April 29, 2013 — Vol. 29 No. 16
All are invited to attend a retirement open house for Ralph Durtschi May 2 from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Culinary Arts area of the Roy F. Christensen Building. Durtschi has been with the College of Technology his whole career at ISU.
All are invited to wish a fond farewell to Paula Mandeville, who is leaving the College of Education after 11 years as advisor.
A reception will be held in her honor May 3, from 3 to 5 p.m. in the College of Education, room 355. Remarks and a presentation will be at 4 p.m.
Department of History faculty received two separate grants from the Idaho Humanities Council this spring. One of these is a seed grant to develop the initial framework for a mobile application that will serve as part of a major interactive, digital project on the cultural history of Yellowstone National Park. Dr. Yolonda Youngs is the principal investigator, working with Dr. Kevin Marsh as co-PI. The funds will be used to develop a software prototype and cultivate a range of collaborators in the National Park Service and other institutions to facilitate obtaining larger external grants to fund the full project.
The other grant to the History Department from the IHC was to support the Holocaust Memorial Lecture and Testimony Project, held on the Pocatello campus April 11. This featured a presentation by two survivors of the Nazi camps. Dr. Justin Stover was the PI, and History major Tyfnee Stewart provided essential support.
The IHC seeks to deepen understanding of human experience by connecting people with ideas, by encouraging civility and good citizenship, and by initiating community conversations about ideas that enlighten us about the past and light our way toward wisdom and a meaningful future. It reviews and awards competitive grants twice a year.
Idaho State University physician assistant studies Program Director Paula Phelps has been selected to be a member of the Huntsman Hometown Heroes Running Team to raise money for cancer research by running the full Ogden Marathon on May 18.
"I am honored to be a member of the Huntsman Hometown Heroes running team and will be running to raise money for cancer research and the remarkable Huntsman Center and the Huntsman Cancer Foundation," Phelps said.
Her goal is to raise at least $500 for the event. Those interested in supporting the Huntsman Center and Phelps' efforts can go to her fundraising page at: http://ogden.kintera.org/paulaphelps.
"This spring I have another reason to run," Phelps said. "I am running to honor the memory of two individuals who lost their battle with brain cancer, my father David Brutz, and my friend's sister, Katie Lindsey. They are my heroes. Dad died in September, 2011 and Katie passed away May, 2012."
Donors will receive a tax receipt for their donations.
On April 20, JoAnn Gurenlian, RDH, PhD, was honored as the recipient of the Excalibur Award from Bishop Eustace Preparatory High School for her excellence in the profession of dental hygiene.
Ryan Jones, assistant professor of history, published an article in this month's issue of the American Historical Review. "Running into Whales: The History of the North Pacific from below the Waves," addresses the environmental history of the Pacific Ocean.
Beginning Monday, May 13, 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 30-minute lunch break. Regular hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., with a one-hour lunch break, will resume Monday, August 19.
Memorial Day observance is on Monday, May 27, and Independence Day observance is on Thursday, July 4. These are state holidays and all offices will be closed. The complete 2013 Holiday Schedule can be found at: http://www.isu.edu/humanr/Employee%20Resources/holiday%202013.shtml.
We are pleased to announce that due to recent policy changes made by Visa International, we are now able to accept Visa cards as a payment option. This means that Idaho State University will now be accepting all major debit/credit cards through BengalWeb and our eMarket sites. Just a reminder, the debit/credit card user will be charged a 2.75% convenience fee. To avoid the fee you still have the option to pay with an electronic check on BengalWeb. The cashier's office will continue to accept cash or check payments if you need to pay in person. If you have any questions, please contact the cashier's office at ext. 2900.
Three undergraduate Idaho State University students were sequestered in a room for most of four days earlier this semester to do battle with 5,636 other three-person teams from 14 countries from around the world in the 2013 COMAP (The Consortium for Mathematics and Its Applications) Mathematics Modeling contest.
The team worked from about 9 a.m. to as late as midnight during the four-day contest, averaging 15- to 16-hour work days.
At the end of the marathon event, ISU's team earned a meritorious rating, finishing in the top 15 percent of competing teams.
The ISU team was comprised of two Pocatello natives, Doug Walker, a chemistry major, and Damon Herrera, a statistics major, and Blackfoot's Garrett Castle, who has a double major in statistics and business management. Their advisor is DeWayne Derryberry, ISU associate professor of mathematics.
"The fact that all three of us where locked in a room for most of 96 hours and had to get along with each other and work under the stress of a tight deadline, I think we managed quite well," Walker said.
The ISU team managed well indeed, finishing with the same rating as teams from Duke University, the University of Washington, MIT - Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Cornell University, and with a higher rating than teams from universities such as Stanford, John Hopkins and Harvard.
The contest had two problems, and the ISU team chose "Problem B: Water, Water, Everywhere." The team had to build a mathematical model for determining an effective, feasible and cost-efficient water strategy for 2013 to meet the projected water needs in 2025. They could choose from five countries including the United States, China, Russia, Saudi Arabia and Egypt, with the ISU team choosing the latter.
The team was require to use their model to discuss the economic, physical and environmental implications of their strategy and provide a non-technical position paper to governmental leadership outlining their approach, their plan's feasibility, its cost and why it was the best water strategy.
"When all was said and done, we had a really strong paper," Herrera said. "That was verified by how well we did."
Derryberry said he was proud of his students' efforts.
"It is very unusual for three rookies in the contest to score so well in the competition," Derryberry said. "None of them had participated in a contest like this before and it usually takes doing a couple of them before a team does well."
The participants said it was a valuable experience.
"It was just real intense in the competition, the three of us working," Castle said. "Our results say a lot about the kind of education you can get at ISU."
The School of Performing Arts at Idaho State University will present the summer musical "Honk! A Musical Tale of 'The Ugly Duckling'" on June 14,15, 17, 21 and 22 at the Beverly B. Bistline Theatre of Stephens Performing Arts Center. All shows will start at 7:30 p.m.
The Community, Alumni, Theater/Dance/Music ISU will feature the uplifting, frolicking and timeless musical tale based on Hans Christian Andersen's "The Ugly Duckling." This story tells the story of an odd-looking baby duck, Ugly, whose odd, gawky looks incite prejudice from his family and neighbors. Separated from the farm and pursued by a hungry cat, Ugly must find his way home. Along his harrowing journey he not only discovers his true beauty and glorious destiny, but also finds love and acceptance in all its forms.
The show, produced by George stiles and Anthony Drewe, has been performed worldwide in more than 8,000 productions and in many different languages. It has won multiple awards including the 2000 Olivier Award for Best Musical.
Ticket prices for the show are $10 for groups more than 10 people, $10 for children under 18, $14 for faculty, staff, ISU students and seniors, and $15 for adults. Tickets can be purchased at the Stephens Performing Arts Center Box Office in person or by phone at 208-282-3595. The Box Office opens from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays during the school year.
Tickets can also be purchased at Vickers Western Stores in Pocatello or Idaho Falls, ISU Pond Student Union Building Campus Information Desk and online at www.isu.edu/tickets. The Box Office is open one hour prior to show times.
The 14th annual Take Back the Night March and Rally will begin at 5:30 p.m. Friday, May 3, outside the Family Services Alliance main office in Pocatello on 355 S. Arthur Ave.
The Pocatello march and rally is sponsored by the Anderson Gender Resource Center at Idaho State University, in close collaboration with Family Services Alliance, Old Town Pocatello Art Walk, and Bannock County Sexual and Domestic Violence Task Force.
Once again, local businesses and organizations have shown their support and generously donated to the event. Pocatello Mayor Brian Blad will speak, along with other representatives. There will be free T-shirts, food, great raffle prizes, music and more as people from throughout our community have united to march in support of survivors of sexual assault and violence, while taking a stand for a safer city of Pocatello.
The history of Take Back the Night goes back to 1976 and Belgium. The event has since grown tremendously to become a worldwide manifestation and recognition of the fight against sexual assault and violence.
An estimated one in six women and one in 11 men will be sexually assaulted in their lifetime, according to organizers. Take Back the Night is a chance speak up, show support and help raise awareness.
The event is free and open to all.
For further information, contact the Anderson Gender Resource Center intern Jessica Milford at 208-697-3228 or Aasa Burlin, assistant director of the center, at 208-282-6061.
Idaho State University Campus Recreation will offer four sessions of Group Learn to Swim Lessons beginning June 3.
The four sessions are:
The four sessions will each feature three 30-minute lessons running 9-9:30 a.m., 9:35-10:05 a.m. and 10:10-10:40 a.m.
The cost is $40 for ISU affiliates and $50 for community members. Sign-ups for ISU affiliates will start May 6-10 and open to everyone starting May 13.
To register, visit the ISU Campus Recreation Office located in Reed Gym on weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. through May 12, and then from 7:30 to 4 p.m. beginning May 13.
Stan Lindstedt, regents professor of physiology from Northern Arizona University, will present a seminar open to the public on "Doping in Science" at 4 p.m. May 1 at Idaho State University.
The free seminar will be held in the ISU Plant Sciences Auditorium.
Lindstedt's research has focused on topics ranging from the limits to physical performance to biomedical patents for improving human health. He has recently been awarded the August Krogh Distinguished Lectureship by the American Physiological Society for a lifetime of achievement.
This talk is sponsored by the ISU College of Science and Engineering, the Idaho Network of Biomedical Research Excellence and Sigma Xi, the scientific honor society.
For more information, contact Curt Anderson, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Idaho State University Veterans Sanctuary will present the fourth annual Veterans Family BBQ and Family Day at the Zoo on Saturday, May 4, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Upper Ross Park shelter.
The event features free food, live music, a variety of activities and free Pocatello Zoo tickets for veteran families. Supplies are limited - first come first serve.
Pocatello Mayor Brian Blad and Chubbuck Mayor Steven England will be issuing a joint proclamation affirming May 4 is the Veterans Family BBQ and Day at the Zoo.
The ISU Veterans Sanctuary is commemorating the end of another great school year and wants to share this celebration with community veterans and their family members.
The sponsors for the event include the City of Pocatello, City of Chubbuck, Dependable Auto, Marine Corp League, Pocatello Military Affairs Committee, American Detail, American Legion, Big D's Gun Shop, Coca-Cola, Del Monte Meats, Fireplace Outfitters, Gate City ATA Martial Arts, Industrial Supply, Portnuf Valley Disc Golf Club, ReNae's Rolls, Sam's Gun Shop, The Gallows, Tough Guy Lanes, Trout Unlimited and Tuckers High Desert Tactical.
For more information about this event, contact the Veterans Sanctuary at (208) 282-4245.
Final grading for Spring 2013 Late Eight and Full Term courses will open on Monday, April 29th and will close on Tuesday, May 14th at 5 pm. Any final grades for Late Eight or Full Term courses not submitted by Tuesday, May 14th at 5 pm will require a completed Grade Change form and could negatively impact students. Please utilize the X grade if it is appropriate! All courses, including zero credit courses, must be given a final grade.
The X grade is available for any course that is graded with a letter grade and should be used for any student who has either not attended a course or has stopped attending. If an X grade is given, a last date of attendance is required. If a student has never attended, please use the first day of class as the last date attended. If a student has never attended or has stopped attending a course that is graded S/U, please give the student a U and enter a last date of attendance. ISU will be able to make better decisions regarding financial aid if we are aware of students who are not attending their classes.
Help with grading - There are instructions for grading available at: http://www.isu.edu/tigeri/bengalweb/grading.shtml
There is also a printable quick guide to using BengalWeb for grading available at: http://www.isu.edu/tigeri/bengalweb/docs/Grading%20Quickguide%200511.pdf
In an effort to support healthy lifestyles, the Office of Group Insurance will be removing the $250 limit on Wellness/Preventive care services in our Traditional and High Deductible medical plans, eliminating the $20 In-Network copay for Wellness/Preventive care services in our PPO medical plan and adding Women's Preventive Health services to each medical plan.
The annual maximum benefit limit in each medical plan will be increased from $1,250,000 to $2,000,000.
New for FY2014 is a Summary of Benefits and Coverage (SBC), which is required by PPACA. Each SBC provides a detailed medical plan summary including the changes for the coming year, so that you have all the information you need in order to determine whether you want to change plans during Open Enrollment. If you are unable to access the SBC electronically you can obtain a hardcopy from our office.
Blue Cross PPO Plan SBC
Blue Cross Traditional Plan SBC
Blue Cross High Deductible Plan SBC
There will be no changes to the dental plan for the coming year.
Effective July 1, we will be changing the FSA debit card fee. The current fee is $1.50 per month; the new fee will be $10.00 per year and will be deducted from an employee's account during the first month he/she is enrolled in the plan. The fee for replacement cards will reduce from $10.00 to $5.00.
FSA Election Form July 1, 2013 through June 30, 2014.
For more information go to: http://ogi.idaho.gov/employees/
The Department of Languages and Literatures is proud to announce that the following students in French and Spanish were inducted into departmental honor societies, Thursday, April 25th.
Lambda Omega, ISU's chapter of Pi Delta Phi, the National French Honor Society, initiated:
Nicole Blanchard, Journalism major, French minor
Dr. Valeriia Starovoitova, Research Assistant Professor, Department of Physics
Anna Thompson, General Studies major, French minor
Phi Nu, ISU's chapter of Sigma Delta Pi, the National Spanish Honor Society, initiated:
Travis Gilbert, Spanish major
Matias Gonzalez, Spanish major
Idelia Labra, Spanish major
Malia McConnell, Health-Science major and Spanish minor
Chloe Palakovich, Spanish major
The French and Spanish honor societies recognize the exceptional achievement of ISU language students and their commitment to learning about francophone and hispanic cultures. As members of Pi Delta Phi or Sigma Delta Pi, students are eligible for scholarships that will enable them to study abroad and discover first-hand the value of studying foreign languages.