News and Notes

A Newsletter for Faculty and Staff of Idaho State University

April 20, 2009 — Vol. 25 No. 15

A classical music faculty recital featuring, from left, Shandra Helman on clarinet, Kori Bond on piano, Tiana Grise on flute and Chung Park on violin will be performed Monday, April 20, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. It will be held in the Joseph C. and Cheryl H. Jensen Grand Concert Hall in the L.E. and Thelma E. Stephens Performing Arts Center. Ticket prices are $6 for adults, $4 for faculty and staff, $2 for precollege students and free for ISU students. Children under 6 are not admitted.

In this Issue

ISU grad student Gentle mentors champion prep robotics squad

Idaho State University engineering graduate student Jake Gentle is working alongside many Pocatello School District No. 25 teachers to mentor the Haywire Robotics team, comprised of students from Pocatello’s three high schools. The team recently won first place at the For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) Seattle Regional robotics competition and will now (read more...)

Prof. Anderson selected as Academic Fellow by Foundation for the Defense of Democracies

Idaho State University political science Professor Sean Anderson has been accepted as a 2009-2010 Academic Fellow with the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies in Washington, D.C. As an FDD Fellow, he will participate in a unique educational program that focuses on the threat of terrorism to democracy. The FDD Academic Fellowship Program takes place in (read more...)

National Student Employment Week runs April 13-17

National Student Employment Week runs from April 13 to 17 and it is a chance for the ISU community to honor its valuable student employees. Idaho State University has more than 1,600 student employees that are a vital part of the University and make essential contributions. The Office of Human Resources will award its 2008-2009 Student Employee (read more...)

Sen. Crapo selected as Statesman of the Year by political science honor society

Sen. Mike Crapo has been selected as 2009 Statesman of the Year by the Pi Sigma Alpha, the political science honor society at Idaho State University, and he will be honored at a dinner on Saturday, April 18, at the ISU Stephens Performing Arts Center. This honor is bestowed upon Idahoans for their distinguish contributions to (read more...)

Doyle honored with Physician Assistant Excellence Award

Idaho State University’s Mike Doyle has been honored with the Physician Assistant Excellence Award, given annually to one physician assistant in the Gem State, by the Idaho Academy of Physician Assistants. Doyle, who works in the ISU Student Health Center and is an adjunct faculty in the ISU Department of Physician Assistant Studies, was honored at (read more...)

Faculty/Staff Update

Idaho State University political science Professor Sean Anderson has been accepted as a 2009-2010 Academic Fellow with the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies in Washington, D.C.
As an FDD Fellow, he will participate in a unique educational program that focuses on the threat of terrorism to democracy. The FDD Academic Fellowship Program takes place in Israel from May 30 to June 10.
For more information, visit ISU Headlines.

The Department of Health and Nutrition Sciences will have an open house for professor Mary Dundas, who retired last summer. She was the director of the dietetics program for 12 years.
The open house, opened to all interested faculty, staff and students, will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Friday, April 24, in the Health and Nutrition Sciences Conference Room, Reed Gym 130 (north side basement).

NewsBites

Noted journalism scholar Donald L. Shaw of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will lecture on Monday, April 20, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Rendezvous Complex Planetarium, Room 203, on the Idaho State University campus. His topic will be “Modern Media Agenda Setting.”
The public is invited, and there is no admission charge.
Shaw, along with Maxwell McCombs (University of Texas-Austin), developed the agenda-setting theory of the press in a seminal 1972 Public Opinion Quarterly article: “The Agenda-Setting Function of Mass Media.” The article has been one of the Top 10 most cited articles in mass communication research every year since it was published. Both Dr. Shaw and Dr. McCombs have received the Edelman Award from the American Political Science Association and the Deutschmann Award from the Association for Educators of Journalism and Mass Communication in recognition of their trailblazing research.
For more information visit ISU Headlines.

The ISU Staff Council cordially invites all faculty and staff to the 2009 Employee Recognition Receptions in Idaho Falls and Pocatello (a Boise reception has already been held) to honor staff award recipients.

  • A reception will be held at the Bennion Student Union Building in Idaho Falls from 2 to 4 p.m. April 21, with an awards presentation at 2:30 p.m.
  • A reception will be held at the Marshall Rotunda in the Stephens Performing Arts Center from 3 to 5 p.m. April 23, with an awards presentation at 3:30 p.m.

A Student Parent Resource Fair to raise awareness about resources available to student parents will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 22 at the Idaho State University Pond Student Union Ballroom.
It is sponsored by the ISU Baby U Club and the Janet C. Anderson Gender Resource Center. All students, faculty, staff and community members are welcome. This event will feature booths and information from ISU resources and many community organizations and businesses. Free childcare and children’s activities will be available. There also will be a free raffle for door prizes supplied by the exhibitors.
For more information, visit ISU Headlines.

In honor of Administrative Professionals Day on Wednesday, April 22, the Pocatello Chapter of the International Association of Administrative Professionals and Idaho State University’s Business Information program are excited to present a free, half-day professional seminar to all administrative support at ISU. At the seminar attendees will learn new, practical skills that will enable them to manage their jobs and their careers with new professionalism, new authority and new success.
The seminar will be held in the Pond Student Union Wood River Room. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and the program will run from 9 a.m. to noon. Christine King, former CEO of AMI Semiconductor and current CEO of SMSC in New York, will present on “Excellence in Action,” discussing the importance of the administrative role in the workplace today and cultivating success despite the challenges.
Additional speakers will be Joe Fleishman of ISU’s Workforce Training and Ruth Jackson of Wachovia Securities. Their topics include “Good to Great,” regarding quality in the workplace, and “Investing in Uncertain Times: Logic vs. Emotion.”
Seating is limited. To register for the event contact Lindsay Allen at x3700.
The ISU Human Resources Department has approved release time for administrative support staff to attend this seminar in an effort to recognize administrative professionals campus-wide for their contributions to the University. However, staff members planning to attend must have supervisor and departmental/college management approval for the release time and offices must remain open.

“The Wolf Delisted” panel discussion will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 23, in the Idaho State University Pond Student Union Salmon River Suite.
The panel is sponsored by the Student Action Volunteers for the Environment (SAVE), a program of the ISU Students’ Community Service Center.
Panelists include:

  • Ralph Maughan, president of the Wolf Recovery Foundation;
  • Toby Boudreau, regional wildlife manager for the Idaho Department of Fish and Game’s Southeast Region;
  • Jennifer Ellis, spokesperson for and past president of the Idaho Cattle Association; and
  • Mike Jimenez, project leader for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s wolf recovery project in Wyoming.

A fifth panelist may join this group.
Each panelist will speak for approximately 10 minutes and give an overview of his or her agency’s or organization’s approach to wolf management. SAVE representatives will present one question to two of the panelists, and another question to the other two panelists. These will be questions formulated by the students. Panelists will have two minutes to respond to each question. After that, the panel will be open to take questions from the audience.
For more information, contact the ISU Students’ Community Service Center, x4201.

The Idaho State University Volleyball Team will sponsor a concert by eclectic pianist Jon Schmidt on Wednesday, April 29, at 7 p.m.>. The concert will be held in the Joseph C. and Cheryl H. Jensen Grand Concert Hall in the L.E. and Thelma E. Stephens Performing Arts Center.
A piano workshop by Schmidt will be held at 5:30 p.m. It is open to anyone interested who has purchased a concert ticket.
For more information, visit ISU Headlines

Employee Recognition Week will be held May 4-8. It will feature 34 workshops dealing with a variety of personal and professional development opportunities.
There also will be distance-learning sessions available for all campus locations. Release time has been granted for employees to attend workshops, but offices must remain open. Participants must coordinate with their supervisors on which workshops they would like to attend.
Visit the Human Resources Web site for a complete workshop schedule.
Highlights during this week include:

  • Keynote Session – President Vailas' General Assembly, May 4, from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Pond Student Union Bengal Theater
  • ISU Benefits Fair ¬– May 6, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Pond Student Union. The event will include several classes on finances and topics on the stock market.
  • Training sessions on finances, budgeting, ISU History, grant writing, emotional intelligence, stress management, TIGERi project, goal setting, internet security, eating healthy, character development, Laban Movement Analysis, various Microsoft programs and how to deal with an active shooter situation, are among the workshops presented during this week.