News and Notes

A Newsletter for Faculty and Staff of Idaho State University

July 5, 2010 — Vol. 26 No. 23

Faculty/Staff Updates

The Region V Small Business Development Center announced that Mike Hope has been hired as a consultant and trainer

The Region V Small Business Development Center in Pocatello, affiliated with the Idaho State University College of Business and the state SBDC office in Boise, is pleased to announce that Mike Hope has been hired as a consultant and trainer.

He will report to the Region V executive director, Tom Maydew. Prior to joining the SBDC, Hope served in business and financial management roles in Michigan and Maine. His experience includes work in manufacturing, construction, and health care firms. He has more than 20 years of business ownership experience, having owned two businesses in Michigan and one in Maine.

The SBDC mission is to provide directions and solutions to start-up and existing businesses through confidential, no-cost consulting and low-cost training opportunities. It has been shown that SBDC clients consistently out-perform the average small business in Idaho in sales growth. The Region V office in Pocatello is funded in large part by the U.S. Small Business Administration and serves the seven counties of southeastern Idaho. It is affiliated with the Idaho State University College of Business and the state SBDC office in Boise.

A free three-hour small business start up seminar is hosted the second Thursday of each month at the SBDC location at 1651 Alvin Ricken Drive in Pocatello. The SBDC also delivers the nationally recognized NxLevel Entrepreneurship Training Course twice yearly with classes starting in March and September. On Sept. 30, the SBDC will sponsor an all-day Working Women’s Business Symposium to be held at the Red Lion Inn in Pocatello. The symposium will include keynote speakers, informational breakout training sessions, and a trade table exposition.

For more information on the Region V Small Business Development Center and its services, contact Tom Maydew at, or Mike Hope at Both can also be reached at (208) 232-4921.

Herbert Maschner will replace Ernest “Skip” Lohse as director of the Idaho Museum of Natural History

Idaho State University has announced a leadership change at the Idaho Museum of Natural History: Herbert Maschner, ISU anthropology research professor and current museum anthropology curator and division director, will replace outgoing director Ernest “Skip” Lohse.

"Dr. Lohse has done a wonderful job of bringing the Idaho Museum of Natural History to a new level of quality and scholarship, making the Museum much more research orientated," said Gary Olson, ISU Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. "Dr. Maschner will build on these efforts and help the IMNH become a first-rate research museum."

The change will go in effect the week of June 27.

During his tenure, Lohse oversaw the restructuring of the Idaho Museum of Natural History to increase its focus on research. The restructuring involved creating three new divisions – anthropology, earth sciences and life sciences – each managed by a new division head. The new division heads focus on research and securing research funding, and also supervise collections. Museum reorganization included hiring collection managers for each division, whose primary responsibilities are to inventory, maintain and manage the Museum’s numerous collections.

Since the beginning of Lohse’s tenure, the museum has increased its grant funding, working on more than $200,000 in grants and contracts. Additionally the Museum has submitted proposals for more than $2 million of competitive grants and a $500,000 federal appropriations request.

Maschner said he will build on the Museum’s momentum.

"I will continue to work on increasing our research profile and our public outreach and exhibitions, solidifying our position as a premier science museum in Idaho," Maschner said.

Maschner has brought in more than $5 million of grant funding since beginning at Idaho State University 11 years ago, and is best known professionally for his interdisciplinary research. He has more than 90 publications, including 10 books. Aside from his role as an anthropology professor at ISU, he is a senior scientist and affiliate professor for ISU's Idaho Accelerator Center and is director of the ISU Center for Archaeology, Materials, and Applied Spectroscopy (CAMAS). He is also associate editor of the Journal of World Prehistory, and an executive director of the Foundation for Archaeological Research and Environmental Studies (FARES). In 2006 he was named ISU’s Distinguished Researcher. His research interests include regional analysis, global systems, complex systems analysis, quantitative methods, analytical laboratory techniques (stable isotopes and elemental analyses), Darwinian Theory, historical and marine ecology, and computer-based methods of analysis including GIS.

Annette Phillipp will direct the new Simulation Center at Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise

Annette Phillipp, research assistant professor at ISU-Meridian’s Institute of Rural Health, will direct the new Simulation Center at Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise.

She’ll manage the center’s day-to-day operations, which will include providing simulation training—the use of high-fidelity manikins to practice emergency scenarios — for medical and support staff.

Dorys Gutierrez, an office specialist II at ISU-Meridian, will assist Phillipp with administrative duties.

The Simulation Center is a joint partnership between Idaho state University, Life Flight Network and Saint Alphonsus. Initial funding was provided by a grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration.

Alex Urfer was interviewed on Doctor Radio about ISU research involving the development of an “intelligent” prosthetic hand

Alex Urfer, a professor in the Department of Physical and Occupational Therapy, was interviewed June 21 on Doctor Radio about ISU research involving the development of an “intelligent” prosthetic hand. He was a guest on the orthopedics show hosted by surgeons from New York University Hospital for Joint Diseases.

Doctor Radio is a national program that airs on the SIRIUS Satellite Radio network, based in New York City.

Urfer is one of several ISU professors from numerous disciplines collaborating on the project, which recently received $1.4 million from the U.S. Department of Defense to begin a second phase of research.

Farewell party for Bonnie Knutson on July 9

All are invited to a farewell party for Bonnie Knutson, who is leaving ISU after 19 years of dedicated service.

Come wish her farewell July 9 from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. at Facilities Services, Building 18. Light refreshments will be served.

News Bites

An advisory group has been appointed to review the university’s institutional governance system

At the recent meeting of the State Board of Education in Idaho Falls, President Vailas was directed to appoint an advisory group to review our current institutional governance system. As a result of that directive, an advisory group has been appointed with the charge to review institutional governance and prepare a report and recommendation to be completed sometime in the fall semester.

The Institutional Governance Advisory Group is chaired by Dr. David Beard, Program Coordinator, Computer Science and Professor, Computer Information Systems, and is composed of the following members: Dr. Barbara Adamcik, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs; Dr. David Adler, Professor, Political Science; Ms. Kay Christensen, Interim Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs; Dr. Nicole Hill, Associate Professor, Counseling; Ms. Casidy Jahnke, ASISU President; Dr. Michael Lineberry, Director, Institute of Nuclear Science and Engineering; Ms. Lynn Roberts, UBO, College of Arts and Sciences; Dr. Corey Schou, Director, Informatics Research & Education; Mr. Thomas Terry, Chair, Mass Communications; and Ms. Marcia Francis, Director, Idaho Health Sciences Library and Faculty Senate Executive Committee representative. In the fall, a draft report will be presented to the Faculty Senate by Dr. Beard and also made available to the campus community for comment.

Central Academic Advising, TRiO, and the former Center for Teaching and Learning are now the Student Success Center

As of July 1, Central Academic Advising, TRiO, and the former Center for Teaching and Learning are joining together to become ISU’s new Student Success Center.

Each unit will remain in its present location, but all will be working together to support the academic success of every ISU student.

Based in REND 323 in Pocatello and CHE 220 in Idaho Falls, the Student Success Center will still provide free tutoring to registered ISU students through the Math and Writing Centers and through the Content Area Tutoring and English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) programs. It will continue to offer College Learning Strategies and First-Year Seminar classes, and it houses ISU’s honors and service-learning programs.

Central Academic Advising, soon to be housed in MUSE 307 in Pocatello, will continue to assist first-year, undecided, and admission agreement students in making academic decisions. The unit provides information about campus resources, guidance in developing course schedules and degree plans, clarification of campus policies and procedures, and support in developing effective time management strategies.

The federally-funded TRiO program, based in MUS 434 in Pocatello, will continue to offer advising, counseling (academic, personal, financial and career), and tutoring to eligible students through its Student Support Service. Its Upward Bound and Educational Talent Search programs support pre-college students seeking to succeed in education beyond high school.

ISU will present Rodney Carrington in concert on Nov. 20

Idaho State University will present Rodney Carrington in concert at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 20, in the L.E. and Thelma E. Stephens Performing Arts Center.

Tickets go on sale Friday, June 25, at 10 a.m.

This show is for mature audiences only.

Carrington, comedian, actor and writer, has recorded eight major record label comedy albums, selling more than 2 million copies, has starred in his own ABC sitcom, “Rodney,” and co-wrote and co-starred with Toby Keith in the award-winning movie “Beer for My Horses.” This past summer, Carrington released a new all-music CD, “El Nino Loco,” which debuted at No. 2 on Billboard’s comedy charts and according to Pollstar, he has been among the top 10 grossing touring comedians, performing at for sold-out audiences throughout the United States and Canada for the last five years.

Ticket prices are $48.75, plus additional fees. Two dollars from each ticket will benefit the Rodney Carrington Foundation. Tickets can be purchased at the Stephens Performing Arts Center Box Office, Vickers Western Stores in Pocatello and Idaho Falls, by phone at (208) 282-3595 or online at

For more information on Rodney Carrington visit his official website at

ISU Rodeo Team members competed at the College National Finals Rodeo

Idaho State University Rodeo Team members Montana Barlow, Cy Eames, Kim Sanford and Kyle VanBiezen competed at the College National Finals Rodeo (CNFR) held in June in Casper, Wyo.

Eames, a freshman from Gooding, placed third in the nation for tie-down roping, with an average of 45.7 seconds on four runs. His best time was 9.7 seconds. He received the $1,000 Bill Robinson Award for his placing. In the final rookie standings, Eames placed sixth in the nation. In addition to tie-down roping, Eames competed in the team roping event but did not place.

VanBiezen, a Twin Falls native, also competed in tie-down roping and placed fourth in the nation. He had a total of 50.6 seconds on four runs with a best time of 9.8 seconds during the short-go. This was VanBiezen’s second trip to the College National Finals Rodeo. He previously competed for the Montana Western Team.

Barlow, a freshman from Eden, competed against 36 young men for the bull riding national title. He placed 23rd overall with a total score of 69 points on three rides.

Sanford, of Rigby, made her first appearance at the CNFR, competing in barrel racing. She placed 13th in the nation with a total of 44.16 seconds on three runs while competing against 45 other women in the event.

Final results from the CNFR show the ISU Men’s Team ranked 13th overall in the nation with a total of 320 points. There were a total of 52 men’s teams competing at the 2010 CNFR.

The CNFR is the "Rose Bowl" of college rodeo. It is where the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association crowns individual event champions in saddle bronc riding, bare back riding, bull riding, tie-down roping, steer wrestling, team roping, barrel racing, breakaway roping, and goat tying. National team championships are also awarded to both men's and women's teams. Over 400 cowboys and cowgirls from over 100 universities and colleges competed in Casper this year. Contestants compete all year in one of the NIRA's 11 regions for a chance to rope or ride at the CNFR.