September 2, 2013 — Vol. 29 No. 30
Idaho State University-Meridian academic dean, Bessie Katsilometes, and husband, Tom, were honored as Idaho Hometown Heroes at a dinner and awards ceremony Aug. 30 at the Stephens Performing Arts Center in Pocatello.
They are among 10 Idahoans-including Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter and Treasure Valley YMCA chief executive, Jim Everett-who will receive the 2013 Idaho Hometown Hero medal.
The Katsilometeses are the first joint medal recipients, according to the Idaho Hometown Heroes organizing committee, which announced the honorees at a press conference July 23 in Pocatello.
The organization described the couple as "first-generation Greek-Americans who have dedicated themselves to lifelong self-improvement and community service from Pocatello to Boise while also helping so many others to enhance their own opportunities."
Katsilometes serves as dean of academic programs at the ISU-Meridian Health Science Center and Tom Katsilometes, a former Bannock County commissioner, is an Idaho State tax commissioner. Both are graduates of Idaho State University.
Other honorees included Bannock County Commissioner Howard Manwaring; 89-year-old Rupert physician and World War II veteran Don Pates; Aberdeen rancher and artist Jose Antonio Quezada, and Angie Smoot, a Boise mother who intervened to stop a sexual assault on another woman at Boise Towne Square Mall last spring.
ISU Geosciences Professor Paul Link received the Distinguished Service Award from the Tobacco Root Geological Society at their 2013 meeting in Salmon on Aug. 1. The Tobacco Root Society emphasizes field geological studies in the northern Rocky Mountains. The meeting was attended by three current ISU graduate students and five of Link's M.S. students from the last 25 years.
Joni Loftin, Clinical Professor, Communication Sciences & Disorders, was recently named to the Poster Committee for the 2014 Convention (Calgary, Canada) of the International Association of Orofacial Myology (IAOM). The IAOM serves as the international professional organization for Orofacial Myologists, with members from least 16 countries.
Michael Ballam will present an evening of music to support the Idaho State University School of Performing Arts Theatre/Dance Department Sept. 13 at 7:30 p.m. in the Jensen Grand Concert Hall at the Stephens Performing Arts Center.
Ballam has received critical acclaim with the major opera companies of the U.S. and a recital career in the most important concert halls around the world.
His operatic repertoire includes more than 700 performances of over 100 major roles while sharing the stage with singers and Broadway legends, including Roberta Peters, Jerome Hines, Joan Sutherland, Kiri Te Kanawa, Birgit Nilsson, Beverly Sills, Placido Domingo, Karen Akers, Tammy Grimes, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Jean Stapleton and Ethel Merman. He has also performed regularly with such companies as the Chicago Lyric, San Francisco, Santa Fe, Dallas, Washington, Philadelphia, St. Louis, and San Diego Operas.
Season ticket information is available online at: www.isu.edu/sopa. Individual tickets range from $20 to $25, and are available at the Performing Arts Center Box Office in person or by phone at 282-3595. Tickets are also available at Vickers Western Wear, PSUB Campus Connection Desk, and online at www.isu.edu/tickets.
Idaho State University alumni, Kyle Packer, will be signing his new children's book "Stare If You Dare" at the CW HOG (Cooperative Wilderness Handicapped Outdoor Group) Pig Out on Saturday, Sept. 14, at Lower Ross Park Pavilion.
"The book is about a boy who has a disability and he is in his home and hears children playing in park and wants to play with them," said Packer. "His mom agrees and as they get closer to the park, kids stop and start staring at him. He sits at picnic table and wonders, "why are they staring at me?"'
Packer started writing the book over three years ago. He did not think it would go anywhere, so he did not pursue it. However, two of his friends encouraged him to continue, and the book was recently published.
Packer is a native to Idaho, but has spent the last 19 years living in Illinois.
"I was in a documentary called 'Uphill Climb,'" said Packer. " The documentary got my foot in the door for my book. I spoke to a school in Illinois about my disability, cerebral palsy, and my trip to Mount Everest. One teacher heard my story and thought it would be good to make a film about it. At the time, I was getting ready to go to Mount Kilimanjaro. However, 9/11 happened and the film crew did not want leave country. So, we went to Idaho and did some white water rafting, and rock climbing."
The film was submitted to the Mid-America Emmy Awards and received six awards overall.
"CW HOG turned my life around," said Packer. "Through the program, I was able to graduate from college and travel to Mount Everest. I encourage other disabled people to get involved with the program."
For more information about CW HOG visit www.isu.edu/cwhog.
In its 32nd year, the Idaho State University Pocatello Pump set Sept. 14 and 15 is the oldest rock climbing competition in the United States.
It takes place on the basalt cliffs of Pocatello's Ross Park, and runs from 7 a.m. to early afternoon Saturday, Sept. 14.
The Pump takes most of the afternoon off so participants can take advantage of the CW HOG Pig Out dinner adjacent to the climbing area. Climbing resumes Sunday, Sept. 15, at 8 a.m. The awards ceremony is at 4 p.m.
Early registration that includes a T-shirt closes on Friday, Sept. 6, and is $35. Those registering on-site pay $40.
"The emphasis of the Pocatello Pump is placed on the fun of climbing," said Peter Joyce, Pump director and ISU outdoor recreation coordinator. "We play down the competitive aspect of the event, which I believe has led to the event's success."
The Pump has a variety of categories for both men and women, but it doesn't group climbers in the typical elite, expert, advanced, and recreational rankings. The Pump's categories are mostly named after climbing areas.
The leading categories are Yosemite (California), City of Rocks (Idaho) and Shawangunks (New York). In leading categories, the climber risks a fall while climbing above pre-placed gear. The climber clips the rope into the gear while climbing past it.
The non-leading, or top rope, categories are Smith Rocks (Oregon), and Red Rocks (Nevada), Seneca Rocks (West Virginia), Big and Little Cottonwood Canyons (Utah) for children and Everest (Nepal) for the physically challenged. In top rope categories, the climber is attached to a rope that has been already secured at the top of the rock before the climb. Both types of climbing require a belayer to manage the other end of the rope to safe guard the climber. Climbers must provide their own belayer.
To preregister, contact the ISU Outdoor Adventure Center, 282-3912, ISU Campus Box 8128, drop by the office in the Pond Student Union Building, or register online at www.isu.edu/outdoor/pump.shtml.
The Idaho State University Department of Dental Hygiene will celebrate its 50th anniversary Oct. 4-5 with a variety of events including a reunion, presentation, and reception in conjunction with ISU's Homecoming.
"Everyone in the department is very excited to celebrate 50 years of excellence in dental hygiene education," said Kristin Calley, the department chair. "We encourage all alumni, former staff and faculty to join us in the events planned in conjunction with ISU's Homecoming and celebration of 50 years as a university."
The first class of eight students was accepted in the fall of 1961. Since that time, the program has expanded to accept 31 students in each of the two professional classes. The Bachelor of Science Degree in Dental Hygiene is a professional entry-level degree program that prepares students for licensure to practice as dental hygienists. A graduate program resulting in a Master of Science in Dental Hygiene began in 2005.
The Master of Science degree in Dental Hygiene is an online program designed for licensed dental hygienists with baccalaureate degrees. The dental hygiene program is fully accredited by the American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation.
The Arthur D. Tranmer Dental Hygiene Clinic is an educational environment where experienced students, licensed dental hygienists and dentists provide preventive and therapeutic oral health services for the general public and campus community. Dental hygiene care includes oral prophylaxis, x-rays, nonsurgical treatment for periodontal (gum) disease, fluoride treatments, and self-care education.
For more information regarding the Department of Dental Hygiene and the celebration, visit www.isu.edu/dentalhy/fifty.shtml or call 282-2482.
Idaho State Athletics has announced changes to its ticket prices for the upcoming men's and women's basketball season.
The men's basketball team has a 14-game home schedule and new season tickets cost $148 while faculty and staff season tickets cost $81.
Single-game tickets go on sale Oct. 1 and those ticket prices will be $17 for reserved and $12 for general admission. Idaho State students are free to all ISU Athletic events with their Bengal ID card and they will be able to bring a guest at $8 a ticket. Children and senior citizen ticket prices will be $10 this year.
Group tickets for men's basketball games remain $8 for groups between 10-24 people and $6 for a group of 25 or more.
This year the Idaho State women's basketball team has a 13-game home schedule with all games being played in Reed Gym. New season tickets can be purchased for $70 with senior season tickets set at $55 and faculty and staff, $45. Members of the grandparents club can purchase a season ticket for $60 through the Bengal Athletic Booster Club.
Single-game tickets can also be purchased for women's home games starting Oct. 1. Reserved single-game prices are $12 and $8 for general admission seats. Children and senior citizen tickets can purchased for $6 and general children and senior citizen tickets are $4. Students can bring a guest for $2 a ticket.