News and Notes

A Newsletter for Faculty and Staff of Idaho State University

February 4, 2013 — Vol. 29 No. 4

Faculty/Staff Updates

The Idaho State Planning Council on Mental Health has awarded Ann Kirkwood its Advocacy Award for dedicated service and advocacy on behalf of Idaho children and families

The Idaho State Planning Council on Mental Health has awarded Ann Kirkwood its Advocacy Award for dedicated service and advocacy on behalf of Idaho children and families.

She was honored at a ceremony in January at the State Capitol Building in Downtown Boise.

Kirkwood, senior research associate in ISU-Meridian's Institute of Rural Health, is recognized nationally for her research on adolescent mental health issues and youth suicide.

Since March 2010, she has served on the Steering Committee for SAMHSA's Resource Center to Promote Acceptance, Dignity and Social Inclusion Associated with Mental Health and has served on the board of the Suicide Prevention Action Network of Idaho. SAMHSA is the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

Since 2006, Kirkwood has served as director of the children's mental health project, "Better Todays. Better Tomorrows" and director of Idaho's Youth Suicide Prevention project. She has been active in NAMI Idaho-the National Alliance on Mental Illness-for 15 years.

A graduate of the University of Washington, Kirkwood holds a master's degree in communication from Boise State University, with an emphasis on social marketing and mental illness/suicide stigma.

Among her many honors and awards are a 2001 International Peabody Award for exemplary work nationally in communication on mental illness and stigma; a 2009 SAMHSA Voice Award for exemplary service by a mental health consumer in stigma advocacy; and an Outstanding Advocate Award from the Idaho Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health in August of 2012.

Medical laboratory scientist Sonja Nehr-Kanet will discuss the success of ISU-Meridian's Community Health Screenings during an educational session at the 29th Annual Clinical Laboratory Educators' Conference

Medical laboratory scientist Sonja Nehr-Kanet will discuss the success of ISU-Meridian's Community Health Screenings during an educational session at the 29th Annual Clinical Laboratory Educators' Conference in Kansas City, Mo., Feb. 14-16.

Nehr-Kanet, clinical assistant professor at ISU-Meridian, will discuss how the interdisciplinary approach to the screening process benefits patients and student clinicians.

The screening clinics, which target uninsured adults with limited access to medical care, are held six times a year in partnership with Ada County, Central District Health and the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare.

ISU-Meridian's student clinicians, representing numerous health-science disciplines, perform the services in the same setting, giving them a greater appreciation of each other's role in patient care.

Idaho State University-Meridian Associate dietetics Professor and Clinical Coordinator Ruth Schneider will appear on Idaho Public Television's "Dialogue for Kids"

Idaho State University-Meridian Associate dietetics Professor and Clinical Coordinator Ruth Schneider will appear on Idaho Public Television's "Dialogue for Kids" program, Tuesday, Feb. 19, at 2 p.m., Mountain Time, and 1 p.m., Pacific Time.

The topic is nutrition and the importance of eating a healthy diet. The show will also explore the science of food and how it impacts your body.

Pianist Mark Neiwirth, adjunct faculty member of the School of Performing Arts, will tour South Africa in February as an outreach project of the U.S. Diplomatic Mission

Pianist Mark Neiwirth, adjunct faculty member of the School of Performing Arts, will tour South Africa in February as an outreach project of the U.S. Diplomatic Mission. He and Los Angeles clarinetist Marcus Eley will be featured in lecture-recitals at several universities and schools in and around Cape Town, Johannesburg and Pretoria, presenting historical overviews of African-American art music during Black History Month.

The two musicians will also be featured at the Darling Music Experience, a summer classical music festival in the Western Cape wine country, where they will perform works by Vanhal, Mozart, Mendelssohn and Schumann. Neiwirth will premiere a piece commissioned for the event by South African composer Andrew Hoole. The tour culminates in a formal concert at the U.S. Consul General's residence in Johannesburg on February 23.

The collaboration of Neiwirth and Eley goes back to 1992, when the two were founding members of the California Trio, which toured nationally, made their New York debut in Carnegie Recital Hall, and performed at many prestigious California venues.

Congratulations to our newest winners of the ISU Cares Spot Awards

Congratulations to our newest winners of the ISU Cares Spot Awards
December 2012 and for the Fall 2012 Semester!

$100 Fall Semester drawing winner
Peggy Larsen, Accounts Payable

$15 Spot Award Winners
Marjanna Hulet, ITS
Amanda Horn, Pharmacy
Melissa Fredekind, Facilities
Heidi Oliver, Student Union
Garrett Smith, ITS
Brian Atkinson, ITS Meridian

Each of them was recognized in a surprise meeting with their supervisor, and in many instances their coworkers were present. We appreciate their awesome customer service and thank them for their efforts at Idaho State University. ISU employees consistently provide great customer service and we thank the newest winners, along with all of our previous winners of past ISU Cares awards. To learn more about each of our current or past winners, to submit a survey commending an ISU employee, or to let us know where we need improvement, visit ISU Cares.

Stay tuned. We will be announcing the 2012 winners of the Department of the Year award, Customer Service Providers of the Year Awards and Manager of the Year award soon. A campus wide announcement will go out for the exact date and time of this recognition event!

News Bites

The Idaho State University African Student Association invites the whole community to experience the culture of Africa at ISU Africa Night 2013 Saturday, Feb. 9

The Idaho State University African Student Association invites the whole community to experience the beautiful and exuberant culture of Africa at ISU Africa Night 2013 from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, in the L.E. and Thelma E. Stephens Performing Arts Center.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m.

Dinner will be served in the Barbara J. Marshall Rotunda and entertainment will be performed in the Joseph C. and Cheryl H. Jensen Performing Arts Center.

The evening will offer a traditional African dinner, dancing, African drama, a poetry reading and a raffle.

The dinner menu includes peanut butter soup from Ghana; beef spinach stew and poff poff from Cameroon; dorowat from Ethiopia; jollof rice from West Africa; and African tomato beef stew with steamed rice from Ghana.

Tickets are on sale weekdays at the Pond Student Union and Rendezvous Complex from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Prices for tickets purchased in advance are $7 for ISU students, $8 for ISU faculty and staff, and $9 for the general public. Tickets cost $1 more at the door. Children under age 5 have free admission.

The African Students Association is a group of students from Africa and the United States who work to promote awareness of the realities in Africa and to strengthen the diversity of the ISU community.

The event is co-sponsored by the ISU International Programs Office and the ISU Student Activities Board.

For more information, contact Larry Aboagye at aboalarr@isu.edu.

A new comprehensive study of records compiled by the Boone and Crockett Club concludes that big game harvest has reduced the size of horns and antlers of trophy male big game species over time

A new comprehensive study of records compiled by the Boone and Crockett Club concludes that big game harvest has reduced the size of horns and antlers of trophy male big game species over time.

A team of six scientists from Idaho State University, the University of Montana, Arizona Game and Fish Department, and the California Department of Fish and Game, led by Kevin L. Monteith, now at the University of Wyoming, recently analyzed a 108-year data set comprising 22,000 records among 25 trophy categories of big game inhabiting North America compiled by the Boone and Crockett Club.

The extensive study titled "Effects of harvest, culture, and climate on trends in size of horn-like structures in trophy ungulate," following intense scientific scrutiny, was published by The Wildlife Society as a prestigious Wildlife Monograph in late January.

The study concluded that there was a small, less that 2 percent, but consistent decline in horn and antler size across most trophy categories over the past century.

"All of the authors hunt, and were initially quite surprised by the outcomes from their research," said Idaho State University biological sciences Professor Terry Bowyer, who oversaw the initial analyses at ISU, "No other study, however, has spanned the time, geographic extent, simultaneously examined multiple ungulates (big game species) or amassed such a huge sample size."

Bowyer pointed out that all trophies were precisely measured by Official Measures of the Boone and Crockett Club.

"There is little doubt that our findings are real," Bowyer said. "We hope our research will be of value to fish and game agencies charged with the management of these important natural resources."

Through a series of careful analyses, the biologists ruled out a sociological effect from hunters wanting to submit trophies that met minimum criteria for inclusion in the record book, effects of a changing climate, and habitat alterations as causes of the decline.

Evidence provided limited support for a genetic change from selective harvest of large males, and moderate support for an intensive harvest of males, in general, which would lower the age structure, allowing fewer animals to reach trophy status prior to harvest.

The authors likewise provided management recommendations to overcome the decline, which would address both potential causes of smaller horns and antlers (a reduced harvest of males with lost opportunity being compensated by harvesting more females for populations near the carrying capacity of their environment). They also noted, however, that the reduction in size of trophy horns and antlers was small, and that recreational, management, and conservation benefits from hunting might offset the detriments of a small reduction in size of trophies.

The studies authors included Monteith; Bowyer; ISU's Ryan Long; Vernon C. Bleich, Sierra Nevada Bighorn Sheep Recovery Program, California Department of Fish and Game; James R. Heffelfinger, Arizona Game and Fish Department; and Paul R. Krausman, Wildlife Biology Program, University of Montana.

The Idaho State-Civic Symphony Valentine's concert Feb. 15 features a pre-concert dinner, selections from Prokofiev's ballet score "Romeo and Juliet" and guest pianist Lori Sims joining the symphony on Rachmaninoff's "Piano Concerto No. 3"

The Idaho State-Civic Symphony Valentine's concert Feb. 15 features a pre-concert dinner, selections from Prokofiev's ballet score "Romeo and Juliet" and guest pianist Lori Sims joining the symphony on Rachmaninoff's "Piano Concerto No. 3."

The concert will at 7:30 p.m. in Idaho State University Stephens Performing Art Center in the Jensen Grand Concert Hall.

The pre-concert dinner is at 5:30 p.m. in the Stephens Performing Arts Center Marshall Rotunda. Dinner and symphony tickets must be purchased separately and these are independent events.

Featuring a no-host beverage bar, the dinner offers participants sneak previews of raffle prizes that will be awarded at the symphony's March fundraiser and pop's concert.

The dinner features piano music by Derek Schaible. The dinner buffet will begin at 6 p.m. The menu will feature carved roast beef, salmon with thyme and orange sauce, tossed green salad, roasted red potatoes green beans Amandine, and chocolate decadence, a flourless chocolate torte with raspberry coulis.

Dinner tickets, at $40 per person, must be purchased in advance by Feb. 9. For dinner tickets, reservations and additional information, contact Rayna Valentine at 208-233-7081.

Guest artist Sims received the Gold Medal at the 1998 Gina Bachauer International Pinal Competition, where she also won the prize for the best performance of a work by Brahms. Her other awards include first prize co-winner of the 1994 Felix Bartholdy-Mendelssohn Competition in Berlin Germany, winner of the 1993 American Pianists' Association Competition with outstanding distinction from the jury, and the silver medal winner in the 1987 Kosciuszcko Foundation Chopin Competition.

Symphony ticket prices are $32 for adults, $17 for students in elementary school through high school, and $12 for third-tier balcony seats. A limited number of free tickets are available for ISU students with valid Bengal cards. Last-minute "rush" tickets for unsold seats are available for $17 each beginning at 7 p.m. on the night of the concert.

Symphony tickets are available at the Performing Arts Center Box Office in person or by phone at 208-282-3595 from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, Vickers Western Wear stores in Pocatello and Idaho Falls, or they can be ordered online at www.isu.edu/stephens. More information on the Idaho State-Civic Symphony is available at http://www.thesymphony.us/.

The Idaho State University Chapter of Sigma XI, the Scientific Research Society, will sponsor four public events in February related to Darwin Day, a global celebration of science and reason

The Idaho State University Chapter of Sigma XI, the Scientific Research Society, will sponsor four public events in February related to Darwin Day, a global celebration of science and reason.

Darwin Day is officially Feb. 12. The ISU Chapter of Sigma XI has the following events planned:

For more information on these events, or to volunteer for the reading, visit the Sigma Xi website http://www.isu.edu/sigmaxi/ or contact Dr. Steve Lawyer at lawystev@isu.edu.

The theatrical performance "Knight of the Burning Pestle" will be presented by the Idaho State University School of Performing Arts on Feb. 8, 9, 14, 15 and 16

The theatrical performance "Knight of the Burning Pestle" will be presented by the Idaho State University School of Performing Arts at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 8, 9, 14, 15 and 16.

The show will be presented in the Rogers Black Box Theatre in the Stephens Performing Arts Center.

The play is being performed on the 400th anniversary of its first major production.

"The resulting pastiche seems very contemporary and fresh. This production will be unlike any Elizabethan/Jacobean play you've ever seen," said Michael Helman, the business and production manager at ISU School of Performing Arts.

Francis Beaumont, a contemporary of Shakespeare, wrote the play. This play is rated PG - 13 and contains suggestive language and innuendo of the time period.

Tickets prices are $15 for adults; $14 for faculty, staff and seniors; $10 for children under 18; $7 for ISU students with valid identity; and $10 for groups with more than 10.

Tickets are available at the Performing Arts Center Box Office in person or by phone at 208-282-3595, Vickers Western stores in Pocatello and Idaho Falls, Pond Student Union Information Desk or online at www.isu.edu/tickets. For additional information contact Michael Helman at 208-282-6452 or helmmic2@isu.edu.

Information on Fall 2012 Effort Reports on Sponsored Grants and Contracts Funding

The Fall 2012 Effort Reports for work performed on sponsored projects and grants are being mailed to the departments the week of Feb. 4. The reports are due back to Grants and Contracts Accounting by Tuesday, Feb.26. Completing these reports allows the employee to certify their work effort performed on Sponsored Grant Projects and Contracts; which is required by the funding agencies. The Fall 2012 reporting period is for work performed between July 22, 2012 and December 22, 2012, paid from August 17, 2012 to January 4, 2013. If you worked on sponsored projects, and do not receive a report, please contact your department, or Angela Winder in Grants and Contracts Account at ext. 3056.

Wednesdays are for Bengals at Texas Roadhouse in Pocatello

Wednesdays are for Bengals at Texas Roadhouse in Pocatello. Tell your server that you are a Bengal, and a portion of the proceeds from your meal will benefit ISU.