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December 1, 2016

ISU doctoral student Rick Richardson investigates using 3-D topographic maps to teach spatial thinking skills, measure mental effort

POCATELLO – Idaho State University Instructional Design and Technology Ph.D. candidate Rick Richardson is investigating the use of topographic maps to teach spatial thinking skills and measure the total amount of participants’ mental effort, known as cognitive load.

News Bites

November 29, 2016

College of Business and ISU Foundation launch annual fundraising campaign

The Idaho State University College of Business and ISU Foundation office are hoping to raise $50,000 for technology and equipment upgrades through their annual fundraising campaign.

November 29, 2016

Idaho State University seeks input on proposed Strategic Plan vision statement

Idaho State University invites members of the public to share feedback and comments regarding the 2018-2022 University Strategic Plan’s proposed vision statement. The proposed vision statement will guide University decisions for the next five years.

November 29, 2016

ISU 2016 Angel Tree Project seeks gift donors for children of ISU students in need

POCATELLO – People interested in offering Christmas gift support for children of current Idaho State University students have until Dec. 9 to sponsor a child in need.

November 22, 2016

ISU switching to new math placement test; Beginning Nov. 30 ALEKS replaces Compass Placement Exam

POCATELLO – Beginning Nov. 30, Idaho State University will use the Assessment and Learning in Knowledge Spaces (ALEKS) placement exam as its newest and primary assessment tool for placing students into mathematics classes.

Nominations Being Accepted for Bengal Boss Award

November 18, 2016

2016 National Outdoor Book Award winners announced by Idaho State University

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Nominations Being Accepted for Extraordinary Employee Awards


November 29, 2016

Idaho State University to host Philosophy for the Public lecture series Dec. 1

POCATELLO – James Norris, adjunct instructor of philosophy at Idaho State University, will present “A Plato Paper: The Problem with Philosopher-Kings” at 6 p.m. Dec. 1 at the College Market in Pocatello.

November 29, 2016

Idaho State University Choirs to perform holiday music concert on Dec. 2

POCATELLO – The Idaho State University Choirs will present a concert of holiday music on Dec. 2 at 7:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary of the First Presbyterian Church on Seventh Avenue South and Lewis Street.

December 1, 2016

Students to Unveil Idaho State University History Book at Dec. 5 Reception

December 1, 2016

Key Log Rolling event set Dec. 2 from 7 to 9 p.m.

POCATELLO – Idaho State University will host a free Key Log Rolling event Dec. 2 from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Reed Gymnasium’s pool.

November 21, 2016

Idaho State University Student Activities Board to host “Christmas Around the World” on Dec. 3

POCATELLO – The Idaho State University Student Activities Board will host “Christmas Around the World” on Saturday, Dec. 3.

November 22, 2016

Night of Drums set Dec. 3 at Pond Student Union Ballroom

POCATELLO – Night of Drums will feature three different groups drumming and dancing at 7 p.m. Dec. 3 in the Idaho State University Pond Student Union Ballroom.

November 18, 2016

Dead Week Relief set Dec. 5-8

POCATELLO – Idaho State University’s Union Program Council and Student Activities Board will host Dead Week Relief events Dec. 5-8 in the Student Union Quad Lounge.

November 29, 2016

Free flu shots and basic physical exams offered at ISU/Ada County Health Screening Dec. 8

Free flu shots, basic physical and dental exams, and onsite testing for blood sugar levels and cholesterol are included in free services offered at a community health screening Thursday, Dec. 8, 4-7 p.m., at the Idaho State University-Meridian Health Science Center, 1311 E. Central Drive in Meridian.

November 29, 2016

Idaho State-Civic Symphony to present holiday classic concert “Joy to the World: an ISU Christmas” on Dec. 9 and 10

POCATELLO – The Idaho State-Civic Symphony will join the Idaho State University Camerata Choirs and ISU Choirs to present the “Joy to the World: an ISU Christmas” concert at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 9 and 10 in the Joseph C. and Cheryl H. Jensen Grand Concert Hall in the L.E. and Thelma E. Stephens Performing Arts Center.

November 22, 2016

ISU’s Season of Note to present Merry Christmas Darling: Carpenters’ Christmas, starring Michelle Berting Brett, on Dec. 15

POCATELLO – Idaho State University’s 2016-17 ‘Season of Note’ concert series will feature Merry Christmas Darling: Carpenters’ Christmas starring Michelle Berting Brett at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 15 in the L.E. and Thelma E. Stephens Performing Arts Center Joseph C. and Cheryl H. Jensen Grand Concert Hall.

Faculty/Staff Updates

November 29, 2016

Idaho State University emerita professor Susan Swetnam publishes eighth book about Christmas traditions

POCATELLO – Christmas is coming, but retired English Professor Susan Swetnam wants people to slow down and embrace Advent, the season that has preceded Christmas in Christian churches from the sixth century through today. For this reason, she recently published her eighth book, “A Season of Little Sacraments, Christmas Commotion/Advent Grace” with Liturgical Press of Collegeville, Minnesota.

November 17, 2016

Jennifer Hackwith new coordinator of accelerated nursing program

POCATELLO – Jennifer Hackwith is the new coordinator of Idaho State University’s accelerated nursing program, which allows students to earn a second bachelor’s degree in an intensive 12-month program.

Ruiling Guo, Tracy Farnsworth, and Patrick Hermanson Publish Research Papers


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