News and Notes

A Newsletter for Faculty and Staff of Idaho State University

November 12, 2012 — Vol. 28 No. 40

Faculty/Staff Updates

Congratulations to our winners of the ISU CaresSpot Awards for September

Congratulations to our winners of the ISU CaresSpot Awards for September. They were commended for delivering excellent customer service. The winners are:

Brock DeWall, Facilities
Brad Peck, Facilities
Chris Wagner, Facilities
Corrine McCullough, Pond Student Union
Todd Christensen, ISU Meridian
Ann Hunter, Sociology, Social Work & Criminal Justice

They were given a $15 Visa card, courtesy of ISU Credit Union. To learn more about each of our current and past winners visit ISU Cares. To nominate an Idaho State University employee for their excellent service click ISU Cares Survey.

The Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders will have several representatives at the ASHA 2012 Convention

The Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders will have several representatives at the ASHA 2012 Convention. Peter Flipsen, Amy Hardy, Jeanne Johnson, Heather Ramsdell, and Dan Hudock are all participating in this premier annual event for speech-language pathologists, audiologists, and speech, language, and hearing scientists. Find out more about the ASHA 2012 Convention at www.asha.org/events/convention. The convention is Nov. 14-17 in Atlanta.

Dr. David Sorensen, of the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, will be awarded as an ASHA (American Speech-Hearing Association) Fellow at the ASHA 2012 Convention on Friday, Nov. 16. Dr. Sorensen was also awarded a similar state honor at the ISHA (Idaho Speech-Language Hearing Association) convention in October. He served as a professor of speech-language pathology at ISU for 27 years, just recently retiring, and the department is proud of this highly recognized and sought after honor in his field of expertise and commends him for his many years of dedication to the field and to the students he has served throughout the years.

Colleen Stephenson was recently installed as President of the Idaho Dental Hygienists' Association

Colleen Stephenson, part-time clinical faculty member and MSDH student, was recently installed as President of the Idaho Dental Hygienists' Association during the annual meeting on October 13 in Boise.

News Bites

Georgia Orwick and Anne Merkley are joining to have their second show each of art inspired by the ruins of Mexico at the Eli. M. Oboler Library from Nov. 5 through Jan. 31

Georgia Orwick and Anne Merkley are joining to have their second show each of art inspired by the ruins of Mexico at the Eli. M. Oboler Library from Nov. 5 through Jan. 31.

A reception will be held on Nov. 14 from 7 to 8 p.m. in the art gallery of the Oboler Library.

Orwick and Merkley became friends several years ago over their common interest in and love of Mexico's pre-Columbian culture. Georgia lived and traveled part of each year in the country for several years. Anne made her first trip to Mexico in 1965 and has since done anthropological work in the areas of cultural preservation and natural conservation in Mexico, Guatemala, Ecuador and Peru.

Both Orwick's and Merkley's work is defined through their experiences and understanding of Mayan culture. Known for her watercolor paintings of ancient rock art in Baja California, Georgia has recently expanded her subject matter to include friezes and structures of the Mayan world, and her media to include pastels.

She says, "As I explored the ruins of ancient Maya city-states, I was fascinated with their fanciful stone carvings, the ornate temples and palaces with their corbelled, vaulted ceilings. It is the story of one of the greatest civilizations of the ancient world."

Anne began her romance with photography as a pre-teen when she received a Kodak "Brownie" camera as a gift. She feels that through photos, she can let the subject matter speak for itself. A multimedia artist, Anne has garnered dozens of national, regional and local awards for her watercolors and oils, especially portraits. She has taught, exhibited, taken commissions, and sold her work out of Pocatello for most of her adult life.

In addition to a Master of Fine Arts Degree, she also has masters degrees in anthropology, education, and political science, all from Idaho State University. She credits much of her success to her diversified educational background.

With a master's degree in public administration from the University of North Dakota, Georgia "hit the road" and traveled for 18 years from Alaska to Central America, studying and selling stained glass, watercolor, and beadwork along the way. In addition to being an active Pocatello artist, she is an interpreter at the Museum of Natural History at ISU. Also, as a Master Gardener and landscape designer, she has won many awards for Juniper Hills Country Club and private gardens.

"Ancient Mayan Mysteries" is free and open to the public and may be viewed during regular library hours. For more information, including schedule changes, contact the library at 282-3248.

Idaho State University Department of Art visiting artist Mike Adams will make a presentation on his recent artwork and experiences in Olso, Norway Tuesday, Nov. 13

Idaho State University Department of Art visiting artist Mike Adams will make a presentation on his recent artwork and experiences in Olso, Norway, at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13 in Room 401 of the ISU Fine Arts Building.

Adams is a recent ISU Department of Art Master of Fine Arts Degree graduate and Fulbright Grant recipient who travelled to Olso for his Fulbright.

Adams will also discuss how to prepare and apply for a Fulbright Grant in a workshop on Wednesday, Nov. 14, at 1 p.m. in the Selway Room in the Pond Student Union.

Additionally, he has a current one-person exhibition at the Carr Gallery in Idaho Falls that runs from Nov. 10 to Jan. 5. Gallery hours are Monday - Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For more information, contact Professor Douglas Warnock, Department of Art, at 244-1261. These events are sponsored by the ISU Department of Art, College of Arts and Letters, and Cultural Events Committee.

Idaho State University Department of Sport Science and Physical Education will host the fourth annual Santa Claws 5k Fun Run and Fitness Fair on Dec. 8 at Reed Gym from 8:30 a.m. to noon

Idaho State University Department of Sport Science and Physical Education (SSPE) will host the fourth annual Santa Claws 5k Fun Run and Fitness Fair on Dec. 8 at Reed Gym from 8:30 a.m. to noon.

This year's event will continue the giving tradition by equally donating all proceeds of the fun run to the ISU Bengal Athletic Boosters and the new Jacquelyn R. Paulson Memorial Scholarship.

"The tragic accident that led to the loss of Jackie left ISU stunned and saddened," student event director Jeff Struhs said.

"Our class wants to honor her by offering an opportunity in something she loved," he continued. "Jackie will continue to benefit the track program through the scholarship we set to create."

Festivities kick off with the Fitness Fair for one hour starting at 8:30 a.m., followed by the Kids 1k at 9:30 and finishing with the Adult 5k at 10:30 a.m.

Come show how healthy and fit you are at the Fitness Fair where you can catch up on the recent tips and trends in the health industry to improve your health or have your athletic ability and endurance tested by well-educated SSPE students.

The Kids 1k will be run around the former Cadet Field and the Adult 5k will be run along the paved Red Hill footpath. All snow and ice will be cleared for the safety of our participants.

Be sure to stick around for all of the post race festivities including a prize raffle, great food donated by our generous sponsors, and a meet and greet with several ISU student athletes from a variety of your favorite sports teams.

You may register at www.active.com, keyword: Santa Claws 5k. Event fees are $10 per child to enter the Kids 1k and $20 per adult for the Adult 5k.

"This event is a great way to get the community involved with ISU," Struhs said. "It should be fun to see everyone come out and enjoy themselves."

This event is being coordinated by the soon-to-be graduated students of the SSPE department as part of a capstone project and is being advised by Assistant SSPE Professor Caroline Faure and Adjunct Instructor Elaine Foster.

The Santa Claws Fun Run has been hosted by the ISU SSPE department for the past four years and has raised money for Tyson's Brave Battalion and theSoutheast Idaho Special Olympics in addition to the ISU Bengal Athletic Boosters.

The students of PE 4454 would like to thank Idaho Central Credit Union and other sponsors for their contributions. Without them, this event would be impossible to organize and conduct.

If you have any questions about this event, contact Jeff Struhs at strujeff@isu.edu or promotions coordinator Carl Kuznicki at kuzncarl@isu.edu.

The students in Alex Bolinger's management class at the Idaho State University College of Business are participating in a local "Make-a-Wish Challenge"

The students in Alex Bolinger's management class at the Idaho State University College of Business (COB) are participating in a local "Make-a-Wish Challenge." Students are learning the strategic planning process as they work in groups to plan and execute a series of fundraisers for the local Make-a-Wish Foundation. This project supports the COB's emphasis on community giving as an important part of creating and sustaining a successful business.

The class is raising money for a three-year-old girl in our area who lives with her mother and younger sister. This little girl has been diagnosed with a serious childhood illness that often causes bone swelling and can attack vital organs of the body. Despite these challenges, she is full of energy; she loves cheerleading and the color pink. Her ultimate wish is to meet the Disney Princesses in person.

Proceeds from this project will help send this little girl and her immediate family to Disney World for Christmas. With the help of Julie Thomas at the Make-a-Wish Foundation of Southeast Idaho, the class will present proceeds from the project to the family in early December.

The students have coordinated several fundraisers with area businesses in Pocatello and Idaho Falls during the next three weeks. Local merchants have agreed to donate a portion of the proceeds from their sales on specific days to this Make-a-Wish Challenge.

The events include the following:

Direct donations are also welcome. Checks should be made out to the "Make-a-Wish Foundation" and may be mailed to the ISU College of Business at the following address: "Make-a-Wish Challenge," c/o Alex Bolinger, ISU College of Business, MS 8020, 921 South 8th Avenue, Pocatello, ID 83209.

Special thanks to all of the businesses in our community who have agreed to participate in this event. If you have any questions or would like more information about this project, contact Alex Bolinger at boliale2@isu.edu or (208) 282-6242.