News and Notes

A Newsletter for Faculty and Staff of Idaho State University

October 21, 2013 — Vol. 29 No. 35

Faculty/Staff Updates

Dr. Susan Swetnam, Professor Emerita, English, has won the Idaho Library Association's Idaho Book of the Year 2012 with Books, Bluster, and Bounty: Local Politics and Intermountain West Carnegie Library Building Grants, 1898-1920

Dr. Susan Swetnam, Professor Emerita, English, has won the Idaho Library Association's Idaho Book of the Year 2012 with Books, Bluster, and Bounty: Local Politics and Intermountain West Carnegie Library Building Grants, 1898-1920 (Logan: Utah State University Press, 2012). The ILA award honors books that have "made an outstanding contribution to the body of printed materials about Idaho." Dr. Swetnam's book traces the history of Carnegie libraries in the Intermountain West, especially the role of women's groups in developing and supporting local libraries.

The Academy of Health Information Professionals recently awarded Ruiling Guo, Health Sciences Librarian/Associate Professor, a distinguished member for her professional accomplishment and academic achievement

The Academy of Health Information Professionals (AHIP) recently awarded Ruiling Guo, Health Sciences Librarian/Associate Professor, a distinguished member for her professional accomplishment and academic achievement. The Medical Library Association established the Academy more than sixty years ago to recognize individual health information professionals. "The Academy recognizes the personal investment of time and effort required for exemplary professional performance and for contributions to the association and to the profession." http://mlanet.org/academy/

Jonathan Lawson, Professor Emeritus of Educational Leadership has been awarded the Greater Pocatello Chamber of Commerce 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award

Jonathan Lawson, Professor Emeritus of Educational Leadership has been awarded the Greater Pocatello Chamber of Commerce 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award. During his time as Vice President for Academic Affairs, Lawson was the longest serving member of the Chamber Board in history, served on the Southeast Idaho Works Board and the Bannock Regional Development Board as Treasurer. Lawson is currently chairing the NWCCU accreditation team at The Evergreen State College.

ISU Professor Jeff Meldrum spent two weeks this summer in the Russian Federation examining evidence of an Asian equivalent of sasquatch, with Moscow investigator Dmitry Pirkulov

ISU Professor Jeff Meldrum spent two weeks this summer in the Russian Federation examining evidence of an Asian equivalent of sasquatch, with Moscow investigator Dmitry Pirkulov.

Their fieldwork centered in the North Caucasus Mountains spanning between the Black and Caspian Seas. Of particular interest was a pair of 17-inch footprint casts taken from a long trackway stretching over 2 km in snow and mud, discovered two years ago near the village of Kamennomostky. In addition to making replicas of the casts, which are being added to the Virtual Footprints Collection, Meldrum was able to interview some of the numerous witnesses to the trackway, including Ivan Vastkrevich, a member of Russian Parliament and professional guide and author of natural history texts on the region. Also UNESCO Park Ranger Islam Magomedov described his impressions of footprints and descriptions of an 8-foot hair-covered upright ape, occasionally seen by visitors trekking or horseback-riding in the remote regions of the Caucasus National Park.

Meldrum and Pirkulov also went to nearby Abkazia to meet with the crew of Icon Films, a British production company doing a 3-part documentary on the research of Oxford human geneticist Bryan Sykes, heading the Oxford-Lausanne Collateral Hominid Project. Sykes is testing hair samples attributed to the sasquatch, yeti, and Russian Wildman, comparing DNA sequences. Meldrum and Pirkulov also had a private audience with Dr. Zurab Mikvabiya, director of the world's oldest primate research facility, established in 1927. They discussed the parallels and challenges of the North American sasquatch and Russian wildman questions, and exchanged publications. Zurab was quite intrigued by similarities in footprint evidence reported behaviors. Interestingly, baboons that escaped the facility during the recent war in Abkhazia, became feral in the surrounding mountains and constitute the most northerly population of wild primates in the world.

"The notion of relict hominoid populations persisting in various quarters of the globe is garnering attention in the anthropological community, as the growing diversity of fossil hominids and recent persistence of some species is recognized. " Meldrum said. "The remarkable similarities to the Caucasus footprints lend notable corroboration to the sasquatch tracks."

News Bites

Idaho State University's "A Season of Note" will present Three Dog Night at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, at the Stephens Performing Art Center in the Jensen Grand Concert Hall

Idaho State University's "A Season of Note" will present Three Dog Night at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, at the Stephens Performing Art Center in the Jensen Grand Concert Hall.

Legendary music icons, Three Dog Night, had 21 consecutive Top 40 hits, including three no.1 singles, 11 Top 10s, 18 Straight Top 20s, 7 million-selling singles and 12 straight RIAA Certified Gold LPs.

In the years 1969 through 1974, no other group achieved more top-10 hits, moved more records or sold more concert tickets than Three Dog Night. Top hits include "Mamma Told Me (Not to Come)," "Joy to the World," "Black and White," "Shambala," "Easy to be Hard," "An Old Fashioned Long Song" and "One." "Joy to the World" became the band's biggest hit in 1971, spending six weeks on top of the pop charts. Since 1986, the band has performed more than 2,200 shows including two Super Bowls.

For more information on this group visit www.threedognight.com.

Ticket prices for Three Dog Night are $45 for lower level and $40 for upper level seating. Tickets can be purchased at the Stephens Performing Arts Center Box Office, open from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. during the school year.

Tickets can also be purchased over the phone at (208) 282-3595 or online at www.isu.edu/tickets. They can also be purchased at Vickers Western Stores in Pocatello or Idaho Falls and at the Pond Student Union Building. The Stephens Performing Arts Center Box Office is open one hour prior to show times.

Idaho State University's Idaho Healthcare for Children and Families AmeriCorps program, housed at the Institute of Rural Health, received $311,193 to fund 37 of 140 AmeriCorps members across Idaho through next summer

Idaho State University's Idaho Healthcare for Children and Families AmeriCorps program, housed at the Institute of Rural Health, received $311,193 to fund 37 out of 140 AmeriCorps members across Idaho through next summer.

The grant was received through Serve Idaho, the Governor's Commission on Service and Volunteerism that received nearly $2 million from the Corporation for National and Community Service.

"Children and families will benefit the most from this new grant because an AmeriCorps Member serves at a placement site whose goal it is to help children and families succeed," said Barbara Cunningham, the ISU Institute of Rural Health's senior grant project coordinator. "The placement site puts up matching funds to leverage the positive impact of the grant funding. As a result, the placement site benefits and has a stake in their new member. Additionally, ISU benefits by receiving the funds to administer the program. It is a win-win situation for everyone involved."

Idaho AmeriCorps members will work full or part time in education, healthy futures, environmental stewardship, veterans and military families, economic opportunity and disaster services. Of the $2 million grant, many organizations received funds including Lewis Clark State College, Lewis Clark Service Corps; Student Conservation Association, Idaho AmeriCorps Program; Idaho Department of Labor, Veterans Serving Veterans AmeriCorps; Palouse Clearwater Environmental Institute, AmeriCorps program; and Blackfoot Community Center, SRJH/BCC Consortium AmeriCorps program.

"This grant has a positive impact on everyone who participates: placement sites, AmeriCorps members, ISU, and the communities where AmeriCorps members serve," said Cunningham. "We are all making a positive impact in our respective communities. Every year we provide AmeriCorps with great stories from our members. I have read innumerable stories which have brought tears to my eyes because of the different impacts my members have had in their community."

AmeriCorps members receive a modest living stipend and an education award that can be used to pay for college or to pay back qualified student loans. More than 6,500 people of all ages and backgrounds in Idaho are helping meet local needs, strengthen communities and increase civic engagement through national service. In 2012 the Corporation for National and Community Service committed more than $6.4 million to support Idaho communities through national service initiatives.

Serve Idaho is a division of the Idaho Department of Labor. It encourages volunteerism and community service, promoting collaborative efforts among public, private and nonprofit, state and local agencies to advance community service programs and civic engagement statewide. The commission administers Idaho's AmeriCorps programs, Idaho's Promise and the Governor's Brightest Star Awards, and hosts the annual Serve Idaho Conference on Service and Volunteerism. The commission developed the state model for Emergent Volunteer Reception Centers established during disasters for the Bureau of Homeland Security. Serve Idaho is funded in part by the Corporation for National and Community Service and the Idaho Department of Labor.

More information about Serve Idaho and AmeriCorps service opportunities is at www.serveidaho.gov.

Highlights of Idaho State University's mid-November Opera Week include a performance by Idaho Opera and ISU hosting the Metropolitan Opera National Council District Auditions

Highlights of Idaho State University's mid-November Opera Week include a performance by Idaho Opera and ISU hosting the Metropolitan Opera National Council District Auditions.

On Nov. 14, Idaho State University's Season of Note concert series will host Opera Idaho's production of Mozart's "Le nozze di Figaro" at Jensen Grand Concert Hall in the Stephens Performing Arts Center. This will be the first time a full-length opera has been presented in the hall. "Figaro" will be sung in Italian with English supertitles.

Other events surrounding Opera Idaho's visit include a residency with the lead performers at each Pocatello high school, and a pre-opera discussion with Mark Junkert, executive director for Opera Idaho. Tickets for the opera will cost $25 for adults and $15 for children in the lower balcony, and $21 for adults and $11 for children in the upper balcony.

On Nov. 16, ISU will again host the Metropolitan Opera National Council District Auditions. The National Council Auditions program is designed to discover promising young opera singers and to assist in the development of their careers. Judges for the competition will be Grammy-nominated opera conductor Sara Jobin, internationally-renowned soprano Sally Wolf, and collaborative artist Thomas Muraco from the Manhattan School of Music.

The Department of Music has four students who will compete to advance to the Metropolitan Opera regional auditions: Emma Doupé, from Middleton;Jerrica Matthews, Liberty, Bear Lake County; John Punt, Idaho Falls; and LakotaTerrace, Mackay. Audience members will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite. Tickets for the competition on Saturday are $8 for adults, $6 for ISU faculty and staff and $4 for pre-college students. ISU students are admitted free of charge.

Opera Week will finish on Nov. 17 with a masterclass featuring ISU music majors working with Thomas Muraco. Admission to the master class with Thomas Muraco is free.

ISU's participants will present their programs at Pocatello's First Friday Art walk on Nov. 1 at Trinity Episcopal Church. The public is invited to the free preview of the students' performances.

The Idaho State-Civic Symphony's Family Concert, "Halloween Spooktacular, is Saturday, Oct. 26 in the Jensen Grand Concert Hall of the Stephens Performing Arts Center

The Idaho State-Civic Symphony's Family Concert, "Halloween Spooktacular, sponsored by Heinz, will be held on Saturday, Oct. 26 in the Jensen Grand Concert Hall of the Stephens Performing Arts Center.

Conductor Grant Harville has designed a program to appeal to family members of all ages, and Thomas Kloss and music education majors have planned interesting and fun pre-concert musical games and activities. From 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., the rotunda will be the site of a "Musical Fair" where children can visit a musical "petting zoo" to see close up some of the orchestral instruments, discover how the sound is produced, and even try them. Singing games and other musical education activities will be set up in other areas of the rotunda; parents and children will be able to choose the ones most age-appropriate.

The public is encouraged to bring the whole family, dress in Halloween costumes, and enjoy the pre-concert musical activities, followed by a rousing concert with familiar music from "Raiders of the Lost Ark" and "Pirates of the Caribbean," as well as the delightful children's musical story "Peter and the Wolf."

Tickets are $12 per person or $27 for a family of six. The pre-concert activities are included with the ticket price. Tickets to the concert are available through the Performing Arts Center's Box Office at 282-3595 or Paula Corbin at 282-3330. Tickets are also available at Vickers Western Stores located at 1460 Yellowstone.

For more information contact the Stephen Performing Arts Center Box Office at 282-3595.

The Union Program Council at Idaho State University will present the film "The Graduates" Tuesday, Oct. 29, in the Pond Student Union Bengal Theater

The Union Program Council at Idaho State University will present the film "The Graduates" at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29, in the Pond Student Union Bengal Theater.

The film is billed as an eye-opening documentary on the challenges facing Latino students from across the United States. It is part of the UPC's Community Cinema series, a national civic engagement initiative featuring free screenings and curricula for films from the Emmy Award-winning PBS series "Independent Lens."

After the documentary there will be a brief discussion led by Maria Lemos. This event is free, and popcorn and drinks will be provided.

On Friday, Nov. 1 at 3:30pm, Dr. Norman Jones, a distinguished historian of early modern history and ISU Alumnus, will be giving a public talk, "Governing by Virtue: The Political Culture of the Elizabethan State"

On Friday, Nov. 1 at 3:30pm, Dr. Norman Jones, a distinguished historian of early modern history and ISU Alumnus, will be giving a public talk, "Governing by Virtue: The Political Culture of the Elizabethan State."

This talk will be of general interest to faculty and students in the history, theory, and practice of leadership and administration, especially ways that leaders attempt to motivate individuals and groups to cooperate in a larger mission. It will also be of special interest to faculty and students interested in early modern British and European History, or the history of leadership.

The Speaker, Norman Jones,is Professor of History at Utah State University. He is the author of ten books, including Governing by Virtue: The Management of Elizabethan England, which is forthcoming from Oxford University Press. He earned his B.A. in History from ISU and is the recipient of an ISU Distinguished Alumnus Award (2007).

This event is co-sponsored by the Cultural Events Committee, English and Philosophy and History. The talk will be Friday, November 1, 2013 in LA 256. After the event, all participants are invited to join the speaker and other attendees to continue the conversation at a no-host gathering at Goodies.