News and Notes

A Newsletter for Faculty and Staff of Idaho State University

September 27, 2010 — Vol. 26 No. 32

Faculty/Staff Updates

Congratulations to our newest winners of the ISU Cares Awards

Congratulations to our newest winners of the ISU Cares Awards.

August ISU Cares "Spot" Awards are:

Matt Harris, University Counseling and Testing
Albert Worth, Facilities
Bill Jensen, Facilities
Holly Pokorny, Central Academic Advising
Charlie Anderson, IT - Meridian
Casey Santee, Veterans Sanctuary

All winners received a $15 Visa Card courtesy of ISU Credit Union. Each spot award winner was recognized for his or her efforts in an ISU Cares survey, either online or paper version. To access a list of websites where the ISU Cares survey is located, click Locations. To go directly to an ISU Cares online survey, click ISU Cares.

$100 ISU Cares Summer Semester Winner

Sheri Dewey, Financial Aid - Idaho Falls

All persons who are nominated, either through our online or paper ISU Cares surveys, are entered in to a drawing each semester. Sheri Dewey was the lucky winner for the 2010 Summer Semester drawing.

News Bites

College of Pharmacy will provide 50 free flu vaccinations at the annual Pharmacy Open House

In conjunction with American Pharmacist Month, the Idaho State University College of Pharmacy faculty, students and staff will provide free flu vaccinations to the first 50 guests who register for adult flu shots during the Pharmacy Open House, slated for Friday, Oct. 1, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the College of Pharmacy, 970 S. Fifth Ave.

These shots are a $30 value. Once the 50 free vaccines have been used, Sav-on Pharmacy will provide additional shots for $20. H1N1, or swine flu immunization is part of the seasonal flu shot this year. Those with ISU health insurance can receive the seasonal immunization, at no deductable cost from their local pharmacy.

"We encourage people to get their seasonal flu immunizations to ensure good immune health," said ISU President Arthur C. Vailas, who recently joined his wife, Dr. Laura Vailas for an immunization by pharmacy students.

The open house will also feature tours of the College, refreshments and information regarding immunizations, heartburn awareness programs, diabetes education and poison prevention.

Consumers with questions can bring prescription and over-the-counter medications to the Pharmacy Open House where student pharmacists, assisted by licensed pharmacy faculty members, will answer questions regarding prescriptions.

Sponsored by the American Pharmacists Association (APhA), the theme of American Pharmacists Month, "Know your medicine, Know your pharmacist," encourages patients to get to know the resources a pharmacist may provide.

For more information about the ISU College of Pharmacy Open House, please call 282-3393.

The Transition Gallery will present "The Art of Illusion," multimedia works by Anne Merkley and Stan Gates Oct. 4-27

The Idaho State University Pond Student Union Transition Gallery will present "The Art of Illusion," multimedia works by Anne Merkley and Stan Gates Oct. 4-27 and hold an opening reception for the exhibit on Monday, Oct. 4, from 7 to 9 p.m.

All art is an illusion, the representation of some greater reality in a two- or three- dimensional form. Anthropology, psychology and religion teach us that throughout the evolutionary development of humankind, creativity, thought and symbolism have been of paramount importance to our survival.

Merkley, a Southeast Idaho native who has studied, produced and taught art for most of her life, works in a number of different media, exploring the potential of each to give form to her vision. Best known for her realistic portraits in watercolor and oil, she often turns to photography to keep up with change. By rearranging and juxtaposing elements, she teases the viewer into seeing more than meets the eye. In this exhibit she layers three different ages of Mexico, from Mayan to Spanish to apocalyptic prophecies of 2012.

For Merkley the thread of continuity in "The Art of Illusion" began with abstract drawings made at age two and carried through photo collages assembled by a cut-and-paste method prior to the existence of Photoshop.

Gates grew up in the West, spending most of his time in Alaska and Wyoming. He was trained and worked as an engineer for 35 years, all the while maintaining a passion for the arts. He has produced the majority of his sculptures over the last five years, many of them on airplanes while flying to and from work in other countries. He creates in clay and in brown wax, then converts pieces into metal, plaster, bronze, or resin-based materials.

Most of Stan's sculpting is done with his hands. He likes the feel of wax and clay, likes handling it and looking at the figure from different perspectives, both physically and mentally. Because hands are so expressive, he often starts a piece by doing them first, then building the rest of the body to reflect what he sees in them. His pieces reflect images from memory, imagination, and experience.

Today, in the midst of a visual media glut, both Anne and Stan are concerned with maintaining standards of aesthetics and excellence. Stan owns the Gate City Fine Arts Gallery in downtown Pocatello, and Anne regularly receives awards for her work in shows from local to national levels.

The Transition Gallery is located on the first floor of the Pond Student Union. For more information regarding this exhibit, please contact Corinne McCullough at (208) 282-3451.

ISU will host a Spin-a-thon to benefit the Idaho Condor Nutrition Team, The Idaho Food Bank and numerous clubs

Idaho State University will host a Spin-a-thon to benefit the Idaho Condor Nutrition Team, The Idaho Food Bank and numerous university clubs.

A Spin-a-thon is a series of indoor cycling classes led by certified spinning instructors set to music. Sessions are 45 minutes long, and participants may register for up to eight sessions.

The fundraiser, sponsored by James Barrett Pilates and Cycling, will be held in Reed Gym's Spinning Room on Oct. 30 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cost of admission is $5 and five cans of food for the first session, then $5 or five cans of food for additional sessions.

For more information, contact Cathryn Erickson, research assistant, at or (208) 890-4267.

Beginning Oct. 7, the Idaho Museum of Natural History will hold docent training classes

Beginning Oct. 7, the Idaho Museum of Natural History will hold docent training classes for individuals interested in working with the museum.

A docent is a volunteer teacher who learns about the museum's exhibits and presents the information to visitors and school groups. Docents at the Idaho Museum of Natural History will learn about Idaho's past through the rocks, landscape, fossils, prehistoric peoples and wildlife.

The docent training is scheduled 1-4 p.m. Oct. 7, Oct. 21, Nov. 4, Nov. 18, Dec. 3 and Dec. 16. It is open to the public for no charge.

The instructors will be Rebecca A. Thorne-Ferrel, Scott Davis, Janet Bala, Herb Maschner and David Fortsch.

Specific themes that will be covered in these training sessions include "Geologic Building Blocks: Minerals & Gem Stones," "Earth's Geologic Time: Eons of Information" and "Rock On & On!!: Earth's Geologic Rock Cycle."

For more information, contact Thorne-Ferrel at (208) 282-2195 or

First Monday: Idaho State University Forum, a public affairs program debuts on KISU FM 91.1, Oct. 4th

First Monday: Idaho State University Forum, a public affairs program debuts on KISU FM 91.1, Oct. 4th at 7 p.m. Maestro Chung Park, Idaho State Civic Symphony, will discuss the forthcoming "Forces of Nature" symphony season.

Hosted by longtime radio southeastern Idaho radio personality Jerry Miller, the interview program examines a wide array of contemporary subjects. The inaugural broadcast features Park, assistant professor of music at Idaho State University and director of the Idaho State Civic Symphony, discussing the forthcoming Idaho Civic Symphony season.

Executive producer Mark Levine, who has previously produced two award-winning public affairs radio programs, including "Medical House Call," notes, "KISU's signal and its listener demographic provides a truly unique opportunity to present faculty and student research, service and accomplishments to a regional audience. The program provides a forum for our outstanding faculty and students to inform our various publics about occurrences that directly impact their lives."

First Monday: Idaho State University airs at 7 p.m. the first Monday of the month. For more information, including future program topics and guests call 208-282-4407.

Eric Bibb, internationally known guitarist and singer, will present a concert Oct. 9

Eric Bibb, internationally known guitarist and singer, will present a concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 9, in the Joseph C. and Cheryl H. Jensen Grand Concert Hall of the L.E. and Thelma E. Stephens Performing Arts Center.

The concert is part of the Idaho State University 2010-11 "A Season of Note" concert series. Bibb is famous for his blues, gospel, folk and New Orleans R&B roots music. Bibb last performed at ISU in 2008 as part of the "Season of Note" series.

"Bibb's voice is a sweet, smoky baritone, and his finger-picking style is understated, coloring his songs rather than adding technical flash," noted a reviewer from the Austin American States referring to Bibb's recording "Get Onboard." "The quieter, more reflective aspect of the blues doesn't get a lot of attention, but when Bibb plays, blues and gospel can become one glorious whole."

Nominated for nine W. C. Handy Blues Music Awards and winner of the "Best Newcomer" title in the British Blues Awards, Bibb has been appropriately described as "discreetly awesome" and "a total original." In the words of "House of Blues Radio Hour" host Elwood Blues,"You are what the blues of the new century should be about."

More information on Bibb is available at

Tickets are $20 main level, $16 upper level and can be purchased at the Stephens Performing Arts Center Box Office online at or by calling (208) 282-3595. They can also be purchased at the Vickers Stores in Pocatello and Idaho Falls.

The Geomatics Technology program received a donation of Global Positioning equipment from GeoLine, Inc.

The Idaho State University Geomatics Technology program recently received a donation of Global Positioning equipment from GeoLine, Inc., of Boise for establishing a Continuously Operating Reference Station (CORS) at ISU- Meridian Health Science Center.

Equipment, totaling more than $15,000, includes a dual frequency Global Positioning System (GPS) NETRS receiver, Zephyr Geodetic Antenna , 50ft of antenna cable, and Ethernet to power adapter.

Once the CORS is established in Meridian as a base station, Geomatics Technology students in Meridian will be able to utilize centimeter level accuracy in obtaining geodetic latitude, longitude and ellipsoidal height for their field data collection. This facility will also be used by other local surveyors for no charge.

The first CORS station was established on the main ISU Campus in Pocatello by the Geomatics Technology Program as a result of donations from the Idaho Transportation Department (ITD), Idaho Society of Professional Surveyors, ISU GIS Center, and Engineering and other public and private agencies. Later two other CORS were established by the Geomatics Technology program, one at ISU Idaho Falls, and the other at Snake River High School in Blackfoot. In addition, ITD has since established CORS at Rexburg, INL, Driggs, Salmon and several other locations throughout the state. Efforts are in place to connect and coordinate all the CORSs to the server at ISU GIS Center.

The Geomatics Technology program is accredited through the Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET, Inc. and uses the latest surveying technology to offer an excellent educational environment with the latest in computers, software and surveying equipment, such as electronic total stations, GPS receivers, data collectors, and soft copy photogrammetric systems. Graduates will earn a Bachelor of Science degree in this program.

Pocatello Neighborhood Housing Services has teamed up with Kinport Junction for a fundraiser

Pocatello Neighborhood Housing Services (PNHS) has teamed up with Kinport Junction, 815 South 1st Street, for a fundraiser. On Oct. 20, 7 percent of proceeds from food and items purchased from the Kinport Junction merchants will be donated to the "Spruce Up the Neighborhood" fund.

Grab a cinnamon roll from Geraldine's and coffee at Kinport Coffee, have lunch at Senang's and buy makings for dinner at Fish Off the Old Block then work it all off at Pilates Studio. For more information contact Teena Rhoads at 232-8438.