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News Archive 2008

ISU-Boise Professor Studies Idaho's Declining Aspen Groves

Dec. 18, 2008

An Idaho State University-Boise geosciences researcher has secured funding to study the decline of quaking aspen trees in southeast Idaho.

Assistant research professor, Temuulen Sankey, Ph.D., has received a $9,000 grant from the U.S. Forest Service and Southeast Idaho Aspen Working Group to study aspen groves in a portion of the massive Caribou-Targhee National Forest near Driggs. (read more...)

ISU-Boise Students Gather Scarves, Hats and Toiletries
For Treasure Valley's Needy and Homeless

Dec. 9, 2008

Boise - Idaho State University-Boise speech-language pathology students spent Dec. 4, stuffing  plastic bags with small containers of shampoo, lotion, toothpaste and other toiletries to give to the Treasure Valley’s needy and homeless populations.

“This time of the year, it’s really nice to help people in the community. For many, these kinds of items represent the bare necessities of life. They may be able to help people land a job or keep them from getting sick,” said Sydney Harris, president of the ISU-Boise chapter of NSSLHA, the National Student Speech Language Hearing Association. (read more...)

Idaho State University Receives $21,379 Grant
To Help Needy Students with Educational Expenses

Nov.13, 2008

Pocatello -Idaho State University has received a $21,379 grant to assist financially needy juniors, seniors and graduate students with educational expenses, according to Sally Long, ISU director of corporate and foundation relations.

The grant is from the Student Loan Fund of Idaho Education Fund managed by the nonprofit Idaho Community Foundation. The ICF – Idaho's only community foundation— manages nearly 400 charitable funds on behalf of individuals, families, organizations, and businesses across the state.

Thanks to the gift, ISU has established the Special Circumstances Need-Based Grant Program to cover the emergency and unexpected educational costs of qualifying junior, senior and graduate students. (read more...)

ISU College of Pharmacy Students Provide 1,200 Influenza Vaccinations in Treasure Valley this Fall; 2,500 Statewide

Nov. 8, 2008

Pocatello - Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter sat on the edge of his desk and slipped off his shirt as Idaho State University third-year pharmacy student Whitney Bennet prepared to administer an influenza vaccination Nov. 7.

“I’m a cowboy so I’m not about to tell you if it hurt,” he joked after the shot, but quickly added the vaccination was not only painless, but key to keeping people healthy during flu season.

“It’s so much better to keep people from getting sick in the first place,” he said.

More than 2,500 Idaho residents—including 1,200 in the Treasure Valley—have received influenza immunizations this fall, thanks to Idaho State University College of Pharmacy students and the College’s Operation Immunization program. (read more...)

ISU College of Technology Nursing Graduates Score 100 Percent on National Exams; ADRN Program Rated Number One in Country.

Nov. 5, 2008

Pocatello - The Associate Degree Registered Nurse program at the ISU College of Technology has received notification that 2008 graduates of the ADRN program have achieved a 100% pass rate on the  National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX—RN). The Practical Nursing program graduates have also achieved an overall pass rate of 100% on the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN).

The National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) in Chicago develops and analyzes the NCLEX-RN examination for all graduates of professional nursing programs. Statistics recently released from the NCSBN show the ADRN program as the leading professional nursing program in the state of Idaho, holding the number one rank in the nation for all RN programs (1 of 1,599). (read more...)

ISU's Institute of Emergency Management
Coordinates Disaster Training for Rural Hospitals Nov. 10-19

Oct. 27, 2008

Boise - Imagine this: A school bus collides with a tanker hauling pesticide along a county road in north Idaho, exposing children to the hazardous contents.

A truck hauling an unknown chemical crashes on I-84 near Mountain Home, erupting into flames and emitting toxic fumes.

How do emergency and health-care workers in rural Idaho prepare for such emergencies? How can they care for the injured while protecting themselves and their surroundings from contamination?

These questions will be the focus of five training sessions conducted in Idaho’s rural communities in November by the federal Center for Domestic Preparedness and coordinated by Idaho State University-Boise’s Institute of Emergency Management or IEM. (read more...)

Idaho Conference on Health Care Sessions
to be Broadcast Live to Boise Oct. 22-24

Released by Idaho State University

Oct. 11, 2008

Pocatello - Idaho State University Kasiska College of Health Professions will host the 21st Annyal Idaho Conference on Health Care Wednesday, Oct ww, through Friday, Oct 24, in the Pond Student Union Building on the Pocatello Campus.

Several conference sessions will be broadcast live to Boise through ISU's Distance Learning Network and can be viewed in Room 156 of the ISU-Boise campus located at 12301 W. Explorer Drive. (read more...)

Bessie Katsilometes to be Honored During
ISU Homecoming Alumni Recognition Dinner Oct 17

Released by Idaho State University
Contact: ISU Office of Alumni Relations, (208) 282-3755

Oct. 11, 2008

Pocatello – Idaho State University-Boise academic dean, Bessie Katsilometes, is among current and retired faculty and staff, alumni and supporters who’ll be honored during 2008 Homecoming.

Recipients will be recognized during the President’s Alumni Recognition Dinner at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17, at the Red Lion Hotel in Pocatello, 1555 Pocatello Creek Road. A reception at 6 p.m. will precede the dinner. Those wishing to attend should contact the ISU Alumni Office at (208) 282-3755 or e-mail alumni@isu.eduThe cost is $40. (read more...)

ISU-Boise HIV Educator Receives a Top Health Care Hero Honor;
Speech and Language Clinic and Pharmacy Professor also Recognized

Oct. 9, 2008

Boise - Idaho State University-Boise’s HIV education coordinator Judy Thorne has received the top honor in the educator category of the third annual Idaho Business Review's Health Care Hero awards competition. Winners were announced Oct. 8 during a dinner in Boise.

Other ISU honorees recognized at the event were clinical assistant pharmacy professor Elaine Ladd, Pharm. D., in the volunteer category, and the ISU-Boise Speech and Language Clinic in the rehabilitation category. The clinic is staffed by director Kristin Negilski and clinical faculty Sarah Connolly, Beth Guryan and Martha Malkasian. (read more...)

Idaho State University Institute of Rural Health
Lands $800,000 Grant to Help Chronically Ill Patients
Find Alternatives to Institutional After-Care

Sept. 24, 2008

What happens to Idaho’s Medicaid and Medicare patients once they leave the hospital?

Are nursing homes and assisted-living centers the only options for people living with a chronic illness or a physical disability?

Those questions are about to be explored by Idaho State University-Boise senior research associate Russell Spearman who was recently awarded an $800,000 grant from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services or CMS. The project begins Sept. 30 and will run for three years. The Institute of Rural Health’s Debra Larsen, Ph.D., will serve as co-principal investigator. (read more...)

Training Sessions for Mental Health Professionals
to be Held in Boise, Pocatello and Coeur d'Alene

Sept. 19, 2008

Idaho State University’s Department of Counseling will host a series of training seminars focusing on the challenges faced by counseling professionals in early October in Boise, Pocatello and Coeur d’Alene.

  • Thursday, Oct. 2, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at KMC Main Facility, Kootenai Medical Center, 2003 Lincoln Way in Coeur d’Alene.
  • Friday, Oct. 3, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at ISU Boise Center, 12301 W Explorer Drive, suite 102, room 107.
  • Saturday, Oct. 4, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at ISU’s Pocatello campus in Garrison Hall, Room 726. (read more...)

Idaho State University Receives Suicide Prevention Hotline Grant;
ISU-Boise’s Ann Kirkwood to Lead the Project

Sept. 16, 2008

Released by University Relations

Idaho State University’s Institute of Rural Health and Counseling Department have received a state grant to start a Suicide Prevention Hotline for Idaho which has one of the highest suicide rates in the country.

The first year of the project will involve recruiting and training operators to staff the hotline as well as obtaining accreditation through a national network.  In the second year, the toll-free hotline will be accessible to Idahoans 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Funding will be provided by a community collaboration grant appropriated by the Idaho Legislature for mental health programs. (read more...)

ISU-Boise Faculty, Speech Clinic Named Health Care Hero Finalists; Student Awarded Scholarship

Sept 10, 2008

Boise – Idaho State University-Boise’s Speech and Language Clinic, HIV education coordinator Judy Thorne, and clinical assistant pharmacy professor Elaine Ladd are recipients of 2008 Idaho Health Care Hero awards sponsored by the Idaho Business Review newspaper.

The IBR also awarded ISU-Boise speech-language pathology master’s student, Meredith Ann Alder, the $1,000 Health Care Heroes student scholarship. (read more...)

ISU Hires New Graduate Coordinator
for ISU-Boise Athletic Administration Program

Sept 4, 2008

Boise – Former Idaho State University athletic director Howard Gauthier, PhD., has returned to Idaho State as an assistant professor and graduate coordinator in the Department of Sport Science and Physical Education. He will teach at the ISU-Boise campus, 12301 W. Explorer Drive.

"It's nice to be home," says Gauthier, who served as ISU's athletic director from 1998 to 2003. "My purpose for getting into higher education and sports was to have an impact on the lives of young people." (read more...)

ISU-Boise to host "Health Science Experience Night" Oct. 9

Aug. 29, 2008

Boise – Interested in becoming a pharmacist, paramedic or physician assistant? A clinical lab scientist, nurse or mental health counselor?

Find out about these programs and many more at the third annual “Health Science Experience Night” hosted by Idaho State University, Oct. 9, 5:30-8 p.m. The event will be at ISU’s current location, 12438 W. Bridger St., Boise, southwest of the intersection of Cloverdale Road and Chinden Boulevard.

Students will have the opportunity to explore more than two dozen careers in the health professions and sciences, visit with professors and clinical faculty, and enter to win a $500 scholarship. Two will be awarded that night. (read more...)

ISU-Boise Nursing Students to Provide Health Screenings
for Foster Grandparents Aug.20

Aug. 8, 2008

Boise – When Linda Mikitish was looking for volunteers to help Mountain States Group, Inc., with its foster grandparents training day Aug. 20, she immediately thought of the fast-track nursing program at Idaho State University-Boise.

Mikitish, a 2008 graduate of the program, was in need of students to conduct health assessments of 60 foster grandparents, who’ll mentor youngsters in Treasure Valley schools this fall

ISU students were quick to sign up, says Mikitish, who works as a registered nurse in the cardiovascular unit at St. Luke’s Meridian Medical Center. Students will test blood glucose levels, check blood pressure, catalog medications, and educate seniors about hypertension and diabetes.
(read more...)

Idaho State University-Boise adds
Online Fire Services Administration Degree

Aug. 5, 2008

Boise – If you’re thinking of a career in firefighting or firefighting management, consider Idaho State University’s new online Associate of Science degree in fire services administration.

ISU’s College of Technology is offering the two-year degree this fall. Enrollment is underway, and classes will begin Aug. 25, according to program adviser Michael Mikitish, director of ISU-Boise’s Institute of Emergency Management. (read more...)

ISU's Institute of Rural Health Works to Reduce Suicide in Idaho

Aug. 4, 2008

Pocatello – The Idaho State University Institute of Rural Health is working to reduce suicide rates in Idaho, which consistently ranks among the top 10 states for its rate of suicides.

Factors thought to be involved in high suicide rates in the Intermountain West include isolation, access to services, an independent culture, access to lethal means and stigma concerning help-seeking.

“A recent report demonstrates that about 46 percent of Americans will have some type of mental disorder during their lifetimes,” said Ann Kirkwood, director of the Youth Suicide Prevention Project at ISU’s Institute of Rural Health. “Most of them will experience symptoms before the age of 14. If we can treat these children early, we can avoid long-term consequences in adolescence and adulthood, including suicide.” (read more...)

Idaho State University Saves Money and Encourages New Learning

July 23, 2008

Boise - Idaho State University will begin the 2008-2009 academic year with a new learning management system – or LMS-- after 10 years with WebCT/Blackboard.

Moodle--Modular Object-Oriented Dynamic Learning Environment--is the new LMS that has been selected by students and faculty for electronic assessment, content, and communication activities with popular tools for employing profiling, wikis, blogs, RSS feeds, instant messaging, and portfolios.  ISU students can interact with the LMS through their computer from home, on campus, or anywhere they have access to the Internet. After a two-year study, Moodle has demonstrated to be more productive, user friendly and cost effective for ISU. (read more...)

ISU’s Institute of Rural Health Researcher says
Early Intervention is Key to Treating Mental Illness

July 9, 2008

Boise – As the National Institute of Mental Health outreach partner for Idaho, Idaho State University’s Institute of Rural Health has done extensive work to create programs that focus on early intervention for the treatment of mental illnesses.

According to a recent report released by the American Journal of Psychiatry and the National Institute of Mental Health, American workers with serious mental illnesses account for an annual estimated loss of earnings totaling $193.2 billion. (read more...)

ISU Boise Dental Clinic Seeks Patients

July 1, 2008

Idaho State University Family Dentistry is seeking patients for treatment at its Boise clinic, 2033 E. Summersweet Drive.

Dentists and teaching faculty specialize in state-of-the art techniques from sedation dentistry and implants to complete smile makeovers. Other services include oral surgery,  endodontics, pediatric dentistry, dentures, crowns, bridges and preventive care.

Most insurance plans, including Medicaid, are accepted. Fees for patients who don’t carry insurance are based on household income.

Appointments are available Tuesday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4p.m. Call the clinic at 208-331-0182 to schedule a visit.

ISU Treasure Valley Picnic is July 12

June 24, 2008

Boise - Free hamburgers, hot dogs and soda are on the menu for the annual Idaho State University Treasure Valley Picnic on July 12, noon to 4 p.m., at Ivywild Park, 416 W. Ivywild St., Boise.

Alumni with last names beginning with A-L are asked to bring a salad or side dish; M-Z should bring a dessert. Seating is limited so please bring your own lawn chairs.

Please let the Alumni Association know you're coming by calling 800-933-4781 or sending an e-mail to

ISU-Boise Awards More than 100 Degrees at May 3 Graduation;
Mayor Tammy de Weerd Tells Students to "Dream Big"

May 5, 2008

Boise—Barbara Nelson walked across the stage of Boise’s Centennial High School Performing Arts Center on May 3 and flashed the top of her graduation cap at an audience of 700 people.

It read, “I did it!” in bright orange letters outlined in glitter.

Not only did Nelson receive her Master of Counseling degree, she was the winner of Idaho State University-Boise’s Student Excellence Award.

Nelson was one of nine ISU-Boise 2008 graduates nominated for the award by faculty, who select students for academic achievement, dedication to their profession  and community involvement. Nelson holds an undergraduate degree in psychology and works as a drug and alcohol counselor in the Ada County Drug Court Program. (story continued and photos...)

ISU-Boise to Confer More than 100 Degrees at May 3 Graduation; Meridian Mayor to Speak

April 22 2008

Boise- Idaho State University-Boise will award more than 100 undergraduate and graduate degrees at commencement May 3, 2 p.m., in the Centennial Performing Arts Center, 12400 McMillan, in Boise.

Meridian Mayor Tammy de Weerd is guest speaker. ISU President Arthur C. Vailas, Ph.D., will confer the degrees. (read more...)

ISU-Boise Faculty Earn 2008 Research Awards

April 16, 2008

Boise-Idaho State University has named ISU-Boise professors Nancy Glenn and Laura Tivis two of its five outstanding researchers for 2008. One of the five finalists will receive the 2008 Distinguished Researcher Award at commencement May 10 in Pocatello. (read more...)

ISU Institute of Rural Health Hosts Youth Suicide Prevention Series

April 14, 2008

Boise -The Idaho State University Institute of Rural Health will host a Youth Suicide Prevention Virtual Grand Rounds Series in May that will be broadcast to locations throughout Idaho. Each session will begin at 1 p.m. MST or noon PST.           

The four-week series will be video-cast throughout Idaho. Speakers will cover topics on mental health and veterans, schools and suicide prevention, social marketing and juvenile justice.

The sessions will be broadcast to Boise, Twin Falls, Pocatello, Idaho Falls, Coeur d’Alene and Lewiston. For details on broadcast locations see (story continued...)

ISU Department of Counseling Program Takes National Honor
and Expands Ph.D. Program to Treasure Valley

April 14, 2008

Boise - For the third time since 1985, the Idaho State University Department of Counseling has won the Robert Frank Outstanding Counselor Education Program Award.

The counseling program was selected from university programs nominated from throughout the country. ISU was selected by the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, a dividsion of the American Counseling Association. Counseling faculty and staff were formally honored March 29 at the A.C.A. annual convention in Honolulu, Hawaii. (read more...)

ISU-Boise Researcher Tivis Receives Nearly $320,000 Grant
to Continue Research on Alcohol

April 14, 2008

Boise – Idaho State University-Boise researcher Laura Tivis, Ph.D., has received a $319,686 grant from the National Institutes of Health to continue her research project studying how alcohol affects cognition in postmenopausal women.

This is the fourth year of her study titled “Alcohol, ERT and Cognition in Menopausal Women,” which has received about $1.4 million in funding over the past four years through the NIH’s National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA). Tivis will continue to collect data this year before fully analyzing results next year. (read more...)

ISU-Boise to Host Fast-Track Nursing Open House May 6

Complete the Program in 16 Months

March 31, 2008

Boise- Find out how to become a nurse in 16 months at an open house sponsored by Idaho State University-Boise's fast-track nursing program. The event is Tuesday, May 6, 5:30-7 p.m., at 12301 W. Explorer Drive, Suite 100, south of the intersection of Chinden and Cloverdale.

ISU-Boise's fast-track nursing program lasts four semesters, and students graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing.

To enroll, you must hold a bachelor's degree in any discipline and fulfill program prerequisites. For more information, call 208-373-1785 or visit

ISU Health Professions, ISU-Boise Research Days
to be Held in Pocatello and ISU-Boise on April 4

March 24, 2008

Boise- Is there a connection between the amount of money spent on anti-smoking efforts and the prevalence of tobacco use in Idaho?

Are dental hygienists receiving sufficient education about diabetes and patient care?

Both questions are among dozens that faculty and students will explore during the 19th annual ISU Kasiska College of Health Professions Research Day in Pocatello, which will be held in conjunction with Idaho State University-Boise's first annual Research Day from 7:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. April 4. (read more...)

ISU-Boise Professor Awarded Grant
for Hispanic Teen Anti-tobacco Campaign

March 5, 2008

Boise- Idaho State University-Boise professor Galen Louis has received a $240,000 grant from the American Legacy Foundation to help create an anti-smoking campaign targeting Hispanic teenagers in Canyon County.  But there’s a twist.

Louis’ research associates won’t be public health experts. They’ll be teenagers from the Nampa-Caldwell area, who’ll decide the most effective way to get their message out. (read more...)

ISU's Family Medicine Residency
Honored for Health Care Excellence

March 3, 2008

Boise—Idaho State University’s Pocatello Family Medicine Residency has received a 2007 Award of Excellence in Healthcare Quality from Qualis Health, a nonprofit, health care quality improvement organization headquartered in Seattle. (read more...)

ISU-Institute of Rural Health and Idaho Bioterrorism Awareness and Preparedness Program to Offer Training Sessions in Treasure Valley

Feb. 28, 2008

Boise- Preparing a health-care facility for a disaster or a bioterrorism event will be discussed in training sessions throughout Idaho on March 12, 19 and 26.

Idaho State University's Institute of Rural Health will offer the Treasure Valley sessions at ISU-Boise, 12301 W. Explorer Dr., Room 143, from 1-3 p.m.

The training will provide medical and public-health professionals with detailed information on how to recognize and manage biological/chemical and natural disasters. (read more...)

ISU-Boise's Jim Schmidt Receives Lifetime Achievement Award
from Boise School District

Feb. 20, 2008

Boise- Jim Schmidt, Ph.D., who teaches in the graduate counseling program at ISU-Boise, has received a Lifetime Achievement Award for his service to the Boise School District. He was honored at a breakfast Feb. 15, celebrating National Career and Technical Education Week.

Schmidt was supervisor of the Boise School District's professional-technical educational program for more than a decade. Before that, he supervised the district's guidance counselors, nurses and health workers. Schmidt received his doctorate in counselor education from Idaho State University in 1986.

ISU-Boise Family Dentistry Provides Free Dental Care
on "Give Kids a Smile Day"

Feb. 6, 2008

Boise- Four-year-old Hannah Gardner wore bright green sunglasses and held a fairy-princess wand as dentist Michael Walker, D.D.S. examined her teeth.

And who says a trip to the dentist can’t be fun?   (read more...)

Veteran Football Coach Carl Ferrill joins ISU-Boise Facility

Jan. 24, 2008

Boise - Former university head football coach and athletic director Carl Ferrill, Ed.D., has joined the Department of Sports Science and Physical Education at Idaho State University-Boise.

This semester, he'll teach a graduate course on the principals, problems and ethics of coaching sports.   (read more...)

ISU-Boise to offer Ph.D. program in Counselor Education and Counseling in the Treasure Valley

Jan. 2, 2008

Boise – Idaho State University-Boise will offer the doctorate in Counselor Education and Counseling in fall 2008.

The degree, which is currently offered at ISU's main campus in Pocatello, prepares graduates to teach counseling at the university level and supervise counselor education programs in various settings, according to Stephen Feit, Ed.D., the chair of ISU's Department of Counseling. (read more...)


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