News and Notes

A Newsletter for Faculty and Staff of Idaho State University

April 19, 2010 — Vol. 26 No. 16

News Bites

Mayan expert to deliver presentation on new discoveries in Maya writing, archaeology on April 22

Renowned Maya expert Stanley Guenter will deliver the presentation “Conversing with the Snake Kings: Hieroglyphs, Tombs and Temples in the Jungles of Guatemala” at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 22, in the Idaho State University College of Education Auditorium.

This free presentation is open to the public.

Guenter, from Southern Methodist University, will explain the most recent advances and discoveries in Maya writing and archaeology.

The presentation is sponsored by the Idaho State University Department of Anthropology and the Foundation for Anthropological Research & Environmental Studies (FARES).

The College of Education Auditorium is located on 1550 E. Terry.

Full slate of events slated for Employee Recognition Week, April 19-23

This year's Employee Recognition Week April 19-23 will feature Professional and Personal Development Workshops (Distance learning available for several workshops) and the following events:

Employee Recognition Awards

Keynote Session - featuring Larry Walters, Qwest Regional Director. Larry was featured in “Gallup's 12: The Elements of Great Managing” for his unique and motivating strategies of management.

ISU Benefits Fair - featuring SHIBA, ISU Credit Union, VALIC, Nationwide, AFLAC, TIAA-CREF, Liberty Mutual and ISU Human Resources. Be sure to stop by and enter our drawing for some really nice prizes!

Ice Cream Social - There will be an Ice Cream Social held in Pocatello, Idaho Falls, Twin Falls, and Meridian to thank all ISU employees, both faculty and staff, for all they do to make ISU a great university!

For more information, and to see a schedule and calendar of events, go to, or contact Stacey Marshall at 282-3081 or

ISU Institute of Rural Health, Ramesh Ramloll featured in Wall Street Journal article; Ramloll honored

The Idaho State University Institute of Rural Health’s Play2Train Second Life program and Ramesh Ramloll, research assistant professor, were featured in a recent The Wall Street Journal article. To look at the story, visit:

ISU Jazz Bands I and II to play at Portneuf Valley Brewery on April 21

The ISU Jazz Bands I & II will perform their final performances of this academic year upstairs in the loft at Portneuf Valley Brewpub this coming Wednesday evening, April 21, at 7:30 p.m.

ISU Intermountain Center for Educational Effectiveness to hold conference on Increasing Student Achievement on April 23

The Idaho State University College of Education and Center for Educational Effectiveness will hold a conference on April 23 that is designed to increase student achievement at all levels.

The conference is expected to attract a broad range of educators, policymakers and officials from throughout east Idaho.

The conference, titled “Total Instructional Alignment: Collaboration to Increase Student Achievement,” will run from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the ISU Pond Student Union Ballroom.

Participants will likely include eastern Idaho legislative Representatives and Senators, K-12 school district superintendents, administrators from ISU, the State Department of Education and the State Board of Education, Idaho Building Capacity Project coordinators and regional special education coordinators.

Presentations will be made on the concept of total instructional alignment, the Idaho Building Capacity Project and collaborations to increase student achievement.

For more information, contact the ICEE at (208) 282-3202.

Wind Ensemble, Concert Band to perform final spring semester concert on April 23

The Idaho State University Wind Ensemble and Concert Band will perform their final concert of the semester Friday, April 23, at 7:30 p.m. in Jensen Grand Concert Hall in the ISU Stephens Performing arts Center.

Bassoonist Julie Dixon performing with the ISU Wind Ensemble.

The Wind Ensemble is directed by Dr. Patrick Brooks, ISU Director of Bands. The Concert Band is directed by Kevin York, Associate Director of Bands.

The Concert Band will perform "Prairie Dances" by David Holsinger, the beautiful folk ballad "Ashokan Farewell" by Jay Ungar, Gustav Holst’s classic "Suite in Eb for Military Band" and "Hosts of Freedom" march by Karl L. King.

The Wind Ensemble will perform "Chester" by American composer William Schuman, "Procession of the Nobles" by Nicholas Rimsky-Korsakov, "Lux Arumque (Light and Gold)" by Eric Whitacre, and the theatrical "Cave of the Winds" by Russell Peck. Featured soloist with the wind ensemble will be tubist McKenna Nilsson, a senior in music performance at Idaho State. Hailing from Blackfoot, Nilsson will perform "Suite for Tuba" by Donald Haddad.

Admission information: ISU Students Free, Pre-college Students $2, ISU Faculty and Staff $3, General admission is $5. Children under 6 will not be admitted.

For more information on this concert or about the ISU Bands, call Idaho State University Director of Bands Dr. Patrick Brooks at 282-3147

Take Back the Night Rally and March set April 23

The 11th annual Take Back the Night Rally and March will start at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, April 23.

The event begins at with presentations from local agencies and Pocatello Mayor Blad on the south steps of the Bannock County Courthouse (624 E. Center).

All participants will then walk together from the Bannock County Court House to the Idaho State University Quad where local agencies will be on hand to educate participants on how to end sexual violence in our community.

Participants will enjoy free t-shirts, free dinner, a free raffle of prizes donated by local businesses and a kid’s raffle too. Please join us to support for survivors and to break the silence surrounding sexual violence.

For more information, please contact Heidi Harold at the Anderson Center at 282-2805.

Farewell reception for Hilary Johnson set April 27 in Emeriti Room at Reed Gym

A farewell reception for Hilary Johnson will be held Tuesday, April 27, from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Emeriti Room at Reed Gym. Johnson has bought a dance studio back "home" in Nebraska. Johnson has been at ISU 10 years as assistant director of Campus Recreation and head coach of the Bengal Dancers.

International Economic Summit for prep students at Pond Student Union April 28

An International Economic Summit (IES) for prep students will be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 28 in the Pond Student Union.

The event, sponsored by the College of Education’s Center for Economic Education, will feature 195 students on 42 teams. Participating schools include Blackfoot, Highland, Soda Springs and West Side high schools.

The Summit is a simulation of the global economy. It is an effective learning experience for high school and university students on globalization, international relations and economics. At the Summit, student teams, representing the nations of today's complex world, compete for scarce resources, form strategic country alliances, debate global issues, invest in long term development projects, interact with global economic institutions, and seek to stabilize and advance the global economy.

For more information on the Summit visit

Final Sigma Xi Science Café set April 29

The final Sigma Xi Science Café will be held Thursday, April 29, from 5 to 6:30 p.m., at the Portneuf Brewery’s upstairs loft.

The topic will be “Reconciling Science and Social Beliefs,” which will be discussed by a panel comprised of:

Science Cafe's are open to the general public. Light snacks will be provided, and refreshments are available on a no-host basis.

For more information:

ISU Bands to sponsor Summer Band, tryouts set in June

Come Join The Band!

The Idaho State University Bands has announced that it again will be sponsoring an ISU Summer Band. The ensemble, which is open to all ISU students, faculty, staff, advanced high school instrumentalists, and community members, will meet Tuesday and Thursday evenings beginning on Tuesday, June 8, from 5:30 to 7:15 p.m. and will perform its final concert on Thursday, July 1 at 7:30 p.m. There is no cost to be a member of the band, but there are credit options available for music educators.

The band will be organized by Dr. Patrick Brooks, ISU Director of Bands, and will feature a number of guest conductors. Persons interested in becoming a member of the ISU Summer Band are directed to contact Dr. Brooks ( or Linda England in the ISU Music Department (282-3147, for more information.

Participation is free: it costs only if taken for ISU credit. Students can participate with the band for or no credit. Educators and students can take for graduate or upper-level credit. For more information about credit options see