News and Notes
A Newsletter for Faculty and Staff of Idaho State University
January 19, 2009 — Vol. 25 No. 2
Idaho State University Human Rights Celebrations got underway with African Night on Saturday and the Martin Luther King, Jr., March scheduled for Monday, Jan. 19. A number of events are scheduled this week, culminating with a free keynote presentation by Nontombi Naomi Tutu at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 22, in the Pond Student Union Wood River Room. Her lecture is titled “Striving for Justice: Searching for Common Ground” and will be followed by a 30-minute question-and-answer period and a reception in honor of Tutu. See story below for more information on Tutu’s keynote and other Human Rights Celebration activities. Pictured are marchers from the 2008 Martin Luther King, Jr., March held at ISU.
In this Issue
Idaho State University enrolled a record headcount of 14,520 students during the fall semester 2008. This total includes both part-time and full-time students. There were 12,794 academic students and 1,726 technology or professional technical education students enrolled. Total headcount enrollment was up 346 students from last year’s enrollment of 14,174, a 2.44 percent increase. “A good part of (read more...)
Idaho State University has selected Gary A. Olson, a noted scholar of rhetoric and cultural studies and the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Illinois State University, as the University’s new provost and vice president for academic affairs. Olson will begin his duties this spring. His appointment follows an extensive national search. “Provost Olson (read more...)
Idaho State University will host a Martin Luther King, Jr. March at 1:30 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 19, on the ISU campus. Marchers will assemble at the northeast corner of Holt Arena and journey to the Pond Student Union for a program in the Bengal Theater. A bus provided by ISU Transportation Services will transport individuals (read more...)
The Earl R. Pond Student Union at Idaho State University will celebrate its 50th Anniversary with a variety of events scheduled in late January including a birthday bash, themed dance and gala dinner. “The Pond Student Union is an interactive campus gathering place where a variety of services, programs and activities are offered to enrich student (read more...)
Idaho State University Student Unions will host Nontombi Naomi Tutu for the 2009 Human Rights Celebration keynote presentation at 7 p.m. Jan. 22 in the Pond Student Union Wood River Room. The lecture titled “Striving for Justice: Searching for Common Ground” will be followed by a 30-minute question-and-answer period and a reception in honor of (read more...)
Faculty and staff are reminded that the Instructional Technology Resource Center (ITRC) is in the process of removing unused or old video files created during the fall semester. Please let the ITRC know if you will be reusing any videos encoded this semester or previous semesters before Jan 30. Videos will be permanently removed after Jan. 30. An end of semester checklist has been posted on the ITRC site for your use.
A few reminders:
- Video files placed in courses will need to be backed up for future use.
- If you are teaching a distance learning course in one of the Educational Technology Services (ETS) video classrooms for a future semester and would like to have it encoded, please remember to notify a Video Instruction Manager (VIM) or class operator. If the video needs to be posted onto a Moodle course, ask the VIM to submit the Video Posting Request Form so we are notified.
For Adobe Presentations (Breeze):
- If presentation files have been stored on the Adobe Presenter (Breeze) Server, the link to these files will be backed up with course data.
- If the Adobe Presenter files were placed within the Moodle course, they should be moved to the Adobe Presenter (Breeze) Server.
- Instructors are responsible for the original PowerPoint and the PPC files used to create narrated lectures. These files are necessary for editing purposes and should be stored on your computer and not the server.
Direct inquiries to Ana Thompson, MIS, instructional technologist, at x3954.
The first exhibition of 2009 at the John B. Davis Gallery of Idaho State University is the annual Graduate Student Art Exhibition titled “Graduate Exhibition - Level One,” which will be on display through Jan. 30.
Nine graduate students are exhibiting their work, including: Mike Adams from Mountlake Terrace, Wash.; Paul Dodez from Sweetwater, Tenn.; Nathan Barnes from Idaho Falls; Lee Crook of Salt Lake City, Utah; Tim Goodworth from Pocatello; Kristin Plucar from Reedsburg, Wis.; Jeff Osborne from Los Osos, Calif.; Omar Sarabia from Pocatello; and Anne Vest from Pocatello.
The John B. Davis Gallery hours from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. The gallery is located in the Fine Arts Building No. 11, on the campus of Idaho State University.
For more information, contact Amy Jo Popa at x3341.
A free screening of the Independent Lens series film “Tulia Texas” will be held from 5:15 to 6:45 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 20, in the Pond Student Union Bengal Theater. Following the film, ISU’s Valerie Davis will lead an audience discussion on issues of racial discrimination in our justice system.
“Tulia Texas” will air on Idaho Public Television on Feb. 2 at 10 p.m. For information, call x3154.
Community Cinema, a free monthly nationwide film and discussion series, is presenting this exclusive screening of this film. In 1999 undercover narcotics agent Thomas Coleman executed one of the biggest drug stings in Texas history. Coleman and his drug task force arrested 46 Tulia residents on charges of suspected drug dealing. Thirty-nine were African-American. Years later, suspicions rose about the credibility of Coleman’s testimony and cracks began to show. “Tulia Texas” is the story of a small town's search for justice and the price Americans paid for the nation's war on drugs.
The Idaho State University Chinese Students Association (CSA) will present the Chinese Night Festival from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 24, in the Pond Student Union Ballroom.
The event will feature a seven-course Chinese dinner and a variety of traditional and contemporary cultural demonstrations.
Among the dishes to be served are pumpkin pancakes, Chinese-style roast beef and potatoes, kung pao chicken, cold-tossed rice noodles, vegetarian delight, Yangzhou-style fried rice and hard-boiled spiced eggs. Lemonade and mineral water will be served, too. Entertainment includes a Lion Dance, traditional Chinese dance, music performances, a fashion show and much more.
Tickets purchased in advance are $7 and are on sale from noon to 5 p.m. in the Pond Student Union Lobby. Tickets purchased at the door cost $1 more. This is a popular event that often sells out. A limit of 600 tickets will be sold.
For more information, contact Rui Ma of the ISU Chinese Student Association, at (208) 690-9758.
The Marcus Eaton Trio will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 24, at the Idaho State University Joseph C. and Cheryl H. Jensen Grand Concert Hall in the L.E. and Thelma E. Stephens Performing Arts Center.
Tickets are $15 for the lower level and $10 for the upper level and are available at the Stephens Center Box Office 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays or by calling (208) 282-3595 at the same hours; they can be purchased online; or at Budget Tapes and Records in Pocatello.
The Marcus Eaton Trio has recently played shows with Dave Matthews Band, Blues Traveler, Martin Sexton and toured the East Coast with TR3. The band continues to excite audiences as they introduce fans to their unique brand of music. The trio consists of Kevin Rogers on drums, James Monsons on bass and Marcus Eaton as songwriter, guitar player and vocalist.
Marcus Eaton has received positive reviews by a number of music critiques, including this prognosis by Adam Moore of Premier Guitar Magazine: “Marcus Eaton plays the acoustic, but not like you might expect. He rapidly shifts between frantic fingerpicking and strumming, clean acoustic sounds and swirling, looped effects. His music fits firmly in the post-modern musical relativism that has become the norm among a new generation of musicians – viewing genre distinctions not as absolutes but as starting points.”
For more information on Eaton and samples of his music, visit his Web site.
Help your kids shake off the winter blues by signing them up for “Art in Winter: A Mid-Winter’s Masked Frolic.“ This exciting program, presented by the Idaho Museum of Natural History, offers a unique learning experience for children this winter. The class is a continuation of IMNH’s Art on the Road series, which provides students with opportunities to learn about science by exploring their creative, artistic sides.
In this three-part class, students will read tales about early native Peoples and will learn about the magical animals whose antics and wisdom continue to delight and teach. Linda Wolfe, a local visual artist, will then guide the participants as they interpret and create a papier-mâché mask of their favorite animal character from the stories.
Art in Winter will be held Jan. 21, Jan. 28 and Feb. 4 from 4 to 6 p.m. The class is open to children in fourth through seventh grades and the registration fee is $45 per child. For more information, visit online or contact Rebecca Thorne-Ferrel at x2195.
The 21st annual Idaho State University Jazz Fest will be held Feb. 6-7 in the L.E. and Thelma E. Stephens Performing Arts Center’s Joseph C. and Cheryl H. Jensen Grand Concert Hall.
The music begins Friday, Feb. 6, at 7:30 p.m. with some horn playing by the five-piece band The Hornheads. This band is made up of tenor and baritone saxophonists, two trumpeters and a trombonist.
“This a cappella group brings their distinctive flair to jazz and funk music, combining virtuosic improvisation with sizzling ensemble work to create a truly unique music experience,” said Patrick Brooks, ISU director of bands and event organizer. “They delight audiences with their artistry, versatility, musicality and precision, covering American masters from Duke Ellington, Miles Davis and Thelonious Monk, to Leonard Bernstein, Rodgers and Hammerstein and Stevie Wonder, while completing their repertoire with dynamic Hornheads originals.”
Tickets for The Hornheads concert are $10 for general public, $5 for ISU faculty and staff, $3 for pre-college students and free to all ISU students with valid Bengal Cards.
The Jazz Fest’s Saturday, Feb. 7, concert at 7:30 p.m. will feature saxophonist Mike Tomaro playing with the ISU Jazz I Big Band. Tomaro, formerly saxophonist with and director of the Army Blues Jazz Ensemble, is currently director of the Duquense University Jazz Studies Program in Pittsburgh.
Tomaro has performed with Rosemary Clooney, Ray Charles, Linda Ronstadt, Johnny Mathis, Terence Blanchard, Dizzy Gillespie Tribute Big Band, New York Voices, Woody Herman Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and many other professional musical organizations. An outstanding jazz educator, Tomaro has many of his compositions and arrangements published by Kendor Music.
Admission for the Feb. 7 concert is $6 for adults, $4 for ISU faculty and staff, $2 for pre-college students and free for ISU students with valid Bengal cards.
For more information contact Dr. Patrick Brooks at 282-3147.
The celebration of Idaho State University Women’s History Month will take place in March and its planning committee is seeking submissions for this annual event.
All campus and community organizations with events related to women that are scheduled from February through mid-April are encouraged to submit them before Wednesday, Jan. 28.
The Women’s History Month Executive Committee encourages all women-focused organizations in Pocatello to sponsor at least one special event during March in recognition of Women’s History Month. The Executive Committee will incorporate all of these events in one easy-to-use reference calendar.
The Executive Committee will accept proposals for items to be included on the Women’s History Month calendar for March 2009. All those interested in arranging an event should provide a one-page proposal that includes the following information:
- a brief description of the proposed event;
- a list of the sponsoring organization(s) and contact information; and
- a statement of what is requested from the WHM Executive Committee.
For more information on making a submission visit the ISU Headlines page.