News and Notes

A Newsletter for Faculty and Staff of Idaho State University

October 6, 2008 — Vol. 24 No. 34

Idaho National Laboratory employees began moving into the new, $17 million state-of-the-art building at University Place in Idaho Falls that will house the Center for Advanced Energy Studies. The building will be managed by Idaho State University. Built to the highest energy-efficiency and environmental standards, it is expected to receive either "Silver" or "Gold" certification from the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program. CAES, a public-private partnership, includes the U.S. Department of Energy, INL manager Battelle Energy Alliance, Idaho State University, University of Idaho and Boise State University. INL is leasing 70 percent of the building. The three universities will occupy 10 percent of the space each. The CAES mission is to become a world-class advanced energy organization with an emphasis on advanced energy education, research, policy studies and training. It will implement research on state-of-the-art materials, processes and strategies for energy efficiency and renewable energy, and will address environmental and sustainability issues. (ISU Photographic Services/Susan Duncan)

In this Issue

Emergency response drill scheduled at ISU on Oct. 9

An emergency response exercise involving city, county, and state agencies will be held Thursday, Oct. 9, on the Idaho State University campus in Pocatello. Beginning at approximately 9 a.m. there will be an unusually large number of emergency personnel and vehicles in the vicinity of and on the ISU Pocatello campus, but the public should not (read more...)

Homecoming set Oct. 18; variety of events planned

Idaho State University’s Homecoming 2008 with the theme “Crush” will feature a variety of events culminating with a Homecoming Parade at 10 a.m. and football game at 6:35 p.m. on Oct. 18. “We invite the entire community to help celebrate Homecoming through the variety of events offered,” said Bill Kobus, director of Alumni Relations. “Help us (read more...)

ISU Informatics Research Institute to host academic conference Oct. 8-10

Themed “Information, the lifeblood of our organizations,” the 50th annual Mountain Plains Management Conference will be held at Idaho State University Oct. 8-10. The conference brings together 50 faculty from 19 universities to present in the disciplines of information systems, informatics, accounting, management, marketing, finance, economics and pedagogy. The ISU Informatics Research Institute is hosting the conference. Conference (read more...)

ISU’s Hansen named ‘Environmentalist of the Year for Latin America’

“Latin Trade,” a leading international business magazine focusing on Latin America and the Caribbean, has named Idaho State University’s Richard Hansen, Ph.D., “Environmentalist of the Year for Latin America.” Hansen is the director of the Mirador Basin Project in Guatemala and is the chief senior scientist for the Idaho State University Institute of Mesoamerican Research, in (read more...)

Institute of Rural Health lands $800,000 grant to help chronically ill patients find after-care

What happens to Idaho’s Medicaid and Medicare patients once they leave the hospital?Are nursing homes and assisted-living centers the only options for people living with a chronic illness or a physical disability?           Those questions are about to be explored by Idaho State University-Boise senior research associate Russell Spearman who was recently awarded an $800,000 (read more...)

Faculty/Staff Update

Idaho State University-Boise’s Ann Kirkwood and Chandra Story helped the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare with production of a 30-minute training video. The video depicts strategies to help law enforcement and emergency first-responders resolve crises involving youth with mental-health disorders. Kirkwood, a senior research associate in the Institute of Rural Health and expert on teen mental-health issues, served as script consultant. Story, grant coordinator for Institute’s Idaho Youth Suicide Prevention Project, volunteered as an actor. The video contains four scenarios involving youth suicide attempts, substance abuse and mental illness, and techniques to resolve them safely.

Anza Ketterman is retiring from the College of Technology after 17 years at Idaho State University.
Ketterman received her B.S. degree in business education with a minor in social science at Idaho State University. She also earned a M.Ed. degree with an emphasis in curriculum and instruction.
While working on her master’s, Anza taught speed writing for the Office Technology program, now called Business Information. In 1992, she was hired as a temporary employee for office technology. The next year she became a full-time instructor, teaching business communications 1 and 2, word processing, and office procedures. She taught in the office technology/business information program until becoming an instructor in the Web site design and management program. She also taught courses in desktop publishing, fundamentals of HTML and Web authoring tools. She helped develop curriculum for articulation from the Associate of Applied Science degree to the Bachelor of Applied Technology. Ketterman was recognized in 2003 with the Outstanding Achievement Award and received the 15-year National Advisor Award for Business Professionals of America.

NewsBites

From President Arthur C. Vailas, Ph.D.: I received the following letter from a Nevada couple who visited ISU not long ago, and I would like to share it with the University community. It is a compliment to everyone at ISU who helps make the campus an appealing place to learn and work. The letter reads as follows: President Vailas (and everyone at Idaho State University):
Hello, sir. My name is Gary Schenauer. I live in Fernley, Nevada (just east of Reno). I am an eighth-grade teacher at a public middle school.
On Sunday, August 10th, while enroute to visit friends in Montana, my wife Denise and I stopped in Pocatello for the evening. As we drove through Pocatello, we came upon the ISU campus. We ended up staying nearby. After dinner, we walked over to the campus and strolled through the grounds. That's why I am writing.
You must be tremendously proud of your campus ... and deservedly so! The grounds are exquisitely groomed, the landscaping is peaceful and beautiful; the exhibits are artistic, interesting and informative; and the buildings are impressive and (from all outward appearance) well maintained. Every exterior aspect of the campus certainly appears to provide an ultra-positive learning and instructional environment.
Although I could praise many features of the campus grounds, my wife and I discovered three areas we specifically wish to mention. First, the geological rocks exhibits: we came upon them by accident and soon found ourselves searching out new exhibits as we strolled about. Later, a passing student explained that they were part of a campus “rock walk.” How absolutely wonderful! (And we were told the next morning there is a "tree walk" also.) Many congratulations to the person (or persons) responsible for that idea. Second, the student union. We were first attracted to that area by the art exhibit adjacent to the name on the structure. The environment at the student union seems so relaxing with the open area (we called it “the quad” at my college) north of the s/u building. Lastly, the obvious (and by all indications, justifiable) Bengal pride. It is apparent everywhere (even in the lobby of our motel).
As an amateur (digital) photographer, I always have my Canon camera with me. On that Sunday evening, as the sun went down, I took several fabulous photos of various scenes around your campus. The shot of the American and ISU flags unfurled and blowing in the light breeze on the poles in front of your admin building, which was glowing gold in the setting sun, is one I will always enjoy viewing and displaying for my friends and school students. Another picture of the art exhibit backlit by the sunlight striking the wall of the Earl Pond Student Union building will also be a permanent favorite of mine. And all the pictures I took that evening will serve to remind us both of our stop in Pocatello and our quiet Sunday visit to Idaho State University. Why, my wife even commented that it would be possible to spend an entire day on the campus grounds and still never be able to truly see all there was to see. Your campus is one of Pocatello’s premier locations and attractions, and we wanted you, your staff and faculty members, and your 2008-09 student body to know it.
With sincere congratulations, Gary Schenauer Denise Schenauer

An emergency response exercise involving city, county, and state agencies is scheduled Thursday, Oct. 9, on ISU’s Pocatello campus. Beginning at approximately 9 a.m., there will be an unusually large number of emergency personnel and vehicles in the vicinity of the campus, and on the campus. The public need not be alarmed.
Participants will include: Idaho State University, ISU Public Safety, Pocatello Police Department, Portneuf Medical Center, Bannock County Sheriff’s Department, Idaho State Police, Pocatello Fire Department and Emergency Medical Services, Chubbuck Police Department, Chubbuck Fire Department, Bannock County Emergency Management, and the Idaho Bureau of Homeland Security.
“This exercise is being conducted to evaluate the capability of local response agencies and other essential partners to effectively respond to and manage a simulated incident of significance on the ISU campus,” said Stephen Hayward, regional training and exercise coordinator for the Eastern Region for the Idaho Bureau of Homeland Security. Since this exercise will occur during normal daytime campus operations, emergency vehicles participating in the exercise will adhere to posted speed limits and will not be responding to the scene with lights and sirens on.
Once inside the exercise area, however, emergency vehicle lights will be activated. Also, areas where the exercise is taking place will be clearly marked with signs or will have safety personnel monitoring the event.
“In order to keep the drill as realistic as possible for the responders and other participants, we are not releasing a great amount of detail about the scenario,” Hayward said. “At the same time, we do not want members of the public unduly alarmed if they witness the event taking place.”

Join the ISU art galleries, including the Idaho Museum of Natural History, for their next Gallery Walk on Monday, Oct. 6, from 7-9 p.m. The Gallery Walks are free and open to the public and will continue on the first Monday of each month through April.

The Idaho State University Graduate Student Association’s fall 2008 Graduate Student Second Friday events begin on Friday, Oct. 10, in the Pond Student Union Selway Room. They will continue on Friday, Nov. 14, and Friday, Dec. 12, in Suites A and B in the Rendezvous Complex. All Second Friday events are scheduled from 4 to 5:30 p.m. and include light refreshments.
The Oct. 10 event will begin with a brief Graduate Student Association (GSA) business meeting, followed by a presentation about graduate student debt load and financial aid options and information.
Doug Severs, director of financial aid, will be the featured speaker.
All ISU graduate students are welcome. GSA membership application forms will be available. Annual membership dues are $2.

To facilitate the installation of a generator for the networking and telecommunications operations center, power to Eli M. Oboler Library must be turned off from 9 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 10, to 8 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 11, to install electrical breakers.
A portable generator will be used to keep an air conditioning unit running in the switch room. Therefore, we do not anticipate an outage to the network, Internet, Internet2, wireless network and telephone system.
However, online library services (e.g., online catalog, access to online databases, ILL forms, ILL journal articles, etc.) will be unavailable.

From the Tigeri project:
This is the first in a series of articles describing BengalWeb and what the portal will do for employees. Watch for future articles on the new HR/payroll features, Group Studio, the single sign-on feature, and new employee data and personal information channels.
BengalWeb: What will it do for employees? On Dec. 1, all employees will begin using Idaho State University’s new portal, BengalWeb. Its customizable, user-friendly interface will provide access to most University resources and information through one login.
BengalWeb will provide many new and exciting opportunities to organize electronic resources in one location instead of in a variety of different Web sites. Say goodbye to searching through Web site after Web site to find links. Instead, BengalWeb users will have the most important ISU resources at their fingertips. The goal is to provide: • One login to access employee information, Moodle, e-mail and more. Say goodbye to multiple IDs and passwords. • Personalized content that is customizable by individual employees. • Access to electronic services and information in a single, easy-to-navigate site. Portals organize information from diverse sources in a unified way. The building blocks for BengalWeb are channels, which provide at-a-glance information and links to all your important web resources. Channels are logically grouped into tabs, which provide similar content for easy navigation through BengalWeb.
Benefits to the ISU community will include: • Pay fees online. • Direct deposit to multiple accounts and/or banks. A new payroll system will allow employees to designate multiple direct deposit accounts and/or banks. For example, an employee could deposit his or her money into three separate accounts: savings, regular checking, and a vacation fund. It’s up to the employee. • Group Studio. BengalWeb offers employees the ability to create and manage group homepages for clubs, workgroups or committees. Group Studio offers online tools for collaboration, communication, and information sharing. • Degree audit. BengalWeb will provide access to an excellent faculty advising tool that will track a student’s degree requirements towards graduation. This tool enables faculty to access and evaluate a student’s academic progress and the unfulfilled requirements of their degree program or anticipated program.
Visit the TIGERi project online to learn more. Or contact Cali Bell, Communications & Support Coordinator, at x4446.