News and Notes

A Newsletter for Faculty and Staff of Idaho State University

April 26, 2010 — Vol. 26 No. 17

Faculty/Staff Updates

Philip S. Nitse has been named dean of the Steven L. Craig School of Business at Missouri Western State University

Philip S. Nitse, professor of marketing at Idaho State University and past chair of the ISU College of Business marketing department, has been named dean of the Steven L. Craig School of Business at Missouri Western State University, St. Joseph, Mo. His appointment is effective July 1 and he will be the first permanently-appointed dean for the Craig School of Business.

A widely-published researcher, author and co-author of international scope, Nitse joined Idaho State University in 1993 and earned his doctorate from the University of Memphis the following year. He also received his M.B.A. from the University of Memphis in 1988 and his bachelor’s degree from Arizona State University in 1970.

At ISU, Nitse also served as advisor for the professional business fraternity, Alpha Kappa Psi; advisor for the ISU Marketing Association, and he served on a wide variety of committees and task forces, including the Association to Advance of Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB) reaccreditation task force.

Six ISU faculty members were selected to present research at the International Symposium on Dental Hygiene in Glascow, Scotland

For the upcoming International Symposium on Dental Hygiene in Glasgow, Scotland, more 160 dental hygiene scholars submitted research abstracts for refereed selection of presentations, more than 80 of whom requested oral presentations.

Only eight individuals were selected to give 30-minute oral presentations including Tara Johnson, assistant professor in dental hygiene at Idaho State University, who studies chemoprevention of oral cancer.

Only 13 papers were selected for 15-minute oral presentations including three submitted by ISU dental hygiene faculty members: one submitted by Professors Carole Christie, Denise Bowen, and Carlene Paarmann regarding students’ self assessment of professionalism and ethics; one co-authored by Kristin Calley regarding an advanced dental hygiene practice model; and one by Dr. Ellen Rogo about improving access to oral health care. The full abstracts for all 21 paper presentations and a limited number of those for poster presentations will be published in a supplement to the International Journal of Dental Hygiene (IJDH).

The research abstract submitted by Brooke Agado, MSDH candidate, and Professor Bowen reporting results of a clinical trial examining effect of nonsurgical periodontal therapy in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and periodontitis (gum disease) was selected as one of only 20 out of 140 posters to be included in the IJDH.

Over 1000 registrants from 25 countries - Australia to Latvia, Korea to Canada – will be attending the international symposium, a meeting held every four years.

Lauralee Zimmerly was awarded the 2010 Northwest District University Dance Educator of the Year

Lauralee Zimmerly, associate lecturer in the Department of Sport Science and Physical Education and in the Department of Theatre and Dance, has been awarded the 2010 Northwest District University Dance Educator of the Year by the American Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance.

AAHPERD is an alliance of five national associations that includes the National Dance Association. The Northwest District is comprised of Washington, Oregon, Montana, Alaska, and Idaho.

The award recognizes Zimmerly’s work as a university dance artist and educator. She will be attending the AAHPERD Northwest annual conference held in Ellensburg, Washington to receive the award. There she will present her research and a workshop entitled “Movement Enriched Curriculum” which details an ISU College of Education partnership program with School District #25.

Zimmerly, accompanied by four ISU students, is currently implementing the program in fourth-grade classrooms at Gate City Elementary School in Pocatello.

Dr. Lyle Castle was the plenary speaker at a University of South Florida chemistry conference

Dr. Lyle Castle, dean of academic programs at Idaho State University- Idaho Falls was the plenary speaker at a University of South Florida chemistry conference, named for his father, Raymond N. Castle.

Raymond Castle was a 1938 graduate of the University of Idaho, Southern Branch. He was a chemistry instructor at the University of Idaho, then in 1943, returned to the University of Colorado in Boulder for a Ph.D. in Chemistry with a minor in Microbiology. After two years as a research chemist at the Battelle Memorial Institute in Columbus, Ohio, he accepted a position at the University of New Mexico as an Assistant Professor of Chemistry. He served as chairman of the Chemistry Department from 1963 until 1970, before moving to Brigham Young University as Professor of Chemistry. In 1981, Dr. Castle joined the faculty at University of South Florida as a Distinguished Research Professor. For many years, he and his wife, Ada, sponsored the Castle Lecture Series, which brought in numerous prominent scientists for lectures at USF. He was internationally recognized for his work in n heterocyclic chemistry.

Lyle Castle’s research includes organic and organometallic synthesis, and the application of compounds for solar energy conversion devices. He has been the editor for the Journal of Heterocylic Chemistry since September 1999.

All are invited to a farewell reception for Scott Hughes and Vivian Golightly

All are invited to a farewell reception for Scott Hughes and Vivian Golightly.

The reception is May 5 from 4 – 7 p.m. at Portneuf Valley Brewing, 615 S. 1st. Ave.. Food and beverages will be provided.

News Bites

Summer hours begin May 10

Beginning Monday, May 10, Idaho State University’s administrative, business, academic and service office hours will be Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., with a 30-minute lunch break. Regular hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., with a one-hour lunch break, will resume Monday, Aug. 16.

Memorial Day observance is on Monday, May 31, and Independence Day observance is on Monday, July 5. These are state holidays and all offices will be closed.

Renovation of Goranson Hall in the Fine Arts Building will begin about May 6

Renovation of Goranson Hall in the Fine Arts Building will begin about May 6. Goranson will be closed until completion of the project, the first part of September 2010. Renovation includes reupholstered seating, new carpet, new stage drapes and lighting, and new paint.

Please contact Facilities Services at ext. 2784 with questions or concerns.

Everyone is invited to a Relay For Life barbecue fundraiser Wednesday April 28

Everyone is invited to a Relay For Life barbecue fundraiser Wednesday April 28 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the College of Technology’s RFC Complex Courtyard. The menu includes barbecue chicken, bratwurst, creamy potato salad, pasta salad, Fruit Salad, corn bread and brownies. The price is $7.50 per person. Please come and help the American Cancer Society find a cure.

The 2010 Idaho Condor Humanitarian Forum is set for May 6

The 2010 Idaho Condor Humanitarian Forum, sharing the experience of ISU students and faculty members who went on a medical expedition to Peru, is set for May 6, 6-8 p.m. in the Clearwater room at the Pond Student Union.

During spring break a team including more than 45 ISU students and faculty as well as 20 other community members went to Peru on a medical expedition. The trip lasted 10 days and involved setting up a medical and dental mobile clinic in various communities near Cusco, Peru. A team led by an ISU dietetics student, Kate Erickson, also collected food and water safety information in order to examine possibilities for sustainable solutions. Several ISU student organizations and academic programs participated in the expedition as well as fund-raising efforts.

The team will be sharing stories, images and ideas for the trip at the forum. There will be presentations by health care providers and students, including a presentation by Cathryn (Kate) Erickson, Nutrition Team Director, which will address food and water security needs in rural Andean villages. A second presentation, entitled, "Health on the Precipice" will be given by an expert panel regarding medical and dental care in Peru. The panel will include doctors and student members of the Idaho Condor team. An brief presentation will also be given by Dr. Eric Johnson called, “The Images, Faces and Service of Peru.”

Attendance is free and the event is open to people of all ages.

For information, contact Dr. Bernadette Howlett, Department of Physician Assistant Studies,, ext. 3841.

Three clinical psychology graduate students will present their doctoral dissertations

Three clinical psychology graduate students will present their doctoral dissertations.

Melinda Jorgensen will present “The Relationship Between Sexual Assault Symptoms and Cognitive Measures of Verbal Memory, Non-verbal Memory, and Attention” Friday, April 30, from 2-2:30 p.m. at Garrison House Room 501.

Cindy Schiers will present “The Effects of Working Memory Strategies on ADHD Symptoms” Wednesday, May 5 from 1 to 1:30 p.m. at Garrison House Room 501.

Eunice Gardner will present “Strategy Use on the Ruff Figural Fluency Test: An Investigation of Neuropsychological Correlates and Strategy Training” Thursday May 6 from 2 to 2:30 p.m. at Garrison House Room 501.

All members of the University and the professional community are invited to attend.