News and Notes

A Newsletter for Faculty and Staff of Idaho State University

November 8, 2010 — Vol. 26 No. 38

Faculty/Staff Updates

Susan Jenkins and Janaan Haskell have received a grant to support financial management training for Idaho family and consumer science teachers

The National Council for Economic Education and the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Innovation and Improvement, have awarded Idaho State University's Susan Jenkins and Janaan Haskell $8,183 in funding to support financial management training for family and consumer science teachers in Idaho Regions 4, 5, and 6.

Jenkins is interim assistant dean and professor of family and consumer sciences, in the Department of Educational Foundations. Haskell is field director, Center for Economic Education, Intermountain Center for Educational Effectiveness in the College of Education.

The grant will provide financial management training using the "Financial Fitness for Life" curriculum developed by the Council for Economic Education. Once trained, educators will implement the financial fitness curriculum in K-12 schools in rural, low-income, underserved and geographically isolated school districts in Idaho.

Funding will also support the collaborative effort between the Family and Consumer Science Program in the Department of Educational Foundations, College of Education, and the Professional - Technical Division of the Idaho State Department of Education.

News Bites

Winning entry chosen in ISU's annual President's Holiday Greeting Card Contest

A painting of a white dove symbolizing peace with the Idaho State University logo in the background is the winning entry in Idaho State University's annual President's Holiday Greeting Card Contest.

Nancy Byron, a graduate student in Mental Health Counseling at the Meridian campus has won a $1,000 prize for her design that will appear on the front of ISU's official holiday card.

"When I got the e-mail saying I'd won, I actually screamed. I was pretty excited," said Byron.

Her design also incorporates vibrant color and abstract images to celebrate religious diversity.

"I wanted to focus on the world view of the holiday, peace, togetherness and helping each other," she said. "To me, the holidays are not a celebration of gifts, but a celebration of the goodness of people," Byron said.

She graduated from San Diego State University with a bachelor's degree in graphic design. For 25 years she ran her own graphic design company-splitting time between a client base in California and her home in Boise.

She intends to use art in her counseling practice-as a tool to help people express feelings of inner turmoil.

"I always wanted to go into counseling, but didn't want to let go of art. I think I've found a perfect marriage of the two disciplines," she said.

Asked what prompted her to enter the design contest, she said, "I read about it on the Bengal Web. I had so much homework to do, but I thought I have to do this. so I got out a canvas and started painting. It's really helped me feel more a part of the school," she said.

Sophomore, Matthew Henderson, was the contest's second-place finisher. His striking artwork of a tiger earned him the $500 prize.

The contest, created in 2006, is open to full and part-time students. It is judged by a committee comprised of representatives from the President's Office, Alumni Relations, Marketing and Communications, Associated Students of ISU, and the Art department.

Submissions were judged on how well they were able to "capture the spirit and beauty of the holiday season while thematically incorporating the University."

"Season of Note" series presents "Blue Suede Shoes - The Ultimate Elvis Experience" Nov. 13

The Idaho State University a "Season of Note" series presents "Blue Suede Shoes - The Ultimate Elvis Experience" at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 13, in the Joseph C. and Cheryl H. Jensen Grand Concert Hall in the L.E. and Thelma E. Stephens Performing Arts Center.

Scot Bruce and Mike Albert team up to bring a riveting tribute to the "King of Rock and Roll." Bruce performs as Elvis, the way we remember him during his early career, followed by Albert, who is superb as Elvis in his Vegas years.

Together, they attempt to recreate the electrifying musical excitement of the King, in a biographical concert that has played to sellouts across the county. Their performances feature audience interaction and a dynamite back-up band. Ticket prices are $32 main level, $28 upper level.

For more information on this shoe visit the website:

Tickets are $32 main level, $28 upper level and can be purchased at the Stephens Performing Arts Center Box Office, open from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays during the school year. Tickets can also be purchased over the phone at (208) 282-3595 or online at or at Vickers Stores in Idaho Falls and Pocatello.

ISU students assembled Christmas care packages last week for fellow students deployed with the National Guard

Idaho State University students assembled Christmas care packages Thursday, Nov. 4, and Friday, Nov. 5, to send to their fellow students who are deployed with the Idaho Army National Guard 116th Cavalry Brigade, and others deployed with the Utah Army National Guard.

The effort was organized by the ISU Armed Forces Veterans' Club, and is sponsored by the Veterans' Sanctuary Program and several local businesses, which donated cash and merchandise.

The ISU Veterans' Club plans to send this round of care packages in time for Christmas. Two other rounds of care packages will be mailed to the student soldiers during the yearlong deployment.

For more information, contact Veterans' Sanctuary Director Casey Santee at ext. 4298.

The ISU Women's Club Holiday Fair will be held Nov. 12

The ISU Women's Club Holiday Fair will be held in the Pond Student Union Ballroom on Friday, Nov.12 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. You are invited to donate a theme basket for the silent auction. Each year the proceeds from the silent auction help to provide scholarships to ISU students.

A basket of any size or theme will be greatly appreciated to help reach our scholarship goal. Smaller baskets tend to be more popular and affordable, and you are strongly encouraged to consider donating several small baskets in lieu of one large basket. Please attach a list of the contents to the outside of the basket and include an approximate value of the contents. This will help bidders in deciding how much to bid.

Should your college/department choose to donate a basket, please RSVP to Sheri Kunkel, College of Technology, ext. 3597 or Baskets should be delivered to the Office of Student Affairs on or before Nov. 11.

ICIS/IEEE/ISA "Brew with the Crew" presents: The Bad Guy in Cyber Security, Miles McQueen, on Nov. 18

ICIS/IEEE/ISA "Brew with the Crew" presents: The Bad Guy in Cyber Security, Miles McQueen, Idaho National Laboratory, Thursday, Nov. 18 at 4:30 p.m. at Hard Hat Steakhouse and Grill, 1175 Pier View Drive (Snake River Landing) in Idaho Falls.

Light appetizers will be provided, and drinks can be ordered from the menu.

The purpose of this briefing is to help attendees more deeply and better understand the realities of software and human aspects of cyber security and, in particular, the use and abuse of deception in security. Hopefully, this leads to a modified approach for thinking about security and sparks ideas for new research directions.

McQueen is a principal investigator in the Cyber Security R&D department at the Idaho National Laboratory. He has held a variety of leadership roles at the INL, and has also been director of the University of Idaho's Computer Science Program at the Idaho Falls Center for Higher Education. With well over 20 peer reviewed scientific publications, Miles is currently leading research teams investigating cyber threat attack propagation and consequence modeling for multiple infrastructure simulation efforts.

The Gender Resource Center has issued a call for papers for the "The Art of Gender in Everyday Life VIII" conference

The Idaho State University Janet C. Anderson Gender Resource Center has issued a call for papers for the multidisciplinary conference "The Art of Gender in Everyday Life VIII" that will take place at Idaho State University on March 10 and 11.

Materials must be postmarked by Friday, Nov. 19. A formal call for papers, an announcement of our student paper competition, and a registration form can be found on our website at

In addition to sessions, the conference will include: a keynote address on March 11 by Andi Zeisler, co-founder of Bitch Magazine; a March 11 lunchtime talk by Nancy Legge, professor of Communication & Rhetorical Studies at ISU; and a screening of LUNAFEST film festival on the evening of March 10. While not related to the conference, Temple Grandin is scheduled to be on campus for a lecture on Wednesday evening, March 9, an event that is free and open to the public.

For further information, please contact the Anderson Center via phone (208) 282-2805) or e-mail