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July 26, 2016

Idaho State University and Grand Teton National Park team up to create new 3-D imagery and documentation of Native American artifacts

POCATELLO – Idaho State University researchers are working with Grand Teton National Park and various tribes to better document about 50 Native American artifacts from the park’s David T. Vernon Collection and create digital 3-D visualizations of them.

July 22, 2016

ISU RECOVER wildfire-fighting tool recognized by NASA again; two stories featured in 2015 Annual Report for NASA Earth Science Applied Sciences Program

POCATELLO – The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has again recognized a geographic information system (GIS)-based wildfire recovery and decision-support program developed by Idaho State University and NASA.

August 1, 2016

Idaho State University announces ‘A Season of Note’ concert series lineup; season tickets go on sale beginning Aug. 5

POCATELLO - Idaho State University will host a range of entertainment during the 2016-17 “A Season of Note” series with all performances at the L.E. and Thelma E. Stephens Performing Arts Center at 7:30 p.m.

News Bites

July 28, 2016

ISU Office of Alumni Relations announces 2016 Homecoming Award Recipients and Class of 2016 Sports Hall of Fame inductees

POCATELLO – The Idaho State University Alumni Association and the Office of Alumni Relations are pleased to announce the 2016 Homecoming Award recipients and the Class of 2016 Sports Hall of Fame inductees.

July 27, 2016

Idaho State University Department of Theatre and Dance announces 2016-17 season

POCATELLO – From the classic productions of “Narnia” and “Much Ado About Nothing” to the powerful rock musical “Next to Normal,” the Idaho State University Department of Theatre and Dance has put together a great array of performances for the 2016-2017 season.

July 28, 2016

Sweta Shah selected as Idaho State University’s Career Path Intern of the Month

POCATELLO—Sweta Shah has been named the July Career Path Intern of the Month at Idaho State University by the ISU Career Center.

July 27, 2016

Idaho State University’s online speech-language master’s program provides flexibility

POCATELLO – When Katie Pilant decided to pursue a master’s degree in speech-language pathology, she chose Idaho State University’s online program for its academic excellence and convenience.

July 22, 2016

ISU-Idaho Falls Increases Options in the Liberal Arts and Social Sciences

Front Desk Safety and Security Training Oct. 6

All employees who work at front desks, lobbies or reception areas across campus are invited to attend a daylong free safety and security training Oct. 6, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Rendezvous Suites. 

The course is designed to help staff deal with dangerous people, difficult situations and emergencies. Content includes

  • Elements of self-survival in the workplace
  • Safety during workplace emergencies
  • Understanding odd, suspicious and dangerous behavior
  • Developing a plan of action for difficult situations
  • Interaction and communication skills for different, difficult and dangerous people, including co-workers
  • Body language of dangerous people
  • When to call for help and who to call
  • Surviving violent assailants/shooters in the workplace

The instructor, Capt. Joe Puckett, with Code 4, spent 21 years in law enforcement, including time as a hostage negotiation. Since 1991, he has instructed enforcement, government and corporate staff in areas of human behavior, indicators of violence and securing facilities and events. 

To register, visit, call Carol Prescott at ext. 2426, or email


July 28, 2016

Idaho State University alumnus Steve Eaton to perform concert Aug. 13

POCATELLO – Idaho State University alumnus Steve Eaton will perform in concert at 6 p.m. Aug. 13 on the West Patio of the ISU L.E. and Thelma E. Stephens Performing Arts Center.

July 25, 2016

Idaho State University student Shelby Rae Murdock places second at National Oldtime Fiddlers Contest

POCATELLO – Idaho State University student Shelby Rae Murdock recently placed second in the Young Adult Division at the National Oldtime Fiddlers’ Contest and Festival in Weiser, Idaho. The Young Adult Division is for fiddlers aged 18-36.

Faculty/Staff Updates

July 22, 2016

Idaho State University names Michal Goodwin new nursing dean

Michal “Miki” Goodwin, a former assistant professor and coordinator of Idaho State University’s accelerated nursing program, is the new dean of the School of Nursing.

July 28, 2016

ISU’s Brian Crawford elected president of the Idaho State Dental Association

Dr. Brian Crawford, the chair of the Idaho State University Department of Dental Sciences, is the new president of the Idaho State Dental Association.

July 22, 2016

Idaho State University Professor Colden Baxter elected president of Society for Freshwater Science

POCATELLO – Idaho State University Professor of Biological Sciences Colden Baxter has been elected president of the Society of Freshwater Science, the premiere international organization of scientists focused on freshwater ecosystems.

Bryan Gee and Ted Peterson Published in Occupational Therapy International

Dr. Bryan Gee and Dr. Ted Peterson of the Master of Occupational Therapy Program recently had a paper published in the journal, Occupational Therapy International. The paper titled "Changes in Caregiver Knowledge and Perceived Competency Following Group Education about Sensory Processing Disturbances: An Exploratory Study. The paper can be found a the following link:

Cathleen Tarp, Carmen Febles, Elizabeth Fore and Mary Nies to Present at Conference

Dr. Cathleen Tarp and Dr. Carmen Febles, Department of Global Studies and Languages;
Dr. Elizabeth Fore, Department of Public Health; and

Dr. Mary A. Nies, Director of Nursing Research and Professor in the Division of Health Sciences,

Have been selected by national and international peer review to present "Conceptualizing Health: Hispanics in the Southeastern Idaho Agricultural Industry"  at the Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science,  2016 State of the Science Congress on Nursing Research: Determinants of Health in Washington DC this fall.

Jacqueline Freudenthal Named Dental Hygiene Chair

The Division of Health Sciences is pleased to announce to the campus community that Jacqueline Freudenthal will be assuming the chairmanship of the Department of Dental Hygiene. Jacque is a graduate of our program and has been on the faculty since 2006. She has served as Assistant Chair prior to her assuming the Chair position. She is a skilled clinician and teacher who contributes regularly to the evidence-based research in her field and has also worked with the Physician Assistant Studies program to incorporate oral health assessment into their curriculum. We welcome Jacque to our administrative team.


Mona Xu Published in Annals of Behavioral Medicine

Xiaomeng "Mona" Xu (assistant professor of psychology) has had an article accepted for publication in Annals of Behavioral Medicine"Self-expansion is associated with better adherence and obesity treatment outcomes in adults." This paper is the first to show that self-expansion (positive self-concept growth via rewarding experiences) during a 12-week behavioral weight loss intervention is associated with greater adherence, physical activity, and better weight loss including a higher likelihood of reaching a clinically significant level of weight loss (5%+ of initial body weight). Co-authors on the article are Tricia Leahey (University of Connecticut), Katherine Boguszewski (University of Virginia), and Katie Krupel, Kimberly Mailloux, & Rena Wing (all at Alpert Medical School of Brown University and The Miriam Hospital).


Employment Opportunities

The following department has a potential transfer opportunity.  For a complete job descriptions and application instructions visit  Employees who hold permanent status in any of the following classifications may contact the hiring departments directly to submit a resume and any other requested application materials.

Facilities, Custodian, apply by August 12, 2016
Communication Sciences, Administrative Assistant 1, apply by August 12, 2016
Please visit for a list of all current Classified, Non-Classified, and Faculty job openings