News and Notes

A Newsletter for Faculty and Staff of Idaho State University

June 3, 2013 — Vol. 29 No. 20

Faculty/Staff Updates

Dr. Jason Harris recently spoke at a Train-the-Trainers workshop

Dr. Jason Harris recently spoke at a Train-the-Trainers workshop May 30-31 in Kenitra-Morocco on nuclear security.

Steve Schaack is ISU's new collegiate licensing administrator

Steve Schaack is ISU's new collegiate licensing administrator. Questions regarding any aspect of licensing, including current CLC-approved licensees, should be directed to him at ext. 2621.

Kristi Austin recently attended the annual meeting of the Mountain-Plains chapter of the Music Library Association where she presented a paper

Kristi Austin, Assistant Professor, Reference/Instruction Librarian, and bibliographer for performing and fine arts, recently attended the 35th annual meeting of the Mountain-Plains chapter of the Music Library Association, where she presented a paper, "The Pre-Raphaelites and Music: Debussy's La damoiselle élue."

Alumnus Dr. Paul E. LeSage has been promoted to associate dean of academic affairs at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts in North Adams, Mass.

Alumnus Dr. Paul E. LeSage has been promoted to associate dean of academic affairs at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts in North Adams, Mass. At MCLA, LeSage has taught professional writing and literature for 30 years in the English/Communications Department and advised the student newspaper. His present duties include supervising the First Year Experience Program and the college's CORE education curriculum and assessment effort. He also teaches advanced literature classes in the Master's in Education program. Dr. LeSage completed his MA thesis, a study of Joyce's Ulysses, with Dr. Wayne Schow, now Professor Emeritus. He went on to a career in journalism, began teaching at MCLA in 1981, and earned his Ph.D. in Communication at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, in 1991.

Dr. Thomas Klein's article "The Inscribed Gold Strip in the Staffordshire Hoard: The Text and Script of an early Anglo-Saxon Biblical Inscription" has just appeared in Vol. 18 of the peer-reviewed journal Anglo-Saxon Studies in Archaeology and History

Dr. Thomas Klein's article "The Inscribed Gold Strip in the Staffordshire Hoard: The Text and Script of an early Anglo-Saxon Biblical Inscription" has just appeared in Vol. 18 of the peer-reviewed journal Anglo-Saxon Studies in Archaeology and History. The article incorporates research supported through a College of Arts and Letters special project grant.

Idaho State University-Meridian pharmacy professor, Rex Lott, attended the 2013 annual meeting of the College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacists, April 21-24, in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Idaho State University-Meridian pharmacy professor, Rex Lott, attended the 2013 annual meeting of the College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacists, April 21-24, in Colorado Springs, Colo. As the organization's outgoing president, he will chair the Past President's Council for 2013-14.

Lott is a continuing member of CPNP's Board of Directors and serves as liaison to the editorial board of the CPNP journal The Mental Health Clinician.

CPNP is a professional organization committed to excellence in pharmacy practice, education and research to improve the care and treatment of patients with psychiatric and neurologic disorders.

News Bites

The Idaho State University Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering is holding a two-week non-residential National Summer Transportation Institute program from June 10 to June 21 for seventh- and eighth-grade middle school students

The Idaho State University Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering is holding a two-week non-residential National Summer Transportation Institute (NSTI) program from June 10 to June 21 for seventh- and eighth-grade middle school students.

Students interested in the program are encouraged to apply immediately. The program will run from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday-Friday.

The objective of the program is to provide awareness and stimulate interest in secondary school students to take advantage of opportunities that exist in the transportation industry. Selected students will receive a full scholarship that covers tuition, meals, laboratory usage, supplies and field trip costs.

Daily transportation will be provided to and from Sho-Ban Jr. High for students in Bingham County. A maximum of 26 students will be selected. The program will run daily, Monday - Friday. There is a two-night field trip to Boise June 11-13 during the program. Students will be housed at a hotel with strict guidelines and chaperones. Parents are welcome to join as chaperones.

Students will participate in a variety of hands-on activities in science and engineering as well as participate in robotic cars, friendly competitions, and classroom instruction to enhance academic and technology skills.

Students interested in the NSTI program should contact Bruce Savage at savabruc@isu.edu as soon as possible to receive the application form. All applications should be received at the School of Engineering as soon as possible and no later than Wednesday, May 29. The application can be mailed, emailed or faxed.

vFor more information, contact program coordinators, Savage at 208-282- 3131 or savabruc@isu.edu; or Arya Ebrahimpour, 208-282-4695, or ebraarya@isu.edu.

On Monday, June 10, the Sawabi Chapter of the Idaho Native Plant Society will be conducting a field trip to Justice Park area adjacent to Scout Mountain

On Monday, June 10, the Sawabi Chapter of the Idaho Native Plant Society will be conducting a field trip to Justice Park area adjacent to Scout Mountain. Ruth Moorhead will be leading us along the nature trail and exploring the flora of this area. At this elevation early spring flowers should still be around for us to enjoy. The trip will leave the parking lot adjacent to the ISU Museum of Natural history (by the Bison) at 6 p.m. or you can meet us at the Nature Trail parking lot at 6:30 p.m.. For further information please contact Bob McCoy at 241-5851 or Dick Anderson at 705-1726. Everyone is welcome.

Congratulations to the newest winners of the ISU Cares Spot Awards

Congratulations to the 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.

They are each given a $15 Visa card courtesy of the ISU Credit Union. 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. All employees who are nominated 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.

April 2013 ISU Cares Spot Award winners are:

Information on Spring 2013 Effort Reports on Sponsored Grants and Contracts Funding

The Spring 2013 Effort Reports for work performed on sponsored projects and grants are being mailed to the departments this week. The reports are due back to Grants and Contracts Accounting by Friday, June 28. 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 Spring 2013 reporting period is for work performed between December 23, 2012 and May 11, 2013, paid from January 18, 2013 to May 24, 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.

The Seventh Annual Blake Stephens Foosball Tournament is June 9 at 1 p.m. at Hooligans

The Seventh Annual Blake Stephens Foosball Tournament is June 9 at 1 p.m. at Hooligans.

The event, which raises scholarship money for student veterans attending Idaho State University, honors local Army soldier Sgt. Blake Stephens who was killed in Iraq in 2007 by a roadside bomb. Stephens often played foosball at the local establishment.

No experience is necessary. Entry fee is $12 and includes a beverage and t-shirt.

The Sgt. Blake Stephens Scholarship became the official scholarship of ISU's Veterans Sanctuary program in 2010.

Hooligans is located at 122 N. Third Ave. For more information, contact Evan Preutt at 234-0213.