November 19, 2012 — Vol. 28 No. 41
The Idaho Public Health Association awarded $400 scholarships to two Idaho State University students and presented assistant professor Galen Louis with its 2012 President's Award during the IPHA's annual meeting and awards reception Nov. 13 at Boise State University.
Tina Ghirarduzzi and Lori Peck, second-year students in the Master of Public Health Program in Pocatello, submitted 500-word essays describing their goals and how they contribute to public health. Ghirarduzzi says she'll apply the scholarship money toward tuition and books.
Louis, the director of ISU's MPH Program, was honored for outstanding service in public health.
"It was a surprise," said Louis, who is based at the ISU-Meridian Health Science Center. "It's nice to be recognized by your peers."
Established in 1952, the IPHA is the oldest nonprofit organization representing public, private and consumer health interests in Idaho.
Saturday, Nov. 24, Idaho State University-Meridian's Ann Kirkwood will be the featured guest on a call-in radio show addressing suicide among Hispanic youth.
Kirkwood, the Institute of Rural Health's youth suicide prevention director, will discuss the signs and symptoms of mental illness, suicide risk and protective factors for Hispanic youth, and what parents and other adults in a child's life can do to prevent suicide.
The program will air from 11 a.m. to noon on Nov. 24 and repeat Sunday, Nov. 25, 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
SALyLUZ Radio Catolica, in partnership with the Institute of Rural Health and St. Mary's Church in Boise, is sponsoring the call-in show.
Treasure Valley listeners can hear the program on 1490 AM. Statewide listeners can access the show at www.salyluzradio.com. The program will be offered in Spanish and English.
Dr. Lindsay Tucker and the ISU VA Hearing Clinic honored veterans all week long, passing out ISU pins. The Audiology students brought in treats to give to each veteran as well. We are proud to work with service members and appreciate their dedication to ISU.
Cally Stone and Beth Guryan presented on Counseling Families through Life Changes After Stroke Saturday Nov. 18 at the American Speech Language Hearing Association convention in Atlanta. They shared information about the Meridian Intensive Aphasia Program and their clinical research on group therapy.
The Idaho State-Civic Symphony, Idaho State University Choirs, the ISU Symphonic Band and the Camerata Singers will combine to present "Joy to the World: An ISU Christmas" at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 7 and 8 at the Stephens Performing Art Center in the Jensen Grand Concert Hall.
With 150 singers and 80 instrumentalists, more than 230 musicians will take the stage.
The concert is under the direction of George Adams, Idaho State-Civic Symphony conductor, and Scott Anderson, ISU choral director. Anderson, Adams and ISU director of bands Patrick Brooks will prepare community and ISU student musicians for a multifaceted eclectic performance of Christmas music.
"We are always enthusiastic and excited to collaborate with the symphony," Anderson said. "Of all the choirs that I conduct, the highlight of their year is singing with the symphony. When you have that many people involved from the community, literally hundreds of musicians all up on the stage, there is a synergy that comes from it that is powerful."
Members of the ISU Symphonic Band will present pre-concert music under the direction of Brooks, beginning at 6:30 p.m. each night in the Stephens Performing Art Center Rotunda. Delectable desserts and beverages will be available for purchase.
The Stephens Performing Art Center will present a beautiful setting with a magnificent display of holiday lights and traditional garland and decor.
"We expect that 'Joy to the World: An ISU Christmas' will quickly become a holiday tradition and serve as a touching reminder for the Christmas holiday," said Scott Turner, interim associate vice president for development, ISU Foundation.
Ticket prices are $32 for adults and $17 for students. 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 Information Desk or you can order online at www.isu.edu/stephens.
More information on the Idaho State-Civic Symphony is available at http://www.thesymphony.us/.
Idaho State University College of Pharmacy graduates have achieved a 100-percent pass rate on their national board exam, according to College of Pharmacy Dean Paul Cady.
"The College of Pharmacy at Idaho State University continues to be a national leader in pharmacy education," Cady said.
The NAPLEX, or North American Pharmacist Licensure Examination, is a 185-question exam that is taken by graduating students to assess their knowledge of the practice of pharmacy. The test is distributed by the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy and is just one part of the licensure process.
ISU College of Pharmacy students consistently test above the national average and received 100 percent pass rate in 2008 as well. Only six out of 104 pharmacy schools reported 100 percent pass rates in 2011.
"This is indeed good news. It is a reflection of the strength of our outstanding students and represents the hard work and efforts by our preceptors, faculty and staff. Our comprehensive curriculum is a source of pride," Cady said. "I wish to thank all involved in ensuring the success of our students."
Staff members who have responsibilities with Athletics are encouraged to attend the campuswide NCAA Compliance Rules Education meeting Nov. 27, 10 a.m. in the Eli M Oboler LIbrary Room B6.
During this presentation important compliance rules regarding NCAA will be shared with staff. Open discussions and follow-up questions are welcomed.
The Idaho State University Outdoor Adventure Center will begin renting and taking reservations for the Portneuf Yurt System yurts and Camp Taylor cabins beginning at 9 a.m. Nov. 16.
This year the Portneuf Yurt System features two new elevated yurt floors at Skyline and Catamount yurts. The systems other yurts are Bonneville, Inman, and Jackson, all located in the Portneuf Range just outside of Pocatello.
The yurts are beautiful, dome shaped structures with a skylight for watching the stars at night. Inside the Yurt are bunk beds, a wood stove, and lanterns. Two of the yurts - Skyline and Catamount - are at lower, relatively easy spots to access, while three - Bonneville, Inman and Jackson - are located at higher elevations and are more difficult and strenuous to get to.
The yurt system is non-profit and a great deal for anyone who wishes to get out and into a yurt. The Portneuf Yurt System rental rates for 2011-12:
After March 20 all yurt rental rates are reduced by 50 percent.
The ISU Outdoor Adventure Center will also be taking winter reservations for Camp Taylor cabins located on Scout Mountain. There are three cabins for rent, Hygecca, Nurses and Woodland. Contact the OAC for cabin rental fees.
The OAC also has rental winter outdoor gear, including snow shoes and cross-country skis. Visit www.isu.edu/outdoor/ for a complete listing of ISU Outdoor Adventure Center rental prices and specials.
The ISU Outdoor Adventure Center is open Mondays and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Tuesdays through Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and, beginning Jan. 12, it will be open Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
For more information call the OAC at 282-3912.
Idaho State University Society of Physics Students and Blackfoot School District 55 will host an egg-flinging catapult competition on Saturday, Dec. 1, from 2 to 4 p.m. at Fort Hall Elementary School on B Avenue in Fort Hall.
The competition is open to all elementary and middle school students in Southeast Idaho. There are no entry, registration or entrance fees, though competitors must bring their own eggs. All catapults must pass a safety inspection prior to the competition. Spectators are welcome and prizes will be awarded for the farthest and most accurate fling.
For more information, official rules and to register, contact Steve Shropshire at 282-2212 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Galen Louis, who is retiring Dec. 31 as director of Idaho State University's Master of Public Health Program, has started a scholarship fund to help MPH students with research and thesis projects.
The fund is at $8,200 - $1,800 shy of its $10,000 goal, according to Joan Hansen, Division of Health Sciences development director. The endowment will operate off of interest, preserving the fund's principal and insulating it from state budget cuts.
Louis, an assistant professor, has contributed $5,600 and hopes friends, colleagues and alumni will contribute in any amount they choose. He recalls his days as a college student and how difficult it was finding money to pay for student research.
Under Louis' leadership, the MPH Program has doubled enrollment to approximately 60 full- and part-time students and achieved nationally recognized accreditation.
Louis says the endowment is his way of thanking his employer of 17 years and the students he has had the pleasure of teaching and mentoring.
Many ISU-MPH graduates hold top jobs in the international, state and community health arenas.
"I am very proud of all of them," said Louis.
To contribute to the ISU-Galen Louis Endowment Fund, send a check to:
The Idaho State University-Galen Louis Endowment Fund
c/o Joan Hansen, Director of Development, Division of Health Sciences
Leonard Hall 107
921 S. 8th Street, Mailstop 8288, Pocatello, Idaho 83209.
A Dec. 6 community health screening at the Idaho State University-Meridian Health Science Center will offer free hepatitis C screenings and flu shots. The free screening for uninsured adults is from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the ISU-Meridian Health Science Center, 1311 E. Central Drive, on the north side of Interstate 84 between Locust Grove and Meridian roads.
In addition to hepatitis C and flu shots, services will include:
The Centers for Disease Control recommends people born between 1954 and 1965 get screened for hepatitis C, a blood-borne infection that increases a person's chance of developing cirrhosis and liver cancer. There is no vaccine for hepatitis C.
"It (hepatitis C) can take up to 30 years to seriously affect the liver," said Judy Thorne, ISU-Meridian's viral hepatitis and HIV educator. "If an individual knows that they have chronic hep C, they can take proactive steps toward better health."
Screenings are conducted by collecting a small drop of blood from a finger. Results are 98 to 99 percent accurate, according to Thorne.
The Dec. 6 community health screening is the 17th conducted by ISU-Meridian, Ada County, Central District Health, and the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare since March 2010. More than 460 adults have participated with many being referred to low-cost clinics and doctors 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.
The full screening process takes about an hour. No appointment is necessary. Valley Ride bus stops are nearby. For more information, call 373-1700.
All are invited to attend the annual ROTC Military Ball Nov. 30, 6:30 p.m. at the Clarion Inn. Tickets are $20/person, which includes a meal. Reservations are required. Call Sheila Hahn at ext. 4264 for details or tickets.
Come explore the experiences of service-learning from the Fall 2012 First-Year Seminar classes. Peer instructors will be presenting their class stories in poster-session format in Idaho Falls Nov. 28 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Bennion Multipurpose Room, and in Pocatello Nov. 29 from 3 to 5 p.m. in Rendezvous Suites A, B, and C. Refreshments will be served.