News and Notes

A Newsletter for Faculty and Staff of Idaho State University

July 19, 2010 — Vol. 26 No. 24

Faculty/Staff Updates

Laura Woodworth-Ney and Barbara Mason were chosen to attend Higher Education Resource Services

ISU Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs Laura Woodworth-Ney and pharmacy Professor Barbara Mason are honing their leadership skills through Higher Education Resource Services or HERS, a prestigious leadership and management program for women in higher education administration.

In early July, Woodworth-Ney completed a two-week residency at HERS Bryn Mawr Summer Institute in Pennsylvania. She said the experience was invaluable.

"I was honored to be nominated for the HERS Institute, and feel very grateful for the tremendous opportunity it presents," said Woodworth-Ney, noting she intends to apply the leadership skills she acquired at Bryn Mawr to campus initiatives at Idaho State University.

Mason, who teaches at the Idaho State University-Meridian Health Science Center, will attend HERS Institute sessions at the University of Denver in August, September and October.

"I'm thrilled to be going," said Mason, who describes the opportunity as a "crash course" in higher education leadership.

To prepare for HERS, Woodworth-Ney and Mason spent weeks interviewing ISU's top administrators about the issues and challenges that face higher education. Mason looks forward to sharing her ideas with other participants.

Since 1976 only 4,000 women have been accepted to the HERS Institutes at Bryn Mawr College, Wellesley College, and the University of Denver.

Participants represent 1,200 institutions in the United States, Canada, South Africa and numerous other countries. Alumnae hold positions of leadership in higher education and include presidents, chancellors, vice presidents and deans.

K.C. Felt has been appointed director of the ISU Office of Alumni Relations

K.C. Felt, a lifelong Pocatellan, ISU alumna and former Idaho State University Foundation director of annual giving, has been appointed director of the Idaho State University Office of Alumni Relations.

"K.C. has an incredible love for and commitment to Idaho State University and its alumni and friends," said Kent Tingey, ISU vice president for advancement. "She will be an outstanding director. She has talents and skills that will serve well as she grows the alumni association and leads it to new levels of advocacy for and support of the University."

Felt has worked at ISU the last 17 years, three years for the Bengal Foundation and 14 as director of annual giving and coordinator for the I Love ISU campaign.

"I'm a true Bengal and am honored to be selected to help lead the Idaho State University Office of Alumni Relations to a new level of accomplishment and service," Felt said. "Our top priority is to get our new Alumni and Advancement Center built."

The Office of Alumni Relations has plans to build the new center adjacent to Holt Arena at the corner of Memorial Drive and East Bonneville on the ISU Pocatello campus.

"We're doing everything we can to raise funds for this wonderful facility and are boosting our efforts at doing so," said Felt, who started her new role with ISU in mid June. "This building is one of the key factors in our efforts to expand and grow our ISU Alumni Association."

The new director said the Office of Alumni Relations will strive to do an even better job connecting with and engaging Idaho State alumni locally and across the nation, doing more outreach in establishing clubs, chapters and professional group connections. Other goals include keeping young alumni connected to the university after graduation, improved and greater use of social media, expanding affinity programs and creating a career services program for all alumni.

"We want to give our alumni more reasons to get involved and stay involved with our fine University," Felt said.

Felt earned a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree in marketing from Idaho State University in 1970. She was in the banking industry for 21 years prior to joining ISU.

Felt is "the proud daughter" of the late Elle and Marye Hopkins, both natives of Pocatello. She is a graduate of Pocatello High School. Felt has two sons, Brian and Brett, and two grandsons, Andrew and Ayden.

Her ties to the Pocatello community are many. She is a member of the Pocatello Chamber of Commerce and is a past Chief of Chiefs for the Pocatello Chiefs. She is a member and former board member of the Pocatello Rotary Club, and belongs to the ISU Alumni Association.

Felt replaces former director Pauline Thiros, the latter of whom is now director of planned giving for the ISU Foundation and fundraiser for the ISU Alumni Association.

For more on the ISU Alumni Association, visit

News Bites

ISU's Institute of Rural Health will offer training on how to advocate for suicide prevention

Idaho State University's Institute of Rural Health will offer training on how to advocate for suicide prevention in an Awareness to Action Academy for professionals, caregivers, community leaders, parents, survivors of suicide and all those who work to reduce Idaho's high suicide rate.

This training will be held in Boise at Boise First Community Center, 3852 N. Eagle Road, on Wednesday, Sept. 8, from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m.

"Suicide is the second leading cause of death for Idaho youth aged 15-34," said Ann Kirkwood, director of the ISU-IRH project. "Idaho had the 10th highest suicide rate in the nation in 2006, 36 percent higher than the national average. With skills gained in this workshop, people can address the high suicide rate by encouraging residents to take on projects for community change."

This training is free and open to the community, but seating is limited.  Pre-registration is required. The workshop is a special pre-conference seminar in conjunction with Idaho's Suicide Prevention Action Network (SPAN) 10th Annual Suicide Prevention Conference.  There is a fee for attending the full conference.  However, participants may attend the Sept. 8 Awareness to Action pre-conference seminar for free.  The registration form can be found at

The workshop is designed to lead attendees through best practices for planning and implementing programs for community change. The event is funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Department of Health and Human Services through ISU-IRH's Awareness to Action Youth Suicide Prevention Project.

The presenter is Shel Gross, Director of Public Policy for Mental Health America of Wisconsin (MHA) since 2000.  He currently serves on the Legislative and Policy Committee of the Wisconsin Council on Mental Health, is a board member of the Wisconsin Prevention Network, past co-chair of the Survival Coalition of Wisconsin Disability Organizations, and represents the MHA on Wisconsin United for Mental Health, an anti-stigma initiative.  Gross holds a master's degree in public policy from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and has more than 35 years of experience in the mental health field.

ISU's Stephanie Meyer was chosen to be the 2011-12 ambassadorial scholar for District 5400, and is set to study in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Idaho State University's Stephanie Meyer was chosen by the Rotary District Foundation Scholarship Committee to be the 2011-12 ambassadorial scholar for District 5400, and is set to study at Payap University in Chiang Mai, Thailand.  

In addition to the opportunity for international travel, she will receive a scholarship for $26,000.

Meyer was nominated by the Pocatello Rotary Club, and is majoring in anthropology.  In the event that Meyer cannot take advantage of her scholarship, Natasha Bortz of Twin Falls was selected as an alternate.

The purpose of the Ambassadorial Scholarship program is to further international understanding and friendly relations among people of different countries and geographic areas.  While abroad, scholars serve as good will ambassadors to the host country and give presentations about their homelands to Rotary clubs and other groups.  Upon returning home, scholars share with Rotarians and others experience that led to a greater understanding of their host country. 

"Thanks to the Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship, my dreams of becoming an anthropologist in Thailand are becoming realities," said Meyer of the upcoming experience. 

Meyer has also started a blog in order to record and share her preparation for and time spent in Thailand.  The address for her blog is

For more information on the Rotary club or the Ambassadorial Scholarship visit  

The Physician Assistant program Class of 2011 has chosen to donate money to two clinics in Idaho

The Idaho State University Physician Assistant (PA) Program Class of 2011 has chosen two clinics in Idaho to donate money raised at an annual student silent auction held at the Idaho Academy of Physician Assistants (IAPA) Annual Conference in Sun Valley, April 8-10.

Prior to the auction, the Idaho State University (ISU) Physician Assistant Student Society voted to donate 20 percent of earnings to be divided between the Pocatello Free Health Clinic and Friendship Clinic in Boise.

Each will be presented with $285 to continue their work.

The Spring 2010 Effort Reports for work on sponsored projects and grants are being mailed the week of July 12

The Spring 2010 Effort Reports for work performed on sponsored projects and grants are being mailed to the departments the week of July 12. The reports are due back to Grants and Contracts Accounting by Friday, July 30. Completing these reports allows the employee to certify their work effort performed on Sponsored Grant Projects and Contracts; which is required by the funding agencies. A change from the fall reporting period is that these forms have not been mailed to the individual employees department. They have been mailed to the department of the grant/contract PI who paid the majority of the employees' salary during the spring reporting period. The reason for this is to give the PI the opportunity to ensure that the effort reports for the salary paid on their grants/contracts are properly completed. On projects that have multiple departments completing the work, the forms have been mailed to the PI of record. Please distribute the forms as needed to other Co-PI's on your project. The spring 2010 reporting period is for work performed between January 1, 2010 and May 8, 2010, paid from January 22, 2010 to May 28, 2010. If you worked on sponsored projects, and do not receive a report, please contact your department or Diane MacLerran in Grants and Contracts Accounting at ext. 3258.

Our TIAA-CREF Representative will be on campus July 27-28 and August 24-26

Greg Finch, our TIAA-CREF Representative, will be on campus July 27 and 28, and August 24, 25, and 26 in the Portneuf Room at the Student Union Building.

Please call TIAA-CREF at 800-732-8353 to schedule an appointment.