News and Notes

A Newsletter for Faculty and Staff of Idaho State University

July 21, 2008 — Vol. 24 No. 25

Members of Brazil’s UNASP (Adventist University of Sao Paulo) Young Choir were among 400 participants last week in the sixth Idaho International Choral Festival. Choirs from seven countries as well as the United States performed in the L. E. and Thelma E. Stephens Performing Arts Center and Holt Arena, as well as in Blackfoot and Marsh Valley. (Photo by Jen Hawkins)

In this Issue

Idaho Choral Festival runs July 16-20; schedule listed

The sixth Idaho International Choral Festival, running July 16-20, will provide Idaho and the intermountain region with one of the finest musical experiences in the west this year. Events are scheduled in Pocatello at Idaho State University’s L.E. and Thelma E. Stephens Performing Arts Center and Holt Arena, as well as in Blackfoot and Marsh (read more...)

Business professor named Erskine Fellow by New Zealand university

Kathy Lund Dean, Ph.D., associate professor of management at Idaho State University, has been named an Erskine Fellow by the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand. She will join the Canterbury faculty during her sabbatical leave in the spring of 2009. The Erskine fellowships honor the memory and legacy of distinguished Canterbury alumnus Dr. John Angus (read more...)

Local prep students receive ISU chemistry research fellowships

Eight students from local high schools have received the American Chemical Society (ACS) Project SEED Research fellowships to conduct chemical research at Idaho State University this summer. The prep students are working with chemistry faculty members to answer cutting-edge research questions.  This year’s SEED fellows are Andrew Baker, Alex Hyde, Kevin Housely, David Reno and (read more...)

Hoffmann named to American College of Sports Medicine board

Sandra Hoffmann, M.D., director of internal medicine at Idaho State University’s Department of Family Medicine, has been named to the Board of Trustees of the American College of Sports Medicine. “I’m very honored and excited to be on the Board of Trustees of the American College of Sports Medicine, the national organization that focuses on research (read more...)

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...)

Faculty/Staff Update

The Office of Financial Aid invites the campus community to a farewell reception for Connie Guthrie, assistant director. The reception is scheduled from 2 to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 5, in the Pond Student Union Bengal Cafe. Refreshments will be served. Guthrie is leaving after eight and a half years at Idaho State University to become director of financial aid at Wilmington University in New Castle, Del.

Dalia Marcinkeviciene, Ph.D., from Lithuania, is teaching a Women’s Studies course at Idaho State University titled “Women in Eastern Europe.” Marcinkeviciene is chair of the Women’s Studies Center at Vilnius University. Her research interests include the history of women and the family in Soviet and post-communist Lithuania.

Biomedical Central (BMC), a publisher of 187 peer-reviewed open-access journals, has identified the 2003 research article by Linda Smith, D.S.N., titled “Re-examining age, race, site, and thermometer type as variables affecting temperature measurement in adults-A comparison study,” as “highly accessed.” The article has received 14,365 accesses. BMC also identified the article as one of six “Most viewed nursing articles of all time.” Smith is director of ISU’s associate degree registered nurse program.

NewsBites

From Barbara Adamcik, Ph.D., associate vice president for academic affairs; Stephen Adkison, Ph.D., associate vice president for academic programming and review; and Lawrence Ford, Ph.D., associate vice president for special programs and enrollment engagement:
The Office of Academic Affairs has taken steps over this past year to distribute instructional funds relating to adjunct and outreach instruction and to reallocate those funds across the academic colleges at ISU. These steps have been aimed at increasing budgetary control and accountability within the colleges and to give the respective deans and department chairs more flexibility in planning to meet instructional needs in a given college. In short, control of these budget resources will no longer reside in central administration but rather within the administrative structure of the respective academic colleges, in concert with the deans of our outreach centers.
This change from a centrally administered instructional pool to a college-specific approach entails the articulation of how ISU’s current workload policy will be implemented according to the varied and sometimes unique circumstances prevailing in a given college.
This implementation, driven by the dean of the college, will account for the workload distribution and any resulting temporary changes in salary due to teaching and/or other duties assigned at outreach centers or other off-campus locations.
We encourage all faculty and staff to engage the discussions surrounding this shift and the college-specific implementations as we move forward in clarifying and strengthening our institution’s administrative and procedural policies.

The Summer Theatre Repertory Festival is back with the singing and dancing in the Disney film “High School Musical.” The Wildcats from East High School will entertain with such favorites as “The Wildcat Cheer” and “We’re All in This Together!” Along with Disney’s High School Musical, the festival includes “A Tuna Christmas” and the forbidden comedy “The Diaries of Adam and Eve.” These main-stage shows will run back-to-back through July 30. A ticket to all three performances is $25. Nightly prices range from $5 to $12.
Summer Theatre Repertory Festival is at the L. E. and Thelma E. Stephens Performing Arts Center. For a detailed list of shows or to order tickets, visit the Stephens Performing Arts Center Box Office, call x3595, or order online.

The Idaho Small Business Development Center (SDBC) is again presenting the Women’s Business Symposium, a daylong event open to all and featuring a program of interest to current and prospective business owners, managers and their employees. The symposium will be held at the Pond Student Union Building from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 6. The event is sponsored by Bank of Idaho, Eastern Idaho Development Corporation, and Rockwood Stone Wealth Management, LLC. For more information call (208) 232-4921.

Fire alarms will be tested in the Administration Building (No. 10) on Monday and Tuesday, July 28 and 29, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Yearly testing of building fire alarms is mandatory. Occupants are not required to leave the building, although it is recommended they not remain in the building sine the tests are loud. For more information call Facilities Services at x2784 or x2694.