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Two Arts and Letters Faculty Members Receive ISU Outstanding Service Awards

Four Idaho State University faculty members have been chosen to receive 2017 Outstanding Service Awards.

They will be honored at a reception held on April 11 and one will be chosen for the 2017 Distinguished Service Award and will be recognized at Pocatello commencement on May 6.

The faculty members receiving these awards are Shauna Smith, a speech-language pathologist, clinical associate professor and clinic director in the graduate speech-language pathology (SLP) program of the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders; Dawn Konicek, assistant clinical professor of accounting, College of Business; Thomas Kloss, assistant professor, music education coordinator and associate director of bands, Department of Music; and Donna Lybecker, professor, Department of Political Science.

 “We are proud of the many public service activities that Idaho State University faculty perform for the University and the communities they live in on top of their other duties as teachers, researchers and creators of new knowledge,” said Laura Woodworth-Ney, executive vice president and provost for academic affairs. “The recipients of the 2017 Outstanding Service Awards represent the best in public service at ISU and it is an honor to help recognize them.”

Partial biographies of honorees appear below.

  • Shauna Smith – Smith is a speech-language pathologist, clinical associate professor and clinic director in the graduate speech-language pathology (SLP) program of the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders. Prior to becoming a faculty member at ISU in 2010, Smith practiced as a speech-language pathologist on an outpatient brain injury team.

She continues to treat patients in the ISU Dysphagia Clinic, which she began in 2012, training students in appropriate treatment methods with specialty populations. Smith has sought out numerous opportunities to serve the community, profession and university. She has been an active member on many committees within the university, Division of Health Sciences and CSD department.

  • Dawn Konicek – Konicek graduated cum laude from the University of Whitewater Wisconsin and immediately accepted a job at Ernst & Young, at that time a big eight accounting firm in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Realizing her passion for education, she earned a Master of Business Administration degree while working as a senior manager in Madison, Wisconsin. Konicek taught at a small community college in Wisconsin and came to ISU in 2012.

Konicek enjoys helping students pursue a career that can support a family and has professional stability. She loves being involved with her student’s college career, but also being their mentor, their friend, and eventually their colleague.

  • Thomas Kloss – Kloss is an assistant professor of music education and the associate director of Athletic Bands at ISU. Currently, he teaches instrumental and general music pedagogy, and supervises field experience and student teaching students. Kloss has presented research at a wide variety of venues.

In 2015, Kloss became the associate director of Athletic Bands. His duties include the Bengal Marching Band and Basketball Pep Band. He is also the co-director of the ISU Summer Marching Band Camp, which is held in July at ISU. Kloss is the faculty sponsor of the Collegiate National Association for Music Education Club, and the Kappa Kappa Psi Band Fraternity.

  • Donna Lybecker – She is a professor and chair of political science. Her research and teaching cover environmental politics and international relations, with emphasis on water policy, political narrative and border studies.

Lybecker serves on the Board of Directors for the Sagebrush Steppe Land Trust, is a member of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s National Advisory Committee, and was a member of the City of Pocatello’s Portneuf River Vision Study Working Group.

In addition, Lybecker regularly teaches community courses, helps at local high schools, chairs the Selection Committee for The Bert & Phyllis Lamb Prize in Political Science, and serves as an associate editor for the Social Science Journal and the International Journal for Sustainable Society.


Thomas Kloss and Donna Lybecker