News and Notes

A Newsletter for Faculty and Staff of Idaho State University

August 25, 2008 — Vol. 24 No. 29

Ches Barnes, director of the Samuel Horne Student Union at Idaho State University-Idaho Falls, serves up pancakes to students during the annual Welcome Week at University Place. Pancake breakfasts, barbecues, volleball, live music and lots of other activities on are tap again this week. Be there! (ISU Photographic Services)

In this Issue

Wal-Mart donates to concussion prevention program sponsored by ISU’s Faure

Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club today announced it will donate $30,000 to the youth head concussion education and prevention program, sponsored by Dr. Caroline Faure, Ed.D., assistant professor in the Department of Sports Science and Physical Education at Idaho State University. The donation from Wal-Mart will help create a grass-roots education program for coaches in youth (read more...)

ISU researcher uncovers traces of ancient Idaho sockeye runs

While the public and biologists are enjoying the rare opportunity to view sockeye salmon in Idaho’s upper Salmon River this year, an Idaho State University research professor has taken looks at Gem State sockeye salmon runs going back thousands of years. Today’s fisheries managers are thrilled by the return of hundreds of fish to the Sawtooth (read more...)

Rising costs, need for renovations prompt fee increases at Holt Arena

Idaho State University will increase fees for the use of Holt Arena by the start of the fall 2008 semester, the first such increase in at least a decade, ISU officials have announced. Faced with rising costs and the need for renovations to the popular facility, the University will implement increases in rental and facility (read more...)

Return to Yellowstone: ISU scientists studying fires’ legacy

A 10-member team of scientists with links to Idaho State University is heading into Yellowstone National Park for about a two-week period this August to test their theories of the effects of wildfire on natural ecosystems and stream ecology. This summer is the 20th anniversary of the 1988 Yellowstone fires that burned about 1.2 million acres (read more...)

2008-09 ‘Season of Note’ performing arts series set

Idaho State University has announced the performance schedule for the 2008-2009 “A Season of Note” series, which will take place at the L.E. and Thelma E. Stephens Performing Arts Center on the ISU campus. Season ticket sales begin Aug. 11. Individual show ticket sales begin Aug. 25. The schedule is as follows: • Oct. 1 – Samarabalouf, an (read more...)

Faculty/Staff Update

A “Celebration of Life” is scheduled Wednesday, Aug. 27, in memory of the late Janet C. Anderson, Ed.D., namesake of the Gender Resource Center and a longtime ISU faculty member and administrator. The celebration is scheduled at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 27, in the Joseph C. and Cheryl H. Jensen Grand Concert Hall, in the L.E. and Thelma E. Stephens Performing Arts Center.
Janet Anderson retired as dean of student affairs in 1998 following a 31-year career. Her positions included a faculty role in the department of counseling, and a stint as director of the Student Health Center and Counseling Center. She continued her active involvement with, and support of, ISU during her retirement. She died at her home July 29.

Mary Ann Stoll, CSMM, attended the 35th annual conference of the National Association of Scientific Materials Managers in San Antonio, Texas, July 20-25. During the conference her peers recognized her as Manager of the Year. She has been a member of NAOSMM since 1987. She will host the 2009 conference in Boise.

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The Office of Research has scheduled a “Research Services Open House” on Tuesday, Aug. 26, from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Rendezvous Complex, Suites A, B and C. It will be an opportunity to meet Pamela L. Crowell, Ph.D., the University’s new vice president for research.
Attendees can learn how to find and apply for external and internal funding; how to find collaborators, obtain assistance writing grant proposals and with research statistics; how to manage grant awards; and how to use animals and humans in research. Information about ISU research centers and student research opportunities also will be available.
Office of Research staff will be on hand from the following areas: Research Office, Office of Sponsored Programs; University Statistician; Grants and Contracts Accounting; Animal Welfare (IACUC); Human Subject Committee (IRB); and the Molecular Research Core Facility (MRCF). Call x3134 for more information.

The Fall Kickoff Event sponsored by Idaho State University Professional Women (ISUPW http://www.isu.edu/isupw/) is scheduled Thursday, Sept. 4, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. It will be held in the new Faculty/Staff Diversity Center on the third floor of the Pond Student Union Building. Guest speakers will be Vice President for Research Pamela Crowell, Ph.D., and Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs Barbara Adamcik, Ph.D. Refreshments will be served.
ISUPW is devoted to improving the professional lives of women who work at Idaho State University as faculty, staff and graduate assistants. All faculty, staff and graduate students are welcome to join. Dues are $20 a year. Proceeds go to activities, events and funds that ISUPW sponsors. For more information, about the Fall Kickoff Event or ISUPW, call x2805.

From Lee E. Krehbiel, Ph.D., vice president for student affairs: Effective Aug. 25, the International Programs Office (IPO) will undergo a reorganization. The office is now under the direction of Maria Fletcher. Structurally, it will become part of the Division of Student Affairs. Interim Associate Dean of Students James Yizar, who also directs the Diversity Resource Center (DRC), will provide direction for the IPO from the Office of the VP for Student Affairs.
Yizar will work to coordinate the efforts of the IPO and the DRC toward two goals. The first is to build and support ISU’s diverse populations, whether students, faculty or staff. In particular, the seamlessness this new structure can provide will allow for smoother delivery of student services and retention services to both international students and all students of color. The second goal is to provide opportunities for the entire community to engage in the exchange of ideas, celebration of cultural expressions, and development of relationships with Bengals from various ethnicities and around the world.

About the TIGERi project: As more than 100 Idaho State University staff work on implementation of the Banner administrative computer system, it is important to remember one of the guiding principles of the TIGERi project.
The implementation of Banner will be a “vanilla implementation.” That means the University will not make changes to Banner code, but will adapt business practices to conform to the processes built into Banner. This will allow the University to take advantage of the best practice processes adapted from the hundreds of institutions that use the Banner system.
One of the major reasons ISU bought the packaged suite of Banner web-based products was to take advantage of SunGard Higher Education’s (SunGardHE) ongoing improvements and enhancements to the software’s functionality and capability. This approach reduces expense, both in the initial implementation and in future upgrades.
System updates and modifications would be difficult and time consuming if ISU staff were required to test or redevelop system changes each time a new version of Banner software was released. By implementing Banner as delivered, ISU also benefits from SunGardHE’s best-practice experience working with many other colleges and universities.
“If we are to compete for students and resources, we must use our people and resources wisely and employ Banner as prescribed by SunGard Higher Education, upgrading our business processes to reflect Banner’s capabilities, not modifying Banner to suit old needs,” says Jim Fletcher, vice president for finance and administration. “SunGard consultants have worked with more than 800 universities to establish best-practice procedures. Their experience and knowledge will guide us in streamlining our day-to-day procedures.” Increasing the efficiency of University operations requires everyone to find more effective ways to operate. The TIGERi project will change the way everyone interacts with the University, requiring patience and perseverance to make this implementation a success.
“This project has tremendous benefits for the entire campus; it's much more than just an IT project. Improved services and easier access to online services will provide better communication and interaction between students, faculty and staff,” says Steve Adkison, Ph.D., associate vice president for academic programming and review. “It's a win-win project. Everyone benefits. What more could you ask for?”
To learn more about TIGERi, contact Cali Bell, communications coordinator, at x4446.

The ninth annual Idaho State Journal Business Awards committee is accepting nominations for the 2008 awards program. The awards will be presented on Oct. 9. They are sponsored by Idaho State University, the Idaho State Journal, the Greater Pocatello Chamber of Commerce and the Blackfoot Chamber of Commerce, There are six Business Person of the Year categories, recognizing the outstanding efforts of businesspeople in southeast Idaho. The categories are: Retail, Professional/Service, Technology/Communications, Education, Non-Profit/Government and Industry/Agriculture. Nominations are also being taken for the “Over Achievers Under 40” category, which seeks to recognize the best and brightest up-and-coming leaders in our communities. Selections are based on nominees who have distinguished themselves both professionally and as volunteers in the community. Nomination forms are available in Pocatello at the Idaho State Journal, 305 S. Arthur Ave.; the Greater Pocatello Chamber of Commerce, 324 S. Main, and Blackfoot Chamber of Commerce, 130 NW Main. The forms are available online as well.
Nominations must be received at the Journal office no later than Sept. 12.
For more information, contact Teressa Erickson at 232-4161.

The 2008 Sports Hall of Fame inductions and related activities are scheduled Oct3-4.
Inductees are: Alice LaTourrette Heberlein, volleyball, 1980 – 84; Jim Lane, football, 1980–82; Holly Togiai, basketball, 1994–98; Jason Whitmer, football, 1986–90, track, 1990.
Sports Hall of Fame Lifetime Achievement Award recipients are: Su Fox and Jim Fox (posthumous) 2007; and Dave Kragthorpe, 2008.
On Friday, Oct. 3 at 7 p.m. will be the Sports Hall of Fame Reception ($12) at the Idaho Sports and Orthopedic Center.
On Saturday, Oct. 4 at 10 a.m. will be the Sports Hall of Fame Induction Buffet Brunch ($15), at the Red Lion Hotel in Pocatello.
At 1:37 p.m. begins the ISU vs. Montana State football game. Honorees will be guests in the President’s Box at the game, and will be recognized at halftime.
For more information contact Alumni Director Bill Kobus at x4735.