January 27, 2014 — Vol. 30 No. 3
Kim Valenta, Student Success Center
Gary Rowe, Facilities-Idaho Falls
Kati Chipps, Research
Beth Downing, Library
Cindy Hill, Student Success Center
Jen Bala, Alumni Relations
Each of our spot award winners were recognized with a $15 Visa card courtesy of the ISU Credit Union, thank you card and a poster. Since its inception we have awarded 321 ISU Cares Spot Awards to the faculty and staff of Idaho State University!
We have updated our ISU Cares website to showcase all of our recent winners with a personal mini-bio and pictures. We want everyone at Idaho State University to know more about each winner and why they were selected. When choosing the monthly winners, we look at all nominations sent in throughout the month, and choose those who exemplify excellent customer service. We also look at whether they have received an award before, how long ago if they have, and the quality of the nomination. We have had very few multiple recipients. We try to choose departments and individuals who have not been recognized in the past, so that we can commend our many ISU employees who are committed to giving that exceptional service which inspired an individual to send in the ISU Cares nomination commending them.
To commend an ISU employee for their customer service, or to let us know where we need improvement, click ISU Cares Survey. Please contact HR Training for questions or comments. Thanks!
***The 2013 ISU Cares Customer Service Awards Assembly will be held on January 31, 2014, at 1:00 pm in the PSUB Ballroom. We will be having the ISU Cares Customer Service Provider of the Year (and runner-ups), ISU Cares Division Award, ISU Cares Manager Award, and a brand new award, the ISU Cares Division awards at that time. The new Division award is courtesy of ISU Credit Union and they have contributed $1800, plus trophies, for Athletic, Academic Affairs, Finance and Administration, Research, Student Affairs, and University Advancement to recognize their top employees. Each division will award $100 to the recepients of the STAR Employee, Customer Service, and Innovation awards.
Adrienne King, most recently director of relations and communications at West Virginia University Institute of Technology, has been named director of the Idaho State University Office of Marketing and Communications.
"We look forward to Adrienne's oversight of our Office of Marketing and Communications," said Kent Tingey, ISU vice president for advancement. "Her energy, educational background, knowledge and experience in branding, strategic planning and marketing will provide great strength to Idaho State University and its efforts in marketing and communications. We welcome Adrienne, and her husband, Brad, to our community."
She will begin work at ISU on Feb. 18.
King, hired after a national search, replaces interim director Andrew Taylor, who filled in after former director Mark Levine retired from ISU in June 2013.
"Idaho State University is a distinguished university with an exceptional story to tell. I'm excited to be joining an incredibly talented marketing communications team in sharing the wonderful things happening at ISU," explained King. "It's great to be a Bengal."
As director of relations and communications at WVU Tech located in Montgomery, W.Va., King led an award-winning creative team responsible for the institution's advertising, marketing, public relations, social media, and website efforts. She was the managing editor of all of the university's publications and recruitment materials. She also oversaw the university's growing alumni relations program.
Prior to working at WVU Tech, King was director of marketing for the University of Charleston in Charleston, W.Va.
King earned her Doctor of Education in educational leadership in higher education administration from West Virginia University. Her doctoral dissertation was titled "Integrated marketing communications variables that influence return on investment in higher education: Chief Marketing Officers' perceptions."
She earned a Master of Science degree in integrated marketing communications from WVU and a bachelor's degree in advertising/public relations and graphic design from Marietta College in Marietta, Ohio.
Dr. Terry Ownby, Assistant Professor of Photo Media, had three photographs accepted in national and international juried exhibitions this month. His photograph "Colorado Autumn" will be exhibited at the A. Smith Gallery in Johnson City, Texas, while his "Winter Lights" and "Day Into Night, Arbon Valley" photographs are on display at the 1650 Gallery in Los Angeles, California.
Hossein Mousavinezhad visited China, December 20-30, 2013; this was a follow-up to visits made by Chinese delegations visiting Idaho State University in 2009 and 2010. In 2010 an MOU was signed with Westlead (an educational organization now World Education Foundation in Beijing, Mr. Nelson Tu who came to ISU, is President.) ISU visits were arranged through ISU International Programs Office, Director Maria Fletcher. The group visited Idaho at the invitation of ID Department of Commerce (Idaho maintains a Trade Mission office in Shanghai headed by Mr. Xu Fang) and also met with President Vailas.
During Dr. Mousavinezhad's visit several schools which were interested in the 2+2 programs discussed continued cooperation with Idaho State University. The 2+2 program used also by other universities in the US to facilitate studying the first 2 years in the home country before coming abroad to finish undergraduate studies. Similar programs can be arranged at the graduate level (for example 1+1 program for master's studies.) China is #2 as for number of international students studying in the US. During the visit Professor Mousavinezhad also gave seminars to parents wishing to send their daughters/sons to study abroad. He also recruited graduate students representing Dean Van der Schyf of ISU Graduate School. Mousavinezhad was elected this year as VP of Members & Geographical Activities for the IEEE Education Society which has Sections in China which is part of society's Region 10. Hosseim made presentations about IEEE and accreditation agency ABET.
ISU has signed several agreements with other international schools including those in India and is in the process of signing one with Germany. According to Director Fletcher presently there are about 100 Chinese students studying at ISU, following this visit there can be potentially additional 100-200 students coming to ISU once these agreements are finalized.
Idaho State University's "A Season of Note" will present The Bronx Wanderers at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20, at the Stephens Performing Art Center's Jensen Grand Concert Hall.
One part "oldies," two parts "rock n' roll," The Bronx Wanderers are the "perfect musical storm," effortlessly creating the perfect level of synergy between generations and the music, the family and the band that pulls it all together, according to concert promoters. United by their passion for great music (regardless of the decade), former gold record producer Yo' Vinny and sons Vinny "The Kid" and Nicky "Stix" form the heart and soul of this band that delivers a non-stop barrage of hit songs.
For more information on this group visit www.thebronxwanderers.com.
Ticket prices for The Bronx Wanderers are $28 for lower level and $24 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.
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.
If you've resolved to improve your health this year, but have no insurance or limited access to medical care, attend a free Community Health Screening event Thursday, Feb. 6, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 707 W. Fort St., in Boise.
Faculty and student clinicians from the Idaho State University-Meridian Health Science Center will administer the services, including flu shots and other basic screening services.
"It's not too late to protect yourself against the flu because this year has been another deadly year. It's also never too late to make healthy resolutions. We can help identify areas of concern in multiple health areas," said Dr. Glenda Carr, screening co-organizer and an ISU-Meridian assistant clinical pharmacy professor.
The flu vaccine will inoculate against strains identified in the Treasure Valley this season, including H1N1, said Carr.
The full screening process takes about 90 minutes, once the screening process has begun. No appointment is necessary. Valley Ride bus stops are nearby. For more information, call 373-1700 or email healthyU@isu.edu.
The Community Health Screening Program has served approximately 700 adults since it began in March 2010. It's sponsored by Idaho State University-Meridian Health Science Center, Ada County, Central District Health, and the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare.
Dr. Paul Sivitz (Department of History) will host a roundtable discussion on Friday, Jan. 31 that addresses the questions: "How is narrative defined and/or used within their discipline?" and "How is narrative used in their own work?"
Panelists include Dr. Gesine Hearn (Department of Sociology), Dr. Sonja Launspach (Department of English), Dr. Linda Leeuwrick (Department of Art), Dr. Pamela Park (Department of Languages and Literatures), and Dr. Norm Schroder (Department of Theatre and Dance). After the presentations, panelists will respond to each other, and there will be plenty of time for audience participation. The event will be held in LA 324 from 3:30 to 5 p.m.
Listed as 18th on the Idaho State Journal's list of 101 things to do in Pocatello, the Idaho State University College of Pharmacy Spaghetti Feed, Raffle and Auction has become a community event that shouldn't be missed.
In its 21st year, this year's event will take place Feb. 28 at 6 p.m. in the Pond Student Union Ballroom.
Hosted by the College's Professional Pharmacy Student Alliance, (PPSA) proceeds from the event will once again help fulfill the wish of a Make-A-Wish child.
This year's Make-A-Wish child is Yadira, an 18-year-old girl who was diagnosed with leukemia several years ago.
When asked about her wish to "receive assistance with college tuition," Yadira said, "Many people want to go somewhere or meet someone but all I want to be is someone I would be very proud to know."
Yadira recently graduated from high school. At least 25 percent of the proceeds from the Spaghetti Feed will go to make Yadira's wish come true. The remaining will go to fund the College of Pharmacy's rural community patient outreach projects, for which the college has received national recognition.
There are two ways individuals or businesses can support the 21st Annual Pharmacy Spaghetti Feed, Raffle and Auction. The first is a cash sponsorship for which a company will be given special recognition as one of the event's sponsors with the business logo appearing on all of the event's promotional materials. The second way to support the event is to donate an item to help make the raffle, silent auction and live auctions a great success. Over the next month, the College of Pharmacy will be contacting people and businesses to gather items for this event.
Tickets are $5 per person and $25 per family.
Idaho State University will celebrate the annual National Girls and Women in Sports Day at the ISU women's basketball game against Montana on Saturday, Feb. 22, at 2 p.m. in ISU's Reed Gym.
Pocatello-area K-6th grade students are invited to participate in the event and will receive free admission to this game, with a limit of 300 participants, sponsored by the ISU Athletic Department. Along with free admission, the first 300 students will receive a T-shirt sponsored by Bingham Memorial Hospital and a goody bag.
All family members (no limit) who accompany children to the game will be given a discounted price of $2 for game admission. After the game, organizers will host an autograph signing in Reed Gym with the ISU female athletes and Benny the Bengal.
"We're continuing to celebrate this event with a different vision in mind and a different format, but with the same goal - to recognize and honor the accomplishments of girls and women in sports," said Karen Appleby, an event organizer and ISU associate professor of sports science and physical education.
The event is coordinated by Idaho State University student groups and entities including the Department of Sport Science and Physical Education, Campus Recreation, the College of Education, the ISU Athletic Department, and the SSPE Physical Education Major's Club - SHEPERD's.
This national day has been proclaimed by Congress each year since 1987, and is honored annually in the month of February. National Girls and Women in Sports Day recognizes the progress of girls and women in sports, and the benefits that sport and fitness activities can bring to the lives of all girls and women.
"Passing the Torch, Blazing the Trail" is the national theme for this year's event and serves to acknowledge the past, present, and future ISU women athletes, and the importance of sport participation for women and girls.
A special free screening and panel discussion of the new documentary "Miss Representation" will be held at 6 p.m. Jan. 30 in the Idaho State University Pond Student Union Little Wood River Room.
This award-winning film details the under-representation of women that are in positions of power and influence in America, and challenges the media's portrayal of what it means to be a powerful woman, according to organizers. The film focuses on the misrepresented contemporary powerful woman and what misconceptions the public believe and the media perpetuate.
When the 87-minute film has finished, a panel of assistant professors, students and a former state senator will discuss the issues that were introduced in the film regarding the role of the powerful woman in America.
The panel consists of Diane Bilyeu, former Idaho Senator from district 29; Jeffrey Callen, assistant professor of political science; Candace Christensen, assistant professor of sociology; Matea Ivanovic, political science major; Terry Ownby, assistant professor of mass communications; Willow Moline, graduate teaching assistant; and Amanda Zinc, assistant professor of English.
"Miss Representation" has won the following awards: winner, 2011 Audience Award, Sonoma Film Festival; winner, 2011 Audience Award, Palo Alto International Film Festival; and winner, 2011 Movies Matter Award, Maui Film Festival.
This event is co-sponsored by the Pocatello Branch of the American Association of University Women and ISU's Janet C. Anderson Gender Resource Center.
More information about the film can be found at film.missrepresentation.org.
Three $1,000 Idaho State University CommUniversity Scholarships are available to freshman, sophomore, junior and senior full-time, full-fee paying students for fall 2014.
The deadline for applying is Feb. 20.
Scholarships will be awarded on the basis of applicants submitting a 500- to 1,000-word essay on the topic "The Importance of Volunteerism in Furthering the Relationship between Community and University." The essays will be judged by members of the CommUniversity Event Committee and winners will be announced at the March 18 Celebrate ISU event at the Pond Student Union Building.
A minimum 2.5 GPA, current class schedule and unofficial transcripts are required.
For more information, contact the ISU Scholarship Office at 208-282-3315 or visit http://www.isu.edu/scholar/ and click the link for the Bengal Online Scholarship System (BOSS), then search for the CommUniversity Scholarship.
The State of Idaho has a new training program Supervisory Academy and they are offering this to all state employees. All of the sessions are free. Check out their website for more information on the individual sessions, registration and calendar.
As a note, these sessions can be taken in person in the Boise/Meridian area and are also offered virtually, using video conferencing. To learn more visit Supervisory Academy or contact Terri DeNinno, Chief Learning Officer, Department of Human Resources, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 208-854-3081.
The Fall 2013 Effort Reports for work performed on sponsored projects and grants are being mailed to the departments the week of January 27, 2014. The reports are due back to Grants and Contracts Accounting by Wednesday, February 19, 2014. 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 Fall 2013 reporting period is for work performed between July 21, 2013 and December 21, 2013, paid from August 16, 2013 to January 3, 2014. 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.