March 25, 2014 — Vol. 30 No. 10
Five Idaho State University faculty members have been chosen to receive 2014 Outstanding Public Service awards.
They will be honored at a reception held on April 9 and one will be chosen for the 2014 Distinguished Service Award.
The faculty members receiving these awards are: Lawrence H. Beaty, executive director of the ISU Energy Systems Technology and Education Center; Alex Bolinger, assistant professor of management; Ernest Keeley, professor of biology; Cathy Kriloff, professor of mathematics; and Joshua Pak, professor of chemistry.
Lawrence H. Beaty is currently a faculty member, chair and executive director of the Idaho State University, Energy Systems Technology and Education Center. Beaty joined the ISU faculty in 2004 following a career in national and international power generation management, and Naval Nuclear Power.
Beaty's dedication to service extends to his many activities with Idaho's K-12 schools where he has been instrumental in Idaho's professional development program for K-12 teachers. He has conducted workshops and school visits to aid primary and secondary teachers across the state in developing STEM education programs. Beaty has worked to create summer activities for secondary students, and bring technical and academic competitions to Idaho K-12 students. His activities have brought energy conservation, efficiency and renewable energy awareness students and in Idaho. He works with the Idaho National Laboratory to support energy education.
In addition, Beaty has provided support to the Idaho Wind Working Group, the Idaho Solar Energy Working Group, the Idaho Technology Council, and Harvesting Clean Energy (a program of The National Center for Appropriate Technology). His service to the Idaho Department of Labor has contributed to statewide efforts to retrain the long-term unemployed helping Idaho workers upgrade their skills and knowledge to create a more competitive workforce.
Beaty has conducted workshops and summer events for Native American youth (in the US and Canada) to explore education pathways, and has worked with other Universities and Colleges in Idaho and the Greater Pacific Northwest to develop economically and environmentally sustainable energy systems.
Alex Bolinger is an assistant professor of management at Idaho State University. He teaches courses in organizational behavior and negotiation.
Bolinger emphasizes service opportunities in his courses that engage students while benefiting the local community. He introduced the "Make-a-Wish Challenge" to his senior-level Organizational Behavior course, whereby students divide into small groups to plan and execute a fundraiser to grant the wish of a child in the local community who has dealt with a life-threatening illness. Over the past three semesters, his classes have raised nearly $13,000 for the Make-a-Wish Foundation of Idaho. Bolinger also serves as a board member of the Pocatello Free Medical Clinic.
Bolinger is an active participant in service to his college, Idaho State University, and his profession. He is currently vice president of Phi Kappa Phi honor society and he has participated as a faculty representative in outreach events to local middle and high school students from Twin Falls to Idaho Falls. Bolinger also engages in service to his profession as an ad-hoc reviewer and a consulting editor for Group Dynamics: Theory, Research, and Practice. He recently accepted a position as an associate editor at the Journal of Management Education.
Prior to coming to Idaho State University, Bolinger taught at Pennsylvania State University-Brandywine. He received his Ph.D. in management at the David Eccles School of Business at the University of Utah.
Ernest Keeley is a professor of biology and has been a member of the Department of Biological Sciences at Idaho State University since 1999. During his tenure at ISU, he has served on numerous departmental, college, and university-level committees.
In 2011, he was appointed as a member of College of Science and Engineering Executive Committee and over a three-year period helped revise many of the administrative policies for the newly formed College.
Keeley's research program focuses primarily on understanding factors that influence the ecology and conservation of native fish populations and as such, he has had the opportunity to work with and advise many of the State's fisheries management agencies, including: Idaho Department of Fish and Game, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Forest Service, and The Shoshone-Bannock Tribes.
Keeley is an active member of the American Fisheries Society, and in 2008 he was elected to the executive committee for the Idaho Chapter of the American Fisheries Society (ICAFS) serving as vice president, president, and past president of the chapter. He is a former associate editor for the North American Journal of Fisheries Management and a faculty advisor for the Portneuf Student Unit of ICAFS located on the Pocatello campus.
Keeley's enthusiasm for protecting Idaho's unique fish fauna is reflected in many of the workshops, seminars, and underwater photographs he has presented to public schools, conservation organizations, and scientific societies.
Cathy Kriloff is a professor of mathematics committed to developing and contributing to an inclusive community of students and scholars in mathematics.
Kriloff helped found ISU's Math and Computer Science Club and has helped oversee it for 13 of the past 16 years. Club activities have built community and provided students with exposure to mathematics outside regular classes, a space to meet and study, and career panels with Idahoans from industry and education.
Other departmental contributions include serving as graduate director and helping establish and run a departmental colloquium series. In research-related service to the profession she has written numerous math reviews, and served as a referee, panelist, editor of papers and lecture notes, and conference session organizer.
At the university level Kriloff was integrally involved with the WeLEAD program to support and promote female Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics faculty, including two years as co-PI on the $500,000 National Science Foundation ADVANCE grant that funded the program. She has provided mathematical expertise for workshops for eastern Idaho middle and high school science and math teachers supported by Math and Science Partnership grants, has volunteered at MathCounts, and has helped organize and lead workshops that encourage girls to pursue mathematics.
She is in her third year leading the Pocatello branch of the American Association of University Women. In this role she helped establish the $tart $mart salary negotiation sessions targeting female students and community members that continue to run at ISU.
Joshua Pak is a professor of chemistry and began his career at ISU in 2001. As a scientist and educator, Pak has worked to improve science literacy in our community and encouraged young students to pursue careers in STEM areas (science, technology, engineering and mathematics).
In 2005, Pak started Project SEED Program at ISU, which was only program in the state of Idaho at that time. Since then, he helped with creating new programs in Boise and Brookings, S.D. The Project SEED program is a national program sponsored by the American Chemical Society (ACS), which provides paid research experiences to economically challenged local high school students.
He also served as a chair of National ACS Committee on Project SEED from 2009 to 2011, overseeing a nearly $2 million dollar budget and approximately 1,000 participants and research mentors across the country annually.
Over the last 12 years, Pak has also visited numerous local K-12 classrooms with science lecture/demos and hosted ISU's annual chemistry magic shows working with ISU Chemistry Club students.