. at the ISU Pocatello Counseling Clinic, Garrison Hall, 7th Floor.
Families, couples, committed partners and spouses are all welcome. The cost is based on a sliding fee scale. For more information, call 208-240-1609 and leave a message for Cristen, Jared or Tiffany.