News and Notes

A Newsletter for Faculty and Staff of Idaho State University

June 7, 2010 — Vol. 26 No. 21

Faculty/Staff Updates

Kay Flowers will begin work at Bowling Green State University in July

Bowling Green State University has chosen Kay Flowers as its next dean of University Libraries, Dr. Kenneth Borland, senior vice president for academics and provost, has announced. Flowers, currently University Librarian and dean of the library faculty at Idaho State University, will begin her BGSU appointment as dean on July 13.

"I am leaving ISU with very mixed emotions. The Oboler Library faculty and staff are dedicated to the university and to its faculty and students, and I feel honored to have worked with them,” Flowers said. “I have complete confidence in their ability to provide excellent service to Idaho State University as it continues to develop its medical and research missions. I want to thank the university faculty for their support of the library. I believe ISU has a great future ahead of it, and I know the library will be there to support that future."

Flowers was selected following a national search. She has more than 30 years’ experience in university libraries. At Idaho State, she oversees the main library collection, the Idaho Health Sciences Library, the Oliver Law Library, the University Library Center in Idaho Falls and a joint library project with an area school district. Flowers has planning responsibility for budgets, collections, facilities and personnel. Her staff includes 15 faculty members, 22 classified staff members and a number of student employees.

In her 12 years at Idaho State University, she doubled the number of the library’s endowments, created a “friends” group of supporters and began an outreach program to donors and alumni. She also procured a number of grants for the library related to digital collections standards.

Flowers began her library career at Rice University’s Fondren Library, serving as assistant university librarian for library information technology and, before that, assistant University librarian for automated services and head of circulation. She interrupted her work at Rice from in 1983 to obtain a master of library science degree from the University of Illinois.

She also holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Rice and has nearly completed a doctorate of education at ISU.

Cynthia Pemberton has been selected to participate in the Women in Leadership National Project

Cynthia Pemberton, associate dean of the Idaho State University Graduate School and professor of educational leadership, has been selected as one of 102 national delegates to participate in the Vision 2020 Women in Leadership National Project.

Pemberton is one of two representatives from Idaho, along with Rebecca Miles, executive director for the Nez Perce Tribe. In March 2006, Miles was selected the Woman of the Year by Washington State University Alumni Association. Miles also received the National River Hero Award in 2007 for her work on ESA listed species in the Columbia and Snake Rivers.

Two representatives from each state and the District of Columbia will serve as Vision 2020 National Delegates to the American Conversation about Women and Leadership on Oct. 21-22 at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, Penn.

Vision 2020’s purpose is to write a Declaration of Equality and set in motion an action agenda to fulfill its intentions by the year 2020, a deadline established in recognition of the centennial of the 19th Amendment, which guaranteed women the Constitutional right to vote.

“This is a wonderful opportunity to participate in formulating and directing the national conversation on how we work together to truly realize the vision of the 19th Amendment, and women's right to be fully empowered citizens,” Pemberton said. “I'm honored, excited and humbled by this opportunity.”

Vision 2020 is a national project of the Institute for Women’s Health and Leadership at Drexel University College of Medicine focused on advancing gender equality by energizing the dialogue about women and leadership.

The selection process for choosing Vision 2020 National Delegates was rigorous. Delegates selected have committed to serving a three-year term, attending the 2010 Conversations in October and the follow-up conferences in subsequent years. The delegate must be a leader or affiliate of an organization and must be willing to mobilize her individual and professional resources to bring about positive change in one of eight topic categories. The eight topic categories are arts and culture; business, law and finance; communications and media; engineering, science and technology; education; faith, family, philanthropy and volunteerism; health; and politics and government.

Prior to coming to ISU, Pemberton served for over a decade as an intercollegiate athletic administrator, and successful intercollegiate coach at the NCAA Division-I, Division-III, and NAIA levels. She earned conference and district coach of the year honors numerous times, as well as NAIA national coach of the year in the sport of swimming.

Pemberton has and continues to publish, present, and consult locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally on Title IX and gender equity in school sport. Her academic record of scholarship includes an externally published book (2002-NE University Press), two academic manuals, another book (in progress), 25 refereed and/or limited review/magazine publications or proceedings, a similar number of invited publications, over 40 regional, national, international presentations, and more than 100 local university and community presentations, the majority of which focus on issues of educational equity/ethics and leadership.

Of particular relevance to issues of leadership and social justice advocacy, is her book: “More Than a Game: One Woman’s Fight for Gender Equity in Sport.” This autobiographical account chronicles the struggle for Title IX compliance and gender equity in school sport from 1992 through 1998, at a small liberal arts college in Oregon. It portrays, according to Pemberton, an inside look at life as a “whistleblower,” the workings, limitations and costs of the legal process, the day-to-day battle engaged and endured; and ultimately the price in human capital paid.

“More Than a Game” was honored with the Phi Kappa Phi Bookshelf Award in October 2002, and has received a number of positive reviews (Journal of Legal Aspects of Sport, Women in Sport and Physical Activity Journal, Booklist and Choice). More recently, excerpts from the book were selected for and included in the prestigious Bedford Series in History and Culture: “Title IX a Brief History with Documents,” by Susan Ware (2007).

For more information on Vision 2020, visit

Cathy R. Arvidson named a fellow in the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners

Cathy R. Arvidson will become the second nurse practioner in Idaho to be named a fellow in the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.

She will be inducted during the AANP’s 25th national conference in Phoenix on June 23.

The FAANP program was established in 2000 to recognize nurse practitioner leaders who have made outstanding contributions to health care through clinical practice, research, educationor policy. Fellows of the AANP are visionaries committed to the global advancement of nursing through the development of imaginative and creative future nurse practioner leaders.

A limited number of nurse practioners are selected for this highly-coveted distinction each year.

The AANP was founded in 1985 and is the oldest, largest, and only full-service national professional organization for nurse practioners of all specialties. For more information about AANP, visit

Rebecca Morrow invited to join Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education for a summer post-doctoral internship

Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education has invited Rebecca Morrow, director of the Idaho State University Anderson Gender Resource Center, to join the organization for a summer post-doctoral internship.

Morrow’s internship will take place at NASPA’s headquarters in Washington, D.C., during the months of June and July 2010.

NASPA is the leading voice for student affairs administration, policy, and practice, and affirms the commitment of the student affairs profession to educating the whole student and integrating student life and learning.

During her internship, Morrow will be assisting NASPA Executive Director Gwendolyn Dungy, and NASPA Avatar for Special Projects, JoEllen Barnhart, in major national projects concerning student services. One area of particular emphasis will be best practices for veterans affairs.

“Dr. Morrow is a stellar example of our country’s growing leadership talent in student services,” Barnhart said. “Her experience in Washington, DC will give her an amazing opportunity to view and participate in the field of student services from a national perspective.”

Morrow has been the director of the Idaho State University Anderson Gender Resource Center, a unit located within Student Affairs, since September 2002. Prior to her arrival at ISU, her gender center work took an international emphasis during a 2001-02 Fulbright Fellowship at the Gender Studies Centre at Vilnius University in Lithuania. She also served from 1999 through 2001 as assistant to the director at the Institute for Research and Education on Women and Gender at the State University of New York at Buffalo, the institution from which she earned her Ph.D. An anthropologist by training, Morrow has conducted two grant-funded fieldwork projects in Ireland. She received her undergraduate degrees in anthropology and music performance from Oberlin College.

Founded in January 1919, NASPA is the foremost professional association for student affairs administrators, faculty, and graduate and undergraduate students with more than 1,000 members at 1,400 campuses, and representing 29 countries. NASPA members are committed to serving college students by embracing the core values of diversity, learning, integrity, collaboration, access, service, fellowship, and the spirit of inquiry.

Philip Homan has received a Faculty Research Committee grant to support work on his biography of Kittie Wilkins

ISU librarian Philip Homan has received a Faculty Research Committee grant to support work on his biography of Kittie Wilkins, the Horse Queen of Idaho, an Idaho horse rancher in the early 1900s.

Homan is the first ISU librarian to receive a research grant from ISU and the first Oboler Library representative on ISU’s Research Council.

Entitled “Powder Face: The Horse That Robbed the Winnemucca Bank,” the grant will support Homan’s research this summer at the Nevada Historical Society in Reno, in the Nevada State Library and Archives in Carson City, and with the Pinkerton’s National Detective Agency Records at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.

At the center of the folklore of Butch Cassidy as America’s Robin Hood is his gift of a white horse to a boy near Winnemucca, Nev., in 1900. On their way through Idaho to rob the Winnemucca bank on Sept. 19 — their biggest holdup, which financed their escape to South America the following year — Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid stole the horse to use in the robbery. During their getaway back into Idaho, Cassidy gave the horse to the boy.

While in the archives of the Idaho State Historical Society in Boise last year researching his biography of Kittie Wilkins, Homan discovered that the horse that Cassidy stole in Idaho, used in the Winnemucca bank robbery, and gave to the boy was Wilkins’s saddle horse Powder Face.

Besides visiting archives in Nevada, Homan will interview the boy’s daughter, who lives in Reno. He will use his research to develop another program for the Idaho Humanities Council Speakers Bureau.

News Bites

Chinese delegation tours ISU-Meridian Health Science Center

ISU President Arthur Vailas greets members of the Chinese delegation. On his right is Ping He, a businesswoman who is also serving as an interpreter.

A dozen business leaders from Guangzhou, China toured research labs, classrooms and clinics at the Idaho State University-Meridian Health Science Center May 21. The delegation, hosted by Meridian city leaders, was in the Treasure Valley to explore potential business and investment opportunities.

ISU President Arthur C. Vailas and ISU-Meridian Academic Dean Bessie Katsilometes greeted the guests and provided a brief overview of Pocatello and Meridian campuses, research opportunities and academic programs.

Meridian officials are hoping groups, such as the Chinese delegation, will invest in THE CORE, a cluster of businesses and organizations involved in health care, technology and research. ISU-Meridian is the higher education anchor of THE CORE.

The fourth annual Army Sgt. Blake Stephens Memorial Foosball Tournament is scheduled June 13

The fourth annual Army Sgt. Blake Stephens Memorial Foosball Tournament is scheduled for Sunday, June 13 at 2 p.m. at Hooligans Pub at 122 North Third Ave. in Pocatello.

Stephens, 25, of Pocatello, died May 8, 2007, in Salman Pak, Iraq, of wounds suffered when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle.

All proceeds from the tournament will be donated to the Stephens scholarship fund set up at the Idaho State University Foundation.

Entry fees are $10 per person, which includes a T-shirt and a drink coupon. There will be two divisions, beginner and experienced, in the blind draw, double-elimination tournament. The first 45 players to sign up will receive a Sgt. Blake Stephens memorial T-shirt; those who sign up after that will receive other T-shirts. Participants will draw for partners so individuals can sign up. For those who want to support this cause but don’t play foosball, there is a noncompetitive division.

For more information on the tournament or to sign up, call (208) 234-0213.

ISU's new Enterprise Resource Planning system received the IT Project Management Award

Idaho State University’s new Enterprise Resource Planning system has received the IT Project Management Award from the Idaho Information Technology Resource Management Council (ITRMC).

The ISU program will be recognized along with seven other winners at the ITRMC’s next meeting set June 23 in Boise. There were 22 nominations for this year’s Information Technology Achievement Awards.

The Information Technology Resource Management Council (ITRMC) reviews and evaluates the information technology and telecommunications systems presently in use by state agencies, and prepares statewide short and long-range information technology and telecommunications plans.

Within the context of those plans, the ITRMC establishes statewide information technology and telecommunications policies, standards, guidelines and conventions assuring uniformity and compatibility of state agency systems.

Idaho State University is wrapping up a three-year effort to implement a new Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system. This $15.2 million dollar project is being completed on schedule and within budget. One of the goals of the institution throughout the project was to examine its business processes and discover better and more efficient means to meet the needs of its constituents.

Implementation of the new ERP system began in the fall of 2007, after a lengthy requirements, evaluation and approval process. This new computer system is designed to manage administrative processes throughout the university. The human resources/payroll module was placed into operation in January 2009, with the finance module following in July 2009, admissions in October 2009, financial aid in January 2010, and a student information system following in April 2010. A new web portal was also introduced for faculty, staff, and students to access university information and systems. Among other benefits, students no longer have to wait in a lengthy queue to register for classes.

This new system has improved the services available to all faculty, staff and students, and also allowed the university to refine its business processes for better efficiency and control.

A panel discussion on domestic violence and sexual assault is scheduled for June 17

A panel discussion on domestic violence and sexual assault is scheduled for June 17 at 6 p.m. in the Little Wood River Room. It is hosted by the Bannock Co. DV/SA Task Force and ISU Public Safety. The focus of discussion is examining how participants respond to domestic violence and sexual assault in order to provide a more coordinated community response. The panel will discuss ways to facilitate continued cooperation and coordination among participants who deal with domestic violence and sexual assault. The moderator is Genevieve Judge from KIFI News Channel 8. Panel members include Dr. Karen Neill from ISU’s Nursing Program (and a SANE/SART nurse), and individuals from the Bannock Co. Sheriff’s Office, Bannock County Court Services, Family Services Alliance, A to Z Family Services and Pocatello School District 25.

To register please contact Carol Prescott, ISU Public Safety, at ext. 2426 or email her at Please include your name, company or organization and telephone number.

The Department of Physics and the Idaho Museum of Natural History will host a Saturday Science presentation June 26

The Idaho State University Department of Physics and the Idaho Museum of Natural History will host a Saturday Science presentation from 1 to 2:30 p.m. June 26.

The title of the presentation is “Better Get Moving with Newton’s Laws!” It is designed for children in the third through the fifth grades. The interactive presentation will explore inertia, force, reaction and other aspects of Newton’s Laws. Participants will be taught how Newton’s Laws work and how to use them in everyday life.

The event will be held in the Idaho Museum of Natural History.

Registration for the presentation is $20. Register in person at the Idaho Museum of Natural History or by mail through June 24. To register by mail, download an application from “Science Saturday” at

For more information, contact Rebecca A. Thorne-Ferrel at 282-2195 or at Apply early. Seating availability is limited.

The College of Education and Dell are teaming up to provide a teacher-training model that improves student achievement

The Idaho State University College of Education and Dell are teaming up to provide East Idaho K-12 teachers and administrators with a proven, comprehensive teacher-training model that improves student achievement.

The College of Education's Intermountain Center for Educational Effectiveness is hosting 350 participants for its Total Instructional Alignment Conference June 7-11 at the ISU Pond Student Union. Dell is providing computer technology and support for 70 teams of educators from 52 schools districts in Southeast Idaho.

These teams are be learning and implementing the Total Instructional Alignment (TIA) teaching model, which aligns standards with curriculum, curriculum with instruction, and then assesses how effectively the standards have been met.

"This model of teaching looks at the big picture of student achievement and incorporates standards, curriculum, instruction and assessment into a strategic, logical program," said Susan Jenkins, associate director of the Intermountain Center for Educational Effectiveness, and director of the TIA project. "Classrooms, schools and districts that have implemented this program have shown a measurable improvement in their Annual Yearly Progress Reports as mandated by the state under the No Child Left Behind Act. We’re thrilled that Dell is joining us in efforts to expand the program’s use."

Dell is loaning ISU about $100,000 in technical assistance for the event, providing a laptop computer with wireless cards and basic projectors to each team of educators. The teams, which are organized by content area and grade level, will use software and the technology to develop "Total Instructional Alignment" instructional documents that they will use as roadmaps for their class instruction and assessment for the upcoming academic year. These documents have become a pivotal instructional tool for participating districts and are routinely used in professional development workshops and classrooms.

As important as the financial and technical support Dell is providing, however, is the collaboration between the educators gathered and the Dell representatives who will provide technical solutions to the challenges facing educators.

"Technology alone will not fix teaching problems. We already know that," Jenkins said. "The proper technology has to be married to the appropriate teaching methods to improve results. Dell is joining us to help create a cutting-edge classroom, to come and mentor us on how to use technology to reach the ultimate goal of increasing student achievement."

The technology keynote speaker for the conference is Snow White, Dell Global Professional Learning Manager, who will deliver a presentation entitled "How Information is Changing the Teaching and Learning Environment" at 10:45 a.m. Tuesday, June 8. Her comments will detail Dell’s efforts to transform teaching and learning in the primary and secondary education community through the Dell’s Connected Classroom, which is designed as an "entire learning ecosystem."

Another company, Tabula Digita, will have a representative, Thomas L. Brown, at the conference demonstrating innovative educational video games, including the award-winning DimensionM math game.

Stoneware will also have a representative, Russ Orvin, at the conference demonstrating how schools can build their own 'private' cloud for simplified access to all their applications and services.

The conference will be facilitated by Lisa Carter, a former elementary teacher and administrator, and now internationally-recognized trainer, who developed the TIA program in response to the No Child Left Behind Act.

This is the second Total Instructional Alignment conference the ISU College of Education has held during 2010. In April, a conference was delivered to train district team leaders on the TIA model. The facilitators are now returning with teams of teachers and/or administrators whom they will mentor on the implementation of Total Instructional Alignment.

For more information on the Total Instructional Alignment program, visit

College of Technology students brought home gold medals at a national conference in May

Idaho State University College of Technology Web Site Design and Management students struck gold at the Business Professionals of America National Leadership Conference earlier this month.

Web Site Design and Management students and their advisors, Anne Hunt and Karla Stroud, traveled to Anaheim, California to compete against 17 states in the nation. Each of the eight ISU students placed in the top twenty in their respective competitive events with six students placing first in at least one event.

Following is a list of the students who placed at the National Leadership Conference:

The mission of Business Professionals of America is to contribute to the preparation of a world-class workforce through the advancement of leadership, citizenship, academic and technological skills. Students involved in BPA receive opportunities to develop leadership skills, interact with businesses/industry, receive help in career/job preparation and compete in events.

Bannock County residents — the second half of 2009 property taxes are due June 20

Bannock County Treasurer Radene Barker is reminding property owners that the second half of 2009 property taxes is due on or before June 20. Since June 20 is a Sunday, taxes are due the following Monday.

The Bannock County Treasurer’s Office is no longer mailing second half property tax reminders due to reduced budget costs. To find out more about types of payment or other questions, call the Bannock County Treasurer’s Office at 236-7220.

Customer Service training and Respectful Workplace Workshops will be offered during the summer semester

The Office of Human Resource Training Department will be offering Customer Service training and Respectful Workplace Workshops during the summer semester. All ISU staff members are required to take both trainings. New employees and those staff members who have not completed these are invited to attend one of the sessions listed below. There will be additional sessions in the fall. Several sessions are being offered via distance learning for our other sites. Anyone with questions should contact Stacey Marshall at ext. 3081 or by e-mail at

Customer Service
June 309-11 a.m.PSUB North/Middle Fork
July 282-4 p.m.PSUB North/Middle Fork
Sept. 229-11 a.m.Distance Learning - Pocatello Oboler Library - B6, Meridian 508
Oct. 271-3 p.m.PSUB North/Middle Fork
Nov. 179-11 a.m.PSUB North/Middle Fork
Respectful Workplace Workshop
June 179-11 a.m.PSUB Little Wood
July 152-4 p.m.PSUB North/Middle Fork
Aug. 129-11 a.m.Distance Learning - Pocatello Oboler Library B13, IF CHE 303, Meridian 501
Sept. 239-11 a.m.PSUB Little Wood
Oct. 212-4 p.m.Rendezvous A and B
Nov. 189-11 a.m.PSUB North/Middle Fork
Dec. 92-3:50 p.m.Distance Learning - Pocatello Oboler Library B13, Meridian 501