ISU Meridian Health Science Center

News Archive 2004

Idaho State University Boise Center Enrollment Jumps 56 Percent

Boise – Growing demand for health care professionals has led to a 56 percent increase in enrollment over last spring, for an official tally of 330 students.

“This is the highest enrollment in the history of the Boise Center,” said Robin Dodson, chief academic officer. “Our graduates are helping to fill the demand for health care professionals in the Treasure Valley and the entire state.”

Enrollment of new students increased by 119, up 56% percent over spring 2004, and increased by 113, up 52 percent over fall 2003. “Our programs have incredible potential,” said Dodson. “For example, we have 59 applicants for 20 available spots in our January 2005 Fast Track nursing program.”

ISU Boise Center will begin offering counseling services for Treasure Valley residents Oct. 1. Second- and third-year master’s level students will counsel couples, individuals and families. Fees will be based on a sliding scale.

The Boise Center will implement a general dentistry residency program in fall 2005.

“Thanks to the help of the dental and medical community, this program will become a reality,” said Dodson. “ISU will continue to increase program offerings as quickly as our resources allow.”

The ISU Boise Center offers the associate of science in paramedic; the Bachelor of Science in speech-language pathology, nursing fast track, and clinical laboratory science; master’s programs in nursing, speech-language pathology, clinical laboratory science, counseling in mental health and marriage and family, geology, physical education, athletic administration, public health, dietetic internship, and third and fourth-year pharmacy rotations.

- September 20, 2004

Idaho State University Boise Center Presents Lecture Series

Boise – Idaho State University’s Boise Center will present "College Café," a community lecture series beginning Thursday, Sept. 2, 6-7:30 p.m. at Zeppole eatery and coffeehouse, 217 N. 8th Street. ISU faculty will give informal presentations.

"ISU has outstanding faculty at the Boise Center, and this venue will let them reach out to the community and share their knowledge," said Belinda Isley, ISU public relations specialist. The presentations are free and the public is invited.

September 2: The Sandwich Generation: "How Can I Possibly Handle It All?"

Whether you’re the bread or the bologna, you’ll want to hear Dr. Judith Crews, assistant professor, ISU counseling, discuss timely issues such as marriage at mid-life, dealing with your aging parents, and raising a good kid.

September 9: What You Should Know About Over the Counter Drugs.

It’s school time, and that means cold and flu season. Before you stock up on cough medications, decongestants and pain relievers make sure you know what to buy and what really works. Dr. Roger Hefflinger, Pharm.D., assistant professor, ISU College of Pharmacy, will discuss common ingredients in OTC products, and explore the differences, rationale for, and appropriate use of analgesics, cough suppressants, antihistamines, and decongestants.

September 16: Be Prepared! EMT 101.

Jeff Bates, NREMTP, director for ISU’s paramedic program, will discuss treatment of nose bleeds, cuts, and basic emergency first aid that every person should know. Feel more confident in an emergency when everyone else is panicking!

September 23: Eating For Health: Is the Atkins Diet the Way?

Ruth Schneider, MPH, RD, LD associate professor and clinical coordinator for the dietetic internship, explores nutrition for health and disease prevention, including cancer and heart disease and how the Atkins Diet measures up.

September 30: Childhood Obesity: How to Prevent It.

Are you concerned about your child’s weight? Ruth Schneider, MPH, RD, LD, associate professor and clinical coordinator for the dietetic internship, discusses childhood obesity and how you can help your child eat well and have the best outcome. Discover what you need to know to help your child eat right – but not too much.

October 7: Healthy Hearing & Blood Pressure: What You Need To Know.

ISU’s outstanding speech, language pathology instructors will present the latest information on hearing and what impacts our hearing health. Screenings for hearing health will be performed free of charge. The ISU Fast Track nursing students will be on hand to take your blood pressure and faculty members will discuss blood pressure, and how to keep yours in check.

- September 9, 2004

ISU’s Institute of Emergency Management to Deliver Training During Operation ROADTRIP

Spots Still Available For First Responders

Boise– The Idaho Bureau of Homeland Security and Idaho State University’s Institute of Emergency Management is delivering a real-world training experience to as many as 600 Idaho first responders during Sept. – Nov. 2004.

"There are still a few spots available for first responders to get excellent training during this series," said Lenn Moorhead-Rosenberg, program coordinator for the Institute of Emergency Management.

Operation ROAD TRIP (Readiness Operations and Defense to Train Rural Idaho in Preparedness) will use the 60-room Lakeside Inn as the base of operations for five weeks of training. The training is for personnel from law enforcement, fire, EMS, urban search and rescue, HazMat, and emergency management public information officers.

The Lakeside Inn in Sandpoint is owned by the Idaho Transportation Department and is slated to be demolished to make way for a highway project. Before the Inn is demolished, ISU’s Institute of Emergency Management was asked to coordinate a five week multi-agency, multi-jurisdictional project to help first responders prepare and train for a Chemical Biological Radioactive Nuclear Explosive (CBRNE) mass-casualty incident. Each training track is one week long.

For more information, and to register for the free training contact the Institute at (208) 685-6797.

- September 9, 2004

Tee It Up Fore the Bengal’s May 15

Boise – Idaho State University’s annual Boise Bengal Foundation Golf Scramble will be Saturday, May 15, at the Banbury Golf Club. To kick off the event, participants, alumni and friends of ISU are invited to a live and silent auction Friday, May 14, 6:30 – 8:30 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Eagle.

The tournament format is a six-person scramble with morning and afternoon flights. The $75.00 entry fee includes green fees, cart, tee prize, range balls, lunch and beverages.

This year’s special guests will be football coach Larry Lewis, men’s basketball coach Doug Oliver, women’s basketball coach Jon Newlee, and soccer coach Mark Salisbury.

Some of the silent and live auction prizes include:

  • 4 tickets to a Seattle Mariner game
  • Guest Coach at the ISU vs. BSU Basketball game (in Boise this year).
  • ISU Homecoming package for two.

Other prizes include golf packages to Ruby View Golf Club in Elko, Crane Creek Country Club, Falcon Crest Golf Course, and Cactus Pete’s resort package.

Tournament and auction proceeds help fund ISU student-athlete scholarships. Since the tournament began in 1992, it has raised more than $77,000 for scholarships.

For more information call Donna Hays 208-282-5773 or email:

- April 23, 2004

ISU Boise Center To Honor Graduates May 6

Boise – The Idaho State University Boise Center will graduate 81 students this year, compared to 55 in 2003. These graduates will be honored during a graduation celebration 3:30-5 p.m. Thursday, May 6, at Hillcrest Country Club.

"We’re honored to have assisted these students in reaching their educational goals," said Dr. Robin Dodson, chief academic officer. "They deserve acknowledgement for the commitment they made to succeed in their chosen fields."

Introducing the graduates will be Dr. James R. "Dick" Pratt, dean, College of Arts and Sciences; Dr. Michael Lester, chair, sports science and physical education; Dr. Linda Hatzenbuehler, dean, Kasiska College of Health Professions; Dr. Joseph Steiner, dean, College of Pharmacy; and Dr. Ranaye Marsh, dean, College of Technology.

The ISU Boise Center was created in 1988 in response to the unique educational needs of working professionals in the Treasure Valley. The Boise Center enrolls about 240 students in upper division and graduate programs in fast track nursing, clinical laboratory science, paramedic, mental health, marriage and family counseling, athletic administration, public health, speech-language pathology, geology, and dietetics.

The College of Pharmacy operates a program in Boise for fourth-year students. Grant-funded programs such as the Institute of Emergency Management-Homeland Security, Institute of Rural Health, HIV Training, and the Center for Disabilities Evaluation are housed at the ISU Boise Center.

Located at 12301 W. Explorer Drive, the center covers more than 29,000 square feet that house classrooms, five distance-learning rooms, a computer lab, clinical lab science, and therapy clinics for speech-language pathology and counseling. Currently, 25 faculty, 18 non-teaching research faculty, and 17 staff members work at the Boise Center.

- April 30, 2004

Inversion in the Treasure Valley and Your Health

New Research Will Be Shared at Free Workshop

Boise - Everyone who lives, works, and breathes in the Treasure Valley is affected by the inversions that are a fact of life in the winter months. Just how much the inversion affects your health is the topic of a free workshop sponsored by the Idaho State University Boise Center.

"Research indicates small particles in the air not only have a profound impact on breathing, but can contribute to problems in people with diabetes or heart disease," said Dr. Holly Lenz, director of the ISU master of public health program. "These particles are so small they can pass into the bloodstream where they can contribute to atherosclerosis - a common disorder of the arteries."

The keynote speaker for the workshop is Dr. Jane Koenig, director of the EPA Particulate Matter Health Effects Research Center at the University of Washington. Koenig is a professor of environmental health in the UW School of Public Health and Community Medicine in Seattle. She has spent her career studying air pollution and its impact on health.

Koenig's research has involved controlled exposures of human subjects, often with asthma, to common air pollutants; epidemiologic studies of associations between air pollution and emergency department visits for asthma; and studies of the effects of air pollutants in cultured human nasal epithelial cells. Her current research projects are on the health effects of particulate matter, especially regarding asthma aggravation.

Lenz and Michael McGown, regional airshed manager with the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality, also will speak.

The free workshop will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Feb. 10 in the Jordan Ballroom in the Boise State University student union building. The public is invited. Due to limited parking, attendees are urged to carpool.

For more information, call Lenz at 685-6764.

- February 3, 2004

Written by: Belinda Isley, Public Relations/Boise, 334-2257
Contact: Dr. Holly Lenz, MPH program director, 685-6764

Idaho State University Boise Center Enrollment Jumps 27%

Boise - The Idaho State University Boise Center enrollment continues to increase, with an official enrollment of 211 students for Spring 2004.

"This is the highest spring enrollment in the history of the Boise Center," said Robin Dodson, chief academic officer. "Our growth can be attributed to increased program offerings and ISU's commitment to deliver health profession training to the Treasure Valley."

Enrollment of new students increased by 45, up 27.1 percent over last spring. "Many of our programs have doubled in size from last year, including counseling, paramedic, speech-language pathology, clinical laboratory science, and nursing," said Dodson.

"Our speech pathology clinic increased from 10 to 50 clients in one semester," he said. "This a win-win situation. Our students gain clinical experience, and clients get treatment. Many clients are referred by hospitals and other clinics and might not otherwise get treatment."

The Boise Center facility continues to expand as well. "We've added about 11,000 square feet this year and are involved in our third remodel in less than two years," said Dodson.

The ISU Boise Center offers the associate of science in paramedic; the bachelor of science in speech-language pathology, nursing fast track, and clinical laboratory science; master's programs in nursing, speech-language pathology, clinical laboratory science, counseling in mental health and marriage and family, geology, physical education, athletic administration, public health, dietetic internship, and fourth-year pharmacy rotations.

- February 2, 2004

Written by: Belinda Isley, Public Relations/Boise, 334-2257
Contact: Robin Dodson, Chief Academic Officer, 685-6750

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