News and Notes

A Newsletter for Faculty and Staff of Idaho State University

February 14, 2011 — Vol. 27 No. 7

Faculty/Staff Updates

Andrew Gauss has accepted a position with the University of Idaho in Moscow

Director of College Relations for Pharmacy, Andrew Gauss, who has served in this capacity for the past eight years, has accepted a position with the University of Idaho in Moscow. Gauss began his new employment at UI on Jan. 24, serving as the Director, Alumni & Development Marketing Communications.

During his tenure with the college, his primary duties have included production of the Pharmacy Bulletin alumni magazine, monthly Refill e-letter, composing press releases for pharmacy research and working with student organizations on outreach programs. He also served as the chair of the annual Pharmacy Recruiting Fair. In addition, he spent a significant amount of time forging relationships with alumni and friends of the college.

"I have really enjoyed working with so many talented students, alumni, faculty, staff and friends here at the College of Pharmacy," he said.

Gauss is a 1996 graduate of Idaho State University and holds a BA in media studies.

Any media inquires for the College of Pharmacy may be made to Andrew Taylor, ISU Office of Marketing and Communications at 282-3209.

Dr. Aaron Eakman was recently inducted as a member of the Board of Directors for the American Occupational Therapy Foundation

Dr. Aaron Eakman, PhD, OTR/L, Assistant Professor and Director of the ISU Occupational Therapy program was recently inducted as a member of the Board of Directors for the American Occupational Therapy Foundation (AOTF).

The AOTF is a 501(c)(3) charitable, scientific and educational organization founded in 1965. The Mission of AOTF is to advance research, education, and leadership in the field of occupational therapy and raise public awareness of the importance of enabling individuals to participate fully in life regardless of their physical, social, mental, or developmental circumstances. AOTF is one of the three major occupational therapy organizations in the United States along with the American Occupational Therapy Association and the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy.

News Bites

Faculty and staff are invited to attend the ISU men's and women's basketball games, with special ticket promotions for everyone

Faculty and staff are invited to attend the ISU men's and women's basketball games, with special ticket promotions for everyone.

On Thursday, Feb. 17 ISU women will take on Montana State University at 7 p.m. at Reed Gymnasium. Fans can purchase a Montana 2- pack, with tickets to both the Montana State and Feb. 19's game against University of Montana for the price of one.

On Tuesday, Feb. 22, ISU men will take on Weber State at 7 p.m. in Holt Arena. It's ISU faculty/staff appreciation night, with unlimited $6 tickets with a valid Bengal card.

Tickets can be purchased in advance in person at the Holt Arena ticket office (M-F 8-4:30), over the phone at (208) 282-FANS, at either of the two Vickers Western Stores in Pocatello and Idaho Falls, or online at

Join Idaho Purce, Mary Watkins and Kevin Marsh as they discuss their book "The 'Triangle': A Slice of America" on Feb. 17

Join award-winning author Idaho Purce, community historian Mary Watkins and ISU history Professor Kevin Marsh as they discuss their book "The 'Triangle': A Slice of America" from 1 to 4 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 17, in the Diversity Resource Center located in Room 129 of the Rendezvous Complex.

The "Triangle," a nickname for a section of old town Pocatello, has a rich history that the authors have many stories about. The event is aimed at highlighting Black History Month by sharing local history and discussing current experiences.

This event is free to the public and snacks and drinks will be provided. For more information contact Kay Rogers at 282-3142.

The ISU Massage Therapy Program is now taking appointments in their student clinic

Experience the benefits of massage and improve your health at the Idaho State University Massage Therapy Clinic. The ISU Massage Therapy Program is now taking appointments in their student clinic.

The ISU Massage Therapy student clinic is open on Tuesday and Thursday nights while classes are in session. Appointments are available at 5:15 pm and 6:30 pm. 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 one-hour 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 ext.2988.

ISU-Idaho Falls will be holding a Majors, Minors, and Graduate School Fair Feb. 23

Idaho State University in Idaho Falls will be holding a Majors, Minors, and Graduate School Fair from 4-6 pm, Wednesday, February 23, 2011 in the Idaho Falls Bennion Student Union multi-purpose room.

Participants can learn about the variety of undergraduate and graduate degree programs offered at Idaho State University. The fair is designed to assist students in making informed decisions related to their college majors and future career. Information about admission requirements, prerequisites for specific programs, course content and job opportunities related to each degree will also be available. ISU faculty from academic departments and the College of Technology will be on hand to meet with students and answer their questions.

There will be food, door prizes, and renaissance-themed activities available to participants. For more information please contact Susan MaComb at 208-282-7802 or

Health Fair 2011 is scheduled for April 21-22, looking for health enterprises to set up learning centers

The Idaho State University Health Fair 2011 - celebrating its 31st year - is scheduled from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday and Friday, April 21-22, and organizers are looking for private and public health enterprises to set up learning centers.

The fair will be in the ISU Pond Student Union Ballroom.

The laboratory services will be provided by Portneuf Medical Center (PMC). Blood draws will be available on a walk-in basis from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. Monday through Friday from April 1 - April 15 at both the East and West PMC laboratory locations.

The PMC East lab is located at 777 Hospital Way with access to the lab through the main entrance. West Campus PMC lab draws will be at the Main Lab, 651 Memorial Drive. Access is on the ground floor (level 6 of the parking garage elevator). Parking is available in the parking garage.

Participants who have their blood drawn on or before April 15 can pick up their blood profile results at the ISU Health Fair where health care professionals will help interpret results. A 14-hour fast is required prior to a blood draw for the lipid profile and general chemistry profile.

PMC offers a general health blood profile for $35. The screening will include a chemistry profile, assessments for cardiac risk based on cholesterol levels, a complete blood count and a thyroid screen. Optional tests include a $15 confidential HIV screening and a $15 prostate antigen test. Other tests that will be offered this year include thyroid function screen for $15, iron level for $5, uric acid level for $5, glycohemoglobin for $25 and insulin level for $25.

Last year's Health Fair featured more than 65 learning centers, providing services to hundreds of participants. ISU Dental Hygiene, Nursing and Pharmacy students will be available for consultation on medications, healthy teeth and gums, nutrition as well as other health-related topics.

For more information on learning centers, contact Wendy Moschella at 282-2132.

Institute of Rural Health sponsors free six-part Web series on Traumatic brain injuries

Traumatic brain injury research, education and prevention will be explored in a free, six-part Web series, sponsored by Idaho State University's Institute of Rural Health.

Sessions run Feb. 23 through April 13, 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., MST. Family members, private providers, state agency personnel, and the general public who work with or have an interest in traumatic brain injuries can register at

Here's the schedule:

Feb. 23-Life with Sofie the Service Dog: A Scientific Examination and Personal Memoir of a TBI Survivor
Dr. Beth Stamm will discuss her own TBI and what it is like to be partnered with a service dog. She'll talk about the positives and negatives of having a service dog, what people can expect a service dog to do, and discuss service dogs and community integration.
Presenter: Beth Hudnall Stamm, PhD, Professor, Institute of Rural Health, Idaho State University

March 9-Brain Injury: Searching the Cure-Reality versus Hope
This webinar will focus on various types and severity of acquired brain injury. In addition to Acute Care interventions, discussion will include novel interventions for an array of associated disabilities. There will be a final overview of long term considerations for persons and families alike.
Alan H. Weintraub, M.D., Medical Director-Craig Treatment Program, Craig Hospital, NIDRR TBI Center and NIDRR TBI National Statistical Database

March 14-Using Smartphones & PDAs to Enhance Memory and Organization
Individuals with TBI often have difficulty with memory and organization skills. This presentation will focus on a study that demonstrated efficiency and practical applications for using generic technology to assist with completion of daily activities after TBI.
Roberta DePompei, PhD - Director, School of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, University of Akron

March 30-Understanding Everybody's Behavior After Brain Injury: Don't "Don't!"
While a brain injury may neurologically impair one person, the effects of the injury are experienced by many others in that person's life. Learn to recognize and understand the effects on all parties, then how to adapt.
Presenter: Harvey Jacobs, PhD, LLC, Licensed Clinical Psychologist/Behavior Analyst
Don't "Don't!" is a trademark of Harvey Earl Jacobs, 2010. All Rights Reserved.

April 4-Reintegration and Traumatic Brain Injury: Challenges Facing Our Veterans and Their Families
Reintegration of our military men and women from active duty life to veteran and civilian status is a journey that can be difficult and emotional. Imagine traveling this road with a TBI. This presentation will focus on the specific challenges facing veterans with a TBI and their families and resources available to assist them.
Presenter: Karyn George, MS, CRC - National Manager, Office of Care Coordination-Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center/The TBI Operational Component of the Defense and Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury

April 13-Family Coping after a Traumatic Brain Injury
This presentation will address the variables that challenge families when coping with brain injury.
Presenter: Robert Karol, PhD, LP, ABPP, CBIST, President: Karol Neuropsychological Services and Consulting

The series is supported by a grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration's Maternal and Child Health Bureau.

For more information, contact the Institute of Rural Health at the ISU-Meridian Health Science Center, 208-373-1773.

Free income tax return preparation for low income taxpayers will be offered every Thursday from Feb. 10 to March 17

Free income tax return preparation for low income taxpayers will be offered by VITA, a volunteer arm of the Internal Revenue Service, every Thursday from Feb. 10 to March 17 from 5 to 9 p.m. in Room 111 of Turner Hall.

Members of Beta Alpha Psi, Idaho State University's accounting fraternity, are providing these services on a first-come, first-served basis on Feb. 10, Feb. 17, Feb. 24, March 3, March 10 and March 17.

Taxpayers will need to bring their own Social Security cards, as well as the cards of anyone else listed on the return. Documents such as W-2s, Forms 1099, and Form 1098-T will also be required as well as any other relevant document. If taxpayers prefer to have their refund direct deposited, they will also need to bring a voided check.

No appointment is necessary. For more information contact Peter Frischmann at 282-3501 or