News and Notes

A Newsletter for Faculty and Staff of Idaho State University

November 18, 2013 — Vol. 29 No. 38

Faculty/Staff Updates

Dr. Kelly Pesnell is the 2014 American Association of Nurse Practitioners State of Idaho Nurse Practioner of the Year

Dr. Kelly Pesnell is the 2014 American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) State of Idaho NP of the Year. Only one NP, outstanding in their field, is recognized for this award annually. Kelly was selected for clinical excellence, leadership, scholarship and DNP program development. Dr. Pesnell will be presented with this award at the AANP conference in June 2014 in Nashville, Tenn.

Dr. Russell Wahl, Professor of Philosophy and department Vice-Chair, has just returned from a conference "Russell and Wittgenstein at the Crossroads 1911-1921"

Dr. Russell Wahl, Professor of Philosophy and department Vice-Chair, has just returned from a conference "Russell and Wittgenstein at the Crossroads 1911-1921," held Nov. 8-10 at the Bertrand Russell Research Centre, McMaster University. Dr. Wahl's invited presentation was entitled "Russell's Reactions to Wittgenstein's Criticisms."

Philosophers from Idaho State University recently attended and presented at the Intermountain Philosophy Conference, hosted this year at Utah Valley University

Philosophers from Idaho State University recently attended and presented at the Intermountain Philosophy Conference, hosted this year at Utah Valley University (Orem, UT). Attending and presenting were Dr. James Skidmore, Assoc. Prof. of Philosophy, and Dr. William McCurdy, Assoc. Lecturer in Philosophy. Accompanying them were Melissa Norton, Senior Lecturer in Philosophy, and six Idaho State University philosophy students. Dr. Skidmore presented a paper on "The Instability of Scalar Consequentialism: From Good to Right." Dr. McCurdy presented on "An Inconformability in the Strata of Reasoning: On Peirce on the Fallacy of Fallacies."

News Bites

The third annual Idaho State University Tree Lighting event, presented by the Union Program Council, will be at 7 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 5

The third annual Idaho State University Tree Lighting event, presented by the Union Program Council, will be at 7 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 5. The event will be at the Hutchinson Quadrangle entrance of the Pond Student Union.

The 23-feet-tall tree will be featured at the event, as will carriage rides, an interactive ice sculpture and craft activities. Attendees will have the opportunity to take their photo with Santa, drink hot chocolate and enjoy music by local choirs and a jazz ensemble.

The event is free and is open to all community members.

Free Community Health Screening for Uninsured Adults is Dec. 5

The third in a series of six health screenings is Thursday, Dec. 5, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Idaho State University-Meridian Health Science Center, 1311 E. Central Drive. Free services will include:

The free Community Health Screening Program began in March 2010, thanks to a partnership with the Idaho State University-Meridian Health Science Center, Ada County, Central District Health, and the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare.

Approximately 700 adults have been screened to date, with many referred to low-cost clinics and doctors for further treatment. Screening services are provided by ISU-Meridian health professions students and clinical faculty.

The screenings are a tool to identify people at risk of preventable disease and illness, according to Dr. Glenda Carr, an ISU-Meridian assistant clinical pharmacy professor and co-director of the Health Screening Program.

The full screening process takes about an hour. No appointment is necessary. Valley Ride bus stops are nearby. The remaining screenings are Feb. 6, March 6 and April 10 at various locations in the Treasure Valley. For more information, call 373-1700 or email healthyU@isu.edu.

ISU's Leadership Development class is collecting cans for the Food Bank

ISU's Leadership Development class is collecting cans for the Food Bank.

Drop off your canned goods at any of the 20 donation barrels around campus. Donations will be accepted until Dec. 13. For more information, contact Pat Harris at ext. 3234 or Barbara Van Jones at ext.3645.