News and Notes

A Newsletter for Faculty and Staff of Idaho State University

November 5, 2012 — Vol. 28 No. 39

Faculty/Staff Updates

Professor Alan Johnson of ISU's Department of English and Philosophy will present a work-in-progress discussion titled "Imagining the Indian Jungle"

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.

News Bites

Karma Morgan, a first-year student in biological sciences who is a Pocatello native, has won a $1,000 prize for her design that will appear on the front of Idaho State University's official holiday card

Karma Morgan, a first-year student in biological sciences who is a Pocatello native, has won a $1,000 prize for her design that will appear on the front of Idaho State University's official holiday card.

She had the winning entry in this year's annual ISU President's Holiday Greeting Card Contest.v

"I have taken art classes throughout high school," Morgan said. "My inspiration for this art piece was Benny the Bengal. I wanted to represent our school mascot by using a real-life Bengal tiger."

Morgan incorporated the tiger into a holiday scene.

The contest's second-place prizewinner, who received $500, was Alana Bills, a senior from Inkom who is majoring in practical nursing. Her entry was a silk painting of a cup of hot chocolate and partially eaten cookies that spelled "ISU."

"My inspiration was to convey the feeling of having just completed finals and settling down to relax and enjoy the holidays," Bills said.

The contest, created in 2006, is open to full and part-time students. It is judged by a committee comprised of representatives from the President's Office, Alumni Relations, Marketing and Communications, Associated Students of ISU and the art department.

Submissions were judged on how well they were able to "capture the spirit and beauty of the holiday season while thematically incorporating the University."

Nominations are being sought for three Idaho State University distinguished faculty awards

Nominations are being sought for three Idaho State University distinguished faculty awards. Winners will be honored during a reception in April and recognized during the 2013 Commencement exercises.

Nominations for the Distinguished Teacher and Distinguished Service are due Jan. 25. The Distinguished Researcher call for nominations has been announced by the Office of Research and has a deadline of Nov. 26.

Nomination forms can be downloaded from http://www.isu.edu/acadaff/awards.shtml or interested parties may contact the Office of Academic Affairs at 208-282-2362. Forms can be returned via email to acadvp@isu.edu or delivered to the Office of Academic Affairs, Administration Building #10, Suite 264, Stop 8063, Pocatello, Idaho, 83209.

Please contact the Office of Research for information on procedures for selecting the Distinguished Researcher may be obtained from the Office of Research, Stop 8130, Pocatello, Idaho 83209; telephone (208) 282-3134.

Additional information is located at http://www.isu.edu/acadaff/awards.shtml.

The Idaho State University School of Performing Arts will present "DanceWorks: Dance ISU in Concert" on Nov. 9, 10, 15, 16 and 17

The Idaho State University School of Performing Arts will present "DanceWorks: Dance ISU in Concert" on Nov. 9, 10, 15, 16 and 17. All concerts will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Chick and Diane Bilyeu Theatre located inside of Frazier Hall.

Choreographed by ISU dance faculty, "DanceWorks" premieres new works in ballet, tap, modern, jazz, ballroom and hip hop.

The concert will feature:

Tickets prices are $15 for adults; $14 for faculty, staff or seniors; $10 for children under 18; $7 for ISU students with valid ID; and $10 for groups of 10 or more. Tickets are available at the Performing Arts Center Box Office in person or by phone at 208-282-3595, Vickers Western Stores in Pocatello and Idaho Falls, Pond Student Union Information Desk or online at www.isu.edu/tickets.

For more information contact Michael Helman, at 208-282-6452 or helmmic2@isu.edu.

The Idaho State-Civic Symphony "My Czech Homeland" concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9, features guest cellist Austin Huntington and will be performed in the Idaho State University Stephens Performing Arts Center's Jensen Grand Concert Hall

The Idaho State-Civic Symphony "My Czech Homeland" concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9, features guest cellist Austin Huntington and will be performed in the Idaho State University Stephens Performing Arts Center's Jensen Grand Concert Hall.

The impressive list of national and international awards just keeps growing for eighteen-year-old Huntington. In June 2012, two weeks after graduating from St. Joseph's High School in South Bend, Ind., Huntington won first prize at the 27th annual Irving M. Klein International String Competition, further propelling a burgeoning career in music.

In March 2011 he won both the Burdick-Thorne Gold Medal and the Bach Award for Best Bach Solo Performance in the 2011 Stulberg International String Competition. Huntington entered The Colburn School's Conservatory of Music in Los Angeles in September 2012.

"What a thrill for Pocatello audiences to have the opportunity to witness a young virtuoso at the start of his career," said Heather Sandy, Symphony Executive Director.

The concert program includes: "Slavonic Dances, Op. 46" by Antonin Dvorak (1841-1904); "The Moldau" from "Ma vlast" by Bedrich Smetana (1824-1884); "Cello Concerto in B minor, Op. 104" by Antonin Dvorak (1841-1904).

The concert is sponsored by Allstate Insurance and D.L. Evans Bank.

Huntington made his solo orchestral debut at the age of 10 and is the recipient of numerous grand-prize and first-place awards on both the national and international levels. He has performed as guest soloist with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Northwest Symphony Orchestra, Fort Wayne Philharmonic, South Bend Symphony Orchestra, LaPorte Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra, and the New World Youth Symphony Orchestra and others.

For more information on Huntington and the Idaho State Civic Symphony, visit www.thesymphony.us.

Tickets are $32 for adults, $17 for pre-college students, $12 for balcony seating and free for ISU students with a valid Bengal card. Tickets may be purchased at the Stephens Performing Arts Center Box Office, open from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Tickets may also be purchased over the phone at (208) 282-3595, online at www.isu.edu/tickets or at Vickers Western Stores in Pocatello or Idaho Falls. On the evening of the concert, the Box Office opens at 6:30 p.m.; rush tickets at $17 will be available at 7 p.m. for any remaining seating.

The Idaho State University Idaho Museum of Natural History will offer fun educational opportunities for children in kindergarten through eighth grade in its November Learning Series "Sink Your Teeth into Science"

The Idaho State University Idaho Museum of Natural History will offer fun educational opportunities for children in kindergarten through eighth grade in its November Learning Series "Sink Your Teeth into Science."

All classes, offered by the Museum's Educational Resources Center, will run from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. and will be held at the Idaho Museum of Natural History in Classroom 204, located at Dillon Street and South Fifth Avenue on the ISU campus in Pocatello.

The cost for each class is $10. Register today by contacting the Educational Resources Center at 208-282-2195 or pokokell@isu.edu.

November Learning Series classes scheduled are:

The ISU 2012 ISU United Way Campaign runs Nov. 1-30

The ISU 2012 ISU United Way Campaign runs Nov. 1-30.

United Way funds emergency shelter and food for those in need, meals and education for underprivileged children and elderly members of our community, and much more. There will be campuswide fund raising activities and a chance to win prizes.

ISU United Way Campaign Drawing

Some of the prizes you'll have a chance to win include:

2- Apple iPads
2- 1-year Parking Spaces
1 year Recreation Center Pass
Yurt Pass
Performing Arts and Athletic Tickets
1 Facial- Cosmetology Center
1 Pedicure- Cosmetology Center

And much more!
There are three ways to win:

  1. This year, every person who signs up to donate by payroll deduction will be entered to win an Apple iPad.
  2. The division with the highest dollar amount per capita of giving will win an Apple iPad to raffle off in your own division. We challenge each Division to come up with a fun activity to encourage employees to attend or participate.
  3. The more you give, the more chances you'll have to win. Give $10? Get 10 chances to win. Give $500? Get 500 chances to win!

The State of Idaho is also offering incentives for those who donate .5% and 1% of their salary.

  1. Governor's Gold Star or Silver Star Award
  2. Participation Incentive From The Governor

And everyone who donates will be eligible to win lunch with the Governor and First Lady. For more information on what the State of Idaho is doing, click Idaho We Care Campaign. There are links for ideas for campaign coordinator's, donation pledge forms , .5% and 1% calculator, and more helpful information.

Keep an eye out for fund raising activities around campus for fun ways to give and to get involved.

Just as important as it is to participate and have fun during this Giving Campaign, please remember, it is not required to give. It is your choice, so we encourage but we do not require, nor do we want to make anyone feel they must give in order for a division to win.

For more information contact: Stacey Marshall at marsstac@isu.edu or 282-3081, Susan Hengel-Morris at hengsusa@isu.edu or 282-5741, Connie Stopher richconn@isu.edu or 282-3724.