News and Notes

A Newsletter for Faculty and Staff of Idaho State University

July 6, 2009 — Vol. 25 No. 22

Faculty/Staff Updates

Robin Dodson tapped for pharmacy post at ISU-Meridian

During Robin Dodson’s tenure with Idaho State University, he has served in numerous capacities—including College of Pharmacy faculty member, advisor to ISU President Arthur C. Vailas, ISU-Boise’s chief academic officer and special assistant to Boise’s academic dean.

In the fall, he’ll become student services director at the L.S. Skaggs Pharmacy Complex, located at the ISU-Meridian Health Science Center, which will open Aug. 1, north of Interstate 84 between Meridian and Locust Grove roads.

The position was created as part of the expansion of the Doctor of Pharmacy program in Meridian, where the College will offer 20 additional seats for the incoming class, according to College of Pharmacy spokesperson Andrew Gauss.

Dodson, a former chief academic officer for the State Board of Education, brings a plethora of experience in higher education to the College of Pharmacy’s administrative team and will help further ISU’s health sciences mission in the Treasure Valley.

Dodson holds a doctorate in pharmacology from Washington State University.

News Bites

Idaho State University-Boise campus will close July 31 to prepare for the move to Meridian Aug. 1

Idaho State University will close the Boise center Friday, July 31 and re-open for business Monday, Aug. 3 at the new ISU-Meridian Health Science Center, 1311 E. Central Drive in Meridian.

Most office phone numbers and extensions—including the main switchboard (208) 373-1700—will not change. However, there will be no telephone or Internet access July 31 while the move from the Boise campus to Meridian is underway. Services should be restored Aug. 3, according to Bessie Katsilometes, ISU-Meridian academic dean.

Nominations are open for 2009 Health Care Heroes

Do you know of a colleague who's made an important contribution to the health care profession? Or an ISU program that provides vital community outreach? They'd be perfect candidates for the honor of Health Care Hero, a statewide awards program developed by the Idaho Business Review newspaper.

The nomination deadline is July 31. Nomination forms are available at

There are 10 categories for Health Care Hero, including physician, nurse, volunteer, educator and rehabilitation care. Judges will select finalists in each category and the top honoree will be announced at an awards dinner Oct. 1 in Boise. All finalists will be featured in the annual Health Care Heroes magazine, published by the Idaho Business Review.

Health Care Heroes is sponsored by numerous health care organizations and institutions, including ISU and PacificSource Health Plans.

For more information, contact Lauren Haber at the Idaho Business Review in Boise, (208) 639-3510.