News and Notes

A Newsletter for Faculty and Staff of Idaho State University

April 15, 2013 — Vol. 29 No. 14

Faculty/Staff Updates

Steven S. Byers, Idaho State University College of Business professor, has been invited to teach a corporate finance course during spring semester of 2013 at Reykjavik University, Iceland.

Steven S. Byers, Idaho State University College of Business professor, has been invited to teach a corporate finance course during spring semester of 2013 at Reykjavik University, Iceland.

Reykjavik University, located in Reykjavik, the capital of Iceland, is the country's largest private university. More than half of the courses in the Masters of Business Administration program at the university are taught by foreign faculty flown in from some of the best European and American business schools.

"It is an honor to be invited to participate in the program at Reykjavík University," Byers said. "The students have been great, with backgrounds ranging from accounting to engineering to software design to film acting."

Byers joins faculty from London Business School, the University of Toronto, Boston University, the University of Navarra, Texas A&M University, the University of Western Ontario and many others in delivering the MBA program at Reykjavik University.

He has been able to teach in the program while maintaining his normal faculty duties at ISU because classes in Reykjavik University take place in the form of compressed modules from Thursday to Saturday.

Byers completed teaching the first of two three-day modules earlier this spring and traveled back to Iceland in mid-April to finish the course.

"It is fantastic getting first-hand experience with Icelandic and European financial issues," said Byers, "many of which I will be able to incorporate into classes here. Plus, it is always nice to be able to provide some additional international exposure for ISU."

Byers, who graduated from Indiana University with a doctor degree in finance, is an award-winning teacher in ISU's Masters of Business Administration program.

If you've ever sat in a chair at the Idaho State University Stephens Performing Arts Center or Rendezvous Complex, ridden in an ISU vehicle, or stood by a desk in an ISU office in Pocatello, Idaho Falls or Meridian, you've encountered the work of Dan Anthony.

If you've ever sat in a chair at the Idaho State University Stephens Performing Arts Center or Rendezvous Complex, ridden in an ISU vehicle, or stood by a desk in an ISU office in Pocatello, Idaho Falls or Meridian, you've encountered the work of Dan Anthony.

Anthony, about as died-in-the-wool, orange-and-black Bengal as a you can meet, is retiring as a purchasing agent April 19 after nearly 42 years of working service to ISU. During that time he has bought millions of dollars of commodities for ISU Purchasing Services, which currently processes more than 3,000 purchase orders annually totaling in excess of $20 million.

"What's surprised me most during my time at ISU has been seeing the expansion of the campus, with all the new buildings and new programs," Anthony said.

A retirement reception for Anthony will be held Thursday, April 18, from 2 to 4 p.m. in Rendezvous Complex Suites A, B and C.

Earlier this year, Dan's wife, Nancy, also retired from ISU from the Eli M. Oboler Library, after 47 years of service, five as a student employee and 42 as a state employee. The couple's service to the state as employees is about 84 years combined, and about 88 years if you count Nancy's student employment.

Both Dan and Nancy graduated from ISU, Dan with a degree in sociology in 1971 and Nancy with a degree in education in 1970. Dan was active with the Sigma Nu Fraternity while he was in college. The couple first met in the ISU Student Union and was married in 1970 on the ISU campus in the St. Johns Center.

Dan started work full time at ISU in August of 1971. He worked 16 years for ISU Facilities services, which included 10 years as the Physical Plant stores supervisor. He became a buyer in 1987 and then promoted to purchasing agent in 1994. Anthony served as president of the Institute of Supply Management Management-ISM-Idaho 2009-2010. He had previously served on their board for 12 years. Dan has certifications from FEMA in Emergency Management and many other certificates of completion in purchasing principles.

He and his wife Nancy were honored by Idaho State University with a Distinguished Service Award at the 2007 Homecoming. Outside of work Dan has been active in the Knights of Columbus, the largest lay Catholic organization in the world. He is the past state deputy and state master of the Fourth Degree of that organization.

Dan and Nancy have been donors to ISU since 1985 and have achieved the ISU Foundation Garnet Legacy level of giving. Charitable giving has included both KISU radio and TV. Both have been annual contributors to United Way. The Anthonys were also in the initial group of donors to the Stephens Performing Arts Center and have purchased seats in the Beverly Bistline Thrust Theatre.

The couple has two daughters, Kate Zajanc and Jennifer Anthony, who have both earned multiple degrees from ISU.

Dan's departure signals changes in the ISU Purchasing Office: Austin Carter, former senior buyer, has been promoted to purchasing agent; Linda Baum, former buyer, is now senior buyer; and new hire Roger Jechart is the new buyer. Carter will still specialize in computer and information technology purchases; Baum will specialize in scientific equipment and supplies, and catering purchases; and Jechart will specialize in furniture, office supplies and vehicle purchases. For a more in-depth description of their duties, visit http://www.isu.edu/purch.

ISU-Meridian College of Pharmacy assistant professors, Todd Talley and Kirk Hevener, and ISU undergraduate student Daniel Hendrickson will travel to the prestigious Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in Berkeley Calif., on April 26.

ISU-Meridian College of Pharmacy assistant professors, Todd Talley and Kirk Hevener, and ISU undergraduate student Daniel Hendrickson will travel to the prestigious Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in Berkeley Calif., on April 26.

They'll receive training that certifies them to use the national lab operated by the University of California, and collect data for Talley's research at ISU.

Talley and his team are growing crystals in their ISU pharmacy research lab to study nicotinic receptors in the human body--research that could lead to the discovery of better drugs to treat chemical addictions and mental illnesses, such as depression or schizophrenia.

Talley and Hevener are based in the College of Pharmacy's Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Sciences department.

"Incarcerated Women: Pathways and the Criminal Justice System Response" is the topic of an Idaho State University Humanities Café April 18 at the Portneuf Valley Brewery.

Incarcerated Women: Pathways and the Criminal Justice System Response" is the topic of an Idaho State University Humanities Café at 6 p.m. April 18 at the Portneuf Valley Brewery located on First Avenue in Pocatello.

The Humanities Cafe is presented by ISU Committee for the Study of Violence, Conflict, and War in Society.

The event will feature a panel comprised of Shannon Lynch, ISU professor of psychology and licensed clinical psychologist; Lt. Kathleen Ballard and Sgt. Marc Mayo, Bannock County Jail; and Ross Castleton, program manager, and Nancy Espeseth, warden, Pocatello Women's Correctional Center.

This panel will discuss women's pathways to incarceration and share the charges and goals of corrections agencies interacting with the women. The pathways discussion will highlight how women's experiences of interpersonal violence, substance use, and mental health problems increase risk of criminal behavior. Next, corrections staff members will talk about the goals of short-term facilities such as jails and longer-term facilities such as prisons and the challenge of meeting the needs of female offenders.

The event, sponsored by a grant from the ISU College of Arts and Letters, is free, open to the public and appetizers will be provided.

For additional information contact Erika Kuhlman at kuhlerik@isu.edu or Linda Leeuwrik at leeulind@isu.edu.

This year's medical, dental and FSA open enrollment is April 29 through May 17.

This year's medical, dental and FSA Open Enrollment will be conducted from April 29 through May 17.

Employees do not need to re-enroll for medical or dental coverage, but if they want to change from one medical plan to another or add previously declined dependent dental coverage they can only do so during Open Enrollment.

In addition, Open Enrollment also provides an opportunity for employees who did not enroll in the FSA when first eligible to do so and for those who are currently enrolled and want to continue participation to re-enroll for the coming plan year. Remember, enrollment in the FSA is on a year by year basis and elections do not continue from one year to the next.

The Departments of Anthropology, English and Philosophy, and the Cultural Events Committee of the College of Arts and Letters are presenting a lunchtime colloquium titled "Indigenous Futurism: Science Fiction Films by Native American Filmmakers," presented by Grace Dillon of Portland State University Friday, April 18.

The Departments of Anthropology, the Department of English and Philosophy, and the Cultural Events Committee of the College of Arts and Letters are pleased to announce a lunchtime colloquium titled "Indigenous Futurism: Science Fiction Films by Native American Filmmakers," presented by Grace Dillon of Portland State University. The presentation will be in room 213 of the Rendezvous Building, from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. on Friday, April 19.

A member of the Anishinaabe tribe and a professor of Native American StudiesDillon has combined her interests in science fiction and traditional cultures to create the field of indigenous futurism. This field overturns the idea of the vanishing Indian and replaces it with the possibility of alternative futures created by and including indigenous people from all around the world. Drawing upon her own scholarly work, including her recent book Walking the Clouds: An Anthology of Indigenous Science Fiction, Dillon will show a number of short films and discuss the ways they blend myth and technological speculation to create a new kind of science fiction and an imaginative space for non-Western ways of seeing and interacting with the physical universe.

Dillon will also visit two classes and visitors are welcome: In ENGL4453, American Indian Literature, on Thursday, April 18, beginning 7 p.m. in REND104, her presentation will focus on native oral storytelling and film adaptation; and in ENGL3327, Science Fiction Literature and Film, on Friday, April 19, 11-11:50 a.m. in REND111, her presentation will focus on indigenous futures around the world.

The Idaho State University Eli M. Oboler Library is exhibiting the artwork Catherine Reinhardt, graduate student in the ISU Department of Art, through May 31.

The Idaho State University Eli M. Oboler Library is exhibiting the artwork Catherine Reinhardt, graduate student in the ISU Department of Art, through May 31.

Reinhardt, who will graduate in May, she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Auburn University in Alabama and a master's degree in teaching from the University of Virginia. A native of Alabama, Reinhardt lives in Pocatello with her husband and son.

Reinhardt's prints, paintings, and mixed media works explore the entangled notions of identity, place and home as the complex product of our rational and spiritual understanding of our world. The works included in this exhibit aim to transform the transient moments and emotions of our spiritual selves into visuals that can be weighed equally with the charts and diagrams that represent the scientific.

In these works, vibrant colors, imagery of home and the natural world are juxtaposed with the diagrams, charts, and trappings of the scientific, in an attempt to present the complexity of experience.

The exhibit is free and open to the public and may be viewed during regular library hours now through the end of May. For library hours please call 282-2958. The artist may be contacted at catreinhardt@gmail.com.

Student employees are vital to the mission of Idaho State University. We recognize excellence in our student employees each year through National Student Employment Week.

Student employees are vital to the mission of Idaho State University. We recognize excellence in our student employees each year through National Student Employment Week. Please take time to recognize your student employees.

To commemorate National Student Employment Week ISU recognized outstanding students who go beyond the job requirements and provide exemplary service by awarding the Student Employee of the Year Scholarship. Students were nominated by departments based on exhibited reliability, outstanding quality of work, extraordinary initiative, disposition/attitude, professionalism, and contribution that the student has had on the position or the department. The following students were selected:

Student Employee of the Year: David Fowers (Public Safety) $2,000 Scholarship

First Runner Up: Kristin Moore (Institute of Rural Health) $350 Lupher Scholarship

Second Runner Up: Sira Barnes (Biological Sciences and Geosciences) $100 ISU Bookstore gift card donated by the Career Center

Third Runner Up: Elizabeth Kidd (Athletics) $50 ISU Bookstore gift card donated by the Office of Student Affairs

ISU Career Center wishes to thank all students for the hard work they do!