News and Notes

A Newsletter for Faculty and Staff of Idaho State University

May 6, 2013 — Vol. 29 No. 17

Faculty/Staff Updates

All are invited to a retirement open house for Dr. Galen Louis Friday May 10, from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Beckley Nursing Building in Pocatello

All are invited to a retirement open house for Dr. Galen Louis Friday May 10, from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Beckley Nursing Building in Pocatello. Light refreshments will be served.

Congratulations to our newest winners of the ISU Cares Spot Awards

Congratulations to our newest winners of the ISU Cares Spot Awards. Every month we select six Idaho State University employees for their exemplary efforts in delivering fantastic customer service to those they come in contact with in their individual departments. They were each given a $15 Visa card courtesy of the ISU Credit Union. We appreciate ISU Credit Union for their continued support of our ISU Care program. Every month we receive approximately 20-40 online or paper ISU Cares surveys commending an ISU employee for their service or to let us know where we can improve. We choose 6 employees per month who have gone above and beyond in providing service. All employees who were nominated throughout each semester are entered into a drawing for $100. Each year we have a committee that looks over every nomination to help us select the ISU Cares Provider of the Year awards, ISU Manager Award and the Department of the Year Award.

To nominate an ISU employee for their service click ISU Cares Survey.

March 2013 ISU Cares Spot Award winners are:

Congratulations to each of our newest winners of the March ISU Cares Spot Awards! To learn more about each of our current and past winners, visit our ISU Cares website. To nominate an ISU Cares employee for a job well done, or to let us know where we need improvement, click ISU Cares Survey.

To contact us for comments or suggestions, call Stacey Marshall at 282-3081 or Laura Judkins at 282-3106. Thank you.

News Bites

Idaho State University-Meridian graduate assistant, Nicole Frank, is conducting research to understand the relationship between chemotherapy drugs and the toxicity they cause

Idaho State University-Meridian graduate assistant, Nicole Frank, is conducting research to understand the relationship between chemotherapy drugs and the toxicity they cause.

Frank, a microbiologist working on her Ph.D. in pharmacology, is helping Gem Pharmaceuticals, LLC of Birmingham, Ala., determine why a potential cancer drug currently in clinical trials appears to be less toxic than the chemotherapy drug doxorubicin, which is widely used to treat a variety of cancers but can lead to heart failure after long-term use.

Frank presented initial results of her research in a poster titled "Effect of Non-Cardiotoxic Doxorubicin Analog on Decatenation of DNA by Topoisomerase II" at the annual meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research in Washington, D.C., in April. More than 18,000 researchers from around the world attended.

She and her team have found that Gem's experimental drug, 5-imino, 3-deoxydoxorubicin, appears to fight cancer tumors as effectively as doxorubicin, but without targeting the subclass of enzymes that protect the heart muscle.

"Our original question that led to our project was: What is the molecular reason why 5-imino, 13-deoxydoxorubicin is less toxic?" said Frank.

For 50 years, doctors have used doxorubicin to treat non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, acute leukemia, and breast, lung and ovarian tumors. However, scientists note in some patients, doxorubicin can bind to enzymes in heart muscle cells, unraveling their DNA and leading to congestive heart failure.

Frank's research involves using these drugs to poison a class of enzymes found in tumor and heart cells to determine if there is a difference. She conducts her research at the Boise Veterans Affairs Medical Center and the L.S. Skaggs Pharmacy Complex at ISU-Meridian.

Frank is collaborating with Todd Talley, Ph.D., and Dong "Danny" Xu, Ph.D., assistant professors of biomedical and pharmaceutical sciences in ISU's College of Pharmacy, and Barry Cusack, M.D., who is based at the Boise V.A.

Talley and Frank say their research has the potential to unlock new avenues in drug development, noting the possibility of applying the same science to the discovery of new antibiotics.

For more information, contact Nicole Frank at frannic2@pharmacy.isu.edu or Todd Talley at talley@pharmacy.isu.edu.

The Idaho State University Rodeo Team is perhaps having its best year ever, with the women's team ranked No. 1 in their region and the nation, and the men's team ranked second in their region and sixth nationally

The Idaho State University Rodeo Team is perhaps having its best year ever, with the women's team ranked No. 1 in their region and the nation, and the men's team ranked second in their region and sixth nationally.

"It's been a perfect storm in the right way," said Melisa Moon Giannini, ISU Rodeo Club advisor. "All the pieces have come together. We have great athletes and great coaching, excellent stock and great University and community support."

The teams finished their 10-rodeo National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association (NIRA) Rocky Mountain Region competitions in mid April and both the women's and men's teams will compete at the College National Finals Rodeo in Casper, Wyo., June 9-15. Four ISU women and five men will compete at the national rodeo.

Individually, the ISU women's team was led by Kimberlyn Fehringer, from American Falls, who is ranked first in the Rocky Mountain Region in the All-Around, Barrel Racing and Breakaway Roping.

"Kimberlyn has had an amazing year for us and we're hoping she can continue her success at nationals," Giannini said.

Shelby Freed, from Pocatello, was the top reserve in the All-Around and is third in the region in the Goat Tying event.

A sister-brother Team Roping team from McCammon, Megan and Dallen Gunter, has had a tremendous year, benefiting both the women's and men's teams. Men and women can compete together in Team Roping. Megan is the top Team Roping Header and Dallen is the top Team Roping Heeler in the region. In this event, the header ropes the head of a steer and the heeler ropes its back legs.

Dallen, who is also a professional team roper who used to compete with his father, Ralph, has been competing with his younger sister since they were high school, and the two younger Gunters have roped and ridden together since they were young children.

"It's a lot of pressure heeling with her," Dallen said. "I'm more nervous heeling with her than with about any other header in the world, because I want to do my best."

Megan is also third in the region in Break Away Roping.

Another top performer for the men's team is Cy Eames, of Gooding, who is No. 1 in the region in Tie Down Roping and is second in Men's All-Around. Trevor Eldridge of Twin Falls finished the season ranked third in Bareback Riding.

The ISU women's team heading to nationals is comprised of Fehringer, Freed, Gunter and Kiara Wanner, of Preston. On the national level, Fehringer and Freed are ranked second and fourth, respectively in the Women's All-Around. Fehringer is also ranked first in Break Away Roping and Gunter is third as Team Roping Header.

The men's team heading to nationals is comprised of Eames, Gunter, Eldredge, Tayson Smith of Bancroft, and Gus Hill from Blackfoot. Nationally, Eames is ranked first in Tie Down Roping and fourth in the Men's All-Around, Gunter is third nationally as Team Roping Heeler. The men's team has only been fielding a five-person team at competitions when most teams are comprised of six.

In collegiate rodeo there are 11 regions nationally, but only one division. Thus club teams such as ISU compete against larger schools were rodeo may be a sanctioned sport. The Rocky Mountain Region, which ISU competes in, is traditionally one of the powerhouse conferences featuring, among other good teams, the College of Southern Idaho in Twin Falls and Weber State University, each that have won championships.

"We have a tough region that usually does well at nationals," said Jared Arave, Bengal rodeo coach. "Because of the level of competition we face in our region, we hope to make a statement at nationals. I don't think it will get any tougher at nationals."

ISU rodeo team members and its advisor Giannini expressed their gratitude to the team's three coaches, all from Blackfoot, who are Arave, Tony Barrington and Bobbie Jorgensen Ryan.

"A lot of success is from our coaching," Wanner said. "They're tough on us and they push us to get better. We also compete hard against each other at practice, but we have a lot of fun."

Idaho State University-Meridian Health Science Center will graduate its largest class ever, conferring up to 225 degrees, on Monday, May 13, 6 p.m., at the Boise Center, 850 W. Front Street

Idaho State University-Meridian Health Science Center will graduate its largest class ever, conferring up to 225 degrees, on Monday, May 13, 6 p.m., at the Boise Center, 850 W. Front Street.

The university will award most of the degrees in the health professions and health sciences. However, nine Renaissance High School students will receive Associate of Arts degrees in general studies through a partnership with ISU and Meridian's Joint School District No. 2.

Tommy Ahlquist, a medical doctor and chief operating officer of the Gardner Company will deliver the commencement address. His company is currently constructing Idaho's tallest building, an 18-story retail and business complex at 8th and Main streets in downtown Boise.

During the ceremony, ISU-Meridian Dean Bessie Katsilometes will introduce the campus' seven Student Excellence Award finalists and announce the top honoree.

The 2013 finalists and their academic programs are:

Also recognized at commencement will be pharmacy student Danielle Rae Ahlstrom, recipient of a 2013 Outstanding Student Achieve Award and Clinical Assistant Pharmacy Professor Glenda Carr, one of five ISU professors to receive the 2013 Outstanding Public Service Award.

Here's the breakdown of graduate, professional and undergraduate degrees: two Doctor of Philosophy; five Doctor of Audiology; one Doctor of Education; 34 Doctor of Pharmacy; one Educational Specialist; nine Master of Counseling; one Master of Education; 10 Master of Physical Education/Athletic Administration; 30 Master of Physician Assistant Studies; seven Master of Public Health; 40 Master of Science; 69 Bachelor of Science; 11 Associate of Science degrees; and nine Associate of Arts degrees.

Disciplines include medical laboratory science, counseling, nursing, communication sciences and disorders, sign-language studies and paramedic science.

The ISU-Meridian Health Science Center offers more than 20 graduate and undergraduate programs in the health professions and sciences. Visit www.isu.edu/meridian.

The world premiere of "Double Blind Sided," a contemporary opera inspired, in part, by Franz Kafka's "The Trial" and Mussorgsky's "Pictures at an Exhibition," will be presented Wednesday - Saturday, May 22-25 in the Idaho State University Stephens Performing Arts Center's Rogers Black Box Theatre

The world premiere of "Double Blind Sided," a contemporary opera inspired, in part, by Franz Kafka's "The Trial" and Mussorgsky's "Pictures at an Exhibition," will be presented 7:30 p.m., Wednesday - Saturday, May 22-25, with an additional 2 p.m. matinee on Saturday, May 25, in the Idaho State University Stephens Performing Arts Center's Rogers Black Box Theatre.

A post-performance panel discussion with the composer, librettist and directors will be held Wednesday and Thursday. Admission is by donation. All donations will support the tour of the work to the July 2013 Santa Cruz Fringe Festival. For information: Joséphine A. Garibaldi, 233-2494, garijose@isu.edu.

Initiated five years ago, ISU Theatre and Dance faculty Josephine A. Garibaldi and Paul Zmolek invited composer Robert Fruehwald of Southeast Missouri State University and poet G.B. Waldschmidt from Indiana University Purdue University Fort Wayne to collaborate on the creation of an original music/theatre/dance work inspired by Kafka's novel. Creating variations upon the motifs from "Pictures at an Exhibition," Fruehwald created emotionally moving music for Waldschmidt's witty libretto, creating a non-linear montage of anachronistic scenes connecting Kafka's novel, Weimar Germany's slide into Nazism, the Vietnam War, and current economic and political events.

The Callous Physical Theatre collaborative team of Josephine A. Garibaldi and Paul Zmolek utilized a collaborative devising methodology with the eight performers to create movement directly linked to the text. "The performers are singing, dancing, and acting throughout the entire show. It is really jam-packed. I am so impressed with them," said Garibaldi.

The cast, drawn from ISU Theatre, Dance and Music students, has been coached by Vocal Director Diana Livingston Friedley. Julie Sorensen conducts a wind ensemble supplemented by electronic score. Livingston Friedley and Sorensen are on faculty in Music at ISU.

Following the Wednesday and Thursday evening performances, a post-performance panel discussion with guest artists composer Robert Fruehwald and librettist G.B. Waldschmidt, the creative team and cast of "Double Blind Sided" will be held in the Theater.

For more information, contact Josephine A. Garibaldi, garijose@isu.edu, (208) 233-2494 or CallousPhysicalTheatre.weebly.com.

Made possible, in part, by the generous support of National Endowment for the Arts, Idaho Commission on the Arts, Pocatello Arts Council, Callous Physical Theatre and the Cultural Events Committee, Department of Theatre and Dance, and the Humanities and Social Science Research Committee of Idaho State University.

Biographies of Double Blind Sided Creative Team:

Composer Robert Fruehwald, is a prolific composer whom has released five CDs from his over sixty major compositions. Dr. Fruehwald developed a series of programs to print musical examples for scholarly journals and books. Fruehwald received his compositional training from several renowned composers including Morton Subotnik. Robert Wykes, Leonard Rosenman and Mel Powell. As former Chair and Professor of Music at Southeast Missouri State University, Dr. Fruehwald has taught numerous subjects including applied composition, music theory, applied flute, electronic-computer music, and the history of modernism. http://www6.semo.edu/fruehwald/fruehwaldhome.htm

Librettist G.B. Waldschmidt instructor of English composition at Indiana University, Purdue has developed an approach to teaching English composition based in the theory of memetics within a hyperlinked, information age environment. Recognized with over two-dozen AAF-Addy awards, his prolific output as a writer includes; songwriter/musician; CEO of his own advertising agency; poetry, fiction, blogging and text for Zmolek's 2008 Callous Physical Theatre production of Migrant.

Directors Joséphine A. Garibaldi and Paul Zmolek each hold three degrees in related fields and have been active as professional interdisciplinary performing artists/educators for over 30 years. Co-artistic directors of Callous Physical Theatre, both are on faculty with the Department of Theatre and Dance at Idaho State University where Garibaldi is the Director of Dance. Their award-winning work has been performed in Finland, Italy, Brazil, California, Washington, Iowa, Missouri, Utah, Nebraska, and Idaho. Recent notable works include The Rule of Life (2011), an hour long physical theatre work inspired by the Orders of St. Francis and St. Clare of Assisi. A made-for-video version of the work directed by Tom Hallaq was featured in the December 2012 International Contemporary Artists Exhibition at Gallerie le Logge in Assisi, Italy. In May 2012, Garibaldi and Zmolek teamed up with Finnish poet Karri Kokko to create and perform Cagevent: Sometimes it works, Sometimes it doesn't, a 2 hour performance event inspired by the creative process of John Cage as a featured performance in the Helsinki 2012 Kontaining Performance Festival. http://callousphysicaltheatre.weebly.com/index.html

Garibaldi and Zmolek teamed with composer Robert Fruehwald in 2002 to create the highly successful Zaum: Beyond Significance, a 50-minute contemporary ballet inspired by revolutionary arts movements of the early 20th century. Robert collaborated with Joséphine to create Anticipatory Illumination, a modern dance inspired by the temple of Borobodur and the incidental music for Paul's production of A Midsummer Night's Dream.

Vocal Director Diana Livingston-Friedley served as vocal director for Garibaldi and Zmolek's 2010 production of their Landscaping for Privacy. Garibaldi choreographed for Livingston-Friedley's production of A Threepenny Opera. Dr. Livingston-Friedley, a soloist featured in national and international venues, is Acting Director for the School of Performing Arts and the Director of Music at Idaho State University.

Conductor Julie Sorensen joined the music faculty at Idaho State University in the fall of 2011 as an Assistant Lecturer in Music Theory, Aural Skills and Music Appreciation. She was the orchestra director for the ISU spring production of Into the Woods and in the fall of 2012 Julie organized and directed the first full student chamber symphony orchestra at ISU. Julie comes to ISU from Lubbock Texas where she studied for her PhD in Fine Arts with a specialty in Orchestral Conducting from Texas Tech University. While in Lubbock, Julie also served as the Assistant Conductor for the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra where she conducted for family, children and holiday concerts. Julie received her B.A. in Music and flute performance from the University of Wyoming and her M.M. in Orchestral Conducting from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Idaho State University and the Consulate of Mexico in Boise will present a concert by one of the most respected cellists in the world, Carlos Prieto,. May 9 in the Stephens Performing Arts Center's Jensen Grand Concert Hall

Idaho State University and the Consulate of Mexico in Boise will present a concert by one of the most respected cellists in the world, Carlos Prieto, at 7 p.m. May 9 in the Stephens Performing Arts Center's Jensen Grand Concert Hall.

Prieto, Mexican-born and MIT-educated, regularly premiers works composed especially for him by Latin American, North American and European composers. He has received public acclaim and won excellent reviews for his performances throughout the United States, Europe, Russia, China, India and Latin America.

The New York Times, of his Carnegie Hall debut, stated "Prieto has no technical limitations and his musical instincts are impeccable."

According to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Prieto is "one of those rare artists who can cause audiences to cry out with delight."

Prieto, who began playing the cello at age 4, has played with orchestras from all over the world including the Royal Philharmonic in London, the Chamber Orchestra of the European Union, the American Symphony Orchestra in New York, the Boston Pops in Boston, the Berlin Symphony Orchestra, the Chamber Orchestra of the European Union, the Moscow Chamber Orchestra, the Spanish National Orchestra, the Spanish Radio and Television Orchestra, and many others.

Since 1980 he has played the world premieres of more than 90 compositions, most of which were written for him by the main composers from Mexico, Latin America, Spain and other countries.

He has recorded more than 90 compositions, including the complete Bach suites, works by Beethoven, Shostakovich, Saint-Saens, Rachmaninov and Kodaly. In addition, he has recorded 13 CDs devoted specially, but not only, to cello music from Latin America and Spain.

Prieto has written seven books and unusual background includes degrees in engineering and in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Admission is free, but seating is reserved. To reserve your seats for the performance, call the Stephens Performing Arts Center Box Office at 208-282-3595. The Box Office is open 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Tickets will be placed on will call and can be picked up during daily Box Office hours and also the night of the performance.

The Idaho State University Department of Communication and Rhetorical Studies recently hosted the Spring 2013 Clark S. Carlile Memorial Speaking Competition

The Idaho State University Department of Communication and Rhetorical Studies recently hosted the Spring 2013 Clark S. Carlile Memorial Speaking Competition.

Anna Levdanskiy, a junior nursing major from Jerome, won first place explaining "The Russian Language." Penelope Larsen, a senior with a double major in marketing and management who grew up in Richmond, Va., took second place with her presentation on "The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act." Morgan Wynn, a sophomore business major from Aberdeen, took third place with her explanation of "Hiccups."

The competitors were students from business and professional speaking classes who employed techniques learned in the classroom to bridge the gap between lay audiences and the highly technical information they are presented.

The cash prizes they competed for are made possible by a generous endowment from the late Professor Emeritus Clark Carlile, who taught for many years at ISU.

Judges for this semester's contest were Jo Foster, senior manager of occupational claims for Union Pacific Railroad; Tony Lovgren, manager of customer service/support operations and labs for ISU Information Technology Services; and Kathy Mraz, Alameda Branch manager for ISU Federal Credit Union. Instructors Jackie Czerepinski and Sharon Sowell were hosts and moderators for the event.

Over 30 Music Department pianos will be offered to faculty, staff, students and alumni in a private sale before being offered to the public

ISU Music Department has had the benefit of using over 30 new pianos and digital pianos loaned to our Music Department at no cost. These instruments are part of a national educational loan program that provides our students and faculty first-class, well-maintained instruments for teaching, practice, and performance. Kawai Corporation, Yamaha Corporation and The Piano Gallery have made this possible and we are proud to be a participant.

The selection includes GRAND PIANOS, VERTICAL PIANOS, and DIGITAL PIANOS. We need your support to perpetuate this agreement. All Music Department pianos used in this program will be offered to faculty, staff, students and alumni before being offered to the public. All instruments are professionally maintained and carry full factory warranties.

NOTE: There are two ways to purchase these pianos.

  1. For a private appointment call 233-2214 to preview these pianos before the public sale. You may purchase a piano at the preview. Preview appointments are highly recommended. This gives you priority status and best selection. All sales are on a first-come-first-serve basis.
  2. You may attend the public sale on Friday-Saturday, May 17-18th from 11 to 5 p.m. at the beautiful L.E. Thelma E. Stephens Performing Arts Center on the ISU campus in Pocatello.

As budgetary resources shrink, the importance of this program increases. Having quality instruments is essential to provide the best education for our students. With this in mind we invite you to consider the purchase of one of these fine pianos.

During summer break Student Health Service clinic hours are 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, and 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday

During summer break Student Health Service clinic hours are 8 a.m. to 3:30p.m. Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, and 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday. You do not need the Student Health Insurance to be seen at the Student Health Center and most insurances accepted. Call us for same day appointments (208) 282-2330. Visit us on the web: http://www.isu.edu/stuhlth/.