News and Notes

A Newsletter for Faculty and Staff of Idaho State University

February 22, 2010 — Vol. 26 No. 8

Faculty/Staff Updates

Erin Rasmussen was elected president of Four Corners Association for Behavior Analysis

Erin Rasmussen, associate professor of psychology, was elected president of her regional professional organization, Four Corners Association for Behavior Analysis, last spring. Part of her duties involves organizing their annual conference which will take place in April in Park City, Utah.

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The ISU Scholarship Office is now accepting applications for the ISU Classified Employee’s annual scholarship

The ISU Scholarship Office is now accepting applications for the ISU Classified Employee’s annual scholarship. All ISU Classified employees with college age, dependent children are eligible and encouraged to apply. The scholarship will be awarded to a dependent child of a current ISU Classified Employee. Additional information can be found at:

ISU partners with the U.S. Census Bureau to achieve a complete and accurate count

Idaho State University is committed to its partnership with the U.S. Census Bureau to achieve a complete and accurate count of the U.S. population in 2010. The partnership is part of a larger effort by the Census Bureau to increase participation in the 2010 Census.

“As a higher education institution dedicated to helping our students shape the future, I am committed to ensuring each student understands the importance of participating in the 2010 Census,” said Stacey Giokas, ISU census coordinator. “I am enthusiastic about our partnership with the Census Bureau on this important initiative and committed to helping increase overall participation in 2010.”

The partnership will involve sharing information about the census at Idaho State University and encouraging students to complete and return their 2010 Census forms.

Every year, the federal government distributes more than $400 billion to state, local and tribal governments based on census data. Leaders use these data to guide planning decisions on where to build new schools, roads, hospitals, child care centers, senior centers and more. Data also determine the number of seats each state will have in the U.S. House of Representatives and affect college and university grant and loan programs.

“With the help of our 2010 Census partners, the Census Bureau has a far greater chance of reaching every person in the United States than if we were to attempt this monumental task alone,” said Robert Groves, director, U.S. Census Bureau. “Through their unique roles as educators, colleges and universities can help deliver the 2010 Census message to students in every corner of the nation.”

More than 140,000 organizations supported Census 2000 as partners, including schools; community- and faith-based organizations; state, local and tribal governments; media; businesses and others.

Census forms will be delivered or mailed to students living off campus in March 2010. In April – May 2010, students living in on-campus housing will receive their forms. Census workers will visit households of students living off campus who do not return forms. College students living away from home should not be counted on their parents' questionnaires. People should be counted where they live and sleep most of the year, so students living in on-campus housing will receive their questionnaires there.

Information shared with the Census Bureau is completely confidential. By law, the Census Bureau cannot share respondents’ answers with anyone, including other federal agencies and law enforcement entities. All Census Bureau employees take an oath of nondisclosure and are sworn for life to protect the confidentiality of the data. The penalty for unlawful disclosure is a fine of up to $250,000 or imprisonment of up to five years, or both.

For more information about the 2010 Census, visit

ISU Census coordinator Stacey Giokas can be contacted at 282-2778 or

The Center for New Directions presents the 10th annual Women & Work Conference March 10

The Center for New Directions is presenting the 10th annual Women & Work Conference on Wednesday, March 10, from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., in the ISU Pond Student Union Ballroom.

The Woman & Work Conference is provided for all women interested in nontraditional careers. Why would women want to consider nontraditional careers? These careers may offer higher wages, better employment benefits packages, and well-defined career ladders. The Conference is an exceptional source of information and offers workshops, speakers, networking and knowledge of local training and educational resources.

The conference keynote speaker is Yvonne Perez, a recent graduate of the ISU Master of Public Administration program. Yvonne’s personal story is one of overcoming challenging barriers to become a first generation college student and reaching her goal of earning her Master’s degree.

Conference fees are $20 for the general public and $9.50 for students. Scholarships are available. The keynote speaker session is free of charge and open to the public.

Contact the Idaho State University Center for New Directions at 282-2454 to register or for more information. Registration forms and a conference scholarship application are available online at Registration deadline is March 5.

The ISU Family Medicine Residency Program will host the “Medicine Ball" in Holt Arena, a casual evening of delicious food, no-host bars and live music

Save the date April 1, no fooling... come have a ball!

The Idaho State University Family Medicine Residency Program will host the “Medicine Ball" in Holt Arena, a casual evening of delicious food, no-host bars and live music.

The event will feature four bands and 30 restaurants. Participants can enjoy the sounds of “Slapdash,” “Band on Demand,” “Elvis Has Left the Building” and “Somewhere in the Middle.” Dining options include fine dining at "Canopy's Restaurant" by Chartwells, 6 p.m., $100 per person; casual dining at “Tavern on the Turf,” 6:30 p.m., $35 per person; or “Cookie's Place” for dessert and dancing, 8 p.m., $10. The masters of ceremony are Mike Sanders, Naeem Rahim and Fahim Rahim (the “Drs. Rahim”), and Howard Burnett.

“ISU's Family Medical Residency Program brings young doctors and clinical pharmacists to the state of Idaho and serves many individuals in the area,” said Linda Hatzenbuehler, ISU Associate Vice President of Health Education, and chair for this event. "All proceeds from this fundraiser will continue the efforts for excellence in health care. We are excited to extend an invitation to the community to further our goal."

For more ticket information visit the website, e-mail Michele Pond-Bell at, or call (208) 233-3545.

The ISU Wind Ensemble and Concert Band is performing Feb. 26

The ISU Wind Ensemble and Concert Band is performing in Jensen Grand Concert Hall on Friday, Feb. 26, at 7:30 p.m.

Special guest soloist for the evening will be Ronald Barron, recently-retired Principal Trombonist with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Barron will be performing the German romantic “Concertino” by Ferdinand David, and “Annie Laurie” by Arthur Pryor accompanied by the wind ensemble.

In conjunction with his solo appearance, Barron will also be teaching a Low Brass Masterclass on Thursday evening in the Fine Arts Building on campus. The masterclass will be held in the choir room (FA 110) of the Fine Arts Building on the ISU campus from 6:30-8:30 p.m. There is no cost for attending the masterclass, and the public is invited and encouraged to attend. Please contact Dr. Patrick Brooks or at 282-3147 with any questions.

The Friday evening performance will also feature the ISU Concert band and Wind Ensemble with performances of music by Gustav Holst, Ralph Vaughan Williams, David del Tredici, David Maslanka, and Robert Spittal. Cost for the Friday evening concert is $6 for adults, $4 for ISU faculty and staff, $2 for precollege students, and ISU students are free.

The Idaho State Civic Symphony and the ISU Cultural Affairs Council supported Barron's appearance.

All faculty and staff are invited to a NCAA Rules Compliance Open Forum March 9

All faculty and staff are invited to a NCAA Rules Compliance Open Forum Tuesday, March 9, 2 p.m. in Library room B06.

For more information, contact Joel Vickery at ext. 3332.