News and Notes

A Newsletter for Faculty and Staff of Idaho State University

April 27, 2009 — Vol. 25 No. 16

The Idaho State University Concert Choir, conducted by Dr. Scott Anderson (pictured right) will perform "Te Deum" by faculty composer Randy Earles (pictured left), chair of the ISU music department, at the choral concert at 7:30 p.m. May 1 in the Joseph C. and Cheryl H. Jensen Grand Concert Hall in the L.E. and Thelma E. Stephens Performing Arts Center. For additional details on the concert, see the story below; for information on other Earles' compositions performed recently, visit ISU Headlines.

In this Issue

ISU Minshall lecture series features renowned freshwater ecologist Covich

Noted freshwater ecologist Alan Covich will deliver the public presentation “The Importance of Freshwater Ecosystem Services in a World of Changing Climates” at 4 p.m. Thursday, April 30. Covich’s lecture will be in Room 10 of the Idaho State University Lecture Center, Building 67, part of the Gale Life Science Building Complex. It is the second (read more...)

ISU Choirs to perform final spring concert May 1 at Stephens Center

The Idaho State University Choirs will present a spring concert, Friday, May 1, at 7:30 p.m. in the Cheryl H. and Joseph C. Jensen Grand Concert Hall in the L.E. and Thelma E. Stephens Performing Arts Center. Scott Anderson, ISU director of choral activities, announced that the May 1 concert will be the final semester performance (read more...)

Student Employees of the Year announced

The Idaho State University Office of Human Resources has announced the recipients of the 2008-2009 Student Employee of the Year Awards. The winners are: • Student Employee of the Year, $2,000 scholarship, Emily Phelps, Eli M. Oboler Library; • First Runner Up, $550 Lupher Scholarship, Holly Pokorny, Academic Advising; • Second Runner Up, $50 ISU Bookstore gift certificate, Romal (read more...)

ISU-Boise to graduate its largest class ever May 2

Idaho State University-Boise will graduate its largest class ever during commencement exercises at 2 p.m., May 2, at The Grove Hotel in downtown Boise. The University will award 155 graduate and undergraduate degrees in the health sciences—that’s 36 more than last year. “We are very proud of these graduates who are qualified health-care professionals, serving the (read more...)

Idaho State University receives $1 million traumatic brain injury grant

The national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates as many as 35,000 Idahoans may be living with a severe traumatic brain injury, yet Idaho has few community resources to assist TBI patients after they leave acute-care facilities and return home to live. Many patients—with health insurance benefits exhausted and unable to work full time—are left (read more...)

Faculty/Staff Update

The American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) members have elected Habib Sadid, ISU professor of civil and environmental engineering, for the Office of Chair-Elect, Zone IV for 2009-2010.
The ASEE's Zone IV encompasses all or portions of 13 Western states and three western Canadian provinces. Sadid has been active in ASEE since 1991, initially serving as campus representative for Idaho State University in the Pacific Northwest Section of ASEE. In 1994, he received the Outstanding Section Campus Representative Award and the Outstanding Zone Campus Representative Award for Zone IV. He also was recognized for outstanding achievement in promoting membership in the PNW Section of ASEE. Sadid served as chair of the PNW Section in 2000-2001 and 2004-2005.

NewsBites

The Idaho State University Office of Human Resources has announced the recipients of the 2008-2009 Student Employee of the Year Awards.
The winners are:

  • Student Employee of the Year, $2,000 scholarship, Emily Phelps, Eli M. Oboler Library;
  • First Runner Up, $550 Lupher Scholarship, Holly Pokorny, Academic Advising;
  • Second Runner Up, $50 ISU Bookstore gift certificate, Romal Hussaini, Student Union; and
  • Third Runner Up, General Lot Parking Pass, Leisha Smith, Educational Technology Services.

National Student Employment Week was held April 13-17 at ISU. Idaho State University has more than 1,600 student employees that are a vital part of the university's workforce.

The Idaho State University Janet C. Anderson Gender Resource Center has announced Idaho State University's observance of Equal Pay Day.
The public is invited to an information session on gender pay equity sponsored by Idaho State University Professional Women (ISUPW). The event will be held on Tuesday, April 28, in Suite B of the Rendezvous Complex on the Pocatello campus of ISU.
This event will feature David Miller, director of ISU's Office of Human Resources, and Barbara Adamcik, ISU associate vice president for Academic Affairs, who will speak to the issue of pay equity on campus. For more information visit ISU Headlines.

Beginning Monday, May 11, Idaho State University's administrative, business, academic and service office hours will be Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., with a one-half hour lunch break. Regular hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., with a one-hour lunch break, will resume Monday, August 17.
Memorial Day observance is on Monday, May 25, and Independence Day observance is on Friday, July 3. These are state holidays and all offices will be closed.

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. earlier that evening. It is open to anyone interested who has purchased a concert ticket.
For more information, visit ISU Headlines.

The Idaho State University Cooperative Wilderness Handicapped Outdoor Group (CW HOG) will hold an open house for its Alpine Tower Challenge Course and giant swing from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 30.
The course is located at the corner of Alvin Ricken Drive and Barton Road in Pocatello, across the street from the Idaho Department of Fish and Game's Southeast Region Office. The cost of participating is $5. Participants must sign a waiver, or, if under 18, their parents must be present.
The Alpine Tower Challenge Course was built in 2004 and is designed for student clubs, businesses, scout troops, churches, public school groups and other groups to engage in team building and challenge activities. The 50-foot tower has 25 high elements and 20 low initiatives that challenge groups of people to develop skills such as teamwork, decision-making, communication and problem solving. The wooden tower with ropes, netting and objects hanging from it presents some of the same challenges as rock climbing and high ropes course elements. Groups from six to 36 people can use the course at one time.
For more information, contact the ISU CW HOG office, x3912.

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.