News and Notes

A Newsletter for Faculty and Staff of Idaho State University

August 23, 2010 — Vol. 26 No. 27

Faculty/Staff Updates

Shannon Lynch has been selected to participate in the 2010 Leadership Institute for Women in Psychology

Shannon Lynch has been selected to participate in the 2010 Leadership Institute for Women in Psychology, sponsored by the American Psychological Association. She attended a 1.5 day training institute in San Diego in August, participate in monthly training webinars over the next year, and attend a wrap up meeting in Washington D.C. next spring.

News Bites

A grand opening celebration for the new Student Recreation Center will be held Aug. 24

A grand opening celebration for the new Idaho State University Student Recreation Center will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 24.

Participants should enter through the Reed Gymnasium northeast entrance at the corner of Memorial Drive and Martin Luther King Jr. Way. Official remarks will occur at 2:30 p.m.

The new 32,000-square foot, $7 million expansion of the Student Recreation Center at Reed Gymnasium was funded by the generosity of the Associated Students of Idaho State University.

The newly expanded two-story structure features include a large multi-purpose recreation room, cardio machines and exercise areas, campus recreation offices, bathrooms upstairs and down, a lobby area, lounge areas and an equipment checkout area. About a quarter-million dollars of new exercise equipment has been purchased.

Other new facilities include everything from a TV lounge with a big screen TV for users to check on the latest sports scores, to an upper level that features full-window views outside or inside to the ISU tennis court for users of some of the rows of new exercise machines.

The expansion has taken place on the east side of Reed Gym, and connects the current indoor tennis facility to Reed Gym. Counting the tennis center and student gymnasium that contains the climbing wall, the total ISU Student Recreation Center offers about 100,000 square feet of recreational facilities for students, and that doesn't count the Reed Gym swimming pool.

The American Association of University Women is hosting its annual book sale Oct. 8-9

The Pocatello Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) is hosting its annual book sale in the Reed Gymnasium Foyer on Friday, Oct. 8, 4-7 p.m., and Saturday, Oct. 9, 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. Proceeds benefit scholarships for ISU women students.

Donations of fiction and non-fiction books, including children's books, can be dropped off at either of the following locations:

AAUW is unable to receive donations of used textbooks, encyclopedia sets or magazines.

Founded in 1882, the American Association of University Women promotes equity for all women and girls, lifelong education, and positive societal change. The Pocatello Branch was founded in 1919 and granted its first scholarship in 1925. The first book sale fundraiser for the scholarship was held in the 1960s.

For more information, contact the Book Sale Co-Chairs Mary Empey (237-5902) or Rebecca Morrow, ext. 2085.

NAEYC's Commission on Early Childhood Associate Degree Accreditation has granted the Early Childhood Care and Education Associate Degree program full accreditation

The National Association on the Education of Young Children Commission on Early Childhood Associate Degree Accreditation has granted Idaho State University's College of Technology Early Childhood Care and Education Associate Degree program full accreditation. The ISU program is one of nine associate degree programs sponsored by eight institutions of higher education to receive this status.

Federal Head Start regulations call for an associate's degree or higher for teachers, and many states include early childhood associate degrees in their Quality Rating and Improvement Systems for child care and preschool programs. NAEYC's professional standards for early childhood degree programs provide a high measure of quality by which teacher education programs can be evaluated.

The ISU Early Childhood Care and Education program prepares, supports, and empowers early childhood educators to become the foundation of high-quality education for today's children. Early childhood care and education providers advocate for children and conduct themselves as members of the early childhood profession by upholding ethical and professional standards.

The Early Childhood Care and Education Associate Degree program is four semesters in length. Students are accepted in August each fall. The program has a 100 percent placement rate.

Founded in 1926, the National Association for the Education of Young Children has nearly 90,000 members worldwide. The association is the largest and most influential voice for early childhood education professionals and the field of early childhood education in the United States.

"A Major A'Faire" is the theme of the 10th annual College Majors, Minors, and Graduate School Fair Sept. 15

"A Major A'Faire" is the theme of the 10th annual Idaho State University College Majors, Minors, and Graduate School Fair from noon to 4 p.m. Sept. 15 in the Pond Student Union.

Participants can learn about the variety of undergraduate and graduate degree programs offered on the ISU campus.

The fair will be held in the lower level of the Pond Student Union, including in the Ballroom, Bengal Café and the Canoe Room. The fair is sponsored by ISU Central Academic Advising, Career Center, and Student Affairs.

All ISU students, area high school seniors and community members are invited to attend. There will be food and Renaissance Faire-themed crafts available to participants.

The fair is designed to assist students in making informed decisions related to their college majors and future career. Information about admission requirements, prerequisites for specific programs, course content and job opportunities related to each degree will also be available.

ISU faculty from academic departments and the College of Technology will be on hand to meet with students and answer their questions. In addition, representatives from the Admissions Office and the Career Center will be available to provide general information. There will also be auxiliary and wellness-related information available to promote long-term student success.

For more information contact Nancy Goodman at 282-3277 or, or Troy Kase at 282-2380 or

The College of Education will host "Celebrating Our Commitment for Educating All of Our Children" Aug. 26

The College of Education at Idaho State University will host "Celebrating Our Commitment for Educating All of Our Children" from 11 a.m. to noon Thursday, Aug. 26, in the College of Education Auditorium.

This event will feature an Opening Ceremony with presentation of the colors by members of the Ft. Hall Veterans Organization; dancer Miss Native ISU, Hailey Becker; invocation by Devon Boyer, Ft. Hall Business Council; and drumming and singing by members of The Nation.

Following the opening ceremony, there will be welcome addresses by Boyer and Deb Hedeen, Dean of the College of Education, with emphasis on the importance of education and culture and ISU's commitment to educating all children.

A panel presentation featuring Randy'L Hedow Teton, Bobette Wildcat Haskett, and Tyson Shay will follow. This presentation will focus on the importance of knowing one's cultural heritage and how participating in activities helps strengthen Native youth. The presentation will also discuss how teachers' can support Native youth in school through cultural understanding and acceptance. Native youth who are members of The Nation singing group will be asked to share one thought concerning how their participation in cultural heritage has strengthened and changed them and how teachers can support them in school.

The event is being held in conjunction with the all-day Student Teaching Seminar at Idaho State University, and the community is welcome to attend.

The first exhibition of fall 2010 at the Davis Gallery is by Rudy Kovacs

The first exhibition of fall 2010 at the Idaho State University John B. Davis Gallery is "Idaho Markings as Narrative: The Woven Form" by ISU art professor Rudy Kovacs.

An opening reception will be held Monday, Aug. 23, from 6 to 8 p.m. The exhibition dates are Aug. 24 - Sept. 16.

Kovacs is currently department chair for the Department of Art and Pre-Architecture at Idaho State University. His work explores the hand-jacquard weaving process. He has worked to develop a specific approach that uses computers to continue the theoretical principles of weaving with his interest in representational art.

Photographs of places he has been and seen which he documents himself are combined with computer design and weaving, this has allowed Kovacs to be involved with many processes at one time. This new approach with photographic images in his textile work has urged him to start investigating photography as an art form and to begin studying the history of photography.

Recently his work has involved imagery from Italy (1995-1996), Peru (1988), China (1983), Singapore (2002), and now Idaho.

"I want my work to be a visual journey of places I have been and seen, of inner feelings or spiritual rejuvenation," Kovacs said. "For me, weaving is a means of communication, a conceptual expression of my attitude toward art, space, and time, a means that holds a rich historical and ethnic definition of 'cloth,' the thread of life, a process."

This research was (partially) supported by Grant No. FY08 from the Humanities/Social Sciences Research committee, Idaho State University, Pocatello, Idaho. This project was also supported, in part by the Idaho Commission on the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

The John B. Davis Gallery hours are Monday - Friday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Gallery events are free and open to the public. The Davis Gallery is located in the Fine Arts Building No. 11, on the campus of Idaho State University. or visit us on line at For more information contact Amy Jo Popa at 282-3341 or visit

The 28th annual "I Love ISU" campaign for ISU academic scholarships is off and running

The 28th annual "I Love ISU" campaign for Idaho State University academic scholarships is off and running and will feature callers in Blackfoot, Idaho Falls and Pocatello.

The Blackfoot volunteer calling campaign will be held Aug. 25; the Idaho Falls volunteer calling campaign is Sept. 13; and the Pocatello and American Falls volunteer calling campaign will run Sept. 20-23.

"I Love ISU is an opportunity for you to become a part of ISU," said Roger Wheeler, I Love ISU co-chair. "With your help, students can learn and better their lives with scholarships made available people like you. You can pay it forward to deserving students by contributing to this worthy tradition. Make a pledge. Be part of a legacy."

In 2009, "I Love ISU" raised $366,184 in pledges.

Prior to the actual calling, a number of events associated with the campaign will be held. The ISU Foundation, along with business partner, Citizens Community Bank in Idaho Falls, will host the Aug. 19 Idaho Falls Chamber Business After Hours from 5 to 7 p.m. at the newest Citizens Community Bank location at 900 S. Utah. The Idaho Falls Chamber Forum Luncheon on Sept. 7 will highlight the "I Love ISU" campaign and ISU President Arthur C. Vailas will be the featured speaker. Representatives from "I Love ISU" will have a trade table at the monthly Chamber Membership Luncheon on Sept. 3 at the Red Lion Hotel in Pocatello.

On Aug. 25 Blackfoot callers will be set up in the ISU Outreach Center in Riverside Plaza calling from 9 a.m. to noon. On Sept. 13 Idaho Falls volunteers will call from the Bennion Student Union Building at University Place from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. From Sept. 20 through Sept. 23 volunteers in the Pond Student Union Building in Pocatello will call during the same hours.

Donations to the scholarship campaign will continue to help meet a huge need.

"I attended ISU on a scholarship that helped me obtain my educational goals," said Michele Pond-Bell, campaign co-chair. "The 'I Love ISU' campaign not only raises support for students looking for the financial means to reach their goals, but it also unites the eastern Idaho area in a common cause in helping others, improving their lives through education and involvement with an outstanding institution of higher learning."

On Sept. 16 the second annual "I Love ISU" leaders and volunteers will be busy manning the counters at the McDonald's restaurant at 831 Yellowstone and at 1011 South Fifth Avenue in Pocatello for "McI Love ISU" night. Twenty percent of all sales at these locations from 4 to 7 p.m. will be donated to the "I Love ISU" campaign and those McDonald's restaurants will be accepting donations to go directly to the I Love ISU fund. Everyone is invited to join in this event.

The "I Love ISU" celebration, hosted by Watkins Distributing, will be held Sept. 23 at the conclusion of the campaign. This Pocatello Chamber Business After Hours, from 5 to 7 p.m. will be held at the Booth Barn, 1100 Booth Drive in Pocatello. A check will be presented to ISU Student Body President Casidy Jahnke at 6 p.m.

For additional information on "I Love ISU" contact the ISU Foundation at (208) 282-3470.

Information is also available at the Idaho State University Foundation's website.

The Commission on Service and Volunteerism is requesting nominations for the 2010 Governor's Brightest Star Awards

The governor's Commission on Service and Volunteerism is requesting nominations for the 2010 Governor's Brightest Star Awards honoring outstanding volunteers throughout Idaho.

Nominations will be accepted in six categories - individual, student, school, organization (non-profit or service club), small business (fewer than 100 employees) and corporation (more than 99 employees).

The deadline for nominations is Sept. 20. Nominations are available online at

Nomination packets may also be requested through the mail by calling Serve Idaho at 208-332-3578 or 1-800-588-3334, within Idaho.