News and Notes

A Newsletter for Faculty and Staff of Idaho State University

September 6, 2010 — Vol. 26 No. 29

Faculty/Staff Updates

James Teliha has been appointed to chair the Eli M. Oboler Memorial Award Committee for 2010-2012

Associate Professor James Teliha, Associate University Librarian for Public Services at Idaho State University's Eli M. Oboler Library, has been appointed to chair the American Library Association's Eli M. Oboler Memorial Award Committee for 2010 - 2012. Oboler published extensively on intellectual freedom issues and was nationally known as a champion of intellectual freedom who demanded the dismantling of all barriers to freedom of expression.

Eli M. Oboler joined Idaho State College as library director in 1949, and worked for over 30 years until his retirement from Idaho State University in 1980. Oboler was a founding member of the Idaho Library Association, and served as its President from 1950 - 1953. Oboler also served as President of the Pacific Northwest Library Association 1955-1956, and served numerous terms as an ALA Councilor, two terms on the ALA Intellectual Freedom Committee, as well as other service on national committees within ALA and the Association of College and Research Libraries.

The award, first given in 1986, is presented for the best published work in the area of intellectual freedom. Works to be considered for the award may be single articles (including review pieces), a series of thematically connected articles, books, or manuals published on the local, state or national level in English or English translation.

Dr. Aaron Eakman will spend two weeks with the Occupational Therapy and Gerontology faculty in Lund University's School of Medicine

Dr. Aaron Eakman, assistant professor and Director of the Occupational Therapy program will spend two weeks with the Occupational Therapy and Gerontology faculty in Lund University's School of Medicine. Dr. Eakman collaborates within the School of Medicine's LUCare project which aims to enhance the quality of life for persons with psychiatric disabilities. The focus of Dr. Eakman's research is the development of measures and refinement of theory regarding participation in personally valued activities. This visit has been supported by Lund University, ISU's Office of Research, the School of Rehabilitation and Communication Sciences, and the Department of Physical and Occupational Therapy.

News Bites

Nearly 5,000 students attended ISU during the 2010 summer semester, almost 11 percent more than in 2009

Nearly 5,000 students attended Idaho State University during the 2010 summer semester, almost 11 percent more than in 2009, according to end-of-the-semester headcount numbers.

Approximately 4,989 students attended ISU for summer semester, 2,647 at the Pocatello campus, and 2,342 attended in Idaho Falls, Meridian, Twin Falls or other locations.

The 28th annual "I Love ISU" campaign begins Sept. 13 in Idaho Falls

The 28th annual "I Love ISU" campaign for Idaho State University academic scholarships will be off and running from 9 a.m. to noon Monday, Sept. 13, at the Bennion Student Union Building at University Place in Idaho Falls.

"We at Idaho State University in Idaho Falls would like to extend a warm welcome to all of our new and returning students," said Lyle Castle, professor and dean of academic programs at ISU-Idaho Falls. "This year we had a record number of students attend new student orientation and have experienced all the effects of a full house, such as an overflowing parking lot and packed classrooms. It's shaping up to be a very exciting year."

Prior to the calling campaign, Idaho State University Foundation Board President Michael Byrne will be the featured speaker at the Idaho Falls Chamber Forum Luncheon at noon on Sept. 7 at the Red Lion on the Falls-Idaho Falls. The luncheon will highlight the "I Love ISU" campaign.

"'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 from 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.

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."

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 Pocatello branch of the American Association of University Women is accepting donations for its annual book sale

The Pocatello Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) will be 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:

  1. The ISU Continuing Education Building main entrance, 1001 North 7th Avenue in Pocatello; and
  2. 630 Fairway Drive in Pocatello

Please note that we are 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 282-2805.

Dr. Richard Brey briefed the media regarding misplaced radiation sources that have occurred at the University

Dr. Richard Brey briefed the media regarding misplaced radiation sources that have occurred at the University. Dr. Brey, ISU professor and director of health physics and director of the University's Technical Safety, fielded questions from the media regarding ISU's misplacement of two small radiation sources.

He stressed that the misplaced sources, known as button sources, are too small to cause any harm (health problem) to either people or the environment.

Consistent with ISU's own internal policy and procedures, the University has notified the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

The College of Education will hold an alumni picnic Sept. 9

The Idaho State University College of Education will hold an alumni picnic from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 9, at the College of Education Partnership School Play Area, ISU Building #62, located at 1550 E. Terry Street in Pocatello.

College of Education alumni are invited to bring their families for burgers, hotdogs, beverages, giveaways and more.

Please RSVP by Tuesday, Sept. 7, to Lundy Facer at or (208) 282-2976.