News and Notes

A Newsletter for Faculty and Staff of Idaho State University

April 12, 2010 — Vol. 26 No. 15

News Bites

The CW HOG Alpine Tower Challenge Course is hosting an open house on May 15

The Idaho State University Cooperative Wilderness Handicapped Outdoor Group (CW HOG) Alpine Tower Challenge Course is available for public use now through mid fall and will host an open house on Saturday, May 15, from 1 to 6 p.m.

The course is located across the street from the Idaho Department of Fish and Game’s Southeast Region Office at the corner of Alvin Ricken Drive and Barton Road in Pocatello.

“The Alpine Tower Challenge Course is a physical-challenge facility openly available for groups for business outings to birthday parties, from the challenge of physical fitness or just for fun,” said Bob Ellis, CW HOG outdoor recreation coordinator.

The Alpine Tower Challenge Course is a trust, confidence and strength-building course in teamwork for university, school, church, athletic, military, corporate groups, or any public and private groups of eight to 30 participants. Course participants learn group cohesion, communication and support of each other, and the course strengthens other important aspects of teamwork capability.

The Alpine Tower Challenge Facility is a 50-foot tower with 45 combined challenge elements designed to help build trust and confidence in decision making skills while working in teams to conquer the course. Facility staff will work individually to prepare groups to set personal and team goals and produce results realistic to the ambitions and needs of each team.

To register to use the course or for more information contact CWHOG at (208) 282-3912.

Reservation requests and group assessment forms are also at, or send inquiries to

Participation at the May 15 open house is limited to a first come-first served basis, so preregistration is advised.

TIAA-CREF representatives are coming to campus

TIAA-CREF will be offering individual counseling sessions April 13 - 15 on the ISU campus. Please call 800-732-8353 to set up an appointment.

"Be Advised" campaign continues for Fall registration in April

Idaho State University is continuing its “Be Advised” campaign to encourage students to reap the benefits of good advising prior to registering for fall classes in April.

“Advising is the cornerstone of a successful experience at Idaho State University,” said JoAnn Hertz, director of ISU academic advising. “Interaction with departmental faculty who are experts in their field provides an advantage to any student who seeks it.”

The campaign by the ISU Division of Enrollment Management directs students on how to best pursue the information they need to progress towards attaining their chosen degree program.

The benefits of advising are many and include:

“With proper advising students will benefit by developing a professional relationship with a professor who can write recommendation letters for research or internship opportunities or serve as a scholarship reference,” Hertz said. “Faculty advisors can also help with career questions and graduate school applications.”

Advisors and advisees have a shared responsibility when it comes to the advising relationship. Students can expect advisors to provide information, be accessible, encourage educational engagement and assist with attaining educational goals.

Advisors can expect students to meet with them each semester, read the catalog or website information, be prepared for the advising session, bring questions to the advising session and to assume final responsibility for course scheduling, program planning and the successful completion of graduation requirements.

Idaho State University is in the midst of a three-year project to upgrade its electronic services. A new Internet portal, BengalWeb, replaces the familiar MyISU portal. Students are encouraged to go to to find out about BengalWeb and all of the services it provides.

Registration opens in Self Service Banner at 8 a.m. Registration assistance is available during regular business hours in the Office of the Registrar and the Academic Advising Centers in Pocatello, Idaho Falls, Meridian and Twin Falls.

The registration schedule for fall semester 2010 is as follows:

For more information, contact ISU Academic Advising Center at (208) 282-3277 or

New Freshman Registration scheduled for the week of April 12

Idaho State University has scheduled New Freshman Registration 2010 for high school graduates and other new freshmen for the week of April 12.

If you are planning to attend classes in Idaho Falls, an evening program will be offered on Thursday, April 15, starting at 4:30 p.m. in the Samuel H. Bennion Student Union Building at University Place, 1784 Science Center Drive. Student check-in is at 4:30 p.m. The event will conclude at approximately 8:30 p.m. Parents and spouses are welcome. Call ext. 7800 for more information.

If you are planning to attend Idaho State University on the Pocatello campus, New Freshman Registration will be held on April 13-16, beginning at 8 a.m. and ending at 1 p.m. Please call ext. 3886 for more information on Pocatello Freshman Registration.

Participants in any of the programs can meet with faculty and professional staff to learn about the degrees and resources available at Idaho State University. Advisors will be available to help freshmen plan class schedules and register early for fall 2010 classes.

Attendance at the event will satisfy the fundamentals of advisement and registration requirement for all new students.

To attend this event in Idaho Falls, please register at:

To attend in Pocatello, register at:

The ISU Credit Union is sponsoring the annual ISU Employee Professional Development Scholarship

The ISU Credit Union is sponsoring the annual ISU Employee Professional Development Scholarship for $200 in honor of ISU Employee Recognition Week.

Any ISU employee who is eligible for benefits is eligible for the scholarship. The money must be used in either the summer or fall semester 2010, for further education at ISU for professional development.

Enter at Entries must be submitted by noon on April 19 and will be chosen by random drawing. One entry is allowed per person.

The winner will be announced during Employee Recognition Week at the keynote session on Wednesday, April 21 at 2 p.m. in the Bengal Theater.

For more information, contact Rick Cheatum at ISU Federal Credit Union, 235-7104, or

The Department of Communication and Rhetorical Studies has created a new online peer review journal

The Idaho State University Department of Communication and Rhetorical Studies has created a new online peer review journal that studies the use and effects of persuasion in the politics, the news and popular culture.

The journal represents a major departure in how humanities research is written and presented.

“Rhetoric is the study of persuasion in all of its forms,” according to ISU’s Nancy J. Legge, the journal’s editor, “and the title of the journal, Relevant Rhetoric: A New Journal of Rhetorical Studies, reflects this emphasis.”

The first issue of the journal includes a broad mix of subjects and well-respected authors from across the country. Kevin Stein, a communication professor at Southern Utah University explores Mel Gibson’s attempt to restore his image after his arrest and the Jewish community’s response to those statements. William Benoit, from Ohio University, and Jeffrey Delbert, from the University of Missouri, examine the use of attack statements in the Mac vs. PC television advertising campaign. Other authors come from Howard University, Virginia Tech, and Idaho State University.

According to Legge, the journal focuses on persuasion in a large variety of contexts, including politics, news, religion, music, television, movies, the Internet and advertising.

The journal also represents a radical departure in academic form and style, according to Jim DiSanza, chair of the Department of Communication and Rhetorical Studies Department.

“Unlike other humanities journals, this one focuses on bringing top quality research to everyday people who want to understand persuasion in all its forms,” DiSanza said.

Visitors to the journal will see a reader-friendly layout, which includes photographs to enhance the text, links to websites, and tables that are understandable at-a-glance. In addition, the new journal minimizes technical jargon and decreases emphasis on literature reviews and method.

“We believe that, as much as possible, humanities and social science research that describes human behavior should be understandable to everyday human beings; they are, after all, the ones paying for all of this,” said DiSanza.

The journal can be accessed online at:

The ISU Project Hope crisis line needs volunteers for fall semester

The ISU Project Hope crisis line needs volunteers for fall semester.

New volunteers will cover the crisis line for a four hour shift per week beginning with the start of Fall Semester 2010.

Interested students, staff and faculty volunteers are asked to complete 20 hours of classroom training with Family Services Alliance tentatively scheduled on four evenings from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. in mid-June. Alternately, there will be a training scheduled mid-September. Makeup training can be offered if you have a conflict on one of the scheduled days.

Please contact Bonnie Frantz at ext. 4101 for more information.

Faculty and staff are invited to join the Alumni Association in honoring 11 of ISU’s outstanding students

Faculty and staff are invited to join the Alumni Association in honoring 11 of ISU’s outstanding students for 2010.

This year’s awards presentation reception is Friday, April 30 at the Stephens Performing Arts Center.

The reception banquet begins at 6 p.m. in the Samuel Horne Bennion Promenade, followed by the presentation of the awards at 7 p.m. in the Bistline Theatre.

The cost is $15 per person. To RSVP, call the ISU Alumni Association at ext. 3755 or e-mail

This week is National Student Employment Week

This week is National Student Employment Week. To honor student employees, Human Resources has awarded three outstanding student employees Student Employee of the Year Scholarships and prizes.

This year’s winners are:

Students were nominated by departments based on exhibited reliability, outstanding quality of work, extraordinary initiative, disposition and attitude, professionalism, service and outreach and impact the student has had on the position or the department.

Officials will be conducting fire alarm tests in Reed Gym and Recreation Center April 21 and 22

Officials will be conducting fire alarm tests in Reed Gym and Recreation Center on Wednesday and Thursday, April 21 and 22, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

It’s not necessary to evacuate the buildings, but the alarms are noisy and will be intermittent. The first day may be only a total of five minutes for the day. The second day will be more frequent, possibly a total of 30 minutes for the day.

These tests are required for the Recreation Center addition project. For more information, call Campus Architect Cheryl Hanson at ext. 2533.

The start of a pilot-recycling project at Reed Gymnasium corresponds with the Earth Day on April 22

The start of a pilot-recycling project at the Idaho State University Reed Gymnasium corresponds with the 2010 Earth Day on April 22.

An ad hoc committee of University and community members is promoting expanded recycling collection at ISU to help move the University down the road to better sustainability. These efforts have been enhanced by an $18,000 grant from the Environmental Protection Agency to promote recycling education awarded to two ISU political science faculty members, Donna Lybecker and Mark McBeth. The program will supplement and expand existing recycling efforts on campus.

Grant funds are being used to help educate the campus, purchase recycling bins and to set up a low-cost, more comprehensive recycling collection system at ISU that will depend on volunteer support. Up to 200 recycling bins can be purchased with grant funds.

Organizers are also sponsoring a poster contest at ISU to create a recycling symbol and slogan. Contest entries are due April 15 and prizes will be awarded.

“We completed a survey in fall 2009 of more than 400 students, faculty and staff and 86 percent of the respondents support an expanded recycling program,” McBeth said. “The ISU community supports recycling for a variety of reasons. We’re using Reed Gymnasium as a pilot project to develop a collection system, before we expand the program to other buildings on campus.”

Reed Gym was chosen because of it is a high visibility building with a lot of traffic. Blue recycling containers have been distributed throughout the building and placed near trashcans. The bins can be used to recycle plastic, aluminum and paper. While cardboard will continue to be recycled through the University’s existing recycling program, it can be placed in the binds as well. Committee member Bill MacLachlan from Reed Gym has also ordered recycling dump bins from the City of Pocatello to be located outside the building and emptied twice on month.

“We’ll be using Campus Recreation staff to empty the inside recycling bins to the outside bins that are picked up by the city,” MacLachlan said. “This will not be an additional cost for our department.”

The ISU Recycling Committee hopes the new program will dramatically reduce the amount of trash ISU produces and will cut down on trash collection costs for the University. Funds saved from the trash pickup could potentially be shifted to pay for recyclable pickup.

Idaho State University was the first university in Idaho to start a recycling program in 1989. Since then, however, both the University of Idaho and Boise State University have developed more comprehensive recycling and sustainability efforts.

“We’ve fallen behind the other universities recycling and sustainability efforts, but this is a major step forward,” Lybecker said. “Besides the ecological consequences, sustainability is very important issue for today’s students, faculty and staff, and we need to pay attention to that.”

Some other buildings and departments are scheduled to receive new bins including engineering, business pharmacy and political science. For more information, contact Donna Lybecker at, Mark McBeth at, or phone (208) 282-2211.

Faculty and staff who want to learn about course management tools in BengalWeb are invited to attend open demonstrations

Faculty and staff who want to learn more about course management tools in BengalWeb are invited to attend one of several open demonstrations.

The demonstrations cover searching the Fall 2010 Class Schedule, viewing and printing class rosters, managing enrollment with waitlists, and granting registration overrides.

No registration is required for the demonstrations. Classes are as follows:

There will also be special hands-on assistance to students during the week of registration: April 19, 21, 23 or 26, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Rendezvous Computer lab.

A Night in Mexico dinner and entertainment is set for April 17

A Night in Mexico dinner and entertainment will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday, April 17, at the Idaho State University Pond Student Union Ballroom.

The event is sponsored by the ISU Hispanic American Leadership Organization.

Dinner includes authentic, homemade food including tamales, carnitas, beans and rice.

There will be a dance following dinner from 9 to 11 p.m.

For more information, contact Luis at

The Clinical Psychology Training Program presents Sherman Normandin at a Doctoral Candidate Dissertation Colloquium

The Clinical Psychology Training Program presents Sherman Normandin at a Doctoral Candidate Dissertation Colloquium titled “Effects of Sexual Arousal on Temporal and Probability Discounting of Sexual Stimuli.”

The colloquium is Tuesday, April 13, 1:30- 2 p.m. in Garrison Hall room 501 and open to all members of the university and professional community.

ISU Society of Physics will present “Lasers, Light and Illusions" on April 17

In celebration of “LaserFest,” the 50th anniversary of the invention of the laser, Idaho State University physics professor Steve Shropshire and the ISU Society of Physics will present “Lasers, Light and Illusions" at 6 p.m. Saturday, April 17.

It will be held in Room 140 of the ISU Physical Science Building. The show is free to all ages and open to the public.

“Lasers, Light, and Illusions” will feature amazing, scientific demonstrations using multi-colored lasers, light pipes, color mixing lights, illusions with smoke, reflections and shadows, among other elements. A laser light show set to music will close the demonstration. The show will include loud noises that may startle small children.

A preshow for children from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. will include interactive science exhibits and a candy hunt on the outside patio and inside the main foyer at the south entrance of the Physical Science Building.

The Physical Science Building is located at the corner of Eighth Avenue and Carter Street on the ISU campus.

For more information, contact Dr. Steve Shropshire at 282-2212 or visit