News and Notes

A Newsletter for Faculty and Staff of Idaho State University

February 28, 2011 — Vol. 27 No. 9

Faculty/Staff Updates

ISU Cares "Spot" Award Winners for January

ISU Cares has announced its "Spot" award winners for January:

Debbie Henricksen, Office of the President
Stefanie Shadduck, Student Services, Meridian
Beverly Shappart, College of Business
Peggy Larsen, Accounts Payable
Tom Meyer, Accounting
Joey Gifford, Marketing and Communications

Each winner receives a certificate of appreciation and a $15 VISA card.

News Bites

The 40th anniversary of the annual Frank Church Symposium will be on the theme of "Life Beyond the Border: Canada, U.S., and Mexico"

Idaho State University's 40th anniversary of the annual Frank Church Symposium running March 2-4 in the Pond Student Union will be on the theme of "Life Beyond the Border: Canada, U.S., and Mexico."

Tony Payan, will deliver the keynote address "Community in Crisis: How a City Destroyed Itself" on March 2 at 7:30 p.m.

Payan is an associate professor of political science at the University of Texas at El Paso. He received his bachelor's in philosophy and classical languages from the University of Dallas and his master's degree from the Graduate School of Management in Dallas, Texas. He later earned his doctorate from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.

Payan is the author of two books, "Cops, Soldiers and Diplomats: Explaining Agency Behavior in the War on Drugs" and "The Three U.S.-Mexico Border Wars: Drugs, Immigration and Homeland Security." He focuses his writing and studying on international relations of border environments, governability on border regions, foreign policy attitudes on the border, and US foreign policy at its borders.

Topics and issues covered will include immigration, environmental problems and concerns, people, trade concerns, drugs, arms, transportation development, current health issues, people and cultures of the three countries, military organization and involvement, and education.

The International Affairs Council, an Idaho State University student organization funded by the Associated Students of ISU, will host the symposium.

The symposium, which is free and open to the public, will be held in the Pond Student Union Salmon River Suites. Below is the schedule:

This year's symposium includes lectures and panel discussions on various topics all focusing on current events and issues facing Canada, Mexico and United States.

For more information on the symposium contact the ISU International Studies Office at 208-282-3043 or visit the International Affairs Council website at The website with be updated with scheduling updates, biographies on speakers and participants, and the list of sponsors.

The Wind Ensemble and Concert Band is performing its first concert of the semester March 4

The Idaho State University Wind Ensemble and Concert Band is performing its first concert of the semester Friday, March 4 at 7:30 p.m. in the Jensen Grand Concert Hall in the Stephens Performing Arts Center.

The Wind Ensemble is directed by Dr. Patrick Brooks, ISU Director of Bands. The concert band is directed by Kevin York, Associate Director of Bands.

The Wind Ensemble will kick off its portion of the program with the energetic Overture to "Candide" by Leonard Bernstein. Guest soloist for the evening will be bassoonist Dr. George Adams, performing two movements from the Concerto for Bassoon and Wind Ensemble by Pulitzer prize-winning American composer Eric Ewazen. Dr. Adams, former music director of the Idaho Falls Symphony Orchestra, teaches bassoon and instrumental conducting at Idaho State, as is a member of the City Creek Winds.

The ISU Wind Ensemble will also be presenting the Pocatello premiere of An Introduction To The Moon by Minneapolis based composer Libby Larsen. This contemporary work is unique in that it involves the use of improvised backgrounds to the reading by band members of eight poems that are interspersed throughout the work.

The Wind Ensemble will also be performing the tuneful Suite Francaise by Darius Milhaud, and two movements from the Petite Symphonie by Charles Gounod.

Admission policy for this concert is as follows: ISU Students free, Pre-college Students $4, ISU Faculty and Staff $6, General admission $8. 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 ext. 3147.

The Institute of Rural Health is accepting pre-registration for a free suicide prevention training in Lewiston in March

Idaho State University's Institute of Rural Health is accepting pre-registration for a free suicide prevention training in Lewiston in March.

This training is designed to provide the latest scientific information on the warning signs, risk and protective factors for suicide and mental illness, along with practical guidance on how to identify youth at risk for suicide. Information will assist professionals, community leaders, parents, advocates and all those who care for children and youth.

This training will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., March 22, at the First United Methodist Church, 1906 Broadview Drive.

Continuing Education Credit is offered to social workers, nurses and licensed counselors who attend the entire six-hour training. Others who attend will receive certificates of completion.

This training is free and open to the community, but seating is limited. Pre-registration is required. To register online, go to E-mail pre-registration to or phone Kristi Beck at ext. 4436.

Suicide is the second leading cause of death for Idaho youth aged 15-34. According to the Suicide Prevention Action Network in Idaho, in 2007 Idaho had the 11th highest suicide rate in the nation, 28% higher than the national average. In 2008, there were more deaths due to suicide in Idaho than any other year is recent history (251 deaths). That increased further in 2009 when 307 Idahoans died by suicide.

Award-winning Wyoming author Ken Thomasma will highlight the 25th annual Bellon Visiting Author Series scheduled March 7-9

A visit by award-winning Wyoming author Ken Thomasma will highlight the 25th annual Idaho State University Bellon Visiting Author Series scheduled March 7-9 at the Idaho State University College of Education and at area public schools and libraries.

Thomasma, who lives in Kelly, Wyo., has written a series of popular children's books highlighting the lives of Native American Indian children from different tribes. Thomasma has won the State of Wyoming Children's Book Award three times. Four times his books have been nominated for the Colorado Children's Book Award.

His works include "Naya Nuki: Shoshoni Girl," "Soun Tetoken: Nez Perce Boy," "Om-Kas-toe: Blackfeet Twin," "Kunu: Escape on the Missouri," and "Pathki Nana: Kootenai Girl."

Thomasma's schedule in Pocatello is as follows:

Books will be available for purchase and signing by the author at all locations.

For more information, contact Rebecca Hyde, (208) 232-6452.

Opening receptions to be held at both the Transition and Mind's Eye galleries on March 7

The Idaho State University Pond Student Union is proud to announce opening receptions to be held at both the Transition and Mind's Eye galleries on Monday, March 7.

The Women's History Month Committee at Idaho State University is hosting Forgotten Feminisms: History and Response to Pop Culture. The opening reception will be held on Monday, March 7 at 7 p.m. in the ISU Pond Student Union Transition Gallery.

The Women's History Month Art Exhibit will include work from local and national artists.

In the Mind's Eye Gallery, Alexa Brooke Goff will be displaying a collection of her prints and drawings in a exhibit titled, "You were too busy being. And you are too busy now."

The opening reception is Monday, March 7, 2011 at 7 p.m. in the ISU Rendezvous Mind's Eye Gallery.

Goff is a junior currently studying fine arts and humanities at Idaho State University. She currently focuses on traditional forms of printmaking and multimedia drawings.

Both exhibits will be on display March 7-30. For more information contact Corinne McCullough at ext. 3451 or visit

ISU-Meridian has a new set of wheels, thanks to the El Korah Shriners in Boise

Idaho State University-Meridian has a new set of wheels, thanks to the El Korah Shriners in Boise.

The organization donated a 1997 Ford diesel vehicle to ISU-Meridian in early February to transport student clinicians to off-site health screenings and on field trips, according to Robin Dodson, director of pharmacy student services in ISU-Meridian's College of Pharmacy. It'll be repainted with the ISU logo.

"We weren't utilizing the van to its fullest potential and wanted to strengthen our partnership with ISU," said El Korah spokesman Ray Westmoreland as he handed the van keys to Bessie Katsilometes, ISU-Meridian academic dean.

Last October, the Shiners held a free community screening on the Meridian campus to evaluate children who need treatment for orthopedic conditions, spinal cord injuries, burns and cleft palate. They plan to hold more on campus.

This year, ISU-Meridian partnered with Ada County to screen uninsured and low-income residents for numerous health-related issues. Dodson said the van can be used to transport student clinicians and faculty, who conduct the screenings, to clinic sites.

The El Korah Shrine is affiliated with Shriners Hospitals for Children, a 22-hospital system dedicated to improving the lives of children by providing pediatric specialty care, research and training for medical professionals. Children up to age 18 received treatment regardless of a family's ability to pay.

The Student Success Center is offering GRE preparation sessions

The Student Success Center is offering GRE preparation sessions. Each session will provide strategies, a short practice test, and discussion. Students may attend one or all sessions. There is no charge, and registration is not required. All sessions are held in Rendezvous Room 329.

Reading Comprehension and Analogies
Monday, March 14, 4- 4:50 p.m.

Sentence Completion and Antonyms
Tuesday, March 15, 4-4:50 p.m.

Analytical Reasoning
Wednesday, March 16, 4-4:50 p.m.

Quantitative Reasoning
Thursday, March 16, 4-4:50 p.m.

GRE Preparation books are also available in the Student Success Center, Rendezvous room 323. The Student Success Center is open 8 a.m. -5 p.m. Monday through Friday. You may reserve time to work on these practice materials by calling ext. 3662. In order to use the materials available, check in with the secretary when you arrive, and you will be directed to the appropriate books. Books are available for use in the office and are not available for check-out.

To register for the GRE exam call ext. 2130 (ISU Counseling and Testing Center).