News and Notes

A Newsletter for Faculty and Staff of Idaho State University

July 7, 2008 — Vol. 24 No. 23

Representatives of Idaho State University, the University of Idaho, Boise State University, Idaho National Laboratory, the Idaho Legislature and the Center for Advanced Energy Studies (CAES) last week toured the new home of CAES at University Place in Idaho Falls. CAES, a public-private partnership that includes ISU, will be a hub of advanced, multidisciplinary research in the search for multifacted energy solutions. The 55,000-square-foot building, designed to be an innovative model of energy efficiency, is expected to open this fall. (Susan Duncan/ISU Photographic Services)

In this Issue

Krehbiel named vice president for student affairs

Idaho State University has named Lee Krehbiel, Ph.D., its new vice president for student affairs. Krehbiel has been serving as interim vice president of student affairs since September 2006. “Lee is an exceptional and dedicated professional who can be counted on to represent the best interests of students,” said ISU President Arthur C. Vailas, Ph.D. “I (read more...)

ISU researchers seek clues to why Wyoming toads are disease resistant

To croak or not to croak, both literally and figuratively, is the question. Boreal toad populations have declined severely in Colorado, but not in western Wyoming or Montana. Idaho State University researchers are trying to help determine why this is happening. They’re tracking these nocturnal animals by using tiny radiotransmitters attached to the amphibians, to record (read more...)

Kovacs’s woven piece chosen for BAM’s permanent collection

The Boise Art Museum has purchased the weaving “Oaxaca Memories #5” by Idaho State University chair and professor of art Rudy Kovacs. BAM’s Collectors Forum purchased the cotton, linen and silk 64-3/4-inch by 45-1/2-inch weaving, woven on a jacquard loom. “We are thrilled to add this beautiful and evocative example of Rudy’s current work to the Boise (read more...)

ISU debate coach wins award for coaching excellence

Sarah Partlow-Lefevre, Idaho State University’s director of forensic debate, was recently awarded the George Ziegelmueller Award for coaching excellence. The award, presented by the executive board of the National Debate Tournament, is given annually to a member who distinguish herself or himself in the communication profession, while coaching teams to competitive success. During the seven years that (read more...)

ISU student, alumnus, staff member and teen to trek up Africa’s highest peak

Four adventurers with connections to Idaho State University – including two in wheelchairs and a 14-year-old boy – will make a nine-day trek this June to the 19,340-foot summit of Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest peak. The group leaves Friday, June 13, and is heading up Kilimanjaro with Adventures Within Reach outfitters. The group consists of: • Dana Olson-Elle, (read more...)

Faculty/Staff Update

Victoria Bañales has been named director of the Division of Continuing Education and Conferencing Services. She moved into the post at the beginning of the 2008-09 fiscal year. Bañales was previously director of conferencing services at ISU since September 2007. Prior to that, she worked at Kansas State University and the University of Missouri-Rolla in similar positions and holds an M.A. in Comparative Literature from Purdue University. Bañales said she is hoping to institute a more affordable fee structure for her office's services and encourages members of the University community that may need assistance to call x3155. More information is available online.

Recent new hires include: Michael Johns, custodian, Facilities Services; Marc V. Farnworth, Paul Anthony Lacey, Farrant H. Sakaguchi, and Ana J. Weinhold, all residents in Family Medicine; Sarah M. Hook, landscape technician, and Jeanette F. Rose, landscape technician, sr., both in Grounds; Paul Parker Peterson, chair, Health Occupations; Peter N. Hoeman, coordinator, Housing; Jacob A.Burch, Ken B. Handy, Jessica B. Hetcko, Katherine T. Johnson, Tyler G. Shaw and Tracy Toft, all residents, IDEP

NewsBites

Anyone on campus who schedules classrooms will be interested in the TIGERi Astra Schedule implementation currently in progress.
Astra Schedule, a software system provided by Ad Astra, is being implemented this summer. It will assist ISU in the management of academic space.
By providing the ability to request and schedule classrooms in a centralized location, it will improve scheduling efficiency and accuracy.
University departments build course times and schedules according to established business rules. Departments needing general classroom space schedule their requests through the Office of the Registrar based on either equipment needs or room characteristics needed for instruction. Decisions are then made based on course needs and the best use of space.
Astra Schedule will optimize the use of classroom space by scheduling classes based on course needs and will assist ISU in analyzing how course times, features, and classroom space are used.
“Astra will assist us in making sure we are able to support faculty equipment needs in the course rooming process,” says Laura McKenzie, University registrar. “The software helps us more effectively serve students, faculty, and staff. We can also plan for future growth by tracking enrollment patterns.”
To learn more about TIGERi, contact Cali Bell, communications coordinator, at x4446. Additional information can be found online.