News and Notes

A Newsletter for Faculty and Staff of Idaho State University

January 17, 2011 — Vol. 27 No. 3

Faculty/Staff Updates

Melissa Romriell is retiring after 29 years of service to ISU

Melissa Romriell, ISU Cashier's Office, is retiring after 29 years of service to Idaho State University. Please join us in wishing her a fond farewell on Thursday, January 20, 2011, 2:30-4:30 p.m. in the Wood River Room, PSUB.

News Bites

The fifth annual WeLEAD Research Symposium will take place on Jan. 27

The Idaho State University WeLEAD (Women empowered to Learn, Educate, Advance and Develop) Project will present the fifth annual WeLEAD Research Symposium from 4 to 6 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 27, in the A, B and C Suites of the Rendezvous Complex.

The event will feature poster sessions presenting the work of ISU female faculty and students in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields.

For more information on the symposium, call (208) 282-2618.

For more information on ISU WeLEAD, visit

Theatre/Dance ISU presents "Cindy Ellen: A Wild Western Cinderella" Jan. 31

Theatre/Dance ISU is back and ready to kick off the New Year with a great show for the whole family when it presents "Cindy Ellen: A Wild Western Cinderella" at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 31, in the Beverly B. Bistline Thrust Theatre in the L.E. and Thelma E. Stephens Performing Arts Center.

This children's readers' theatre is a retelling of the classic story of Cinderella set in the "wild west."

The reader's theatre features a hardworking ranch hand who isn't about to miss the biggest event in town, the rodeo. Theatre-goers will see if Cindy Ellen makes it to the rodeo on time, and will her prince charming, err, rodeo champion, find her lost diamond spur before the clock strikes midnight.

Tickets are available now at the Stephens Performing Arts Center Box Office, or by phone at 282-3595. Tickets can be ordered online at Kids tickets are $5 and adult tickets are $10.

The registration period is open for this year's celebration of National Girls and Women in Sports Day, scheduled Feb. 5

The registration period is open for this year's celebration in recognition of National Girls and Women in Sports Day that is scheduled from 8 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 5, at the Idaho State University Reed Gymnasium.

"Play, Believe, Achieve!" is the national theme for this year's day and serves to acknowledge the importance of sport participation for women and girls. This is the 12th year ISU has hosted this event.

Idaho State University's celebration will include sport and activity clinics for girls grades K-6. Advance registration is $10 per participant on a first-come basis. There is a limit of 300 girls. As of Jan. 18 more than 200 girls had already registered.

The preregistration deadline is Monday, Jan. 31. Check-in and on-site registration will take place beginning at 8 a.m. in the Reed Gym lobby. On-site registration costs $15 per girl, but registration will be capped at 300.

Girls will participate in three different sport/activity clinics, one every hour beginning at 8:45 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. Girls will rotate through a different sport/activity every 45 minutes. The sport and activity menu includes options ranging from basketball, volleyball and soccer, to rock climbing, kayaking, fencing, rodeo roping and dance, to name a few. Girls will receive ISU/NGWSD T-shirts.

Registration and consent/waiver forms are available at the ISU College of Education, the Graduate School, Department of Sport Science and Physical Education, and Campus Recreation's Reed Gym office.

This national day has been proclaimed by Congress each year since 1987, and is honored annually the first week of February. National Girls and Women in Sports Day recognizes the progress of girls and women in sports, and the benefits that sport and fitness activities can bring to the lives of all girls and women.

Organizers anticipate more than 300 girls, grades K-6, will participate in 20 different sport and activity clinics lead by female ISU intercollegiate athletes, physical education majors, fitness/wellness students and instructors, faculty, staff and community members. More than 200 ISU faculty, staff and student volunteers will pool their energy and talents to bring this event to life.

When ISU debuted this event in 1999, about 100 girls participated. Over time, the event has grown and has a much higher visibility profile. This event has been proclaimed Idaho National Girls and Women in Sports Day by the mayors of Pocatello and Chubbuck, as well as statewide by Gov. C.L. Butch Otter.

The event is sponsored by various ISU entities including the Idaho State University Physical Education Major's Club - SHEPERD's (Students of Health Education, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance), the College of Education, the Graduate School, the Department of Sport Science and Physical Education, Health and Nutrition Sciences, Campus Recreation and the ISU Athletic Department. Another primary sponsor is the Girl Scouts of the Silver Sage Council.

For more information, contact the ISU Department of Sport Science and Physical Education at 282-4852, or e-mail Cynthia Pemberton at, or Pat Peyton at

The French Club will sponsor its 11th annual Taste of France dinner Feb. 5

The Idaho State University French Club will sponsor its 11th annual Taste of France dinner and entertainment night on the theme "Life in Pink" on Saturday, Feb. 5, in the ISU Pond Student Union Ballroom.

The French Club will serve an authentic French meal. Dinner will include beef burgundy, vegetable stew, green salad, French bread, French cheese and chocolate mousse.

Entertainment for the evening will include a slide show with pictures from the most famous areas of France, French music, skits, a fashion show and door prizes.

Tickets will be on sale starting Jan. 20, in the Pond Student Union main lobby from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Prices for tickets purchased in advance are $6 for students with valid Bengal ID cards, $8 for ISU faculty and staff and $9 for the general public. All tickets purchased the night of the event cost $1 more.

For more information or ticket reservation, contact Phillip Coats at, Valia Tatarova at or the ISU Department of Languages and Literatures at (208) 282-3620.

"A Panel Discussion on Stalking Awareness" is scheduled for Jan. 20

"A Panel Discussion on Stalking Awareness" is scheduled for Jan. 20 at 6 p.m. in the Little Wood River Room at the Pond Student Union.

The discussion is being hosted by the Bannock County DV/SA Task Force and ISU Public Safety. We will discuss stalking awareness issues, what constitutes stalking, what the law is regarding stalking and what you can do if you are being stalked. In addition, we will examine how participants respond to stalking cases in order to provide a more coordinated community response. The public is encouraged to attend this event to learn more about stalking and how to address it if it is happening to you or a friend, and how to engage in prevention. Attendance is free. Light refreshments will be served.

Panel members include representatives from the various disciplines that deal with the crime of stalking: law enforcement, Federal and local prosecutors, victim services and computer stalking experts.

Additional questions specific to this event can be directed to Carol Prescott, Idaho State University, Department of Public Safety (208) 282-2426 or by e-mail, or Jeff Young, Bannock County Sheriff's Office, (208) 236-7111,