News and Notes

A Newsletter for Faculty and Staff of Idaho State University

March 31, 2014 — Vol. 30 No. 11

Faculty/Staff Updates

Congratulations to our February Customer Cares Spot Award winners!

Our newest winners are:

Monthly winners are awarded a $15 Visa card courtesy ISU Credit Union, a thank you card and a poster.

Mark Neiwirth, adjunct faculty member in the Department of Music, recently received his Competent Communicator Certification from Toastmasters International

Mark Neiwirth, adjunct faculty member in the Department of Music, recently received his Competent Communicator Certification from Toastmasters International, an organization that trains people in public speaking and leadership skills. Neiwirth presented ten prepared speeches, which were evaluated at the Smile Toastmasters Club of Pocatello. He is currently the vice president of Education for the club.

Dr. Thomas Klein, Professor in the Department of English and Philosophy, will hold his post-sabbatical colloquium, "'I Flew with Birds, Dove Under Waves': Water and Spirit in Early Medieval Riddles," on Friday, April 4

Dr. Thomas Klein, Professor in the Department of English and Philosophy, will hold his post-sabbatical colloquium, "'I Flew with Birds, Dove Under Waves': Water and Spirit in Early Medieval Riddles," on Friday, April 4 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in Liberal Arts 256.

This colloquium presentation began with a mystery-what is the solution to a five-line poetic riddle in Old English that has stumped scholars and students for 150 years? The Anglo-Saxon riddles are celebrated both for their elaborate strategies of obfuscation and for their lyrical reconfigurations of the known world, but this riddle has proven especially elusive and evocative.

As the presentation will show, the riddle in question seems to have tapped into a tradition of riddles beginning in the late Classical world and extending to Early Modern England and beyond, in which forms of water are metaphorically presented as mothers, daughters, fathers, and sons that give birth and are born from each other in complicated, gender-shifting permutations. At the same time, the riddle appears to cloak its solution in a secondary, metaphorical layer, an evocation of the Holy Spirit. The connection between water and the spirit demonstrated in the riddle and elsewhere reflects the early medieval understanding of "the hidden likeness of things."

The Department of English and Philosophy is pleased to announce a book launch for Professor Brian Attebery's Stories about Stories: Fantasy and the Remaking of Myth, just published by Oxford University Press

The Department of English and Philosophy is pleased to announce a book launch for Professor Brian Attebery's Stories about Stories: Fantasy and the Remaking of Myth, just published by Oxford University Press. Come hear Professor Attebery discuss this major achievement on Friday, April 11, at 3:30 p.m., in L.A. 256. Refreshments will be provided after the talk.

Stories about Stories (Oxford University Press, 2014) examines fantasy as an arena in which different ways of understanding myth compete and new relationships with myth are worked out. The book offers a comprehensive history of the modern fantastic as well as an argument about its nature and importance. Specific chapters cover the origins of fantasy in the Romantic search for localized myths, fantasy versions of the Modernist turn toward the primitive, the post-Tolkienian exploration of world mythologies, post-colonial reactions to the exploitation of indigenous sacred narratives by Western writers, fantasies based in Christian belief alongside fundamentalist attempts to stamp out the form, and the emergence of ever-more sophisticated structures such as metafiction through which to explore mythic constructions of reality.

News Bites

The "Predators; Prey; Habitat" forum April 9 at Idaho State University will feature experts talking on wolves, cougars, grizzly bears and other predators, and their effects on prey species and habitats

The "Predators; Prey; Habitat" forum at 6:30 p.m. April 9 at Idaho State University will feature experts talking on wolves, cougars, grizzly bears and other predators, and their effects on prey species and habitats.

The free forum is sponsored by the South East Idaho Environmental Network and the ISU Department of Biological Sciences and will be held in Lecture Hall 10 in the ISU Gale Life Sciences Building.

"A variety of experts will present the results of their research on these predators, offering informative presentations for the scientific community and general public," said Keene Hueftle, chair of the South East Idaho Environmental Network. "This is a chance to learn how these predators, like wolves and grizzly bears, that are often in media headlines, really affect their prey species and habitats."

Presentations include:

The efforts of Idaho State University AmeriCorps members, who annually contribute more than 64,000 hours of service work to communities throughout Idaho, were recognized by Pocatello Mayor Brian Blad April 1 at the Pocatello City Chamber Offices

The efforts of Idaho State University AmeriCorps members, who annually contribute more than 64,000 hours of service work to communities throughout Idaho, will be recognized by Pocatello Mayor Brian Blad April 1 at the Pocatello City Chamber Offices.

Blad will join more than 1,600 mayors nationwide who recognized national service during the second annual Mayors Day of Recognition for National Service. He recognized community service and volunteer groups, including ISU AmeriCorps members.

"Idaho State University is highly involved in service through the AmeriCorps programs," said Barbara Cunningham, senior grant project coordinator at the ISU Institute of Rural Health, and director of two ISU AmeriCorps programs that have a statewide scope. "Our AmeriCorps members are involved with meaningful community service."

The two AmeriCorps programs administered through ISU are Idaho Health Care for Children and Families program and the Idaho Community HealthCorps program.

The Idaho Health Care for Children and Families program provides health care screenings and education for children and their families throughout Idaho.

"It provides aid where there are holes in health care needs that relate to a child's or family's health," Cunningham said.

For the Idaho Health Care for Children and Families program, there are 10 stipend members that each provide 1,700 hours annually. There are 22 education-award-only members who contribute 450 hours per year, and three education-award-only who each provide 675 hours annually.

For the Idaho Community HealthCorps program there are 21 full-time members each providing 1,700 hours annually. This program directs health services to community health centers, Cunningham said.

Full-time education-only members receive $5,500 for education, either to apply towards tuition or to pay off student loans. Full-time stipend members received the education award, plus $12,100 annually for working 1,700 hours.

Cunningham said that AmeriCorps programs do more than move communities forward; they serve their communities by creating jobs and providing pathways to opportunity for young people entering the workforce. Nationwide, AmeriCorps places thousands of young adults into intensive service positions where they learn valuable work skills, earn money for education, and develop an appreciation for citizenship.

In a study released December 2013, the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) and the National Conference on Citizenship (NCoC) ranked Idaho third among the states for volunteerism and civic engagement carrying out tutoring and teaching, assisting with general labor, mentoring youth, collecting and distributing food and fundraising all noted in the study as the top volunteer activities to which Idaho volunteers dedicate their time. These volunteers are meeting local needs, strengthening communities and increasing civic engagement through national service in Idaho. The CNCS and NCoC study indicated that one in three Idahoans volunteer, compared to one in four Americans who volunteer nationally.

"It is clear that the AmeriCorps volunteers working through programs administered by ISU contribute significant time to easing the burdens of others," Cunningham said. "Through this work, they are spreading kindness in our communities and they are inspiring the good actions of others."

The ISU Department of Physics and the ISU Society of Physics Students invite everyone to join them at the Pine Ridge Mall on Saturday, April 5 for electrifying physics demonstrations from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

The ISU Department of Physics and the ISU Society of Physics Students invite everyone to join them at the Pine Ridge Mall on Saturday, April 5 for electrifying physics demonstrations from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

This event is free and open to the public. There will be physics demonstrations and hands-on science exhibits featuring a Van DeGraff electrostatic generator, an electromagnetic rail gun, and liquid nitrogen. There will be free ice cream for kids made in minutes with the help of liquid nitrogen. Come and enjoy science fun for the whole family. For more information, contact Dr. Steve Shropshire at 282-2212 or shrostev@isu.edu.

Daria Kanevski, a first-year Idaho State University physician assistant studies student studying at the ISU-Meridian Health Science Center, has been selected as an Oral Health Champion by the Student Academy of the American Academy of Physician Assistance and the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants Health Foundation

Daria Kanevski, a first-year Idaho State University physician assistant studies student studying at the ISU-Meridian Health Science Center, has been selected as an Oral Health Champion by the Student Academy of the American Academy of Physician Assistance (SAAAPA) and the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) Health Foundation.

Kanevski is an exemplary example of dedication to oral health in physician assistant (PA) education, according to the NCCPA. She has also demonstrated extreme dedication in her practice and will continue to serve as one of 13 pioneering student champions charged to engage other PA student and programs in the PA Leadership Initiative in Oral Health.

Last month, the champions convened on their first conference call and discussed their vision and the capacity to provide leadership in our effort to improve oral health and access to care. The purpose of the initiative is to engage the students in leadership and outreach opportunities as well as bring to their peers important messages about oral health.

Kanevski was awarded a $500 academic scholarship and will also have an opportunity to apply for another $300 scholarship for a project of her choice. The champions will also receive $250 if they choose to attend IMPACT 2014 to participate in oral health outreach projects and to be a part of the leadership team teaching an oral health educational session.

Academic achievement is Kanevski's priority, but by serving in this capacity, she has chosen to expand upon her own personal growth and leadership development.

SAAAPA and NCCPA Health Foundation looks forward to working together with the Champions in order to promote the PA role in oral health education and practice.

Idaho State University TRiO programs has partnered with the Idaho Science and Engineering Festival Committee to provide opportunities to low-income, first generation high school students

Idaho State University TRiO programs has partnered with the Idaho Science and Engineering Festival Committee to provide opportunities to low-income, first generation high school students.

The ISEF committee comprised of Dr. Jean Pfau ISU Biological Sciences Department; Dr. Caryn Evilia, ISU Chemistry Department; Dr. Steve Shropshire, ISU Physics Department; Rebecca Thorne-Ferrel, Idaho Museum of Natural History, Cheryl Zimmer and Jon Emery, ISU TRiO Student Services started working together last year to provide access and opportunity to STEM careers and activities to Southeastern Idaho high school students.

This year, the ISEF committee held a contest for high school students to design and demonstrate the science of imaging though an interactive booth. Giovanni Becerril and Nicholas Stubblefield, Idaho Falls High School TRiO Upward Bound Math Science students, were awarded the winning prize for the competition. The prized included $500 to split and a trip to the USA Science and Engineering Festival in Washington D.C. Becerril and Stubblefield's winning proposal was a "cloud chamber", which allows the visualization of radioactive particles as they react to the cloud environment. The TRiO student will attend the national festival alongside the ISU team, which includes two physics students and 3 faculty members.

The TRiO students and the ISU team will represent Idaho among 750 STEM organizations presenting at the national festival.

Beginning Monday, May 12, Idaho State University's administrative, business, academic, and service office hours will be Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., with a one-half hour lunch break

Beginning Monday, May 12, Idaho State University's administrative, business, academic, and service office hours will be Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., with a one-half hour lunch break. Regular hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., with a one-hour lunch break, will resume Monday, August 18.

Memorial Day observance is on Monday, May 26, and Independence Day observance is on Friday, July 4. These are state holidays and all offices will be closed. The complete 2014 Holiday Schedule can be found at: http://www.isu.edu/humanr/Employee%20Resources/holiday%20schedule.shtml.

ISU faculty and staff are invited to join the Idaho State University Athletics Compliance Staff for an NCAA Rules Education session

ISU faculty and staff are invited to join the Idaho State University Athletics Compliance Staff for an NCAA Rules Education session in room B-3G of the Eli M. Oboler Library on Monday April 7th from 1 to 2 p.m. The compliance staff will provide a short presentation on relevant NCAA Rules for all staff and faculty at Idaho State University.