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Qwest Foundation’s $10,000 gift to aid ISU speech, language clinics

Posted in General, Academics by hueganth on the December 19th, 2006

A $10,000 gift from the Qwest Foundation to the Idaho State University Communication Sciences and Disorders, and Education of the Deaf Department will benefit ISU speech and language clinics, and be a learning boon to students studying at the clinics.

“The donation from Qwest will allow ISU to purchase augmentative communication devices, specialized software, access switches, and other adaptive equipment,” said Beth Guryan, ISU assistant professor for Communication Science and Disorders and Education of the Deaf, who works with students at Idaho State University-Boise. (more…)

Professor to teach stage-combat workshops

Posted in General, Events, Performing Arts by hueganth on the December 19th, 2006

Idaho State University will host Harris Smith, interim chair and head of the professional actor training program at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln, to teach a workshop for ISU and community schools’ in early January.

On Jan. 12, Smith will teach how to use rapiers and daggers and engage in unarmed combat to ISU Theatre and Dance students. (more…)

Technology students build robots

Posted in General by taylandy on the December 18th, 2006

Idaho State University students Kurt Anderson of Idaho Falls, Layne Drollinger of Rigby, Todd Romriell of Pocatello and Michael Whitten of Idaho Falls don’t just study on their lunch break—they build robots.

But they’re not doing it for free. The undergraduate students each received  $1,000 toward tuition and the group received $3,700 for building materials from the Idaho Robotic Lunar Exploration Program in association with the NASA Idaho Space Grant Consortium and NASA Ames Research Center. Their mission: to build a robot that can simulate digging a trench on the moon, lay a cable and cover the trench with material that will protect the cable from space radiation. (more…)

ISU professor studies relationship between Pacific salmon, Nez Perce culture

Posted in General, People, Academics, Research by taylandy on the December 15th, 2006

Dr. Benedict ColombiPacific salmon and steelhead are “keystone” ecological wildlife species to the Pacific Northwest, where, according to the Washington Department of Natural Resources, more than 130 wildlife species depend on Pacific salmon for part of their diet. And that doesn’t count all the plants and microorganisms that depend on nutrients the return of salmon to waterways provides.

Pacific salmon can be considered a keystone species in other ways, such as how vital they are to the regional economy of Northwest commercial salmon fishing or to the local economy of a town like Riggins, Idaho, where sportfishing brings in tourists’ dollars.

Idaho State University assistant professor of anthropology Dr. Benedict Colombi studies a third facet of how the salmon are a keystone species, in terms of the cultural impact the salmon have on various groups. His studies thus far have primarily focused on Idaho’s Nez Perce Tribe and other indigenous groups in the Northwest, but he plans to expand his studies on much wider global scale to the world’s polar regions. (more…)

KISU-FM announces programming changes

Posted in General by taylandy on the December 15th, 2006

Several programming changes will take place on KISU-FM 91.1 radio on Monday, Dec. 18.

Program director Jamon Anderson said there will be a host change for the popular jazz program “Sweet Sounds,” which airs weekdays at 10 a.m. The show will once again be hosted by Lisa Summers Hall, who hosted the show for several years before moving to evenings to host “The Fabulous Rhythm and Blues Review.” Hall replaces Molly McIsaac, an ISU freshman who can no longer host because of class schedules.

Hall’s move back to morning means “The Fabulous Rhythm and Blues Review,” which has been aired for the past four years each weeknight at 8 p.m., will go on hiatus. In its place will be “Emancipated Audio,” a new show that has been hosted during the past several months at 9 p.m. by Taylor Towsley. (more…)

Director of Workforce Training to retire

Posted in General, People by taylandy on the December 8th, 2006

After 26 years of service at Idaho State University, Margaret Phelps is retiring. She joined the University in 1980 as the dean’s secretary for the College of Health-Related Professions. The last 20 years have been spent as director for Workforce Training at the College of Technology.

To recognize Margaret for her years of service, an open house is scheduled from 5 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 13, in the Conference Room (#149) at the Roy F. Christensen Building. (more…)

Children’s Chorus to perform Dec. 14

Posted in General, Events, Performing Arts by taylandy on the December 8th, 2006

The Idaho State Children’s Chorus will perform its annual holiday concert at 7 p.m. Dec. 14 in Goranson Hall located in the lower level of the Idaho State University Fine Arts Building. The night will feature three separate choruses: the Select Chorus, the Treble Chorus and the Children’s Chorus. (more…)

Pumphrey, Kilpatrick retire from College of Business

Posted in General, People, Academics by taylandy on the December 6th, 2006

Two longtime Idaho State University College of Business Professors, Drs. Lela “Kitty” Pumphrey and John Kilpatrick, will retire from their careers with the college this month at the end of the fall semester.Pumphrey

While Pumphrey is leaving the college following 18-years here, she says she is not ready to retire from teaching and has accepted a three-year contract to teach accounting courses at Zayad University in the capital city of Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates.

Originally planning to finish her teaching career at ISU, Pumphrey says the chance to be part of educating women in a Muslim country and experiencing the culture is very appealing.

“I love ISU, and teaching here has been a good experience for me,” she said. “I would not leave to go to another university, this is just an opportunity to pursue my love of other cultures.” (more…)

ISU debate team completes successful fall semester

Posted in General, People, Academics by taylandy on the December 6th, 2006

After placing third at last year’s Cross-Examination Debate Association National Debate Championship Tournament, the Idaho State University debate squad hit the road this fall hoping to capitalize on last year’s success. So far, the James M. and Sharon E. Rupp Debate team has won more than 60 percent of its preliminary debates, earned 11 individual speaker awards, been seeded among the top 25 teams eight times, and placed in the top 10 seven times. (more…)

Professor emeritus Minshall elected AAAS Fellow

Posted in General, People, Academics by taylandy on the December 4th, 2006

Dr. Wayne MinshallIdaho State University professor emeritus of biology Dr. G. Wayne Minshall has been elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Minshall is “being honored for distinguished contributions to the field of stream ecology, particularly for stream ecosystem structure and function, and long-term effects of wildfires on stream ecosystems,” according to an AAAS press release. Minshall will be officially honored at the AAAS’s annual meeting in February during the AAAS Fellows Forum.

“It is pretty exciting to receive this award,” Minshall said. “It is not something I expected or thought would ever take place. It is a great honor: There are not that many in the state or the country that are given this kind of accolade.” (more…)

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