News and Notes

A Newsletter for Faculty and Staff of Idaho State University

December 10, 2012 — Vol. 28 No. 44

Faculty/Staff Updates

Jessica Winston, Professor of English, has recently published Elizabethan Seneca: Three Tragedies, which she co-edited with James Ker, associate professor of Classical Studies, University of Pennsylvania

Jessica Winston, Professor of English, has recently published Elizabethan Seneca: Three Tragedies, which she co-edited with James Ker, associate professor of Classical Studies, University of Pennsylvania.

In the early Elizabethan period, nine of the 10 tragedies attributed to the ancient Roman statesman, philosopher, and playwright Seneca (c. 1 BCE-65 CE) were translated for the first time into English, and these translations shaped Seneca's dramatic legacy as it would be known to later authors and playwrights. The edition enables readers to appreciate the distinct style and aims of three milestone translations: Jasper Heywood's Troas (1559) and Thyestes (1560), and John Studley's Agamemnon (1566). The plays are presented in modern spelling and accompanied by critical notes clarifying the translators' approaches to rendering Seneca in English. The introduction provides important context, including a survey of the transmission and reception of Seneca from the first through to the sixteenth century and an analysis and comparison of the style of the three translations.

The edition was published by the Modern Humanities Research Association as part of the Tudor and Stuart Translations Series, a series that aims to make early English translations of classical and European works available to students and scholars in affordable, modern-spelling editions.

David Peterson's research on ancient gold artifacts from Russia is featured in a news story in the January-February 2013 issue of Archaeology Magazine

David Peterson's research on ancient gold artifacts from Russia is featured in a news story ("Ancient Alchemy?") in the January-February 2013 issue of Archaeology Magazine. He was recently awarded a grant from the Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory (EMSL) in Richland, Washington to determine the gilding method used to make these artifacts through an experiment in January 2013. He also received matching funds for his research from the Humanities/Social Sciences Research Committee and the College of Arts and Letters. David is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology.

Professors Doug Warnock and Naomi Adams from the art department were recently awarded grants from the Idaho Community Foundation Bistline Fund

Professors Doug Warnock and Naomi Adams from the art department were recently awarded grants from the Idaho Community Foundation Bistline Fund.

Warnock was awarded $1,500 to repair and refinish public art sculptures in the Old Town area of Pocatello.

Adams was awarded $1,050 to partially fund a workshop and lecture by a visiting artist about the slow textiles movement and natural fiber dyeing utilizing native plants.

The Bistline Fund awards grants twice a year and it was established in 2011.

News Bites

Idaho State University biological sciences professor Jeff Meldrum has began fundraising to build an unmanned airship that he proposes to use to conduct aerial surveys of areas where sasquatch sightings have been reported

Idaho State University biological sciences professor Jeff Meldrum has began fundraising to build an unmanned airship that he proposes to use to conduct aerial surveys of areas where sasquatch sightings have been reported.

Known as the Falcon Project, Meldrum is teaming with Utah entrepreneur William Barnes and Stephen Barkley of Remote Aerial Tripod Specialists, to build the 50-feet wide aircraft that will be equipped with sophisticated high-resolution, customized thermal imaging cameras, designed and built by Gary Strahan, of Infrared Cameras Inc.

This proposed project has already received wide publicity in various media outlets across the globe and evoked much public interest.

"This will be an airship of specialized design and instrumentation to conduct aerial wildlife surveys, in this case to identify sasquatch," Meldrum said. "Looking for these rare and elusive primates is like looking for the proverbial needle in a haystack in the vast forests of North America. The challenge lies in their natural history and behavior: nocturnal, solitary, far-ranging, generalized diet, intelligent."

The helium-filled airship will be of a "catamaran" design with dual cells for increased stability, and will be capable of supporting 75 pounds of equipment. Barkley has designed its unique propulsion system.

"The aircraft will offer stealth and maneuverability, allowing us to peer directly down through the forest canopy," Meldrum said. "It is essentially silent and can fly at considerable altitude, surveying the forest floor from the night sky, allowing us to track and photograph a target once it is identified, without disturbing it."

Meldrum said the airship will have other potential applications, such as surveying less controversial wildlife species, or assessing forest health. Possible areas to be explored include the temperate rainforests of Alberta, Canada, where the airship will be constructed, and the vast coastline of the Pacific Northwest. A number of factors will go into the selection of specific deployment sites.

An account has been established in the ISU Foundation for interested parties to make tax-deductible donations to the project. Send to: The Falcon Project (Fund #901) Attn: Janet Schubert, COSE Development Officer, ISU Foundation, 921 S 8th Ave., Stop 8050, Pocatello, ID 83209-8050. Barnes and Meldrum are also approaching corporate sponsors for funding. Some companies have already offered financial and marketing support.

In addition, Meldrum said he has been approached by several networks and production studios about the making of a documentary program featuring this project. Negotiations are underway.

"As we wait anxiously for the outcomes of the ongoing DNA studies, we are preparing for the next phase of field research," Meldrum said. "The Falcon Project takes the search for sasquatch to the next level. Aerial survey with coordinated on-the-ground verification, has potential to conclusively identify sasquatch, and furthermore facilitate a more penetrating investigation into the nature of this mysterious species."

For more information on this project, contact Meldrum at 208-282-4379.

It's time again to "Celebrate Idaho State!"

It's time again to "Celebrate Idaho State!" The 3rd Annual CommUniversity Event hosted by ISU is scheduled for Tuesday, March 19, 2013 from 4-7 pm in the Pond Student Union Building.

The CommUniversity Event Committee was established three years ago to help create a stronger bond and improve relationships between "town and gown." Two events were planned: "Welcome Back Orange and Black" which is held in Old Town Pocatello at the start of school to welcome ISU and show what the local area has to offer; and the second event is "Celebrate Idaho State!" which is hosted by ISU to welcome the community to campus and to showcase the University.

With the ongoing planning and support of the CommUniversity Committee, we are asking ISU's Colleges, Departments, Units, and Organizations to participate by showcasing their outstanding programs, faculty, and students. An exciting feature of this year's event will be the "Science and Engineering Festival." Rather than holding their annual event separately, the College of Science & Engineering is partnering with "Celebrate Idaho State." And we'll be working with the College of Technology as well in promoting their "Tech Expo" and "Chrome in the Dome" that are scheduled later in the week.

Once again we are planning an exciting event with activities, entertainment, tours, exhibits and free food. We'll advertise and promote it to attract businesses, organizations, families, and especially high school students (this will be a great recruiting opportunity). The Mayors' Youth Council is participating again this year. We want the community to feel comfortable and welcome on campus and to create an atmosphere of unity and pride with CommUniversity!

We hope you'll begin now to plan how your organization can participate. Attached to this letter is a form that will help the Committee with logistics and promotion. Please return your completed form to: Valerie Davids, Student Activities Coordinator, Mail Stop 8170 or davivale@isu.edu by Feb. 15.

Idaho State University debate capped off a successful fall semester with a third place showing at a regional debate tournament hosted at Whitman College in Walla Walla, Wash.

Idaho State University debate capped off a successful fall semester with a third place showing at a regional debate tournament hosted at Whitman College in Walla Walla, Wash.

Sophomores Ryan Hand and Kendra Doty, both from Boise, finished in third place at the tournament held in November.

At Whitman, the Bengals fielded two teams in the entry pool, which was comprised of teams from four states, including Gonzaga University, the University of Oregon, and Whitman College, among others.

Hand was named the fourth speaker of the tournament and Doty sixth speaker. Senior Roger Copenhaver, from Seattle, was awarded seventh speaker. Doty and Hand advanced to elimination rounds after posting a 5-1 record in preliminary debates. They debated the University of Puget Sound in quarterfinals, winning on a unanimous decision. Advancing into the semifinals, Hand and Doty debated a different team from the University of Puget Sound, this time being defeated on a close 2-1 decision.

"I'm really happy with the overall performance of the team this weekend. I think that it says really good things about our future both in the near and long terms, that we have successful underclassmen," said Lindsay VanLuvanee, ISU Debate assistant coach.

This tournament capped a very successful first semester for ISU Debate, which included clearing to elimination rounds at tournaments hosted by Gonzaga University, University of Nevada Las Vegas, and the annual Rupp debate tournament, hosted at ISU.

ISU Debate, directed by Professor Sarah T. Partlow-Lefevre is gearing up for a second semester full of travel, with higher stakes. The team will travel to its last four invitational tournaments at the University of Southern California, California State University Fullerton, Northwestern University and Weber State University, before preparing for the two national championship tournaments, held at the end of March.

The Cross Examination Debate Association will hold its national tournament here in Pocatello, on the campus of Idaho State University. Then the team will travel to compete at the National Debate Tournament, which will be held in Ogden, Utah, on the campus of Weber State University.

Nominations are being requested for the new 2012 ISU Cares Manager Award

Nominations are being requested for the new 2012 ISU Cares Manager Award. This ISU Cares award allows any Idaho State University supervisor to recognize an outstanding ISU full-time employee (faculty or staff) who consistently delivers exceptional, above and beyond, customer service to colleagues, students, parents, vendors, visitors or anyone they come in contact with at Idaho State University.

Any Idaho State University manager or supervisor may nominate an employee for this award. Nominations and supporting materials must be submitted directly to Stacey Marshall, Human Resource Training Administrator at marsstac@isu.edu or Stop 8107 by Dec. 14 for consideration. Please limit nominations to one page if possible. Please share with us why you're nominating your employee for their customer service skills and why he/she should receive the 2012 ISU Cares Manager Award.

An ISU Cares Awards committee consisting of a faculty member, staff member, student body president (or representative) and ISU Cares Coordinator, will evaluate nominations to decide which one stands out above the rest. We will award the winner $1,000 in January 2013.

Other ISU Cares Customer Service Awards being delivered in January 2013:
1. 2012 Customer Service Provider of the Year Award

$1,000 (Current award given to an ISU employee for their exemplary service)
$250 runner up award (new!)
$250 runner up award (new!)
$250 runner up award (new!)
$250 runner up award (new!)

* An ISU Cares committee consisting of a faculty, staff, and student representative, and the ISU Cares Coordinator will monitor all ISU Cares Surveys sent either online or in paper form, to award the 2012 ISU Cares Customer Service Provider of the Award and runner up awards. This will take place in January 2013.

2. ISU Cares Department of the Year Award - Pizza & Pop Party
Sponsored by ISU Credit Union

Throughout the past several years we have had many departments recognized through an ISU Cares Survey. This year, the ISU Credit Union is sponsoring our new ISU Credit Union Pizza & Pop Party! This recognition award will be given to the Idaho State University department that has surpassed expectations of great customer service, and is consistently recognized through our ISU Cares surveys for going above and beyond their duties to provide excellent customer service.

* An ISU Cares committee consisting of a faculty, staff, and student representative, and the ISU Cares Coordinator will assess the nominations of departments so we can deliver our first ever Pizza & Pop Party in January 2013.

Please contact Stacey Marshall at 282-3081 or marsstac@isu.edu for questions or comments about this year's ISU Cares Customer Service Awards. To see more about our past winners, to nominate someone for an award, or to let us know if our service has been less than stellar, please visit ISU Cares.

Nominations are being requested for the 2012-2013 Outstanding Student Achievement Awards

Nominations are being requested for the 2012-2013 Outstanding Student Achievement Awards. These awards are presented to recognize outstanding graduating seniors who have excelled in their programs, their extracurricular activities and have generally epitomized ISU's outstanding student body. Faculty, staff, students, and alumni are invited to nominate senior students who meet the selection criteria and who graduated in December 2012, or who will graduate in May 2013 or August 2013.

Nominations and supporting materials must be submitted directly to the Dean or Director for each college/unit. The Office of Alumni Relations sponsors this program and presents it in partnership with Idaho State University academic colleges and units.

Nomination forms and guidelines can be found at http://www.isu.edu/alumni/osa.shtml.

Nomination forms can also be obtained from the Dean's office at each college/unit or from the Office of Alumni Relations. All nomination forms, biographical and supporting documentation and letters of support must be received by the college/unit no later than Jan. 18 to be considered for selection.

Outstanding Student Achievement Awards will be presented for the following colleges/units:

OSA recipients will be honored at the Outstanding Student Reception and recognition ceremony on April 19. Award recipients receive medallions and have the opportunity to recognize those involved in their success at this event. Deans, faculty, staff, fellow students, family and friends are invited to attend.

Looking for a place to dine on Wednesday nights?

Looking for a place to dine on Wednesday nights? Texas Roadhouse in Pocatello will be donating a portion of each bill to Idaho State University. Just tell them you're a Bengal.