News and Notes

A Newsletter for Faculty and Staff of Idaho State University

November 15, 2010 — Vol. 26 No. 39

Faculty/Staff Updates

Randy Earles has been awarded ASCAPLUS Award for his creative contributions to the world of classical music

Randy Earles, a professor in the Idaho State University music department and associate dean of the ISU College of Arts and Letters, has been awarded ASCAPLUS Award this year in the Concert Music Division for his creative contributions to the world of classical music.

Earles is a familiar name to musical audiences in eastern Idaho because of his performances on trumpet with Portneuf Brass (the ISU faculty brass quintet), the Idaho Falls Symphony, and other ensembles. However, he is also recognized nationally as a composer.

This is the 14th year that Earles has received this award, which is granted by a peer review panel from the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP). Instead of honoring a single work, this award recognizes the importance of Earles' entire catalog of compositions.

During the past two years many Idaho high school bands have performed Earles' "Idaho Celebration," which was commissioned by the Idaho Department of Education on behalf of Idaho high schools. The work was given its premiere performance by an All-District band in southern Idaho, and was performed later by the ISU Concert Band.

Earles has written many other works for bands, orchestras, and choirs. His instrumental music has been performed by professional bands in Tokyo and Dallas, military bands from both the U.S. Army and Navy, community bands and orchestras ranging from Twin Falls to Singapore, and college bands and orchestras from around the country. His choral anthem "Sing the World Together," on a text by Lisa Horton, was commissioned by the Idaho International Choral Festival and has been sung by the combined choirs at the final performance of each biennial festival since 2004. Foreign choirs from five continents have sung this anthem. In 2009 his most recent choral composition, "Te Deum," was performed by the ISU Concert Choir.

He is currently working on a set of musical dances for symphonic band that was inspired by listening to performances of dance suites last year at the ISU Baroque Festival. So far, two of the projected five movements have been completed in draft form.

This award, given by the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP), is part of its continuing commitment to assist and encourage ASCAP composers.

Awards are granted by an independent panel and are based on the unique prestige value of each composer's original compositions and recent performances in areas not surveyed by the Society.

For more information, contact the ISU music department at 282-3636.

A retirement reception for Ofelia Franco is set for Nov. 19

A retirement reception for Ofelia Franco is set for Friday, Nov. 19, from 12:30 - 2p.m. in the Student Union North Fork Room. Ofelia is custodian in the Dental Hygiene Sciences and Dental Hygiene Clinic buildings. All are welcome.

Dr. Howard Gauthier was the keynote speaker at the 2010 Vermont Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance Conference

Dr. Howard Gauthier, an assistant professor in sport science and physical education, was the Nov. 11 keynote speaker at the 2010 Vermont Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance Conference in Lake Morey.

Gauthier, author of the book "Getting Hired in College Sports," spoke on leadership and the responsibility of educators. He has spent more than 25 years in college sports, coaching basketball and serving as athletic director at Idaho State University from 1998 to 2003, Briar Cliff University, Southwest Minnesota State University and California State University at Monterey Bay.

News Bites

The winners of the 2010 National Outdoor Book Awards have been announced

Indiana Jones figures prominently among the winners of the 2010 National Outdoor Book Awards. It's not, however, the Indian Jones of movies. It's the Indiana Jones of the bug world.

Mark Moffett, also known as Doctor Bug, won the Nature and Environment category with his book "Adventures Among Ants."

"Moffett is no ordinary scientist," said Idaho State University's Ron Watters, chairman of the award program. "His research on ants required days spent in steamy jungles, hanging from ropes, sleeping in huts, tents or in no shelter at all."

"This is a guy who is totally committed to his science," Watters continued. "He has had swarms of ants attack him, streaming onto his bare skin through any opening in his clothing-through his pants legs and through his sleeves and through the neck of his shirt. He has been bitten and stung countless times."

In one instance described in his book, Moffett was painfully bitten on the fingertip by an aggressive African driver ant. He tried gripping the insect between two fingers to pull it off. But the harder he gripped, the more than ant clamped down.

Finally in desperation, Moffett stuck his finger into his mouth and crushed the ant's head between his teeth. That worked. The ant released its grip.

Moffett then proceeded to munch on the ant, casually noting the flavor as he might if tasting the hors d'oeuvres in an expensive restaurant. The flavor? It had a hint of nuttiness.

"In addition to ants," Watters commented, "we had fish and snails as winning topics."

"An Entirely Synthetic Fish" by Anders Halverson won the Natural History Literature category. Halverson's book is about rainbow trout, which is the most widely stocked fish in the world. But recently biologists have realized that it competes with native fish, and, in a complete about-face in attitude, it is now being eradicated in some locations.

The Nature History Literature category had two winners. The other winner, which Watters called "a memorizing work" is about a woman struggling to recover from a severe illness.

It is titled "The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating" and is written by Elisabeth Tova Bailey. While confined to bed and barely able to lift her head, Bailey begins take interest in a common woodland snail residing in a flower pot that a friend has given her. In time, the small creature gives her solace and hope in her battle against the disease.

A total of 18 books were honored this year's National Outdoor Book Awards. Winners of this annual award program represent some of the finest outdoor writing and artwork being published today. The awards program is sponsored by the National Outdoor Book Awards Foundation, Idaho State University and the Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education.

In addition to works about nature, Watters highlighted two winners in the children's category. Both are historically accurate books for youngsters in the 8-12 age range.

"Camping With the President" by Ginger Wadsworth is about a camping trip taken by two icons of the outdoor world: Theodore Roosevelt, our most outdoorsy president, and John Muir, the world famous naturalist.

The other book is "Captain Mac" by Mary Morton Cowan. The book is a good choice for budding explorers and is about Donald MacMillan, a geologist, who explored the Arctic for nearly 50 years.

One highly creative work among this year's winners, according to Watters is a book on surfing. The book is by Peter Heller and is titled "Kook: What Surfing Taught Me About Love, Life and Catching the Perfect Wave."

"This is no ordinary book on surfing," Watters said, "It tells a good story, but it's very much an introspective book."

Complete reviews of these and the other 2010 winners may be found at the National Outdoor Book Award we site at:

The last exhibition of 2010 in the John B. Davis Gallery at Idaho State University is the annual Graduate Student Art Exhibition.

Its opening reception is Monday, Nov. 15, from 6 to 8 p.m. The exhibition dates are Nov. 16 - Dec. 12. The gallery will be closed for fall break Nov. 22 - 26.

This year nine graduate students will exhibit their work; Mike Adams from Mountlake Terrace, Wash.; Joanna Cleveland, from Murray, Ky.; Paul Dodez from Sweetwater, Tenn.; Nathan Barnes from Shelley; Catherine Reinhardt from Daphne, Ala.; Dustin Hinton from Fort Collins, Colo.; Tim Goodworth from Pocatello; Jeff Osborne from Los Osos, Calif.; and Omar Sarabia from Pocatello.

The Davis Gallery hours are Monday - Friday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. The gallery is located in the ISU Fine Arts Building # 11, on the campus of Idaho State University or you can visit it at

For more information contact Amy Jo Popa at 282-3341.

The ISU Jazz Big Bands I and II will perform Nov. 19

The ISU Jazz Big Bands I and II will perform Friday, Nov. 19, at 7: 30 pm in Joseph C. and Cheryl Jensen Grand Concert Hall in the Idaho State University L.E. and Thelma E. Stephens Performing Arts Center. Special guests for the evening concert will be The Chad McCullough Quintet.

Trumpeter/composer Chad McCullough has been on the Seattle music scene for over a decade, and has been an integral voice in many bands throughout the United States and Europe. He will be joined by Solvakian pianist Michal Vanoucek, drummer Matt Jorgensen, Aaron Miller on bass, and College of Southern Idaho saxophonist Brent Jensen. The quintet will perform a set of their own material, as well as joining the ISU Jazz Big Band I on a couple of selections.

ISU Jazz Bands selections will include the an arrangement of Cole Porter's "I Love You," "Easy Money" by jazz great Benny Carter, Thelonius Monk's beautiful ballad "Ask Me Know," and Tito Puente's hot Latin mambo "Ran Kan Kan."

The ISU Jazz I Big Band is directed by Dr. Patrick Brooks, Director of Bands, and Jazz II is directed by Kevin York, Associate Director of Bands.Ticket prices are $8 adults, $6 ISU faculty and staff, $4 pre-college students, free to ISU students. Children under the age of 6 will not be admitted into concerts.

First-Year Seminar students will present posters in Pocatello and Idaho Falls

First-Year Seminar peer instructors will present posters sharing their experiences in service learning during sessions in Pocatello and Idaho Falls.

The Idaho Falls session is Monday, Nov. 29 from 10:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. in the Bennon Student Union multipurpose room. The Pocatello sessions are Dec. 1 and 2 from 3:15 to 4:30 p.m. in the Pond Student Union Canoe room. Refreshments will be served.

TRiO hosted a day of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math workshops on Nov. 12

Idaho State University's TRiO programs hosted a day of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) workshops at ISU on Friday, Nov. 12.

About 60 junior and senior high students participating in the TRiO program from the Magic Valley, throughout southeast Idaho and the Idaho Falls area visited campus to participate in the workshops.

The STEM workshop allowed TRiO students to explore educational and career options in the science and math fields. It is also an opportunity for potential students to experience the campus of Idaho State University.

"The purpose of the workshops is to promote careers in science, technology and math to low-income, first-generation students," said Mike Echanis, director of TRiO Services. "These students are under represented in these fields, and there are shortages in these areas."

Attendees will have the option of attending demonstrations around campus on the following topics:

Participants will be introduced to the day's activities at 9:15 a.m. in the Pond Student Union Bengal Theater. A panel discussion with former TRiO students and STEM professionals will be held at 9:45 a.m. Students will go to the presentations around campus from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., then return to the Pond Student Union for lunch.

The TRiO programs include Upward Bound, Educational Talent Search and Student Support Services. Upward Bound and Educational Talent Search are precollege outreach programs serving junior high, middle school and high school students by helping them stay on track to graduate, and then to successfully apply and be admitted to postsecondary schools. Student Support Services works with postsecondary students to help them earn a degree and enroll in graduate programs.

For more information, contact Mike Echanis at 282-3587 or

Trade cans of food for overdue book fines from Nov. 13 to Nov. 20

Trade cans of food for overdue book fines at the Eli M. Oboler Library from Nov. 13 to Nov. 20.

Each can of food will pay $1 off library book fines up to a maximum of $10. All donations will be sent to the Idaho Food Bank.