News and Notes

A Newsletter for Faculty and Staff of Idaho State University

October 11, 2010 — Vol. 26 No. 34

Faculty/Staff Updates

Nancy Glenn is interviewed in the October issue of Horizon Air Magazine

Geosciences research professor Nancy Glenn, Ph.D., is interviewed in the October issue of Horizon Air Magazine in an article about Idaho's rising aeronautics industry. In a section on aeronautics-related education, Glenn, based at ISU's Boise Center Aerospace Laboratory, and her colleagues discuss how aeronautics technologies taught at the university level are aiding in effective land-use planning. Here's the story link

Classified Employees scholarship award goes to Nicole Rowe, daughter of Gary Rowe

ISU's Staff Council proudly announces the 2010/2011 Classified Employees scholarship award to Nicole Rowe, daughter of classified staff employee, Gary Rowe with Facilities Services in Idaho Falls. Congratulations to Nicole in her pursuit of an education at Idaho State University.

News Bites

Students, faculty and staff are invited to wear their Bengal gear on Wednesdays

Students, faculty and staff are invited to wear their Bengal gear on Wednesdays to show support for the university, and to win prizes.

ISU Director of Recruitment Services Scott Turner said the idea for Bengal Wednesday began with Recruitment Services. Wednesday was chosen because it is the busiest day on campus.

"This is university pride, not just athletic pride," Turner said.

Associated Students of Idaho State University passed a resolution making Bengal Wednesday official, and the President's Cabinet has also approved the idea, Turner said.

On Wednesdays, Student Ambassadors will roam campus to offer candy bars to people who are wearing Bengal gear. Departments can earn recognition and a traveling trophy by being the named the area with the most spirit each month.

Opportunities for students and departments to increase professional assistance while offering students experiences to develop their skills and marketability available

Idaho State University administration has developed opportunities for students and departments to increase both professional assistance while offering students experiences to develop their skills and marketability. Not only will students participate in positions directly related to their career ambitions, they will take part in other activities to help develop their transferable skills. Financial assistance is available to interested departments. Those departments and students interested in one of these opportunities should contact the Career Center at 282-2380.

The Debate team currently ranks 14th in total points this season

Idaho State University's James M. and Sharon Rupp Debate team continues many years of impressive results in the national standings and is currently ranking 14th in total points this season.

A recent coaches poll places ISU's top team of Matea Ivanovich and Tony Johnson at 18th in the nation.

The top five schools in terms of points are Emory, Northwestern, Harvard, Cal-Berkeley, and Kansas.

"We did have some concerns about our standing this year after losing one debater from our best team, Danielle Jennings, to graduation," Sarah Partlow-Lefevre, said ISU's director of debate. "But this year's group has really worked hard and the results are beginning to show. To be ranked 14th nationally is a great achievement."

Those results include a second-place finish two weeks ago at The Jesuit Debate Tournament at Gonzaga University, where Ivanovich and Johnson defeated teams from The University of Texas San Antonio, Northwestern and Gonzaga in single elimination debates to get into the final round. A tough final round loss to Kansas State did not diminish the excitement of having started off the year so well.

"This is our best performance at a season opener to date," said assistant coach, Scott Odekirk. "If we can stay focused on the task at hand and win some debates, we have a chance to have a very competitive 2010-2011 season."

Over homecoming weekend, Idaho State hosted the annual James M. Rupp Debate Tournament, which included a number of teams from Arizona State, University of Denver, Gonzaga, University of Nevada Las Vegas, Weber State, and Wyoming competing.

ISU's teams included Sheldon Kreger and Lindsay Vanluvanee, Brian Brantley and Andrew Ridgeway, Benjamin Beasley and Roger Copenhaver. Vanluvanee was the third-place individual speaker at the tournament. In the final round, Gonzaga lost to one of Wyoming's top teams 3-0. Idaho State Debate was victorious in the Junior Varsity division where Ben Beasley and Roger Copenhaver beat a team from Wyoming on a 3-0 decision in the final round. Copenhaver was third speaker in the division.

Assistant coach, Scott Odekirk, was recently honored as the Debate Coach of the Year at the Val A. Browning Round Robin at Weber State University where Lindsay Vanluvanee took home the third-place speaker award.

The ISU Debate team is in action throughout October with tournaments at Northwestern, UNLV and Harvard.

Top 15 Schools in terms of points
1) Emory
2) Northwestern
3) Harvard
4) Cal-Berkeley
5) Kansas
6) Wake Forest
7) Michigan
8) Georgia
9) Michigan State
10) Gonzaga
11) Georgetown
12) Kansas State
13) Missouri State
14) Idaho State
15) University of Texas-Dallas

The College of Pharmacy will provide 40 free flu vaccinations at the ISU-Meridian Health Science Center

The Idaho State University College of Pharmacy faculty, students and staff will provide free flu vaccinations to the first 40 guests who register for adult flu shots during an open house, Thursday, Oct. 28, 5:30 to 8 p.m., at the Idaho State University-Meridian Health Science Center, 1311 E. Central Drive.

Once the 40 free vaccines have been used, Sav-on Pharmacy will provide additional shots for $20-a $10 discount.

The open house, held in conjunction with American Pharmacists Month, is free and will feature tours of the L.S. Skaggs Pharmacy Complex, refreshments and information regarding immunizations, heartburn awareness programs, diabetes education and poison prevention.

Student pharmacists, assisted by licensed pharmacy faculty members, will answer questions regarding your prescriptions and over-the-counter medications.

In addition, students will hold a chili fundraiser and raffle that night. Tickets to the dinner are $5. You don't have to buy a ticket to attend the open house.

For more information about the ISU College of Pharmacy Open House at ISU-Meridian, call 208-282-3393.

ISU's "A Season of Note" series will present JIGU! - Thunder Drums of China Oct. 27

Idaho State University's "A Season of Note" series will present JIGU! - Thunder Drums of China at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 27 in the Joseph C. and Cheryl H. Jensen Grand Concert Hall of the L.E. and Thelma E. Stephens Performing Arts Center.

JIGU! in Chinese means to "beat or touch the drum." Hailing from the Shanix province, this world-renown company of drummers, percussionists and musicians can astound audiences in this ultra-sensory entertainment experience. The fine art of drumming and percussive performance is indicative of the culture of the Shanix province. Performances by JIGU! are deeply rooted in these folk origins, which are blended with many modern musical elements.

The Ensemble was founded in 1988 and they have performed in many countries including Denmark, Morocco, Singapore, Malaysia, Korea, Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan. In 2007, JIGU! embarked on their very first North American Tour to great success and acclaim. Their sold-out shows were celebrations of Chinese music, culture, drumming and percussive arts, and fun. For more information on JIGU! Visit

Ticket prices are $32 main level, $28 upper level. Tickets can be purchased at the Stephens Performing Arts Center Box Office, open from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., over the phone at (208) 282-3595, or online at They can also be purchased in-person at Vickers Western Stores in Pocatello or Idaho Falls. The Box Office is open one hour prior to show times.

More information on other "A Season of Note" and Stephens Center events is available at

Table donated by the ISU Staff Council

Staff Council has purchased and donated a concrete picnic table

Idaho State University Staff Council has purchased and donated a concrete picnic table for all students, faculty and staff to use. The table is handicapped accessible and is located behind the Plant Sciences Building on upper campus.

The Summer 2010 Effort Reports are being mailed to departments the week of Oct. 4

The Summer 2010 Effort Reports for work performed on sponsored projects and grants are being mailed to the departments the week of Oct. 4 . The reports are due back to Grants and Contracts Accounting by Friday, Oct. 22. 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. The summer reporting period is for employees who have been paid on 10, 11, or 12 month contracts on sponsored projects. Nine- month faculty andstudent employees who were paid for grant or contract work over the summer are also included in this.

The effort reports have been mailed to the department of the grant/contract PI who paid the majority of the employees' salary during the summer 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 Summer 2010 period is for work performed between May 10, 2010 and July 23, 2010, paid from June 11, 2010 to August 6, 2010. If you worked on a sponsored project this summer, and have not received a form to complete, please contact your department or Angela Winder in Grants and Contracts Accounting at ext. 3056.

ISU's TIAA-CREF representative will be on campus Oct. 13 and 14

Greg Finch, ISU's TIAA-CREF representative, will be on campus Oct. 13 and 14, in the Portneuf Room at the Student Union Building.

Please call 800-732-8353, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., to schedule an appointment.

The Meridian Health Science Center is hosting the fifth annual Health Science Experience Night

Interested in becoming a pharmacist, physician assistant or nurse? A medical lab scientist, mental health counselor or speech-language pathologist?

Jobs in the health sector will be in high demand through 2016, according to the Idaho Department of Labor. Come learn about some of the hottest fields at the fifth annual Idaho State University Health Science Experience Night, Thursday, Oct. 28, 5:30 to 8 p.m., at the Meridian Health Science Center, 1311 E. Central Drive.

The campus is on the north side of I-84 between Locust Grove and Meridian roads.

Students and attendees will have the opportunity to explore nearly two dozen careers in the health professions and sciences, visit with professors and clinical faculty, and enter to win a $500 scholarship.

Attendees will also get "hands-on" experience in human patient simulation-the use of high-tech mannequins to duplicate medical scenarios in the real world.

High school students, college transfer students, parents, teachers and community partners are invited to the free event.

For more information about Health Science Experience Night and programs at ISU-Meridian, call 373-1700 or visit

Georgia Orwick's artwork will be on display at the Eli M. Oboler Library through Nov. 12

Georgia Orwick's "Honoring the Ancients" is a series of paintings inspired by the exploration of ancient rock art sites in the rugged sierras of Baja, Mexico and well as sites in North America. Her watercolor, mixed media and pastel paintings will be on exhibit in the current display area of the Idaho State University's Eli M. Oboler Library through Friday, Nov. 12.

Orwick's fascination with rock art evolved from an appreciation for the sense of individuality, animation, and the use of color by the ancient painters. Her research into Baja rock art quickly led to Harry Crosby, the modern-day explorer who discovered more than two hundred previously undocumented sites known only to the local ranchers. Crosby's discoveries led to further hunter-gatherer archeological research by the Mexican government. His discovery of the "The Great Murals-Los Gran Murales" is now the official title of the region.

The monumental scale of the stunning pictographs in "The Great Mural Region" rival the finest cave paintings in the world. The paint from the sensitive, dynamic, sophisticated figures has been carbon dated to nearly 10,000 years old, making them among the oldest, most unique, significant concentration of ancient rock art in the Americas. As the fifth largest rock art region in the world, it has now been designated as a Heritage Site by the United Nations.

The captivating story of Crosby's discoveries is beautifully written with fascinating photographs, detailed drawings, and excellent maps in "The Cave Paintings of Baja, California-Discovering the Great Murals of an Unknown People," first published in 1975. Crosby has invited Orwick to paint from his 2,000 digitized photos and exquisite illustrations by his wife, Jo Anne, in the UCLA Archives. Orwick's exhibition includes paintings from the Crosby Expeditions.

Raised on the vast North Dakota prairie, Orwick is inspired by her fascination with mountains, horizons, sea and landscapes, and scenes from her travels. For eighteen years she cruised on a motorcycle to the end of many roads: from British Columbia to Nova Scotia, to Florida and to the deserts of the Southwest. She traveled extensively from Alaska to Mexico and to the Panama border in Central America. Since moving to Pocatello in 1996, Orwick's award-winning paintings have been exhibited in local and national shows. Her artistry as a Master Gardener and landscape designer has won many awards for the Juniper Hills Country Club and private gardens.

The exhibit is free and open to the public and may be viewed during regular library hours.

For more information, including schedule changes, contact the library at 282-3248.

Ryan Long has been awarded a Science to Achieve Results Fellowship

Idaho State University biological sciences doctoral student Ryan Long has been awarded a prestigious Science to Achieve Results (STAR) Fellowship from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's National Center for Environmental Research.

Long is completing his doctoral dissertation project comparing the influence of the thermal environment on behavior and fitness of elk in a forested ecosystem versus an arid desert ecosystem.

"The study has some pretty strong climate change implications," Long said, "which is probably one of the big things that appealed to the EPA. My project has the potential to provide important insights into the effects of climate change on large mammals."

Long is comparing the habits and patterns of behavior of elk fitted with GPS collars in the Southeast Idaho desert on Idaho National Laboratory lands with those of elk that have been fitted with GPS collars at the Starkey Experimental Forest in northeast Oregon near La Grande.

"This is an exceptional accomplishment by Ryan," said Terry Bowyer, ISU biological sciences professor. "The funding rate on this fellowship is less than 8 percent for applicants."

The STAR Fellowship is designed to support graduate research projects that are in line with the goals and mission of the EPA and to support up and coming scientists. During the three-year fellowship, Long will receive a $20,000 annual stipend, his tuition and fees will be covered, and he will receive $5,000 annually to help fund the costs of his research.

"I couldn't be happier," Long said. "This is one of the most competitive graduate fellowships in the country and the majority of these fellowships typically go to bigger research schools like Wisconsin, Cornell or UC-Davis. It is a really big deal to bring one here to Idaho State University and it speaks to the quality of the ISU biological sciences department."

Long indicated that the intellectual merit of the research proposal, which is sent out for peer review similar to the process of submitting a scientific manuscript to a journal, is one of the primary criteria by which fellowship applications are judged. Secondly, Long received quality letters of recommendation written by Bowyer, ISU biological sciences professor John Kie and Long's master's advisor at the University of Idaho, Dr. Janet Rachlow. Finally, previously demonstrated performance is important and Long has a strong record of having papers published in scientific journals.

A native of Oregon, Long, 28, earned his undergraduate degree at the University of Alaska Fairbanks and his master's degree from the University of Idaho, before coming to ISU about 2-1/2 years ago.

The Massage Therapy Program is beginning their fall clinic sessions on Oct. 26

Experience the benefits of massage and improve your health at the Idaho State University Massage Therapy Clinic. The ISU Massage Therapy Program is beginning their fall clinic sessions on Tuesday, Oct.26.

The Massage Therapy Clinic is open on Tuesday and Thursday nights while classes are in session. Appointments are available at 5:15 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. The clinic is located in Owen Complex, building #42 on the ISU Campus. Parking is available behind the building near the ramped entrance. A 24-hour notice for cancellation is requested and clients are asked to arrive 15 minutes before their scheduled time.

Each massage session costs $20 and is payable by cash or check. Any contributions made above the fee go to the ASISU Student Massage Therapy Association.

All massage sessions are provided by student practitioners. Appointments may be scheduled online at or by leaving a message at 282-2988.

The Symphonic Band will be performing its first concert of the semester Oct. 15

The Idaho State University Symphonic Band will be performing its first concert of the semester this coming Friday evening, Oct. 15 at 7:30 p.m. in the Joseph C. and Cheryl H. Jensen Grand Concert Hall at the L.E. and Thelma E. Stephens Performing Arts Center. The Symphonic Band is directed by Dr. Patrick Brooks, ISU Director of Bands.

The band's first concert will feature import standards of the band literature, beginning with two well-known marches by John Phillip Sousa: King and Cotton March, and the Gallant 7th March. The earliest composition to be performed will be the Overture in F by Etienne-Henri Mehul, who composed in 1795 during the height of the French Revolution.

A pair of important works for band by composer John Barnes Chance will also be performed: the intense and rhythmic Incantation and Dance, and tuneful Variations on a Korean Folksong.

Guest soloist for the evening will be Michael Helman, principle horn in the Idaho State Civic Symphony, and adjunct instructor of horn at Idaho State University. He will be performing Camille Saint Seans Morceau de Concert. A popular solo for French hornists, this work is an especially effective vehicle for showcasing the wide range of emotions found in Romantic music.

The ISU Symphonic Band is comprised of 54 students from various degree programs throughout the university.

Admission is free for ISU students, $2 for pre-college students, $3 for ISU faculty and staff and $5 for general admission. Children under 6 will not be admitted.

For more information on this concert or about the ISU bands, call Idaho State University Director of Bands Dr. Patrick Brooks at 282-3147 or e-mail him at

Michael Culpepper will be available for a discussion after a presentation of his film, "Bachelor Farmer," Oct. 12

The Idaho State University Janet C. Anderson Gender Resource Center and ISU Political Science Department, Genesis Project, with generous support from the Faculty Senate Cultural Affairs Council, will present the film "Bachelor Farmer" and a discussion with its filmmaker, Michael Culpepper, at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 12, in the Salmon River Suite, Pond Student Union Building on the ISU campus. The screening and discussion, in honor of National Coming Out Day, are free and open to all.

Engendering a sort of contradictory rollercoaster ride, Culpepper has captured excitement within the mundane, acceptance within conformity, understanding from the most unlikely of places. Examining the struggle that openly gay men face in the small, rural town of Kendrick, Idaho - population 369, - "Bachelor Farmer" provides its audience with an intimate look at the difficult peculiarities and daily negotiations endured by gay men who choose to live in a place so small. Indeed, those same men who choose to remain in the community of which they were born and raised.

Speaking in recognition of National Coming Out Day at Idaho State University, Michael Culpepper will discuss the overall theme of "Bachelor Farmer": mainly, that the rich sense of community and ensuing tendency toward acceptance of a neighbor generates understanding of homosexuality in even the smallest and most rural landscapes. Through his unique and uncompromising approach toward documentary filmmaking, Culpepper combines the disciplines of art and architecture to expose the foundation, and consequent building and reČ-building, of small-town relationships and the unexpected nuances of reception and tolerance that such strong and established community ties create. In all, Michael Culpepper offers his audience critical insight into an historical [mis]perception of small, rural populations and their attitude toward homosexuality. Through a vigorously bolstered approach toward documentary film that combines expertise in architecture, filmmaking, video, and fine art, Culpepper has demonstrated the inviolability of human kinship.

Since its production in 2005, "Bachelor Farmer" has been featured in such prestigious venues as: New Fest in New York, the Seattle Lesbian and Gay Film Festival where it won a Jury Award, MTV-LOGO, and The Museum of Modern Art in New York.

Trained in both architecture and filmmaking, Mr. Culpepper's work has been exhibited in such prominent museums as The Science Museum in London, The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City, The Center for Fine Arts in Miami, and The Wright Art Gallery in Los Angeles.

The organizers are sponsoring the talk and the showing of the film at ISU in recognition of National Coming Out Day, an internationally observed civil awareness day for discussion about lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) issues. First observed in 1987, the goal has been to facilitate LGBT and straight allies to live openly and talk about their support for equality at home, at work and in their communities.

The Anderson Center at Idaho State University serves as the focal point on campus for the consideration of gender issues and is especially guided by the ideal of diversity which allows us to envision a future free of the limitations imposed by our culture's standard definitions of gender and other categories of difference.

For more information, contact the Anderson Center at 208-282-2805.

Drivers of University vehicles need to complete a license authorization check and vehicle use agreement

Faculty members, staff, or students who drive a University vehicle need to complete a driver's license authorization check and a vehicle use agreement.

Faculty and staff authorizations are valid for three years. Students must be renewed every July. This program was implemented three years ago; therefore, the majority of faculty and staff drivers who were previously authorized are no longer current.

It is recommended that everyone refer to the ISU General Counsel / Risk Management website at to review the ISU vehicle policy. Forms are available on the website.

The required forms are also available on the Transportation Services website, under policies. Please print the forms, complete, and submit to Transportation Services, Campus Box 8137, to ensure your University driving privileges are not revoked. If you are not sure of your driving status, it is best to complete the forms and resubmit.